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Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 113 : April 2010 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)


SATURDAY 17th APRIL 10.00am Village Hall further enquiries to either 822858 or 821483 Jessica Silver - age 9 What Are These Ladies Doing ? See Page 22

MINSTER PARISH COUNCIL Annual Parish Meeting will take place on

Tammy Needs A Home! Poor Tammy was abandoned in the driveway of one of TAG Pet Rescue Sanctuary’s volunteers and has been at the sanctuary for a year now. She is a lovely cat - about 4 years old, very affectionate and would love a new home with no other cats and with someone who could give her all the love and affection she so deserves after being dealt such a cruel start. If you think you may be able to help Tammy, please call 01843 822931. She would be most grateful.

Tuesday 20th April at 7 p.m. Library & Neighbourhood Centre 4a Monkton Road, Minster

The Meeting will commence with a Presentation on the EAST KENT ACCESS WORKS by Kent County Council Members of the Public are invited to attend to hear the presentation and ask questions about the above project Tea and Coffee will follow the presentation The Annual Parish Meeting will then continue and the public will be able to ask Councillors questions about any other issues in the Village

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Green Bins

Recycling Collections

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Remember: Freegle items that you no longer need

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10 W.I Wine & Wisdom Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, The Attic, Bens, Library, Co-op, Doctors 12 R.B.L. Womens Section Meeting Join the local Freegle Group at: http://frgl.it/inthanet MINSTER How To Find Us Copy for any issue of 13 W.I. Meeting For those looking to use a Sat Nav Minster Matters 15 W.I. Coffee and Chat Morning to locate the village must be received (at the very latest !!) 17 Public Meeting re Yellow Lines the Library at 4A Monkton Road by the 3rd Friday of preceding month is the approximate centre of the village 18 East Kent Alpine Garden Safari regardless of date and the postcode there is CT12 4EA www.minstermatters.org.uk 20 Annual Parish Meeting editorialteam@minstermatters.org.uk GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the village square are TR 309 647 Skype us at: editor.minstermatters 21 Horticultural Society Meeting 51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E Editor - Ray Owen (822322) 23 Mayhems - St Georges Day Dance Out Advertising (07914 623 287) Useful Numbers and Contacts 24 Horticultural Coffee Morning Editorial Team: Thanet STD Code : 01843 All members except Accounts can be reached 24 Bowls Club Open Day (1) Community Warden: through the email address above May Steve Taylor: 07811 271 302 Co-Editor 825041 Amy Murray PC Kim Burgess & Sub-Editor 822846 Brenda Saker 1 PLG Craft Fair & Bazaar Sub-Editor 821545 PC Darren Reed: 222265 Eve Tilbee 1 Bowls Club Open Day (2) email:margate.neighbourhood@kent.pnn.police.uk Audio 825306 Nora Aldous 2 Twinning Association Anniversary Police Station: 231055 Newshound 823035 Sue Greenstreet Diane Cotterill Rodney Rose

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The next meeting of

Minster Parish Council will be held on:

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 7pm 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: clerk@minsterparishcouncil.org.uk

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April 2010 The ‘E’ Team EDITORIAL Is it me or is Spring actually beginning to break ? We seem to have had our fair share of cold wet weather just lately, in fact myself and my 2 neighbours had to sandbag our back doors just Ray a couple of weeks ago, so it is really nice to see the sun when it pops it’s head out. Firstly this month I feel I must make an apology to our local bobbies, who took my mentions of ‘police’ last month to mean them personally, when actually I was using the term in a general Amy sense and not trying to decry our local lads. Sorry guys didn’t mean to get your backs up, I’ll think before I write next time !! I also received a very irate letter from someone who I presume is a resident, but not really worthy of any reply as they Brenda weren’t open enough to give me their name. But to answer one of their points, with regard to our “Poor Parking” pictures, they aren’t meant to suggest that anyone is doing anything illegal that’s why we only label them as “Poor Parking”(and we always Eve remove number plates if they show,) they are just to show the bad parking that we constantly endure in the village, a point which was also mentioned in the letter and which the writer said no one ever did anything about. Diane Well we feel our pictures do just that, we do do something about vehicles we see, we shame them with a picture in the hope they don’t do it again !! I’m sure most drivers would prefer that than to get a ticket from the police for parking on corners, across footpaths or abandoning them on bus stops or just out in the Nora road causing a traffic flow problem, and believe me we’d also love to see the bus not using the estate. Gripe over. Now would you like a bit of light relief, have you seen that advert where the elderly couple are discussing the Sue purchase of an item they won’t name but it goes up the stairs. Well I’m not crippled yet (maybe that could change if I take more poor parking pic’s though ?) but I have just acquired one of those items via the Freegle Thanet site, that I run, and already it has been a godsend transporting some heavy items both up and down the stairs. When I told the Community Warden I’d got it installed he had a real chuckle. Dog fouling continues to be what most villagers moan at us about, especially in Gas Alley, Domneva Road and of course the Rec. We always pass on your concerns and we hope eventually someone will get caught and fined, it might make others stop and think. That’s it, where’s Zac today ?


