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Minster Matters A V E R Y H A P P Y C H R I S T M A S

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 154: December 2013 - January 2014 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)


“The Council is working alongside Jack Whybrow with a view to forming a Youth Council. Jack is looking for young people within the Village, between the ages of 11 and 18, who may be interested in becoming a part of a this venture. If you are interested in being involved with what could become an exciting community project please phone Jack on 07971 290 678 who will be happy to discuss this matter and what the young of the Village will be hoping to achieve”

VILLAGE POLICE (Or Lack Of!) How many village residents are as fed-up as I at the lack of police presence in our village? I have gone through various channels to highlight our need, but only get empty promises. The next Minster Matters will be in February, where the editorial team are willing to print a basic form that I am asking you to consider, sign and take to the library to kick off a petition. With enough support, the powers that be cannot continue to ignore our need. During the next couple of months, just observe how often you see so much as a police car, let alone an actual constable in the village. (Editor’s note: Look for the form as a pullout in the centre of our next issue)

NORAD SANTA Christmas is coming and once again during the whole of Christmas Eve, if you are lucky enough to own a computer, you and your youngsters will be able to track Santa's progress by logging on to (website goes live again on Dec 1st) Don't forget he won't come if you're not in bed and asleep before he gets to your house, so watch his progress by all means but don't stay up to see if he lands on your roof !!. Remember to leave out a mince pie for Santa and a carrot or two for his reindeer. If by some very lucky chance he brings you a new computer, to replace that old one in the corner, don't throw the old one away, contact Minster Matters and we will recycle it for you.

Southern Water Minster B Water Supply Works Temporary Access Road from Greenhill Gardens

Work Commencing 18 November for 15 weeks (inc 2 week shutdown over holiday period) The normal access for the Water Supply Works is via Prospect Road. We are aware that this is a particularly narrow road and is not ideal for the transportation of heavy plant and materials on a regular basis. As such an agreement has been made to use the Farmer’s Field with access via Greenhill Gardens for access to the site for heavy plant and machinery to minimise the use for this purpose of Prospect Road. The majority of heavy goods and deliveries will take place within the first 2 weeks of the works commencing. Following this period this type of deliveries will be minimised. Upon completion of the project the plant and equipment will then be removed. Southern Water would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation and patience. We are working hard to ensure that disruption is kept to an absolute minimum and appreciate your support during these essential works. Customer Service team phone 0333 3211 559 Please quote your address nd reference number 3237262 if you call us. Visit our website at

CIVIC CAROL SERVICE The Civic Carol Service held Annually around the Christmas Tree beside the Lych Gate in Church Street is to be held on Tuesday 17 December at 7.30pm - All Welcome Refreshments afterwards in Church E-mail : Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Fax No: 0843 636 5346

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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

Useful Numbers and Contacts Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden: Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 PCSO Steve England: 07772 225 942 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 -10.00am)

Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 Minster School: 821 384 Village: Show: Business Association: Freegle: Mobility Scooters & Wheelchair (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 822 053 Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Late payment for advertisements may Eric James 821 744 mean they will be omitted from the next MM Subscriptions issue (3 months max!!) Copies of the Magazine or CD are now A full copy of our Terms and Conditions available on subscription to all non residents, worldwide. are available from our website Payments quoted below are in advance To a UK postal address :The Editors accept all advertisements, articles Single Issue £1.70 and notices in good faith and actively encourage Annually (11 issues) £16.50 the support of the local traders and services. However, we cannot be held responsible for the Costs to an overseas address are quality of goods or services offered. available on request, and we will be Please mention the magazine when replying to pleased to quote for this service. Our advertisers. Note however that due to lack of recording mailing details are shown elsewhere space we do not copy our advertisers on this page. 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. E.&O.E.

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Copy Date for Next Issue - Friday 17th January Nov 26 28 30 30 30 Dec 1 2 3 6 7 7 8 9 10 15 17 22 22 Jan 9 14 14/15 17 Feb 8 8

Late Night Shopping School Open Day (for prospective new pupils) Christmas Bazaar - Village Hall Thanet Quilters Christmas Fair (Birchington) Salvation Army Christmas Sale

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St Mary’s Church Gift Service Warm Home Scheme - Citizens Advice at Library Salvation Army Messy Church Minster School Christmas Fair Christmas Market Guides Festive Christmas Coffee Morning Snowdown Colliery Band Christmas Concert R.B.L. Women’s Section Meeting W.I. Christmas Party (Members only) St Lucy’s Christmas Fayre Civic Carol Service Christingle Service at St Mary’s Church Salvation Army Carol Service

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School Open Day (for prospective new pupils) W.I. Meeting Blood Donor Sessions Salvation Army Tramp Supper

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Trash & Treasure Sale - St Nicholas Miss Minster Carnival Court Selection Dance

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School Journalists Surgery Holiday Arrangements Sarah Thorne Theatre (Broadstairs) Pantomime listings Thanet Street Based Project for 13-19yr olds Police Contact Points Academy FM Listings Village Hall Bowls Group All Weather Pitch Knit & Talk Group Church Notices

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Minster Parish Council

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Tuesday 3 December @ 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: Following Meeting : 14 January

