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Rural Roundup

Sutton Church taken from the Downs. Submitted by Jean Winn

Issue Number 40

February 2014

The Community Magazine for Kingsdown Ringwould-w-Oxney Ripple Sutton, Ashley, Studdal & Little Mongeham

Benefice Contacts The Reverend Cathy Sigrist BA Hons The Rectory, Upper Street , Kingsdown CT14 8BJ 01304 373 951 Email: Reader


Mr Norman Gilliland 9 Addelam Close, Deal CT14 9LT Email:

01304 381 589

Mr John Gray

01304 379 941


St John the Evangelist Church, Kingsdown Churchwardens Mr Bob Wiseman Email: 01304 371 619 Parochial Church Council (Secretary) Mrs Sarah Spanner

01304 364 222

Parochial Church Council (Treasurer) Mrs Jean Winn Email:

01034 361 030

St Nicholas Church, Ringwould Churchwardens Miss Ursula Bailey Mr Patrick MacWilliam Parochial Church Council (Secretary) Mrs Lyn Dourthe Parochial Church Council (Treasurer) Mrs Jean Winn Email:

01304 360 149 01304 373 888 01304 360 097 01034 361 030

St Mary the Virgin Church, Ripple Churchwarden Dr Laurence Davey Parochial Church Council (Secretary) Mrs Rosemary Davey Parochial Church Council (Treasurer) Dr Laurence Davey Email:

01304 374 512 01304 374 512 01304 374 512

St Peter & St Paul Church Sutton-by-Dover Churchwardens Mr J Boardman Mrs Maggie Crawley E-mail: Parochial Church Council (Secretary) Mr P Mold Parochial Church Council (Treasurer) Mr A Ford


01304 389 402 01304 372 856 01304 371 738 01304 364 989

From the Benefice Registers Funerals Kingsdown

9th December - Terence Marsden Crowther 10th January – David John Staverton Digweed

Sutton-by-Dover 28th November – Dorothy Childs CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST Kingsdown

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24 January - 6th February Tan Harrington & Margaret Gilling 7th - 20th February Jackie Colins & Lesley Dobby 21st February - 4th March Georgina Maude & Jacky Proctor th Ash Wednesday 5 March: no flowers during Lent Any queries please ring Lesley Dobby 01304 373 331, Georgina Maude 01304 389 253 or Barbara Ridout 01304 361 019

A Happy New Year to everyone. I’m back in circulation again, having been very spoilt whilst staying with my son and daughter-in-law in Perth Australia. Very strange spending Christmas in temperatures up in the 40’s. Yes, I did come back to a new Great-Grandson weighing in at 8lbs 14ozs with a mop of dark hair. He’s lovely! I would say that, wouldn’t I? Another bit of good news. I have been fortunate enough to find someone to help me with the Rural Roundup. Mr Joe Wall has moved to Balmoral Road, Kingsdown with his wife Jenny. They are very experienced as they have been joint editors producing a Community Magazine for some years where they lived previously. Lucky old me, I will now only have to do half the work!!! Next month sees another year of Rural Roundup. Here we go into the fifth year. Doesn’t seem possible, does it? Time again for us to receive donations from anyone who feels they would like to contribute. Same arrangement as usual, depending which area you live in. You may hand it to your distributor, if you live in Kingsdown you may drop it into me, post it through the door of the Rectory or pop it in the box the Conservation Group has at the Post Office and they will pass it on. Ringwould residents can give their contribution to Jean Winn or drop it through the treasurer’s door. I can’t end the year without thanking everyone who helps towards making Rurual Roundup such a successful publication. Advertisers, contributors, distributors, Alan Smith, Mary Fish and Lisa Souter who do such a good job of the proof-reading and the joint treasurers Martin & Helen Rodney-Smith who have got the job so well organised. Ed. DIGNIFIED FUNERALS from £895.00 PLUS DISBURSEMENTS

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Tea and Chat Tea andChat meets this month on Thursday 6th February at 2pm in the church social space. Homemade cakes and a cuppa not to mention a good chat! £1 why not come along? Last month Fred brought along some beads so we made bracelets and earings. Thanks, Fred! ST NICHOLAS PLAYERS…….the player’s next production is a comedy called ‘The Reunion’ by Peter Gordon on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th April. More details in Rural Roundup next month. Ringwould News continued on page 9...…...


