Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.





Issue 28  February, 2007





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm


Mondays 12th and

26th February

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s Road

Wednesday 7th

and 21st February










Diary Dates 1

St. Martin’s Church


Christian Centre 2


Village Reports 3

Our Village

District Council News

Organizations and

Clubs 4








We would be grateful to receive any items for the March edition before the 20th February, 2007 by telephone on 01304 375560 or E Mail: Anyone wishing to advertise in subsequent issues, should produce 350 copies on an A5 flyer—these will then be delivered for £10 to every house and given to friends of Great Mongeham. Please Tel. 364457.

We would like to thank the Parish Council for their financial support,without which we would not be able to deliver a free monthly Newsletter to every house in the village.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY in the Parish Hall

Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 7th February

at 7.30 pm.


District Council Planning Meeting Thursday, 8th February, 6pm at the Council Chambers at Whitfield. The agenda is published on the Council website one week before the meeting.


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 8th February at 7.30 pm—the meeting will be about the Marlowe Theatre. New members and visitors always welcome.

Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 15th February at 7.30 pm—Talk kindly given by local author, David Donachie. Visitors welcome.

Bingo Thursday, 22nd February at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall.



Parish Council Annual Meeting—Thursday, March 1st at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall.






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Sunday, 4th February Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 11th February Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 18th February Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 25th February Holy Communion 10.00 am

FLOWER ROTA Sunday, 4th February Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

Sunday, 11th February Diana Knight

Sunday, 18th February Mary Hopper

Sunday, 25th February Judy Hambrook and Janet Lawrence


Lily-Mai Hendrick, age 9 months, of 24 St. Edmund’s Close on 10th December, 2006.

Welcome and Congratulations from all at St. Martin’s Church.

Along with other churches all over the country, St. Martin’s saw a large increase in attendance over the Christmas period. It was so good to see local people coming to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and I should like to thank all those who helped in delivering the publicity, for these special occasions. PH


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

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


Great Mongeham Horticultural Society

The Society held their Christmas Quiz and Buffet on Wednesday, 6th December in the Parish Hall. There was a good attendance and everyone agreed that the quiz, set by Brian Knight, was a great success. The winner was Dawn Cartwright. There was plenty of delicious food provided by the members on the buffet table. Trophies were awarded to Brian Knight and Eileen Pitcher, and the monthly competition voucher to Jan Aplin. JB

Great Mongeham Society Ian Currie was a very knowledgeable speaker, full of weather folk lore, quips and cloud recognition. The members and visitors were enthralled by his excellent collection of slides depicting various cloud formation. He is always busy, looking at the weather, checking weather stations and photographing the sky. I am sure he will be asked to come again to a Society meeting. PSB



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St. Martin’s W.I. Members enjoyed a talk by Christopher Dovey on Being a Butler to the Royals, working in the households of Princess Marina and Princess Alexandra and travelling the world with them. The competition for Royal memorablia attracted a wide range of entries.

The Parish Hall Trustees Meeting was well attended and the Agenda was discussed. Various plans are being put into action. PSB

Karate Club On the evening of 22nd November, 2006 the following gained a Red Belt—Marley Kelly, Ryan Ferris, Jordan Talling and Toby Smith. Josh Forrest was awarded a Green Belt—congratulations to you all.

Local building has begun on the land next to the Three Horseshoes. It is great to see that at last ,what has been one of the village’s eye sores, is now being put to good use and three terrace type dwellings, lock up garages and a maisonette flat are being built. There will also be a good car park constructed for the use of the public house patrons. PH

Nora Donavan who resided at ‘Hilldene’, Cherry Lane, Great Mongeham for forty years, recently moved to Walmer as she wished to remain in the Deal area at this time. She was a familiar figure walking around the village with her dog, Daisy and managed her large garden herself.

A respected neighbour to my daughter and son-in-law for many years, never complaining of their three boisterous sons and two large dogs—in fact enjoying many of their parties.

May you enjoy many happy times in your New Home Nora. God Bless Vi Long

The Deal Museum Trust is seeking reliable, responsible volunteers who would be interested in sharing the role of Custodian at the Timeball Tower Museum, Deal. Duties include opening and preparing the museum for visitors, meeting and greeting the public, and cash handling. Knowledge of the history of the Timeball is not necessary, as full training will be given. This is a great opportunity to practice or gain social skills, meeting an interesting, wide cross-section of the public. The Timeball Tower is opened to the public from 10 am—5 pm every weekend and Bank Holiday between Easter and the end of September. If you would like to know more or are ready to volunteer, please telephone 01304 368255. Steve Chappell

Our Village This month we continue to look at various places as we amble through our village and we stop for a few moments at the Three Horseshoes Public House. There is much evidence that there has been a building on this site since 1676, according to the document that is on display in the bar today. There is a well-documented history that is well worth stopping by for a read, while enjoying a glass of their well presented Ale. According to the document, it started out as the dwelling place of the local Blacksmith, who at the time was the only one living in Great Mongeham. There seems to be evidence of brewing and selling of beer here back as far as 1742, but the first licence issued to sell ales was in 1801 by a Samuel Bray.

My own recollection of the place was that of a three-roomed house, a games room, taproom and a snug with a bottle and jug passage through the middle, where we children were allowed to buy crisps. There was also a room upstairs where meetings took place, prior to the Parish Hall being built and the room at the end was the cellar. The landlady of the time was a Mrs. Charlotte Jamson. As we come further down the road we come to number 141, which has a date stone in the wall depicting that it was there in 1811. It is said that at one time it was a small shop selling provisions, of which the bay window still exists. The house next door, I would imagine dates from the same build. PH PH








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A Message from your District Councillors The good work that has been on at the district council over the last few years is now bearing fruit and giving great benefits to residents.

The progress on recycling has been excellent and the service is being redesigned so as to ensure the widest possible coverage. Recycling rates have shot up from a low base to well over 20% and this redesign will encourage further growth in recycling.

The financial position of the Council has been stabilised with balanced budgets being achieved year on year with modest increases. This has allowed the council to start on the road to recovery of its reserves.

The Council has also been working on a number of major projects to further improve the economy and leisure in the district. The high cost of investment needed has meant that we have had to work with other government agencies such as SEEDA (the Southeast England Development Agency) as well as English Partnerships and Kent County Council.

These major projects include the Fowlmead Country Park built on the tip site at the Betteshanger Colliery, as well as continued expansion of the White Cliffs Business Park and the Dover town Investment Zone project, which is seeking to redevelop the area around Burlington House and the Stagecoach bus station.

The council is also pleased with a recent European Commission decision to grant Assisted Area status to three wards within the district—Sandwich, Eastry and Whitfield which will also stimulate economic activity.

The future looks extremely bright for the district and we look forward with enthusiasm to the challenges that will emerge. Happy New Year Nick and Steve


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. Martin’s Sylvia Griffiths Tel.367124

Bell Ringers Tues. 7.30 pm St. Martin’s 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. Martin’s 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. Martin’s 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 Wendy Fuller Tel 360286

Drop In Thursdays 10.00 am Parish Hall Barbara Spence Tel 375786

Lets Dance Monday 8—10 pm Parish Hall Janet Dean Tel 613927

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