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Issue 47, October 2008


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellens Road

Weds. 1st , 15th and 29th


Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 8th and 22nd


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




Dates for your Diary


St. Martin’s Church


Christian Centre 2

Village Reports 3

Organisations and

Clubs 4


We would be grateful to receive any items for the November edition before the 20th October, 2008 by telephone on 01304 375560 or E Mail: Anyone wishing to advertise in subsequent issues, should produce 400 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, 1st October

at 7.30 pm—Autumn Show.

Harvest Supper Quiz Night in aid of Madagascar will be held on Saturday, 4th October at 6.30pm for 7.00 pm start. Please bring your own food and drink, coffee and tea provided. Tickets £4.00 per person. Contact Bob and June on 330200 or Wendy on 239143.


Parish Hall Trustees hold a Committee Meeting on Wednesday, 8th October in the Parish Hall at 8 pm.


St. Martin’s W.I. Annual General Meeting—Thursday, 9th October at 7.30 pm—W.I. Adviser Barbara Gibson will be attending. The cooking competition is for Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies—recipe available from Patricia on 01304 364769. They will be starting a six week sewing group with Prue Bell as Tutor making a bed cover.


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 16th October at 7.30 p.m in the Parish Hall—Keith Parfitt will talk on the Ringlemere Cup. The previous speaker is unable to attend. Visitors and new members welcome to join the meeting.


Bingo Thursday, 23rd October, 2008 at 7.15 pm, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm.


Village Design Statement—Open Day To be held at Great Mongeham Parish Hall on Sunday, 26th October from 11 am to 4 pm.

This is an opportunity for you to come and see the results of the Group’s work, and to have your say on the Great Mongeham Village Design Statement before it is submitted to Dover District Council Planning Department. Group members will be there on the day and will be happy to explain any points to you, as well as to listen to your comments.







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15th Annual Art Show There is a change of venue and times for this year’s Art Show held over the past 14 years in November. It will move from the Parish Hall to St. Martin’s Church and will take place from Saturday, 8th until Thursday, 13th November from 11am to 4 pm daily. The organisers, The Friends of St.Martin’s Church, are asking for help to trace all those who usually take part in this popular event, as they have mislaid their address book. If you would like to participate please contact Diana Knight by telephone on 01304 375420 as soon as possible.

Music in St. Martin’s Following the enjoyable musical evening held last year, St. Martin’s PCC is planning another charity concert this autumn on November 22nd. If any local musicians and singers would like to perform, for further details, please contact Wendy Madgwick on 01304 239143.



Benefice Priest in Charge: Rev. David Flewker 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, 5th October Harvest Festival 10.00 am

Sunday, 12th October Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 19th October Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 26th October Bible Sunday— Holy Communion 10.00 am


Sunday, 5th October Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

Sunday, 12th October Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

Sunday, 19th October Mary Hopper

Sunday, 26th October June Osbourne and Queenie Keenan



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


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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society I was out at a party the other night when a couple came up to me and said 'We always visit your show, but we thought this years was one of the best we have ever been to . The hall looked beautiful'.




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They were so impressed they took photographs which they showed me, and yes it did look rather nice. How is that for an 'unsolicited testimonial ' I had not even known they were there. It is good to be able to feel proud of belonging to a club and village that can produce days like this. Of course like all the visitors they assumed it all happened on one day and knew nothing about all the time consuming hard labour put in on the previous two days, by the committee and their helpers, but we can appreciate that it is really a 3 day event for some people.
Reverend Peter had done his usual sterling work of parking all the cars and their 'boots' - a bit like fitting a jigsaw together, he does it brilliantly year after year. The field seemed very busy all day and thankfully we only suffered one short sharp 'shower', which did not impair the proceedings.
The Tea Tent was thronged from very early on - 'the bacon butties' are becoming an eagerly awaited feature and Sue is becoming expert at manipulating 3 frying pans at once, while her cohorts frantically stuff cooked rashers into waiting rolls. And when they are finished it is on with the sandwiches (all made fresh in the Hall kitchen) together with home made cakes, scones and other delicacies with tea, tea and more tea. Everyone worked so hard and I think all the
customers were satisfied.
It was especially nice to see youngsters helping - clearing tables , acting as runners, doing anything they were asked and nobody really had time to thank them properly. (Why do teenagers get such a bad press? All the ones I meet are super)
So it was a good day, a collaboration between Great Mongeham and the Horticultural Society. An enormous thank you to all who helped. J.B.

St. Martin’s W.I. The talk on Quaker Tapestry with slides was a worth while evening. A brief history of the Quakers and the glorious pictures of 77 embroidery panels, made by the Friends to depict their history and on display in Kendal, Cumbria.

Saint Martin’s W.I. have a good variety of speakers through out the year and welcome any one from 12 years upwards, who would like to come along to their meetings. Visit and see if you would like to join the W.I. PSB


I recently received the following E Mail from John Allsopp who would be delighted to be contacted by E Mail on should any of our readers remember his time spent in Great Mongeham. How wonderful that through the wonders of the internet, friends are able to read our Village Newsletter all over the world.
Hi there, Just thought I would thank you for bringing me back some wonderful memories of my childhood in Mongeham. I was born in the white cottage at the bottom of Cherry Lane in August 1939 , it was called Walnut Tree Cottage (probably changed now)

We moved to Ellens Road while I was still a baby and grew up with our next door neighbours, the Burr family. It would be lovely to get back in touch with some one I grew up with.

The house was called "Twyn Bungalow" and is now what looks like a lorry park, it was the 5th house along Ellens Road and the furthest set back with a big Walnut tree in the far left corner.

We used to ride on the lorry driven by a Mr Smith and levelled the corn as it came from the combined harvester on Solley`s farm. We also had a few rabbits and pheasants from the same farm.

I sang in the choir at Mongeham Church and fancied the daughter of the publican of the Three Horseshoes, a young lady by the name of Fanny Rolfe. At seventeen I joined the Navy and my parents moved to Deal as the work was getting too much for my mother, we had no electricity, only Well water and cooked on a coal fired range.

I now live in Spain but seeing the Mongeham newsletter brought a lump to my throat and a lot of wonderful memories flooding back. Keep up the lovely work and thank you again.




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Organisation or Club Meetings Location Contact

Gt. Mongeham Parish Council 1st Thurs. 7.15 pm Parish Hall Terry Madgwick Tel 239143

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 September 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 Julie Kersey Tel 373299


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 Tuesdays 8 pm Parish Hall Mary Quinton Tel 375836

or Margaret Bowden Tel 365428


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