6 9.30am Prayer and Praise

6.00pm (BCP) Evensong

8.00am (BCP) Holy Communion

4.00pm Messy Church At Studdal Hall

8.00 am (BCP) Holy Communion

11.00am Morning Prayer


11.00am Holy Communion

11.00am (BCP) Matins

Studdal Hall

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For weekday services please check weekly news sheets or the website ’diary’ page .There are usually Monday – Sutton Parish Prayers @9.30am in Studdal Hall; Wednesday 10am, Kingsdown ,Holy Communion (BCP) Services using the Book of Common Prayer are marked (BCP)

23rd February

11.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Holy Communion

8.00am (BCP) Holy Communion 11.00am Funday Sunday

16th February

9.30am (BCP) Matins

11.00am Holy Communion

9th February

9.30am Holy Communion


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2nd February


Church Services February 2014

Dear Friends It is with great sadness that Sister Aileen is leaving our Benefice and that Well Cottage is being sold. This message is to you from Sister Aileen: “Since I joined the Community of the Sisters of the Church, almost 30 years ago, I have come to accept change as part of my life. People have the idea that the Religious Life is all the same, that nothing changes. That may have been so in the past, but our modern world constantly faces us with change and Religious Communities, and the Church itself, has to be prepared to weigh things in the balance and decide what really is unimportant and can be let go of. It is almost three years since I came to Kingsdown, though in many ways it feels longer. I have got to know a lot of people, have been able to share my time and my faith within the four parishes, and have become part of the community. Now, change is called for again. My Community needs me back at the convent and as CSC has first call on my time and commitment, I need to go. By the time you are reading this, I will have moved and Well Cottage is up for sale. There are so many people I will miss greatly, so many things shared - ministry, talk, laughter. However many times I move, I always take something with me of people and places. There will always be specks of love and friendship which over the years will rise to the surface and bring a smile to my lips and a stirring of my heart. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives. Thank you, too, to the four parishes for the leaving gifts you have given me. I am overwhelmed at your generosity! There will be more things to remind me of your love and acceptance, alongside some very rich memories.� Sister Aileen leaves us with our thanks and very best wishes for the future. Yours in Christ Cathy

*************** First World War Centenary Commemoration This year there will be a number of local and national events in commemoration of the 1st World War. We will be opening our churches for prayer on Monday 4 th August to mark the commencement of war – so please look out for further notices. Also, if anyone has a family member or friend who was lost during the war, I would love to hear from you. We will be marking Armistice Day on 11 th November at services of thanksgiving and peace and would welcome your help in putting together an appropriate programme. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours in Christ Cathy

Copy closing dates for Rural Roundup 2014 Monday 10th February for the March Issue Please make a note of this date as it will be strictly adhered to. Therefore any copy received after this date will not be included.


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Ringwould News continued………………

It’s a new year so if you are a member and haven’t yet paid your £12 for 2014 please let me have it ASAP. There are still a few numbers left and remember the more people who join the greater the prizes! January Winners were Kris Fowler (£20) and Jane Vian (£10) and( £5) Doreen Nightingale. If you want to join, e mail Jean Winn ST NICHOLAS 100 CLUB

RINGWOULD READERS Our group was established in September 2010 and we meet about every four to five weeks in the Village Pub, The Five Bells. During our time we have reached a membership of 12 but due to other commitments some members have left; we have a ‘core membership’ of seven now and would welcome any lady who lives in Ringwould and would like to join us. Titles for reading are chosen by the membership of the group and we try to read a wide range of traditional and modern authors. Our meetings are relaxed and fun! Please contact me if you are interested in joining our group. Frances Evison Email: ***************

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Kingsdown News correspondent:- Barbara Brooker 51 Balmoral Road. Kingsdown CT14 8BY Tel:- 01304 369 537 or Email the editor direct to Rural Roundup Distributor - Lesley Dobby Spring Cottage, The Avenue, Kingsdown, CT14 8DX Tel:- 01304 373 331 Auction of Quality Items St John’s Heritage Association is holding an Auction of Quality Items in St John’s Church, Kingsdown, on Friday 28th February 2014, commencing at 8.00pm prompt. Punters are invited to bring quality items with them for auctioning and a minimum of 50% of all proceeds are to be given to the church. All items unsold are to be taken back home by their owners. The doors will open at 6.30pm to enable items to be numbered, displayed and examined by prospective buyers. Sellers are requested to note their names on the underside of items to be sold to enable their percentage of the sale price to be returned to them. A book will be kept of all items sold and purchasers will be required to settle their purchases at the end of the Auction. Cheques are be made out to St John’s Heritage Association. The percentage that is to be returned to the sellers will be forwarded to them within the following week. There will be no entry fee but donations for refreshments, which will be available prior to the Auction, would be appreciated. Any queries, please contact David Dobby at or 01304 373 331. KINGSDOWN CAROL SINGERS Our thanks to everyone who came out and joined in the carol singing. Hope you all enjoyed it and will come again next year. Thanks to everybody who gave so generously. We raised £1716.46 this year. All the money has been given to Kingsdown Church Fabric Fund and The Mission to Seafarers. Finally, thanks to those households that offered us refreshments - they were very welcome. Best wishes for 2014. Sylvia, Sue and Dinah

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*************** This year the Funday Sunday services are based around the Old Testament stories. With stories, songs, activities, food and fun! Come along to St John’s Church, Kingsdown at 11am on Sunday 16th February to learn about Noah, or Sunday 16th March to find out what the Tower of Babel was all about. VINTAGE & CLASSIC CAR MEETING ZETLAND ARMS (ON THE BEACH KINGSDOWN) HELD ON THE LAST SUNDAY EVERY MONTH FROM 11.30AM


