Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 65, June 2010


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellens Road

Weds. 9th and 23rd June


Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 2nd , 16th

and  30th June


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





 Dates for your Diary              1

 Forthcoming Events                2

 St.  Martin’s Church               2

Christian Centre                       2

Village Reports                         3

Organisations and Clubs          4

We would be grateful to receive any items for the July edition  before the 20th June, 2010 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, 2nd June  at 7.30 pm—Members Barbecue.

Great Mongeham Singers will meet at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, St. Martin’s Church on Wednesday, 2nd, 16th and 30th June.

Saint Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 10th June at 7.30 pm a talk by the Wild Life Trust.  The competition is a wild flower (not a protected species) in a container.  Visitors welcome to join the meeting.

St. Martin’s host the Group Quiz on Friday, 11th June at 7.30 pm in St. Leonard’s Hall.

More details or call 01304 365078.

Plant Sale Saturday, 20th June from 10.00 am until 12 Noon on the Village Green. If you would like to bring along any home grown produce or crafts to sell please telephone Peter on 364457.

The Railway Swing Band will be giving a concert at St. Martin’s Church on Wednesday, 16th June at 7.30 pm.  Tickets £6.  Details from Nigel Pitchford 362202 or Peter Hambrook 364457.

Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 17th June at 7.30 pm                               Hovercraft Pilot Brian Laverick-Smith will talk on ‘30 Years of Bother on the Hover’.  Visitors and new members welcome.

Parish Hall Trustees The May meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 23rd June at 7.45 pm.                                                           

Bingo Thursday, 24th June at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm.

St. Martin’s Church Flower Festival  - A Celebration of Life will be held  on Friday, 25th June 10 am—4pm, Saturday, 26th June 10 am –4 pm and Sunday, 27th June 11 am—4 pm. For further information, please contact Lesley Lawrence on  360654 or Peter Hambrook Tel. 364457. 





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The Village Design Group Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 8th July at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, St. Martin’s Church, Great Mongeham.  Members of the public are very welcome to attend.

Village Fun Afternoon Brian and Peter, on behalf of the Great Mongeham Society, thank all those who have agreed to take part in the Fun Afternoon on Saturday, 10th July.  There is still time to be included with running a stall or other attraction for village funds or for your own charity.  Tug of  war has not been featured for a couple of years and the cup is held by the Leather Bottle who are eager to compete for it once more.  If you are involved with a team please get in touch—ring 375420 and speak to Brian.  A full programme of events will be in the July Newsletter.  Don’t forget to keep the date free in your diary.                             DK

Parish Hall Annual meeting will be on Wednesday, 14th July.  Everyone welcome to this meeting.



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



Sunday, 6th June                                  Morning Praise                                                10.00 am

Sunday, 13th June                                Holy Communion                                            10.00 am                                                                                

Sunday, 20th June                                Family Service                                                 10.00 am

                                                             Sung Evensong                                                  6.00 pm                                               Sunday, 27th June                               Holy Communion                                            10.00 am



Graham Herbert Tel: 366332       Mick Godden  Tel:  239801 Mobile 07713274760 


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




Great Mongeham Horticultural Society A goodly crowd arrived on 5th May to hear Richard Reynolds talk about ‘Guerilla Gardening’  most of us intrigued to know what that is!!  Sadly, he never arrived and although rumours were flying around that he had been ‘ambushed by gorillas’, it turned out he had had a breakdown on the way to us.

Meanwhile Chairman Keith reminded us of the great Potato Weigh In which takes place next month.  Members were reminded to remove the green tops from their potatoes, to bring a clearly labelled bag or other receptacle for their harvest and to follow the committees instructions exactly.  The reward for all their hard work will be a barbecue followed by the announcement of winners (and losers) in the hall.  The raffle was drawn, refreshments were served before we all dispersed somewhat earlier than usual.    