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EDITORIAL Bumper issue for your delectation this month, no more now until the end of January, we give the team a well earned rest over the festive season. Lot’s of interesting reading in this one to keep you occupied for a while though, loads of things to do or see over Christmas and New Year. We’ve lined up some more of the team down the left of this page for you this Diane month, they’re not all here yet but we’re working on it. Since I was here last I’ve had my flu jab, been to the diabetic clinic , got told off!! blood figure was up again!!, so more pills to swallow. Oh well at least I was breathing when I got up this morning so that was a bit of a bonus. (I know there are some that may disagree but I don’t care) Nora I put out a plea on Facebook, not something I use very often, to ask if we could find a volunteer or two to help us with our audio recordings, was I amazed when within 2 minutes I’d had a reply followed in the next 20 minutes by a further 4, in total we had 6 offers to come and see what it was all about and a further offer of an additional reader, something else we are always looking for. Can you read out loud, clearly and precisely? if Henry so and you would like to join us to help produce our audio Cd’s for the visually impaired we’d love to hear from you. I attended the recent Public Meeting held in regard to the Community Led Plan that we all had questionnaires for earlier in the year. A very disappointing turn out, there were very nearly more Parish Councillors than general public. What was billed as a 2 hour meeting was all done and dusted within 40 minutes including tea and biscuits. However Diane those who did attend gave some useful feedback to the Council and likewise the Council told the meeting of their plans on how they intended to tackle the ‘Action Plan’, some of which is either in hand or has already been started. The most noticeable item that will be seen by many very soon is a temporary ‘pinch point’ on the corner by the butchers which if it proves successful will be put in as a permanent feature. There are also plans for a Diana crossing from the New Inn to the Kebab shop, and one across Church St/Bedlam Court Lane to allow easier access for pedestrians going to and from Rivers Court. There may possibly be improvements made to some of the pavements in High Street and what is at present a voluntary ‘one-way’ system around the Butts Field estate, especially at school times, may become a permanent compulsory system. Other items highlighted in the Kevin action plan will be looked at and considered on a rolling program as and when funding becomes available. Well I think that’s it for this year just need say we at Minster Matters wish all our readers and listeners a very Happy Christmas and New Year, we look forward to entertaining you again in 2014. Just enough space left to ask the usual question ‘Where’s Zac’?

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P.L.G. NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER A BIG THANK YOU We would like to thank all our Patients and Friends for their generosity and kindness in donating so many prizes for our raffle and tombola that was held at our Christmas Bazaar, and also, all those who supported us by purchasing raffle tickets. A full report will be published in the first issue of this magazine in the new year.

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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS Please note the Surgery’s revised opening arrangements over the Christmas period: Monday 23 Dec - Normal opening hours Tuesday 24 Dec - AM: Normal opening hour PM : Emergencies only Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 Dec - Closed all day Friday 27 Dec - Normal opening hours Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 Dec - Normal opening hours Wednesday 1st Jan - Closed all day Thursday 2nd Jan - Normal opening hours Should you need to see a Doctor during times when the surgery is closed, please call the “NHS 111 Service” via the normal surgery number - 821333, or you can call direct on “111” to receive “non urgent” confidential health advice and information. For Urgent/Life threatening issues, dial 999 as normal. REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you throughout the holiday period and that all “Repeat Prescription Requests” are submitted in good time to allow for the increased demand, both at the surgery and at the various pharmacies, and remember to check your local pharmacy’s opening times as well. As a result you may submit your requests up to 10 days in advance, but preferably by Thursday 19 Dec at the latest. Obviously, we appreciate that “urgent” prescriptions may still be required. Also, if your “MEDICATION REVIEW” is due during this period please ensure you make an appointment in good time, to avoid further unnecessary delays. If you have any concerns please contact the surgery direct on 821333 SURGERY TRAINING DAY The surgery will be closed on Thursday 13 Feb - From Midday MISSED APPOINTMENTS HOW ABOUT A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION? There is still the same old problem! Last month: * 72 PATIENTS DID NOT ATTEND THEIR DOCTORS APPOINTMENT ! * 35 PATIENTS DID NOT ATTEND THEIR NURSES APPOINTMENT ! * THAT’S STILL 107 MISSED AND WASTED APPOINTMENTS ! So next year’s “New Year’s Resolution” DON’T NEED IT? CANCEL IT! It’s SO EASY to do on our NEW telephone system - AUTOMATICALLY - 24/7 PATIENT GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our next meeting, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact : Ken Self on 821200 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821049 AND FINALLY - We would like to wish all our Patients and Friends A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and A VERY HEALTHY NEW YEAR

Minster Matters MINSTER-IN-THANET WI On the 12th November President Marion Rose opened the Annual Meeting with thanks to Marilyn Hardie (“our lovely advisor”) for attending and brief Matters Arising; last month’s “pink” meeting raised £208 for the QEQM’s Mammography Appeal; Dabble Day activities went really well on Saturday 9th November, thanks to everyone who helped make it such a success. Following the Treasurer’s financial report and the Secretary’s reading of the committee’s annual report, the real business of the day began. Twelve members willing to stand for the new committee were introduced and automatically elected. Then came the election of the new President and Sarah Eaton-Brown accepted the position. After refreshments and social time, Marion presented her badge of office to Sarah, the in-coming President. Christmas Party catering details were outlined and volunteers requested for mince pies and serving refreshments at ‘Carols at the Lychgate’ on 17th December. Marion Rose performed her last duty as out-going President – the Raffle – and the Annual Meeting closed at 9.30. CHRISTMAS PARTY: 10th December @ 7.30 – Minster Village Hall (WI Members only) JANUARY MEETING: 14th January @ 7.30 – Minster Village Hall (All welcome)