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Kingsdown & Ringwould CEP School Head teacher - Jo Hygate Glen Road, Kingsdown, CT14 8DD Tel: 01304 373 734 Secretary - Email:

By the time you read this, we will be well into the first term of 2014. Over this academic year the school is supporting two charities – Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Demelza House. These charities were chosen by the children in Years 5 & 6, and the fundraising is being led by our charity monitors – Jamie, Ronnie and Luke. Fundraising events planned include a ‘Clown Day’ and speakers from both charities have led assemblies in school. Jo Hygate As well as supporting these two charities the school held a one off fundraising event for ‘Save the Children’ Charity. After a fascinating talk by Sarah Spong from Save the Children about the tragic events in the Philippines. A request came from the School Council to see what we could do to help. In response to this request Mrs Waite organised one of her famous ‘Big Breakfasts’ for the children and their parents raising £289.56. Finally, as this article has focussed on charity work, it is fitting to mention that one of our children has recently received an award for the fundraising events she organises in her own time. Stephanie, from the Bears, has currently raised almost £3000 which has been divided between The Rainbow Child Foundation, Kent Air Ambulance, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Lullaby and the local Carnival Association in Deal. Stephanie was selected as the Junior Face of the South East run by Face of the Globe and went on to Paris for the Grand Final in October. Just before Christmas she was awarded the Young Fundraiser of the Year, sponsored by KM newspapers and Ward & Partners Estate Agents. Stephanie is also entering the Miss Butterfly Beauty Queen on the 15th March, which will be at the Guildhall in Sandwich and for this she will be raising funds for East Kent Headway and My Butterfly Family. Well done, Stephanie - we are really proud of you. Jo Hygate


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Ringwould-w-Kingsdown Parish Council Clerk:- Katie Amaouche, Inglewood, Dover Road, Ringwould CT14 8BP Tel:- 01304 729 081 Email:

The monthly Parish Council Meeting took place on Monday 13th January at Kingsdown Village Hall. Councillors finalised the budget for the financial year 2014/15 and are excited about new projects that will hopefully take place in the coming year. These include improving Kingsdown Toilets to make them a more pleasant facility, introducing a 20s plenty scheme, setting up a Garden in Bloom competition and an increase in footpath maintenance. District Councillor Sue Le Chevalier was in attendance and explained she was liaising with Dover District Council in regards to the damage to the Sea Wall in Kingsdown and will keep the Parish Council informed. The Parish Council hope residents are feeling the benefit of the newly re-surfaced footpath between The Rise and Upper Street and would like to express their thanks to Pam Hough who alerted the Council to the uneven surface along the footpath. The next meeting of Ringwould with Kingsdown Parish Council takes place on Monday 10th February 2014 at The Learning Opportunities Centre, Ringwould. Following interviews to co-opt a Parish Councillor to fill a vacancy for the next fifteen months, Councillors are pleased that Mr James Murray has accepted the position. Mrs K Amaouche (Clerk to the Council) Rural Roundup Editor:Doreen Clark, Popinjay Balmoral Road, Kingsdown. CT14 8DB Tel:- 01304 362 333 - Email:- Treasurers:- Mr Martin & Mrs Helen Rodney-Smith 2 Ringwould Cottage, Back Street, Ringwould, Deal, Kent CT14 8HN Tel:- 01304 373 795 Rates for advertising - Copy to Editor (Adverts accepted providing appropriate space is available) Whole-page single edition £34.25 - Whole-page Annual (10 issues) £315.00 Half-page single edition £18.50 - Half-page Annual (10 issues) £157.50 Third-page single edition £13.50 - Annual (10 issues) £105.00 Quarter-page single edition £10.50 - Quarter-Page Annual (10 issues) £78.75 Sixth-page single edition £8.00 - Sixth-page Annual (10 issues) £52.50 Colour 10% extra Payment :- All cheques to be made out to “Rural Roundup” and sent to the treasurer please The Editor reserves the right to edit or omit submissions without referral. Articles may not always reflect the opinion of the Church, Parish or Editor. © Rural Roundup 2010


