Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 38  December, 2007





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm


Northbourne Road

Wed. Dec. 12th

St. Richard’s Road

Wed. Dec. 5th and 19th

Mongeham Road

Thurs. Dec. 13th and 27th

St. Edmund’s Road

Thurs. Dec. 6th and 20th






Diary Dates 1

St. Martin’s Church 2

Christian Centre 3

Village Reports 3

Clubs and Organizations 4



May we wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. We take a break from the Newsletter over Christmas and the next edition will be in February. We would be grateful to receive any items for this edition before the 20th January, 2008 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 Christmas Party on 5th December. Will everyone please bring cutlery and dishes, also a plate of food (not too much) to share. There will be no raffle, instead you are each asked to buy a present to the value of between £3 and £5, wrap it in Christmas paper and mark it ‘Male’, ‘Female’ or ‘Either’. The presents will then be exchanged during the evening. If you have any queries about the party please ring Stella Chambers on 360931.

Christian Centre Why not join us for an evening of seasonal songs and traditional Christmas Carols on Saturday, 8th December from

6 pm to 8 pm with refreshments provided. All are welcome.

Mick Godden


St. Martin’s W.I. Christmas Meeting on Thursday, 13th December at 7.30 pm with a Fish and Chip Supper. There will be the annual present and card exchange.

Christmas Bingo Thursday, 20th December—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.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 17th January, 2008 at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall. Mike Jackson will be the speaker with pictures and paw prints of some ‘large cats on the loose’. If you have sighted or photographed any large animals in the area, please bring any information to the meeting.

You do not have to live in the Parish to become a member—an interest of what goes on locally, past and present is what the Society is all about. Subscriptions will be collected at the January meeting. Visitors and new members always welcome.




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St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 10th January, 2008 talk on Samphire Hoe—an outing to the Hoe will be arranged for later on in the year.

Bingo Thursday, 24th January - 7.15—7.30 pm start.



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



Advent Sunday, 2nd December Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 9th December Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 16th December Crib Service Children are invited to assemble the crib 10.00 am

in readiness for Christmas

Candle Light Carol Service 6.00 pm

Sunday, 23rd December Holy Communion 10.00 am

Monday, 24th December Christmas Eve Christingle 5.00 pm

Midnight Mass 11.15 pm

Tuesday, 25th December Christmas Day Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 30th December No Service at St. Martin’s, we are invited to a united service at

St. Nicholas Church, Sholden.

Sunday, 6th January Epiphany Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 13th January Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 20th January Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 27th January Holy Communion 10.00 am


BAPTISM On Sunday, 25th November at St. Martin’s Church, the Christening took place of

Chloe Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew and Georgina Solley, first grandchild of David and Sue Solley and fifth great grandchild to Pat Solley.



No flowers during early December but all Flower Arrangers to meet on the 22nd December, 2007.



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


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





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Great Mongeham Horticultural Society The Annual General Meeting of the Society took place on 7th November. After making his report, the Chairman Peter Aplin, thanked his committee members for their dedicated support and also all members for their participation and help in all activities. The accounts were presented and adopted. As all the committee members were willing to continue, they were re-elected en bloc by a unanimous vote. The officers will remain unchanged this year, although both Chairman and Secretary have signified a wish to stand down next year.

We shall be unable to be with you for the Christmas Party but hope you have a great time and a Happy Christmas and New Year. Joyce Blee


St. Martin’s W.I. January will see members taking part in six Crazy Quilt sewing sessions with Prue Bell and should finish up with an interesting jacket.

St. Martin’s W.I. is offering, anybody five to ninety five, the chance to learn to sew, knit or even crochet. The classes will be in the Christian Centre side Hall on Thursday, 17th January at 7 pm for six weeks. Please telephone 01304 364769 if you would like to come along. You do not have to belong to the W.I. to come, learn and enjoy the skill. PSB


Great Mongeham Society A very well attended Annual General Meeting, elected Jim Rees as Chairman, Steve Chappell as Treasurer and Joyce Blee as Secretary with a full committee. Jim thanked retiring Chairman, Brian Knight for all his hard work over the last three years. Nigel May gave a very interesting talk on photography, illustrated with his own shots. Members enjoyed the village photograph quiz and the Bowsher’s Aptitude Quiz.

The Christmas decorations will be in the Parish Hall from 1st December. The Trustees wish every one, a Happy Christmas and Joyful New Year. PSB


Great Mongeham Art Show Although there were fewer visitors this year, the event still made a reasonable amount of money for the Friends of St. Martin’s who run the show to raise funds for the Church.

Appreciation and thanks are due to Brian Knight who is now retiring from the running of the show and who, for the last 16 years, has been a stalwart support of the event, including hanging endless pictures and generally being in the right place at the right time to keep the show on the road. Sylvia Bowsher


Pilates The Friday Morning class held in the Parish Hall has now be cancelled.


District Council News At this time of year we would like to wish all of our residents a Happy Christmas. The year has been a busy one. In local issues we continue to work with the Parish Council to support the development of the village, in keeping with the needs of the local community.






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Elsewhere the negotiation of the new waste contract to include plastics and cardboard in the kerbside recycling, is high on the list of priorities.

We also welcome the work of the weekly drop in at the Parish Hall and would encourage all residents to pop into this event.

We hope all our residents have a safe festive period and that the New Year is a fulfilling one.

Best Wishes. N ick and Steve


The Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre (KMBRC) is a charity which was set up in May 2003. Their objectives are to collect, collate and disseminate wildlife information specifically for Kent, which will be available to anyone with an interest, including conservationists, developers, academics and the general public.

The KMBRC is always on the look out for new records throughout the County—not just rare or threatened species, information to include birds, foxes, rabbits, fish, plants, trees, mushrooms etc. They are interested in records for single sites (people’s gardens). If you are able to help please contact Irene Folliot, Recording Support Office KMBRC Tel. 01622 685 780 or E Mail

We take this opportunity of thanking our Proof Reader, Carol Greener and all those who kindly deliver your Newsletter throughout the year—your help is much appreciated.



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 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

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