Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.



MAY 2012 






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District Council Website for full details of recycling days.



Kent Police telephone number for non-emergencies is 101

Community Warden

Tel. 07813713722.




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Dates for your Diary.

Forthcoming Events


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St. Martin’s Church. Christian Centre.

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Reports from the Village, Societies and Clubs.

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Organisations & Clubs in the Parish.



May is a busy month in the village with the usual societies and meetings plus the ‘village clean up’, the Parish Council Annual Meeting and the Boot Fair followed by the Jubilee weekend (Barn Dance & Hog Roast)at the beginning of June.

The Parish Council Annual Meeting is your chance to ‘grill’ your local councillors and suggest ideas for the following year. With the prospect of hundreds of new houses at Sholden do we want more traffic calming? Should the council do more or less for the Jubilee and to celebrate the London Olympics? Have you ideas for the grants the council can give? Come to the meeting and give your views and support.(PS)

We would be grateful to receive any items for the next  edition before the 20th of the month to

or telephone 364457.

Anyone wishing to advertise in subsequent issues should produce 420 copies on an A5 flyer - these will then be delivered  to the whole parish for £10 - telephone Peter Hambrook on 3


Great Mongeham Horticultural Society - May 2nd. J. Wellard on ‘Goodnestone Park

Great Mongeham Parish Council Annual Meeting will be on Thursday May 3rd at 7:30 in the Village Hall.

Christian Centre - Monday May 7th from 8.30 am. Coffee and sale in aid of the Air Ambulance.

Annual Boot Fair – Monday 7th May from 7am on village green.

Village Cleanup - During the week from Tuesday 8th May. Contact 375420.

Great Mongeham Singers - May 2nd, 16th and 30th. 7.30 at the Church.

St. Martin’s W.I. - May 10th - members’ craft and hobbies exhibition.7.30pm.

Great Mongeham Society -May 17th - Alan Fox - ' My Life in Silver’. 7.30pm.

Bingo - Thursday May 24th  at 7.15 for eyes down at 7.30pm


Barn Dance - Friday 1st June 7.30pm

Jubilee Big Lunch - Monday 4th June

Friends of St Martin’s - Broadstairs Concert Band 22nd June at 7.30 St Martin's Church



 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.           Tel. 330200

Jennie Esposito, 224 Mongeham Road, Great Mongeham.                       Tel 369304

Secretary: Wendy Madgwick, Glendower, Mongeham Church Close, Great

Mongeham.                                                                                                          Tel. 239143

Treasurer: Nigel Pitchford, 141 Mongeham Road, Great Mongeham.      Tel. 362202



Sunday  6th May 10 am. Morning Praise with Baptism

                13th May 10 am. Holy Communion with Baptism

                20th May 10 am. Family Service with Baptism

                20th May 6 pm. Sung evensong

                27th May 10 am. Pentecost. Holy Communion

Sunday school at 10 am each Sunday except 3rd Sunday


Church Flower Rota

6th May - June and Queenie

13th May - Wendy, Mary and Cynthia

20th May - Lesley and Kathie

27th May -Jean and Audrey  (LL)


Fund Raising for St Martin’s Church


Boot Fair  on Monday 7th May from 7am on village green. Pitches £8.00. Ring Peter Hambrook on 364457. For details see separate flyer. (PH)


Barn Dance in Solley’s Potato Barn. Friday 1st June 7.30pm, dancing starts at 8pm. Bring your own drinks and cutlery. Barbeque or vegetarian alternative supplied. Tickets £8.00.

Please wear suitable clothing - you will be sitting on straw bales and dancing on a barn floor.  Dancing to Contraband and caller Chris Ransom. (PH)


CHRISTIAN CENTRE Graham Herbert Tel: 366332 Mick Godden Tel: 239801 Mobile 07713274760. SERVICES 10.30 am Every Sunday

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

Monday May 7th from 8.30 am serving tea coffee, cake with raffle of hand made quilt, name the hand made bear, and table sale of various items (jam, plants etc) in aid of the Air Ambulance. (MH)




 Great Mongeham Society

On 19 April society member Paul Wells, in his role as the Treasurer of the Western Heights Preservation Trust, gave a very well illustrated and researched presentation on the history of the Western Heights in Dover from its earliest use as a position for lighthouses through its various military roles during periods of historic conflict. Many of the Society's members had been on the excellent guided tour given by Paul on our visit to the Drop Redoubt last year and were pleased to see more photographs of buildings now long gone as well as those of The Grand Shaft and other areas we had not managed to reach that evening. Many of us will be returning there as it is a wonderful structure capable of being the centre of a great cultural renaissance in this part of Kent.(S. A-W)

In July there will be an open day with the re-enactment company at Western Heights

May 17th - Alan Fox will talk on ' My Life in Silver’. Visitors and new members welcome, 7.30pm start in the parish hall.