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St John’s (Kingsdown) Village Hall A.G.M. Dear Villagers, The beginning of another year is upon us and this brings new hopes, and plans, for further improvements to our Village Hall. It has been another busy time with continued maintenance and installations of new equipment. The revenue stream has improved yet again, as a result of increased usage, and further grants that have been obtained to help the projects along. The management, responsibility, and the running of the Hall, is carried out by a voluntary committee of Trustees who act on behalf of the community as a not for profit organisation, and are governed by Charity Commission Law. This Committee is formed by the nomination of one representative, from each user group and four elected Village representatives at the Annual General Meeting each year. The AGM this year is to be held on Wednesday 26th March at 7.00pm and this will be your opportunity to come along and participate in discussion, and put any questions you may have about the Hall to the Trustees. There are four vacancies for Village Representatives and if you would like to be involved (or know someone who would like to be involved) in the running of the hall on behalf of the community, please send an expression of interest by email to Jane Banks, Secretary, or Anthony Graham - or you can ring them on the following numbers Jane Tel: 01304 373 774 or Anthony Tel: 01304 361 043 You will be advised about the requirements and responsibilities as laid down in the governing Deed of Trust, and a short explanation will be sent to you so you can see if you are eligible and happy to become involved. The opportunity is open to applicants 18 years and over, living within the prescribed boundaries of the Village. The election and appointment will be administered at the meeting. We look forward to seeing you at the AGM. Anthony Graham, Chairman (Kingsdown Village Hall) 17

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Ripple News Correspondent:- Laurence Davey Fairmead, Church Lane, Ripple CT14 8JL Tel:- 01304 374 512 Email: Tea and Chat in Ripple…The December Tea and Chat meeting was held in Ripple Village Hall on December 9th. The main event of the meeting was the now traditional ‘Celebration of Christmas’ with seasonal readings and Christmas Carols. The well attended Christmas Lunch was held in the Plough Inn on December 9 th. Our thanks go to the Plough who again hosted the event. The first meeting of 2014 was held in the Village Hall on January 12 th. The meeting was again persuaded to enjoy a Quiz, which was variously described as ‘easy to medium’ by the compilers or ‘totally impossible’ by Tea and Chat. We were joined at the meeting by our new PCSO, Kerry Skirrow. She can be contacted by telephone on the following number: Mobile: 07989 992 465. Kerry’s area is Ripple, Guston, Langdon, Martin and St. Margarets. The next Tea and Chat meeting will be in Ripple Village Hall on Monday, February 10th at 2.00pm. *************** Ripple Village Hall….At the October meeting, the Committee agreed that the cost of hiring the Hall would be increased by 20%, starting on January 1 st , 2014. The new hiring charges are summarised in the notice reproduced below: RIPPLE VILLAGE HALL – REVISED HIRE CHARGES FROM JANUARY, 2014 A new scale of hiring charges for Ripple Village Hall will be introduced from January 1st 2014. The new charges, based on an increase of 20% over current charges, are given below. The increase has been brought about by the escalating costs of running and maintaining the Hall, particularly heating, lighting and insurance. This is the first increase in Hall hiring charges since 2007. The cost of hiring the Hall will now be based on £6.00 per hour, with a minimum of 2 hours hire and calculated in whole hours. 2 £12

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The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ripple….The various church services over the Christmas period were well attended, starting with the Christingle and concluding with the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. During the strong winds in December, a number of tiles on the church roof were dislodged and some were broken. This damage has now been repaired. Similarly, two trees which were blown down in the churchyard have been cut up and removed. ***************

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Sutton-by-Dover Parish Council Clerk: Veronica Harrop (Ronnie) Homestead Farm, Homestead Lane, East Studdal, Dover CT15 5BU 01304 375 142 Email: SUTTON PCC 100 CLUB…..The lucky winners of the bumper Christmas draw were: 4 Branton, 49 Crawley, 14 Spence. Well done! Subscriptions for 2014 are now due It's never too late to join. Just call Maggie on 372 856 or email me

*************** Sutton-by-Dover Parish Council. Some comments arising from Sutton-by-Dover Parish Council Meeting. 1. At the request of the Parish Council the Tree Warden called on several houses in Sutton Parish and asked them if they would have their overhanging trees cut back so that they did not obstruct the highway. Some of the requests were carried out promptly and others are still to be dealt with. 2. Dover District Councillors at the meeting said that the new Business Park at Bettshanger was making good progress and that Hadlow College were forging ahead with their plans to move into the Bettshanger site. The Business Park at Sandwich has several small and large industries joining the park which is excellent for the local economy and employment. 3. A letter from Sutton Parish was sent to DDC Planning Dept. in support of Eythorne Parish Council’s refusal to have two wind turbines erected within their Parish. Standing at 100m high the turbines would be erected at ‘Barville Farm’, Waldershare and Thornton Lane, Eastry. 3. Carolyn Clews has made some additions to the Parish website. She would love parishioners to send her any articles of interest and photos to her which she can put on the site. Anyone may submit a poem for the month which can be sent to: 4. Trustees of the ‘John Foche and Cushire Charity’ delivered 26 Christmas food hampers to residents of the parish. This was the most hampers they had delivered in any one year and were able to do so as the charity had done well in its investments this year. 5. The residents of Ashley bought a Christmas tree and stood it on the Village Green in front of ‘The Three Horse Shoes’ old pub, between Studdal and Ashley. The tree was adorned with lights and decorations. To celebrate Christmas and the switching on of the lights residents sang Carols round the tree with a mince pie and mulled wine. It was a lovely community get together. Many thanks to Ron and Val for their hostessing! Veronica Harrop - Parish Clerk Let’s be Sociable We are a very friendly group that meet from 10.30 ‘til 11.45am on the third Tuesday of every month, usually in the Church Hall, Downs Rd, Studdal. There is always a Bring and Buy stall, with home-made jams and local grown vegetables etc. and a Raffle. So come for a chat and a hot drink. Everyone is welcome and all the proceeds go to charities.

