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Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 102 : April 2009 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

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TRACK AND TREE ALERT Despite what you can read in the Council Minutes elsewhere in this issue the Persimmon development on the H2B site off of Monkton Road and adjacent to Eden Hall is already going ahead and as can be seen many of the footings for the initial properties are already in place. It is definitely far beyond the drainage and

Track looking from its southern end back towards Monkton Road

archaeological survey stage across most of the site. What has come to light now however is that the track that ran along the west boundary of the field joining the Monkton Road end of the “bumpy tack” to the public footpath which runs from the side of Snowball Cottages, oposite the Bowls Club, through to Sheriffs Court, has been dug up and it would appear that we may have lost it forever as there is no mention of its re-instatement on the site plans. We need people who have lived a long while in the village and know this track well to give us information as to how long it has been used as a public right of way albeit that it has never been officially recognised as a public footpath by law. We are led to believe from information we already have that this may be well in excess of 70yrs. Trees on the left are those in jeopardy It is understood that we Go along and read their farewell letter to may still be able to make a case the village (tied to the trunk)

Site as seen from Monkton Road end of ‘Bumpy Track’ - 20th March 09 The disputed track ran just to the right of this picture and to the left of the visible tree line

to the KCC Public Rights of Way Office to get it listed as an official right of way, but we need to know how long it’s been in use. If you know of this path and can give us any information however vague we would be very grateful. Please contact MM with your knowledge as soon as possible, as time is of the essence, as they say. Likewise it has also come to light that there are to be trees removed from the verge outside of numbers 49 to 57 Monkton Road to make way for road widening for access to the same site. These trees although of no significant value being only flowering cherries, and also of no great age are nonetheless important to this village as they were planted by local school children to commemorate the Queens Silver Jubilee in 1977, so it would be a real shame to see them dug up now. Again we ask you to show them your support and write to MM or the Parish Council asap giving us your views as to their future. If you would like to see for yourself you can access the plans of both of these items and enter planning application numbers 09/0045 and 07/1400 in the Application Number search box. (only 1 at a time though)

Group of villagers showing their concern over the loss of the track

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at 7pm Annual Parish Assembly 14th April in the Neighbourhood Centre Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; tel: 821339 fax: 825269 Email:

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Minster Matters 3 April 2009 EDITORIAL The ‘E’ Team Number 102 and I’m still here !! Did you hear me singing our praises on Radio Kent three weeks or so ago. I had nearly 4 minutes with Pat Marsh and he was so impressed he asked if I would send him a copy of the current issue which I did, along Ray with a copy of the 100th issue, he wrote back and said he was (Minster Window Company) very impressed with what we produce and to keep up the good Property Maintenance work. If you missed the broadcast you can, if you so wish, listen Building Work to my piece online by visiting the MM website and click on the Plastering * Rendering Amy Publications link, scroll down the page to ‘Late News’ in the uPVC Windows & Doors right-hand column then you will find a link to the audio file uPVC Fascia, Soffits & Guttering just to the left of the ‘Late News’ box. Repairs to existing double glazing I hope those of you who have ever used the track in question Misted up sealed units replaced in this months front page article will get in touch and give the Brenda Garage Doors * Decking campaign to get it re-instated your support.. It also seems such a great shame that some of the flowering cherries in Monkton Road have had their fate sealed by the same development, Call on especially as we are imformed that they were planted by local Eve children to commemorate the Queens Silver Jubilee. So they have some sentimental value at least, and the village will become that little bit poorer without them and the event they heralded. It is also whispered on the proverbial grape vine that there may be plans afoot to put in an application for more development Diane just a little further along Monkton Road. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen, the 100 houses we’re getting now are, by far and away, ELECTRICAL enough for many years to come. One has to wonder how local PLUMBING & BUILDING amenities, like the school and the doctors, are going to cope SERVICES Nora once they are all occupied. Getting appointments at the surgery 7b High Street, Minster will become even harder and it could even be that primary school Contact Mick children will be forced to find educational facilities outside of the immediate area. Still they tell us it’s all in the name of on: 01843 823641 progress, so where will the next 100 go, top right of Prospect Heather or: 07761 109171 Road? We can only speculate at present but never say never. Finally if you live in Monkton Road we sympathise with you and wonder at the extra noise and vibration you must be having to put up with from the lorries and plant going to and Carpet Sue fro the new development. We also sympathise, to some extent, Specialists with those mums doing the school run, it must be horrendous around 8.45 Carpets on school days, although your kids could probably walk to school from 39, Station Road, home, or those from outside the village could join one of the walking buses Vinyl's Birchington that service the school, there isn’t really any justification for you taking Tel: 01843 845085 Rugs ‘little johnny’ all the way to the school gate in that ‘much needed’ family 7, Market Street, 4x4. Gripes over - probably more next month - Where’s Zac today ? Laminate Floors Sandwich BLUE RIBAND Tel: 01304 613010 N I C F