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Hello All. We will be manning a table at the village Christmas Bazaar, so please come along on Saturday 30 November to support all participants. We hope to offer you a warm welcome as you arrive! O’Sheas have kindly provided a cake, so if you can correctly guess its weight on the day, it will be yours. Yummy, I must have a few guesses at that. Another side line will be a lottery board, there will be 49 numbers on the board and all you need to do is to buy a lucky number from the list, if the lotto bonus ball drawn on Saturday 7 December matches the number you have chosen you will win £25. See you there. A couple of members of the committee represented the Association at the Remembrance Service in Armbouts Cappel on Monday 11 November. They survived the cold wind during the service and travelled back to Calais, (with 2 valued Minster inhabitants who kindly taxied them there!) for a little retail therapy and a warming meal, prior to the return ferry trip. Planning is well underway for the Anniversary celebrations to be held in the village on 4 May 2014. Entertainment is being sought and any suggestions or offers will be considered. Please put your thoughts forward. There will be a report from the AGM in the next issue. We all hope you have a very Happy Christmas and we thank you all for the support you have given us throughout 2013. 2014 could be equally successful, so let’s all drink to that! Hic! Carol

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MINSTER SHOW Could the 2013 Show Princesses please make sure that their capes and headresses are returned to Karen at Attwells. Thank you. The theme for 2014 will be the WW1 Centenary. So start getting inspired by anything at the end of the Edwardian era or WW1 related, especially the photographers out there - you have all the seasons to use from now on!! Enjoy Christmas. Show Committee.

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“Move Over Mrs. Markham” The Minster Playhouse May Play for 2014 will be “Move Over Mrs.Markham” a farce written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, and will be directed by Steve Clement.

Auditions will take place at 7.30pm, on Thursday 9th January, in the upstairs room of The Bell Inn. The dates for production, and therefore for your diary, are 14th to the 17th of May 2014 and already we have lighting, sound, musical director, set builder, and a potential stage manager on board. The play which Steve will set in 1971, (with colour scheme, hairstyles, costume and lack of mobile phones, to match), has a single multi-roomed set and a cast of nine. There are five female and four male characters and for those of you who know your British Actors of the early seventies think Trevor Bannister, (from Are You Being Served?) Tony Britton, Terence Alexander (yes, from Bergerac) Moira Lister, Cicely Courtnidge and so on. Whilst there are principals not everyone is on stage all of the time which gives nice balance and there are a couple of beautiful cameos which with the right Actor/Actress could be scene stealers… The dialogue is terribly non-PC but it is all in good spirit and whilst Steve wouldn’t seek to change a single word, there may be a comment somewhere in the programme to acknowledge our changing times. Also in best farce tradition there will be revealing costumes, or the lack of them, and the play, whilst advertised as “adult content” then, today would probably attract a PG rating. To quote, unashamedly, Alan Ayckbourn, writing this year… “In any farce, sooner or later somebody’s got to lose their trousers and the girl’s got to lose most of her clothes, or the audience wants its money back.” Move over Mrs Markham adheres to that concept.

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MINSTER LAD COMES GOOD (This report is published with thanks to the Isle of Thanet Gazette) Former Kent and Margate All-rounder Oliver Robinson has signed a Professional contract with Yorkshire Cricket Club after successful spells with both Leicestershire and Yorkshire during the 2013 Summer Season. He decided to leave Kent in May after just one match this season, ironically against Yorkshire, and played for both Leicestershire and Yorkshire 2nds in all formats of the game before making three 1st team appearances for Yorkshire and debuting in the YB40 for them against Leicestershire at Grace Road. He finished 1st in the bowling averages for Yorkshire 2's and third in the batting with a seasons total of 1282 runs, taking 59 wickets and 27 catches across the seasons cricket. Yorkshire manager and Ex Aussie Test Cricketer Jason Gillespie said “He's obviously been on the Kent books in the past, and he has played some second-team cricket with Leicestershire this season. He's also played a few second-team games for us, and he got 90 not out and match figures of 5-21 with the ball against Warwickshire and has regularly been amongst the runs and wickets. "He's a hard hitting middle order player who runs in, bowls at decent pace and hits the track hard." Commenting on his 1st team debut Gillespie said "As we've done with the YB40 this year, we see this as an opportunity to give someone a crack. It gives Oliver an opportunity - and for us to have a look at him to see if he could have a future with us.” His Club Captain former Yorkshire and Derbyshire batsman Chris Taylor also believes "Ollie could fit the bill for Yorkshire as a fast medium all-rounder who can bat at No 6" He continued " Ollie scored a match winning 99 not out for us during the season from an impossible position and "that was the best unbeaten 99 I have ever seen" Oliver himself, who has chosen No 24 as his squad number already for next season was delighted and said" it was more than I expected getting a full pro contract, especially after only leaving Kent in May but it is a great club here that is really professional" Ollie’s bat and kit sponsor this year have been Andrew and Vicky Kember at Hitshard and he would like to extend his thanks to them for all their support.



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The Mad Hatters Tea Shop Saddler Minster Opening hours Mon - Sat 9-4 Sunday 9-11 breakfast menu 2-5 roasts NEW steak night Tuesday served 6.30-9.30 great steaks at great prices! Fri & Sat evenings 6.30-9.30 We cater for all events such as parties, weddings or funerals from £6 per head 9.00am to 1.00pm Christmas Menu SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2013 served throughout December and January set price 4 courses for £25 (please enquire within or call 821331 for a booking) MINSTER SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR Friday 6th December Minster Primary School 3.30pm until 5pm Visit by

Father Christmas and REAL Reindeers Minster School Choir Tombola - BBQ - Bouncy Castle - Crafts Raffle - Sweets - Hoopla - Hook a Bauble Tattoos - Cakes - Face Painting Teas - Coffees - Mince Pies - Candy Floss and MUCH MUCH MORE........!!

