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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 139: August 2012 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)


E-mail : Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Electronic Copy, Podcast and Blog: Fax No: 0844 272 9875 Find us on Facebook or Twitter - search for : Minster Matters Published by: Minster Matters, Library & Neighbourhood Centre, 4A Monkton Road, Minster-in-Thanet, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4EA UK

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August 2012

Black Bins

Waste & Recycling

Blue Bins

Monday - Tuesday

We are no longer permitted to list Green collection dates

Monday - Tuesday

13 / 27 : 14 / 28 10 / 24 : 11 / 25

August September

6 / 20 : 7 / 21 3 / 17 : 4 / 18

Dates for Your Diary Copy Date for Next Issue - Friday 17th August Aug

Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, Bens, Library, Co-op, Doctors


Show - Starlight Stroll



QEQM Fete and Fun Dog Show


4/5 Textile Exhibition

Copy for any issue of Minster Matters must be received (at the very latest !!) by the Copy Date shown under ‘Diary Dates ‘on this page Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Editor: Ray Owen 822322 or 839019 Editorial Team: All members except Accounts can be reached through the email address above

Amy Murray Brenda Saker Katie Hogben Fran Young Nora Aldous Diane Cotterill Rodney Rose


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Note: Colour price is the same for both single and/or multiple insertions (NO Discounts !!) Late payment for advertisements may mean they will be omitted from the next issue (3 months max!!) A full copy of our Terms and Conditions is available from our website The Editors accept all advertisements, articles and notices in good faith and actively encourage the support of the local traders and services. However, we cannot be held responsible for the quality of goods or services offered. Please mention the magazine when replying to advertisers. Note however that due to lack of recording space we do not copy our advertisers information to the audio CD’s. The magazine and CD are published eleven times a year, at the beginning of each month, from February to December, inclusive. Disclaimer: Views expressed herein are strictly those of their author and do not necessarily agree with those of the Editor and/or the editorial team.

MINSTER - How To Find Us For those looking to use a Sat Nav to locate the village the Library at 4A Monkton Road is the approximate centre of the village and the postcode there is CT12 4EA GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the village square are TR 309 647 51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E


Horticultural Society Mini Show @ Birchington

Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden: Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Community Dog Warden: 577 580 Salvation Army Hall: 825 178 Library: 821 442 Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333 (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00 am)

Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 Minster School: 821 384 Village Website: Freegle: Mobility Scooter (to loan): 07914 623 287 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) and the All Weather Sports Pitch bookings for both the above venues via

Parish Office 821 339 Old Schools: bookings via Jacque Sings 07891 009 088 Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744 MM Subscriptions Copies of the Magazine or CD are now available on subscription to all non residents, worldwide. Payments quoted below are in advance To a UK postal address :Single Issue £1.60 Annually (11 issues) £15.00 Costs to an overseas address are available on request, and we will be pleased to quote for this service. Our mailing details are shown elsewhere on this page.


11 Wildlife Survey Exhibition


11 Saturday Market


13 Royal British Legion Women’s Section Meeting


16 W.I. Coffee and Chat


20/24 Salvation Army Holiday Club

Useful Numbers and Contacts


22 W.I. Games Evening

27 26

Sept 12 Mothers Union Meeting


For Sale/Wanted Adverts


Police Surgeries


Church Notices


Abbey Tours


All Weather Pitch


Village Hall Bowls Group


Copy Date for Next Issue - Friday 17th August

Minster Parish Council next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 4th September @ 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: 821 339 fax: 825 269 Email: No meeting in August

Pavilion Hire

Recreation Ground Suitable for parties, small weddings, children’s parties, etc. Seating for 60-70, kitchen facilities.

Ideal for all family occasions !

Bookings via Parish Council Office

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August 2012

EDITORIAL Wow, what a busy month I’ve had since I was last sat here writing this column, a month which culminated in me carrying the Olympic Torch in the Official Torch Relay closely followed by Ray carrying it a second time heading up the parade for the Village Show, both of which I feel very honoured to have been asked to do. The month has flown by, what with having been out on my Amy annual soirée judging villages across the county for Kent Community of the Year (selection of winners in mid August Minster didn’t enter) but this time with a twist, in that I was accompanied every day by a group of 6 Romanians who were here to see how villages in England differ from those in their own Brenda country. We had some good laughs even though they struggled with English and I profess to know not a single word of Romanian. Luckily we had a very good interpreter who was kept extremely busy. Diane Originally, I was supposed to be going on the exchange visit to Romania, to help out for 3 weeks at an orphanage summer camp, but then I heard I had been selected to carry the Olympic Torch, on a date that unfortunately fell midway through that trip, Nora meaning I could only do one or the other but not both, so realising the Torch would be a once in a lifetime opportunity I elected not to go to Romania but to remain here and take my place in the relay, after all I may be lucky enough to be chosen to go to Romania another year. Katie With the Torch Relay looming close I still wasn’t in possession of a uniform or instructions, so after emailing LOCOG I eventually received the expected package, less than one week before the event, only to find on opening it that, of the two piece uniform it should have contained, I had only received the trousers, and they were double XL in size !! (Maybe you’ve seen the picture of me holding them up !!) So frantic phone calls to the organisers resulted in them sending out another uniform which arrived just 3 days before the event, luckily this time it actually fitted, although they were a little long in the leg, but then it was panic stations as the torchbearers manual, that came with it, showed they are very strict as to what else you can or can’t wear. Everything had to be white and I didn’t have any white undies, socks or trainers, so we had to trawl best part of all the local outlets to find what I needed, the trainers proving to be the biggest headache as they had to have no makers names or logos or if they did then they were to be as minimal as possible. It’s surprising what you can hide with a bit of tippex ! I had some great feedback for last months magazine and I thank all those who took the time to tell me what a good job our team was doing. On behalf of the other members of the team thank you all for for your kind words, they really are appreciated. That’s it space has beaten me yet again so it only remains for me to ask the usual question: Where’s Zac?? MM CLASSIFIEDS Only good things have been heard about our new Classified Ads spot There is no charge to villagers for small Ads placed here and they are proving to be a success, with items getting sold on the day the magazine hits the streets. So, do you have something to sell, or is there an item you’d like to find? We take both offered and wanted small ads here. Just jot them down, email them to us or leave us a note at the library, we’ll be pleased to print them for you.


A.J.Cliffe & Sons (Butchers) Ltd Rumour has it the Sun is coming out So clean of those BBQ’s AGAIN !!