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Kent County Councillor for Thanet I am one of 90 County Members in Kent, and the Council is based in Maidstone. We provide the larger strategic services such as Education, Social Services, Highways, Community Services and Environment and 75% of local government spending is done by the County Council. The services have to operate on a daily basis throughout the year and 45,00 people are employed to support a population of 1,300,000 people. But we also have to plan for the future - for up to 25 years in some cases. For example - how many school places will Minster need in ten years time ? I have to ensure that local needs are not overlooked in the process. Another duty is the continuous assessment of population numbers. In West Kent they are growing because of overflow from London. One of my tasks is to prevent this tidal wave from reaching Thanet. In addition, I am the Lead Member for Highways, Environment and Waste Disposal. I work 5 days per week at Maidstone and deal with local problems in the evenings. Life is interesting and challenging - and on reflection I think I am making a difference. Charles Hibberd Editors Note: Charles tells MM that although he is the Lead Member for Highways if you have any problems that are Highways related, e.g. roads, pavements, street lights etc then you will get a far quicker response from them if you to ring Kent Highway Services direct on 08458 247 800 or visit their web pages at than it would be if you were to contact Charles with your problem.

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Update on front page article from March Issue Neither our Community Warden, Steve Taylor, or MM Editor received any objections to the village pursuing the objective of becoming a “Cold Calling Free Zone”, so we will be pressing ahead with this initiative and attempting to ring fence some funding for signage at the following entry points to the village: Monkton Road, Tothill St, Laundry Road, Wayborough Hill, Way Hill and The Lanes. We will also be approaching the various agencies to ensure they are aware of what we propose and hopefully that we can get their backing although that isn’t a priority. Sign erection may be a stumbling block but we need to speak to Highways about this. That’s it for now just watch this space and we’ll keep you informed when we have more to tell you.

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Proposed Arcade in Birchington gets Mass Opposition by a concerned Birchington resident The turnout for the opposition of the new/possibly new gaming arcade in Birchington was a triumph! Bernard La Roche acted as Chair for the meeting held at the Birchington Community Hall and his normal vocal charm and humour helped the proceedings along nicely. Unfortunately no real full time councillors bothered to turn up to see the large turnout and show of hands at the disgust of the idea of, a normally seen at large seaside towns idea, suggested for a village. Where were the so called helpers of the village and surrounding area, such as Roger Gale, Councillor Latchford etc, where are these people when they are needed ? Parish councillors that were in attendance were: John Worrow, Jean Flemming, also Roger Walford, chairman of Birchington residents association, plus George Teasdale "retired head master of King Ethelbert School" ( a top character if ever there was one with a suit to match ). Also the local bobby and community warden. In the region of 185 people turned out to bear arms against this ludicrous idea put to the planning office. To think that a village such as Birchington would want or need a gaming/gambling arcade is preposterous! These things are for big seaside towns. The now quiet village of a night time does not need the annoyance of noise and disruption, plus litter along with it, from such a venue. Traders don't want it, the residents don't want it either! As shown by a huge petition submitted with over 1800 signatures at Tuesday night's council meeting. Many of the attendees had good points to voice and not one was for the idea when asked to raise hands in acceptance of the proposal. The property in question is 68 Station Road, formerly "Mad Max". If what is to be believed, a site meeting is to take place at the address on 3rd April 9:30am, anyone wanting to show their annoyance over the plan were asked to turn up to show themselves. If this goes through, then who knows which of the surrounding villages may get one too. Would you want it in yours?