Friday 6 December Music with DJ Sam Cornwall Saturday 7 December Music with The Locals from 9pm Christmas Eve Music with Mike Appleton as Michael Buble Boxing day Music with DJ Paul/Sam Cornwall New years Eve Music with DJ Paul/Sam Cornwall Saturday 11 January Music with Blow Saturday 25 January Music with Mike Appleton as Michael Buble


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Minster A well extended detached bungalow overlooking an orchard 3 bedrooms, shower room, separate WC, kitchen/utility, large lounge/diner, courtyard garden, garage and parking EPC Rating = D


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APPEAL FOR: Minster Xmas Lights We are renewing the village Christmas tree lights so that everyone has the same LED lights. This will also save hours of maintenance every year replacing bulbs. We have to replace some of the holders that are broken as well as supplying and fitting new electric boxes to 5 sites. This will cost approx £2000. The money will have to be raised to cover this and any donations would be gratefully received. There is a donation pot in Attwells for any odd change you may have. Thank you. Thank you’s…

The Family of the late Edith Russell (Edie) would like to thank…all the friends and neighbours in Brockmans Close and the Minster community for their condolences, kind messages, flowers and cards. We thank Minster Church and the Service conducted by Paul Willins who gave his very welcome guidance, support and understanding. We also thank WS Cole & Son for their funeral services. Shirley and Audrey would like to thank… all who attended our Spring Dance and apologise for having to cancel the Winter one. We will be back in the Spring – look out for the date. The proceeds will go to the Doctors’ Surgery Project. Thank you. Audrey Marvyn Attwell would like to thank… everyone who has helped me over the past year whilst I have been down the village, with a special thanks to the Butchers and Greengrocers who have taken time from their work in order to see me across the road safety.

Frankie Stone would like to thank… the Corner House in Minster who supported me and were a massive help when I completed an event on Tuesday 5th. I'd like to give a massive thank you for their generosity and for cooking such a beautiful meal for my family and friends! Jack would like to say a big thank you to… everyone who has supported me so far in my efforts to fund raise for my trip to Borneo next year. I have a few fundraisers planned for December so will update you in the New Year. I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Police Contact Points in Minster Fortnightly on Fridays 5.00pm - 6.00pm in the Public Car Park, Monkton Rd Dates for 2013/2014 06 December

20 December

03 January

17 January

31 January

14 February 2013

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Thank you for your continued support

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THE SPORTSMAN 123 Sandwich Road, Cliffsend 01843 852547 A Shepherd Neame Pub ..................... Live Music Saturday 7 December @ 8pm Irish Time again by Crooked Style 3 course Christmas menu available £19.95 pp please book early ..................................................... Sunday 22 December Christmas Charity Afternoon in Aid of the Hospice Music by Warwick @ 4pm ................................................. New Years Eve Music by Joe @ 9pm .................................................. Bookings still available for Christmas Parties especially 14 December with Live Music ............................................................ Real Ales, Fine Wines, Home Cooked Food ........................................................... Free Function Room available for all your parties ...................................................................... Wednesday 12pm - 3pm Senior Citizens 2 courses £5.95 Thursday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30 pm, 6pm - 9pm Sunday Roast 12pm - 4pm .......................................................................... Ronnie & Teresa wish everyone a very Happy Christmas & New Year and thank everyone for their support & friendship over the year

MINSTER TANDOORI 24 years ago, back in 1989, Luthfur Rahman first opened the doors of Minster Tandoori and whilst it is still owned by him, he now runs another very successful Indian restaurant in Margate. His business in the village though continues to go from strength to strength with Ali Azmal at the helm. Ali started out in 1993 as a front of house waiter but in 2009 took on the position of Manager, since then he has never looked back. Ali tells Minster Matters it was always his dream to manage the business. If you’ve ever eaten here you will know only too well that Ali always has a cheeky grin and lots of banter, along with his enthusiasm and commitment, the quality and quantity of the food and the pleasantness of his staff, this is truly a place to visit for a great meal in extremely pleasant surroundings. Recently 60+ children from Minster Primary School spent an afternoon here sampling a ‘Taste of India’ as part of their education program and we were lucky enough to be invited to attend and partake in the sampling. Although there were one or two youngsters who were unsure of the spicy taste most ate their meals with gusto, with seconds and even third helpings being devoured by many. It was really good to see them all enjoying themselves, even the school staff members were treated to some delicious dishes and it was obvious they also enjoyed the meal and hospitality. Ali and his team even catered for those with nut allergies. So, Minster Tandoori, what can I say; “a truly enjoyable and intimate restaurant, well worth making the journey for”. “Nice one Ali” (And all this from someone who doesn’t like spicy food. Can’t win them all!!)


