Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 31  May, 2007





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm


Wed. May 2nd, 16th, 30th

Northbourne Road

Wed. May 9th and 23rd

St. Richards Rd.

Thurs. May 3rd, 17th, 31st

Mongeham Rd.

Thurs May10th and 24th

St. Edmund’s Rd.




Diary Dates 1


St. Martin’s Church

and Christian Centre 2


Village Reports 3


Our Village 3


Great Mongeham

Parish Council 4

We would be grateful to receive any items for the June edition before the 20th May, 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

Great Mongeham Horticultural Society—Wednesday, 2nd May at

7.30 pm—Mr. Dusty Miller will speak on Growing Vegetables from scratch. The competition is ‘a vase of herbs’.

Parish Council Elections Thursday, 3rd May in the Parish Hall all day—please come along and use your vote.

St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 10th May at 7.30 pm—34th Birthday celebration with refreshments and the traditional cake. Competition ‘Who’s Who’, your young photo in a plain envelope. Social time will be ‘hands on’ with various crafts other members will demonstrate.

Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 17th May at 7.30 pm talk on Badgers with Martin Newcombe. Visitors welcome.

Sandwich Deanery Synod Wednesday, 23rd May at 7.30 pm.

Bingo Thursday, 24th May at 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start.


On the Village Green

Spring Bank Holiday Boot Fair 28th May on the Village GreenBook early to avoid disappointment—Ring Peter on 364457.

Park Life at Fowlmead Country Park, Betteshanger Opening weekend 27th and 28th May, 2007. For further details of events telephone 01920 873 032.



Great Mongeham Village Design Statement A.G.M will be held on 14th June, 2007 at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room at St. Martin’s Church.

Parish Hall Trustees A.G.M. in the Parish Hall on 27th June at 8 pm—it is hoped a representative from all hall users can attend.

Village Fun Day on the Village Green Saturday, 7th July, 2007 2—5 pm to include Flower Show in the Parish Hall.





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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, 6th May Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 13th May Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 20th May Celebration of David Kendrew’s Ordination 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 27th May Holy Communion 10.00 am


Wedding The marriage of Oliver George Jull and Holly Laura Merrin took place at 2 pm on Saturday, 7th April, 2007 at St. Martin’s Church. Mr. and Mrs. Jull will live at RAF Waddington.

Baptism Sunday, 29th April of Isabel Jane Moir, daughter of Sarah and Alastair Moir and first granddaughter of Richard and Jane Ledger of Manor Farm, Little Mongeham.



Sunday, 6th May Rosemarie Middleton and Wendi Madgwick

Sunday, 13th May Mary Hopper

Sunday, 20th May Diana Knight

Sunday, 27th May Janet Lawrence

Open Church The Friends of St. Martin’s were in the church from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, 31st March to greet those who wanted to admire the work recently carried out on the west door. Refreshments were served and a bring and buy and preserves stall did a brisk trade. DK



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

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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society

The Spring Show was a resounding success with numerous entries and the Judges congratulated the Club on a superb display. They also commended all the hard work that goes into achieving such perfection in both flowers and vegetables. The winners certainly deserved their prizes but everyone who contributed must be warmly thanked, for helping to make this such a delightful occasion. Thanks also go to those who donated their flowers to decorate the Church for Eastertide—I am sure they were appreciated. JB





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Great Mongeham Society heard Jim Rees speak and show reports on the Tithe Wars from hundreds of years ago, finishing in 1977 or so they thought. As Jim finished his research, he was told that recently two friends of the Knights, had insured against paying Tithes. This can run into many thousands of pounds if implemented. PSB

St. Martin’s W.I. welcomed 20 visitors as well as members, to hear Prue Bell speak about her quilting experiences in Mystic U.S.A. Her quilts were amazing, not for Prue hexagonal patches but blue whales, lighthouses and much more—a delightful evening. PSB

Parish Hall Trustees would be grateful if all venue users would please keep the hall tidy. Tables are being left dirty and rubbish left on the floor. There is plenty of cleaning equipment to use. Again a plea to hirers, not to enter the main hall before their allotted time, if others are still there. Everyone pays for a certain time schedule. PSB

Three Horseshoes Wendy and Martin Styles are leaving on 1st May to enjoy retirement in their house in Margate, They will be greatly missed as, over the past three and a half years, they have not only increased the number of customers but have made many friends.