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What a soggy, wet Christmas we had! We were down in Devon and I thought we would either grow wings or webbed feet. But we were fortunate compared with a lot of people, with just very high winds and rain. Travelling was a different matter – it took nine hours to get back to Kent!!! Whilst down there a relative of mine came in with a very large box and told me to share the contents with my brother in law (who is also a gardener). We had hit the jackpot! It contained bulbs! This year's (2013) left overs from a very famous grower who lives in their village. Daffodils, Narcissi, Hyacinths, Crocus, Tulips and one very lonely Amaryllis bulb which alone must have been worth a great amount. We divided them by the lucky dip method and my share has been potted up and hopefully will give a splendid show in the Spring. I am even going to take some Daffodils called 'Sir Winston Churchill' over to USA - guess who will be planting them. I am writing this at the end of 2013 as I have to go over the big pond for an unexpected visit, so please can I wish you all a Happy New Year for 2014. The February meeting has yet to be arranged, but please come and join us. Keep warm and safe. Susan Martin. Chairman St Valentins Day According to Folklore the romantic connotations associated with St. Valentine’s day on February 14th appear to have begun in the 14th Century court circles of both England and France, to tie in, it is said, with the coupling of birds which begins to take place at around this time. Christianity appears to tell a different story of the Festival, having first been proclaimed in the year 496 by Pope Galasius, to honour the memory of at least three different Saint Valentines, all of whom were martyred; It hardly matters what the real truth behind such a glorious celebration of Love is; if you are a true romantic, that is. As the date approaches young and old alike are captivated by the thought. Many will rush out to buy their desired one the traditional bunch of red roses: the universal symbol of pure love and fidelity, dating back centuries. Elegant Lilies will be on offer too, along with Orchids but what of the more seasonal, garden plants? It is the custom in Denmark to send pressed snowdrops to the one adored, which is quite a contrast really. In the language of colour white denotes purity of thoughts and actions, so it begins to make sense though. How about giving a pot of Narcissi ‘Tete-a-tete’ for a change? Translated from the French this means, “head to head,” or one to one. The colour yellow signifies optimism and the promise of a positive future too, which is surely very apt! Or try offering a simple bunch of sweet Violets to the one of your dreams. Viola odorata could be induced to flower a little earlier for the occasion and the colour blue signifies trustworthiness. Its common name of ‘Heartsease’ is fitting too. Commercial Red roses will always have the Wow factor but there’s no fragrance and think of the expense and the cost to the environment, too, in these straightened times! (Most are grown abroad in glasshouses and flown in). If sincerity and simple charm is what you’re after, then look to the garden instead. Lynda Synge


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KINGSDOWN ROCKS on Saturday 2nd August at Kingsdown School Field Thank you to all those who came to our Christmas Quiz, we raised £458. Forthcoming events for 2014 Saturday 8th February Race Night at the Kings Head Saturday 8th March Poker Night at the Kings Head April date to be confirmed Jumble Sale at Kingsdown Village Hall Saturday 17th May Cake Off at Kingsdown Village Hall Saturday 14th June Afternoon Tea at Kingsdown Village Hall Saturday 12th July Music Quiz at Kingsdown School

*************** Singing for pleasure with Natasha Greenham, Wednesdays 1.30 to 2.30pm at Kingsdown Village Hall, learning folk songs form around the world. Music learnt by ear no experience needed. £5 a session. Just turn up or 07912 184 808 for more details. *************** ARNOLD’S ALLEY / FOOTPATH ER4 On behalf of all the residents who use the above alley, I should like to thank Ringwould-w-Kingsdown Parish Council & Kent County Council for the fantastic improvement work carried out to bring this footpath up to a usable standard. This really does improve the journey for those of us on the Balmoral side of Kingsdown over to the heart of the village. Thank you once again. Pam Hough *************** GLAD TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY It was an unusually calm, dry December evening when a group of villagers, friends and members of Kingsdown Conservation Group gathered for the switching on of the Christmas lights decorating the tree at the corner of Upper Street and Church Cliff. The tree had been donated by the estate of the late Jennifer Peebles, and the Church kindly gave permission for it to be planted so that everyone passing through the village could also enjoy the festive sparkle. KCG’s chairman said a few welcoming words and then invited Jim and Marianne Stacey to turn on the lights. After an enthusiastic round of applause, we were invited across the road to The Gate House for mulled wine and mince-pies where, from the window, we could see the twinkling lights. It was a lovely memento of a feisty lady who brought much comfort to so many people,. and a joyful start to the Christmas season. P.S. On the Saturday evening after Christmas the lights on the tree went out. Closer inspection in daylight showed that mindless vandals had slashed through the wires in several places. The lights are now useless. So much for “Goodwill to all men”. Mary Lord