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April 2010 PATIENT LIAISON GROUP (MINSTER) NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2010 Missed Appointments Missed appointments are still causing a concern, where patients fail to attend on average 2 to 3 appointments each day! Bearing in mind the difficulty some patients experience when trying to make an appointment, this causes inconvenience to all concerned, and above all, is a waste of precious resources. So this is a "BIG REMINDER' to all those who find they no longer need an appointment they have previously booked. PLEASE PLEASE remember to cancel it so that others may benefit. You never know, one day, that someone may be you!

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Telephone Appointments We would also like to remind you that all doctors are available for "Telephone Consultations". If you do not actually need to see a doctor but just require a consultation, this could present an easier and more convenient option. Such consultations can be booked in the normal way, via reception, on 821333. May Day Craft Fair Saturday 1st May is nearly upon us, (where has this year gone!) and we are holding another fair at the "Old Schools", 9.00am to 1.00pm. We have already sold nearly half of the tables so get in quick if you don't want to be disappointed! Please see our advert on page 26 for further details. Easter Holiday Surgery Closing Times Please note that the surgery will be closed during the following times : Good Friday 2nd April and Easter Monday 5th April Should you need to see a doctor during these times please contact "Doctors on Call" via the normal surgery number - 821333. Patient Liaison Group Meeting The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th April at 6pm in the surgery conference room. If anyone would like to attend, or has issues they would like to raise, then please contact either of the numbers shown below. All are welcome. Ken Self : 821200

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April 2010 COMMUNITY WARDEN Steve promised us a couple of paragraphs this month, but although he sent us an email he forgot to attach his “precious words of wisdom”, so on his behalf we have been asked to tell you that he is making a good recovery from his recent illness and is delighted to be back at work. He is available again for residents to contact him on his usual number and he says you will see him out and about walking in the village. He thanks everyone for their words of sympathy and all the get well messages he received and he’s looking forward to Minster Matters giving him their usual ribbing again !!


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TRADING STANDARDS Reports have been received from Kent residents who have had “CSS Childrens Support Society” charity donation bags posted through their letter boxes. They ask residents to fill the bags with items they wish to donate to the charity – such as unwanted clothes, toys and bedding. The bags quote their Registered Charity Number as 526305, but this is not a valid number and CSS is believed to be a bogus charity. Please do not make donations to this bogus charity. Always ensure that your donations are going to reputable charities. You can check charity details by contacting the Charity Commission on 0845 3000 218 or by going to their website www.charity-commission.gov.uk Please contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or go to www.consumerdirect.gov.uk if you receive one of these charity bags, or have any further information about any bogus charities. Kent Trading Standards wish to hear from anyone who has booked a boating holiday on a ‘Luxury Yacht’ in Alicante, Spain through a company by the name of Dream Catchers purporting to be based in Sevenoaks. Information suggests that the holidays do not exist and the company is not responding to attempts to contact them. Please contact 01732 525291 if you have any information regarding the company. Please call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or go to www.consumerdirect.gov.uk if you need further advice on your consumer rights, or you want to report and traders you have concerns about.


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The following are the results of the recent survey regarding what the £500 should be spent on that the village won in the Kent Village of the Year Competition for 2009

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The following is from the Draft Minutes of the March Parish Meeting Members noted with concern that only 6 responses had been received following an item appearing in Minster Matters seeking residents views on how they would like to see the £500 prize money from the Village of the Year award expended. RESOLVED: That it be agreed in principle to expend some of the money of the Christmas lights and that the amount to be spent be agreed at the next meeting. Editor’s note: Slightly disappointed that Is it my fault? this doesn’t make any mention of the WiFi (or my master’s) I am a doggie access point which MM originally asked the I hope I don’t get fined, Parish Council for, and which received 50% For all of the mess that, of the vote as shown above. That I leave behind. Now I know it’s my Master, Who should pick it up for me, But he doesn’t want to, And neither does she. So everyone complains, when my muck gets on their 01843 821294 shoe And they mumble to themselves, Easter Sunday “I’ve got to clean off this poo” Sunday Roast Please Master would you mind with free gift on the table taking When we go for walkies, a bag? Live Entertainment And then the streets of Minster will be 3rd April - Merton 17th April - Led Gremlin The cleanest in Thanet, I’me sure we can brag. (Rover)

