Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 42  May, 2008


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellens Road

Wed. 14th and 28th May

Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 7th and 21st May

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


and Clubs 4





We would be grateful to receive any items for the June edition before the 20th May, 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, 7th May - Mr. Mathew Pottage will speak about ‘The New Glasshouses at Wisley’ and the competition is for the tallest weed!!

St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 8th May at 7.30 pm—members will discuss two resolutions to go forward to the A.G.M. in Liverpool. There will also be an auction of goods donated by members.

Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 15th May at 7.30 pm—Dr. Steve Chappell will talk on ‘The Making of Medicines’. Visitors and new members are welcome.

Bingo Thursday, 22nd May at 7.15 pm eyes down at 7.30 pm.

The St. Martin’s Annual Boot Fair will take place this year on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 26th May. Pitches can be booked on 01304 364457. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Don’t forget to put Saturday, 5th July in your diaries—the gardeners will be staging their Rose and Sweet Pea Show in the Parish Hall and the Great Mongeham Village Fun Day will be happening on the green, in the afternoon. You will be able to feast your eyes on the glories in the Hall, then come and join in the fun outside and maybe treat yourself to a delicious tea. Please bring children and grandchildren, there will be loads for them to do. This is our Village Day and we would like to see everybody there. Watch this space for more information. Joyce Blee

Parish Hall Annual General Meeting to be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, 30th July at 8pm.



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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 May Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 11th May Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 18th May Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 25th May Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday School for young children every Sunday during Morning Service times.

Sunday, 1st June the licensing of our new rector, David Flewker, at St. Leonard’s Upper Deal at 6. pm.

Baptism Register Olivia Sarah Wells of 169 Mongeham Road.


Sunday, 4th May Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

Sunday, 11th May Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

Sunday, 18th May Mary Hopper

Sunday, 25th May June Osbourne and Queenie Keenan



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

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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society The hall was a riot of colour and scent for the Spring Show and judges Jean and Peter Sudell expressed their admiration for the quantity and high quality of flowers and vegetables on the benches.

In explaining to members how they decided the winning entries, they gave us lots of tips which were much appreciated. Floral Art was judged by Phillipa Keyes-Evans, who also expressed her pleasure at the number, and the beauty, of the entries and the interesting interpretations of the different categories. All judges commented that the high standard had made the choice of winners very difficult.

The two cups—one for Best Bloom in Show and the other for most points, were awarded to Alan Ford. Joyce Blee


St. Martin’s W.I. The talk on perfume was very informative. Members were given various ‘smells’ to consider including flowers, herbs and citrus fruits. These not only go into sprays and cologne but also into household cleaners. PSB


Great Mongeham Society Members welcomed Neil Arnold who gave members a fascinating talk on Big Cats. This was a young man dressed in the Beatles era with 18 years of recorded sightings to share. He reported on 30, over three months in and around the Deal area. His book ‘Mystery Animals in Kent’ will be out soon - more information available from or telephone 01634 830384. PSB




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Parish Hall The Trustees welcome applications from villagers and representatives of hall users, to become a trustee. Contact the Administrator at 155 Mongeham Road, CT14 9LL with your details. PSB

Friends of St. Martin’s The coffee morning which was held at St. Martin’s on 5th April was well attended with another £34 plus being added to the funds. Proceeds now stand at well over £3,400, of which £750 was received from a grant by the KCC Small Community Capital Projects Fund, earmarked for the restoration of the Churchyard gates. PH


The Mongeham Art group meets every Tuesday afternoon during term time and for 2 hours, the Parish Hall is the venue for artistic endeavour, as well as social contact and education. The 24 members are taught, and encouraged by our tutor Julie White, who manages to cater for the various interests, abilities, talents and levels of confidence of the club members. We try to vary our work to include still life, landscape, abstract, outdoor work, buildings, life drawing, flowers, working from photographs etc. For one of our projects this term, we have been able to use some photos of Hothfield Common taken by Reg Underdown and we were pleased that Reg came to see our interpretations of his photos.

Some of our paintings can be seen on display at the Parish Hall, and we hope to be able to have a display at the Village Fun Day.