*************** Snowdrop Walk at Swarling Manor - Sunday 23rd February from 11am – 3pm Celebrate the first sign of Spring with a walk through our grounds and help raise funds for the Alzheimers Society and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Entry £4 for adults and £2 for children. Ample Parking, but kindly no dogs. Homemade cakes for sale, with tea and coffee. We also have a raffle, so please join in for a chance to win some exciting prizes. Swarling Manor, Petham, CT4 5QW Tel: 01227 700 377 Event inspired by the memory of Angela Sanderson late of Kingsdown and for my mother . Marjorie Nield.


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CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING…Pat Crawford THE HADLOW COLLEGE COMMENT AND ADVICE COLUMN. Midway through last year the government produced a document entitled ‘Future of Farming Review report’. The foreward contained an interesting phrase; ‘Fortunately as a country we have now accepted that food security is an issue’. I guess it all depends how ‘country’ is interpreted in this context. If it means people in government, then it is probably true. If it means the general public has lucid understanding of the issues involved, then it’s probably a defective analysis. The public attitude to ‘food security’ is polarised. There are those who don’t even recognise the phrase. There are those who are not interested who might even consider it ‘rubbish’. There are those who are vaguely interested but cannot see what they can do about it - and therefore see no point in worrying! Then there are those who do understand the enormity of the issues concerned, bend the ears of relatives, friends and colleagues, attempt to put various measures into place, support local farmers and growers, promote local food enterprises, join a grower group or set up their own kitchen garden - possibly make adjustments to their eating habits. The challenges aren’t going away. The extreme weather we have already experienced this year brings some of the problems into sharp focus. Flooding is an obvious issue and some crops are likely to be suffering badly. Less obvious, the weather has been particularly mild. Good in respect of the fact that it has reduced household heating needs - but it is not without potential negative aspects. Some trees are in bud at the time of writing (before mid-January). Top fruit will be badly affected if trees come into blossom early and we then get severe frosts. Similar problems will affect other food production sectors. Farmers and growers are faced by huge challenges. Collectively they manage the larger part of our land; they are tasked with producing more food using fewer resources whilst at the same time paying greater attention to the environment and the importance of biodiversity – all against the background of climate change. The farming industry in this country – and globally – needs to attract new entrants at graduate, post-graduate, skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled levels. The biggest obstacle to recruitment is the failure of schools, careers advisors, parents - and young people - to appreciate that the farming industry offers progressive, fulfilling and stimulating career opportunities. Too often the industry is not understood at all – or it is perceived as unrewarding, badly paid and lacking opportunities for progression. Arguably, food security will not be achieved in this country – or globally – unless the problem of recruitment can be overcome. The issues are vast. The farming industry - and ability to manage food security - depend on attracting the right entrants, continuous training, proactivity rather than reactivity - and planning for tomorrow’s needs rather than those of yesterday! Pat Crawford can be contacted: 07771 635 684 27











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Loose Fibres The last meetings of 2013 were extra special. Firstly, we had a visit from Eve who demonstrated her work with stained glass. She brought along a piece that she was working on and while we watched, she cut a wing out of a sheet of glass. We held our breath as she tapped it and it came away perfectly. Then on to the grinder and through to the next process and finally she held up a beautiful dragonfly. Everyone in the group could appreciate her skill and all attention was focused on her as she worked. To the delight of everyone, she produced a display of her work, all of which was for sale. A great opportunity to buy Christmas gifts - individually made and unique. We hope she can come again this year. We made this meeting a Charity Day; everyone had nominated a charity of their choice and the one pulled out of the hat was Macmillan Nurses. One of our members took the money and gift aided it so it became a bigger donation. Thanks to everyone for their participation and donations. At our very last meeting we all brought nibbles along so we had a feast at tea break, lots of laughter and chats.We've all made new friends this year and had our eyes opened to new crafts, I wonder what 2014 will bring. I'm looking forward to seeing all the Loose Fibre folk again. What have they been making while we've been apart? All will be revealed when we meet next week! Rita Rhodes

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*************** Inspired by "The Choir", I joined the Kingsdown branch of the Landmark Show Choir as an absolute beginner when it started up at the end of October. Since then I have really enjoyed the challenging but informal practice sessions with a friendly group which welcomes anyone who likes singing. So far there have been plenty of opportunities to sing at local fundraising and Christmas events. Although at first I thought performing live a bit daunting, we became much more focused, the whole choir gained in confidence, and it was fun! The audiences seem to have enjoyed it and the feedback has been very good. As a new choir we are keen to expand, we need more members, both men and women, and we have lots of new songs to learn, and more local events booked in. Come and join us at Kingsdown Village Hall, Wednesdays, 7-8 cost £4. Barbara Hansom, Kingsdown resident