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MINSTER CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION SELECTION DANCE Girls - will you be a minimum of 14, or under 20, by the end of June 2013? Would you like to be a part of the Minster Carnival Court to meet new people and make new friends both in the village and around Kent, as well as representing Minster in our French Twinning Village of Armbouts Cappel ? You can be assured of some great days out and some really interesting experiences that will see you as ambassadors for Minster. To be in with this chance of a lifetime just turn up on the evening, entry is free to anyone taking part. Saturday 8th February 7.30pm, Minster Village Hall Admission for non-entrants is ÂŁ4.00 Tea and Coffee available otherwise please bring your own drink. Interested? Then please contact Roy or Carol on 821705

Great Memories from Miss Minster 2013 Wow! Time really does fly when you are having fun. My year as Miss Minster 2013 has gone by so fast and I have thoroughly enjoyed my year visiting new places, meeting new people and representing my village. I have made some truly amazing friends that I will never forget. Not only has carnival boosted my confidence but I have also had so many laughs and great memories that will stay with me forever. I would like to say a huge thank you to Roy and Carol for all their guidance and support and without all their hard work and dedication Minster Carnival would not exist. I would also like to thank my best friends and princesses Holly Humphreys and Rosie Malloy for all the wonderful memories that we share. I am going to miss being Miss Minster but would like to say thank you for giving me this opportunity to represent my village. Thank you, Danielle Law (Miss Minster 2013)

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Whether you decide to join us for a freshly-ground coffee and breakfast, a light lunch with friends or for an evening meal, we look forward to welcoming you soon. We have a special opening lunch offer,

2 courses for only ÂŁ10 Tuesday to Saturday. See the latest menus and news at and follow us on Twitter @cornerhousekent

RESTAURANT - BAR - ACCOMMODATION The Corner House 42 Station Road Minster CT12 4BZ Tel. 01843 823000

Roy and Carol would like to thank the Parish Council, Village Businesses, Village People, Minster Matters for their support of Miss Minster and her Court. Also thank you to Leanne and Envy for doing their hair so lovely on Minster Show Day. We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year.



“First Impressions” Like so many people, I have often travelled considerable distances, often with my family, to see some of the many attractions that Kent has to offer, while ignoring the beautiful gems that are on my own doorstep. For me, the nature reserve at Monkton was one of these overlooked little gems. It’s not as though I didn’t know it existed, I’ve driven past it countless times, and often made a mental note to visit sometime, perhaps when I found the time. Now that I have ‘discovered’ this little environmental oasis, I chide myself that I didn’t find that time any sooner.

So what do I think of the Reserve? . In a word: “overwhelming”! Particularly its potential to be a centre of excellence for ecological conservation and education in East Kent. The possibilities and opportunities are endless, as all of the raw materials already exist on the site. It accommodates two varieties of chalk habitat, grassland and woodland; it features surface water and groundwater sustained ponds; there is a wide assortment of flora, including many rare native orchids; and these attractive environments are encouraging a number of different vertebrates and invertebrates onto the Reserve. With these levels of diversity the Reserve can offer environmental learning to all age ranges, from 3 to 103.

What is more, it is a bit like Dr Who’s Tardis: “bigger on the inside”! The long-defunct quarry accommodates a Field Study Centre, an astronomical observatory, even a bat cave, and still has more than enough room for a host of other projects and ideas. So may I offer a little word of advice: don’t let Monkton Nature Reserve become your ‘overlooked little gem’. Do pay it a visit … and while you amble along the grassy footpaths of the nature trails, pause for a moment to consider what could be achieved with this tremendous asset. All we need is investment and support, and a little imagination ... Andrew Ogden Fundraising and PR Officer 25/10/2013 Further Information: • The Monkton Nature Reserve is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Thanet Countryside Trust, whose aim is to be the centre of excellence for ecological conservation and education in East Kent. • The 16 acres of the Reserve contain a variety of very diverse habitats, including woodland, cliffs, and important chalk grassland. The site includes an astronomical observatory, the first man-made bat cave in the UK, and both groundwater and surface water ponds. • The Reserve is open to the public seven days a week, including Bank Holidays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the summer months (April to October), and until 3:00 pm in the winter months (November to March). • Car parking is free, and there is no charge for admission to the Field Study Centre, which includes natural history displays, a geological museum, and a very extensive second-hand bookshop. Entrance to the Reserve is a very modest £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children; these fees are waived for members. -

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Babes In The Wood A traditional family pantomime brought to you by the same creative team that produced last year's hit pantomime, and it’s “Supported by The Thanet Gazette”. Performance Times Tues 17th Dec Special School Shows. (Public admitted) Wed 18th Dec Special School Shows. (Public admitted) Thurs 19th Dec Special School Shows. (Sold Out) Fri 20th Dec 2.30pm & 7.00pm Charity Night (Sold Out) Sat 21st Dec 2.30pm & 6.30pm Sun 22nd Dec 2.30pm Mon 23rd Dec 2.30pm Tues 24th Dec 2.30pm Xmas Eve Special. Wed 25th Dec Christmas Day - No performance. Thus 26th Dec Boxing Day – No performance. Fri 27th Dec 2.30pm Sat 28th Dec 2.30pm & 6.30pm Sun 29th Dec 2.30pm Mon 30th Dec 2.30pm Tue 31st Dec 2.30pm (Final show) PRICES: Member: Adult £12.50, Children £10.50, Family (four) £42 Non-Member: Adult £14.50. Children £12.50 , Family (four) £49 Schools: £6.50, teachers free. Groups and Charity Fund Raising Nights by arrangement. For all enquiries please contact 0845 26 26 26 3 or The theatre is open for all but Membership at £18 year offers good discounts on the majority of shows. THERE ARE NO BOOKING FEES AT THIS THEATRE THE TICKET IS THE PRICE!

