Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 50, February 2009


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellens Road

Weds. 4th and 18th


Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 11th and 25th


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


and Clubs 4


We wish all our readers a Happy New Year. We would be grateful to receive any items for the March edition before 20th February, 2009 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 telephone Peter on 364457.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY in the Parish Hall


Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 4th February

at 7.30 pm—D. Parker and S. Edley will give a talk on The Salutation Gardens, Sandwich .


Saint Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 12th February at 7.30 pm Colin Spicer will talk on ‘Love in a Box’ and the competition is for a favourite box. Visitors and new members are welcome to come along.


Churchyard Clean Up Saturday, 14th February from 10 am until 1 pm. Any assistance would be most welcome. Tel. 364457.


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 19th February at 7.30 pm Stuart Bligh, K.C.C.’s Archive and Local History Services Manager from the Centre for Kent Studies at Maidstone will be giving a visual presentation of archive material from our area and explaining where this can be sourced. Visitors and new members welcome. Membership £7.00 a year. Entrance Fee for visitors £2.00.

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




Book early to avoid disappointment


Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir will be singing in Saint Martin’s Church, Great Mongeham on Friday, 20th March at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from Nigel Pitchford 01304 362202 and Diana Knight 01304 375420. Read about the Choir in this month’s Newsletter Flyer.








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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, 1st February Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 8th February Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 15th February Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 4.00 pm

Please note change of time

Sunday, 22nd February Holy Communion 10.00 am


WEDDINGS 29th November, 2008- Miles Oliver James Brett and Stacey Marie Cox. Mr. and Mrs. Brett will live abroad.

20th December, 2008 - Simon Ashley Lawrence and Emma Rosanna Louise Rubins. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence have set up home in Ashford. We offer congratulations to both couples.


BAPTISM Sunday, 4th January - Felicity Judith Ann Hughes


FUNERAL Monday, 5th January - Gertrude Leila Coombs Jarvis

Leila Jarvis, late of 3 Ashton Close, Great Mongeham passed from this life on 19th December, 2008 at the QEQM Hospital, Margate at the age of 87 years.

Born in 1921, Leila was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Wilton of East London where she grew up and was educated. As a young woman she served in the ATS—once demobbed she took a course in horticulture. Although she never took it up professionally, her garden was always immaculate. She married Cecil, a Post Office Worker in Tooting, S.E. London. It was several years before they moved to Great Mongeham. The story goes that Leila viewed and purchased the bungalow without Cecil ever seeing it.

She was a lovely, old-fashioned lady not afraid to speak her mind. She would come along to church at St. Martin’s while Cecil went to the Walmer Baptist. She was a very generous lady, happy to share her good fortune with those less well off in the village. Leila was very committed to St. Martin’s being at one time a PCC member. She turned her hand to making the vestments for communion. Indeed she used to give me marks out of ten as to my tidiness each Sunday as I led some of the services.

Alas, as time went by, Cecil passed away, but outwardly Leila coped—she had a faith and soon started to pick up the threads of life again. As she got older, she suffered health problems and became more housebound. After much deliberation she decided to get some help for herself, so she gave up her much loved bungalow and garden and went into Abby Field Rest Home where she lived for a time. She then moved into a nursing home in Kingsdown where she could be looked after more personally.

Leila never had any children of her own but she became an auntie to many in our village and is remembered with affection. Leila had a strong faith and she supported it with action—we thank God for her life on this earth and all that she has meant to us. PH





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


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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society It seems a long time since our last meeting - that was in December when we celebrated Christmas and our 50th Anniversary as a Horticultural Society. Although I could not be there myself (struck down with flu!) I hear it was a great evening. Peter Hambrook’s monologues were much appreciated and everyone enjoyed the spread provided by the Bay Tree Caterers from Pixhill. Of course there was a cake—cut by Hazel Higgs and Pat Solley our Vice Presidents. A real ‘family evening’ for the club. JB


Great Mongeham Design Statement The Group would like to provide a free copy of the Design Statement to every household in the Parish that wants one. In order for us to know how many copies will be needed, all residents of Great Mongeham are invited to apply for their free copy by filling in the form enclosed with this Newsletter and returning it to one of the addresses shown no later than the 13th February. SB


Saint Martin’s W.I. first speaker of the year, Pru Anderton entertained members and visitors with her school experiences in the 1950s including her time at a convent boarding school. PSB


The Drop In hosted the Police Clinic again and Dave Bish, Community Warden took names of those who wanted advice on safety in the home. Not only does the Thursday, 10 am Drop In have a book and jigsaw library, last week saw a crochet lesson, helping to make dolls and woollen balls. PSB


Great Mongeham Shotokan Karate Club Triple celebrations were had at the December Presentation evening.

Dave Easton 6th DAN who has been training in Karate since the 1970s and who has been running the Great Mongeham Shotokan Karate Club for over ten years.

Harry Virtue (Aged 12) 2nd DAN who has been a student of the Club for over 5 years.

The following students passed their Kyu grades:

RED Belt - Sam Brookfield Orange Belts - Nathan Lacey and Blair Brookfield

PURPLE/WHITE Belts—Gill Walshe and Charlotte Waterman

BROWN Belt - Brandon Virtue

BROWN/WHITE Belt - Heather Keith

BROWN/RED Belt - Josh Forrest

WELL DONE to all. They have worked extremely hard.

Our club trains regularly every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 pm. Spaces are limited, so it is always advisable to telephone 367001 first for details. Dave and Jan Easton


Thanks As we celebrate our 50th edition this month, we would like to convey our thanks to all those old and new who kindly deliver your Newsletter each month. A special thank you also goes to our proof reader Carol Greener. Your continued support is much appreciated.


Many Thanks to those who have given their time to help with the Churchyard extra clean ups.

We are having one more before the bird’ s nesting season and that is on 14th February at 10 am until 1.00 pm. If you can spare the time you will be most welcome. PH




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Great Mongeham Society At the January meeting, Dr. Chris Farrer gave an very informative talk on Sir John Denton Pinkstone French (1852-1925), Earl of Ypres who was born at Ripple Vale with his six sisters. After joining the navy in 1866, French transferred to the army in 1874 as a lieutenant in the 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars.

French was promoted to Field Marshal in 1913 following a varied and distinguished career, which included the Sudan campaign and notable service as a cavalry officer in the Boer War.

After being appointed Chief of Staff of the British Army in 1911, French was given command of the British Expeditionary Force which was deployed to Europe in the opening days of the war, August 1914.

From 1915 to 1918, French served as Commander in Chief of the British Home Forces which included responsibility for dealing with the Easter Rising in Ireland. In January, 1916 he was created 1st Viscount French of Ypres and of High Lake in the County of Roscommon.

He was subsequently awarded the title of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in May, 1918 and Supreme Commander of the British Army in Ireland. He kept the post until his retirement in April, 1921 and in May, 1922 he was elevated to the Earldom of Ypres. He died on 22nd May, 1925 aged 72 and was buried in the churchyard at St. Mary’s, Ripple. PSB/SS




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 Jennifer Windsor Tel.365694

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

Keep Fit For All Monday 10.30am—11.30 am Parish Hall Jan Anton Tel 07760150233

Baby Ballet Fridays 4 pm Parish Hall Jan Anton Tel 07760150233

Junior Jazz Friday 5 pm Parish Hall Jan Anton Tel 07760150233