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Issue 82,  February 2012



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 Dates for your

 Diary                                      1



 St.  Martin’s

 Church                                   2



Christian Centre                    2



Village News                          3



Organisations and Clubs       4




After 82 editions of the Village Newsletter I am passing the reins to

Penny Swales.  She would be grateful to receive any items for the March edition  before the 20th February, 2012 by E Mail:

or telephone 362398.


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


I should  like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Hambrook, my Co Editor for all his help and support over the last  7 years. Carol Greener, our proof– reader for correcting all my many mistakes!  All those people who have contributed  articles to the Newsletter and to everyone who kindly delivers your copy each month.  To all our readers – thank you for taking the time and trouble to read our Newsletter.

Finally thanks to Penny for very kindly volunteering.         Sue Solley




Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 1st February at  7.30 pm in the Parish Hall talk on Sweetpeas with Mr. P. Johnson.


Great Mongeham Singers  will be re-grouping on the 8th February and the second meeting of the year will be on 22nd February at  7.30 pm in the Upper Room, St. Martin’s Church.  We welcome new participants—you don’t have to be able to sing.  Enjoyment is the thing and singing lifts the spirits. 


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 9th February at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall Marlene Burnham will speak about ‘Living in the Middle East’

The competition is  for 'An object relating to the Middle East' .  Visitors and new members are always welcome to join the meeting.On Monday, 13th February, members will be visiting the Marlowe Theatre to see Calendar Girls.


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 23rd February at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall Sajjad Afzal-Woodward will talk on Christopher Alexander and The Nature of  Order.


Bingo Friday. 24th February at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall, “eyes down” at 7.30 pm—why not come along for an evening of fun. Please note that this is on a Friday this month.



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FORTHCOMING EVENTS Saturday, 24th March from 8 am—12 Noon Undercroft Sale in aid of St. Martin’s Church at the Townhall, Deal.  Items for sale required.  Contact Peter 364457.

Corners Saturday, 24th March Corners for children age 5—11 at Northbourne Hall.  For further details contact June Osbourne 330200.


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,  5th February                                   Morning Praise with Baptism                   10.00 am 

Sunday, 12th February                                  Holy Communion                                      10.00 am                 

Sunday, 19th February                                  Family Service                                           10.00 am

                                                                      Evensong                                                      4.00 pm

Ash Wednesday, 22nd February                  Holy Communion at St. Leonard’s Church  8.00 pm

Sunday, 26th February                                 Holy Communion                                       10.00 am             

Flower Rota

5th February                                                   Mary Hopper and Cynthia Tucker

12th February                                                 Wendy Madgwick and Sally Cornock

19th February                                                 June Osbourne and Queenie Keenan

26th February                                                 Strip the Church of Flowers

                                                                       Lesley Lawrence and Kathie Inett

No flowers during lent, Easter flowers will be arranged from 10 am onwards on 7th April.

See you there ladies.  Lesley


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 Tuesdays from 10 am –12 Noon at Great Mongeham Christian Centre.  Contact Anne 381378


FEBRUARY SERVICES 10.30 am Every Sunday



Great Mongeham Society  Carols on the Green

Those of you who were at the inaugural Carols on the Green event just before Christmas must surely agree with me that it was a resounding success. More than eighty people gathered round the tree and sang lustily to the accompaniment of St. Martin’s Church’s latest acquisition, a music machine!  After singing our hearts out we all trooped in to the Parish  Hall where we were  entertained by the St. Martin’s Hand Bell Ringers while enjoying warm mulled wine and mince pies.  Even the weather was on our side and we all agreed that we should do the same next year.  Thanks to the Parish Council for initiating the event, Brian for the tree, David and Co. for putting it up, Peter for providing the music and to Diana and Patricia for organising the refreshments.                                                                                                                            JR




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Great Mongeham Society 19 January, 2012

Members attending the first meeting of the new year were educated, informed and entertained by the guest speaker Ralph Hault. He learned photography whilst serving in the RAF and on returning home opened a photography shop in Ramsgate which he ran successfully for over 30 years. During this time he began with the help of local people, to build his collection of over 3000 images of old Ramsgate which provides the basis for his talks. He has been very active in the civic life of the town and the relatively short trip down memory lane that he was able to present on the evening concentrated on the seafront. He evoked a wonderfully nostalgic sense of life between the wars and the fun to be had on a traditional British seaside holiday, of the kind that many of  the audience had actually experienced.

