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This picture illustrates the effect of the recent Although the course is on private the Club House with the waterlogged Submitted by Martin

Issue Number 42

heavy rainfall on the golf course at Deal. land the photograph shows first green in the foreground. Rodney-Smith

April 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:

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Mr John Gray

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

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Parochial Church Council (Treasurer) Mrs Jean Winn Email:

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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:

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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


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From the Benefice Registers Funerals

Ringwould 10th March

Kingsdown 24th February - Jeffrey Donald Hyman and Jean Hyman 14th March - Leslie Charles Burrows 18th March - Violet (Vi) Ellis 19th March - Arthur Henry Skelton

- Peter Read

Sutton 27th February - William ( Bill) True Ripple 19th March - John Anderson Kelly 21st March - Irene (Rene) Gwendoline Larner

CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST Kingsdown FLOWER ROTA for APRIL 2014 EASTER FLOWERS: No flowers during Lent, until Holy Saturday 19th April Sat 19th April – Thurs 1st May The Parish & Jacky Proctor Please come and help decorate the Church for Easter on Saturday 19 th April from 10am: gifts of white and yellow flowers and greenery will be most welcome. If you would like to order lilies for Easter Sunday 20th April in memory of loved ones please contact Georgina Maude on 389 253 or Barbara Ridout on 361 019 or Lesley Dobby on 373 331 The approximate cost of the lilies will be £2 to £2.50 a stem.

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Surprise Visitor There was a surprise visitor to Tea and Chat in March, when Deal Town Mayor, Marlene Burnham, dropped in with friends Philip and Barbara Kilby just for the tea and chat (and possibly the cake!). Not wishing to waste an extra pair of hands, we got her to do the 100 club draw using our sophisticated selection machine ‘King Edward’ (Oh all right, it’s a potato bag, but if Lotto can have Sir Lancelot………………….)

Tea and Chat meets this month on Thursday 3rd April at 2pm in the church social space, when we will be joined by Amanda Martin from Dover DC who will talk and give advice about schemes to save money on fuel bills. All are welcome. Homemade cakes and a cuppa, not to mention a good chat! £1, why not come along? Last Lent lunch £4 in aid of the Farm Community network supporting British Farmers

Wednesday 9th April at 3 Manor Mews, Ringwould 12noon - 2pm Homemade soup, bread and cheese Bring and Buy! All welcome Ringwould News continues on page 9…….. 5