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Letter from Cornwall……………….. Six or Seven Little Words. I was taking my ease. Seated in the lounge and gazing at the sideboard upon which rests the accumulated clutter of the years. Reminders of places and people known long ago. A carved, wooden, upright Viking complete with horned helmet, spear and shield and sporting a full red beard and a blank stare and gracing the top shelf. Known to me as `Eric the Red’ and a souvenir of a brief sojourn at Stavanger courtesy of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. In those long gone days we took our aircraft abroad to be handled by friendly forces, a `familiarisation’ exercise. Another shelf and thereupon a couple of small greenstone carved busts acquired at Simonstown. Two inches or so tall and each a reminder of a graceful young South African woman from whom they were bought during a visit to her country with Italian friends. And in the cupboards flanking those shelves a collection of drinking glasses, mostly for beer (or lager) and bought from inns and gasthofs across Europe from the Netherlands to the Czech Republic and Portugal to Rhodes. Scan the names with me? Dortmunder thier pils; La Slavia bieres des gourmets; Kronenbourg; Hannen alt grosse alt-bier-brauerei Deutschlands; Burger-& Engelbrau biere Memmingen; Linden-pils dein Westfallentrunk. No, they don’t roll off the tongue but how congenial it was over the years to socialise with the locals and acquire souvenirs and memories! So it was no trouble that Sunday lunchtime to let the mind wander across the years. Which gave me a thirst. And so to the kitchen to put the kettle on. I picked up a black mug (Celia would remember them) bought some years ago from the village post office. A mysterious, magical, mug. Add the boiling water to the teabag and that mug is transformed. A tranquil scene of the sea with moored ferry; the panorama now in gorgeous orange, mauve, yellow, black and blue colours. It took me back. No passing visitor to the place this time but to our home in Kent of thirteen years. The inscription around the base of the mug tells it all. “I’ve seen the Sunrise at Kingsdown.” Aaah! Tony Burt 31

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SECRETARY :- Kathy Erridge Tel: 01304 373 402 Meetings are held at 2.00pm on the second Monday of each month (except Aug) at Kingsdown Village Hall, Upper Street or Ringwould Village Hall, Dover Road.

Prue Bell transported us to the realms of mermaids and fishermen in love, as she showed us a collection of the quilts she has designed and made to depict what she observes on her daily walks on Kingsdown beach and in Upper Street, (does a mermaid really swim in the sea, as she believes?). Her beautiful designs are sometimes almost spiritual in content, sometimes quirky, but always an expression of her imaginative personality. We had almost a full house for our first meeting of the New Year. We have some interesting events to look forward to. John Craven will be the speaker at the Annual Meeting in Folkestone in March; a knitting group is planned; the weekly walking group and the canasta group, continue to grow. Further ahead, there will be a visit to Cats at the Marlowe in June, and a coach to the Kent Show in July. We have a lot of fun together in our WI, sometimes members are persuaded to make a fool of themselves, as the picture on this page shows! You too could be sharing our fun! Next month we are hearing why Dungeness is special, come and join us! Christine Smith Happy Birthday to all with Birthdays in February:- 4th Christine Smith, 11th Masheeda Downing, 12th Doreen Clark, 13th Kathy Erridge, 16th Avril Woolf, 20th Rita Ross, 23rd Margaret Ludwig, 25th Glenys Fowler, 25th Kathy Gordon,

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Calendar of Events 2014 February 2014 Tues 4th

Sutton-by-Dover Parish Council Meeting. Studdal Church, 7.30pm

Tues 4th

Bingo Club - Ripple Village Hall, 7.00pm


Kingsdown Lunch Club, details from The Post Office


Tea & Chat, Ringwould, 2.00pm

Wed 5 Thur 6 Sat

8th th

Kingsdown Rock, Race Night, The King’s Head

Mon 10

Drop in…..Studdal Church Hall 9.30am - 11.00am

Mon 10th

WI Meeting, Kingsdown Village Hall, 2.00pm

Mon 10th

Tea & Chat, Ripple Village Hall, 2.00pm

Mon 10th

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Mon 101h R’would-w-K’down Parish Council Meeting, Ringwould, 7.30pm Tues 11th