Come and see the festive Christmas artwork, designed by the brilliant Minster Primary School Foundation and Key Stage One classes at Minster Library and Neighbourhood Centre. Can you spot your wonderful piece of creative Christmas art? Come in and show all of your friends and family. Display begins the first week of December. Merry Christmas! For more information please contact staff at Minster Library and Neighbourhood Centre on 03000 41 31 31 or Email:

Alphabet A is for apple and B is for boat, that used to be right, but now it won’t float. Age before beauty is what we once said but let's be a bit more realistic instead. Now The NEW Alphabet A’s for arthritis; B’s the bad back; C’s the chest pains, perhaps car-di-ac?; D is for dental, decay and decline; E is for eyesight, can't read that top line!; F is for farting and fluid retention; G is for gut droops, which I'd rather not mention; H is for high blood pressure, I'd rather it low; I’s for incisions, with scars you can show; J is for joints, out of socket, won't mend; K is for knees, that crack when they bend; L’s for libido, what happened to sex?; M is for memory, I. forget what comes next; N’s for neuralgia, in nerves way down low; 0 is for ostio, bones that don't grow!; P’s for prescriptions, I have quite a few; just give me a pill and I'll be good as new!; Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu?; R is for reflux, one meal turns to two; S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears; T is for Tinnitus, bells in my ears!; U is for urinary, troubles with flow; V is for vertigo, that's dizzy,' you know?; W’s for worry, now what's going 'round?; X is for X-ray, and what might be found; Y’s for another year, I'm left here behind; Z is for zest, I still have in my mind!; I've survived all the symptoms, my body's deployed; And I'm keeping twenty six doctors fully employed! If you You’ll AND if you’ll

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Churchwarden’s Letter We are fast approaching that time of year when we all start to rush around in preparation for Christmas. We always spend too much and, of course, eat and drink too much; and why not? After all it is a time of celebration. Hopefully we can also stop and think about the true meaning of Christmas. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Such a gift! What better gift can we give this Christmas than LOVE? So we should take the opportunity this year to spend time with those we love and share in that joy. Offer a kind word to someone you know who is alone this Christmas; just a smile, a hug or handshake or a friendly “Merry Christmas” can make someone’s Christmas special. Over the Christmas period there are many opportunities to reflect and to share God’s love; to thank God for that special gift as a community at the Lych Gate Civic Carol Service on the 17th December at 7.30p.m. or at one of the many services listed in Minster Matters. We do hope that you will all have a happy, joyous and peaceful time and that this Christmas will prove to be a time of special blessing to you all. Sue Jezzard & Fran Kimmons

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MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 0900 - 1200 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 : £23 hour 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

Short Mat Bowls Sessions for Dec/Jan Come along to one of our evening sessions. We are an extremely friendly group and will lend you bowls to get you started. It’s well worth trying !! Sundays



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Minster Primary School Children enjoying ‘a Taste Of India’ at Minster Tandoori

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MINSTER POST OFFICE New and exciting range of Gifts & Greeting Cards are now available for Christmas. “Hurry up before its all gone”

Extracts from Parish Council Minutes of November Meeting 821291

A] Fireworks – Consideration to be given at the next meeting to holding a firework display at some time in 2014 as the Guy Fawkes event had to be cancelled because of the forecast for inclement weather.

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B] H2B Site (Heronsbrook) The Clerk reported that the transfer agreement had now been signed and that TDC would now be releasing £15K for landscaping purposes. Meetings were being arranged with companies which provide and install play equipment and that further funds were available for additional trees if required. A meeting had been arranged with a landscaping contractor for the coming week in order to review the planting. C] Members received the Clerk’s report on possible measures to replace the seat demolished in a road accident and sited at Pinks Corner. TDC had said that they would not replace the seat at this site but would provide a seat for alternative siting. Cllr Quittenden reported that several residents had asked him for the seat to be replaced at Pinks Corner. RESOLVED: That (A) the offer from TDC to replace the seat in an alternative location be agreed and residents be asked at the public meeting on 9 November for views on its siting.; and (B) a replacement seat be provided and funded by the Parish Council at Pinks Corner. D] The Clerk reported that works were to start on 18 November at the top of Prospect Road and would last for 15 weeks with a 2 week shut down over Christmas. It would be necessary as part of these works to put in a temporary road.


E] Parish Forum. The Clerk attended the Forum with the Chairman and the meeting was mainly informed of the following: (i) that the grant would be held at current levels for 2014/15 but that assurances could not be given in respect of the following years. The issues and the way forward for future agency arrangements would be discussed with TDC in November if necessary.. (ii) There was also a presentation on the new refuse collection arrangements; and (iii) street lighting costs and a scheme for assisted travel arrangements for 16 to 19 year olds.

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F] The Clerk reported that four applicants had been interviewed for the post of cemetery caretaker and general operative and that Mr Malcom Walmesley had been appointed.


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What can I say this month? I Know why do kids have to ruin events like Halloween by upsetting folk who don’t want to be involved - then there’s Firework Night, does the name give it away? Then why does it seem to stretch across a longer period, I hate the things and they’ve terrified me just about every evening for 2 weeks, my own stress levels have been at breaking point never mind his indoors!!