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April 2010 Running the Paris Marathon for QEQM Hospital

Four energetic consultant surgeons from QEQM hospital are taking on a new challenge. Gynaecologist Zoe Woodward, and orthopaedic surgeons Andrew Smith, Richard Slack and Mark Cornell are running in the Paris Marathon on April 11th. The four are seeking sponsorship for this 42 kilometre endeavour to raise funds for the QEQM hospital’s League of Friends. The League’s current project is the purchase of new furniture for the Walmer outpatient department which is being renovated. Many patients attend clinics every week and will benefit from the improvements. Next, the League will be replacing many of the bedside armchairs throughout QEQM hospital. It is important for patients to have a chair that is comfortable and the right height, especially after undergoing joint replacement surgery. Money raised sponsoring Zoe, Andrew, Richard, and Mark will support this project. The League’s chairman, Jeremy Voizey said, “I am delighted that our surgeons are running to raise funds for the League. The more money we raise, the more we can do to improve the comfort and care of patients in our hospital.” The runners will follow a route through the streets of Paris, beginning at the Champs Elysee and finishing near the Arc de Triomphe. To sponsor the runners, you can phone the League of Friends on 01843 234507 and request a sponsorship form (please add Gift Aid if applicable), or you can sponsor them online at www.justgiving.com/qeqmhospital-lof.


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Mouth-watering aromas wafted through the Village Hall at the March meeting, when Tina Cesbron from The Chai Stop spoke about the business of making curries, and brought samples for us to try. Members had been asked to bring along favourite recipes, and Sarah Eaton-Brown kindly made her recipe for fudge, which was much appreciated. We had previously made a collection of money and items for ‘Support our Soldiers’ Grab Bags, and Beryl Ravensdale plus two colleagues from Whitstable WI attended the meeting to receive the donations. As well as six other visitors, we welcomed four new members to our institute. Looking ahead, ideas for the next Dabble Day were requested. At the Acol Group Meeting attended by several members, it was Minster’s turn to run the raffle, and give a report of last year’s activities. We were then treated to an excellent talk about the life of women in Japan, and shown examples of clothing and shoes, which we were able to handle and examine. Don’t forget the Wine & Wisdom evening on 10th April see separate advert on page 22.

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Minster Mayhems will be dancing near the Bell from 5.15pm to 6.00pm on 23rd April to celebrate St George's Day. It would be really good to see some of the village come out and support the young dancers. Check out the Mayhems website, we have loads of new pictures from some of our 2009 events, Broadstairs, Tenterden, Deal and Rochester to name but a few . A list of our 2010 Stands should be available in the very near future, so please look back again real soon. www.minstermayhems.org.uk Dominique

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April 2010 Flower Show Reminiscing The Minster Show Committee are looking for interesting facts, figures and pictures to use on their brand new website. The site is undergoing construction at this time and it is proposed to have the site launch on Saturday 8th May which is also Show Launch Day. You can help us by relating to us your memories, good or bad, of past shows, or by looking through your old photo albums and loaning us your treasured pictures/slides. We are happy to receive written stories/memories or we will come to you and record them audibly if you would prefer. With pictures/slides we would like to borrow them for a very short while to scan them into our computer and then return them to you. Even better would be to have names to go with any persons that they show, although we are happy to receive pictures/slides that are “unnamed”, such as those recently published in Minster Matters. We are also interested in finding images of past Carnival Queens and their Courts, Show Princesses etc, in fact anything and everything to do with the show in days gone by. Please contact a Show Committee member or the Editor of this magazine if you can help in any way, no matter how small that may be. Help us to make the website something Minster can be proud of, we’re waiting to hear from you. Editor’s Note: To all those reminiscent's, take a look at the photograph in the centre page and see if you recognise anyone!