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Colebrook Sturrock returns to the Village Colebrook Sturrock are pleased to announce that the Minster Office is now manned daily on a full time basis. Debbie Coles MNAEA and Darren Finch, formerly Managers at Sandwich and Broadstairs Branches, have been re-deployed to Minster. Between them they have 35 years experience in the industry and are both regarded as longstanding members of staff. Recent reports from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors confirm that enquiries rose for 4 months running in February with 16% more surveyors and increase in activity than those that saw a fall. Whilst this does not indicate any increase in prices or anything like a full housing market, it does prove that house buyers are returning slowly to the market and that it is still possible to move home. Since re-opening in mid February, Debbie and Darren are delighted with the response they have had from local buyers and sellers alike and thank the warm welcome and support they have received so far. If you would like a free, no obligation, valuation for the sale or letting of your property or indeed if you would like any advice regarding moving home please feel free to contact: Debbie or Darren on 01843 823200 email: or call in to see them at 71 High Street, Minster

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Photo competition Have you thought about your pond as an inspirational source? Or the Marshes? For the first events of Spring in the water. The Flower Show would like to borrow trestle tables for use at the gates. (4-6 of them) Please see Karen at Attwell’s Launch day Saturday 9th May from 10-12 outside the Gossip Shop. MINSTER BOWLS CLUB For all you budding outdoors’ players, come on down to the Bowls Club on Thursday 2nd April at 7.00pm. This is the Pre-Season Meeting where details for the outdoor season are discussed, including the fees payable to Minster Parish Council. It is also the time when we welcome the New members, prospective members and introduce everyone to other Club members and the Officers of the Club. The indoor Short Mat season is coming to a close, the Finals day is on Sunday 5th April. Six Finals will be played consisting of; Mixed Triples, Men’s Pairs, Ladies Pairs, Mixed Pairs, plus the Finals of the Ladies & Men’s Singles. Why not come and see a ‘Mother & Son’ play in the mixed pairs, at the same time see the enjoyment you can get from this winter sport without leaving the Village. Everyone taking part is aiming to be this year’s Champion. Once that day is over it is only 6 more days before the outdoor season starts on April 11th, with a roll up in the afternoon. The first match is against Whitstable on Sunday 19th.

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Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary!

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One of the most fascinating creatures is the common squirrel, whose impudence and quaint antics remind us of the monkey. He is usually seen skipping from branch to branch, with his bushy tail spread out behind; but when he sits eating, the tail rests on his back. He is not quite so simple and innocent as he looks, for squirrels sometimes rob birds’ nests of their eggs. The little animals are now looking for a suitable place in which to build a nest. They will probably choose the fork of a tree; and the nest will be a really dainty arrangement of moss, leaves and grass. The young of the common garden snail may now be seen in the garden and hedgerows. The shell is duller and much less beautiful than that of the banded snail. It is very prolific, and lays as many as 100 eggs; and when we see the havoc it causes among our tender plants we shall not be surprised to know that it has 135 rows of 105 teeth each, or 14,175 altogether. Early specimens of the green-veined butterfly may be looked for on the edge of the wood and lanes. It is easily distinguished by its size from the small cabbage white, being smaller, and by the underside of the hind wings, which are pale yellow with dusky greenish veins, while those of the small white are yellow dusted with black. The black, hairy caterpillar of the drinker moth, embroidered with white and tufted with gold, should be seen but not touched, for its irritating hairs often set up a nasty rash on tender fingers. Among the birds the missel thrush and the moorhen have now probably hatched their young; the little hedge sparrows should be fledged; and the kestrel, linnet, and peewit, or lapwing, will have laid their eggs. The jackdaw, has made her nest in a tree or a hole in a ruin or cliff, and laid her eggs, four to six in number. They are pale bluish green, spotted with dark olive, brown, or grey. Several fresh migrants, should be listened for now. Cont’d on next page........

