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Issue 81,  December 2011


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Dates for your

Diary 1

St. Martin’s

Church 2

Christian Centre 2

Village News 3

Organisations and Clubs 4

We wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. We take a break from the Newsletter over Christmas—the next edi-tion will be in February, 2012. We would be grateful to receive any items for this edition before the 20th January, 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 Mon-geham. Please telephone Peter on 364457.




Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 7th December at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall—Christmas Party—please bring a plate of food and drinks of your choice, tea and coffee will be provided.


Great Mongeham Singers are taking a break over Christmas and will regroup in the New Year.


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 8th December at 7.30 pm will be a Bring and Share Supper. Please bring along an exchange present to the value of £1.50 and a Christmas table decoration.


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 22nd December at 7 pm an evening of Carols and Seasonal Songs round the Christmas tree on the Village Green to be followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall.

All welcome to come along and enjoy a festive evening.


Bingo Thursday, 15th December 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 will not meet on Thursdays, 22nd December and 29th.



St. Martin’s W.I. February meeting will see members visiting Calendar Girls at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

Drop In 5th January, 2012 at 10.00 am in the Parish Hall for refreshments and a chat.

Bingo Thursday, 26th January at 7.15 pm 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 December Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 11th December Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 18th December Crib Service 10.00 am

Carol Service 4.00 pm

Christmas Eve, 24th December Christingle Service 5.00 pm

Midnight Mass 11.15 pm

Christmas Day, 25th December Holy Communion 10.00 am


January Services

Sunday, 1st January Morning Praise 10.00 am

Sunday, 8th January Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 15th January Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 4.00 pm

Sunday, 22nd January Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 29th January United Service at St. Richard’s 10.00 am


Church Registers

Baptisms 30th October, 2011 Jack Arthur Edward Curry

6th November, 2011 Sophie Alice Pippa Boughton

27th November, 2011 Charley James Lucas


St. Martin’s Church has produced a 2012 Calendar that is on sale now at The Hack and Tack Shop, Northbourne Road for the price of £5.00. It contains views of St. Martin’s Church. Enquiries to Peter Hambrook Tel. 364457

There will be no flowers during Advent but I am looking for volunteers to help me on Satur-day, 17th December. I would like to put up the Christmas Tree, decorate window sills with greenery and candles for the Carol Service and prepare the Stable for the Crib Service on the 18th December. If you are able to help for an hour or two I aim to be at the Church from 10 am. Please contact Lesley on 360654.


CHRISTIAN CENTRE Graham Herbert Tel: 366332 Mick Godden Tel: 239801 Mobile 07713274760 The Tuesday Group meet for Tea, Coffee, Chat, Craft Aid (no charge) on Tues-days from 10 am –12 Noon at Great Mongeham Christian Centre. Contact Anne 381378


DECEMBER SERVICES 10.30 am Every Sunday



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Great Mongeham Society held their 11th A G M in the Parish Hall last month and celebrated with an iced cake made by Sylvia Bowsher. A good attendance re-elected Dr John Bowsher as Chairman and Dr Steve Chappell as Vice Chairman. Committee members elected were Sajjad Afzal-Woodward, Sylvia Bowsher, Carol Greener, Audrey Pitchford, Jim Rees and Patricia Scott-Bradford. Treasurer, Brian Knight recommended the subscription be held at £7 with visi-tors paying £2. This was agreed. Archivist Jim Rees displayed a large selection of maps and documents collected over the years including a copy of the village charter of 760 given by Eadbhert 11 King of Kent. Alan Palmers talk on Ephemera Collections was so well received that he was invited to talk again next year. He brought examples from his huge stock ranging from 17th and 18th century documents to 20th century packaging, posters, labels etc He sells items on the internet at The 2012 programme will open with the noted photographer Ralph Hoult with views of old Ramsgate before, during and after the second world war. The meeting will be on Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.


Great Mongeham Horticultural Society The AGM of the Horticutural Society took place in the Parish Hall at the beginning of November. All the officers were willing to stand again. Jan Aplin stood down from the Committee and Sue Ford as speaker finder. Both were thanked for all their hard work over the years. The pumpkin weigh in took place at the AGM. Stephen Pitcher produced a 74lb giant, Keith Atkinson 38lbs and Alan Ford 30lbs. JB


Saint Martins WI The First Responder failed to turn up for the 10th November meeting. The time was filled arranging 2012 diaries for events and monthly meetings. PSB


Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as part of Great Mongeham celebrations, your Parish Council is looking into presenting village children of school age and under with a specially minted celebra-tory coin. Please remember to fill in and return the flyer sent out in last month’s Newsletter as soon as possible. PH


Flooring Grant Dover District Neighbourhood Forum have awarded the Parish Hall a grant to renovate the floor. This will take place from 13th February for one week during the School’s half term holiday and will be carried out by Complete Hygiene Flooring Care. Regular hall us-ers will be informed in good time. PSB


Community Warden is always available to give information leaflets and advice on the best way of protecting your home—Shut it, Lock it, Keep it—if you have any worries Tel. 07813713722. Kent Police telephone number for non-emergency 24/7 is 101. Deaf or speech impaired please text Police and your message to 60066 More information on 101 visit PSB


For the first time the village will have a Christmas tree on the green near the hall. It has been donated by Cllr Brian Knight and the Parish Council have provided the lights. The tree will be put up by David Solley and the lights turned on on the 10th December. The Great Mongeham Society is organising an evening of carols and seasonal songs around the tree on Thursday 22nd December at 7p.m.Singing will be led by the Great Mongeham Singers after which refreshments will be served in the hall. The Saint Martin’s Handbells will be rung in the Hall for everyone to hear how wonderful they sound. Come along and enjoy a festive evening.





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The Quiz evening held in the Parish Hall raised £297.00—to be shared equally between St. Martin’s Church and the Pilgrim’s Hospice. A good evening was enjoyed by all those who attended—many thanks to Ian Lawrence our question master and to everyone who kindly donated a raffle prize. PH

The Parish Hall Trustees and Delegates send Christmas Greetings to all readers of the Village Newsletter.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the neighbours and friends who have been so kind to me in the past few weeks. All the visits, phone calls, cards and offers of help have been such an enormous help, especially when I could not move much and I am very grateful. I am now promoted to a walking stick (yippie) and hope to be back to normal (?) early next year. In the meantime many thanks and love to all. Joyce Blee


I have decided after 81 Issues (to date) of the Newsletter to stand down and we are look-ing for a volunteer to collate your monthly Newsletter. If you are interested in taking over in the New Year—we would be grateful if you could telephone Peter on 364457. SS



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 S. Afzal -Woodward Tel 372792

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