Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.
Issue 61, February 2010
Weds. 3rd and 17th
Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.
Wilson Avenue to
Ripple Road, Mongeham
Weds. 10th and 24th
Please check Dover District Council Website on
www.dover.gov.uk for full details of recycling days.
IN THIS ISSUE
Dates for your Diary 1
St. Martin’s Church 2
Christian Centre 2
Village Reports 2 / 3
Organisations and Clubs 4
We would be grateful to receive any items for the March edition before the 20th February, 2010 by E Mail: Sue.Solley@farmline.com 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, 3rd February, 2010 at 7.30 pm—R. and M. Lawrence will talk on Vintage Mowers and Tools. The competition is for five small cakes suitable for a children’s party.
Great Mongeham Singers will meet for their second meeting of 2010 on Wednesday, 10th February at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room of St. Martin’s Church. Everybody welcome to come along.
Drop In Thursday, 11th February from 10.00 am to 11.00 am—why not come along and talk to PCSO Liam Voller who will be holding a Police Surgery. KCC Warden Dave Bish is also a regular visitor—they will help you in anyway they can -telephone 01304 218000.
Saint Martin’s W.I Thursday, 11th February at 7.30 pm—talk on the ‘Importance of your Blood Group’ with a competition for a ‘Heart’ in any medium—perfect for Valentine’s Day. Visitors and new members welcome.
Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 18th February at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall—Dr. Reg Colman will talk about Clementine Churchill, wife of the late Sir Winston. Visitors are always welcome to attend the meetings.
Bingo Thursday, 25th February at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm.
St. Martin’s Church Flower Festival will be held on 25th, 26th and 27th June. If you would like to sponsor a tableau please contact Peter Hambrook Tel. 364457.
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ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH
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 Warden: Bob Osbourne, 27 St. Radigunds Road, Dover, Kent. Tel. 330200
Secretary: Dr. Wendy Madgwick, Glendower, Mongeham Church Close, Great
Mongeham. Tel. 239143
Treasurer: Mr. N. Pitchford, 141 Mongeham Road, Great Mongeham. Tel. 362202
ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday, 7th February Morning Praise 10.00 am
Sunday, 14th February Holy Communion 10.00 am
Sunday, 21st February Family Service with Baptism 10.00 am
Sung Evensong 6.00 pm Sunday, 28th February Holy Communion 10.00 am
Marriage Saturday, 19th December, 2009 —David Stuart Fowler and Jennifer Ann Campbell
of 115 London Road, Deal.
Saturday, 23rd January—Mark Quested Petts and Kelly Louise Macey of 2 Bruce Close, Deal.
Baptism Sunday, 17th January—Charlie James Moir son of Sarah and Alastair of Earlsfield, London and Harry George Stanley Ledger son of James Ledger and Gemma Newport of Wingleton Farm, Sutton. Grandsons to Richard and Jane Ledger of Manor Farm, Little Mongeham.
A Memorial and Thanksgiving Service for the life of Pat Solley, who died on the 14th November, 2009 took place on Thursday, 26th November, 2009 at St. Martin’s Church. The following is an edited version of the Eulogy given by Peter Hambrook.
Pat was a well-loved person around the village of Great Mongeham. She was born at Wallington, into the Townend family, who were a well-established firm of hat makers dating back to the 1700s by royal appointment. She had one sister Lettie who sadly passed away in 1943.
As a young woman she ran a Dance School in Broadstairs teaching all types of dancing from ballroom to ballet. When war broke out, Pat did her bit for the war effort in the Land Army. She was first trained as a Rat Catcher, handling strong poisons that nowadays you would not be allowed to look at , let alone handle! As part of her work, she was given a car and had to teach herself to drive! As time progressed she graduated from rat catching to become ‘Steed’s Land girl’, working in Finglesham and living at the Farmhouse. Pat told many stories of the time she spent living at the Farmhouse. She was never allowed to go into one particular room, indeed it was always kept locked. Her bedroom was right above it and it was not until the war was over that she learned that the room was the arsenal for the local home guard. There were munitions stored in the room including grenades and phosphorous bombs.
It was while she was working at Steeds that she met a young farmer by the name of Derek Solley. Romance ensued from cycle rides to the pictures and eventually marriage at St. Peter’s Church, Broadstairs on 12th January, 1946.
They settled into married life and set up home in Ripple, where they had two children Stephen
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and David. They were involved with the local church—Derek was Churchwarden with Pat doing the support work.
As a young couple they set up a concert party known as the Merry Makers putting on shows in local village halls. Pat was chief make up artist leaving Derek to do the acting. They raised monies for Sutton Church and the not yet built, Ripple Village Hall. They moved to Great Mongeham where Pat was kept busy as a farmer’s wife and she regularly helped out at Eastry Hospital, taking out the inmates and fund raising for them.
Sadly, Derek died in September, 1992 but Pat was determined to rebuild her life. She was elected President of the Great Mongeham Horticultural Society and enjoyed attending the meetings together with those held at the Fine Arts Group in Sandwich. She was one of the front runners of the women’s section of the East Kent Ploughing Match.
She leaves a void in the life of the village as well as her much loved family—she was the last of her generation in the Solley family, but leaves two sons, four grandchildren and seven and a half great grandchildren. Pat will be very much missed by all who knew and loved her; we thank God for her time on this earth and commend her soul into his caring hands.
Graham Herbert Tel: 366332 Mick Godden Tel: 239801 Mobile 07713274760
FEBRUARY SERVICES 10.30 am Every Sunday 6.30 pm 3rd Sunday Evening
CLUB, SOCIETY AND VILLAGE REPORTS
Great Mongeham Horticultural Society
The Christmas Party was most enjoyable with food and entertainment provided by members.
After the January break we are all looking forward to our first meeting of 2010.
Saint Martin’s W.I. Kevin Cook, resplendent in his official uniform of Sandwich Town Sergeant, gave a humorous and informative talk at the last meeting. He brought along a Black Thorn wand and the different Mace he carries, one of which had been handled by Queen Elizabeth I.
Great Mongeham Society January meeting was a great success. Alex and Pam Summers spoke briefly about the ancient games and showed members and visitors how to play them. Shuffleboard was a forerunner of Shove Ha’penny and the competitions highest scorer was David Solley. To see a Doctor and a retired Bank Manager in an intense game of Blow Football was a sight to behold. PSB
There is a Keep-Fit for life, class every Monday morning at 10.30 am it is only £3.50 - mainly for the older age group but we also welcome all other age groups such as non working
Young mums. It is informal and friendly but an excellent all round work out. On Fridays we have Tots Ballet and Gymnastics for age groups 3 to 5 years. A very popular class from 4 pm to 4.45 pm At 5 pm we have a class for special needs children from age 4 upwards. Please ring if you would be interested in any of these classes. Jan Anton 01304 373421 or 07760150233.
For Sale 3ft. Bunk Beds as new including interior sprung mattresses. Please telephone Peter on 364457 for further details.
Missing Cat If you have seen or have news of a black and white cat around the Mongeham Road area please call Chris on 0751306483—Thank You.
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ORGANISATIONS AND CLUBS IN THE PARISH
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 Peter Deveson
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 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. Playgroup 1.00pm 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 10.30 am 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 Life Monday 10.15am—11.15 am Parish Hall Jan Anton Tel 07760150233
Tots Ballet and Gymnastics Fridays 4 pm Parish Hall Jan Anton or
Special Needs Dance Club Friday 5 pm-5.45pm Parish Hall Jan Anton Tel 373421