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APRIL NATURE WATCH Cont’d............ First and foremost is the swallow, whose song is a twittering warble, which at an alarm changes into a whit-tit-tit. Then there is the tree pipit, which frequents parks, shrubberies, thickets, and the outskirts of woods. The lesser whitethroat, a restless bird, with drab plumage, has a song that is a sharp whistle rapidly repeated; and this, together with that of the wryneck, should soon greet us. The wryneck lays its eggs in a hole in a tree trunk. The black poplar, dogwood, and beech are now leafing, and the birch is coming into blossom; while the mouse-eared chickweed, common buttercup, wood crowfoot, water crowfoot, henbit nettle, and jack-by-the-hedge, or sauce-alone are in bloom. The wild hyacinth, or bluebell, not to be confused with the bluebell of Scotland, which is the wild harebell, is getting more abundant in the woods. (Written article taken from The Children’s Newspaper April 1919 Photographs by Minster Matters Photographer Diane Cotterill)

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Easter Fun Friday 10th Monday 13th April 10am - 5pm Enjoy some traditional Easter fun! With trails, quizzes, storytelling and face painting, there’s fun for all the family. Adults £6.70 Concession £5.70 Children £3.40 Family Ticket £16.80 English Heritage Members free Walmer Castle & Gardens, Kent CT14 7LJ Tel: 01304 364288

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Minutes of Minster Parish Council Meetings Planning 3rd March 09 - 6.30pm Full Council 3rd March 09 7.00pm Planning: TH/09/0068 - Stonelees Golf Course – Erection of a 2 storey extension to existing club house.extension and single storey side extension- SUPPORT TH/09/0134 – 42 Tothill Street – Replacement of front door – SUPPORT Full Council: Local (Council) Taxation and Benefits Matters – The Chairman reported that he had had discussions with Cllr. Wiltshire (TDC) reference the problem of people not being aware of the benefits they are able to claim and he would ask the editor of Minster Matters to place an article in the next edition of that publication. (Note from Editor:MM have not yet received this article) Path from Monkton Road through H2B development – Local residents concerns were heard regarding the closure of the pathway leading to the definitive footpath to allow the H2B drainage works and archaeological surveys to be carried out. RESOLVED: that the matter be referred to TDC to ascertain whether footpath provision would be made through the H2B site and connecting to the footpath and that the views of the County Footpaths Officer be also sought. The Chairman circulated correspondence concerning the preliminary drainage and archaeological works being undertaken on the site and reported that Members would be kept advised of the situation. Policing Report P.C. Reid reported upon that 14 calls had been logged from the Village and the details of the 7 crimes notified to the Police including an incident at Marsh Farm Road. He further advised that the crimes figures were 4% down on last year. Minster Bowls Club (Ref. Min 204/08-09) Members considered a further letter from the Bowls Club requesting that the Council reconsider the level of rent to be charged for the year 2009/10 RESOLVED: That F&M Committee be advised that the Council is not mindful to reduce the rental level and that Committee be requested to ratify the decision. Cont’d overleaf......

