Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 37  November, 2007





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm


Northbourne Road

Wed. Nov. 14th and 28th

St. Richard’s Road

Wed. Nov. 7th and 21st

Mongeham Road

Thurs. Nov. 1st, 15th and 29th

St. Edmund’s Road

Thurs. Nov. 8th and 22nd




Diary Dates 1

St. Martin’s Church 2

Christian Centre 3

Village Reports 3

Clubs and Organizations 4

We would be grateful to receive any items for the December edition before the 20th November, 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

Harvest Supper Quiz Night Saturday, 3rd November - 6.30 for 7.00 pm start. Tickets are £4 per head—tel. Judy or Peter on 364557.

Postponed from last month, the Harvest Supper is in aid of our friends in Madagascar. It will be an American Supper so please bring your own food and drink—tea and coffee will be supplied during the interval. Come and support this worthy cause—it is guaranteed to be a good evening.

Christian Centre A note to church members—the A.G.M. is on 4th November, 2007.

Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 7th November at 7.30 pm—Annual General Meeting. If you would like to go on the waiting list for new members—please telephone Joyce Blee.

St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 8th November at 7.30 pm—Mr. Allen will talk on being a Cartier Jeweller. Visitors welcome.

The 16th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th November from 11 am to 4 pm each day in the Parish Hall. Admission is 50p. Anyone wanting to exhibit please contact The Friends of Saint Martin’s Church, 01304 375420 before 3rd November, 2007.

Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 15th November at 7.30 pm—Annual General Meeting. Please bring along an unusual photograph taken in Great Mongeham to be included in the ‘Guess where it is’ quiz.

Bingo Thursday, 22nd November 7.15 for 7.30 pm start.



The Three Horseshoes will be open on Christmas Day from 12—5 pm. Christmas Day Lunch will be served at 1 pm—please pop in or call for further details.




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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 November No Service—Rev. Kendrew’s farewell service at

St. Leonard’s Church

Sunday, 11th November Holy Communion—Remembrance Day Service 10.00 am

Sunday, 18th November Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 25th November Holy Communion 10.00 am



Sunday, 4th November Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

Sunday, 11th November Diana Knight

Sunday, 18th November Mary Hopper

Sunday, 25th November June Osbourne



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


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




Music in St. Martin’s A big THANK YOU to everyone who performed in or supported the musical evening in St. Martin’s Church on the 6th October. It was lovely to see so many young people taking part. For some of them, it was their first public performance but they all entertained us delightfully. It was a really joyous occasion with talented soloists, duets, groups and a choir singing and playing a wide range of music from Elgar, hymns and Hammerstein to ragtime, Tim Rice and John Rutter. There was something for everyone to enjoy. Not only did everybody have a good time, but we also raised £265 for The Friend’s of St. Martin’s funds which will go towards repairing the church guttering and gates. Wendy Madgwick




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The Christian Centre We would like to say how much we enjoyed the concert at St. Martin’s Church. We have been thinking of having an evening of songs at the Christian Centre before Christmas, the date will be in the next Newsletter. We hope you will all come along and join us.

As we rush madly towards another Christmas, credit cards fully charged so we can have the best Christmas ever, why not just stop and ask yourselves a question “What exactly will I be celebrating on 25th December?” Mick Godden


St. Martin’s W.I. Members elected Mrs. Margaret Musson as their President for the next twelve months. The committee consists of six others to help with the running of the W.I.


Great Mongeham Society enjoyed Jim Gosling’s talk on Prison Chaplaincy. Members enjoyed an insight into the challenging work he undertakes. PSB

The Great Mongeham Society want to thank all those who supported the “Save the Post Office” meeting in the Parish Hall last month. The president, Diana Knight, urged everyone to back up the local petition by writing letters to the Prime Minister, their M.P., Gwyn Prosser, K.C.C. and Gary Herbert, network development manager of Post Office Ltd. The closing date for the local public consultation for this area is 12th November and all comments must be received by that date. Don’t delay, write today.

Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Undaunted by the dismal weather in the weeks before, members produced what the judge called ‘a cracking good ‘ Autumn Show with 164 entries. Special prizes went to Mick Beer, Ray Odell and Sandra Upton. The John Catherick Apple Cup was awarded to Nick Windsor and the Cup for most points in the show to Ray Odell.

Joyce Blee (Secretary)


The Hall Trustees hope that it will not be long before there are benches in place, for passers by to take a rest outside the Parish Hall. It is possible that there will be room for a smaller bench, if required.

Thanks go to those who have kindly offered to put up and take down the Christmas tree and decorations. PSB


Well done and Thank You to all those who kindly supported the Three Horseshoes Charity Fun Day—a total of £2,500 was raised to be given to Aspen to go towards a swing capable of taking a wheelchair. Alison Adcock


Welcome Elsie Christie who has finally moved into Horseshoe Cottage. We look forward to seeing you at the Drop In on Thursdays at 10.00 am.


The Parish Hall

As I promised last month I would like to share a few memories with you about our Parish Hall and what is now known as the Village Green . As I have already stated, it was put forward as an idea by a group of local “worthies” in the 1920’s and was eventually opened in 1929, as an alternative meeting place to the upstairs room at the Three Horseshoes. When it was due to be opened, it was discovered that no one had thought of stocking up with coke for the two pot bellied stoves, that were used to heat the place, but the day was saved by the local farmer




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making a hasty trip with horse and cart, to the local gas works to get some. It was reported that the evening went off in relative comfort.

The Hall was built by a local builder, a Mr. Philips who owned a yard in Cherry Lane. When it was opened, it was mostly used as a workingmen’s club with Whist Drives and the occasional dance, high up on the agenda. It also housed a full size Snooker/Billiard table and a large solid Table Tennis table, which has only recently been removed from the premises.

During the war it was taken over as a NAFFI by the army, who had a large presence in the village. They also built a large community bomb shelter in the meadow next door on what is now the Green and Car Park. They also erected a large water storage tank in case of fire, should the water mains be destroyed by bombing—the footings can still be visibly seen.

After the war, the hall was handed back to the village and has been run mostly successfully by local committees. The green was until a few years ago, grazing pasture for one of the two herds of cows that were housed in the village. Prior to this it was an orchard that went with the Manor House across the road. As a young child, I can still remember some of the fruit trees. Alas, now only the Mulberry tree remains to remind of us of those days.

At the moment the hall is run by a group of trustees who, have over time, looked after and modernised what is a comfortable well-used village amenity. Peter Hambrook



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 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

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

Fridays 12.30-1.30pm (from 13th July)