Page 1

Minster Matters Logo designed by Harry Spain

YELLOW LINES Do we need them ? If so why ? If not why not ? We feel sure that most residents will now know of the impeding doom of the yellow perils coming to a street near you. A recent communication from Kent Highways stating that double yellows will go down in Monkton Road (north side New Inn to Ben’s layby), Taylor Road, all corners and both sides for it’s length in single yellows, plus the corners of St Marys Road, Molineux Road at it’s junctions with St Marys Road and Domneva Road, Thorne Road at it’s junctions with Domneva Road and Taylor Road. Supposedly the Bus and Emergency Services have asked for these as an urgent priority under traffic safety grounds. We can understand the Emergency Services requiring urgent access, but it would seem to us that the Bus Service to Minster School ought to terminate at Monkton Road and a new walking bus be started to meet this service and walk the children to school from there, and vice versa at home time. This would save any hassles of trying to get a bus around the estate. Mothers could also help alleviate the gridlock and mayhem by not parking on the corners around the estate or better still by dropping their youngsters at one of the stops for the already recognised walking buses that service the school. If we have to have yellow lines then why not just single yellows with parking restrictions applicable between say 8.15 and 9.15am and again between 3pm to 4pm on weekdays only,

Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 105 : July 2009 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

because these are the times when the most problems exist. That’s just 2 hours per day, 5 days per week. As an observation, when there was no footpath on the northern side of Perhaps we can get some of Monkton Road these and just put them between Ben’s and the down at school times !!!! New Inn, nobody parked there, since the footpath was installed thus narrowing the road, everybody wants to park there making that section of Monkton Road single width, so maybe we’ve been the instigators of this move to install yellow lines by our own selfishness. There are copies of a petition for you to sign in the Butchers, Greengrocers, Ben’s and the Gossip Shop if you wish to object to the scheme.

NEW SCOUT TROOP Minster Scout Troop is restarting on 11th September. They will be based at the Old Schools and meet on Fridays from 7.00pm to 9.00pm Both boys and girls are welcomed but must be aged between 10½ and 14yrs Can you help? The troop are actively seeking some dry storage for their smaller equipment which would be kept in air tight boxes. A garage or shed would be ideal. The larger items such as tents etc are already stored away from the village on a local farm, so this requirement is just for the items they would require on a weekly basis, as there are no storage facilities at the Old Schools. For further info tel: 01843 581014

Minster Princesses - Open Gardens

E-mail : Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Electronic Copy, Podcast and Blog: Fax No: 07092 891864 Find and Read us on Facebook - search for : Minster Matters Published by: Minster Matters, c/o Library & Neighbourhood Centre, 4A Monkton Road, Minster-in-Thanet, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4EA UK


Minster Matters

Green Bins

Recycling Collections

Friday (paid service) 14th / 28th

August 2009

Blue Bins

Dates for Your Diary

Monday - Tuesday Aug 3 Mothers Union 10/11th; 24/25th


11th / 25th

7th/8th; 21st/22nd

12 Horticultural Society - Birchington

September 24/28 S.A. Jungle Jamboree Copy for any issue of MINSTER - How To Find Us 30 Wheels for Ralph Fun Day Minster Matters For those looking to use a Sat Nav must be received (at the very latest !!) to locate the village by the 3rd Friday of preceding month the Library at 4A Monkton Road Sep regardless of date is the approximate centre of the village 5 Credit Crunch American Supper and the postcode there is CT12 4EA GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the 8 W.I. Meeting village square are TR 309 647 Skype us at: editor.minstermatters 51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E 12 Friends of Kent Churches Bike Ride Editor-in-Chief (& Advertising) Ray Owen (822322) 12 Saturday Market Useful Numbers and Contacts Editorial Team: Thanet STD Code 01843 All members can be reached through 14 RBL Women’s Section Meeting the above email address Community Warden: 17 W.I. Coffee and Chat Co-Editor Amy Murray 825041 Temp Stand In: 07811 271 302 Sub-Editor Brenda Saker 822846 PC Kim Burgess: 07980 683 956 Sub-Editor Eve Tilbee 821545 (for reporting non-urgent information) Oct PC Darren Reed: 07989 992 283 Podcaster & CD 825306 Nora Aldous 16 World Food Day Newshound Sue Greenstreet 823035 Police Station: 231055 (for reporting crimes or non urgent information to Snappy Diane Cotterill 822394 Thanet Police) Accounts Rodney Rose 821965 Thanet District Council: 577000 Nov Collection boxes for hard copy are available at the

Library and the Gossip Shop or send your copy by snail mail to: Minster Matters c/o Library, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster-in-Thanet CT12 4EA

Community Dog Warden: 577580 Salvation Army Hall: 825178 Library: 821442 Doctor’s Surgery: 821333 (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00 am)

Patient Liaison Group: 845072

Advertising Rates

or email:

Page size aprx




Min 6 adverts




Single advert £10 £20 £40 Prices shown are Per Month Please Note: Late payment for advertisements could mean they will be omitted from the next edition

Minster School: 821384 Village Website & Forum: Minster Web Cafe Mobility Scooter (to loan): 07914 623 287 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) and All Weather Sports Pitch bookings for both the above via

Parish Office 821339 Old Schools: bookings via Jacque Sings 822053 The Editors accept all advertisements, articles Village Hall: bookings via and notices in good faith and actively Eric James 821744 Copies of our Terms and Conditions are available on request

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 recordable 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.

24 18 9

17 24 8 24 24 24


(main switchboard)

MM Fax: 07092 891864

(cost per issue)


21 PLG Christmas Craft Fair


Village Hall Bowls Group


AWPS Sports Pitch


Church notices


The next meeting of

Minster Parish Council will be held on:

Tuesday, Sept 1st, 2009 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:

Village Hall phone: 822807

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 £1.50 Annually (11 issues) £14.00 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.

October Meeting - Tuesday 5th

Pavilion Hire Recreation Ground Suitable for parties, small weddings, children’s parties, etc. Seating for 60-70, licensed bar available, kitchen facilities.

Ideal for all family occasions ! Bookings via Parish Council Office

August 2009 EDITORIAL

The ‘E’ Team

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun !! Where did July go. It seems like only yesterday I was writing this column and stressing about getting pages to the printer on time. Ray That’s when the headaches started! The files we sent were corrupted so the printer was unable to download them, this meant me then having to ‘burn’ them onto a CD for them to collect and use. Then due to circumstances beyond their control they were unable to meet our deadline, which meant the finished product Amy arrived back here late and thus missed some of the date sensitive copy, for which we apologise. The team have taken the decision to go back to our original printers, especially as they have offered us a good deal on a free coloured cover page, which I feel sure you noticed before you even Brenda thought about reading this. We also have a coloured centre spread this month, showing scenes from ‘Open Gardens’ and the ‘Show’. If you have any pictures we could use on the website of any events in the village please let us know, we are always grateful for Eve them. Any mistakes this month? Then they’re all mine, as my Co-editor decided to swan off on a 4 day break to the Isle of Wight, on the very weekend the magazine had to be prepared for print. Seriously though,I hope the weather stayed good for her and her Diane family as she deserved the break, but nevertheless a bit inconsiderate to go on the one weekend when I really need her to be here! (Amy - I don’t mean it, just joking) To keep you all in the picture, I’ve had two stents fitted in my right coronary artery, and have now been sent to ‘Weightwatchers’ Nora and Cardio Rehab exercise classes, so come the end of September I should either be pretty fit or pretty kn*****ed, sorry, worn out, and I know which it feels like at the moment. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to visit our garden, and made such nice comments about it, after Sue all of my better half’s hard work, they made it seem so worthwhile. I was even impressed with my dog, Zac, we thought he would bark all day but we never heard a peep out of him, which really surprised us (and I’m sure there are some people reading this who believe he just couldn’t do that !!) What a great day for the “Flower Show”, after all the weather forecasts promised rain, we only had a very few spots right at the end of the afternoon, and in fact I caught quite a bit of sun during the day. Thank you to all those who helped me erect the MM gazebo, especially Caroline for rallying the troops, and the ice cream man, to assist with it in the wind. She was right, I’d never have managed it on my own, although a few others said it had been funny watching me try. That’s it folks. Where’s Zac today?





