Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 39  February, 2008


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellens Road

Wed. 6th and 20th Feb

Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 13th and 27th


Please check Dover District Council Website on for full details of recycling days.






Diary Dates 1

St. Martin’s Church


Christian Centre 2

Village Reports 2

District Council News 4

We would be grateful to receive any items for the March edition before the 20th February, 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 Wednesday, 6th February at 7.30 pm—History of English Cheeses by Mr. David March.

Competition: 5 biscuits—potatoes for the annual competition will be handed out.


Children’s Party Sunday afternoon. 10th February for the Under 10s. See flyer for details and RSVP.


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 14th February at 7.30 pm Susan Hibberd, a local author and speaker will talk about Pyrex and its history. The competition is to bring along a piece of Pyrex. Visitors and new members welcome.


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 21st February at 7.30 pm,

local genealogist, Peter Ewart will be speaking on Researching your Family History. Peter is Vice President of the Kent Family History Society and an expert on the subject and this promises to be an excellent and informative talk. If you have ever wondered how to begin researching your ancestors then why not come along and find out where to begin. It could be the start of an interesting hobby and who knows what you may discover in the course of your research.

We look forward to welcoming members and visitors for the second meeting of the year.


Bingo Thursday, 28th February—7.15 for 7.30 pm start.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS This month we are enclosing with the Newsletter, a copy of the Great Mongeham Society Calendar for 2008. We hope you will find a topic of interest and be able to join us in the Parish Hall for some of the meetings throughout the year.




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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, 3rd February Morning Praise 10.00 am

Ash Wednesday, 6th February United Benefice Service St. Leonard’s 7.30 pm

Sunday, 10th February Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 17th February Family Service 10.00 am

Sung Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 24th February Holy Communion 10.00 am



Sunday, 3rd February Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

Sunday, 10th February Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

Sunday, 17th February Mary Hopper

Sunday, 24th February June Osbourne



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


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


THANKS I would like to congratulate and thank Rev. Peter Hambrook for creating such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere at St. Martin’s Church. I first attended the Christmas Carol Service at St. Martin’s three years ago. The last two years I have gone along on my own, but have not felt intimidated as the congregation are so welcoming. I enjoy the hour spent singing carols and taking a little time to reflect on what Christmas is really about.

I am going to become a “Friend of St. Martins” as a gesture of appreciation for all the effort this focal point of the community provides to Great Mongeham residents, ranging from the traditional services to the collation, printing and distribution of this Newsletter.

If you are considering whether to do the same, I would encourage you to think about the direct and positive impact St. Martin’s has right on our doorstep. It takes dedication, commitment and unfortunately money to keep the facilities available. Compare this to the retail industry who we readily support leading up to Christmas, it certainly puts it into perspective for me.

Maria Fagg, St. Francis Close



St. Martin’s PCC The pillars holding the gates at the west end of the Churchyard are to be rebuilt and the gates repaired and re-hung in the next couple of months. It is also hoped that we will be able to re-gravel the pathway through the Churchyard as well as repairing the hinge on the gate at the east end. This has been made possible by grants of money from Gt. Mongeham Parish Council and Kent County Council Small Communities Capital Project Fund. Roof and rainwater goods maintenance are also due to take place as the better weather approaches.



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The reordering plans are still grinding along, due to a change of architect mid way through the planning stages and should be with the Diocesan Advisory Committee, for approval in the Spring to enable us to apply for a faculty. We have received approval in principle and await further news on the subject. PH


Friends of St. Martin’s The PCC of St. Martins would like to thank Diana and Brian Knight for all their hard work over the last few years leading the Friends of St. Martin’s. Our Church building is in better repair thanks to their efforts and support of the Friends. Projects such as the restoration of stained glass and the west doors, have been the main tasks successfully accomplished. For information about the Friends please call Nigel Pitchford Tel. 362202 or Peter Hambrook on 364457. PH


St. Martin’s W.I. Members enjoyed a good start to their 2008 programme of speakers. Julie Thompsett gave an interesting talk about Samphire Hoe, from the first attempt to build a Channel Tunnel, to present day with pictures of the fauna and flora to be seen at various times of the year—well worth a visit and for free!