Canterbury House, Monkton Road, Minster Tel: 01843 821288 1L/1

Flowers by Vanessa Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, Weddings or Funerals Created with the “Personal Touch” For designs with a difference Vanessa Fairbrass (C&G qualified florist) Rose Cottage, Manor Road, St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY

01843 847 012

07934 420 837

I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury 1P/5 2P/6


(Minster Window Company)

Property Maintenance Building Work Plastering * Rendering uPVC Windows & Doors uPVC Fascia, Soffits & Guttering Repairs to existing double glazing Misted up sealed units replaced Garage Doors * Decking


Dave on

07979 525 257


Salon 61, High St Minster Tel:


Gift Vouchers Air Conditioned Free Consultations Free Refreshments Closed Mondays 30% off with our Junior Stylist on production of this advert 2L/8


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MINSTER SURGERY - NEW INITIATIVES Minster Surgery is currently looking at new ways of working which are aimed at improving the patient experience with the practice. The practice are considering a number of initiatives such as: Products to suit everyone, so if you are looking for increased - Improved Appointment System. energy levels, great skin, and generally improving your - Patient ‘Self’ Check In system, working in conjunction health then please contact me! with the current ‘manned’ reception desk. Call Sasha on 07810 123162 Patient Information in waiting area providing appropriate Herbalife Independent Distributor detail on the services offered by the surgery. Call Today for a Healthier Tomorrow! - Changes to patient waiting area layout to provide more privacy to those patients wishing to speak to a Receptionist. DIY * GARDENING * HOUSEHOLD - The Surgery building will also be opening at 8.20am Established1965 & BUILDING SUPPLIES 01843 845 133 from 3rd September to release more staff to assist with 16-18, The Square, Birchington initial telephone demand. Ronseal Fence Life 6ltr £7.49 Bosch Rotak 34 £114.99 Patient feedback is always welcome, so your views on Cuprinol 6ltr £8.49 Tonne Bag Aggregates £39.99 Karcher Pressure Washer £119.95 Flymo Mow-N-Vac £49.99 potential improvements to the patient experience with the Keys * Glass * Timber - Cutting Service practice would be gratefully appreciated. Decking 150mm x 32mm per mtr £1.76 TOYS APPEAL 4”x2” Tanalised per mtr £1.56 3”x2” Tanalised per mtr £1.35 We are proposing to refurbish the “Kiddies Corner” area 8’x4’ 18mm Shuttering Plywood each £21.89 of the waiting room and replace the toys with some new ones 8’x4’ 18mm O S Board £17.39 each and wondered if anyone had good quality toys that were no Plasterboard and Plasters All In Stock All Sheet Materials and Timber In Stock longer used by their children and would kindly donate them £1.99 Paving Slabs 450x450 Riven 3 Colours each for this purpose. Naturally they would have to be “noiseless” Waney fence Panels from £9.95 Closeboard Fence Panels from £18.95 so as not to inconvenience other patients. 8’ Slotted Concrete Posts each £11.45 Thank you. each £9.24 6’ x 12” Concrete Gravelboards SURGERY BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURE Concrete Lintels 1200 x 100 x 65 each £5.99 Fencing Fitting Service - Free Estimates Please note that the surgery will be closed all day on Godwins Multi Purpose Compost Large Bags 3 for £10.00 Monday 27th August. Tonne Bags 10mm or 20mm Shingle each £41.99 Should you need to see a Doctor during these times then Godwins Bark Chips Large Bags 3 for £12.00 Dulux White Matt Emulsion 7 ltr £12.49 please call “Doctors on Call” via the normal surgery number Crown Magnolia Emulsion 7.5 ltr £14.99 - 821333. Or you can also call “NHS Direct” on 0845 4647 Summer Furniture and Barbeques In Stock for confidential health advice and information for you and Addis Superdry Mop and Refill each £9.99 Addis Twist Mop each £6.99 your family. Thank you. ***FREE DELIVERY TO MINSTER ON A WEDNESDAY*** PATIENT GROUP MEETING All Prices Shown Include VAT If you have any issues you would like to raise at our Timber * Electricals * Plumbing meeting in August, or require further information on any of Building Materials * Household Goods * Glass the above, then please contact : 3P/6 Garden Furniture * Local Delivery KEN SELF on Thanet 821200 Herbalife offers a fantastic range of products including, Weight Management, Healthy Heart, Immune Health, Digestive Health, Sports and Fitness, Hair and Skin Care with our new Herbal Aloe Range! Anti-Ageing Skin Care, Vitamin C Skin Care plus many more!


MINSTER RESIDENTS Introducing your local Gas Safety Registered plumbing and heating engineers

CPS Heating & Plumbing 01843 589 076

32 Ozengell Place Eurokent Business Park Ramsgate CT12 6PB


Boilers & Gas Appliances Annual Servicing & Repairs Central Heating Design & Installation Complete Bathroom Design & Installation All work Guaranteed Fully Insured & Qualified Gas Safety Register No 203531

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE Children who sign up to Story Lab receive their own 3D lab model where they can keep track of their progress and collect stickers as they work their way through bronze, silver and gold stages. Children who participate in the Reading Challenge head back to school more confident readers and it helps prevent their reading levels from 'dipping' during the long break. Before you head off on your summer holidays visit Minster library and check your family's books out for your break. Books are loaned for three weeks and it's free to borrow adults books as well as children’s. See page 26 for more details!

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RAY'S OLYMPIC TORCH Firstly may I say how proud I am to have successfully nominated Ray Owen to carry the Olympic Torch. It's not until the last couple of weeks that I realised what a special moment this would be in our history. The reason Ray was picked was down to what I wrote in my letter explaining what Ray does voluntarily for the village. This includes heading the wonderful team of volunteers for this brilliant magazine, the work he does on the Minster (Flower) Show committee, the websites he has set up and runs for various groups, the starting up of the recycled battery collection, the founder of the Thanet Freegle site enabling people to give and receive things needed, the effort he put into filling forms and gathering info which led to us winning Kent Village of the Year in 2009 and the fact that he is at the beck and call of everyone that needs something sometime. Now I need your help, I nominated Ray through Lloyds Bank. Coca Cola were another sponsor who paid for their nominees torches so they could keep them. Lloyds Bank didn't, although they have offered them at a reduced rate with stand of £294. You may have seen them on Ebay selling for thousands of pounds, Ray's torch will never be there as it is something he is very proud to own and wishes to pass on to his family. I think it would be a lovely gesture if the village of Minster paid for Ray's torch so that it meant even more to him knowing how much we appreciate his efforts in everything he does for the villagers. He shouldn't have to buy it himself. Please remember the reasons he was picked in the first place. There will be a collection box in Attwells Newsagents for anyone who wishes to help make this a gift to Ray or at least pay a fair chunk towards the cost. I would have liked to have kept this a secret from Ray but that's impossible with his involvement in the village. Thank you, Karen Brazil