l Helpful

Minster Matters

M.W.C. (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 Call

l Professional

Please contact Allison for more information. Mobile: 07821 087849 Email:

Dave on

07979 525 257

Hair by

Ian Barrie 73 High Street, Minster, Ramsgate 01843 821216 Carpet Specialists

C.G. Waters


39, Station Road, Birchington Tel: 01843 845085

Vinyl's Rugs Laminate Floors N

Bookkeeping, VAT returns, management accounts, cashflow forecasts and budgets. Local company, established 1997. Helping small and medium businesses throughout East Kent. Close working relationship with a number of well known local accountancy firms. Member of Thanet Business Network




7, Market Street, Sandwich Tel: 01304 613010

No obligation home visit Telephone us with your requirements POOR PARKING OF THE MONTH No picture this month I’ve let them all off for now!!


Minster Matters


Swine Flu Pandemic

01843 - 290456 07736 540280 07736 541850

BRILLS DIY 16-18, The Square, Birchington 01843 845133 Established 1965 8’ x 4’ O.S.B. Sterling Board 18mm 8’ x 4’ Shuttering Plywood 18mm 4” x 2” Tanalised Timber per Metre 6” Decking Board per Metre 8’ x 4’ M.D.F. 12mm All items above are plus VAT All items below include VAT 3 Seater Swinging Hammock 2 Seater Bistro Set 16” Pedestal Fans Camping Chair in Bag Carlton 6 piece Round Textaline Set Parasols from Dulux 6 ltr White Emulsion Playpit Sand 25kg

12.50 14.50 1.22 1.49 11.60

64.99 49.99 12.99 6.99 79.99 6.99 10.69 3.79

GRAB A DEAL AND GET TO BRILLS Timber * Electricals * Plumbing Building Materials * Household Goods Glass * Garden Furniture * Local Delivery


As you may be aware, a few cases have been identified locally, mainly through both Minster and Birchington Primary schools. IT MUST BE STRESSED THAT THESE ARE NON SERIOUS CASES AND THAT THERE IS NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN OR ALARM. If however, you feel you have any symptoms that are causing concern, then please ring the surgery first and if necessary, a doctor will ring you back to discuss them with you. Again, if thought necessary, a voucher will be issued by the surgery to prescribe "Tami-Flu" for you. It is recommended that you nominate a "Flu Buddie" (someone who is more able bodied than yourself) to collect the voucher for you. Should you have any other questions or concerns then please contact: * NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 * * or 0881 513 513 * Missed Appointments Again, on average, there have been THREE appointments missed EACH DAY during the past few weeks! So please, PLEASE help us to help you and REMEMBER TO CANCEL any appointments that you no longer require so that they can be offered to others. Date for your diary! On Saturday 21st November the PLG are holding a Christmas Craft Fair and Bazaar in the Old Schools at Minster. Demand for stalls is likely to be high so please contact us as soon as possible to make your your reservation. * WE'RE HERE TO HELP SO HAVE YOUR SAY * * CONTACT YOUR GROUP WITHOUT DELAY * For further information on any of the above please contact : Minster and Monkton: Ken Self - 821200 Ray Owen - 822322 Birchington: Jean Taylor - 845072 Acol: Mary Hodgson - 842764

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MINSTER Do You Qualify? Does Minster Parish Council Have Your Details? Now the new housing development is underway in Monkton Road, do you wish to be considered for Affordable Housing on the site? You must qualify for Affordable Housing by being on the Council Housing Register (or transfer register of a Registered Social Landlord) and 1/ Ordinarily a resident in the Parish of Minster 2/ Whose family is ordinarily resident in the Parish of Minster 3/ Employed in the Parish of Minster 4/ Whose family are employed in the Parish of Minster Residents from the surrounding area who qualify for Affordable Housing may also add their details to the list and will be considered, should there still be available properties, after those who previously applied and qualified from points 1-4 above have been allocated Please contact:

The Clerk, Minster Parish Council, Parish Office, 4A Monkton Road, Minster CT12 4EA 01843 821339 or



All aspects of tree surgery

Introducing your local Gas Safety Registered plumbing and heating engineer

Reductions - Felling Pruning - Hedge Cutting - Planting Site Clearance - Woodchips & Logs £5 million Insurance

CPS Plumbing & Heating

01843 825190 / 0780 127 3138

14, Cottington Road, Cliffsend

Free Quotations

01843 589076

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

Minster Matters

August 2009

Minster Census - 1841 The story of the census in Great Britain started in 1801. It was a simple head count that was repeated every ten years until 1841, when the Government decided more detailed information was required. (Incidentally, the population for Minster in 1801 was 707.) The public at large was decidedly suspicious of the Government’s intentions; religious objections as well as fears of a means to increase taxes caused the Government to limit the number of questions it asked. Resistance to the census did mean that the results were not as reliable as they might have been. At this time, Minster was divided into 3 districts, and an enumerator had to visit each household in their district and enter the names of every person who resided there on the night of the 6/7th June. Their age, occupation and whether they had been born in the County or born in Scotland, Ireland or foreign parts was also entered. In a time when most people were poorly educated, the accuracy of people’s ages was unreliable, and night workers were quite often left off the forms. The results for 1841 showed the total population for Minster was 1061 excluding the Workhouse. The Workhouse total was 308, out of these 109 were children aged 14 or under. Minster's Lord of the Manor and biggest landowner was the Marquis of Conyngham, who owned over 1300 acres in Minster. But he did not reside in the locality. The grandest house in the Village then was Minster Court which we now know as Minister Abbey, at this time a farm. The occupant was John Swinford, aged 75, who was farming over 400 acres. It was a very modest household which included a lady in her fifties, Jane Swinford and a young man, Daniel aged 20. What their relationship to John Swinford was the census doesn't tell us, and unfortunately no mention is made of them in the 1851 census which collected such information. John Swinford passed away in August 1846. He left £400 to be invested for six poor women and to be distributed on St. Thomas's Day. This gesture is typical of the Swinford family who were very generous to the people of Minster over the years. Across the road from the Abbey on the corner of Durlock lived the first medical officer to the Workhouse, Mr Rowland Freeman, Surgeon. (We now know the house as Durlock Lodge.) It was to become the residence of many medical men over the years. Mr. Rowland Freeman's entry in the census shows his age as 60 and that he was a widower. During his time at the Workhouse his name often appears in the minutes of the Guardian’s meetings requesting some small relief of the harsh regime for the inmates. The census entry shows he had a daughter named Martha, aged 35. The entry also shows two sons, Thomas and William, both aged 25 so presumably were twins. Thomas is listed as a Surgeon and William as a Clerk - in fact he was clerk to the Workhouse and served in this post for 23 years. There was also another son called James who was a Surgeon and was later to go to America with his father. In his father’s absence, Thomas took over at the Workhouse. In the 1851 census the father is listed, having returned from America - one wonders what a tale he had to tell! Cont’d on page 6