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Tadpoles Pre-School – (Ref. Min.231(A)/08-09) Council gave further consideration to the letter circulated at the last meeting from Tadpoles requesting a reduction in the rental level proposed from 1 April 2009. Members were sympathetic to the request . RESOLVED: that the Chairman of Finance and the RFO be authorised to agree on a revised rental from 1 April 2009. Minster Recreation Ground RESOLVED: that the following requests to use the Recreation Ground be approved: (i) Open Gardens Competition – 20/21 June (ii) Minster Flower Show – 18 July (iii) Minster Cricket Club – for the 2009 season. Minster Primary School – Appointment of Council Representative Cllr. Ms King has resigned as the Council’s representative to the School Governors. Cllr. Brick who is already a governor to the School has kindly agreed to also act as the Council’s representative. RESOLVED: That Cllr. Brick be appointed as the Council’s representative to the School and that the School be advised accordingly. TIGER’S TIP Use marshmallows for a meringue-style topping to puddings. Put on top of mixture 15 mins before baking time is over.

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The East Kent University NHS Trust was granted Foundation status on 1sr March 2009, giving local people the opportunity to become more involved in the future development of hospital services. Jeanne Lawrence, a member of Minster Surgery’s Patient Liaison Group was elected as one of the three East Kent Hospitals Foundation Governors for the Thanet area. The Governors are elected by Trust members and still more members are needed so if you are interested in becoming a member of the Trust you can contact them on 01227 866417, e-mail: or contact Jeanne Lawrence on 07901 704 453 e-mail: Registered Charity No: 292157


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Need help with your Tax Return? Very reasonable rates Prompt attention

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Hire times and prices Monday-Friday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs

Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs

Price Structure * Full Pitch : £25/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £15/hour Half Pitch : £15/hour (1 five a side pitch)

* A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA tel:821339 fax:825869 email:


Short Mat Bowls Sessions for April Come along to one of our sessions on a Tuesday or Sunday. We are an extremely friendly group and will lend you bowls to get you started. It’s well worth trying !! Sunday 5th 6pm - 9pm 12th No Bowls 19th 6pm - 9pm 26th 6pm - 9pm

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Minster Matters Dr. Stephen Ladyman Member of Parliament for South Thanet Ash, Broadstairs, Cliffsend, East Stourmouth, Elmstone, Kingsgate, Manston, Minster, Preston, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Sholden, Staple, Wingham, Woodnesborough, Worth.

Find out more at: Contacting your MP: Dr. Stephen Ladyman: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA South Thanet Constituency Office 28, Newington Road, Ramsgate, CT12 6EE Tel: 01843 852696; Fax: 01843 852689 Web site: An MP’s Surgery is held every week Please phone for an appointment Appointments are available every Friday from 4pm in the Constituency Office, Ramsgate. Additional surgeries are held once a month on a Saturday morning in one of the villages or towns of the constituency and are advertised locally. Dr. Ladyman will visit the elderly, disabled and people without transport at their homes if preferred.

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April 2009 Obituaries

JOHN LYNCH Died 10th February 2009 Peacefully after a long illness, aged 61. Christine would like to thank everyone for their kind messages of sympathy, cards and donations received. Heartfelt thanks to those special friends who were there to give support when needed, both during John’s illness and since his death.

MAVIS HARLOW 28th February 2009 at home. David and Angela thank everyone for their expressions of sympathy, cards, floral tributes and attending the funeral which took place on 6th March. Heartfelt thanks to Olive for being there for Mum through thick and thin. Special thanks to the District Nurses Team especially Gill, Marilyn, Elly and Beverley for their care and dedication, the NHS at its very best. Thanks also to Reverend Bob Coles for the service and W S Cole for the funeral arrangements.

