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Issue 78, September 2011


Northbourne Road

Mongeham Road

Ellen's Road

Weds. 14 and

28th September


Mill Hill to Wilson Ave.

Wilson Avenue to

Mongeham Road

Cherry Lane

Ripple Road, Mongeham

Weds. 7th and 21st



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 News                                  3

 Organisations and Clubs               4



We would be grateful to receive any items for the October edition  before the 20th September, 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 The Club does not meet in September so our next meeting will be on the 5th October which will be the Autumn Show.


Great Mongeham Singers will meet at 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, St. Martin’s Church on Wednesday,  7th and 21st September.


St. Martin’s W.I meet in the Parish Hall on Thursday, 8th September at 7.30 pm. A Healthy Lifestyle and Relaxation Techniques by Christine Dolby will be the meeting’s talk.  The competition is a favourite holiday souvenir.  Nominations for committee and president will be taken, ready for the election at the AGM on October 13th.  Visitors and new members welcome.

Members will be at the Undercroft, Deal Town Hall on Saturday, 24th September from 9 am until Noon with the WI sales table. 

St. Margaret’s Group of WI hold a meeting in the hall on Thursday, 29th September at 7.30 pm—St. Martin’s WI are the hosts.      


Dover District Council Planning Committee—15th September at 6 pm at the Council Offices, Whitfield.  The agenda is available on the Council’s website one week before the meeting.


Bingo Thursday, 22nd September at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm—why not come along for an evening of fun.


20th Great Mongeham Art Show will be held in St. Martin’s Church, Great Mongeham on Thursday, 22nd September until Sunday, 25th September, 2011 from 11 am to 4 pm daily.



Harvest Supper with Entertainment  Saturday, 1st October 6.30 pm for 7 pm  in the Parish Hall.  Tickets £5 in aid of Madagascar and the Pilgrim’s Hospice.  Bookings Telephone Peter 364457.

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,   4th September               Morning Praise                                                        10.00 am 

Sunday,   11th September             Holy Communion                                                    10.00 am

Sunday,   18th September             Family Service with Baptism                                  10.00 am

                                                      Sung Evensong                                                          6.00 pm

Sunday,   25th September             Holy Communion                                                     10.00 am                       

Sunday,   2nd October                  Harvest Festival—Back to Church Sunday              10.00 am

Back to Church Sunday is celebrated each year, usually on the last Sunday of September and will be so in many churches throughout the country this year.  The idea is that we welcome back people to church, those who used to come, and those who have never been.  It is being celebrated this year in St. Martin’s Church, Great Mongeham on Sunday, 2nd October at our 10 am traditional Harvest Festival Service.  This service caters for all ages and we feel that it is the right service to celebrate back to church for us.  The church will be decorated with a harvest theme and a place in the service for children to offer their gifts of produce etc.  It is then usually offered for sale by donation after the service and the proceeds put to a worthy cause.  Any left over produce is donated to St. Martin Emmaus at Dover so nothing is wasted.  Please see if you can make a date and come along to this happy occasion, make a note of the date, it will be fun.


Great Mongeham Handbells  St. Martin’s Handbells have returned to the Church.  Completely refurbished, polished, gleaming and retuned, they are set to last for many years to come.  The Handbells have new leather handles and clappers, plus a new additional bell which adds to the range of tunes and harmonies that can be played.

The Handbell Ringers are already practising for the Harvest Festival Service in October.

New Handbell Ringers are most welcome to the practices.  These are held fortnightly after Sunday worship at St. Martin’s Church.  Ability to read music is not required.  All are welcome to try or listen to these beautiful Handbells.  For further information please contact Audrey Pitchford Tel. No. (01304) 362202. 


Church Registers      Baptism 7th August, 2011 Jasper George Rae born 6th October, 2010


Flower Rota

Sunday,   4th September                    Lesley Lawrence and Kathleen Inet  - Wedding  

Sunday,  11th September                   Wendy Madgwick and Sally Cornock

Sunday,  18th September                    Audrey Pitchford and Jean Colgate

Sunday,  25th September                    Mary Hopper and Elizabeth McConnell

Please note all arrangers for Harvest Festival on Sunday, 2nd October.