NORTHROP DECORATING SERVICES All Interior and Exterior Decorating General Maintenance, Tiling, Plastering, Kitchen and Bathroom Fitting Local and Experienced

Contact Paul or Tracy

01843 823 646


WILDLIFE SURVEY OF MINSTER I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the wildlife survey of Minster that I organised, and also to those who took an interest in it and sent in photos. It’s been wonderful getting in the forms and analysing the results! A small exhibition displaying the results will take place during the Church’s Saturday Market at the Old Schools on 11th August, 10.00am-12.00noon. Do come along and have a look at what wildlife we have in Minster, as well as taking a look at all the wonderful photos that have been accumulated. I look forward to seeing you there! Katie Hogben R.B.W KENT’S WATER FEATURE SPECIALISTS AND POND BUILDING EXPERTS

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MPG CARPET CLEANING (small local family run business)

"WATER SHORTAGE!, DON’T WORRY!, WE DON’T USE ANY!!" CARPET CLEANING FOR THE 21st CENTURY A completely dry carpet cleaning service! And that means: No more damp or wet carpets! No danger of colour-run or shrinkage! No chance of sticky residues which can attract the dirt! Lovely fresh scented deep cleaned carpets! (Upholstery and leather cleaning service available) For quotes please call:-

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B & R DECORATORS Established 16 years All types of work undertaken Exterior & Interior Domestic & Commercial Free Advice & Estimates Quality Work Assured Insurance Work Undertaken ‘No Job Too small Or BIG’ Call ‘Bernie’ on

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Teresa Bonnie and Julie 79 High Street

Minster, Thanet

Gravel Drives It is vital that rubbish does not collect in the street drains. As more and more people are laying gravel drives could we ask you to please sweep your gravel back onto your drive. Your cars pull the gravel out onto the pavement as you drive in and out; this not only causes a hazard for the elderly, wheelchair users and pushchairs using the pavements, but the gravel then ends up on the road where it is swept by rain, car tyres and inadvertently by the road sweeper into the drains, causing a build up and eventually a blockage. Boundary Hedges Residents are also reminded that they have an obligation to keep the public footpaths clear around their properties if they have a boundary hedge. Hedges must be kept cut back so as not to impede the use of the footways or cause a nuisance to pedestrians. So, please get out your brooms and clippers, spend a while now and then keeping your gravel where it belongs and your hedges trimmed back! Many thanks for your help.

HELP WITH MM AUDIO RECORDING & EDITING We here at MM are looking for a volunteer to help us with our audio recording and editing. It is not an onerous task and is quite easy to learn, training will be given. It requires you attending our recording evenings, which we hold once a month at the Holiday Inn, for around 2 to 3 hours, where we have a group of readers who ‘lay down’ the raw recording directly onto our laptop. Then it is necessary to edit that into a cohesive audio version of the magazine, which can take a further 6 or 7 hours work at home (or at our office if you prefer). If you think you’d like to get involved in helping us to produce our monthly CD and podcast then please get in touch. If you’d just like more information at this stage then contact Diane, who does it on her own at present, on 822394 and she will explain more of what it’s all about. LATE NOTICE !! We are again looking for someone to help out with keeping our website up to date, especially around publication week when there are always a lot of changes to make. So do you know a bit about HTML coding or would you like to learn, as we can always teach you. Interested ? Then get in touch with the Editor (details on page 2 of this issue)

Chinese Food to Take Away Thai & Cantonese Cuisine

Under New Management

01843 825 776 or 07725 819 407

Welcome You! Home Delivery Available Minimum Order £10 plus £1.20 delivery charge within 3 mile radius Opening Times Mon: 5.00pm to 11.00pm Closed Tuesdays Wed-Sun: 5.00pm to 11.00pm

Fresh coffee Speciality teas Delicious cakes Sandwiches Light lunches Bacon rolls ...and all the gossip!

12 Monkton Road Minster CT12 4EA

Approx Opening Hours Mon-Sat: 9.00am - 2.30pm Sunday: 9.30am - 1.30pm

LANDSCAPING & GARDEN MAINTENANCE ▪ Hedge Cutting and Pruning ▪ Lawn Care, Grass Cutting, Fertilisation ▪ Moss Control, Weed Killing ▪ Fencing, Patios ▪ Patio & Decking Power Cleaning


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CHRISTMAS WILL SOON BE HERE! Would you be prepared to make a Christmas Shoebox? The Shoeboxes will be distributed to children living in poverty in Africa, Asia and Europe by Smile International in December (Charity Number 1079730). Some of the children are orphans, others live in refugee camps, but all of them live in deprivation. For the majority of children, the Christmas Shoebox will be their only Christmas present, and it will be much appreciated and will generate lots of excitement! Smile International is a charity passionate about helping to relieve suffering and poverty through the distribution of humanitarian aid; the Christmas Shoeboxes are one of their projects. For more information, please see You can make a shoebox on your own or share one with a friend or small group. Cover the shoebox (and lid separately) in wrapping paper, so the shoebox can be opened and checked. The contents should be gender and age specific, for example for a ten year old boy. Karen and Jenny at Attwells newsagents have once again kindly volunteered to act as a collection point for shoeboxes or donation of contents. Alternatively, you can deliver them to Mary Lord at 33 Tothill Street (leave in the front porch) or to me at 101 Tothill Street, by 30th November please. Contents can include: ·   a bar of soap and a flannel ·    tooth brush and tooth paste ·    hair brush, comb, hair slides ·    small toys, such as a doll, car, skipping rope, ball, bag of marbles, snap or other playing card games, stationery, writing and colouring materials – (Attwells stock many of the toys, along with stationery packs specially-made by Karen and Jenny). For further information about the Christmas shoeboxes, leaflets are available at Attwells or phone me on 823319. In grateful anticipation, Kate Humphreys


GREENSTREET JOINERY Ltd We specialise in custom made Staircases - Doors Windows Kitchens & Conservatories Contact:

Simon Greenstreet (01843) 823035 email: 1P/3

A. WILTSHIRE & SON BUILDERS Tel: 842069 Free estimates

The Birchington Builder 33 Quex View Road New roofs or repairs

Garages & extensions

Brick walls


Driveways in brick, slabs or concrete


All Alterations PRIVATE WHEEL CLAMPING TO BE BANNED In view of the many complaints that we all receive relating to “cowboy clamping” the following Government Press Release may be of interest. Roger Gale MP ‘Wheel clamping without lawful authority will be banned in England and Wales from 1 October 2012, with anyone breaking the law facing criminal charges and a fine. Ban on wheel clamping without lawful authority Once the ban comes into force on 1 October 2012, it will be illegal to clamp, tow away or immobilise a vehicle without lawful authority to do so. Anyone who breaks the law will face criminal charges and a fine if convicted. In effect, this will ban most clamping and towing by anyone other than the police, local authorities, government agencies such as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) - plus other bodies acting in accordance with statutory or other powers, such as railway stations and airports. Bodies with lawful authority to clamp and tow may continue to contract out this work to private companies. DVLA and VOSA will continue to clamp or tow vehicles which are un-roadworthy or have not had their vehicle tax paid. What’s happening prior to October 2012 Currently, the law says that individuals or businesses can clamp vehicles if they have a valid vehicle immobiliser licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA). This will apply until the ban comes into force in October 2012.’


Morton’s Fork Restaurant and Bar Station Road, Minster 01843 823 000

Dear Minster Residents It is with deep regret we are writing this, but unfortunately due to the current financial climate we are going to have to sell the restaurant. We would like to thank all of our customers for their loyalty over the time we have been here and to all the friends we have made in the village. Sean & Liz


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The best way to describe the Giants Day experience is with Carol’s ode: GIANT’S DAY 24 JUNE 2012 ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL


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A salad lunch was enjoyed by all, the atmosphere was jolly The giants lined up outside the Town Hall. Thank God no need for a brolly. Cameras flashed, cheers were heard, St. Mildred looked divine. Princess Fleur stood next to her along the giant’s line.

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The time had come for the parade to begin, bands struck up a rousing beat The giants veered off bobbing up and down as they set off down the street.

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Everyone followed the giant’s parade, in time with the military bands Cheers were heard, children clapped and old folk waved their hands.

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Once done they lined up outside the Town Hall, where flags were flying high More pictures taken and yes I swear, there were blue patches in the sky!



Members & Bona-fide Guests Only

Armbouts-Cappel was reached at noon, the weather had changed we found We were ushered to the village hall, music played – a lively sound.


Each giant was called - introduced to the Mayor, our Mildred took her turn She bustled over and took a bow, but the face inside looked stern. But hey, it wasn’t a young lassie inside, heavy boots peeped out from the frock I thought as much, it was our Roy, I knew by the rolled down socks!! A great time was had by all, goodbyes were duly done And now was the time to head back home, a great day – full of fun!! C Bubb


Well Done Carol! We would like to say thanks for attending the Show and visiting our stand because we are sure you will have done! Watch Minster Matters for our next fund raiser and let us know what would encourage you most to support us.

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at the POST OFFICE COUNTER You can also order any other currency for your holidays

FLOWERS BY POST Send Summer Blooms from your Post Office Free UK delivery For order and catalogue please ask at the counter 1L/8


David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP All forms of Services and Treatments available for Foot and Nail care Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe, Ingrown nails, Nail deformities, Infection control for Athletes foot and Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas, Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare We provide personal and reliable treatment in the comfort of your own home, nursing or residential care home or hospital Day, evening, weekend appointments available by arrangement

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July 8th was a special day for the club, when members of the Kent County Patrons Bowling Association came to help us celebrate our 75th anniversary with a game of bowls, bringing 28 players and guests. We were honoured by them having in their team, the County President and his Senior Vice President, the Chairman and Officers of the Patrons plus members from all over Kent. Due to the distances our visitors had to travel home, Pam Wooldridge made certain they had full stomachs before they left. The after game meal was individual steak and kidney puddings, new potatoes and two veg, followed up by strawberries and cream. In response to Ken Wooldridge, our Club President’s welcome, the Patrons Chairman also presented a cheque to the KCBA Benevolent Fund for £600.00 which was gracefully accepted by the Fund Secretary, Glynne Hibbert. This is half of the money the Patrons raise each year whilst visiting clubs around the County. Other things going on at the club Internal competitions are progressing. The next big fixture will be the visit of the Isle of Thanet Ladies on the 6th August, for their annual challenge match against Minster Men, and the fixture for the 19th August is the Ray Razzell Trophy competition for all club members. We have some comfy bench seats for visitors to watch us play, so it's not too late to call in at the green. You might then think… “I would like to have a go, possibly join, progress to playing”… we have all the equipment available that is required to play, later, once you are sure this game is for you, we can offer you help and advice on what to purchase. Glynne Minster United Rain throughout the night. Still raining as we opened up the Club, at 8.00am, to prepare for the day. The forecaster’s said "it would be clear by 10.00am". A phone call to say two teams would not be coming, disappointment for Brian and Sylvia Davis after their 12 months of planning and organisation. BUT !! Suddenly the village young and mature turned up. The first 12 teams started playing on time in anoraks and other coloured tops to keep warm. It wasn't long before the sun broke through, the temperature started rising, as did the excitement from players and spectators alike. Could this have been helped by the wonderful aroma Pam Wooldridge and her ‘girls’ created cooking bacon sandwiches? Each team got two games before the knockout rounds started. Teams with names like, The Quarry Men, Saddlers', Bens, MFC, Funny O Lot, Pointers, Debbies, MFC Vets, Lisa’s and Cutting Edge, plus others. The final for the £300.00 was between the Pointers, & MFC. The Plate final was between Lisa's and Cutting Edge for £150.00. MFC donated their winnings to the Macmillan Trust, whilst Cutting Edge split their prize between the Kent Air Ambulance and Minster Patients Liaison Group. Better luck next year to The Pointers and Lisa's teams. Once again we are indebted to Jonathan (W S Cole & Son) for sponsoring the day, plus putting in a team. We thank all the teams from around the village for their support in this annual event. To those who made up teams at the last minute, including the couple from South Wales (on holiday) we say a special thank you. To the dedicated club members who helped on both ends of the green both scoring and advising, to those in the kitchen and others behind the bar, thank you all. See you all next year, for Open Day. Editors note: The Bowls Club website is active again, but with a slightly different address, it is now at: and is being hosted on the webspace belonging to this magazine. I am trying to get it up to date and with more items of interest, so if you have any pictures of this club in any of its previous guises eg old green with wooden pavilion, old green with brick pavilion, old green with temp caravan, present green with wooden clubhouse or just anything to do with the club then I would love to borrow them to include on the website. I am also looking for match scores to complete the fixtures page, any missing trophy winners from the various honours lists, interesting stories/anecdotes in fact anything at all to do with Minster Bowls Club. So get digging those old photo albums out and let me have them to scan. Contact me by any of the methods available on page 2 of this issue.

