Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 29  March, 2007





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm


Mondays 12th and

26th March

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s Road

Wednesday 7th

and 21st March







Diary Dates 1

St. Martin’s Church


Christian Centre 2


Village Reports 3

Our Village 3


Organizations and

Clubs 4

We would be grateful to receive any items for the April edition before the 20th March, 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.




DATES FOR YOUR DIARY in the Parish Hall

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

Great Mongeham Horticultural Society—Wednesday, 7th March at 7.30 pm—Mrs. S. Scrivens will talk on Peru. There will be a seed swap for those with spare seeds.

St. Martin’s W.I. -Thursday, 8th March at 7.30 pm—Lucy Bagley will speak about Acupuncture. In keeping with the theme of the meeting, the competition will be for a Pin Cushion.

Members will be attending the A.C.M. in Margate on 28th March. The main Speaker will be Clarissa Dickson-Wright.

St. Martin’s will host the 29th March Group Meeting. Bob Ogley will be the Speaker on Victorian Kent.

Great Mongeham Society-Thursday, 15th March at 7.30 pm—BBC Bob Dale on ‘The Service We Provide’.

Bingo -Thursday, 22nd March at 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm.

Lent Supper Quiz Night—Saturday, 24th March 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Start. Tables of 8 or come on your own and make up a table with others. Tickets £5 per person including supper. Bring your own drinks, tea and coffee supplied. Tel. Peter Hambrook 364457.

REMINDER Sunday, 25th March British Summer Time begins—clocks go forward by one hour.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Spring Show—Wednesday, 4th April at 7.30 pm.



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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, 4th March No Service

Confirmation Service at St. Leonard’s Church 10.00 am

Sunday, 11th March Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 18th March Mothering Sunday Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 25th March Holy Communion 10.00 am

The arched timber double doors at the west end of St. Martin’s Church, have been repaired to a very high standard by M.R. Greener, Builder of Granary Lodge, Great Mongeham. They are now restored to their full glory and should last another hundred years with a little love and care. The Friends of St. Martin’s met the cost. The doors we think were originally hung during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when the church was restored by the late Reverend Penney using much of his own money. Before then it was said to be in a state of disrepair and in fear of collapse. Many thanks from the St. Martin’s PCC. PH

CORNERS Saturday, 31st March from 10 am—4 pm in Northbourne Parish Hall for all children between ages 5 and 11—further details Tel. Peter 01304 364457.


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

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


Great Mongeham Horticultural Society The first meeting of the year was well attended and the Rev. Peter Hambrook’s talk on Great Mongeham Village was much enjoyed.

Schedules for the Spring and Autumn Shows were available and seed potatoes for the June competition were distributed. Trips to Shrewsbury and Wisley are being arranged. JEB

Great Mongeham Society– The Society’s February Speaker, David Donachie, Author gave his audience much to think about, whether it was as a reader or an author. His 18th Century naval novel’s are prodigious and he gave an insight into how he started out on a new book.

Welcome The Great Mongeham Society have produced a pamphlet containing useful snippets of information, which may be of use to newcomers to our village. I would be grateful if you would kindly let me know if anyone moves in near you, in order that we can deliver a copy of the leaflet. Please ring President, Diana Knight Tel. 01304 375420.








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St. Martin’s W.I. Our February Speaker had to cancel owing to bad weather. The meeting was filled with chat and a quiz, and arrangements being made for future events. PSB

Great Mongeham Shotokan Karate Club held their junior gradings on Wednesday, 31st January, 2007 and the results were as follows: RED Belts—Oliver Coe and Megan Talling.

ORANGE Belts—Jordan Talling. YELLOW Belts—Heather Keith, Brandon Virtue and Kiya Kelly. BROWN/WHITE Belt—Rachael Virtue. Congratulations to you all.

Great Mongeham Bell Ringers Do you hear the bells of St. Martin’s on a Tuesday evening? They are rung by a team that was formed about two years ago from mostly local ringers, the youngest being still at primary school, right up to and past retiring age. If you fancy a go and some good company, why not just turn up and give it a try on a Tuesday evening from 7.30 pm—you will be most welcome. You do not need great physical strength or musical ability, but it is a way of keeping body and mind active and most people find it challenging at what ever level they achieve. PH

Regarding the withdrawal of Cherry Lane recycling, apparently the small lorry which was collecting the recycling material costs £2,000 per annum to operate, which D.D.C. say makes it uneconomical. It is still difficult to understand why the main lorry could originally reach us all but now it can’t. For most of the residents this means we put our recyclable material out on Wednesdays with the rubbish. If everyone took it to South Street the cost to the environment would be greater than £2,000. BK

Patricia Scott-Bradford had a nasty fall a week or two ago and was unable to get about with out using a stick. Patricia delivers the newsletter to residents in part of Mongeham Road and was helped out on this occasion by Diana Knight, who does the Cherry Lane round. We thank her for stepping in and are pleased to see that Patricia is progressing well. She still uses a stick when in muddy places—very wise! PH

Our Village This month we take a look at what used to be the bakery in Great Mongeham -when I was a child at the northern end of the village. There used to be two full time bakers in the village at one time. It is now known as 147 Mongeham Road and has been carefully restored back to a house, looking very similar to how it was in the 1940s. During renovation work there was evidence uncovered that seemed to point to it being two smaller dwellings in its time.

There is documented evidence that it was a bake house as far back as 1896, owned then by a Mr. Philpot of Sunnyside, and leased to Manning the miller of Dover, later to become Hudson’s, who in turn let it out to various tenant bakers.

The first baker that I remember working the bake house, was Robert Piper and his wife, they had a son named “Bobby” who I played with. We would scrounge pieces of dough from the baker’s men at the back door and roll it and work it on the stones in the back yard and then have it baked in the ovens. There was not a lot of health and hygiene then but it certainly tasted good. It must have gained something when we rolled it out on the garden path.

The ovens were at that time fired by faggots, large bundles of sticks tied up with wire and pushed into the fire holes, to preheat the ovens before putting the risen dough into bake.








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I also have a picture of the bake house, with a posting box situated within its structure and a telegram boy with bike, standing outside, so it seems that it was also a Post Office at one time, probably the 1920s. There were several other tenant bakers before it was sold to William, who ran it until it finally closed down, which seems to be in the late sixties or seventies. Perhaps you could let us know? P.H.


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