Local Praise for Minster Matters Online I do not often visit MM’s site but have done so this morning only to find a wealth of information you have added since I last logged on, so I thought I’d reply to your request for feedback and say that I think the magazine is terrific and I would like to congratulate you all on a very professional and informative magazine. I think Minster is very lucky to have such a dedicated team working to keep the residents informed of all that the village has to offer, which is quite a lot. Long may you reign and thank you on behalf of many of my acquaintances who look forward to the magazine every month, but do not have access to the Internet and probably don’t get around to saying ‘thanks’ personally. Barbara White


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April 2010 Kent Wildlife Gardening Awards 2010 After another long, cold winter, signs of spring are starting to appear, which means there’s no better time than now to start thinking about entering your garden into the Kent Wildlife Gardening competition. The Kent Wildlife Trust wants to know, are you wild about your garden? If you’ve got a garden that attracts wildlife, why not show it off and enter it into this year’s competition? The Kent Wildlife Trust, Royal Horticultural Society, Wildlife Trusts and local authorities across Kent are working together to inspire people to take action for wildlife through gardening. This competition, as well as a garden centre approval scheme and other educational events and projects aims to create awareness for the importance of gardening to our local wildlife and to link many small gardens into a ‘Living Landscape’. If you’d like to enter your garden into the competition, please visit www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/our-work/wild-about-gardens/ and enter by 30th June 2010.

East Kent Alpine Garden Society’s Garden Safari The East Kent Alpine Garden Society’s Garden Safari is on Sunday 18th April from 11am to 5pm. Featured gardens are located across East Kent from Faversham to Whitstable, Canterbury, Wingham and Walmer, and will show woodland perennials at their best, plants from ‘down under’ and over 60 Alpine sinks. Ticket and map is £3.50 for entry to all 10 gardens featured. For more information, contact Tim Ingram on 01795 535919, or visit www.alpinegardensociety.net/ groups/East-Kent/Safari/

PROSPECT ROAD LAMENT Best for the village? Seems like pillage Road space taken Planners mistaken It’s not safe Turning left, turning right Very best outcome Just a fright It’s not safe It’s too narrowed Simply too late When family sorrowed Mark these words Heed this view Crashes and tears I warned you. Concerned Prospect Road Resident

April 2010 Minster Armbouts Cappel Twinning Association The Association is up and running again, with Roy Bailey having stepped in as Chair. We are in a resurrection process with the Parish Council to sort out the paperwork. The really good news is that ”The French Are Coming” on 2 May 2010. This event covers the Twinning Anniversary. Look out for Posters around the Village and of course check Minster Matters for updates. Heather Epps

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Visit the Minster Bowls Club Open Days Saturday 24th April, 11.00am-3.00pm Saturday 1st May, 11.00am-3.00pm At the beginning of each outdoor bowling season, we like to offer members of the public, the opportunity to call for a chat at the bowling green and new pavilion on the Minster recreation field. Not only do we offer free bowling tuition, but we can inform you about all the opportunities there are to bowl in friendly games against other clubs, fun roll-ups with club members and, as you progress, the chance to play in league teams and other competitive games. The green is open for play seven days a week from 10am until dusk. The outdoor season closes at the end of September when many members transfer their interest to indoor short mat bowls in our pavilion. This is played mainly in the mornings and evenings from October to April. Again, we have club championship competitions, fun roll-ups, matches against other clubs (both at home and away) and league matches. You can play for fun or you may be a competitive person - there are opportunities for both. The club also has a thriving social membership side with our entertainment team putting on many events including a barn dance, quiz evenings, race nights, and other fun nights. Over eighty members attend the Christmas dinner. We have monthly Sunday lunches during the winter months that are very popular. This is your chance to meet others in the community and make new friends. Our address is Ray Razzell Pavilion, Molineaux Road, Minster, CT12 4DN. Approach the recreation ground from opposite Ben’s Londis shop. You might also like to contact Brian East in Monkton (tel. 825475) or Glynne Hibbert in Minster (tel 821221), or just turn up!

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Dear Residents of Minster I am attached to the Armbouts Cappel Twinning Committee. I have been reading the report on the Minster Twinning Association in your Minster Matters December/January 2010 issue. I was very surprised to find that the majority of the population of Minster had lost interest in the Twinning and could not form a Committee to save the Twinning from folding up. Everyone on the French side and on the English side have worked very hard to keep it alive. You will find from the different pages and cuttings that I have enclosed, (available from MM Editor - if required) information on various visits over the years. The Associations that are existing in Armbouts Cappel, I myself and Monsieur Jean Bonduelle received a delegation of Scouts in 2001, we have school exchanges which are very important these days, I also have regular visits from the Royal British Legion to attend our different ceremonies in the course of a year. I had a very good friend in Minster, his name was John Lynch until his passing away. I am still in contact with his family. John always supplied delegations for our ceremonies. I have always been extremely grateful over this and his kindness shown to us over the many years that I knew him. A charming man, he worked like myself with another friend of mine in Ramsgate keeping the Military Liaison alive, he always believed like us that Exchanges and Twinning between different Towns, Villages and Associations of different countries was good for the moral. We must try and keep this Twinning alive. God bless you Dear Friends. Sincerely Jack G.C. Squire France

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Can You Add Any Names ? Any Idea Which Year ? Please contact one of the MM Team if you can help identify the rest of the class!! EDITOR’S THANKS... Thank you to Fred Fright and Margaret Johnson for their input on the two pictures we printed of previous floats last month.