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Saturday 00.00 Thanet After Dark 7.00 Breakfast with Paul Rutters 10.00 Andy Theoff 14.00 The Saturday Sport Show with Chris Jordan 18.00 DJ Free All Music Saturday

Sunday 7.00 Breakfast with Doc Atherton 11.00 Sunday Requests 14.00 Horace’s Palace of Fun 18.00 Howard Evans (Sunday Night Live ) (Featuring Minster Matters Editor's Monthly Review) 22.00 Dreamtime (Chill out love songs)

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OPEN DAYS Thursday 28th November 2013 Thursday 9th January 2014 Is your child 4 years of age before 31st August 2014? If so they could start at our school in September 2014. Why not give your child a taste of the welcoming, creative and challenging atmosphere that we enjoy at Minster Church of England Primary School? Wendy Stone, Head Teacher, and Alison Goodman, Head of Foundation Stage, will be taking groups of parents and children around the school at various times during the day. Please telephone the school office to make an appointment. Minster Church of England Primary School Molineux Road, Minster in Thanet CT12 4PS Telephone: 01843 821384

Christmas Words Christmas words I see Christmas birds God's creations, wonders of creation Jesus, son of God, Saviour of the world's nations All the little creatures bring us pleasure Christmas days, we all treasure All life goes on out there, in nature's kingdom, just the same I believe God's creatures, know a certain name I think, perhaps, they are aware there is a special something in the air Whispers from there, whispers they hear of an important anniversary, celebrated this time each year They also realise, this year is near its close soon to attract a mate, they will need to sing and pose YVONNE


At the ‘Flu Clinic on the 26th October, the following presentations were carried out: 1.The Atkinson Family In memory of the late Brian Atkinson, Mrs Sandra Atkinson, family and friends donated 7 individual “Omron” Blood Pressure Monitors and associated Cuffs, intended for patients own personal use at home under the direction of their GP. The family expressed their thanks and gratitude for the care given by the surgery, particularly Dr Crosfield, who gratefully accepted the equipment on behalf of the surgery. 2. The Patient Liaison Group After many months of fund raising, the Group presented a “Numed Mobil-o-Graph NG 24-48hr Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring System” to the surgery. This equipment will provide a valuable additional resource for Hypertension Management within the practice, and was again gratefully accepted by Dr Crosfield. The Group would like to thank all those patients and friends who generously supported our various fund raising events over the past 12 months, that made this purchase possible. Further information can be obtained from Ken Self on Thanet 821200 or via the surgery on 821333.

MORE FESTIVE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY… FESTIVE CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING Saturday 7th December 10.00am – 12.00pm Salvation Army, Tothill Street, Minster Please come along and support your local Girl Guides and take some time out from your busy week by having a Tea or Coffee and a Slice of Cake! There will be crafts and cards for sale, all funds raised are to help the local Girl Guides. We look forward to seeing you there!

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT SNOWDOWN COLLIERY BAND VILLAGE HALL, MINSTER Sunday 8th December at 2.15 pm Entrance £3.00 Children free Raffle, tea and biscuits Father Christmas may make an appearance. PROCEEDS TO THE PILGRIMS HOSPICE

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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB It’s the end of the calendar year, but this club is much like the Windmill Theatre in that “We’re never closed”. We are currently two months into the Indoor season. Club competitions are underway as well as are matches for our three teams in the East Kent SMB League. Our Theme and Word for the next three months is: CARE Save on your Energy Bills - Come to the Bowls Club Are you worried about being able to keep warm during the cold months? If so why not join us as a Social Member, we have heating for your warmth. You can watch members enjoying the company at the same time as getting gentle exercise. You could join in. Oh yes you can, We offer tea and coffee during all sessions at club prices! We have social evenings, tribute bands (Abba, The Blues Brothers this year) Recently some members spent 2 weeks in Minorca. Back in the summer the club were presented with a CPR machine (kindly donated by Minster Surgery) which means we can take CARE should any one be needing it. We have a team of First Aiders trained by the Red Cross. Congratulations to President Ken Wooldridge, Treasurer Malcolm Kennett and Pam Wooldridge on being presented with ‘Merit Awards’ by the Kent County Bowling Association Do have a Happy Christmas, see you in the New Year. THE VILLAGE SIGN IN MINSTER (Article by Christopher Howse republished courtesy of the Daily Telegraph ) The village sign at Minster in Thanet, Kent, says “AD 670”. But the settlement is far older, for Roman bricks are built into the tower of St Mary’s Church. Autumn suits Minster. Seagulls sat on the steep-pitched roof the church and pigeons cooed round its tower last week as the leaves began to fall – though not those of the mature olive trees near the churchyard, which clement winters have allowed to flourish. Even so, the blazing log fire at the Bell public house was welcome once sunset approached. Minster once stood on the shore of the Isle of Thanet when it was a true island separated from Kent by the sea. That was a source of prosperity from trade, but also a fatal weakness, for the Vikings repeatedly plundered and destroyed Minster. The name is from the Latin for monastery (as in “Westminster”), and the year 670 was when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Theodore of Tarsus, consecrated the monastery of nuns here. St Mary’s is a fine, large church, with a stone-vaulted chancel. “The beauties of the east end are fully revealed inside,” says Pevsner’sBuildings of England volume. But it was locked when I arrived, so I crossed Church Street and looked at an even more intriguing old building – Minster Abbey. A mystery is introduced in the splendid new edition of Pevsner: Kent, North East and East, edited by John Newman (Yale, £35). Was the minster that was ruled by St Mildred in the seventh century, it asks, on the present site of Minster Abbey, or where St Mary’s Church stands? No surviving structure in either place is as old as that. Some Saxon work is incorporated in St Mary’s but at Minster Abbey the original church was long ago lost. The beautiful beach-pebble and