P. HUMES General Builder All types of work undertaken Free estimates Carpentry, Brickwork, Plastering, Tiling & Block Paving Bathrooms Fitted Maintenance work Tel: 01843 822990 Mob: 07715 234185

A.J.Cliffe & Sons (Butchers) Ltd

Only One Month of Summer Left So Get Your BBQ’s Out Canterbury House, Monkton Road, Minster Tel: 01843 821288


7b High Street, Minster Contact Mick

on: 01843 823641 or: 07761 109171


Rosemary Ball MICHT, IIHHT Reflexologist

Model Kit & Toy Specialists

Full reflexology. Hand or foot massage Relax the body and mind Suitable for all ages Tel: 01843 821565 Mob: 07900 030669

Wishes to purchase any Plastic Model Kits, Toy Soldiers, Vintage Action Man, toys and games of any description and books on these subjects Distance no object - Cash Purchases Collections or Single Items Personal Courteous Service 138 Monkton Street, Monkton, Kent CT12 4JQ Tel: (01843) 821071 - Mobile: 07818 000 751


Minster Matters ZAC’s MUSINGS My dad has a saying (I think he got it from his dad)

which is “If things don’t alter, they’ll stay as they are ”

79 High Street Minster, Thanet

Teresa & Bonnie welcome you! Fresh coffee Speciality teas Delicious cakes Sandwiches Light lunches Bacon rolls ...and all the gossip! Summer Opening Hours Mon-Sat: 8.30am - 5.00pm Sunday: 10am - 2pm

GREENSTREET JOINERY Ltd We specialise in custom made

Staircases - Doors Windows - Kitchens & Conservatories contact:

Simon Greenstreet (01843) 823035

August 2009 Cont’d from page5 A veterinary surgeon, Mr. Bamberger, aged 40, is entered in District No.2, living opposite the White Horse. The census shows him as not having been born in the UK. Another slightly intriguing entry is for a John Dusardim, aged 23 whose occupation is shown as an artist. He was living with his wife and child in Church Street. I have consulted many books listing 19th Century artists but there is no mention of him. Tradesmen included 5 shoemakers, 12 tailors (presumably most were in the employ of tailoring businesses in the village). The ladies were less well served as there were only 2 ladies dressmakers. Carpenters numbered 9, most of these were probably employed in carpenter's shops and on large farms. There were 6 bricklayers, but only 2 thatchers. The glazing work in the parish was done by one man. Two middle aged ladies described themselves as nurses, in what capacity they pursued there calling it does not say. Maybe they were employed at the Workhouse, or possibly they were midwives, which most villages would have had, as very few people could afford the services of a doctor. Other important members of the local community were the millers. Minster had two windmills, both located at the top of Way Hill. They were smock mills, the same type as Drapers Mill in Margate. (By 1900 they had both gone, one by fire and the other from neglect.) Another group of tradesmen who were very important were the blacksmiths. The railway was not due in Minster for another six years so the horse was essential for all heavy work or for fast personal transport, so one can imagine the constant demand there was for horses to be shod. The blacksmiths were also essential for the manufacture and repair of agricultural machinery, tools and household items. There were two blacksmiths in the village, one was located opposite the Abbey which is now a stone masons. The other blacksmith was located opposite the White Horse public house, and is now known as Forge Cottage. Both businesses were owned by the Young family. Forge Cottage was run by Peter Young, Senior and the other forge was run by Peter Young, Junior. The main occupation listed in Minster was Agricultural Labourers. In total there were 195. Their lives were hard, unremitting toil in all weathers for a subsistence wage. The wives and children would work in the fields at harvest time to make some money for a few extras. If you were unable to make ends meet there was always the Workhouse up the top of Tothill Street. Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, exposing the evils of the Workhouse system, had been published only three years before this census. The year previous to the census (1840) saw the introduction of the penny post, an innovation I imagine like the introduction of the Internet and email in our time. A letter could be sent to anywhere in the country for a penny - not a small sum at that time, but the price stayed at one penny until 1918. Hence we find in the census a Joseph Mount who is listed as a "letterman". He was located in Church Street.


Sunday Roast every Sunday Tues - Sun 12noon - 2.30pm Tues - Sat 6pm - 9pm Look for Specials Board CHARITY NIGHT - 29th Aug in aid of

‘Help The Heroes’

57 HIGH STREET, MINSTER Tel: 01843 821363

Pocket Money Toys, Greetings Cards Pokemon & Yu-Gi-Oh Cards, Bakugan Battle Brawlers Water Bombs just 20p Honey 2010 Calendars & Diaries Fishing Nets, Buckets & Spades

Minster Matters

August 2009

Thanet Hunt had kennels located where the Police houses used to be in Tothill Street. The village was served by at least 3 shops, all located in Church Street - in fact they were still trading up until quite recent times. There was the butcher, John Hasler, located where Walsingham House is now and next door was Steven Cullen, Grocer and next door to him was the village baker, William Kitchingham. There were probably other shops in the village but they are not indicated in the census. The village schoolhouse was next to the butcher’s shop where the present village hall now stands. There is a schoolmaster in the census, an Edward May aged 40 with his wife Ann and 7 children. A carrier service was provided by a Mr. Bird located near the White Horse. The Coastguard on the Sandwich Road was officially known as the North Shore Station. It was staffed by 9 men. There are 14 entries who give their occupation as Farmer, the name of there farms is not listed except for two or three. One of the farmers is a lady, Elizabeth Clark, located in Durlock. She was 60 years old so was probably a widow keeping the farm going on her own. There are 4 publicans listed but only the White Horse is named, presumably the other three would be The Bell, New Inn and the Prospect Inn. Apart from St. Mary's Church, there was also a Methodist Chapel in the village, located behind the baker’s shop in Church Street. It was a wooden building and was the outcome of a visit to the village by Charles Wesley when on a preaching through Kent. A Methodist Society was formed in the village and the chapel was built in 1797. It was eventually replaced by the present chapel in 1850 but alas this has now been converted into flats. This census took place 168 years ago and the picture it paints is how self-sufficient the village was at this time. Between this census and the 1851 census the railway arrived in Minster. This was to bring a lot of benefits to the village by opening up new markets and opportunities for the future.


N.P. Plastering Dry Lining ~ Screeding ~ Plastering Coving ~ New Walls & Ceilings ~ Repairs References & Portfolio available on request

Free Estimates & Advice

01843 825 949 or

07969 825 085

Summer Holidays with the Thanet Coast Project If you are between the ages of 5 and 18 and are looking for something to do on your break, check out the ‘What’s On’ section of the Thanet Coast Project’s web site for free activities to get you out on the coast this summer. Funded by the Big Lottery, the Beach Play Scheme has plenty of free fun to offer from rockpooling and geology to sailing, surfing and kayaking to beach art, film workshops, and storytelling walks.



VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE! Too much work and not enough hours in the day? Doing paperwork rather than concentrating on developing your business? I can help you with:

• Administration

Phone: 01843 826149 • Word Processing Mobile: 07731 999 474 • Spreadsheets


24/7 Local Villages & Surrounding Area Airports Long Distance Wheelchair Facilities

MOBILE HAIRDRESSER For all your hairdressing needs, and in the comfort of your own home P HO N E D IA NE :

01 843 840952 or 07842 427935

From Perms to Cuts, Highlights to Sets, Ladies, Gents and Children welcome.

