Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 52, April 2009


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     1

St. Martin’s Church      2

Christian Centre           3

Village Reports               3


Organisations and Clubs 4


We would be grateful to receive any items for the May edition before 20th April, 2009 by 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, 1st April at 7.30 pm—Spring Show.


Drop In On Maundy Thursday, 9th April a sale will be held from 10 am to 11.30 am for charity. Most items, to include books and jigsaws will be kindly donated. If you wish to sell an item on commission please let us know the week before the Drop In.. Hot Cross Buns will be available along with coffee and tea . Everyone is welcome—why not pop in for an hour and become a regular.


Saint Martin’s W.I. 36th Anniversary will be held on Thursday, 9th April at 7.30 pm—Paddy Earp will give a talk entitled ‘The Trials and Tribulations of a Tour Manager’. Visitors and new members are welcome.


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 16th April at 7.30 pm—Julie Thompsett from the Kent Wildlife Trust will talk on ‘Gardening for Wildlife’. Visitors and new members welcome. Membership £7.00 a year. Entrance Fee for visitors £2.00.

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

Money prizes and raffle.



Corners Saturday, 11th April from 10 am until 3 pm, a one day workshop for children aged between 5 and 11 inclusive to be held in Northbourne Village Hall. To book your child a place ring 611406.


On Saturday, 25th April St. Martin’s Church will be holding a sale of bric-a-brac, cakes, preserves, plants etc. at the Town Hall Under Croft in aid of Church funds. Items for sale thankfully received—call 364457.








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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



Palm Sunday, 5th April Morning Praise 10.00 am

Good Friday, 10th April Compline with Passion Reading 7.00 pm

Easter Sunday, 12th April Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 19th April Family Service with Baptism 10.00 am

Sung Evensong 6.00 pm Sunday, 26th April Holy Communion 10.00 am

St. Martin’s Church will be open to visitors for a gift day on Easter Monday, 13th April from 10 am until 4 pm.

Funeral St. Martin’s Church Simon Frank Morgan on Thursday, 5th March.

Simon was born on 14th May, 1948 in Folkestone. From the age of 8, he was educated at the Royal Commercial Traveller’s School, Pinner.

After leaving school, Simon spent time working at Pearce Signs, Westwood, in the drawing office before training at Thanet Building School, prior to setting up his own successful business as an Architectural Draftsman, in Margate. He became involved in many interesting projects, in particular his award-winning re-design of St. John’s School buildings, which resulted in him being presented to Prince Charles and Archbishop Robert Runcie—a very proud achievement indeed.

Simon met Sue when they both played in the Ramsgate Youth Orchestra. They were married at St. John’s Church, Margate in 1976 and spent two happy years in their first home in Broadstairs, before moving to Great Mongeham 31 years ago. They quickly settled into village life, attending church here, where Simon was eventually elected Church Warden remaining in this position for more than 15 years.

Here in St. Martin’s Church, Simon oversaw the re-ordering of the Chancel and prepared drawings for the Upper Room above the Vestry, as well as drawing up plans for the alteration of the Parish Hall.

In 1982, their first daughter, Frances, was born, followed nearly three years later by their son Chris and then Helen in 1992. Simon had a variety of hobbies including the Deal and District Rifle Club, bee keeping, bell ringing and amateur radio. But maybe woodturning was his greatest love. He never needed an excuse to escape from the house for a while to ‘play on his lathe’!

Everyone will have many special memories of Simon, a true gentleman and a deeply committed Christian with a strong faith. He was a kind, caring, thoughtful husband, father and loyal friend who enjoyed those most special times away in his beloved Cotswolds.

May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.



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11th April all Flower Arrangers to meet at the Church at 10.00 am

18th April Mary Hopper and Elizabeth McConnell

25th April June Osbourne and Queenie



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


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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society

The Club met on the 4th March in the Parish Hall and over 60 members heard a very interesting talk by Dr. Simon Charlesworth on ‘The Lavender Nursery’. Some excellent slides and many tips from an expert in the field. Our next meeting is on April 1st when we will hold our Spring Show, let us hope the weather will be kind in the last week of March, no frosts and high winds, so there is a good display of daffodils and tulips. JB


Great Mongeham Society members and visitors welcomed Catriona Blaker who spoke about Augustus Pugin. She showed many slides of his houses, churches and interior designs. I am sure many will make a return visit to The Grange at Ramsgate. PSB

Saint Martin’s W.I. Exotic birds, plants and wild life came to life with pictures, when Don Wilks took members and visitors to Costa Rica. PSB


Drop In Can you remember the year when the Drop In started? We know it has been running for over 15 years—time flies when you are having fun! Contact Patricia on 01304 364769. PSB


Snowdon Colliery Male Voice Choir Thirty five members sang to a capacity audience in Saint Martin’s Church on Friday, 20th March. Their programme included something for every taste with Welsh traditional, American spirituals, medleys from the shows and a rendering of Nessum Dorma which was amazing. Musical Director, Michael Lewis commented that the acoustics in the church were great and because of this they recorded the programme for a future C.D.

The evening raised £250—£50 for St. Martin’s Church and £200 for the Friends of St. Martin’s Church funds. It is hoped they will return. DK


Choir Group After listening to the wonderful singing on Friday evening, a few of us decided to try and form a light-hearted choir group centred in the village. At the moment we have no pianist and no choirmaster, but lots of enthusiasm. We are expecting this choir to be comprised of people who just want to sing and have fun.

If you are even a tiny bit interested please do call. It doesn’t matter if you ‘can’t sing’ - we can’t either so long as you are willing to have a go. Val Rees 373307 and Eileen Thomas 372555





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Many thanks to all who have helped at the extraordinary church yard clear ups during the winter months. We shall not be doing any more until the autumn. Saturday, 12th September seems to be the likely date for those who would like to put it in their diary. PH


Chris Saville has kindly updated our village website to include old photographs of Great Mongeham. I am sure some of you will enjoy looking at them at the following link

If you are interested in old public houses and breweries in East Kent towns and villages including Great Mongeham you might like to visit the following website—



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