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April 2009 Church News and Service Times

SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster

St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services In

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5th April Palm Sunday 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm no service this evening

Parish Office: SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate, CT11 7DS

12th April Easter Sunday 9am: no service 10am: Family Communion (CW) 19th April 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 26th April 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) Mid week service at St Mary’s Wednesdays 10.30am (Not 8th Apr)

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In APRIL 5th April Palm Sunday 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 12th April Easter Day 10.15am: Holy Communion 19th April 10.15am: Holy Communion at the Methodists 26th April 10.15am: Family Service

Services during Holy Week Maundy Thursday 9th April: 10.30am: Holy Communion (BCP) at Minster 7.15pm: Holy Communion (CW) at Minster

Good Friday 10th April: 9.45am: Walk of Witness starting at the Abbey Gates 12 Noon: “An hour at the Cross” at St Nicholas-at-Wade 2pm: “The Passion at the Cross” at Minster Baptisms at Minster Parish Church: 6th March: Charlotte and William West and Benjamin Savage

----------------Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12 noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin For other services in Minster please see Minster Abbey entry.

Minster Abbey The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 7.30am Mass 8.15am, Sunday 10am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6pm Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians but people of all faiths and spiritual tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’ (rule of St. Benedict) are warmly welcomed to join us in prayer, in our beautiful monastic

Christians Together in Minster and District Good Friday, 10th April There will be a silent procession starting from Minster Abbey gates at 9.45am, continuing to the Bakery where we will gather to sing hymns. You would be welcome to join in a service that follows in the Salvation Army from 10.30am – 11.30am. All are welcome to join us in this act of witness on this Holy Day.

Funerals: 24th February: John Lynch (61) at Minster Church and Thanet Crematorium 6th March: Mavis Harlow (81) at Minster Church and Cemetery 12th March: Edith Winifred Gerard (95) at Thanet Crematorium


The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street, Minster Majors Richard and Val Hope 823830

Weekly Programme All events take place in the New Salvation Army Church, Youth and Community Centre

Sunday Jigsaw (Sunday School) 11.00am – 12.00pm Morning Family Service, 11am – 12pm Evening Service, 6pm – 7pm

Monday Baby Group (Mum’s and babies under 6 months), 10am – 11.30am Friendship Club (Over 50’s), 2.15pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday Parents and Tots, 9.30am – 11.30am

Wednesday Keep Fit, 10.15am – 11.15am Home League (Ladies over 50), 2.00pm – 3.45pm Pilates, 6.30pm-7.30pm & 7.30pm - 8.30pm (for details ring Becky on 0788 7560957)

Thursday Prayer Meeting and Quiet Time 9am - All are Welcome

Friday 7up Youth Club (7-10 year olds), 5.30pm – 6.30pm Adventurers Youth Club (10 – 12 year olds), 7pm – 8.30pm

Saturday There are events happening on most Saturdays please see other pages of Minster Matters for details. Salvation Army telephone number for the new building is 01843 825178 For more information please visit the website


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April 2009

New dancers and musicians welcome.

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section

The Old Schools Fridays 5.15pm - 6.30pm in term-time.

Monday 6th April, 7.30pm (Note new date before Easter) A Knitted Item

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Bingo Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings

For further info phone 823782 Mrs. Joan Cordwell

For further information Miriam Smith 822589


Minster-in-Thanet WI NEXT MEETING Tuesday, 14th April 7.30 pm Village Hall Speaker: Martin Cheek on 'Mosaics' Coffee and Chat Morning Village Hall Committee Room Thursday, 16th April 10 am to 12 noon New members and visitors are very welcome Further information: 821965.


“CAUGHT IN THE NET” Sequel to “Run for your wife” by Ray Cooney Directed by Debbie Munro MINSTER VILLAGE HALL MAY 6th - 9th Tickets available from 01843 822053 £6, £5 cons.

MINSTER SENIORS Royal British Legion Club Ladies and Gents Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2pm - 4pm.

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Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market

Wednesday 8th April At Church - 2pm

Minster and Monkton Horticultural Society

Our theme will be appropriate for HOLY WEEK. N.B April 8th no 10.30am service at St. Mary’s as there will be Holy Communion at 10.30am on Maundy Thursday April 9th.

EASTER SATURDAY MARKET April 11th 10.00am -12noon Why not come along for a “Cuppa” and a Chat and meet your friends at the Old School. All Welcome.