The basic Knitting and Sewing classes offered by St. Martin’s W.I. at the Mongeham Christain Centre on Thursday evenings at 7 pm, began with knitting on a circular needle and crochet stitches. The crazy patch work with Prue Bell got under way with six W.I. Members. Anyone can still come along to join in the Basic class - there will be no lesson on 14th February as this is the W.I. Meeting. PSB


Great Mongeham Society started the year with an entertaining talk from Roger Austin on the life of a Gamekeeper’s son. PSB


Great Mongeham Shotokan Karate Club Congratulations to seven members who were successful when the club held their latest grading examinations.

Results: Red Belt, David Wahl and Pete Worsley

Orange Belt, Gill Walshe

Green Belt, Charlotte Waterman

Purple Belt, Jordan Talling

Purple/White Belt, Heather Keith

Brown/White Belt, Israel Osmond

New members are welcome but spaces are limited, so please call Jan Easton in the first instance on 01304 367001.


Great Mongeham Post Offices The Post Office in Great Mongeham closed after a link with the village since 1851. A valiant campaign by villagers to save it from the nationwide cost cutting strategy was unsuccessful. Postmaster Chris Saville closed up his business in Northbourne Road and left Solley’s Farm Shop to the Tack N Hack business with which he shared the premises.

The first recorded Post Office was at 147—149 Mongeham Road. Stephen Hubbard Philpott first appears as a baker in the 1851 Census and in Kelly’s Directory of 1862, besides being a baker, he is listed as a receiver of Post Office mail. Letters from Deal arrived from 7 a.m. and were dispatched at 6.45 pm.





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On his death, his son Alfred, became baker and postmaster. At that time letters arrived via Deal and were delivered and collected twice daily and there was a door to door delivery in the village street only. Postal orders were issued but not paid. Money orders were dealt with at Upper Deal and the telegraph office was in Deal. The wall letter box at Mongeham House, Northbourne Road, was cleared twice daily and once on Sunday.

In 1891 Alfred leased the bakery and Post Office to Edward Garland and his wife Elizabeth, who were the last recorded postmaster and postmistress on that site.

Early in the twentieth century the Post Office moved to a premises at 212 Mongeham Road, where Minnie Wraight had a thriving business. She continued serving the village until old age caused her to retire in 1963.

Her business was taken over by her nephew, Brian Fowler and his wife Brenda, who expanded their trade by growing vegetables, fruit and flowers. The Post Office trade also expanded, especially when the milkmen from the local dairy lined up in their milk floats to pay in their takings every Friday evening.

After the Fowlers retired the premises had a series of owners who were unable to make a living from a general store and Post Office. It closed in January 1995.

Villagers set about looking for another location and four months later, farmer David Solley stepped in offering to take over as sub postmaster. A Portakabin in the farm car park was turned into a village shop. As the business expanded it moved into the thatched building known as Solley’s Farm Shop.

David sold the business and after a couple of new owners, Chris Saville took over as postmaster five years ago. He served a wide area with customers coming from the surrounding villages and from Deal, who liked the convenience of the ample car parking on the site.

All who used the Post Office will miss Chris, not only for the service he provided but for his ready wit and friendly smile. He will continue to live in Northbourne Road and provide the village with news on his website at

Written by Diana Knight with research from Jim Rees


District Council News

At this stage in the council year, we are focused on the finances of the council including the calculation of Council Tax and fees and charges.

The Council is committed to keeping its finances in order and keeping any rises to the lowest possible increase, while maintaining a high quality service to our residents.

Over the last several years the council has been successful in attracting inwards investment from a number of government bodies, which will lead to further service improvements as well as a better lifestyle for our residents.

There is also still much work going on to ensure the new waste contract meets our needs. Last year we gave a commitment that we would include, plastic bottles and cardboard in the kerbside recycling collections and we continue to negotiate with service providers to ensure that this commitment is upheld.

The new local plan, the local development framework is going out for public consultation and we would encourage all residents to have their say on this important document.

Nick and Steve


Due to lack of space details of Organisations and Clubs in the Parish will appear again next month.