11am Holy Communion

11am Holy Communion

6am Dawn Service with Communion*

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9.30am Holy Communion

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Church Services April 2014

Dear Friends

As I write this letter we are in the middle of Lent - a time that calls us to stop, to take stock and to reflect on the health or otherwise of our faith. Lent recalls the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, and invites us to consider our own response to temptation in turn. It reminds us of Jesus’ steadfast commitment to the way of the cross, and asks if we are willing to bear the cost of discipleship. It speaks of the prayer and devotion that sustained Jesus during those forty days and nights of testing, and from there urges us to make time and space for God a priority in our own lives. As we move towards Easter, there are a number of very special Holy days when Christians remember Christ’s journey to the cross. On Sunday 13th April we celebrate Palm Sunday – the day that Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Many were expecting a warrior, a War Lord who would arrive on a mighty war horse ready to lead them into battle and to save them from their oppressors – but Christ chose another way – a way of peace and humility that led to the cross. On Thursday 17th April we remember Maundy Thursday – the day on which Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples in an upper room, and it was from here that one of his disciples, Judas, left the company to go and betray Jesus for 30 silver coins. Good Friday is on 18th April – the day when Christ was led to Calvary to be executed and where he took all our sins on himself so that we might receive salvation. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” (Matt 27: 22) “From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? – which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”…. And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. (Matt 27: 45 – 50). Easter Day – Sunday 20th April – the day we celebrate the Resurrection of our risen Lord. Alleluya! I wish everyone a very blessed Eastertide and invite you to come and join us at one of our services during Easter week for a time of prayer, thanksgiving and reflection. As usual we will be having Easter Egg hunts at Ringwould and Kingsdown – a great time for everyone - following our Easter Day celebration services and I look forward to seeing you there. Yours in Christ, Cathy Copy closing dates for Rural Roundup 2014 Monday 14th April for the May 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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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 KINGSDOWN ROCKS Forthcoming events for 2014 Saturday 26th April Jumble Sale at Kingsdown Village Hall (see page 21) th Saturday 17 May Cake Off at Kingsdown Village Hall (see page 13) Saturday 14th June Afternoon Tea at Kingsdown Village Hall Saturday 12th July Music Quiz at Kingsdown School nd Saturday 2 August Music Festival at Kingsdown School Field ST JOHN’S HERITAGE ASSOCIATION The FIRST Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place on Thursday 24th April at 7.30 pm in St John’s Church. This meeting is open to all members of the Association and anyone else in the village who is interested in the maintenance and preservation of our beautiful village church. Although only the members of the Association will be entitled to vote at the AGM we are always interested to hear from other people – and, of course, you could always join! - Norman Auction of Quality Items held by St John’s Heritage Association The Auction in February realised £91 net for the Fabric Fund. It was a fun evening but poorly supported, which was disappointing, as there were many items that were unsold; the 22 items sold made £238. We thank all those who turned out on such a wet night for their support and particularly thank our auctioneer, Martin Hume-Cook, who extracted the maximum from those present. Operatic Concert This is an advance notice of a live Operatic Concert to be held in the Church on Saturday May 10th at 7.00pm. Please put a note in your diaries and give us your support. All proceeds will go to the Fabric Fund to help restore the stained glass windows and improve the lighting. Further details will be published in next month’s issue - David Dobby Volunteers are welcomed to help at this year’s Beach Clean of Kingsdown’s SSSI area on Saturday 26th April between 10.30am and 1pm. Please meet at the Zetland Arms Car Park wearing suitable clothing and footwear. You will be provided with orange rubbish sacks and litter pickers supplied by DDC, and will be asked to read the risk assessment for the event. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For further information, please contact: Jane Banks ( / 373 774), or Helen Williams (



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The 3rd Kingsdown ‘CAKE OFF’ Bakers’ entry £3 – all proceeds towards local causes. CATEGORIES: Men, Women & Children (under 12s) bake at home and bring your entry along PRIZES: winners trophy in each category and many others JUDGING: bakers also judge (in the spirit of ‘Come Dine with Me) Saturday 17th May 2014 starts at 2pm in Kingsdown Village Hall

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the village/local community who has supported the Juniors in their business project. The project has enabled the children to develop leadership skills, economic understanding and negotiation skills. I even had a couple of children cleaning my office to offset the cost of hiring the hall. The most recent event held was the Eagles quiz and I was an extremely proud Head Teacher watching the children deliver the questions they had researched to a packed hall. Over £600 profit was made and the children will be deciding how they will be spending this. Mr Ramsden will be leaving us at the end of this term to continue to develop his cycle coaching business. We will miss his dedication, enthusiasm and passion for teaching – but wish him all the best for the future. Jo Hygate

