Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 77, August 2011


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellen's Road

Weds. 3rd, 17th and

31st  August


Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 10th and 24th



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 News                              3

 Organisations and Clubs           4


We would be grateful to receive any items for the September edition  before the 20th August, 2011 by E Mail: Anyone wishing to advertise in subsequent issues, should produce 420 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, 3rd August at 7.30 pm—meeting will be ‘fronted’ by members.

Great Mongeham Singers will be taking a break during the month of August.

St. Martin’s W.I.

Thursday, 11th August members will be going out for a meal and then a short walk around Deal.

Great Mongeham Society

Thursday, 18th August at 7.00 pm  meet at St. Martin’s Church—Jim Rees will give  a short introduction followed by a look at the Church. We will then walk down Cherry Lane into Mongeham Road and end up at the Leather Bottle some time before 9 pm. 


Thursday, 25th August at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm—why not come along for an evening of fun.

Drop In

Thursdays at 10 am until 11 am in the Parish Hall throughout the Summer. Everyone welcome to come along and have a cuppa and chat.




Great Mongeham Art Show Thursday, 22nd September—Sunday, 25th September.

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

Harvest Festival—Back to Church Sunday Sunday, 2nd October

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,   7th August                    Morning Praise with Baptism                                  10.00 am 

                                                      Wholeness and Healing Service                                6.00 pm                 

Sunday,  14th August                   Holy Communion                                                    10.00 am

Sunday,  21st August                    Family Service with Baptism                                  10.00 am

                                                      Sung Evensong                                                          6.00 pm

Sunday,  28th August                   Holy Communion                                                     10.00 am                       


Church Registers  


Saturday, 22nd July, 2011  Ian Giles Norsworthy and Helen Laura Frances Morgan

Sunday, 23rd July, 2011     Adrian David Taylor and Kirsty New


Church Cleaners

Do you have half and hour to spare once a month?  We are looking for volunteers to clean St. Martin’s Church.  Please telephone Peter 364457.


Flower Rota

Sunday,   7th August                    Wendy Madgwick and Sally Cornock    (Baptism Candle)

Sunday,  14th August                   Audrey Pitchford and Jean Colgate

Sunday,  21st August                    Mary Hopper and Elizabeth McConnell (Baptism Candle)

Sunday,  28th August                   June Osbourne and Queenie Keenan



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


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



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society

At the July meeting members enjoyed meeting Patrick from the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory. This is one of the very few independent Observatories in the country and the description of the work and research that goes on were most interesting. Patrick was not only an enthusiastic speaker, he was also anxious to answer questions and the end result was an inter-active discussion between us which was most enjoyable.




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The Rose and Sweet Pea Show held during the Village Fete on 9th July, attracted some 138 entries who made a delightful display and both Show Secretary Carol and Chairman, Keith were pleased with another successful show. Although this has not been such a good year for roses, Marlene Walker produced some beauties, the Sweet Peas were excellent with Alan Ford winning the Percy Lawrence Cup. The floral art section was well supported and a special prize was awarded to Barbara Odell for her entry.                                                                                    JB

St. Martin’s W.I. Members enjoyed a strawberry and scone supper at their July meeting.  PSB


Great Mongeham Society

What a fantastic place! Sharing vehicles to the car park and the stunning views of Dover harbour in the evening sun, eighteen GMS members ranging from their teens to their eighties were introduced through an intimate tunnel entrance, to the ditch that surrounds the Drop Redoubt and to its structure and history by Paul Wells, the volunteer Treasurer of the eleven year old Western Heights Preservation Society. Skirting the outer wall we penetrated the building just as it began to rain and were handed torches to light the efforts of our climb, through partial excavations to the meticulously maintained wildflower meadows, that blanket the gun emplacements and parade ground at the very top and then to illuminate our discussions during the careful decent, all making for the most personal and perfectly atmospheric tour.
We suspect fortifications here prior to the Roman Pharos and within the five and a half mile long dry earth work enclosing the Citadel, the North Central Detached Bastion and the Drop Redoubt lie over 2000 years of defence preparations, for the American War of Independence, various Napoleonic threats and perhaps into the future. English Heritage are very wrong to continue ignoring this lost treasure yet restorable to world prominence.                                   SA-W

For further information on the  Society visit the website at 


9th July was the day of the Great Mongeham Village Fete and Rose and Sweet Pea Show.

As with other years, various organisations put on a number of sideshows and attractions.  The whole event was blessed with fine weather and fun was had by one and  all.  The Dog Show proved to be a popular event with several owners receiving rosettes in various classes.  It was good to see the village stocks back in use after several years rest.  The tea tent was as popular as ever with plenty of tea and chatter and a meeting up of old friends.  The children’s races went down well as they always do and most children received a prize of some sort or another.  The sweet peas in the flower show were up to their usual high standard and it was great to be part of such a  fun and enjoyable afternoon.

Through the Great Mongeham Newsletter, I should like to say a big thank you to those who gave up their time to make this event possible.  While it is still fresh in your minds, if anyone has any ideas for next year’s fete– to be held on 7th July, 2012—do let us know.  We look forward to seeing you there.                                                                                                          PH                                                    

We welcome Gavin Lawrence and Sara Coote who have recently moved into Brewery Cottages

 - we hope they will both be very happy in our village.





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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 Deverson   Tel.365460


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                                                                                                                

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