Welcome to Great Mongeham If you have a new neighbour ask the Great Mongeham Society for a ‘Welcome’ leaflet to give them.  Telephone the President, Diana on 375420.


The Jan Anton Dancers have enjoyed another year of high achievement. The latest results from the examinations in November were outstanding all in the top two categories of Distinctions and Honours. These exams were taken in Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern Technique, Jazz Performance and Acrobatics. The youngest student was just 3 years old on the day. The senior class have just finished a highly successful Pantomime season with the New Ash Players, where they played to packed houses every night, including an extra Sunday matinee performance.

Jan Anton has just begun a new Baby Movement class at Great Mongeham Parish Hall for the under 5's, this will include first steps of  Ballet,  Mime, Exercise and some really fun action to music.   This class is every Friday at 4pm. to 4.40pm.

The highlight of this year will be the Annual Show TOTALLY DANCE TWO at the Astor Theatre, Deal on June 10th. If you would like to chat to Jan about Childrens or Adult classes including Keep-Fit for Life on Monday mornings please ring. 07760150233 or to Email


At the  Saint Martins WI January meeting the speaker was Sarah Grazebrook who enthralled the members on how she became an author and wrote her book Crooked Pieces.   A very interesting start to the 2012 programme of speakers and events. This has encouraged the formation of a reading group.


All Hall Users From Monday February 13th the hall will be closed to the public while renovation of the floor is carried out.   


Country and Western Group After 30+ years the group will no longer meet in the Parish Hall.This leaves the Friday evening available for booking . The only other time that the Hall is free is on Wednesday mornings and weekends Contact 01304-362815                                             PSB


Community Warden, Haydn Powlter is handing out forms to register any local areas that may annoy you  - dog fouling , old cars, fly tipping etc.   He will bring the forms to the Drop In Thursday,  10am to 11am  - no names or addresses needed . There is also a DVD to explain the proposed TV changes, for some in June, contact your local Community Warden on 07813713722.

Kent Police non-emergency number 24/7 is 101.   Deaf or speech impaired text Police and your message to 60066. For  more information on 101 visit  


 District Councillors Report  A happy New Year to all Great Mongeham residents.
At this stage of the year we focus on the budget process. There is the dilemma over funding in




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that, while the offer by Central Government for an additional 2.5% to the Revenue Support Grant, settlement to local authorities would give a 0% rate increase this year, and may seem attractive, there is a concern that this will create a hole in future years, as the offer is a one-off contribution.  Dover is one of the lowest taxing authorities in Kent with a band D rate of £158.94.
For comparison the corresponding rates charged by our neighbouring authorities are: Canterbury £178.65, Shepway £231.48 and Thanet £209.97


We will take advice on this dilemma in order to achieve the best outcome for our rate payers.
We believe that we need to continue to drive service efficiencies as well as look at income streams, so that we can deliver value for money for all residents in the district.

The coming year will provide further opportunities for improving our services.

On a local level Nick and Steve are keen to help residents with queries relating to the council’s services.  We look to maintain our strong links with the parish council and other community organisations.
We would like to extend our thanks to Sue Solley for her work on the Great Mongeham Parish Newsletter. 

                                                                                                   Nick and Steve



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                   Fridays 4 pm— 4.40 pm       Parish Hall  Jan Anton                or

Special Needs Dance Club   Friday 5 pm-5.45pm    Parish Hall  Jan Anton         Tel 373421

The Tuesday Group     Tuesdays 10am—12 Noon   Christian Centre  Anne        Tel. 381378