• Data entry • Production of reports • Dissertations Call for more information

NORTHROP DECORATING SERVICES All Interior and Exterior Work Tiling, General Home Maintenance Garden Features Local and Experienced

Contact Paul or Tracey 01843 823646


Minster Matters


Councillor Mike Roberts your

Conservative Councillor for the Thanet Villages Ward

Tel: 01843 851726 e-mail:

Durlock Lodge

Durlock, Minster, Thanet, Kent CT12 4HD Phone 01843 821219

18th century quality & character Guest rooms from £62 per night Self Catering from £200 per week

Discounts for longer stays.

R & A Plumbing Worcester accredited installer Central Heating x Unvented & vented systems Bathrooms designed and installed Tiling x Solar panels x Underfloor heating PLUS Finance now available on Alpha Boilers (Subject to status) For efficient and friendly service please call for free estimate

01843 580133

'Cream Teas' were the order of July: one in Marion and Rodney Rose's lovely garden, and another at Marshside where we joined ladies from other WIs in the Acol group - 300 scones having been baked by a Monkton member! Apart from Bat and Trap, wellie throwing was on offer - Marion being the champion. It being the 90th Year since the founding of the East Kent Federation of Women's Institutes, several members also attended a Celebration Garden Party at Goodnestone Park, for refreshments, including birthday cake, and a stroll in the gardens. And we must not forget the Sunshine Club's outing to The Pines Gardens at St Margarets, with guess what - a cream tea! At the July meeting, Chas Wingrove and Ian Reynolds from Tiger Freestyle Martial Arts spoke about self-defence, gave demonstrations, and the session ended with some intrepid 'volunteers' practising what they had been shown - and enjoying themselves in the process. What certainly gave 'food for thought' was a short video showing the uses to which a walking stick could be put. Each year we award a bursary towards a course at the WI college, Denman, and Virginia Linihan spoke about her course on crewel embroidery, and brought along her work to show us, together with photographs of the College and its grounds. Our Quiz Team took part in the Group Round of the WI Top Team Quiz, held at Garlinge - an enjoyable evening resulted in third place for the team. An evening of Bat and Trap against Viking WI resulted in a win for the Minster team, and we are looking forward to the return match (and fish and chip supper!). We do not meet again now until 8th September, at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall, when Mrs P Daniels will speak on Morris Dancing Visitors and new members will be made welcome.

07814 858653

Fully insured, all work guaranteed

Friends of Kent Churches Annual Cycle Ride/Walk Saturday 12th September 2009 Please do support this event by sponsoring a rider or walker either per church visited or for a lump sum

Y o u r V i lla g e G a r d e n e r & H an dy m a n

No Job too sm al l I f you re quire some one who is: T rustworthy, Hon est R eliable and F or a F RE E e s tim a te H ardworking an d r ea s o n a ble r at e s

Te l: “ T: M:

P ainting & Decora ting Gard ening & F encing Ge ne ra l Build ing P re ssu re wash se rvice inclu ding P atios, Drives an d Pat hways

Q ualified c arp enter

Pet and Domiciliary Service Going Away? At work all day? Going into hospital?

DAILY VISITS PADS offers a trustworthy and secure service for the care of your home and pets when you are absent Fully Insured - References on request

Please call 01843 825293

August 2009

‘WHEELS FOR RALPH” You may well have heard about the campaign set up to raise funds for a 2 year old boy called Ralph MattisonEvans. Ralph lives in Minster and was born with a condition called Nemaline Myopathy. This means in basic terms that he is virually paralysed, can only make sounds with no speech, is fed through a tube in his stomach and is kept alive via a machine that breathes for him attached to a tube in his throat. Ralph requires a specially adapted vehicle to enable him to go out and visit places other children take for granted. As he needs to travel lying down there is no provision within the benefits system to help him. A number of local establishments are putting on fundraising events for Ralph which I know are being advertised around the area. However, the "Wheels for Ralph" fundraising team are staging a Fun Day and would like your help to advertise this event as well as raise local awareness of Ralph. The Fun Day is on Sunday 30th August 2009 from 12 noon - 5pm on the Minster Recreation Ground. There will be numerous stalls, a Martial Arts Display Team, Bouncy Castle, and much more. There will also be a Children’s Fancy Dress competition at 2pm, entry 1.00. An appeal is also made to any local businesses who may wish to help us both on the Fun Day and for future fundraising events by donating their time or services. Anyone who can help can contact Christine Chittenden on 07876 226210 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

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

07842 234 680

Minster Matters


The White Stag Monkton 01843 823760

Village Pub and Restaurant

PROBABLY THE BEST CARVERY IN THANET Sunday Carvery 12 noon - 4 pm Main Course £7.45 Children half price Every Friday & Saturday Authentic London Pie, Mash & Liquor £3.50 Performing on the evening of 1st Aug Danielle More Acts in AUGUST FUNCTION ROOM,GARDEN OR LARGE GROUNDS FOR WEDDING RECEPTIONS, PARTIES OR MEETINGS. Most family occasions catered for including funeral receptions or hire the room and cater for yourself

Minster Matters



QUALIFIED FOOT HEALTH PROFFESSIONAL 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, Verruca’s, 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 Tel: 01843 866601 Mob: 07749 999584


Summer Special 2009

HOLIDAY CLUB Limited Places Day trips, e l o Fabulous Staff fares & h ew h t entrance fees FUN FUN FUN for week! included. Book early to avoid disappointment. 07950 448 595


We would like to thank all of our parents/carers for their support and suggestions over our last few years for making our club such a success!

Have a great Summer, we will.........

August 2009 MINSTER PLAYHOUSE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL WHO SUPPORTED THIS YEARS MAY PLAY ‘CAUGHT IN THE NET’ IT WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED - REVIEW BELOW The Minster Players ‘Caught in the Net’ 1. The recent production of the Ray Cooney’s farce ‘Caught in the Net’ by the Minster players was a resounding success. 2. Now in it’s 30th year, The Minster Playhouse have built up a well deserved reputation for bringing entertaining pieces to the local stage, putting on an unusual Panto as well as one act and full length plays. They have a strong core of experienced players and backstage crew and make a feature of bringing forward keen young talent. 3. ‘Caught in the net’ recounts the feverish endeavours of a bigamist to prevent his son by one wife and his daughter by the other from meeting and bringing his cosy alternative life-style to a calamitous end. He drags his reluctant lodger into the intrigue who also has an irascible father to contend with. The play has a brilliantly funny script and fairly crackles with both verbal and visual gags. Steve Clement played the bigamist with barely concealed desperation. Ruth Clement and Jo Mulgrew as the two wives were motherly and caring displaying just a hint of shock and growing unease at the strange developments. Terry Wood was excellent as the manipulated lodger who slowly goes mad trying to satisfy everyone. Neal Morcom showed his versatility in the cameo role of the lewd and lecherous Dad. Elliot Eaton- Brown and Sophie Lynch, the two youngsters of the cast at 13 and 14 years old respectively gave assured and impressive performances playing the son and daughter, Gavin and Vicky: they showed huge promise for the future. 4. This was a well rehearsed and well presented play which gave the audience a great night out. 5. Congratulations to the director, Debbie Munro, and all the participants on a highly polished and accomplished show. NEXT UP…… TWO EVENINGS OF ONE ACT’S 25TH AND 26TH SEPT THESE EVENINGS SELL OUT QUICKLY, BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT TABLES OF 8-10 £5 A HEAD TO BOOK CALL OLLIE ON 01843 232749. Minster Playhouse Presents ‘Once Upon A Time’ a Panto with lots of Panto favourites Dec 9 -12th Check out our website for all info www.

Going Green with Nora

As the summer holidays near, turn your attention to your vehicle and your driving habits. Eco-Tip:

Before you get on the road, check your tyre pressures to make sure they are properly inflated. While driving, drive at an appropriate speed and drive as smoothly as possible, so you are not continually accelerating and braking.