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Going Back in Time. The rough road as we called it, beside the new Housing Estate, was our way to School. We walked through the artichokes that were taller than us, before Butts Field development. Seeing the Head Teacher Mrs Budds, going to School, driving her little car, known as The Greengage, and the arrival of small bottles of milk that came in crates, for each child. Taking off over the marshes or the Drove, across the railway to the river Stour, or a walk round the lanes. Franks Café next to the men only Molineux Institute, now the Village Hall, Blackmans fish and chip shop now the Indian Restaurant, later came Kings Café now Mortons Fork, every one of the venues down by the church, where we all congregated, The Guides, run by Mrs Black then Ruby London, The Youth Club with its big old fire in the middle of the room, run by Dennis Golder, and later by Frank and Pam Gillett. We all gathered in the cold, watching the Cadets in the school playground, being put through their paces. The Rec., where all kind of sports were held, and every one gathered to watch., Sunday School, not only in the Church, but in a little house in Prospect Road with the owner Miss Simpkins, Apart from the shopping area, the shops, in someone’s living room. One in Augustine Road, which was Razzell’s, and Ashley’s in Prospect Road, Also remembering the deep snow drift at the top of Prospect Road. We knew nothing about illness and ailments, our Grandparents, were not ill they just passed away. These are a few memories, I am sure some Minster residents will remember.

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April 2010 COMPUTER CORNER (I’M BACK!!) I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a computer corner, but magazine space has been extremely limited and there were always more worthwhile articles that needed to be included first. I’ve had quite a few enquiries recently about web-sites that appear to have scanned your computer for viruses and then tell you that they have found a goodly number, and are asking you to pay for the software to remove them. DON’T !! This is just a scam to get you to part with your money. You probably don’t have any malicious viruses and their software definitely won’t remove them. What it will do though is lighten your bank balance somewhat and possibly infect your computer into the bargain !. If you’re being plagued by this type of site then it is highly likely you do have an infection but it is of their making and you should seek help to get it removed, if your own antivirus program can’t do it for you. Please don’t say at this stage “but I don’t have an antivirus program, or mine isn’t up to date”. If you are using the Internet without adequate security you are leaving your computer wide open to all sorts of problems not all of which you will become aware of, except that you may notice a rapid drop in performance and see that your hard disk light is working overtime, which could well signify that your machine has become a “bot” in a large chain of infected pc’s, churning out spam or ‘denial of service attacks’ without you being aware that anything is wrong, because your machine has been taken over by some unscrupulous individual who wishes to cause havoc to others and insecure computers are their life blood. Whilst mentioning Antivirus programs I’ve also received calls about AVG now updating to version 9 and the fact that it is no longer free - well it is still free - you just have to look hard for the none too conspicuous links on the AVG website. My recommendation to those who wish to download the free version is to enter free.avg.com into your web browser address bar (not a Google or Yahoo search bar) when the site opens look for the heading “Download and Upgrade” click ‘Download AVG Free’ - now on the next page scroll down to the Free “DOWNLOAD “ button (big and red) click this - on the next page locate and click the tab that says “Installation Files” now click and download the Free Edition (note the file size is about 79mb) don’t click the AVG Download Manager (which is only 1mb) - locate the downloaded file on your computer and double click it to install version 9. That’s all folks !! If I don’t get hijacked I may be back next month !!! Itsma Hobby

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PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - March (The following are excerpts taken from the Draft Minutes)