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MINSTER-IN-THANET WI Marion Rose, the President, opened the July meeting with thanks to the night’s hostesses and the flower arranger. “Jerusalem” followed. Marion reminded members that the Minutes of the June meeting were on the notice boards table and then called upon Marion Bullard to introduce Harvey Cole RNLI, speaker for 1L/3 the night. Members were really entertained by Harvey recounting his time as navigator on Ramsgate’s Lifeboat. Afterwards, during refreshments, members had many questions for this very popular speaker. Marion then reported that her Strawberry Tea (on the 11th) would be held in the Committee Room at the Village Hall as Monkton Road was being gritted on that day. Volunteers are needed for Minster Show float decoration and the making of costumes. Also the Co-operative entry still had some gaps and more produce and volunteers are needed for the stall. Marion announced that the Garden morning at Ann and Don Wilks’ house raised £222.25 but there was a poor turnout of member customers! She then presented Ann with a thank you gift from Minster WI. Liz Shervington, Secretary, informed the meeting about current correspondence and pointed out that the EK booking form and booking form for the Creative ALAN JOHNSON 1L/5 Workshops at Faversham on 1 November are on the notice boards table. Also more CARPENTER / JOINER patterns are available for the QEQM baby blankets. The Treasurer’s report followed, Specialising in : then Marion put forward the suggestion that November’s Dabble Day should have • Purpose made Staircases a Christmas theme and this was approved by the members. The Minutes of the last • Windows / Kitchens two meetings were approved and the seaside-themed raffle brought the meeting to • Doors / Floors • Fences a close at 9.15. + all your carpentry requirements AUGUST DATES Tel: 01843 821 096 No meeting in August but Coffee & Chat, 10 am to 12 noon, is on 16th August and the Games Evening, 7.30 to 10pm, is on the 22nd August. The Mobile: 07716 999 337 Environmental & Natural History Group has their guided tour of a vineyard and visit to Paddlesworth Church on the 24th August. SEPTEMBER DATES September’s meeting is on the 11th in the Village Hall. Coffee & Chat, 10 am to 12 noon on 20th September, Games Evening, 7.30 – 10 pm, on 26th September – both in the Village Hall Committee Room. NB: Darts are every Tuesday, 2 to 4 pm, in the small Committee Room. Minster WI has (lively, interesting) meetings every second Tuesday in the month with a variety of activities taking place throughout the year. Guests are invited to the monthly meetings and assured of a warm welcome to a very enjoyable evening


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Your Letters… REMINDER: Seagulls are Protected by Law After hearing of various cases of dead seagulls around the village (I saw one myself which had been laid in the grass at the side of Egbert Road), also cases of stones being thrown at them in an attempt to injure or kill, it might be wise to remind villagers that seagulls are protected by law and as such it is against the law to injure or kill them, and if witnessed, can be reported to the Police. Name and address withheld

Animal Fund Raising Event Success Hi everyone! This is just a short letter to thank you all for what you did to make my Fund Raising Event a great success. Thank you to all the shops who advertised me and to all the people who came along on the day and helped us raise lots of money for the animals. We are able to send 10 charities a good sum of money to help them in their work and this includes our own Pet Tag Rescue at Lydden. Once again thank you all and look forward to seeing you for our last one of the year in October when we hope to make even more money for our animal friends. Kay Austin, Northdown Healing & Spiritual Centre.

Minster School PFA would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’… to all the local businesses and community for their support at our school’s summer fair. We had a fantastic time. The Mini Farm with all the baby animals was extremely popular as was the Bush Tucker Trail with volunteers eating things like brussel sprout jelly and silkworm pupae! As well as the ever popular Tombola and side stalls, there were Go Karts, Bouncy Castles and Demonstrations in the Arena inlcuing Child V Teacher/Parent Netball and Rugby Matches! We made a wonderful £1,743.00 profit and we can’t wait to spend it for our children and their education!

Brenda Graham and Aileen Taffs would like to thank… family and friends who sponsored us for the 5k walk on June 24th at Herne Bay.

Kay, Darren and Emma Cook would like to say thank you… for all the card, flowers and Hospice donations. We were overwhelmed by the kindness shown to us during our sad loss of Alan. Thank you also to W. Cole & Son who were fantastic.

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Dear Crew and Friends, My sincere thanks to those who worked so hard prepare Sheemaun. My thanks to my splendid crew who helped cruise her the 150 miles round trip from the Royal Harbour Ramsgate to Tower Bridge and back and who put up with very heavy, indeed dangerous seas on the return. My thanks to our valued guests who braving the heavy rain brought such a wonderful celebratory spirit (and other spirits) to the ship and who made it such a memorable day of celebration. My thanks to the Little Ship Club for generous help and for raising such a magnificent contribution to the charity 'Help for Heroes' and yes, Sheemaun was proud to be the Little Ship Club Flagship. I attach a letter received today from the Marquis of Salisbury thanking us for taking part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant and expressing the Queen's appreciation. I am also copying this letter to a very special person across the Atlantic Ocean in Canada, a lady who then a teenager, crewed on Sheemaun in the Summer of 1935. Helen Richards' father, Ernest Richards a banker, had commissioned the design and building of Sheemaun and after the sea trials kept her moored at Conway North Wales. The above picture was published in "The Motor Boat" on October 4th 1935 when our Queen's Grandfather King George the Fifth was on the Throne. Ernest Richards is seen standing on the foredeck and Helen Richards' mother is the lady in the white hat seated. Helen now aged 91 is therefore Sheemaun's most senior Crew! I wonder what her father Ernest might have said had he been told that one day Sheemaun would become a Flagship of National Historic Ships UK and would take part in the 60th Anniversary Pageant of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I am grateful to Emerald Laing of National Historic Ships UK for having put Helen's daughter Sue Reid in touch with me. Yours Aye, Rodney Pell