August 2009 Minster Flower Show 2009– quick reflections The day started at 7 – well actually I’d been awake about 2 hours worrying! At 7 I was at the grounds and standing inside an empty but prepared marquee. By 9 I was holding down a part made small “party tent” to prevent Louise being blown to Cliffsend. There were similar sights all over the grounds as the wind decided to increase to a force 6 (at least)! 4 hours later I was by the British Legion giving out wrist bands to the Carnival Courts and other floats. It was the first time for about 10 years I’d seen the start of the parade and everyone gathering. There is a special air of excitement at the grounds as the whole Parade arrives; and I still get a sense of sheer admiration that everyone in the Village can pull together so much to make this one day feel special. Judging from the smiling faces other people also find that moment of the Parade arriving special. The reports from the grounds were all positive. The Deal junior Carnival Court loved judging the skate competition and it was nice to see some different faces participating. Ben Mitchell enjoyed singing here and has asked to come back next year. One of the Flower stalls said it was much better than some of the other shows they have done as it had a more friendly community atmosphere. There may have been some minor hiccups, one or two of you may have been upset that there was something we didn’t get right; but overall it felt like a good day. A good day does not happen by magic; a number of you do huge amounts of preparation for show tent entries (well done it looked lovely) and the floats, there are also a small dedicated number of people who make your day run reasonably smoothly. Up for special mention the Cooper family (including Louise of the being blown away incident); the Bar crew; the Flower Show Committee and friends in yellow T-shirts; Doreen for a stirling stint on the raffle tickets; Paul Cornwall for running the Showcase; the Bowls Club; Rob the paramedic and his plasters; and the unknown ones of you who tided away your litter. Thank You. If anyone took photos (those of us in yellow tend not to have time) and would like to see them on the website – please direct them towards Ray Owen (raffle ticket folder extraordinaire)with your name attached so you can get some credit for your efforts. Thank you all for your continued support. See you next year? 124 years old!! The show not me, although I do feel it by the end of the day. Dominique Vaughan Chairman Flower Show Committee As an extra David Kemp said he thought it was the best he had been to for Parade, atmosphere, marquee quality of entries, everyone from grandparents to little ones having a good time. For a Village Show it's amazing what we can do together. Saw him in Attwells and Karen was brave enough to ask him

Minster Matters



Life Coaching will help you to: Deal with stress Be more positive

Increase your confidence Achieve your goals

Free consultation I offer a free (no-obligation) 30 minute consultation, so you can see if Life Coaching is for you. Contact Please contact me to find out more or to book your free consultation. Phone: 01843 826149 / 07731 999 474 Email: Web: Certified Life Coach, (BSc) Psychology, RSA Counselling Skills

Services Available

1 Hardware 822954 821291 2 Confectionary 821291 3 Mobile Top Ups 4 Road Tax (MVL) 5 Travel Insurance 6 Gifts & Stationery 7 Travellers Cheques 8 Bureau de Change 9 Fishing Licences 10 Ladies Handbags, Wallets, Purses

ALLWEATHER Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning


Susan Osborne Personal Travel Counsellor Tel: 01843 834481 Mobile: 07940 714683 Email: Web site: Travel Counsellors Trust Guarantees Financial Protection on Every Booking

Quick Drying andoftotally safe–cleaning Various safe methods cleaning water based at dry affordable prices or completely to suit your requirements. Locally based and fully insured. Call to arrange for your FREE quotation with no hidden extras. Tel: 01843 844542 Mob: 07962 108276

Member 1846


Minster Matters

August 2009

The 2009 Summer Reading Challenge is the 11th annual challenge. Children all over the UK are about to embark on a fantastical adventure and become a Quest Seeker. The theme is all about the power of the imagination. It will take young readers into a mysterious and wondrous land where they can discover the joy of reading and nurture a life-long love affair with books. It also promotes the library as a place of wonder and excitement, where librarians can offer children invaluable advice and guidance to help them through their quest. Minster Library come and join in! ..........................Stickers to collect, new books to read

Steve Taylor - Community Warden Come and be pampered in beautiful Minster country house surroundings at very competitive prices!! Acrylic Nails Full Set £26 Infills £19 Nail Art/Gems from £3 Eyelash Tint £8 Brow tint £6 Luxury Facial £19 Aromatherapy Massage from £16 Indian Head Massage £17 Manicure/Pedicure from £16 Body Massage from £13 Full body massage £25 Waxing from £3

Morton’s Fork Restaurant and Hotel Station Road, Minster: 01843 823000

NEW TO SUNDAYS All you can eat Carvery £9.95 Commencing Service from 2nd August and each Sunday thereafter Tables available from 12noon Please book to avoid disappointment

I hope you have all been enjoying the summer so far and as this goes to press the village will looking forward to the annual flower show which I’m sure will have been a great success as usual. Some of you may already know that I am moving on to a different role in my work and I thought I should update you all to avoid any confusion. As from 3rd August I will be taking on the role of Area Supervisor for the Canterbury and Thanet team for about 5/6 months. This means that I will be travelling around the area dealing with other warden issues. It is planned that a response team member will cover for me during this time and you will be able contact him on the same number detailed at the front of MM. I will be using Minster Neighbourhood Centre as my base and will be taking a keen interest in all things Minster related. Thank you all for your support as always and I look forward to returning sometime early 2010. TIGER’S TIP To butter crumbling water biscuits, without breaking them, stack them, butter the top one, place it at the bottom of pile. Repeat till all done.

MPG CARPET CLEANING (small local family run business)

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) We also clean carpets - upholstery internal walls/ceilings in caravans and mobile homes. For quotes please call:-

01843 833707 or 07966 288 326

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 847012 07934 420 837 I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury

Minster Matters

August 2009


FITNESS CLASSES Eastern & Coastal Kent NHS Active 4 Life

Minster Village Hall every Thursday 9.30am to 10.30am All Welcome Ideal for: Ÿ Improving Fitness Ÿ Maintaining Muscle Tone Ÿ Challenging Core Stability and Co-ordination Incorporating PILATES CORE STABILITY Principles Classes £3.00 per session please contact Vikki Liepins on 07971 162 859 Wear comfortable loose clothing and soft trainer type shoes

GET GENERATED in the Park Get Active Come And Play A Variety Of Sports And Activities

ALL FREE Saturday 10.00am to 12noon At different locations across Thanet To see when GETGENERATED will be at Minster Rec in the future or for other GETGENERATED events please visit Refreshments available / All staff are insured and CRB checked

Computer Installation & Repair Web Design & Hosting Tuition available on most popular packages 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE 01843 821243/07739 486707

High St, Minster 821274

Mike & Anne cordially invite you to

The Bell Inn Dermalogica Facials * Waxing * Sun Bed Manicures * Pedicures * Tinting Gel Overlays * Electrolysis Dermal Clinic (plump out the lines)

New Opening Hours New Friendly & Professional Service New Treatments For all enquiries and appointment bookings please call

Summer’s here come and enjoy a beer in our lovely garden


Minster Matters

August 2009



Over 30 years experience

BS7671 QUALIFIED ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Part ‘P’ Registered Electrical installer


* New roofs * Roof Repairs * * Restoration Work * * Free Estimates* * All work guaranteed *

Freephone: 0800 7 31 31 52 Mobile: 07957 42 42 47

All electrical work undertaken from a replacement socket to a full house rewire Inspection and testing service available. Free Quotations, Competitive Prices. Quality workmanship guaranteed Tel: Nic

