Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 72, March 2011


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellens Road

Weds. 2nd , 16th

and  30th March


Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 9th

and 23rd March


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 April edition  before the 20th March, 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 Wednesday, 2nd March at 7.30 pm when Richard Reynolds will speak about ‘Guerrilla Gardening’.


Great Mongeham Singers will be meeting on 2nd, 16th and 30th

 March at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, St. Martin’s Church.


Parish Council AGM will be held in the Parish Hall on 3rd March at 7.30 pm followed by refreshments.  Everyone welcome to come along—for further details see enclosed flyer.


Messy Church  Saturday, 5th March from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm in St. Richard’s and monthly thereafter.  A new venture between our group of churches consisting of crafts and activities for parents and children.  For further information please telephone Jenny 369304.


The Snowdon Male Voice Choir is making a welcome return to give a concert of beautiful songs, including spirituals, shanties and songs from the West End musicals.  The concert is being held in St. Martin’s Church on Saturday, 12th March at 7.30 pm.  Tickets are £6 and available on the door or in advance from Nigel Pitchford 362202.


St. Martin’s W.I.  Thursday, 10th March—Member Prue Bell speaking on ‘Going Green’.  Prue is a great crafts person and is sure to enthuse the audience in many ways.  The competition is for a ‘Handy Household Hint’.  Visitors and new members welcome to come along to the Parish Hall at 7.30pm any second Thursday in the month.  For further details visit the website on 


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 17th March in the Parish Hall at 7.30 pm—Dr. Reg Colman will speak on ‘The Invasion of the British Isles since 1 AD’.  New members and visitors welcome to come along.




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Drop In meet every Thursday between 10 am and 11 am for refreshments and a chat in the Parish Hall.  They will host a Meningitis Dunkathon on St. Patrick’s Day, 17th March from 10 am to 12 Noon.  Refreshments, sale stall of donated items, books, raffle and more.  Everyone is welcome to aid the funds for the Meningitis Trust.  Wear something green  or a shamrock if you wish.  For further details telephone 01304 364769.

Bingo Thursday, 24th March at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm—why not come along for an evening of fun.



Corners Saturday, 16th April from 10 am to 3 pm in Northbourne Parish Hall.  Further details please contact June Osbourne 330200.

Undercroft Sale Saturday, 30th April from 9 am until 12 Noon in aid of St. Martin’s Church.  If you have any items for sale please contact Peter 364457.

Plant Sale Saturday, 21st May from 9 am—12 Noon in the Parish Hall in aid of church funds.

Boot Fair Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May all day on the Village Green.  For pitch reservation telephone Peter 364457.

Village Fun Day Saturday, 9th July in the afternoon on the Village Green.

Harvest Supper Saturday, 1st October in the Parish Hall.

Winter Fayre Saturday, 26th November in the Parish Hall.



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,  6th March                        Morning Praise                                                       10.00 am

Sunday,  13th March                      Holy Communion                                                    10.00 am

Sunday,  20th March                      Family Service                                                        10.00 am

                                                       Evensong                                                                4.00 pm                                                 

Sunday, 27th March                       Holy Communion                                                   10.00 am



31st December, 2010 The Marriage took place between James Ledger and Gemma Newport.

The couple will live at Wingleton Farm, Sutton.  We wish them both all good wishes for their future happiness.

25th February, 2011 The funeral took place of Honor Kupicha who passed away peacefully at St. Winifred’s Residential Home on 11th February, 2011.  Honor lived at Red Gables during the 1950s with her late husband Tad.  Her Eulogy will appear in next month’s Newsletter.




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

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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society

Our first meeting this year started on a sombre note as Chairman Keith asked us to remember our dear friend and fellow gardener Doreen Talling.  She will be sadly missed by us all.

Speaker for the evening was Steve Walker from Samphire Hoe who gave us an interesting and informative insight into his work and the continually unfolding plans for the Hoe.  Slides, interspersed with his own idiosyncratic artwork, illustrated his talk, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  First meeting of the year always signals the annual potato competition and most of us went home clutching a ten litre pot and one seed potato, hoping to confound the judges with our yield in June.                                                                                                                JB


Great Mongeham Society   

At the February meeting, after a technical hitch Mike Burrows spoke about the life of Guiseppe Garibaldi from 4.7.1807 until 2.6.1882, an Italian military and political figure.  Garibaldi travelled to many parts of the world including Tyneside.  Many people know of him for the Red shirt his followers wore and the biscuit Garibaldi—these were served with the refreshments.


Have you visited the new Society website at  Although the website aims to cover all aspects of village life it devotes a large part to village history, some of which may be of interest to family historians.

The website is added to on a regular basis.  Currently the mediaeval history of the village is being recorded, but we soon hope to start a series on the histories of  individual houses in the village.                                                                                                                                           JR


The cast of the Pantomime, Aladdin presented by the Ash Players were delighted with the Great Mongeham Dancers—they thought the children were outstanding both on and off stage.  There were long gaps when the little dancers were not actually on stage and their behaviour during these breaks back stage impressed every member of the cast.  The Director was so pleased with their performance that they have been invited back for next year’s pantomime production.  In the meantime the dancers are now preparing for their Spring time exams  - the younger ones will be taking classical ballet and the older ones, tap, acrobatics and jazz dance awards.  Jan’s little dancers meet every Friday after School at Great Mongeham Parish Hall.  For further details please telephone  01304 373421.                                                                                      JF


Saint Martin’s W.I.

Brian Laverick-Smith  gave an interesting and humorous talk with slides on 30 years ‘Bovver on the Hover’ which brought back memories for many of the members especially when the WI hired the Hovercraft for a trip to the Goodwin Sands.                                                            PSB


Get Well Soon  We send good wishes for a speedy recovery to Deidre Jull who recently fell over in her garden and broke her leg.





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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 368920

                                              (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