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Minute 245 – Village of the Year Award Cllr. Mrs Thomson enquired whether a response had been received and the Clerk responded that she was still awaiting information about retaining the signs and the re-instatement of the sign that had been damaged. East Kent Access Phase 2 – Closure of Footpaths The Clerk reported that KCC had advised of proposals to temporarily close footpaths T37, T39 and TR 32 during the construction works for the Access Road. Cllr. Day reported that he had raised concerns with the public rights of way officer (KCC) and the Clerk undertook to raise this matter with Geoff Cripps, the KCC officer who had addressed the Parish Council on the access road proposals and obtain the necessary maps of the closure. KALC would be asked whether such closures can be made without proper consultation. iii) Tothill Street – The road is to be re-surfaced within the next few months. v) H2B Site – Complaints had been received about the closeness of the front doors of some dwellings close to the Bumpy Track. It was agreed to refer this matter to the Planning Committee for consideration and a possible site visit. 264. Community Warden and Policing Reports P.C. Reed reported that there had been 9 reported crimes during the month of February and gave details of the incidents. Members were also advised that there had been 57 calls logged from the Village and these mainly related to vehicles and accidents. He also referred to the report later on the agenda (Minute 265 refers) in respect of anti social behaviour particularly in Molineux Road and graffiti problems in Gas Alley. In respect of Gas Alley the Clerk was asked to discuss with TDC whether lighting could be installed in the alley and Cllr. Day enquired whether the lights could be provided from the highways improvement fund and Cllr. Hibberd undertook to investigate. Members were advised that Steve Taylor the Community Warden was on sick leave and that Alan McDonald, the Warden from St. Nicholas at Wade would undertake warden duties within Minster. Finally the Kim Burgess referred to a “Kill Your Speed” sign and asked whether Council would wish to purchase any for the Village. RESOLVED: That the Clerk seeks funding from TDC/KCC with a view to installing a lighting unit in Gas Alley, (B) the question of the purchase of a “Kill your Speed” sign be referred to the Operations Committee for consideration of the possible siting; and the Clerk to arrange a meeting between P.Cs Burgess and Reed and Cllr. Mrs. Thomson to discuss general policing matters in the Village. 265.Molineux Road Play Area The Council were informed of anti social behaviour from youths aged between 13 to 20 on the Molineux Road play area. Police had been involved with complaint to deal with the disturbance which often went on until 1 a.m. Members advised that the playground had been provided for children up to the age of 11 years. It was suggested that the problem may be alleviated if the fencing was raised in height and the playground was locked over night. RESOLVED: That the report be noted and that the Clerk obtain quotations to allow for raising the height of the fencing and for the securing of the gate and that the matter be further considered at a future meeting. Cont’d on next page....

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Excerpts of Draft Minutes of MPC Meeting March Cont’d ... 266.The Use of the Pavilion by the Dog School The clerk reported upon concerns that have been raised as a result of the hiring of the Pavilion by the Dog School. Councillor Day and the Clerk undertook to visit the pavilion and consult with the Dog School operators and draw up a hiring form setting out the conditions of hire. 267.All Weather Playing Surface - Use by Police P.C. Burgess addressed Council and requested the use of the AWPS on Wednesday afternoons for a project to encourage children to participate in sport. The initiative would be supervised by the Police and the School were aware of the proposal and it would have no impact on its programme of sports as they did not use the pitch after 2 p.m. RESOLVED: That the request from the Police to use the AWPS on Wednesday afternoons be approved free of charge between 2 to 5.30p.m. 268.Proposed Parking Restrictions (Double Yellow Lines) Members noted the summary of the discussions held at the public meeting on 13th February 2010 on the proposals to introduce double yellow lines. The Clerk also reported upon a consultation document received from Kent Highways on this subject. RESOLVED: That the Council (A) reject the proposals for the introduction of “double yellow lines” on the Buttsfield Estate’ (B) reject proposals for the introduction of “double yellow lines” on the north side of Monkton Road; and (C) Members advise the Clerk of their thoughts on the possible need and introduction of alternative parking restriction measures for consideration at the next meeting. 272.Request for Dog Bins in Marsh Farm Road Request considered that several bins be sited in Marsh Farm Road and Members noted that other requests had been received for bins to be positioned in Monkton Road and Greenhill Gardens. RESOLVED: that the matter be referred to the Operations Committee. 273.Minster Show RESOLVED: That the request for the free use of the recreation ground, skate park and pavilion for the holding of the annual Minster Show be approved for 23, 24 and 25th July 2010. 277.Emergency Traffic Control It was agreed to refer consideration of the traffic problems created on 24th. February by the closure of the “top road” to the Operations Committee.


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APRIL 4th April Easter Day 9am: no service 10am: Family Communion 6.30pm: Evensong 11th April 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion 18th April 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 25th April 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) Mid week service at St Mary’s Wednesdays 10.30am

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In APRIL 4th April Easter Day 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 11th April 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 18th April 10.15am: Holy Communion with the Methodists


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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 www.minsterabbeynuns.org 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 chapel.