August 16th -  a visit to Goodnestone Park will replace the printed visit to Brogdale

The Drop In

Thanks to all who supported the sale at the Drop In on Thursday 5th April. Together with the Hot Cross Buns that were sold, a profit of £20 was made for Parish Hall Funds. Call in at the hall any Thursday Morning at 10am for a coffee and a chat and possibly pick up a bargain from the produce stall.  (BS)

Great Mongeham Horticultural Society

The Spring Show on the 4th April was a delight as always. Carol and her team are to be congratulated on their hard work as the Hall looked beautiful, full of colour and scent.

However 3 of our members were missing - Sue Ford, Keith Atkinson, and Bill Haines. Best wishes for their speedy recovery were sent. Secretary Liz was an able substitute Chairman and whilst judging was going on kept us entertained with a light hearted quiz.

Judges Jean and Peter Sudell were very complimentary about the quality and number of entries, and Mrs Keys-Evans expressed warm approval of the Floral Art. Two cups were awarded. Best Bloom in the Show was awarded to Alan Ford and 'Most Points in the Show ' to Alan Ford and Brian Knight who tied on points.

Next meeting May 2nd when the speaker will be Mr. J. Wellard on the theme of Goodnestone Park. (JB)

Saint Martin’s WI

Saint Martin’s WI celebrated their 39th birthday with iced cake and a slide talk on India. The annual competition award was given to Wendy Marshall and Margaret Barker with dual top points. On May 10th there will be a members’ craft and hobbies exhibition. New members and visitors welcome to the hall 7.30pm. (P.S-B)

The Mongeham Singers will be meeting in May on the 2nd, 16th and 30th.  We meet at 7.30 at the Church .  Just turn up if you like the idea of singing for fun.  (VR)

Village Cleanup

The Society will be joining the Parish Council in a Village Cleanup during the week from Tuesday May 8th. Contact 375420 if you can help with an hour or two. Equipment supplied. PS-B

Bingo Thursday 24th at 7.15 for eyes down at 7.30pm.


Jan Anton's Dancers

Mongeham Parish Hall plays host twice a week to Jan Anton's Dancers who are currently in rehearsals for this year’s summer show TOTALLY DANCE 2012 at the Astor Theatre on June 10th at 5pm. This is a show purely for lovers of dance from the littlest tiny tot to some cool mature tappers and everything in between. Jan's Dancers and Keep-Fit ladies and gents also took part last year, dancing in the Pantomime Dick Whittington with the New Ash Players. A fun time was had by all, playing to packed houses every night. On July 14th just before the end of the summer term the dancers will take part in graded examinations qualifying them to return in September in higher grades of Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Acrobatics. The Modern Street Jazz Troupe has been invited to participate in a Gala Evening at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End of London which we will be working hard to perfect for the autumn.  Anyone interested in joining this successful group should  phone Jan on 07760150233 / 01304 813749. (JA)

Great Mongeham Parish Council

The annual meeting is on Thursday May 3rd at 7.30 in the village hall.

Jubilee Big Lunch 4th June

Last requests for tickets for the Hog Roast can be brought to the Parish Council annual meeting . For those who have already booked, tickets can be picked up at this time.



Organisation or Club

Meeting times /Location (Parish Hall unless states otherwise)

Contact Telephone Number

Gt. Mongeham Parish Council

1st Thursday of the month 7.15 pm

Terry Madgwick 239143


no meeting Aug & Jan

Sarah Wells 614320

1st Gt. Mongeham Brownies

Weds 5.30-7pm Term-time.

Baptist Hall

Julie Caldwell 372493

Bell Ringers

Tuesday 7.30 pm. St Martin's

Peter Deverson 365460

Bernice Dance Group

Friday 1.30-3.30 pm (not 4th in month)

Bernice 368920

Drop In

Thursday 10.00 am

Barbara Spence 375786

Friends of St. Martin’s


Nigel Pitchford 362202

Good Companions

Thursday 2.30-4.15pm

Barbara Spence 375786

Great Mongeham Society

3rd Thursday 7.30 pm

S. Afzal-Woodward 372792

Gt. Mongeham Art Group

Tuesday 1.45-3.45pm Term-time

Julie Kersey 373299


Mon. and Weds. 6.30pm

Jan Easton 367001

Keep Fit For Life

Monday 10.15am—11.15 am 

Jan Anton 07760150233

Lets Dance

Monday 8—10 pm

Janet Dean 613927

Mongeham-Ripple W.I.

3rd Weds.2.30pm (Dec.2nd Wed)

Sue Case 374025

Parish Hall Bookings


Tel 362815


Thursday 5.45 –6.45pm

L Pullen 07734473784

Scottish Country Dancing

Tuesday 8 pm

Mary Quinton 375836

Special Needs Dance Club

Friday 5 pm-5.45pm

Jan Anton 373421

St. Martin’s W.I.

2nd Thursday 7.30 pm

Pam 373604

Sunday School (3 yrs.& over)


Sylvia Griffiths 367124

T.A.F. Playgroup

1.00pm Monday. Term-time

Wendy Madgwick 239143

Tots Ballet and Gymnastics

Friday 4 pm

Jan Anton 373421


Friday 10 am

Tracey Tonks


Tuesday 10.30 am

Audrey Clarke 368521

Simply Yoga

Fridays 6.45 to 7.45pm

Josephine Wells 379236