At the moment there is a waiting list for membership, but if you wish to have your name added to the list, please contact me on 01304 372339. Dorothy Sharpe


Great Mongeham Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, 3rd April and 18 members of the public attended.

The proposal by planners to designate Fair Field, an ancient site in the parish of Great Mongeham, as a site for housing, drew the wrath of villagers at the Annual Parish Meeting held in the parish hall last week.

Local historian, Jim Rees, said the field was given a charter in the 1300’s to hold a fair there in October. He admitted it had not been used for this purpose since 1860, but it was still part of the rural landscape of the village and housing there would add to the urban spread from Deal.

Local District Councillors Kenton and Manion gave a 12 minute video presentation outlining plans for the regeneration of Dover.

They were asked why Great Mongeham was being sidelined in favour of Deal. In some planning proposals the address had been given as Mongeham Road, Deal when it should be Mongeham Road, Great Mongeham, Deal. They had no explanation.

There was a report from Jim Rees on the Village Design Statement. He reported that a draft document should be ready for consultation this Summer, to be viewed by the Parish Council and then for public consultation.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Newnham introduced himself and said he was pleased to serve the village especially as it is a low crime area. He urged residents to report any incident of anti social behaviour to him on 07989992465. For non urgent matters relating to community policing, the community support officer number is 01304218000. If a crime is in progress then please call 999.

Cllr. Rev. Peter Hambrook outlined the plans for the village fun afternoon to be held on 5th July and gave a report about the village newsletter, which is supported by the parish council and delivered to all houses within the village.

Cllr Swales thanked everyone for their attendance and invited them to stay for refreshments and to meet their councillors. Diana Knight and Peter Hambrook





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Crime Prevention Message As we enter the spring and summer seasons, and we more frequently visit the Kentish countryside, please remember to ensure that any vehicles, mowers, heavy machinery and plant are always left locked and secure when unattended and wherever possible (in relation to plant and machinery) that they are disabled in order to prevent easy removal.

Please also ensure that all serial numbers are recorded and stored in a safe place, to assist any subsequent crime reporting. PC Mick Wright County Watch Liaison Officer



The following E Mail was received from Marianne Malthouse (nee Guy). She would be delighted to hear from anyone who remembers her - Contact


I was interested to see Gt Mongeham on the internet, and read the magazine with great interest. I am now living in Australia, but I moved to Gt Mongeham at the age of 7 in 1955, with my mother and father, Ivy and Leslie Guy, and my sister Roxanne Guy. The name of our cottage was Hollibank, the house was sub-divided into 3. Mr and Mrs Franks lived in the left hand cottage, Ivy and Percy Phillips, with their daughters Ruth and Marion lived in the middle cottage, we lived in the right-hand one.

The village shop was then run by Mrs Minnie Wraight. I found her gravestone on one of the websites. She was very old even back then (at least to a child, she was). Mrs Fowler lived not far from the shop, I believe I found her gravestone too. My father passed away in 1982, my mother Ivy Guy is now nearly 90, I wonder if there is anyone in the village who remembers us? I saw Janet Anning's name attending one of the meetings, she was a good friend of mine at that time. I attended Mongeham Primary School, and Folkestone Technical High School. I worked at Bowzells, an engineering firm, for 3 years, and used to cycle up Ellens Road every day to work. I can remember cycling through snow drifts shoulder high in winter.

I attended Sunday School at St Martins Church, did bell-ringing, sang in the choir and went every year to the village fete which used to be held in the field, somewhere at the back of the church. The Rev. Bailey was the minister there at that time. My sister was married in St Martins Church.

I see there are still Hambrooks in the village, I remember them also. My parents ran the local youth club in the village hall for some years.

I have very happy memories of my childhood and growing up in Gt Mongeham. I joined the airforce in 1967 and spent time overseas and away, but my family remained in Cherry Lane until 1974 when we emigrated to Australia. My sister Roxanne worked at the East Kent Mercury as a reporter in the early 60's.



Due to lack of space, details of Clubs, Societies and Organisations will appear in next month’s Newsletter.