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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: Some comments arising from Sutton-by-Dover Parish Council Meeting. 1. The Council has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor and several parishioners have shown an interest in this position. It is hoped that we will be welcoming a new Councillor to the meetings soon. 2. There was a good deal of discussion on the flooding of the bungalows in Homestead Lane, East Studdal. The bungalows were flooded with water throughout and are now uninhabitable for a year following a drying out period. The flood water was the result of excess rain water accumulating from roads and fields and water coursing across an adjacent field into the properties. KCC Highways have assessed the situation of blocked drains and soakaways which had a large part to play in this predicament and promise that they will improve/repair the drainage system. KCC Highways are to visit the problem areas again so that a more detailed plan can be made. The Parish Council was concerned and considered ways that they could help the owners of the bungalows which included a ‘disaster plan’ for emergency help. 3. Mr Ron Little and other council members, met a representative from ‘Wildlife Conservation’, to assess the allotments in Ashley to see if a wild flower area could be made around the fruit trees. Some new trees will also be installed. This would encourage wild birds and insects, and the bees which reside there to pollinate. The representative will give the Council a written feedback on her assessment. 4. Some new football nets are to be bought for the football posts in the Playing Field in Downs Road, Studdal Veronica Harrop - Parish Clerk SUTTON PCC 100 CLUB…..Lucky winners of the March draw were: 76 Little, 22 Sigrist and 49 Crawley. New members are joining all the time but there are still numbers available. Contact Maggie tel. 372856 or email for details 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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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. WI Meeting March Our speaker Shelagh Muggeridge kept us amused and interested with her stories of her very happy years in Perth, Western Australia. Whilst there, she worked as a part-time nurse at a clinic and was also able to spend time with two of her daughters and their families who live in Perth. At our meeting, we were happy to welcome another new member and also a visitor. Our branch has now started a Rummikub group which meets every Tuesday as well as our Canasta group who meet on a Friday. Our walking group on a Thursday morning are looking forward to the nicer weather when we can make trips to walk further afield. In April we have our Spring lunch for members where the Committee provide the meal and members make their usual delicious desserts. Lisa Souter Happy Birthday to all with Birthdays in April: Helen Gill 10th, Bernice Williams 26th Apologies to Pat Macfarlane 8th March who was omitted from the Birthdays last month.

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hurray! Well! It has today but for how long is anyone's guess. I am making the most of the warmth on my back as I tackle the weeds that are also taking advantage of this glorious weather. But on a negative note, let's hope that we don't get any severe frost to damage all the young growth bursting out on the shrubs and the plants that are just poking their heads over the parapet. How they are managing to do that I do not know as the ground has been so compacted by all the rain we had. There are places in the garden where the ground is just like rock and is proving quite a challenge for my fork and my back. An update on the bulbs I was given at Christmas – all the daffodils are standing up proudly, the tulips are putting in an appearance, the hyacinths are full of scent and the crocus have been magnificent. But the daffodils I took to USA called Winston Churchill were confiscated at customs and thrown in a bin. Just let’s say I was not very happy. On Monday 28th April, the speaker will be Martin Newcombe who is coming to talk to us about 'Bats'. The Society has an outing on Sunday 1st June to Borde Hill at a cost of £35pp which includes a tour of the house and a cream tea. If anyone is interested please contact me. Off to make my back ache some more – take care in the garden. Susan Martin - Chairman 25

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The Kindness of Strangers Last month Cathy wrote movingly about the kindness she received from local people in Sri Lanka. This reminded me of a wonderful experience that I had some years ago when visiting Shiraz, Iran. We were fortunate to have permission to visit the famous tomb of the King of the Lamp that houses the remains of Sayyed Mir Ahmad who died in 835. A mausoleum was first erected over the grave in the mid-14th century and it has been an important Shi’ite place of pilgrimage ever since. As this is such a venerated site we had to wear a chador over our long coats and scarves. It is very difficult to carry this off successfully as it is like being wrapped up in a gigantic bed sheet and creates problems when holding the cloth and at the same time trying to remove one’s shoes at the segregated entrance to the tomb. Coming inside from the warm dusky evening, we were astounded by the brilliance of the multi-coloured reflections from the vast numbers of minute mirror tiles which dazzled in the light of the chandeliers. In serene contrast a group of women, clad all in black, were sitting on the floor; some reading their Korans, a couple of young mothers were suckling their babies, another praying and twisting ribbons through the grilles of the tomb, others quietly talking together. With smiles greeting our arrival we were invited to sit with them. Our hands were patted and stroked, names were exchanged, the drape of the chador improved and the babies admired. Even the most ardent feminists among us were moved by the inner peace and gentleness of this all female gathering. When it was time for us to leave, our new friends saw us on our way with many blessings. This is a memory that I shall always hold dear and when mullahs and politicians are particularly strident remember the lovely ladies of Shiraz. Mary Lord ‘Tulipomania’ - Tulips are the fireworks of Spring. They erupt in a riot of colour, which begins around the middle of April and they just go on and on erupting until June, opening and closing around their kaleidoscopic, secret parts. They are show-stoppers and even those who are generally turned stone-cold frigid by gardening cannot help but be captivated by their astonishing display and want to possess them in some way. Possession literally was the buzzword too, for a brief and crazy time in 17th Century Holland, where the desire for the more unusual, multi-coloured varieties was exploited by City Traders of the day. Impossible to believe but the cost of these bulbs soared in value to the price of a house, due to demand outstripping supply. This was because of a shortage of healthy bulbs available, due to a virus, which rendered the bulbs incapable of reproducing normally. Instead, the virus caused the flower petals to ‘break’ into fabulously colourful streaks and distortions. (It would take until 1928 to identify the virus responsible). When the market crashed around 1639, leaving many in financial ruin, prices still meant that only the wealthiest people could afford to grow them. These rare varieties continued to remain the most prized of all for a long time, not just in Holland but in France and across Europe until well into the 18th Century. Much breeding and crossbreeding has gone on since the days of ‘Tulipomania’ resulting in a wide classification. There are over 2,000 named varieties to choose from now, across 15 classifications. Originating as they do on the hot, rocky mountain slopes of Southeastern Europe and the Near East, it is easy to see why tulips thrive on our chalky soils, when planted in the sun. So, let’s watch the fireworks begin! Lynda Synge












