Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 27  December, 2006





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 Ė2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm


Mondays 4th and

18th December

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmundís Road

Wednesday 13th







Diary Dates 1

St. Martinís Church


Christian Centre 2


Village Reports 3


Organizations and

Clubs 4

We wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and send good wishes for 2007. We will not be producing a Newsletter next month but would be grateful to receive any items for the February edition before the 20th January, 2007 by telephone on 01304 375560 or E Mail: Anyone wishing to advertise in subsequent issues, should produce 350 copies on an A5 flyeróthese will then be delivered for £10 to every house and given to friends of Great Mongeham. Please Tel. 364457.

We take this opportunity to thank our proof reader Carol Greener, together with all those people who kindly deliver your Newsletter each monthóyour help is much appreciated.



Advent Corners-Saturday, 2nd December 10 am-3.00 pm

in Northbourne Parish HallóFurther details contact Peter Hambrook Tel. 364457.

Horticultural Society-Wednesday, 6th December at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall Christmas Party which will take the form of a quiz and a bring and share supper. Donít forget your plates, cutlery etc.!

St. Martinís W.I. -Thursday, 14th December at 7.30 pm in the Parish HallóItalian styled Christmas celebration. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Christmas Bingo Thursday, 21st December 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start in the Parish Hall. Christmas prizes and Raffle.

Carols by Candlelight-Saturday, 23rd December at 6 pm at the Three Horseshoes.


Bingo -Thursday, 25th January, 2007 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start in the Parish Hall.

St. Martinís W.I.óThursday, 11th January at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall will be the start of the 2007 speakerís list and there will be a very varied selection throughout the year.

Great Mongeham SocietyóThursday, 18th January at 7.30 pm in the Parish HallóT.V. Weatherman, Ian CurrieóMaking Sense of the Weather.



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Benefice Priest in Charge: David Kendrew Tel. 374076

Ordained Local Minister: Rev. Peter Hambrook, 4 Brewery Cottages,

Northbourne Road, Great Mongeham. Contact for Weddings and Baptisms Tel. 364457

Church Wardens: Bob Osbourne, 27 St. Radigunds Road, Dover, Kent. Tel. 330200

Judy Hambrook, 4 Brewery Cottages, Great Mongeham Tel. 364457

Secretary: Dr. Wendy Madgwick, Glendower, Mongeham Church Close, Great

Mongeham. Tel. 239143

Treasurer: Mr. N. Pitchford, 141 Mongeham Road, Great Mongeham. Tel. 362202



Sunday, 3rd December Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 10th December Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 17th December Family Service 10.00 am

Carol Service 6.00 pm

Sunday, 24th December No Morning Service

Christingle 5.00 pm

Midnight Mass 11.15 pm

Monday, 25th December Christmas Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 31st December No Service at St. Martinís

United Service at St. Nicholas, Sholden 10.00 am

Sunday, 7th January, Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 14th January Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 21st January Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 28th January Holy Communion 10.00 am

FLOWER ROTA Sunday, 3rd December Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

Sunday, 10th December Judy Hambrook and Janet Lawrence

Sunday, 17th December Mary Hopper

Sunday, 24th December Diana Knight

ST. MARTINíS CHURCH The West doors are likely to be removed in the next few weeks and taken away, to be totally restored. These have hung for over one hundred years and are now due for some tender loving care. The money to fund this project has been raised by the Friendís of St. Martinís.


Paul Kavanagh Tel: 372297 Mick Godden Tel: 239801 Mobile 07713274760

DECEMBER SERVICES 10.30 am Every Sunday 6.30 pm 3rd Sunday Evening


Great Mongeham Horticultural Society The A.G.M. took place on 1st November with 60 members present. Our President, Mrs. Pat Solley had decided to retire from her post and members recorded a vote of thanks for her many years of dedicated service to the club. We will miss her!! The Reverend Peter Hambrook agreed to become the new President. Since the rest of the committee were willing to stand again, they were elected en bloc and the officers remain the same. It does not seem possible it is the end of another year again, but as far as Ďthe Gardenersí go, hasnít it been a good one? JB


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The Great Mongeham Society The A.G.M. held on Thursday, 16th November was well attended with members paying the 2007 Subscription. Brian Knight was re-elected Chairman and Steve Chappell was welcomed onto the committee. Members will be joining in Carols at the Three Horseshoes Inn on 22nd December as there will not be a December Meeting.


St. Martinís W.I. Speaker for November was very interesting. Starting with a missing nurse report and following through the clues to the finish and an arrest. This was a real case not on T.V. Greetings to everyone for the season.