Morling 01843 825094

P e ri o d & C o u n t r y f u r n it u re p rin t s & p a i n t in g s , c h a n d e lie je w e lle r y , M u r a n o g la s s p e n d a

O pe n 6 da y s a w e ek (ex c M

0 1 84 3 84 e m a il : f a rr ie rs a n t iq u

August 2009

ENVY Unisex Hairdressers

c h in a , g l a s s , m e t a lw a r e , rs , m ir ro rs , la m p s , c o s tu m e n ts, G reetin gs C a rds etc etc

on d a y s ) 9 a m – 5 .3 0 p m

Modern Salon * Friendly Welcome Affordable Prices Mon/Wed/Sat 9.00am - 1.00pm Tues 9.00am - 4.00pm Thurs/Fri 9.00am - 5.30pm 27 High Street, Minster

0 75 8 e s @ t is c a li.c o .u k

01843 821526

Minster Matters



Minster Matters

Exceptional Luxurious Florida Villa

August 2009

Your Letters & Congratulations 50th Wedding Anniversary (Galt) Brian and Midge (Margaret - nee Gisby) of Brockmans Close, Love and Congratulations from all the Family

- To Let - Sleeps 8 -

Congratulations to Lynn Turner on returning all of her library books to Minster Library in one go !!

- Private Pool -

Only 15 minutes to Disneyland Close to all major attractions, shopping, golf & restaurants Prices from £425 per week, not per person Visit our website: For more information & a colour brochure contact Nicola on 821231

Thank you to everyone who supported the fund raising day at the Royal British Legion Club on Saturday 27th June. £611 was raised for the Kent Association for the Blind (KAB). Many thanks Joyce Glover A ‘big’ thank you to the 250+ people who visited my garden on the Sunday of ‘Open Gardens’ weekend. It was as always a delight to welcome visitors old and new. With help from my daughter, Sue Osborne of Travel Counsellors, who sponsored the refreshments, we raised over £50 which will be split between Kent Air Ambulance and Demelza House. Thank you to everyone for their generosity. Gwen Hibbert - 21 St Mildreds Rd LONDON MARATHON REPORT Well I have finally done it. It may have taken me five hours on a very hot and sunny day but I ran all the way and am really proud to have competed in the London Marathon. Most importantly I have raised £1800 for the British Heart Foundation, which I could not have achieved without all your generosity and help. I would especially like to thank Andy at Cliffe’s the butchers for doing a great job in the filling of my collection tin, as well as their own generous donation, Julie in The Salon for her huge effort in collecting donations for me, and also the very generous donations from Eagle Vets, Jonathan Cole and Egan Dental Care in Birchington. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of Minster residents and the local businesses and the money I have raised will make a huge difference to the British Heart Foundation. I would also like to say thank you to all of those who spoke to me or gave me a wave on my gruelling training sessions – it really helped to keep me going. Once again a really big thank you Odette Collard-Woolmer, 61 Monkton Road.

August 2009

Minster Matters


CAJ Plumbing Services Qualified local plumber (Minster based) Professional service - No job too small

Call Chris on

07901 716 939 for a competitive quotation

Pawfection Dog Grooming Service All Breeds Welcome Kind Professional Service Fully Insured Professionally Trained

Gemma & Sandie 69 High Street Minster, CT12 4AB 01843 825841




Minster Matters


More Thank yous and Congratulations

The Saddler t!


7 Monkton Road, Minster

01843 821331

August 2009

Congratulations - All of our family would like to pass on their congratulations to Beth and Lewis on the birth of their daughter, Leah Faith Simmons who was born on 4th July 2009 at 10.24am, weighing 6lb 9½ oz. We are all very proud of you. We hope you have a happy and healthy life together. Lots of love, Mum, Christina, Steve and Tina xxxx

Fa en Ja rew n jo y y an ell ou d M to rr et ick ire m en

Where A Warm Welcome Thank You - Cynthia would like to say thank you to all of you who came to the Strawberry Tea and made it such a success. The grand total raised from Jan & Mick was £844.86 which included some donations. Danny Day won the twin bears, or is he just rescuing them from a flood !!. awaits you Good Food, Local Real Ales Bat & Trap (Pitch for Hire) Pool Table Sponsors of Saddlers Sunday Football Team Regular Disco’s

I would like to thank all my helpers who were very busy all day. I really do appreciate it! Thank you!

Open all day on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with normal hours Monday to Thursday


Monkton A pretty and well presented country cottage, boasting a wealth of charm and originality within the village of Monkton Ÿ Two reception rooms open plan with exposed brickwork and open fireplace. Ÿ Three double bedrooms and family bathroom Ÿ Gas central heating and off road parking Ÿ Available chain free

£229,950 Colebrook Sturrock 71 High St, Minster t: 01843 823200 e: w:

AMBER’S ADVICE ‘An intention’ Remain on the lookout for things that make you laugh and, if you see nothing worth laughing at, pretend you see it.

Minster Matters

August 2009


KENS BIKES Want your bike repaired or serviced? We collect and return - FREE in your area Repair price “Up Front” 24hr Turn-round A Professional Service

26/28 Eaton Road, Margate 01843 221422 inc Eve’s and Sundays (Same Owner for 30 years) Do you recognise anybody in this photograph ? Skin Care and Associated Therapies * Unisex Salon * Late Evenings ‘til 9pm * Gift Vouchers * Semi Permanent Make-up * Dermal Fillers * Slimming Treatments * Nail Treatments * Holistic Treatments * Bio Sculpture Gel Nails * Oxygen Therapy * Dermalogica Treatments * Micro Dermabrasion * Waxing/Tinting/Make-up * Pregnancy Massage * Non-Surgical Face Lift * LED Light Therapy * Colonic Irrigation * Chiropractor * Skin Tag/Red Vein/Milia Removal *Spa Days & Exclusive Parties Open: Mon 9am - 3pm • Tues/Wed 9am - 5pm Thurs/Fri 9am - 9pm • Sat 9am - 5pm

10/12 Cuthbert Road, Westgate-on-Sea

01843 831882 Email:

Traditional Good Quality Fish & Chips

*Real Food* Eating In ? Bring your own wine no corkage charge

ARCHIES High St, Minster

Tel: (01843) 822268 Opening Times:- Mon - Sat 11.30am ‘til 9.30pm (inc Bank holidays)



Minster Matters

August 2009

Love Your Lawn

MINSTER GUIDES - CHANGING THE WORLD 1st Minster Guides have been researching the damage we are doing to the world including deforestation,and the effects its having on the animals that inhabit these areas, as well as the pollution caused by the rubbish we throw into the seas and UK’s Largest Lawn Care Company oceans, killing No Contract : turtles, dolphins and Simply pay-as-you-go albatrosses. Weed Kill * Fertilisation * Aeration They also had Moss Control * Scarification vegetables and herbs Costs less than DIY to grow and bring back later in the term, For a free no obligation to show that growing lawn analysis & quote call your own vegetables, 0800 0111 222 fruit and herbs is one of the ways you can help change the world. The girls had Peking & Cantonese Cuisine several other tasks to complete. In the picture are just some of the guides with their vegetables and herbs and they have now completed their ‘CHANGING Chinese Restaurant THE WORLD’ badge & Take Away Congratulations to all the guides from all the leaders WELL DONE. 2 Monkton Road, Minster

01843 822371 A La Carte & Buffet Menu Available Delivery Service £1.00 Delivery Charge on Every Order Minimum Order £10.00 within 3 mile radius

OPENING HOURS Sunday 12noon - 2.00pm 5.30pm - 11.00pm Monday - Wednesday 5.00pm - 11.00pm Thursday - Saturday 12noon - 2.00pm 5.00pm - 11.30pm

For all the jobs you don’t have time to do ! Interior & Exterior Home Improvements and Repairs

Ring Trevor on: 01843 822541 07765 907480






Free estimates. No job too small. Local, Reliable and Friendly. Fully Insured.