Saint Martin’s W.I  Members discussed the resolution ‘Food must be labelled with the country of origin’ not just where it was packed or processed.  The unanimous vote will be taken by the delegate to the Cardiff AGM in June.                                                                            PSB



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Great Mongeham Society  What a meeting!  Members  welcomed PC Jenny Preston and her colleague Paul with their dogs.  A brief introduction and history of Police working dogs then a demonstration of searching and finding drugs and money.  Being a clear evening there was a demonstration outside of obedience, tracking and detaining.  Many questions were asked and well answered.  It was good to welcome many visitors to the meeting.     


The Jan Anton Dance and Fitness Studio from Great Mongeham Village Hall were proud to have their little ballerinas pass Silver and Gold Cup classical ballet awards with Honours and Distinction.  The children ranged from age 3 to 6 and all were praised by the examiner for their grooming, presentation and confidence.  For the first time two of our special needs children also entered and passed their exam with Distinction.  The examinations were held in Folkestone on Saturday, 8th May.  The cups which are individually engraved with their names were presented  together with the mark and comment sheets.  The final certificate of registration honouring their achievement usually arrives with 3 weeks.  These qualifications are part of the curriculum with the Council for Dance and Educational Training (CDET), and will be a part of their future education and entry into major Stage Schools if that is the path they choose in later life.  The classes are fun, friendly and  an incredible way to become fit and co-ordinated.  We cover everything from classical ballet, gymnastics, mime and exercises to music with a bit of disco dancing   thrown in for good measure.  Youngsters from age 2 1/2 to 4 are held on Friday at 4 pm and  5 to 6 year olds at 4.45 pm to 5 pm.  Special Needs Dance Club starts at 5.45 pm—all classes are £3.50. Keep Fit Classes for tums and bums are held on a Monday morning from 10.15 am to 1.15 am which is a great way to blow away the weekend and kick start your fitness.  Ages range from twenties to eighties, all welcome— bring along a towel or mat.

Jan can be contacted on 01304 373421 07760150233 or    


District Councillor’s Report The state of the District report has been released.  With so much economic uncertainty, the district council has been re evaluating the corporate plan.  This new report demonstrates how the council is meeting the challenges which it is faced with.  Regeneration remains a key priority in both delivery of services and advocating investment by other agencies.  Regeneration is seen as necessary to meet the demographic projections and health inequalities that face us.

The financial pressures which are increasing lead the council on a path of more joint working with the other East Kent authorities so that we can turn aspirations into real delivery for the benefit of our residents.   The report is available on the councils website at   - its agenda item 17.                                                          Nick Kenton and Steve Manion


Traffic calming to go ahead in Great Mongeham  At their meeting on 6th May, the Parish Council voted to go ahead with the pavement build out scheme at the Willows Road entrance to the village.  This scheme was discussed fully at the Annual Parish meeting at the end of April and the council would like to thank all those parishioners who either took part in the discussion at the meeting or e-mailed their thoughts in advance.  At the annual meeting there was a clear two to one vote in favour of the scheme and this was uppermost in the council’s mind when they took their decision.

It is now hoped that the scheme can go ahead as soon as possible and that once it is implemented it will succeed in reducing both the speed and volume of traffic through the village.

                                                   Terry Madgwick,  Chairman, Great Mongeham Parish Council





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The following E Mail has been received from Debbie Anderson—

I am researching my mother’s family—Brockman.  Her grandmother Ada E Brockman moved to 1, White Bungalow, Great Mongeham around 1930, to be near her daughter Nellie who was married to Arthur H. Kemp.  In 1946, Arthur and Nellie were at Sholden Bank House, noted from Ada’s death certificate.   I was able to find names of children for Arthur and Nellie Kemp and wondered if any  of their descendants still lived in the area?


Bernice Dance Group From Friday, 4th June Bernice will be in the Parish Hall with Sequence Dancing from 1.30 pm—3.30 pm every Friday except the fourth in the month.  For further details telephone 01304 368020.


White Cliffs Countryside Partnership Telephone 01304 241806 for a brochure of all activities up to September 1st, 2010.




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     Liz Atkinson       Tel. 381719

                                                 (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    Gloria Hayman    Tel. 365078

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

Bernice Dance Group            Fridays  1.30 pm  - 3.30 pm   Parish Hall        Bernice                Tel 368020

                                              (except the fourth in the month)

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