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NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY 15th APRIL VILLAGE HALL 7.30pm. Mr. Paul Twyman will be talking on “Roses” The points competition is a vase of Tulips SATURDAY 25th APRIL Coffee Morning OLD SCHOOLS 10am to 12 noon Plants, books, puzzles, savouries, and a tombola Refreshments available. Why not come along and have a coffee and chat.

Open Gardens 2009 20th-21st June. Plans are well under way for this year’s

Open Gardens, but we would love to have more NEW gardens!

Minster Library Reading Group

We meet at the library on the first Thursday of every month 6 - 7pm. New members welcome. Come along and meet us

Come and Join Minster Church Choir on Good Friday April 10th at 2pm for "The Passion at the Cross" in Words and Music All Welcome

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Notes and Events 1st MINSTER BROWNIES meet at Minster Pavilion 5.00pm - 6.30pm on Monday evenings. Girls aged 7-11 years old are welcome. It is £1.50 per session and £10.00 Joining fee. If you are interested please call Jackie Cooper (Brown Owl) on (01843) 822970.

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April 2009 Editors for this month:-

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Issy and Vicky’s guide to friendship!! Always be nice to your friends Remember you don’t always have to be with your friends all the time. 3. Treat them like your friends and don’t talk about them behind their backs. 4. Share with your friends. 5. Borrow stuff from each other but give it back like you were given it. 6. Don’t treat them like your slave. 7. Believe in what they say. 8. Have a laugh with them once and a while. 9. Help them out. 10. Go shopping, to the cinemas and other places with them. by Issy Fallows and Vicky Eley

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New born Rabbits Rabbits, Rabbits, everywhere, At the girls house, with frizzy-hair. Begin at the park, go down the street, Big Beauty Parlours, there, you will meet, Inside the shops’ windows and doors, There you will find something you will adore. Baby rabbits! Oh, so cute. All time cuteness although their voices are mute. But they can still tell us things, If they are sad, Everybody loves something, Somebody who loves those rabbits and that person is me. by Kirsty

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Mother’s Day Top five tips for mother’s day Get your mum a present. Make your mum breakfast. Do the house chores Help your mum out. Do as your asked.

Best Friends I and my friend do everything together we play together, go round each other’s houses and have sleep-overs but the thing that makes her my best friend is that she is special in her own way!

Green Green is a colour people think represents spring because of all the new green shoots that come up. Green is a fresh colour that represents new life and the way things spring and “go” into life when winter ends and spring begins, just like when cars go when traffic lights go green. Green is also considered a calming, cool colour. There are many shades of green such as: dark green, jade, light green, sea green and olive green. Green is also considered a clean and full of freshness colour. Green is a welcome site after the grey and dismal winter months. Some think it is unlucky and superstitious; it is linked to the feeling of envy and jealousness. But there seems more positive things to say about the colour green when everything is considered. by Susannah Grace and Demi Poulton HORSES Horses are a loving thing you have to take care of them really well. I should know that because I have horses. You have to groom them really well. You have to groom them at least 8 to 12 times a week . You also have to take them out for a treat once in a while. Me and my friend take our horses out together. by Jessica Robinson. A Recipe for Friendship You will need: © a pinch of happiness © 1 handful of kindness © 2 spoonfuls of gentleness © 1 litre of sharing © a teaspoonful of helpfulness © 3 heaped tablespoons of laughter © 50g of smiles © a sprinkling of cheerfulness © 100g of love Method: Mix all these together. Then you will have the perfect friend. By Vicky Eley and Issy Fallows

Mothers day is for the million things she gave me, Other people come first she says, There are a million things to do, Here there and everywhere, oh what shall we do? Early rise in the mornings, Resting at the end of the day,

Why did the duck cross the road? Because it was the chicken’s day off! By Nathan Munday

Anagram HARD TENT GAMERS Clue = Master By Gabby Sefton

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April 2009

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