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Studdal Messy Church As we advertised our Messy Church services in the Roundup in the early days, we thought it would be appropriate to give an update on the progress of our happy congregation. We have been meeting together each fourth Sunday since October 2012 and, after a tentative start, have grown in numbers and in friendship. We explore a different Christian theme each month using four or five activities; these are varied to engage all age groups and interests. Some of “the regulars” try to be involved in all activities while others pick what they would really like to do and spend more time in chatting with friends new and old. There is a short time of worship, usually incorporating songs, storytelling and prayer time that is relevant to those in attendance. Then we have time for further sharing and getting to know each other over a nutritious and delicious meal. There are individuals, young and old, who come to join in the fun, as well as different sized family groups attending; all having the freedom to enjoy each other’s company as the “team” have provided all that is needed for the evening. We have one family who cover three generations! It really is an all age service, providing something pleasant for people from varying backgrounds, experiences and points of view. If you live in Ashley, Studdal, Sutton or Ripple (even further afield would be fine) you are warmly Invited to our Messy Church, held every fourth Sunday each month from 4 – For more information call Ann & Tony on: 01304 364 989

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It may be a strange title but it sums up what is on offer for young people aged 11 - ???? We do play instruments and learn new songs that the musicians choose and share with us “oldies”. However, we also play games: table tennis, board games, cards, snooker. There is always time to chat and refreshments are provided. Don’t sit at home bored, come and meet the other young people in your area. Why not come and join us and tell us if there is anything more we could provide that you would like to do each week. For more information call Ann on: 01304 364 989


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WALMER PARISH COUNCIL 8 The Strand, Walmer, Kent CT14 7DY. Tel: 01304 362 363 Web site: Email: Vintage kitchenalia and WWI memorabilia on sale at Walmer Brocante First World War memorabilia, vintage French kitchenalia and locally made herbal soaps are just some of the items that will be on sale at the Walmer Brocante on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May. The military memorabilia includes shell cases, trench knives, dress medals, badges, and a ‘Princess Mary’ tin, as well as a collection of embroidered and appliquéd French and English picture postcards. Mugs and fridge magnets commemorating the Great War, made by James Dean Pottery of Peasmarsh, will also be on sale. Organised by Walmer Parish Council, the Brocante will feature over 100 stalls selling vintage clothing, furniture and homewares, musical and military memorabilia, books, toys and jewellery, as well as local arts and crafts. Valuers from The Canterbury Auction Galleries will be at the event from 10am to 1pm to advise visitors about their collectables and how to convert these into cash at auction. The Brocante takes place on Walmer Green from 8am to 4pm. Pitches, starting at £30, are still available. Contact 01304 362 363 for more information or visit . Care Extra is a ‘not for profit’ Community Interest Company. Offering companionship and respite care to people living in the Deal and Dover area. Care Extra a new company based in Deal, provides companionship and support to vulnerable adults living alone and respite for carers. As a not for profit company we believe we can offer a standard of care not currently available in the area, at affordable prices. Depending on the needs and wishes of the service user, support workers can provide a range of services. Our support workers are recruited locally and are trained and supervised by professional staff. If you would like to know more about this service and how we may be able to help please contact: email: or telephone: 07715 847 356