Funerals: 4th March: Marc Dunk (28) at Minster Church and Cemetery

25th April 10.15am: Family Service

Services During Holy Week 1st April Maundy Thursday 10.30am: Holy Communion (BCP) at Minster 7.30pm: Passover Supper at Chislet 2nd April Good Friday 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

Christians Together in Minster and District Good Friday, 2nd 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


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

Monday Baby Group (Parents & Babies up to 12 months), 9.30am to 12.30pm Friendship Club (Over 50’s), 2.15pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday Parents and Tots, 9.30am – 11.30am 7 Up (children’s club for year 3-6, ages 7-11) 6pm - 7pm commencing Tuesday 27th April 2010

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Friday 7 Up Club will run on a Tuesday evening from Tues 27th April and it is hoped the Youth Club will commence in June on a Friday evening for ages 11-16 year olds

Saturday There are events happening on most Saturdays please see other pages of Minster Matters for details. EASTER WEEKEND Palm Sunday Services 11am and 6pm Good Friday Service 10.30am Easter Sunday Service 11am only (6pm, Songs of Praise at The Salvation Army in Margate) Salvation Army telephone number for the new building is 01843 825178 For more information please visit the

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Events SATURDAY MARKET 10th April, 10.00am to 12noon Old Schools All our usual stalls - in aid of Chruch Funds Everybody welcome

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MKT Last Sunday of each Month Next Mkt Mar 28th & Apr 25th Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade fort further info contact June Chadband 226033 k.chadband@btinternet.com

SOUP ON WEDNESDAY Soup on Wednesday has now finished and we would like to thank everyone who supported us through this really cold weather. The final money raised is nearly £800 some of which goes to Christian Aid Thank you everyone Janet Walmsley (Soup on Wednesday customers pictured on front cover) Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section Monday 12th April, 7.30pm A poem “Showers” Bingo Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information Miriam Smith 822589

OPEN GARDENS 2010 19th- 20th June. 12th anniversary We already have many gardens but are always looking for more! If you are considering entering your garden then please contact Rev’d Bob Coles: 821250

Minster-in-Thanet WI. NEXT MEETING Tuesday 13th April Village Hall 7.30pm Speaker from “The Secret Garden” New members and guests welcome. COFFEE AND CHAT Thursday 15th April Village Hall Committee Room 10am to 12 noon. All welcome. WINE & WISDOM EVENING Saturday, 10th April 7pm for 7.30pm start Village Hall Quizmaster Peter Warr Tickets £5 per person, includes supper Maximum 8 per table Further details and tickets from Ann, 821152

MINSTER & MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SPRING SHOW Saturday 10th April Village Hall 2.00pm to 4.30pm Entry is members only NEXT MEETING Wednesday 21st April Village Hall Jean Tallboys “The Work of plant heritage” Points table: Three geraniums or fuchsia cuttings. COFFEE MORNING Saturday 24th April Old Schools 9.30am to 11.30am. All visitors are welcome 50p

MONKTON OPEN GARDENS 5th & 6th JUNE 2010 11am-5pm

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2.00pm - 4.00pm All Welcome Joan Cordwell - phone 823782 Canterbury Accordion and Social Club GRAND MUSICAL EVENING Tuesday 20th April 7pm for 7.30pm Start Come to be entertained by HARRY HUSSEY The well known accordionist A celebration of his 80th Birthday AT THE BARN, KINGSTON VILLAGE ALL WELCOME Refreshments Raffle Admission: £4.00 at the door. Kingston village is approx 5 miles from Canterbury off of the A2

MOTHERS UNION Our March Meeting was beautifully led by Primrose Northrop ably assisted by Isabella who played gentle music on her guitar between the prayers, most fitting for our Lenten Meeting. We are not meeting in April but hope to arrange a delayed “Christmas Dinner” soon!!

FREE Home Library Service For people unable to get to the library, carers and those with ill health or disabilities Want to know more? Call us on 01843 821442 At Minster Thanet Library www.kent.gov.uk/libs Click Services for everyone then housebound

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Short Mat Bowls Sessions for April

The Grass Master

Come along to one of our sessions on a Tuesday or Sunday evening. We are an extremely friendly group and will lend you bowls to get you started. It’s well worth trying !!

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MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri Hire times and prices Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs 15:00hrs 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: clerk@minsterparishcouncil.org.uk


MOT Preparation and Presentation Servicing all makes of vehicle Tyres, Batteries, Exhausts Air Con - servicing and repairs Free local delivery and collection

SIMON STAIT Complete Property Maintenance

Saturday 8th May, 11.00am to 1.00pm “Grow for the Show” French Marigolds (We also plan to launch our New Website on the same day)

Do you know of any local groups or soloists that would like to appear in the “Showcase” at the Show on Saturday 24th July ? Interested ?? Ring Bernie Watler on 821758 Can you help with memories/stories or old pictures for our website please see our request on Page 9 for further details

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Minster Matters Editors this month Helen Birch and Sophie Stevens

Horseying around! My friend Helen and I went down to my stables in the Christmas holiday to groom and look after our horses. We had lots of fun playing in the snow. Also we had fun with our horses and now we have moved our horses to a nicer place in Preston, hopefully we will have more fun. Where our horses are now we can do some sponsored rides for charity, like at Easter time we are doing an Easter egg hunt on horse back in Preston. I have been with horses along time but my best friend Sophie has grown up with horses all of her life. By Sophie Stevens and Helen Birch!!