It is reckoned that they have raised over £12,000 for local charities, among them The Lifeboat, Air Ambulance, Kent Sea and Rescue, The Aspen Unit, St. John’s Ambulance, Little Clara’s Wheelchair, The Pegasus Play Scheme, Royal Marsden Hospital and The Hospice.

A bottle of money on the bar was recently opened and was found to contain £592 which will be divided between the Mongeham Christian Centre and Saint Martin’s.

A warm welcome is extended to Alison and Graham Adcock who have moved from the Heathrow area. Graham will have to work hard to match Wendy’s cooking. We wish them both good luck. DK


BEST WISHES to Jacquetta Caddell who will be moving this month to the Rose Garden, Great Mongeham. We are delighted that she will be remaining in the village after spending over 20 years living at Great Mongeham House.

FAREWELL to Jonathan, Jackie, Ben and Joseph Russell and Jackie’s mother Shirley Haynes who have lived at the Rose Garden and annexe for the last ten years—they are hoping to find a house locally.

WELCOME to Finlay Maxwell Clark who was born to Fiona and Geoff of Hilldene, Cherry Lane. He weighed in at five pounds and thirteen and a half ounces on 20th March at the Q.E.Q.M. Hospital, Margate.

WELCOME to George James Strathdee who was born at home at 437 St. Richard’s Road on 10th April to Kazumi and Stewart. He weighed 8lb. 7ozs. and is a sister for Emi. DK

THANK YOU to Colin Faulkner for keeping the Churchyard so neat and tidy - your hard work is much appreciated.



We continue our look at the dwellings in the village and who lived in them within living memory. We start this month at what is now 142 Mongeham Road. It was at one time, as far as I can remember, at least two cottages. It was then converted into one, by the owner named ‘The Burden’. When it was two cottages, one of the cottages was inhabited by one of the village road sweepers (we had two in the village at the time, both named Smith, but not related). His name was Fred Smith and he used to be responsible for looking after the tidiness of the banks and roads in the parish.




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He was employed by the local borough council of Deal who we came under at that time. He had a disability, with a deformed lower arm and hand, but used to manage the job of pushing the barrow right around the parish in all weathers. Dare I say it, our roads and banks were kept in a much better state than they are now.

The other a Tom Smith lived in what was then call Palmerstone Cottages, now 161 Mongeham Road, on the opposite side of the road. He also had a disability. He only had one eye—the story goes that he lost it chopping wood. They were both typical country characters that could entertain you with a lifetime of stories. In fact these two rows of cottages housed what I would call several Great Mongeham locals. There was the Hares family, whose father walked from Durham during the twenties to seek work in the newly opened coalmines. There were two Hayward brothers living in what is now Pump Cottage. They used to grow very good sweet peas, but I will not tell you what they used to put around their roots to encourage them to grow. Perhaps that’s how one of them got the nickname of ’Shooter Hayward’. Across the road in what is now Yeoman Cottage, there was a Mrs. Jacobs who used to breed Pekinese dogs and her husband Harry who was a Cobbler. On the other end of the row lived the Gambrel family—two sisters and a brother—Tom, Hanna and Sally, neither of which ever married. It was quite something to see them on a lazy summer’s evening, sitting on their doorsteps or leaning on the front garden gate, watching the world go by and sharing conversation with whoever spoke to them. It’s hard to believe that life in Great Mongeham ever went at that sort of pace! PH


Peter and Judy Hambrook have been much in our thoughts over the last month and we send Judy warm wishes during her stay in hospital.



The Parish Council is a formal level of government and local government regulations state that only council members can speak during a council meeting. So from its inception Great Mongeham Parish Council decided that the meeting would be temporarily closed to allow a parishioner to state his or her views, and then reopened to continue the formal meeting. Another stipulation is that decisions can only be made on items that are included on the written agenda. Residents can approach parish councillors to get items put on the agenda.


The new council will be formed during May and there will be several new councillors. There is training to explain the regulations and remit of a parish council.


I would like to thank the councillors who have not stood for re-election this year—Steve

Cornock who has now moved out of the village, and especially Joan Flynn and Derek Long who have been on the parish council since it was formed. Penny Swales Chairman