Also Hedge Cutting , Gardening , Fencing , Patios

August 2009

Minster Matters


LOCAL COUNCILLOR’S SURGERIES Councillor Bob Grove has recently told Minster Matters, that as the newly elected Member for the Thanet Villages Ward, he is hoping to hold regular monthly surgeries where residents can come along and speak to him, away from the hustle and bustle of his shop. Watch this magazine for further details MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP

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

2nd 9th 16th 23rd 30th

Sunday 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm

Monday 24th v Preston at Preston start 6.30pm

ALL WELCOME Phoenix Cup Sunday 16th August - Starts 6pm Pay as you play - no membership fees

The Grass Master Get your lawn in shape using our professional lawn treatment service

* Fertilisation * Weed & Moss Control * Scarification * Aeration * Grass Cutting Landscaping * Paving * Decking Turves supplied and Installed Artificial Grass Supplied and Installed

Treatments start from just £12 - its cheaper than doing it yourself! For a Free lawn analysis & quotation please call

01843 823320 or 07973 817540

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 821447 or 821660


(Est 1935)

Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri

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

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

Price Structure * Full Pitch : £25/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £15/hour Half Pitch : £15/hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA tel: 821339 fax:825869 email:

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

EXPRESS CLEARANCE Ltd. (Registered with Environment Agency for licensed tipping)


Sheds & Garages Taken Down Call us to make an appointment for your FREE quotation:-

01843 867424 or 078 666 00 680


Minster Matters

SDS ROOFING PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Tiled/Slate/Kent Peg/Lead-work Velux Installation/Loft Conversions General Building Work Specialist in Int & Ext Restoration Fully Insured All Work Guaranteed

01843 825 599 / 07748 409 806 63 High Street, Minster CT12 4AB

Dr. Stephen Ladyman

August 2009

Minster Salvation Army Charity Shop Twenty volunteers attended the first meeting to discuss the organisation of the Charity Shop. This took the form of a question and answer session. Discussion followed regarding help need and a variety of ideas were shared. We still need more volunteers including those who may not wish to serve in the shop but would help by sorting goods and preparing them for sale. The second meeting for volunteers will be held at: The Salvation Army Hall 11 Tothill Street on Tuesday 4 August at 7 P.M. If you are able to attend please contact Val Hope 823830 or Roger Harding 821543

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

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

To Let - Calis Turkey Newly furnished 4 bed villa sleeps 8-10 with pool and air conditioning. Only 7 minutes from the beach, making this an ideal holiday destination especially due to the current great exchange rate on the Turkish Lira. Please call Jackie on

570706 or 07711 564 281 for price and availability I also offer Reiki or Hypnotherapy classes in the UK and Turkey. Prices: £135.00 UK or £310.00 inc Bed and Breakfast in Turkey

Thank you! A huge “Thank you” to everyone who made this year’s Open Gardens another successful occasion; the Gardeners, visitors and villagers who each played their part. A special thanks to the Gardeners who put so much effort into preparing their gardens and so generously share them with us – and manage to enjoy themselves at the same time! Also a big thank you to Jack and Sallie Clifton for their generosity in letting us use their beautiful garden and the marquee the day after their daughter, Pippa’s wedding. We had a lovely family fun afternoon in the garden and a fabulous dance in the marquee in the evening. Thanks to Mike Tellick and his band for providing the big band sound, and to all the helpers that made it possible. Rev’d Bob Coles

Open Gardens 2010! At the usual de-brief meeting this year’s gardeners agreed to hold the event again next year. Please note: we have decided to try a week earlier, 12th & 13th June to avoid clashing with the “Big Event” and “Father’s Day”. Please let Rev’d Bob Coles (821250) know if you are thinking of entering your garden next year.

Minster Matters

August 2009

Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services In

AUGUST 2nd August 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm: No Service 9th August 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion (CW) 16th August 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 23rd August 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) 30th August 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) Mid week service at St Mary’s None during August

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In AUGUST 2nd August 10.15am: Holy Communion 9th August 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 16th August 10.15am: Holy Communion at Methodists 23rd August 10.15am: Holy Communion 30th August 10.15am: Family Service Baptisms at Minster Parish Church: 28th June: Teah Lamb at All Saints Stourmouth

SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster Rev S. Fisher, 592071 ----------------Parish Office: SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate, CT11 7DS ----------------Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12 noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin For other services in Minster please see Minster Abbey entry.

Minster Abbey


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

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

Sunday Jigsaw (Sunday School) 11.00am – 12.00pm Morning Family Service, 11am – 12pm Evening Service, 6pm – 7pm 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. Weddings at Minster Parish Church: 27th June: Pippa Clifton and James Southorn 4th July: Noriece Healey and Michael Tilby 11th July: Lorna Humphrys and Ross Matheson

REMEMBRANCE Michael G. A. Foster formerly of The Bakery Church Street Passed away on 22nd June at his home in Chertsey, Surrey aged 64yrs He leaves a daughter, a son and four grandsons

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

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

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

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

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


Minster Matters

August 2009


STEAM TRAINS Listed Journeys that may come via Minster Sun 6th Sept : 70013 Oliver Cromwell - The Spitfire Thurs 10th Sept : 34067 Tangmere - Cathedrals Express Mon 21st Dec : 60163 Tornado - White Cliffs Christmas Luncheon Special Times and routes can be found on the uksteam website MOTHERS UNION A Garden Party will be held on: MONDAY AUGUST 3rd 11.00am to 4.00pm at 92 Monkton Road in aid of the Mothers’ Union project “Away from it all”

HAVE A BREAK.......... have a cuppa and a chat with us in the Old School Hall from 11.00am to 12noon on Wednesdays Everybody welcome

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section

Bring and Buy stall and refreshments will be available. Everybody is welcome to come along. For further information phone Janet 821313

Monday 14th September 7.30pm ‘A Potato Lady’ Quiz, Flower Arrangement Bingo, Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings

SATURDAY MARKET No Market in August next date September 12th 10.00am - 12.00noon Old Schools All usual stalls - Cakes - Plants Bric-a-Brac.

For further information Miriam Smith 822589

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market

Minster-in-Thanet WI NEXT MEETING Tuesday, 8th September 7.30 pm Village Hall Speaker: Mrs. P. Daniels ‘Morris dancing’ Visitors and new members welcome COFFEE AND CHAT Thursday, 17th September, 10 am - 12 noon Village Hall Committee Room For further information ring 597287

Minster Mayhems New dancers and musicians welcome The Old Schools Fridays 5.15pm - 6.30pm in term-time Phone 821795 see us this month at


MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2pm - 4pm

All Welcome For further info phone Joan Cordwell on 823782


MEMBERS, REMEMBER WE DO NOT HAVE A MEETING IN MINSTER FOR AUGUST We do have a “MINI SHOW and SOCIAL EVENING” with Birchington and Acol Societies at the BIRCHINGTON VILLAGE CENTRE ON WED 12 AUGUST AT 7.30pm. All members can enter and exhibit or just come along for the evening. Schedule of classes can be obtained from Mrs. Card at 71a High Street. The South East (Kent) Get Together-Make Music-Hike-Walk Group Actively seeking new members, so if you would like to get together and have some fun making music, hiking or walking then please do join us No experience required but ideas and enthusiasm most welcome To find out more go to our website: or ring Diane on 07717 453 106