The Parish Hall Trustees wish all Hall users a Happy Christmas. If you notice a bench missing from outside the Hall, it has gone to be renovated and will be back! PSB


The Three Horseshoes Pumpkin Competion was won by Keith, whoís pumpkin measured 30 3/4 inches in circumference and the best carved was won by Theo Kendrick. Congratulations to them both. PH


The Friendís of St. Martinís 15th Art Exhibition held in the Parish Hall last month, attracted 40 artists who displayed 165 works of art all to a high standard. Twenty eight paintings were sold and together with the hanging and entrance fees, a profit of £354.70 was raised. Rev. Tony Stratta, former rector of Saint Martinís, accompanied his wife Jeanne who again sold all five of her delicate pastel paintings. Jeanne took part in the first exhibition and has continued to exhibit although she now lives in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. DK


Welcome to Fiona McDowell, Geoff Clarke and their dog Boson who have moved into Cherry Lane. They have taken over Hilldene the home of Norah Donavan, who lived there for over 40 years. Norah has gone North to be near her son. DK


Our Village Great Mongeham in itís time, once had three public houses, two of which still exist today, although The Leather Bottle is right on the modern boundary and technically in Sholden, but still a worthy hostelry to be included in our village. The area that I want to look at this week is the now closed public house. The Friendly Port, 125 Mongeham Road, the land in between and including, The Three Horseshoes. The first one of these is reputed to have been frequented by smugglers and smuggled spirits were for sale. It also became local tearooms later in itís life before becoming a dwelling, now known as 125 Mongeham Road.

You can still see the remains of a sign on the side of the building, which I am sure at one time advertised the brand of ale that was on offer. The land in between once hosted village allotments, along with other land behind the closed dairy site. The last person, in my recollection, who worked and rented one, was the late Albert Castle. I have no doubt that others remember them as wellÖ...It would be good to hear from you.


I am sure that the Three Horseshoes had just as chequered a history, as it has been a well used hostelry since at least 1735 and is mentioned in many old books when you look up Great Mongeham. There are too many stories to be told about to include in our Newsletter.


Henry III gave a grant to hold a weekly market on Thursdays in Great Mongeham, and for a three day fair, for cattle and peddling on October 17th, 18th and 19th each year. However, this became a one-day fair held on October 29th annually. There was a meadow off Mongeham Road where this took place, which I suspect to be between these two public houses and on the land behind them. This was always known as Fair Field. PH



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A message from your Youth County Councillor John Manion

I have been elected by the youth of the district to ensure that we have a voice on issues that concern us. Some might wonder why a young person should have a say in government business. The United Nations has produced a document called ĎThe Rights of a Childí.

From this starting point the Kent Youth County Council has been formed with powers on:

- Proposed County Council Policy

- To speak on any issue involving your people

- To give out grants. These grants total £1.5 million countywide,

plus an additional £1.3 million for capital projects.

These grants may be applied for by contacting Bill Butler at the County Council.

In our locality I have been campaigning on Road Safety. I believe that rural roads are still not given their fair share of funding. I am also working to get the ďDonít be harmed Be alarmedĒ campaign to Dover. This is a scheme to distribute personal safety alarms to young people at an affordable price. I have also spoken at the Annual Parish Meeting.

In my County role I have attended a full Council Meeting of the County Council and lobbied for equal opportunities. I have also attended a party conference to lobby for youth involvement in the scrutiny process of the County Council.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish people a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please try to be safe over the festive period. John Manion


Organisation or Club Meetings Location Contact

Gt. Mongeham Parish Council 1st Thurs. 7.15 pm Parish Hall Penny Swales Tel.362398

Sarah Wells Tel.614320

Sunday School (3 yrs.& over) St. Martinís Sylvia Griffiths Tel.367124

Bell Ringers Tues. 7.30 pm St. Martinís Ken Gatland Tel.611283

1st Gt. Mongeham Brownies Weds. 5.30-7pm Term Time Baptist Hall Julie Caldwell Tel.372493

Good Companions Thurs. 2.30-4.15pm Parish Hall Barbara Spence Tel.375786

Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society 1st Weds. 7.30pm Parish Hall Joyce Blee Tel.372413

(No Meeting Jan. & Sept.)

Mongeham-Ripple W.I. 3rd Weds.2.30pm (Dec.2nd Weds) Parish Hall Sue Case Tel.374025

St. Martinís W.I. 2nd Thurs. 7.30 pm Parish Hall Margaret Musson Tel 374010

Gt. Mongeham Parish Hall Committee Bookings Judy Hambrook Tel.362815

Great Mongeham Society 3rd Thurs. 7.30 pm Parish Hall Jim Rees Tel.373307

(No Meeting in August and December)

T.A.F.-Mulberry Tree 1.30pm Mondays in Term Time Parish Hall Wendy Madgwick Tel 239143

Gt. Mongeham Art Group Tues. 1.45-3.45pm Term Time Parish Hall Dorothy Sharpe Tel 372339

Karate Mons. and Weds. 6.30pm Parish Hall Jan Easton Tel 367001

Friends of St. Martinís Brian Knight Tel 375420

Yoga Tuesdays 6.00 pm Parish Hall Audrey Clarke Tel 368521

Scottish Country Dancing Weds. 10-11.30am Term Time Parish Hall Mary Quinton or

Tuesdays 8 pm Term Time Parish Hall Margaret Bowden Tel 375836

Country and Western Dancing Fridays 7.30pm Parish Hall Pam Cane Tel 373841

Drop In Thursdays 10.00 am Parish Hall Barbara Spence Tel 375786

Lets Dance Monday 8ó10 pm Parish Hall Janet Dean Tel 613927

Giggles Fridays 9.15-10.45 am Term Time Parish Hall Jodie Kilty Tel 07717 650744