Kingsdown Conservation Group Meeting, Ki’down School, 7.30pm

Wed 12th

Loose Fibres Craft Club, Ripple Village Hall, 9.30am - 12.30pm



Schools Break-up



Funday Sunday, St John’s Church, Kingsdown, 11.00am

Tues 18th

Bingo Club - Ripple Village Hall, 7.00pm

Tues 18th

Let’s be Sociable, Studdal Church Hall 10..30am - 11.45am



Snowdrop Walk, Swarling Manor, 11.00am—3.00pm



Vintage & Classic Car Meeting, Zetland Arms, from 11.30pm



Messy Church, Studdal Hall, 4.00pm

Mon 24th

Drop in…..Studdal Church Hall 9.30am - 11.00am

Mon 24th

Kingsdown Garden Society AGM, Kingsdown School, 7.45pm

Mon 24th

Schools return

Wed 26th

Loose Fibres Craft Club, Ripple Village Hall, 9.30am - 12.30am



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Clubs & Organisations e. Deal & Dist branch of Save the Children Chairman:- Sarah Spong 01304 363 942 Secretary:- Jane Samuel 01304 361 013 12th Deal Scout Group Scout Leader:- Chairmay Van de Merwe 01304 382 274 Kingsdown Angling Club Chairman:- Mr Richard Appleford 01304 368 804 Secretary:- Danny Bacon Mobile: 07815 134 658 1st Kingsdown Brownies & Guides Brown Owl & Unit Leader:- Miss S Griffiths 01034 367 124 Kingsdown Conservation Group Contact:Chairman Mr Philip Evemy 01304 366 628 Kingsdown Garden Society Chairman:- Mrs Sue Martin 01304 363 917 Secretary:- Mr T Ridley-Ellis 01304 381 084 Kingsdown Music Society Chairman:- Mrs Pat Grant 01304 363 991 Secretary:- Mrs S Glaze 01304 369 142 Kingsdown Parent & Toddler Group Contact:Mrs Amy Bridges Mobile: 07841 702 249 Kingsdown Pre School Chairman:- Mrs Raeanne Nightingale 01304 360 330 Secretary:- Mrs Rossie Charnley 01304 361 387 Kingsdown & Ringwould Women's Institute President:- Mrs Elizabeth Bembridge 01304 374 630 Secretary:- Mrs Kathy Erridge 01304 373 402 Kingsdown Table Tennis Club Mike Thompson Mobile: 07771 9041240 01304 380 275 Loose Fibres Craft Group Contact:Rita Rhodes 01304 365 778 MS Society Thanet & Deal Helpline Mobile: 07968 123 059 Ringwould History Society Chairman:- Mrs Jennifer Van Lens 01304 371 289 Secretary:- Mrs Mary Read 01304 363 528 Ripple Bingo Club Mrs Daphne Lee 01304 365 573 Ripple Tea & Chat Mrs Rosemary Davey 01304 374 512 Ripple Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator:- Mr Roger Chatfield 01304 363 912 St John’s Herritage Association Contact:Norman Gilliland 01304 381 589 St Nicholas Players Chairman:- Mr B Munro 01304 372 065 Secretary:- Miss Janet Alcock 01304 367 453 Sutton Spectrum Club for children Church Hall Studdal Tuesdays 4.00pm - 6.00pm (term time) Organiser:- Mrs Maggie Crawley 01304 372 856


Parish Contacts Hall Bookings Kingsdown & Ringwould School Maggi Bowden (Sec) 01304 373 734 Kingsdown Village Hall Mike Glavin Mobile: 07817 655 953 Email: Ringwould Village Hall Mrs Mary Read 01304 363 528 Ripple Village Hall Mrs P Scott-Bradford Mob:07967 307 440 Studdal Church Hall Mrs Claire McLaren 01304 371 274 Sutton Community Centre Booking Clerk 01304 363 361 Ringwould-w-Kingsdown Parish Council Chairman: Mr Patrick MacWilliam Sunraker, Back Street, Ringwould CT14 8H 01304 373 888 Email: Clerk: Mrs Katie Amaouche Inglewood, Dover Road, Ringwould CT14 8BP 01304 729 081 Email: Kingsdown & Ringwould Community Warden & PCSO Community Warden, Malcolm Wells Mobile: 07969 584 181 PCSO, (new non-emergency number) 101 Ripple Parish Council Chairman: Mrs Daphne Lee Eastchurch, Sutton Rd., Ripple CT14 8JA 01304 365 573 Clerk: Mrs Kath Hastilow 01304 372 235 Email:- Sutton-by-Dover Parish Council Clerk: Veronica Harrop (Ronnie) Homestead Farm, Homestead Lane, East Studdal , Dover CT15 5BU 01304 375 142 Email: Kingsdown Village Hall Maintenance Officer: Mike Glavin Mobile: 07817 655 953 Chairman: Mr Anthony Graham 01304 361 043 Email: Secretary: Mrs Jane Banks 01304 373 774 Email: 39

Some Diary Dates For 2014. For more details see our website or contact Rosie Bolton on 365 963 February 11th - 7.30 for 8.00pm at Kingsdown School Talk by Peter Legg about The Goodwin Sands and Dover straits. May 3rd - 5.30 to 7.30pm join Janet Alcock and John Barker for visit to South Foreland Lighthouse and National Trust Property. May 10th - 6.00 to 8.00am Dawn Chorus Walk led by a member of Sandwich Bay Observatory. Followed by breakfast. May 1st - Kingsdown Garage Safari.


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