August 2009

Minster Matters


Notes and Events 1st MINSTER BROWNIES Minster Pavilion 5.00pm - 6.30pm Monday evenings Girls aged 7-11 years old are welcome. It is £1.50 per session and £10.00 Joining fee. If you are interested please call Jackie Cooper (Brown Owl) on (01843) 822970. SANDWICH & PEGWELL BAY NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE GUIDED WALKS 2009 Summer Holiday in August but back on 13th September after Beachwatch 2009 on 12th September

SMALL GRANTS FOR VILLAGE GROUPS The Parish Council has set aside limited funding to allow it to offer small grants to village groups/organisations. If any group is interested in applying for a grant they should request an application form from the Parish Council at the address shown below. All applications are required to be submitted by 30 September 2009 to allow them to be considered by the appropriate committee of the council and those grants approved will be payable from the 1st April 2010 Please submit your application or enquiries to: Mrs. Kyla Lamb, Parish Clerk Minster Parish Council 4A Monkton Road, Minster CT12 4EA E mail:

SIMON STAIT Complete Property Maintenance 01843 595979

07727 687 538

From a leaky tap to a leaky roof - I’ve got it covered!! No job too big - no job too small For all your building or plumbing jobs, inside or out. Professional workmanship with quality materials and competitive prices. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laminate floors, Flatpacks assembled, Ceilings & Walls, Painting & Decorating, Custom radiator covers, Staircases, Doors, Roofs, Locks, Sheds erected, Decking, Outside taps, Fascias and Soffits, Guttering, Fencing, Windows, Washing machines installed & Pipes boxed in. Fully Insured, Reliable Craftsman. Free Estimates and Consultations

PLL Bookkeepers If Poirot had to do his bookkeeping, would he have time to solve crime? Book-keeping services on your premises or off. Accounts, Bookkeeping, VAT Returns, Management Accounts, Payroll Call us for a free consultation, and save your little grey cells for the business you care about.

Contact Sarah or Aly 01843 847848 or 07962 398111 e-mail:

C H AU FFEU R T A X IS W e o f f e r a c o m p le te 2 4 h r S e r v ic e to

M IN S T E R & a l l s u r r o u n d i n g v il la g e s .

01843 -

844 844

O r C a ll

T h a n e t ’s C a b C a l l C e n t r e

292929 or 595959


Minster Matters

August 2009

Editors for this month :-

Nathan and Callum

Naussica! Nausicca is a sea life centre in France

Handy Hints in the Hot Weather 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


7. 8. 9. 10.

Wear sun lotion Wear a hat Wear some sunglasses Drink plenty of fluid- mainly cool drinks because they will keep you cooler than hot ones Cover up so the sun can’t get to your skin- e.g. don’t wear clothes that show lots of your skin, also wear cool clothes Don’t leave children and dogs in the car without windows down- cars can be like ovens so keep them cool as well Don’t sunbathe till you burn You could put your feet in a cold bucket of waterhaving only a bucket preserves water Eat cold things e.g. ice creams Swimming might help you By Susannah Grace

THERE’S NO NEED TO DESTROY There is no need to destroy a beautiful peacock . They may make a racket but you should just ignore it and get along with what your doing. They have beautiful coloured feathers. And look at the beautiful white peacocks. SEE THERE NO NEED TO DESTROY A PEACOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by callum INCIDENT AT LUNCHTIME!! 25th June Today on the 25th of June , Jason Mcdougal thought a RAT WENT into his lunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Turns out he had the wrong lunch! Always make sure you have the right lunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By Ellie mai-cheeseman

My Giant African Land Snail Funny stuff Knock knock, Who’s there? Doctor, Doctor who? You just said it

He’s called Gary !! by Callum

August 2009

Minster Matters


Minster Day Nursery and Out Of School Club CALLING ALL PARENTS/CARERS LOOKING FOR CHILDCARE Warm and Friendly Environment

OFSTED Registered

Fully Qualified Staff

Open 8.00am - 6.00pm

Before and After School Care

Ages 12 months - 11 years

Quality Care and Safety Provided

Age Appropriate Rooms

Breakfast, Lunch and Tea Provided

To Find Out More And Book Your Place

01843 821482 Molineux Road, Minster, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4PS Registered Charity 1110919 01304 626364


Richborough Hall , Ramsgate Rd., Sandwich CT13 9NW

WIDE RANGE OF PET SUPPLIES Lawnmowers Serviced (Petrol and electric)

Reliable qualified Electricians All aspects of wiring undertaken BURGLAR ALARMS TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS TV AERIAL’S-SKY SATELLITE *Reasonable rates* Free estimates* Discount for OAP’S* Julie Beaney, Minster 01843/823466 Gary Hake, Canterbury 01227 472612


4, Monkton Road, Tel: 821195

Seeds, Bird Food, Batteries, Watch Straps & Much More !!

Gift Vouchers Air Conditioned Free Consultations Free Refreshments Closed Mondays

61, High St Minster Tel:

25% off your first

visit to The Salon 824000 with this voucher

BIRCHINGTON AUTO REPAIRS LTD ACCIDENT REPAIR CENTRE MECHANICAL WORKSHOP Ÿ Insurance work Ÿ Servicing and Ÿ Resprays and all vehicle Ÿ maintenance finishing Ÿ MOT repairs Ÿ Low bake oven and Jig Ÿ Exhausts Ÿ Courtesy cars Ÿ Brakes Ÿ Valeting Ÿ Free collection and delivery Ÿ Paintless dent removal Free estimates

ll on a t oun t disc ried ou 5% rk car tion c wo rodu ert !! p n v o is ad of th

TYRE CENTRE Ÿ Branded tyres Ÿ Budget tyres Ÿ Punctures Ÿ Balancing Ÿ Fitting Ÿ 4 wheel alignment Ranging from £18 inc VAT, fitting & balancing Example 155/70 x 13

06 2006 PEUGEOT 107 Urban 1.0, Auto, 5 door, Pearl Blue Met, f/s/h, CD player, remote c/locking, A/C, e/w, £35 tax 70mpg....£5,650

55 2005 VAUXHALL CORSA DESIGN 1.3 CDTI, 5 door, diesel, Silver, 1 owner, f/s/h, Air Con, CD Player,............................... £5,195

07 2007 CITROEN C1 VIBE 1.0, Red, 3 door, CD Player, P/Steering, f/s/h, £35 road tax, cheap insurance 75mpg......£5,350

03 2003 PEUGEOT 206 LX 1.4 AUTO, 3 door, low mileage, 1 owner, service history, PS, elec windows, r/c/locking........... £4,195

55 2005 VAUXHALL CORSA 1.4 Design Auto, 3 door, CD player, ps, 1owner, Only 11,000mls, f/s/h, elec windows, r/c/locking....£5,995

R reg 98 FORD PUMA 1.7, full service history, silver, alloys, electric windows, air con, superb example, 73,000mls............£2,195

All cars come with Warranty, Full Service, Full MOT, HPI Check and Valet


1 Carlton Avenue,Broadstairs Call Martin or Paul Lamb on: 01843 869 600 ** Most credit/debit cards accepted ** Printed by: Sarum Graphics, Unit 4 Portway Business Centre, Castle Gate Business Park, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX Tel: 01722 324733 Registered Office: 35 Chequers Court · Brown Street · Salisbury SP1 2AS Company Reg No. 4059304 Website: Email:

Minster Matters Issue 106 - August 09  

Village Magazine

Minster Matters Issue 106 - August 09  

Village Magazine