Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 34  August, 2007





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm


Northbourne Road

Weds. 8th and 22nd

St. Richard’s Rd.

Weds. 1st, 15th and 29th

Mongeham Road

Thurs. 9th and 23rd

St. Edmund’s Road

Thurs. 2nd, 16th and 30th



Diary Dates 1

St. Martin’s Church

and Christian Centre 2

Village Reports 3

Organizations and Clubs 4

We would be grateful to receive any items for the September edition before the 20th August, 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

Horticultural Society Wednesday, 1st August at 7.30 pm—Mr. March will talk on ‘The Secrets of a Walled Garden’. The Meeting’s Competition is ‘A Vegetable in Season’.


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 9th August Guided Tour of Sandwich Guildhall. Weather permitting , followed by a street walk and visit to a local hostelry. Meet Hall Car Park at 6 pm to share cars or Sandwich for 7 pm tour.


Three Horseshoes Charity Fun Day Sunday, 26th August from Noon—Stalls, Bands and more, in aid of the Aspen Unit, Whitfield.


Bank Holiday Monday—27th August, 2007 Annual Summer Show with Boot Fair in the Parish Hall and on the Village Green. Pitches £7—for advance bookings please telephone Patricia Scott-Bradford Tel. 362815.

Great Mongeham Society No meeting in August.





Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 20th September at 7.30 pm

We welcome back to the village Rev. Jim Gosling walking about Prison Chaplaincy. Visitors welcome.











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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, 5th August Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 12th August Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 19th August Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 26th August Holy Communion 10.00 am


BAPTISM REGISTER St. Martin’s Church Leo Arthur Aldridge 22nd July, 2007


FLOWER ROTA Sunday, 5th August Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

Sunday, 12th August Mary Hopper

Sunday, 19th August Diana Knight

Sunday, 26th August Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick


OPEN CHURCH It was decided by the St. Martin’s PCC to keep St. Martin’s Church open for visitors for the whole of August. The Church will be open daily from 9 am until 7 pm. There will be someone on duty for guided tours and a chat on Wednesday afternoons between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. We ask any one passing by to look in and generally keep an eye on the Church as we will not be able to man the building all the time.

Our sister Church of St. Leonard’s, Upper Deal is remaining open for the same period and we feel it is right to allow visitors to visit our Church. If you have an hour to spare both our Churches are well worth a look around. PH



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

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



The Great Mongeham Society Eddie Gadd is a man who loves his job, brewing beer and very good it is! The Society members enjoyed the visit to his brewery on a lovely sunny evening. Eddie took them through the process from water to the end product ‘in a glass’. Notes were taken of places Gadd’s beer was stocked after a glass or three! PSB




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St. Martin’s W.I. Please note the Head Office in Canterbury will close for the Summer and re-open on 28th August, 2007.


Village Fun Afternoon was held on the Village Green and in the Parish Hall on Saturday, 7th July.

The afternoon lived up to its reputation with families and friends enjoying the glorious sunshine. The coconut shy, bowling, tossing the horseshoe and hoopla created good competition as did the children’s races which ended with a free for all tug of war. Trading was brisk on the raffle, tombola and strawberry teas. A surprise visitor was local art tutor, Angelo Pizegallo who played the didgeridoo with great skill.

Very many thanks to those who ran sideshows and donated their proceeds to St. Martin’s Church. The grand total came to over £500, which goes towards the general running costs of the Church.

The Gardener’s Rose and Sweet Pea Show held in the Parish Hall attracted twenty four members who competed for prizes in thirty two classes. Trophies were won by Marlene Walker for most points in the show and Alan Ford for most points in section one, Sweet peas. Special prize certificates went to Mick Beet, Marlene Walker, Ray Odell and Keith Atkinson.

An Art Exhibition was also held in the Parish Hall. Work by the art class who meet in the Parish Hall on Tuesday afternoons, was displayed showing a wide variety of styles and materials.

The draw for the Doll’s House will take place on August Bank Holiday Monday. It was held over from the Fun Afternoon. Made by Martin Keenan the house is a replica of a Fisherman’s Cottage and has been donated by him for funds for Saint Martin’s Church.


Our thanks to the Parish Council who kindly sponsored the Marquee and the Parish Hall Trustees who made the Hall available for the Flower Show and Art Show and to all who helped in any way to make the afternoon a success. It is good to see good old fashion village fun being had by so many people on our village green. PH and DK

For photos of the Village Fun Afternoon visit and click on Events..


WELL DONE A National Knockout Croquet Competition to encourage more people to join croquet clubs has been entered by Diana and Brian Knight who play on their lawn at Mundels in Cherry Lane. The first area round played at the Maidstone Croquet Club in June, was won by Diana with Brian in second place. The next round will be held at the Sussex Croquet Club near Brighton in August. We wish them good luck! SS


KNOW YOUR VILLAGE Last month we took a look at one of the small holdings that used to be in the village, The Vale Dairy Farm. If we cross the road from there we come to two little cottages that were then named Palmerstone Cottages. Now numbers 165 and 167 Mongeham Road. They were then home to Jack Barwick and his wife and a Mrs. Moody and her daughter. They all seemed very odl to me and used to give me the odd penny or two when I delivered their eggs and such on a Saturday morning. I would often come home clutching a large armful of rhubarb, which for some reason always seemed to grow well in the gardens of the cottages





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that had no drainage.


Next door to them was Monk’s Hall, which was antoher small farmstead in the village. The three new houses between there and Palmerstone Cottages were part of the plum orchard that went with Monk’s Hall. There was a convenient hole in the hedge that you could wriggle through when the plums were ripe and if you were lucky Mr. Farrier, the then owner would not be able to catch you! He later sold out to Joe Barwick, brother of Jack two doors away, a retired farmer from Nonington. He ran the place as a small holding growing vegetables and keeping pigs and hens.

I worked for him as a boy picking up potatoes for eight old pence an hour, two shillings for a morning’s work, getting the princely sum of ten shillings for five mornings work per week. When I asked if he would employ a friend he did so, but quoted to me that, “one boy was worth a boy but two boys were only worth half a boy and three boys were worth nothing at all.” He took my friend on at the same rate but made us work at separate ends of the field. However, he was very generous with the orange squash and buns at break time!

They were good days and we felt rich and willingly, contributed half of our earning to the family budget. PH



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 Patricia Scott-Bradford 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 Nigel Pitchford Tel 362202

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

Pilates Thursdays 5.45 –6.45 pm Parish Hall Lorraine Pullen Tel 07734473784

Fridays 12.30 –1.30 pm