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Issue 43 June, 2008


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellens Road

Wed. 11th and 25th June

Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 4th and 18th June

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




Diary Dates 1

Forthcoming Events

St. Martin’s Church 2


Christian Centre 2


Village Reports and

Know Your Village 3


and Clubs 4



We would be grateful to receive any items for the July edition before the 20th June, 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, 4th June at 7.30pm—Barbecue and Potato Weigh-In.


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 12th June at 7.30 pm—Ikebana demonstration by Mrs. Tsuyoko Page.


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 19th June - South Foreland Lighthouse tour—meet at the Parish Hall at 6.30 pm to share cars.

Bring along a picnic to enjoy on the cliff top after the visit.


Bingo Thursday, 26th June at 7.15 pm, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm.



Great Mongeham Village Fun Day Saturday, 5th July from 2 pm until 5.30 pm—we can certainly promise something for everyone -

a beer tent, tea tent, barbecue and an ice cream van should keep each member of the family happy! Plenty of stalls and sideshows, with local produce on sale.

If you have any items suitable for donating to the tombola or raffle—these would be greatly appreciated by Peter Hambrook.

There will be lots of fun for the children with Face Painting and Races on the programme. Don’t forget to bring your four legged friends—there will be a Novelty Dog Show. Hopefully there will be other four legged friends—Shire Horses.

An Art Show in the Parish Hall together with the Gardener’s Display and an exhibition by a well known local archeologist, will add even more interest.

So see you there everyone, it is going to be a Great Day for Great Mongeham.


Village Design Group Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 10th July at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, St. Martin’s Church, Great Mongeham. Members of the public are welcome to attend.


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, 1st June Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 8th June Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 15th June Family Service 10.00 am

Sunday, 22nd June Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sung Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 29th June Holy Communion Benefice Service 10.00 am

Sunday, 1st June at 6 pm at St. Leonard’s Church, Upper Deal the licensing of Rev. David Flewker as Priest in Charge of our Benefice.



Sunday, 1st June Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

Sunday, 8th June Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

Sunday, 15th June Mary Hopper

Sunday, 22nd June June Osbourne and Queenie Keenan

Sunday, 29th June Rosemarie Middleton



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

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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society At the May meeting, the Society welcomed speaker Mathew Pottage from R.H.S. Wisley, who gave a most delightful talk and tour through slides, of the famous gardens and the new glasshouse. A really good evening which went on so long ,that there was barely time to remind members of the Potato Weigh-In and Barbecue next month. Please everyone cut off your tops and don’t forget to bring a bag with your name on to carry your potatoes home. We need the pots for next year! Joyce Blee

Great Mongeham Society Dr. Steve Chappell gave a very informative talk at the May meeting on ‘The Making of Medicines’. He gave an insight into why drugs and medicines cost so much to research and produce.

The Watercolour painting of a Fjiord in Peru, that Tom Burnham painted at the March meeting, was raffled - the lucky person was Peter Hambrook who now has it hanging on his wall.

If any members would like to suggest a subject for a forthcoming speaker on the calendar—

please let a committee member have the details. PSB




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The Friends of St. Martin’s would like to thank everyone who supported the St. George’s Day Supper held in St. Martin’s Church. A special thank you is sent to all those people who kindly donated the food, wine and raffle prizes which made it such an enjoyable evening.

With all your help, a profit of £300 was made which will go towards the refurbishment of the churchyard gates. Wendy Madgwick

I should like to convey our thanks to Wendy for all her hard work on an excellent evening—delicious food, good company and great fun had by one and all.

A special note of congratulations to Wendy on the birth of her first grandson born on St. George’s Day! SS


Know Your Village We all seem to have a fascination with water and ponds and I was asked a few days ago about a certain pond that existed in Gt. Mongeham, where we used to catch newts. The same subject came up a few years ago, when the village Grape Vine was the magazine of the time and I wrote a short article, stating where I remember the ponds were located when I was a boy.

I can remember at least eleven that were in existence when I was a child, twelve if you counted the one at the junction of Cross Road and Mongeham Bottom, Ellen’s Road as it is now called. At that time the Great Mongeham boundaries used to extend as far as that.

The first pond was in what is now the Baptist Church Car Park, although I must admit it did not contain much water and was almost filled in. I remember that it grew some marvellous horseradish on whatever they filled it in with.

If we stroll down the road to the Three Horseshoes, there was a paddock opposite which went with the pub, we used to call it Jam Pots Meadow. The Licensee at the time was a Mrs. Jamson

hence the name. There was a large pond at the end of the meadow which was renowned for its newt population at certain times of the year. There was also one, about one hundred yard’s west in Solley’s Meadow. In dry Summers the farm workers used to dig it deeper so that the water came up to enable the cows to get a drink. Both these were filled in, with spoil when the main drainage was put in through the village.

If we travelled a little further down the road there was another at the back of the Vale Dairy Farm, this one never had much livestock in it, although the water used to come up through the ground in the Winter and drained the water from the dairy wash up. There were three large trees growing around the pond, a willow, a wych elm and a willow tree. All of these four ponds had small over flow dikes to ‘The Brooks’ in the meadows behind.

The next on my list was in Solley’s stack yard—this was a storm drain and also took water from the Old Brewery and the Cowsheds, when they were in existence. It was interesting a year or two back when we were having flood problems in this part of the village. The council workmen, while digging to the storm drainpipes, to unblock them, came across the old brick built sewer that used to take brewery and cowshed wastewater to this pond. It was as good as new although sealed with fallen rubble at both ends.

My vegetable garden, that now is down to grass, is the next on the list. This was also a waste water pond, that was also filled with spoil from the new main drainage scheme that took place in the 1950s. A year or two ago, while digging a bit deep, I came across a pram and an old camp bed as well as plenty of broken pots and bottles, which were obviously thrown in, never to be seen again.

If we continue on along the road, we come to Hillside Farm on the junction of Ellen’s Road, there was one here as well, this was also a stable and cowshed drain pond and retained water





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all the year round. All these used to hold water to quite a high level in the winter months, as the lower part of the village is situated on quite a high water table.

As we stroll up Cherry Lane, we come to Mongeham Farm, again they had a drain pond for roof water and animal waste in the middle of their yard. To my knowledge it had water in it all the year round, though it was not very appetising to look at.

A short walk up Pixel Lane and there was one at the end, another storm water pond that was always full every Spring and yielded a good crop of tadpoles.

At the top of Cherry Lane, if we continue towards Northbourne, there was a pond at the junction of Northbourne Road and Willow Road. This was another surface water pond and was filled in with road spoil and farm rubbish, again when the main drainage was first put through the village.

The last one that I can remember was a short stroll down towards Northbourne, where the road dips at Sparrow Court. The occupier, the late Eddie Wells would often tell tales of ducks and moorhens being among the wildlife that used to frequent it. This pond was officially serviced by the council, with an overflow drain in the field at the rear of the premises with most of the excess water also finding its way to ‘The Brooks’.

I think it’s a shame that these have all disappeared. Where does all the surface water go now straight out to sea? Ah well, that’s progress I suppose. 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 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