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Issue 73, April 2011



Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellen's Road

Weds. 13th and 27th



Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 6th and 20th



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                               2


Village Reports                                3


Organisations and Clubs                 4

We would be grateful to receive any items for the May edition  before the 20th April, 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, 6th April             at 7.30 pm—Members Spring Show.


Great Mongeham Singers will be meeting on the 13th and 27th April at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, St. Martin’s Church. The group is for people who don’t necessarily want to be in a ‘choir’ but like to sing informally just for fun.  We sing all sorts from sea shanties and folk songs to Abba and songs from musicals.


Drop In  PCSO Liam Voller will be in the Parish Hall on Thursday, 14th April from 10 am to 11 am—come along and meet him and ask any questions about security in this area.


St. Martin’s W.I.  Thursday, 14th April is the 38th Birthday of Saint Martin’s W.I.  John Pearce will speak on ‘Glenn Miller Lives On’.

Visitors and other WI members are welcome to join the evening.  Feel free to wear 1940s outfit but it is not essential.


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


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 21st April and 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall—Steve Franks speaking on being a ‘Cross Channel Swimming Observer’.


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.


Bingo Thursday, 28th April at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm—why not come along for an evening of fun.




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.




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Village Fete 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



Mothering Sunday, 3rd April       Morning Praise                                                        10.00 am

Sunday,  10th April                      Holy Communion                                                    10.00 am

Palm Sunday,  17th April             Family Service                                                        10.00 am

                                                      Evensong                                                                   6.00 pm

Good Friday, 22nd April              Compline                                                                   7.00 pm                          

Easter Sunday, 24th April            Holy Communion                                                    10.00 am



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


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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society speaker at their March meeting was Richard Reynolds who spoke about his achievements in 'Guerrilla Gardening'.  His talk and slide show were both interesting and enlightening, describing his first attempt at improving a derelict piece of land and going on to bigger and better efforts to 'beautify' our suburban surroundings, efforts which have now spread to other countries.  Fired by his enthusiasm I think we all went home determined to do our bit to improve the environment. Certainly the talk was well received and appreciated.
On a sad note the Society has lost another of its stalwarts - dear Charlie Gosden who passed away last week. He will be greatly missed and our sympathy goes out to his family.             JB

Great Mongeham Society MARCH 17th Invasions of the British Isles Since 1A.D. - Dr RegColman
Having originally been billed as "Invasions of the British Isles since 1A.D." the talk as actually delivered by Dr Reg Colman metamorphosed into a tour de force overview of the influence on British culture of all the peoples that have ever set foot on these shores. Excluding the
invasions by the Irish, Scots and Welsh from the 5th century B.C. onwards, he ranged from the Romans via the Angles, Jutes, Saxons, Danes, Vikings, Normans, the Spanish Armada, and the Dutch Puritans through the time of European mercantile and colonial expansion, right up to the
periods of immigration from the Commonwealth. The effects of the hegemony of American culture were covered during the Q&A session.                                                                  SA-W

Visit the  Society website at



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Saint Martin’s W.I. The meeting held on 10th March was fun and informative.  A production line of bag making under the guidance of tutor Prue Bell let everyone have a hand in the work carried out.  Some of the bags will be on sale at the Undercroft Stall on 24th September.


The Drop In hosted the Meningitis Trust Coffee morning on Thursday, 17th March.  It was a pity more villagers could not come along.  A good sum was raised to help with their good work.  This serious illness was prevalent in the area  few years ago.  The Drop In is held in the Parish Hall every Thursday from 10 am.  One very young visitor was very happy—she chose the Teddy Bear from the raffle and then received the doll for getting the name right—lucky girl!!

Thank you to all who worked hard for this morning and those who donated items.               PSB


Check with your group on the meeting times over the Easter and May Bank holiday weeks.  The Village News in the Notice board outside the Hall lists the names and numbers of the group organisers.


Great Mongeham Hand bells Did you know that St. Martin’s Church has a set of hand bells?  Did you know that there is a group of people who are keen ringers?  (Ringing at Christmas and Easter time).  These bells were acquired by the Church in 1923 at a cost of £6.18.0d.  Peter Hambrook’s father was, amongst others, instrumental in raising the money for their purchase.  Recently, a group of enthusiasts from St. Martins took the Bells back to their place of origin; The Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London.  The last visit was in 1985, so the Bells are in need of attention. The Bells will be inspected, assessed and hopefully ‘serviced’.  We await developments and the estimate for the potential work.  New hand bell ringers, young or old, are always welcome—ability to read music is not required!  For more information contact Audrey Pitchford, Tel. 01304 362202.


Comic Relief A real community effort was made by Jan’s Dancing Group on Friday, 18th March, when they raised over £50 in the Village Hall.  Dancing in Boots with Brollies—the theme was ‘doing something funny for money’ - they had great fun ‘Singing in the Rain’ and everyone joined in from the tiny tots to parents and grandparents.  The reporter from the East Kent Mercury  came along to take some good action shots!                                                  JA


Snowdown Male Voice Choir made a welcome return visit to St. Martin’s Church on Saturday, 12th March.  The evening was well attended and  returned a profit of over £200 for the Friends of St. Martin’s Church. Thank you to all those who kindly organized and supported the event.


Parish Council Annual General Meeting This year’s meeting took place on Thursday, 3rd March in the Parish Hall.  14 members of the public attended to listen to reports from the Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr. Terry Madgwick, PCSO Liam Voller and District Councillors Steven Manion and Nick Kenton.  Cllr. Manion also gave a report on the activities of KCC.

County Councillor Manion’s reports were followed by a number of questions from the floor and a lively debate took place concerning KCC’s proposed budget cuts, specifically the closure of Sampson Court and the increase in the price of the Kent Freedom Pass.

This year’s meeting was held early as this is a Parish Council election year and the Council wished to inform members of the public of this fact and urge them to consider standing for election.  Cllr Penny Swales gave a brief talk on the roles and responsibilities of a Parish Councillor.  Closing date for nomination is Monday, 4th April, 2011.  Nomination packs are available






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from the DDC Elections office 01304 872344.

The meeting closed at 8.40 pm and Councillors, speakers and members of the public remained for refreshments provided by Cllrs Ridyard, Hughes-Edwards and Sue Preston.

A copy of the meeting minutes can be viewed on the Parish Council web-site along with all Parish Council minutes, agendas and election information.


The Three Horseshoes is under very good new management as you will see from the leaflets delivered with this newsletter. Karla Maskell has come from Maidstone and has already made herself known to many in the village by coming to the “Drop In”  at the Parish Hall on a Thursday morning.  Her premises were full to overflowing for her grand opening on the 19th March and she has a full programme planned for the future.  She has had a new kitchen fitted and is now able to cater for events that will include O.A.P. lunches.

Watch the pub notices for details.  I’m sure, like me, you will wish her many happy years in Great Mongeham.                                                                                                  Diana Knight



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