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Dear Dr Pell, I wanted to write and thank you for taking part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant - a spectacle which I imagine was the most remarkable the Thames has ever seen. I have no doubt that the Pageant will go down in history. Not only was it a remarkable spectacle, it was the central event in celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and only the second time such celebrations have taken place in this country In spite of the weather, the team which organised the Pageant were, I hope you will agree, an enthusiastic and highly skilled group. Even with all their experience, they had never been presented with a project of this scale and complexity. I hope that you feel that they deserved all our gratitude, but I especially wanted to thank you for taking part in such a happy and constructive spirit. I so much enjoyed meeting some of the participants in the days preceding the Pageant and witnessing that spirit myself. The Queen has already told me how much she enjoyed the day and appreciated the efforts of everyone who took part and I hope that you will remember the event with as much pleasure as all of us in the team who organised it. Everyone on the Pageant team is immensely grateful to you and your crew for joining in and being part of it all. Yours very sincerely, The Marquess of Salisbury Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Well done Rodney, I'm glad you and Sheemaun and her crew returned to Ramsgate without major incident. I felt for you seeing the rather dire forecasts over the last few days. Many thanks for flying the Club's colours and representing the Little Ship Club so well. It is remarkable that Sheemaun is in such fine fettle that she is still able to make such a trip and a testament to you and her previous custodians for putting in the hard work to maintain her so beautifully. Witessing the Pageant from the Club's terrace on the river was a memorable occasion and one which I am sure all of our members present on that rather damp and dismal Sunday will remember with great pride, it was one of those occasions when you simply had to be there. I look forward to seeing you in the Club soon. Kind regards, David Roache Little Ship Club Commodore


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COUNTRYSIDE ACCESS SERVICE REPORTING PROBLEMS ON PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY Last year the Countryside Access Service received nearly 8,000 new reports of issues on the network. As part of the County Councils ongoing Customer Services Strategy, last year we introduced a web based reporting tool to add to the dedicated phone line which has been running for a number of years. Some of you may already be using this, thank you if you are. If not I would like to introduce the reporting tool to you and encourage you to use it in the future. You can access the online fault reporting tool by following this link nd_coast/report_a_problem.aspx or go to Not only is the web based tool quick and easy to use, you can request e-mail updates, such that we can keep you informed at various stages as your issue is dealt with. This is something we have struggled to do in the past, simply due to the volume of issues. You can also log onto the website at any time to view the current position. Through logging issues online, not only can we give you a better service, through providing updates, but all this happens pretty much automatically, significantly reducing the time spent by KCC officers in having to input data and directly respond to requests for information. We can also manage and prioritise the work flow more efficiently and thus spend more time actually resolving the problems! If you do not have web access then please use our dedicated report line (0845 3450210). Our trained agents will take all the details we need and can also give you updates over the phone. This is a win win for both you and the County Council. Without the new system, it has always been a struggle to keep you updated, but with the number of reports increasing, as we make it easier to report problems, it’s simply not an

option for officers to be liasing directly with customers over these reports. We are quite simply at a critical point. To continue to do so, would leave no time in the day to actually resolve the reported problems! In order to direct our resources more efficiently, we have also gradually been moving away from a system of one officer being responsible for one District/Borough. This trend will continue, so there may be more than one officer dealing with issues in your parish. Reporting issues via the weblog means you will be kept up to date automatically. I am therefore asking that you do use the web reporting tool ideally or the dedicated phone line if you don’t have web access. I have also asked the team to politely remind you of this if requests still come to them directly. If your able to, I also ask that you spread the word of the new online reporting tool, perhaps putting a link on your own website or parish newsletter? I’m sure you’ll see the benefits of the new system yourself once you start using it, but if you do have any concerns or difficulties; please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. If I may also take the opportunity to point you to our award winning website, ’Explore Kent’ ( where you will find a wealth of information on enjoying the Kent countryside and also more technical information on Public Rights of Way, our priorities and objectives and so on. Thank you for your understanding and support on this matter, logging new issues via the web really will make a huge difference. Andrew Hutchinson Public Rights Of Way Area Manager (East Kent) Website:

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KENT FIRE & RESCUE - THE SEA SAFE EVENT Enjoying a trip to the seaside remains a great way for families to enjoy the ‘glorious’ British Summer. To help ensure a day out doesn’t end in disaster firefighters are holding the Thanet Sea Safe event at Ramsgate to raise awareness of the dangers associated with open water. The free event, taking place at the Royal Harbour from 11am to 4pm on the 4 August, will feature displays from members of the emergency services and other agencies. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be bringing the Ramsgate Lifeboat into the inner harbour to provide guided tours. A fire engine, water safety unit, and display vehicle will also be there with crews issuing potentially life-saving advice and useful leaflets. The event is also aimed at the local boating community and firefighters will be out on the pontoons to engage with boat owners to highlight fire hazards and keep people safe while afloat and perform boat fire safety checks. Other agencies involved in the event include Kent Police, Maritime and Coastguard agency, RNLI Lifeguards, Trading Standards, Crimestoppers and the British Red Cross. KFRS Crew Manager Gary Miller said: “The Thanet Sea Safe event will be both fun and informative and I would encourage people to come along and discover how a few simple safety messages can ensure that a day on the beach remains memorable for all the right reasons.” Speaking of boat fires Gary added: “Thankfully the number of boat fires we attend is relatively low, however when they do happen they can have devastating effects. Fires can spread extremely quickly which can result in injury, total destruction of the boat and damage to surrounding areas.” To help keep your family safe around water remember: · Be  aware  of  your  children’s  limitations  –  e.g.  how confident are they in the water?.

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YOUR LOCAL NHS IS CHANGING Decisions about health care services in this area will soon updates on health issues in this area and will be able to give be taken by a local team, based right here on the Isle of Thanet. your views on healthcare decisions. Their official name is the Thanet Clinical Commissioning We want everyone who lives in and loves Thanet to get Group (Thanet CCG). The group is made up of Thanet doctors involved. Together we can make a real difference to the lives and other health professionals who will be taking over the of local people. decision-making process and budgets from the Primary Care Trust (PCT). This means that local GPs will have more say in which Thanet Health Network NHS services are provided to residents in Thanet; who Sign up here: provides the services, and where they are based. It also means that you can have more of a say in how If you have any questions, please contact Hannah decisions are made about local NHS services – putting you at directly on: the heart of healthcare. Tel: 01227 795017 We have set up the Thanet Health Network to make sure Email: that everyone gets a chance to make their views known – Email: whether as individuals, through local community or voluntary organisations, or as part of a patient group. You will get regular


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RECALL OF ‘Morrisons Pesto Chicken Pasta’ Kent Trading Standards is advising consumers of a product recall issued by Morrisons Supermarkets for their own brand Pesto Chicken Pasta. A packing error has resulted in the product containing prawn linguine rather than chicken pasta. It is therefore unsuitable for consumers with a shellfish (prawns) or celery allergy. The affected product is: Morrisons Pesto Chicken Pasta 380g Use by 20 July The company has removed this batch from sale and customer notices will be displayed in stores. If you have purchased the product you can return it to your nearest Morrisons store for a full refund. No other Morrisons products or batches are known to be affected. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert for this product. Full details are available at You can subscribe to the Food Standard Agency’s free email alert system to receive Allergy Alerts by visiting You can also get details of all the latest allergy alerts as soon as they're issued by SMS text message direct to your mobile phone. To sign up to this free service, simply send the text message 'START ALLERGY' to the number 62372. To unsubscribe, just text 'STOP ALLERGY' to the same number.