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Calendar of Events Sutton-by-Dover Parish Council Meeting. Studdal Church, 7.30pm Bingo Club - Ripple Village Hall, 7.00pm Jam & Jabber, Studdal Church Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm Kingsdown Lunch Club, details from The Post Office Tea & Chat, Ringwould, 2.00pm School Breaks up Coffee/Table Sale, The King’s Head, 10.00am - 12noon ?????? Drop in…..Studdal Church Hall 9.30am - 11.00am R’would-w-K’down Parish Council Meeting, LOC, 7.30pm Jam & Jabber, Studdal Church Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm Loose Fibres Craft Club, Ripple Village Hall, 9.30am - 12.30pm Lent Lunch, 3 Manor Mews, Ringwould, 12noon - 2.00pm Coffee Morning & Table Sale, The King’s Head, 10am - 12noon Sing the Messiah in St Mary’s Walmer (see page 31) WI Lunch (needs booking) Ringwould Village Hall, 2.00pm Tea & Chat, Ripple Village Hall, 2.00pm Closing date for April issue of Rural Roundup Let’s be Sociable, Studdal Church Hall 10..30am - 11.45am Bingo Club - Ripple Village Hall, 7.00pm Jam & Jabber, Studdal Church Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm Pre-School, Easter Egg Trail, K & R School, 1.00pm - 3.00pm Easter Day Drop in…..Studdal Church Hall 9.30am - 11.00am Schools return Jam & Jabber, Studdal Church Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm Loose Fibres Craft Club, Ripple Village Hall, 9.30am - 12.30am St John’s Herritage, AGM, St John’s Church, 7.30pm Kingsdown Beach Clean, Zetland Arms, 10.30am - 1.00pm Grand Jumble Sale, Kingsdown Hall Messy Church, Studdal Hall, 4.00pm Studdal Messy Church, 4.00pm - 6.00pm Vintage & Classic Car Meeting, The Plough, Ripple 11.30am R’would-w-K’down PC Annual Meeting, K’down VH. 7.30pm Kingsdown Garden Society AGM, Kingsdown School, 7.45pm Bingo Club - Ripple Village Hall, 7.00pm Jam & Jabber, Studdal Church Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Let’s get organised…….. I have been asked to compile a Calendar of all the events that are being planned by Clubs & Organisations throughout our villages. This will help to prevent any doubling up of events which has recently occurred. If you can inform me as soon as your Club or Organisation has a date planned I will arrange to circulate everyone on a regular basis to avoid problems. Thank you, Doreen. 35

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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:- Chairman 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, Gary Painter (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

Important Diary dates and details for May 2014 Saturday 3rd May 5.30pm-7.30pm Visit to South Foreland Lighthouse and the newly acquired NT land. Mrs Knott’s tea room will be open and the lighthouse will be closed to the general public. NT members Free; non NT members £4 and children £2. There are plenty of places still available. Saturday 10th May 6am - 8am Meet at the Zetland for the Dawn Chorus Walk led by Ken Chapman of SBBOT and followed on our return by breakfast at the Zetland. Please bring binoculars and wet weather clothing and wear suitable footwear. £5 (includes breakfast). There are a few places still available. For more details or to book either of the above call Rosie Bolton on 365 963 or email Sunday 11th May The Garage Safari from 9am onwards raising valuable funds for various village activities. £10 a pitch. Please contact Rex or Rita Martin for further details or to book on 375 766 by 1st May. Details of all events and bulletins are on the website