Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 74, May 2011



Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellen's Road

Weds. 11th and 25th



Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 4th and 18th



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                               3/4


Organisations and Clubs                   4


We would be grateful to receive any items for the June edition  before the 20th May, 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, 4th May at 7.30 pm  - Radio Kent’s Jean Griffin ‘Tales from the Potting Shed’.


Great Mongeham Parish Hall

Please note that the Parish Hall will be closed on Thursday, 5th May to all people except those voting in the Parish Elections and Referendum from 7 am to 10 pm.


Great Mongeham Singers

Will be meeting on the 11th and 25th May at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, St. Martin’s Church.


St. Martin’s W.I.

Thursday, 12th May at 7.30 pm will be the members discussion of the Resolutions to be taken to the Liverpool AGM in June.


Great Mongeham Society

Thursday, 19th May at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall—Steve Chappell—Schools of the Future                     


Plant Sale

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



Thursday,  26th May at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm—why not come along for an evening of fun.


Boot Fair

Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May from 7 am on the Village Green.  Pre booked pitches £8 enquiries  telephone Peter 364457.



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.




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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, 1st May                          Morning Praise                                                        10.00 am

                                                     Service of Healing                                                     6.00 pm

Sunday,  8th May                         Holy Communion                                                    10.00 am

Sunday,  15th May                       Family Service                                                         10.00 am

                                                      Evensong                                                                   6.00 pm

Sunday, 22nd May                       Holy Communion                                                     10.00 am                       

Sunday, 29th May                        Combined Service at  St. Leonard’s, Upper Deal    10.00 am  


Flower Rota     1st May              Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

                          8th May              Audrey Pitchford and Jean Colgate

                        15th May              Mary Hopper and Elizabeth McConnell 

                        22nd May             Queenie Keenan and June Osbourne

                        29th  May             No Flowers


Church Registers  Funeral  30th March, 2011 Dorothy May Featherstone

                                1st April,  2011 Charles Frederick Gosden  both late of Great Mongeham.

                                Barham Crematorium 7th April, 2011 Leslie Walter Baker of Cherry Lane

The following is the Eulogy read out at the funeral  held on the 1st April of Charlie Gosden who died on 14th March, 2011.

Charlie was born on 10 May, 1929 and lived with his parents, brother Stan and sisters Barbara and Joy in Faversham. It wasn’t long before they all moved to Great Mongeham and after leaving School, Charlie worked at Solley’s Farm and then the Colliery finally settling in the construction industry working at Richborough Power Station.  For many years he was self employed and then finally worked for Denne builders before taking early retirement through ill health.

During his life Charlie was called up for National Service in the Royal Artillery where he was posted to North Africa, Libya and Egypt and became a cook. His cooking was so good that he was asked to cook for the officers!

Charlie met Kath when she was on a bike ride and caught Charlie’s eye and from then on the relationship blossomed.  They got married in 1950 and had five children—David, Kevin, Carol, Tina and Deirdre. Charlie loved gardening and entering the Great Mongeham Show with his onions and did very well with them often winning first prize.  His best mate and sparring partner over the onions was Roy Catherick and he missed him greatly when he passed away.

As Charlie’s eyesight deteriorated he had to give up his car which he really missed but Kath and Charlie always looked forward to going out on Sundays with Ronnie for breakfast or dinner.



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He was always first out of the door if anyone was going to take him for a Chinese meal—he really loved them.  He had been a regular at The Good Luck in Dover for the past 42 years.

Kath and Charlie would have been married 61 years—they had a good marriage and a loving family and friends.  They have eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  Charlie will

be sadly missed by all who knew him.  God Bless you Charlie and rest in peace.



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


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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society The Spring Show on 6th April was enjoyed by members.  The display of flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables against the black backcloths was most attractive.  Daffodils, as we all know, have suffered badly from this year’s winter and spring so there were fewer entries than usual in these sections, but Alan Ford had managed to produce some beauties which earned him well-deserved prizes.  The Judges, Jean and Peter Sidell were most helpful, not only explaining reasons for their choices but passing on valuable hints on improvements the rest of us could make!!  Floral Art was judged by Mrs. Keys-Evans who was also very helpful.  Barbara Odell won this section with her beautiful interpretation of ‘The Royal Wedding’.  The trophy for the most points in the Show was awarded to Marlene Walker.  At the close, Chairman Keith thanked Show Secretary Carol Whittaker and the Committee for another well staged and managed Show.  He also thanked those members who had taken the trouble to produce entries, thus making the Show possible.                                     JB


Great Mongeham Society April 21st Steve Franks - Cross-Channel Swimming
Steve Franks talked of his experiences as a volunteer Official Observer for the Channel Swimming Association, the governing body responsible for setting the strict rules and authenticating all attempts to swim the channel since 1927. As it is the worlds busiest shipping lane all
swimmers must be accompanied by one of currently seven pilot boats. The French no longer allow swims to begin on their side so all now start from Samphire Hoe or Shakespeare Beach in Folkestone, usually in the early hours of the morning from late June to September, weather, wind, water temperature and tides permitting in order that landfall at Cap Blanc Nez or Cap Gris Nez occurs in daylight. All those considering an attempt themselves should consult the CSA’s very informative website at
 For further information about  the  Society visit the website at                     SAW  


Great Mongeham Handbells  Following the visit by a group of St. Martin’s Hand-bell Ringers to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in February, the Hand-bells were left for inspection and assessment.  A report on their condition has been received containing good and bad news.  The bells are all said to be sound, although tarnished through use and age.  However the Foundry recommends that work is needed to bring the Hand-bells back into ‘mint’ condition.  This would involve renewing the leather handles and caps together with the inside mechanisms such as clapper pegs and spring felts.  Staple pins and staple washers should also be cleaned, overhauled and adjusted.  Our Hand-bell Group hope to have this work carried out, so that the Church may have the benefit of a superb set of hand-bells for the next 25 years!

For those who might be interested in hand-bell ringing please contact Audrey Pitchford  Tel. 01304 362202.    





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Saint Martin’s W.I.  President, Gloria Hayman welcomed many visitors and members to the 38th Birthday celebrations.  She introduced John and Sue Pearce resplendent in 1940 uniforms and they spoke about Glenn Miller from his early years to his disappearance.  This was an informative talk with pictures.  The competition was for a 1940’s outfit - Edna Cory won wearing a boiler suit, goggles and turban in a reprise of her wartime work as a welder. Good 1940 refreshments were arranged—  including spam sandwiches, jelly and corn flour shapes.  The annual competition award went to Hilary Maxwell for most points gained during the year.                    


Community First Responders are volunteers who respond to emergency calls on behalf of S.E.Coast Ambulance Service.  They often arrive at life threatening emergencies before the ambulance can get there as they are just around the corner.  We are looking to recruit new volunteers across the S.E. of England in order to set up or expand local schemes.  Have you got a few hours each week to spare for this extremely worthwhile venture?  Would you like to make a real difference to people in difficulty in your own community? For further details visit - or telephone North and East Kent 07786313589



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