Alice In Wonderland

April 2010 The Jedward Bird What is the difference between jedward and the jedward bird? There is none apart from one being slightly brighter than the other I.E the jedward bird. By Oliver and Jasper.

Mr Danton As all of you should know, Miss Jackson left Orange Class before the Christmas holidays and we have been taught by Mr Packer and Mr Wookey. Mrs Stone (our head teacher) has found a new permanent teacher for Orange Class and his name is Mr Danton. Orange Class has met him and we all think he is extremely nice. He used to be a policeman before becoming a teacher. We all hope that he is going to like us and we promise to give him a nice, warm welcome! By Libby Thomson

Alice in Wonderland is a new film that is directed by Tim Burton. Be Water Safe The film came out on the 5th of March 2010. There are loads of On Tuesday 16th March Minster school had a water safety talk. characters in the film such as Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Four people came in and talked about the water code and about which Hearts, the Rabbit, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee and lots more. We flags mean what. They told us how to be safe when we’re at the beach. can’t wait to see the new film because it is magical and very exiting. By Oliver and Matthew The Mad Hatter is played by Johnny Depp and Alice is played by Mia Wasikowska. By Emma Holland & Rosie Malloy

School Sports Partnership

JLS Facts • JLS are a boy band that came second in the 5th X factor series. • JLS include, Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, JB, and Ortise Williams. • They have done loads of concerts all around the world. • They also have an album out which has lots of cool songs on. • JLS have 3 number ones Beat Again, Everybody in Love and One Shot. I think JLS are a great boy band and they have become a great success. By Emma Holland

NETBALL On Saturday 27th February the netball team went to a tournament. There was 4 teams, including us, and we had to play all of them twice. The schools were Newington, North down, Clifftonville and Us! We played each of them and won both of the matches with Newington and Clifftonville but sadly we lost both times to North Down but we did score one goal against them and we managed to get in the Finals. We sadly lost the finals but we did come 2nd and received Gold Medals! There are 7 players and they each have a position. There is: Goal Attack - Helen, Wing Attack - Keeley, Goal shooter - Charleigh, Wing Defence - Megan, Goal keeper - Jason, Centre - Thomas and Goal defence - Libby! By Keeley Allen and Helen Birch!!!!!

SPEED STACKS On the 17th of March 2010 some of year 5 and 6 from Minster Primary School went to a speed stack competition at Monkton School. We got the coach from St Mary’s Church in Minster and when we arrived at Monkton School we went into the hall and got into groups of 4 or 5. Speed stack is a fun activity where you have to stack cups in all different ways. I had a great day and would like to thank Mr Blyth for organising the trip. By Emma Holland

On Monday 15th March some children got chosen to go to Marlow Academy for a Thanet Sports Festival. We all met up outside St.Mary’s Church at 8:10 and when we arrived there were 7 schools. These were Upton A, Upton B, Us (Minster C of E Church of England Primary School), St Lawrence, Garlinge, St Peters and Cliftonville. We did lots of events such as; javelin, speed bounce, vertical jump, long jump, chest pass, relay races and lots of different running races! All together we came second ............ to last! However, we all had good fun and enjoyed ourselves. By Keeley Allen

My Pet Giant African Land Snail - Bary Bary is a giant African land snail, he likes to eat cucumber but he is very fussy because he only eats it with the skin taken off. He doesn’t like spinach for some reason. He likes to go in his Easter island house because of the shade. By Nathan Munday

My Cat Shady My cat Shady is a very mad cat that runs around the house and rolls on the carpet. He likes to attack the other cats sometimes. He also likes to have a rub on the belly, but when he has had enough he attacks you. He loves pretending my dad is a train, because he jumps on his back and rides around all the time. He loves me because when I am looking out of my window, I hear a sound, and he jumps up to the window! By Scott

My Last Year at Minster School I will miss Minster primary when I leave but everyone says you must move on in your life. Not everyone in my year is going to the same school as me sadly. I am going to Sandwich technology school it is really cool there because you get to do loads of things that you can enjoy like sports etc. I will also miss the teachers but most of all I am completely dreading the leavers service because year 6 sing a sad song and everyone cries. By Sophie Christina Stevens!!

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