We take this opportunity of thanking Joyce and Yvonne for kindly volunteering to join the Church Cleaning Rota.  Your help is much appreciated.




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CHRISTIAN CENTRE Graham Herbert Tel: 366332  Mick Godden  Tel:  239801 Mobile 07713274760  SEPTEMBER SERVICES 10.30 am Every Sunday 6.30 pm 3rd Sunday Evening



Great Mongeham Horticultural Society The August meeting was in the Parish Hall on the 3rd August and despite holidays etc. was well attended.
On this occasion three members of the club gave short talks.  First up was Barbara O'Dell giving us a demonstration about the basics of Flower Arranging . Then we had Steve Pitcher showing us how to present our Vegetables etc. for showing. Peter Aplin then went through the Summer Show Schedule giving us various tips on what the show judges wanted to see. There were many questions for all three speakers and everyone learnt something.
Our thanks to all three.                                                                                                              JB      


District Councillors Report  Recently the District Council issued its annual State of The District Report.  Dover District Council, like others, is facing unprecedented challenges to its budget and services, as a result of a number of external factors. This not only means difficult decisions have to be made, but it also opens opportunities for reshaping our services to better serve our communities and maximise the potential of partnership working. The Council is addressing these challenges through a mixture of:

* Service prioritisation

* Restructuring the organisation

* Sharing services with other councils

* Transforming services to be more efficient and reduce cost.

Shared services: Dover District Council is the most participative of the East Kent authorities and is delivering numerous shared services. The report will be used to help shape future service provision by the council and its partners. The full report is available on the councils website at at agenda item 10 Nick and Steve

Groups using the Parish Hall, closed for August, restart from September 5th onwards.  Group Organiser’s phone numbers are on the back of this Newsletter and in the Notice Board outside the Hall.


Corners July 2011  A week of dry weather and the lovely aspect of Northbourne Playing Field provided an agreeable backdrop to another happy and successful Corners event.  Forty-five children aged from five to eleven years of age attended the day long sessions and a team of ten teenagers energetically assisted with the games, action songs and craft activities.

Jim and Elizabeth McConnell’s daughter, Ruth travelled up from Bristol to lead the Bible based stories which this year focussed on the disciple, Peter.  More than ten adults from churches in Great Mongeham, Northbourne and Eastry made a happy group of volunteers to provide games, crafts, music and refreshments.  On Friday afternoon parents were invited to see a display of the children’s art work and watch the children’s very enjoyable talent show.  Bob and June deserve special thanks for all their hard work in coordinating this week of mission to young people. JE    


Helen and Ian’s Wedding I would like to thank the bell ringers, the flower arrangers, and St. Clement’s Church Choir and organist Robert, for such a wonderful and beautiful occasion.  It was a lovely and very moving Service, with particular thanks to Peter for all he did that day, the ceremony meant a great deal to all our family and friends.  This was indeed a truly memorable and very special day! Thank you.                                                                                Sue Morgan





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Great Mongeham Society Members and visitors enjoyed a stroll round Great Mongeham looking at points of interest in St. Martin’s Church and historical houses in the village.

Many thanks to Jim Rees for leading the walk and sharing his in-depth knowledge.

For further information on the Society visit the website at


Do you have a new neighbour?  If so please let the Great Mongeham Society know.  They have a welcome leaflet giving snippets of information to help newcomers find their way around.  It gives details of village businesses, trains, buses, postal collections, councillors, doctor’s surgeries, local newsagents, vets etc.  There is also a map of footpaths in the village.

Ring Diana Knight, 375420, to get a leaflet delivered.                                                         DK


I am 70 this year and am walking the North Downs Way (about 130 miles) as a Big Birthday Challenge and raising money for The Teenage Cancer Trust and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. I start at Farnham, Surrey on 21st September and arrive in Dover on 4th October - 13 days in total. So if villagers who haven't already would like to sponsor me (I have raised £480 so far) then that would be really fantastic. I have a Justgiving site: or give to me and I will send to the two charities direct. These are both such worthwhile causes and do excellent work for the youngsters.       VR



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