Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 40  March, 2008


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellens Road

Wed. 5th and 19th March

Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 12th and 26th


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 3

Hack N Tack 4

Organisations and Clubs in the Village


We would be grateful to receive any items for the March edition before the 20th March, 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, 5th March at

7.30 pm—Mr. Bob Ogley will speak on ‘The Wind of Change’.

Quiz Night in aid of our Friends in Madagascar—Saturday, 8th March—Admission £4.00 per head - tables of six or eight. Please bring your own food and drink. Tea and coffee supplied. Bookings telephone Peter on 364457


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 13th March at 7.30 pm— Bluebells and Butterflies—Everyone Welcome.


Drop In A sale will be held on Thursday, 20th March from 10.00 am to 12 Noon. You are invited to come and Sell, Bring or Buy.

Tables are free to all villagers. 10% commission on all sales.

Refreshments will be served including Hot Cross Buns. Tel Patricia on 364769.


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 20th March at 7.30 pm—Tom Burnham will talk about Watercolours.

Bingo Thursday, 28th March 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start.



Corners Saturday, 15th March from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm in Northbourne Hall. Children age from 5 to 11. For further details please contact Peter on 364457.




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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, 2nd March Mothering Sunday Service with Baptism 10.00 am

Sunday, 9th March Holy Communion 10.00 am

Palm Sunday, 16th March Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Good Friday, 21st March Compline and Passion Reading 7.00 pm

Easter Sunday, 23rd March Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 30th March Holy Communion 10.00 am

United Benefice Service at St. Richard’s



No Flowers in Lent. Please will all flower arrangers meet on Easter Saturday to fill the Church with flowers for Easter Sunday. RM


FUNERAL SERVICE at St. Martin’s Church on 20th February, 2008

Joan Margaret Redsull nee Catherick passed from this life at the QEQM Hospital, Margate on the 9th February, 2008 at the age of 77. I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my feelings of sympathy to her remaining family and friends.

Joan was born in 1931, she was the second child of a family of seven, two boys and five girls who grew up at The Nook, Great Mongeham, apart from being evacuated to Wales during the war. She completed her childhood education at Ripple School, leaving at the age of 14 to take up employment with Lambert’s Laundry, Deal.

It was during this employment that she met Lesley Redsull and they were married at St. Martin’s Church on 15th December, 1951. They had two children, John and Dennise, who in turn provided them with 3 grandchildren. Joan lived at a couple of residence in the Mongeham Road and always looked upon Great Mongeham as home.

In her life, Joan was not one to let the grass grow under her feet. Her employment included Haffenden’s Rubber Factory, Hotel work and working as a Shop Assistant for well known names in Deal High Street including Little Liptons and Ferris, the Pork Butchers.

In her younger years she was a very active person enjoying outdoor activities, but alas as time took its toll she developed heart problems, which entailed several stays in Hospital.

As her health failed she went to stay at Sampson Court, Great Mongeham and Carlton Lodge, London Road, Deal. Joan was one of the village people who locals will remember with affection. We thank God for her life on this earth and commend her soul into his safekeeping. PH



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


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




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Great Mongeham Horticultural Society

On February 6, Chairman Peter Aplin welcomed 72 members to the first meeting of the year. Speaker, Mr. David March, gave a most interesting and entertaining talk on the History of English Cheeses. Members were given their potatoes and pots for the June competition and reminded of the rules. Next month will see the start of the annual Seed Swap. Please bring your unwanted seeds in a clearly marked envelope and exchange them for something you need. If you haven’t paid your subs and you wish to re-join the club, please do so as soon as possible, as we have a waiting list of people wanting to join us. JB


St. Martin’s W.I. Members enjoyed their talk on Pyrex by Susan Hibberd. From the start in America, where it was made for steam trains, to the closure in 2007 of the British manufacturer, the designs, shapes and, most interesting, how to date the pieces by colour and marks. Many of the pictures and pieces shown, had members saying: “I remember that” or “my mother had that set”. An ordinary kitchen item with so much history. PSB


Great Mongeham Society Peter Ewart gave a fascinating talk on Family History. Members and visitors enjoyed tales of yesteryear unearthed in his research. They will now look forward to getting started on their own family trees—Lord or crook you never know who is in your family! PSB


Large Reward

Missing since 19th October from Hull Place—Semi Long Haired Grey Cat with red collar -

Please telephone 07773 222230.


Village Internet Access

Over the years, our coverage in the village has been attrocious—broadband in particular.

Nigel Stevenson had an article about a company called Vfast ( who are offering wireless services, but not in this village as yet. I have made contact with them and they have been up here to do a line of site test to their nearest transmitter.

Visibility, up here, is excellent and the test ran at 4 meg downstream 2 meg upstream. I have now opened negotiations on setting up a repeater station here to extend the signal. Coverage throughout the village may be a problem with the brow of the hill and they are coming up with a cherry picker to do some coverage tests.

I will let you know of any developments. Chris Saville


Community Responders

SE Coast Ambulance Service is looking for Community Responders in rural areas—people who volunteer their spare time to be available for selected 999 calls. They will be trained and given equipment, including an automatic defibrillator. These defibrillators are very easy to use, as a recorded voice gives specific instructions when the machine is turned on.

In rural areas ambulances often cannot respond quickly enough for a cardiac emergency. Community volunteers can respond to an emergency quickly and really make a difference.

If you would like to know more look at

Or contact SE Coast Ambulance Service (Sussex Office) in Lewes (Tel. 01273 897836).





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Hack N Tack With the sad demise of the Post Office, we would like to assure the residents of Great Mongeham that we will be continuing to sell a selection of Equestrian goods, gifts and other products. As well as Horse sundries, we stock a choice of clothing and footwear for Ladies and Children and are able to order in men’s sizes.

The clothing although designed for riding, is ideal for dog walking and fashionable enough for everyday use. At present we still have our Winter stock but following an end of season sale in March, we will have our new Spring/Summer range. We also sell gifts, party packs and candles for those special Birthdays.

We would like to make the residents aware that with the closure of the Post Office, you will still be able to buy Judy’s Jams, Sylvia’s postcards and a selection of hand-made cards available from Val and Marion.

We thank you for your continued support.





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