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1st Minster Cub Pack had been asked by the New McDonald’s Restaurant to help with a litter pick. Having learnt about reusing, reducing and recycling of waste at a pack evening and which bin the rubbish should be placed in and location of recycling centres we were now ready to tackle the litter pick around Minster. Having met up with Manager Trevor, Simon and Lisa from McDonald’s we collected rubbish around the designated route given to us by Minster Parish Council. Several bags were collected. As a treat after the cubs and leaders were invited to McDonald’s for a meal. After a tour of the restaurant the managers presented the pack with their Environment Partnership Award. A well deserved badge as it had rained during the litter picking but the cubs carried on. Our thanks go to McDonald’s at Minster. Akela 1st Minster Cub Pack



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August 2012

Benedictine Nuns of Minster Abbey Celebrate 75 years of Refoundation On Sunday July 15 over 400 people gathered in the Parish Church of St. Mary’s in Minster to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the refounding of monastic life at Minster Abbey. In 1538 as a result of the “dissolution of the monasteries” the monastic community at Minster Abbey was dissolved. In 1937 after nearly 400 years, the monastery of St. Walburga’s Bavaria purchased the property and once again Minster Abbey became a place of prayer and praise. Nine sisters arrived in Minster in June 1937. Those early days were difficult and there were many hardships to overcome. In a letter to the community, Mother Benedicta encouraged the sisters. “The Lord will help you, all the more as you rely on Him alone. Be simple and joyful” These words have been the motto of the sisters throughout these past 75 years and in a particular way during this Jubilee year. Bishop John Hine who presided at the Mass said in his homily: “A monastery is a place where a person discovers how to love God with their whole being. It is a place where one’s heart is gradually being transformed into the likeness of God. This is the simple goal of the monastic life. “ Guests included Sir Roger Gale M. P., Margate Mayor William Scobie, Nicholas Fisher of Colyer Fergusson Trust, and many friends and representatives of the local community. Bishop Demetrios of Syria who has played an important part in the ecumenical dialogue at Minster Abbey and several leaders of the local Churches including Canon Bob Coles and Captains Bryn and Lynn Hargreaves joined in the Thanksgiving celebrations. Sir Roger Gale commented after the service: “Minster Abbey has a pivotal place in the history of the Isle of Thanet and of Christianity in the United Kingdom. The present Benedictine Community plays an important part in the life of the village, represents continuity in a time of national and international turbulence, and should be celebrated by the residents of Thanet. I am pleased to have been able to help to facilitate the visit of Bishop Demetrios of Syria, whose presence was central to the celebration”. At a reception at Parkminster following the Mass, Mother Nikola, Prioress commented: “On this Feast of St. Mildred, patron of Thanet, we thank you for your generosity your friendship and your prayerful support of our community. Our friends are a vital part of our life. You encourage us in our life of prayer and service. During this Jubilee year we have been blessed by all those who have celebrated with us. “

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Church News and Service Times St. Mary the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services In AUGUST 5th August 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Family Praise 6.30pm: No Service this month 12th August 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Family Communion (CW) 19th August 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Morning Worship

Ss. Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster Rev Marcus Holden 592071 --------Parish Office: Ss Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate, CT11 7DS ----------------Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12.00noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin and each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other services in Minster please see Minster Abbey entry.

Minster Abbey 26th August 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Holy Communion (CW)

No midweek services in August at St Mary’s, Minster St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In AUGUST 5th August 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 13th August 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP)


19th August Holy Communion at Methodists

The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6.00pm 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: 18th June: Mabel Harris (87) at Minster Church and Thanet Crematorium 2nd July Denis Catlin (87) at Minster Church and Cemetery

The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street Minster Mondays: Friendship Club 2.15pm (Over 60s Club) Come along and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment Wednesdays: Home League 2.00pm-3.45pm An afternoon of sharing fun, facts, fellowship and worship Sundays 10.30am Family Worship Mornings only during August Everyone welcome For further details contact: Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves 01843 825178 or 822308

Tuesday 4th September 3.30pm – 5.45pm

Baptisms at Minster 24th June: Charlie Calder

Baptisms at Monkton 15th July: Ethan George Philpott

26th August 10.15am: Family Service


Weddings at Minster 7th July: Rebecca Woodcock and David Wilkes 11th July : Claire Warren and Alexander Grant 14th July: Jody Chapman and Richard Graham

Bring the whole family, individuals, young and old and enjoy crafts and fun, celebration and finish with a hot family meal together For more details contact: Captain Lyn Hargreaves 01843 825178 or 07505 171769 A Christian Church and a registered charity No.214779 & in Scotland SC009359


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What’s On….

THE NEW INN 1st Monday of the month is QUIZ NIGHT Max.6 per team.£2 or £5 with food

MINSTER & MONKTON ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMEN’S SECTION NEXT MEETING Monday 13th August, 7.30pm Dress a Doll as a Fairy Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings. For further information Miriam Smith 822589


No meeting in August COFFEE & CHAT 16th August, 10.00am to 12.00noon GAMES EVENING 22nd August, 7.30 to 10.00pm

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a game of Bingo EVERY WED. 2.00pm - 4.00pm ALL MEMBERS & Bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat - 822622 or Maureen - 823434

MOTHER UNION MINSTER & MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MINI SHOW Wednesday 8th August 7.30pm Birchington Village Centre Against Acol and Birchington Horticultural Societies

No Meeting this Month NEXT MEETING 12th September, 2.00pm In St Marys Church


QEQM HOSPITAL FETE AND FUN DOG SHOW The League of Friends of QEQM Hospital has it's Fete and Fun Dog Show on

Saturday 4th August in the Maternity Car Park on the St Peter's Road side of the QEQM Hospital. The Fete opens at 10.30am and closes at 2.00pm after the Draw is made. There'll be stalls and games and prizes to be won in the raffle and tombola. For information phone 234507 and leave a message on the answerphone.

