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Issue 71, December 2010



Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellens Road

Weds. 8th and

22nd December


Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 1st, 15th

and 29th December


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 wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

We take a break from the Newsletter over Christmas and the New Year—the next edition will be in March, 2011.  We would be grateful to receive any items for this edition  before the 20th February, 2011 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 Christmas Party on Wednesday,  1st December at 7.30 pm—don’t forget to bring something to share and your competition hat!

There is not meeting in January.


Great Mongeham Singers will be meeting on Wednesday, 8th December at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, St. Martin’s Church. This will be the last meeting for this year.


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 9th December at 7.30 pm will be a bring and share Christmas Buffet with a wrapped present to the value of £1.50 to exchange, followed by some surprise entertainment.


An Evening of Christmas Music Come along to St. Martin’s Church, Great Mongeham on Friday, 10th December for some festive music that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.  Local singers,  including Sir Roger Manwood’s School Choir who will be performing a variety of music from traditional Carols to Christmas classics.  Tickets are £5 including light refreshments.  All profits raised are being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and the Friends of St. Martin’s Church.  Please telephone Alex Madgwick on 01304 239143 for more details or to buy tickets.


Bingo Thursday,  16th December  at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm—why not come along for an evening of fun.

First Bingo of the New Year will be on Thursday, 27th January.




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FORTHCOMING EVENTS  St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 13th January, 2011 at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall first meeting of the year.  Visitors and new members welcome to come along.

Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 20th January at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall—New Year’s Party of Old Fashioned Games.  Members are asked to bring any old games of interest and also a plate of ‘bring and share’ food. Subscriptions of £7.00 will be taken and the 2011 programme of speakers and events distributed. 



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

                               Jennie Esposito, 224 Mongeham Road, Gt. Mongeham.            Tel 369304

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 December                  Morning Praise                                                       10.00 am

                                                        Service of Healing and Wholeness                          4.00 pm

Sunday,  12th December                Holy Communion                                                    10.00 am

                                                        Carol Service                                                          4.00 pm 

Sunday,  19th December                 Crib Service                                                            10.00 am

Christmas Eve                                 Christingle Service                                                   5.00 pm

                                                         Midnight Mass                                                       11.15 pm

Christmas Day                                 Holy Communion                                                  10.00 am

Please note no service at St. Martin’s on Sunday  26th and no evensong on Sunday 19th.

Sunday, 2nd January                        Morning Praise                                                      10.00 am

Sunday, 9th January                         Holy Communion                                                  10.00 am

Sunday, 16th January                       Family Service                                                      10.00 am

                                                         Sung Evensong                                                       4.00 pm

Sunday, 23rd January                       Holy Communion                                                 10.00 am

Sunday, 30th January                       No Service at St. Martin’s

                                                          United Service at St. Richards

Please note that Evensong will be at 4.00 pm during the dark evenings.

St. Martin’s Church has produced a 2011 Calendar that is on sale now at The Hack and Tack Shop, Northbourne Road  for the price of £4.99.  It is A4 in size and contains views both inside and out of  St. Martin’s Church.  Enquiries to Peter Hambrook Tel. 364457.



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


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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society The A.G.M. of the Society took place on November 3rd.  Next year’s officers remain, as Chairman, Keith Atkinson, Secretary, Liz Atkinson, Treasurer, Alan Ford and Show Secretary, Carol Whittaker.  Two members of the Committee stood down and were heartily thanked for all their hard work.




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Keith reported an excellent year for the Club.  Our own Shows had been well supported with a profusion of quality entries from members, shown to advantage by the delightful ‘staging’ of Carol and Co.  Members had also done extremely well in the Kent County Show.  Following the business meeting the great ‘Pumpkin Weigh-In’ got under way, although the winner was fairly obvious!  Steve Pitcher Juniors ‘Giant’ took first place and Brian Knight a worthy second.                                                                                                                                    JB


Great Mongeham Society The AGM was well attended—John Bowsher was elected as Chairperson with Audrey Pitchford as Secretary.  A full committee will assist with all the Society’s meetings and events.  Alex Summers gave a most ‘illuminating’ talk showing the materials used, where velum and parchment came from, how paint and gold leaf were gathered and made.

Members were fascinated to see how a paintbrush was made from the two pin feathers of a certain bird.  Many questions were asked and ably answered by Alex.  Cheese and wine was served with members still talking and looking at the articles on display.                                           PSB

 The Christmas decorations have been appreciated by hall users.  Many thanks to the hall committee for their hard work putting them up and removing the decorations.  The Trustees and representative of the Parish Hall welcome Emma Pellatt as the Hall Administrator.

We sadly say goodbye to Nick and Jenny Windsor.  The have always helped the hall and village where ever they could and will be missed.  Good luck with your move and hope to see you both at various village events.                                                                                                          PSB


Great Mongeham Singers have enjoyed a very happy year.  Members have sung for the Deal Arthritis Care Club, at two Weddings and will shortly be singing at Norman Taylor House.  We resume fortnightly meetings in the New Year and as always all are welcome to come along and join in.                                                                                                                                       VR


The Jan Anton  Childrens Great Mongeham Parish Hall Dancers are proud to be the first little chorus of entertainers to take part in the very popular long running Pantomime in Ash this Christmas.  During the Christmas holidays Jan and her helpers will be putting the finishing touches to the beautiful costumes, wings, tutus, head dresses etc. and Jan would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Mum’s, Dad’s, Grandparents and all for their support and wish them a very happy panto season which begins on January 13th for 4 performances.  The spring will be a time for Jan’s students to either take their first ever ballet exams for the tots and for the older ones to progress on to higher grades.  On the syllabus for 2011 will be ballet, tap, modern and acrobatics.  New classes will re-open after Christmas on Friday, 7th January for the dancers and Ladies morning Keep-Fit will recommence on Monday, 10th January.  For more information please phone Jan 01304 373421 or E Mail


This month we say goodbye to Nick and Jenny Windsor  who have been living at Willow Lodge for the last thirteen years—we take this opportunity of thanking them for all their hard work and support on various clubs and committees within our village.  We wish them every happiness in their new home.

We welcome the Lees family who have moved into their house and the new tenants               who have moved into 3 Brewery Cottages. We hope they will enjoy life in Great Mongeham and look forward to welcoming them to one of the many clubs/events in the village.





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County Councillor’s Report A Happy Christmas to all residents.  It has been a busy year with the work on the Waste and Minerals development Framework as well as the continued pressure on budgets due to the comprehensive spending review.

The County  council is in a good position to take advantage of many new opportunities from central government.  The work on the new waste contract is an opportunity to reduce costs while providing an expanded recycling service.  A true case of more for less!  This work is so good that our East Kent Partners are now seen across the county, as having a sustainable and efficient waste collection service giving good satisfaction to our residents.

There are still many opportunities to further improve our services to our residents as well as make savings to keep the council’s finance position viable.  The District council is strengthening its links with the county council to further improve services across the district.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all residents a Safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.                                                                                                             Steve Manion



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     Audrey Pitchford Tel 362202

                                         (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