MINSTER HEALTHY WALK meets at Minster School on Thursday mornings (term time only) at 9.00am for a 9.15am start The walk is suitable for all ages and is a gentle pace as well as buggy friendly It lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, afterwards we have refreshments at Minster Library If you are interested in joining our walk please contact Michelle Mannering 01843 841082

11th August, 10.00am - 12.00noon Old Schools All the usual stalls Please come and support us

Join the Story Lab gang at Minster Library

Would any of our members who require a lift please contact Janet Walmsley on 821313

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market

Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197 CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further info contact June Chadband 226033

AUGUST OLYMPIC ADVENTURES Throughout AUGUST (Tues-Sun) incl Bank Holiday Monday £2 per person (garden admission only) 10.00am - 4.00pm Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens Quex Park, Birchington, CT7 0BH 01843 842168

The Summer Reading Challenge, aimed at children aged 4-11 years, inspires children to read in the long summer break when their reading skills can decline without the regular reading activity at school. Children are encouraged to read at least 6 books of their choice, With free stickers etc to collect and a certificate and medal when the challenge is completed Start anytime from the start of summer holidays through to mid September.

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Events / Sports

MINSTER ABBEY SUMMERTIME TOURS NOW ON: FREE Monday to Friday 2.45pm - 4.00pm Saturdays - 11.00am to 12.00noon COME FOR A TOUR OF THE ABBEY AND DISCOVER THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE OF MINSTER An Exhibition of the work by students including those completing City & Guilds Levels 2 and 3 Stitched Textiles

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB Tel: 824082 or 825475 Would like to welcome new members, Beginners, Learners or Players Open all 12 months of the year, from 10.00am daily onwards SUMMER Roll ups, Club games, Local Friendly games League Matches and Club Competitions WINTER Short Mat bowling, Club games, Friendly games, Club competitions, East Kent SM League

Keep History Dancing!

"TEXTILE JOURNEYS" Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August from 10.00am to 5.00pm at: The Old Schools, Church Street, Minster Admission £1. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes available 'Smartfrog' will also be attending, offering a range of textile supplies Further info from Barbara Inchley on 01843 847705

Learn and participate in traditional and new Maypole and Morris dances. Perform them at Broadstairs, Deal, Rochester, Minster, Tenterden and other festivals during the year Visit: Phone: Dominique on 01843 821 795 MINSTER OLD SCHOOLS FRIDAYS IN TERM TIME 5-6

MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri Hire times and prices from 1st April 2012 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 : £34/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £23hour Half Pitch : £23/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 t: 821339 f: 825869 e: MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP

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What do you do in a double dip recession? Start your own business of course! That’s exactly what two Kent ladies have done. After being made redundant at the beginning of April, Helen Sefton decided along with her friend Vanessa Culliford to set up their own company ‘Aziga Events’. Helen said ‘We are very excited about this new venture, being made redundant has actually been turned into a positive, as it has motivated us to set up a company which we feel has a lot to offer individuals and the community’ Aziga Events offer a range of events including: Weddings, Parties, Corporate Fun Days, Academic Ceremonies and much more, to individuals and businesses in the South East. Helen said she has also been inspired by stars such as who has recently given £500,000 to the Princes Trust and said basically ‘get a good education, then start your own company doing what you enjoy’, well that’s exactly what we are now doing. Vanessa and I have over 25 years’ experience in business and eventing, which means that along with reliability, we are very cost effective to our customers. For further details on event organising please call Aziga Events on: 01843-588290 or email them at:

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I have been asked to write about the village in which I live. To express the warm welcome our villagers give. To all and sundry from far and wide. Also to say we are surrounded by beautiful countryside. Minster-in-Thanet is steeped in history from centuries gone by. We have a delightful Church and steeple which from all points meets the eye. We also are proud to tell all that in our village an Ancient Abbey stands. Not far from the actual place where St. Augustine did land. It is said the Saint baptized his first two converts in the dyke that flows in the Durlock area, this I have read. Also the name of our village was once spelt Mynstre, derived from the first monastery built in 670, gosh, I have so much in my head. From the top of our hill can be seen so much, things so close one could feel they could touch. King William Ill it is said, resorted to Prospect Hill, for the magnificent view. Five churches, the tower of Canterbury Cathedral, and other sights too. Reculver Towers, the coast of France, and much pretty land. I can tell you this is true, seen by myself at first hand. We have Roman villa foundations hidden beneath our earth. We have Saxon burials, and for what it is worth. I once held an Oyster shell in my hand, as I stood in the enclose of the Roman villa foundation, and for this I did not need to search. Hengist who founded the Kingdom of Kent, and Horsa, landed a few miles away. At a place named Ebbsfleet, and more I must say. Roman Galleys used to sail the Wantsum River, that made us an Isle. I could go on and on and on, perhaps I should pause for a while. Oh no, we have a road named Watchester, which was once called The Drove. Where Roman soldiers used to march from the fort seen on our horizon at Rutupia, to Canterbury City. This city once named Duravernum , and now wouldn't it be a pity, if I did not add here I visit Canterbury Cathedral every week; To visit St. Thomas Beckett's murder site. Thinking whilst there of Henry II's plight. After he had uttered the famous words "will no-one rid me of this turbulent priest". I stand there thinking words in my head "are you friends in Heaven now, perhaps pals at least. I must begin to complete these lines, by adding we have much wild life about us too. Swans, Ducks, Moorhens, Squirrels, birds of many varieties, and in spring the visit of the bird who calls Cuckoo. So, take note, friendly folk, lovely restaurants, cafes and pubs. Shops and a helpful doctors' surgery, and as I say many places for good grub. Buses and trains to get us around. We have everything anyone could desire or need, on Minster's ground. Just finish by saying two more things, our children have great schools here for the time when their education begins. Our village sign shows the Hind — which in itself tells of much history. I cannot write more, now to I shall leave this as a mystery. I feel I should change my mind, and tell you about the famous white Hind. It is widely believed, around 670 A.D., whether in truth or legend, may or not be, that the Hind emblem owes its origin to Egbert, King of Kent, and Princess Domneva, married to this gent. The King asked Domneva which piece of land she wished to take, in compensation for the murder of her two brothers, what of this do you make. Her answer was that she would take no more than her Hind would run around. This the King granted her with pleasure and the land became Minster ground. Yvonne.

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Minster Matters Issue 139 Aug 12  

village magazine

Minster Matters Issue 139 Aug 12  

village magazine