mudstone walls there once belonged to a grange, a dependent farm that was part of St Augustine’s monastery in Canterbury. This grange was founded in the reign of Canute. The relics of St Mildred were then transferred to Canterbury. She was much revered, and London had its own church of St Mildred Bread Street, destroyed by bombs in 1941. Today, Minster Abbey is occupied by contemplative Benedictine nuns. They set up there in 1937 and soon found themselves in a very trying position, for their priory was an offshoot of the Abbey of St Walburga in Bavaria. With the outbreak of war, the German nuns who had come over to lend their energies to the foundation were interned. A compromise allowed the nuns to stay in the care of a Benedictine convent at Teignmouth, Devon. At Minster Abbey last week, the simple chapel was open. Inside, ribs of pale timber rise from the ground to support a steep-pitched roof, and the cool, silent space is lit by five lancet windows at the east end. The chapel is only 20 years old, because its predecessor was burnt down in 1987, the same year that the great storm destroyed the spire of St Mary’s Church, now reconstructed in lead over its medieval timbers. War, fire and storm are the sort of things that have recurred in the 1,300 years since St Mildred’s day. Surprisingly, a relic of the saint is still honoured in the chapel. It comes, not from the shrine established in Canterbury, which was destroyed at the Reformation, but from Deventer in Holland, where it had apparently been preserved since the 11th century. Some traditions value relics more highly than others, but the relics of St Mildred seem to have helped cement relations between Minster Abbey and Orthodox believers. Among those with whom it has formed links since 1996, as though by chance, are Christians in Aleppo, Syria, currently in a most dangerous position. If this peaceful corner of Kent seems a long way from war-torn Syria, it should be remembered that Archbishop Theodore, who blessed the priory in 670, spent his formative years at Antioch on the river Orontes in Syria, now Antakya in Turkey, very near the Syrian border.

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Scam telephone call – Office of Fair Trading A concerned Kent resident contacted KCC Trading Standards after receiving a telephone call from a person claiming to be from the Office of Fair Trading. The caller started asking a lot of personal questions and claimed that their creditors were not happy with the debt management plan they had in place. Although the consumer was already working with a debt management business about their finances, they decided to ask the caller some questions. The caller was unable to answer the questions so the consumer hung up the phone. This is a scam telephone call. The Office of Fair Trading would not contact individual people in this way. KCC Trading Standards advises consumers not to give an unsolicited caller personal details even if they claim to be calling from a Government body. Scammers need you to reveal your passwords to access your bank account/s and can use your personal details to get loans and credit cards. Never reveal your password/s or give your personal details to an unsolicited caller. KCC’s Highways & Transportation – Survey door-to-door KCC Highways and Transportation has commissioned BMG Research to undertake a door-to-door survey from Saturday 2 November to Friday 27 December. BMG Research canvassers will present to residents; ● Photo identification card ● Letter of authority from KCC The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete. The purpose of the survey is to find out your view on the roads and pavements in Kent, local transport provision and infrastructure and whether you have anything transport-related you would like to bring to their attention. If you receive a knock on the door from a BMG Research interviewer and want to verify who they are then please contact BMG on their helpline; BMG Helpline: 0800 358 0337


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Google and HP are pausing sales of the HP Chromebook 11 after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating during use. They are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify the appropriate corrective action, and will provide additional information and instructions as soon as they can.

We recommend that customers that have purchased this necklace return them to their local store (or alternatively contact their customer services department) for a full refund.

Unfortunately a number of the bottles have been made in glass, not plastic as specified and approved by Monsoon Accessorize. This presents a potential safety hazard.

Customers who have purchased an HP Chromebook 11 should not use the original charger provided with the product. In the interim they may continue using their HP Chromebook 11 with micro-USB chargers that work with other tablets and smartphones. It should be noted that this advice would mean that Chromebooks will take much longer to charge than they would with the original charger.


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Minster Matters Minster Church Gift Service Minster will be holding a Gift Service this year on 1st December at 10.00 a.m. and we invite your participation.

Give a gift that gives a future .... There are many schools in Africa and around the world that have little or no reading or writing material. Sometimes the only person with a book or writing material is the teacher. Tools with a Mission (TWAM) are working with these schools to provide individual ‘Scholar Packs’ for each child to help with their learning. Plastic document wallets are supplied by TWAM and you are invited to fill them with the following new items and take them along to the Gift Service on Sunday 1st December:

ŸA4 Writing Pad ŸPack of Colouring Pencils, not felt tips ŸRubber and Pencil Sharpener

ŸPack of Pencils and Biro Pens ŸGeometry Set. i.e. ruler, protractor and square. ŸSmall Calculator

You may like to make up a wallet with a friend or you can purchase a full wallet for £5.00 The plastic wallets can be collected in advance from the church, or you can place your items in them ‘on the day’. If you prefer to make a financial contribution to help with packaging, shipping and distribution, special envelopes are available. Any further information can be obtained from Paul Willins (821250)

Seasonal Services at St Nicholas Church, St Nicholas-at-Wade NICHOLASFEST 1 - 8 December, The Village celebrates its Saint!

St Nicholas at Wade

Advent Sunday 1 December, 10.15 a.m. St Nicholas will arrive at St Nicholas at Wade for Blessing of Toys for the needy children of Thanet. Monday 2 December, 11.00 a.m. The Legends of St Nicholas in church (Primary School Presentation), all welcome. Friday 6 December, 6.30 a.m. Patronal Mass with Bishop of Dover and Candlelight Procession to the Pavilion for refreshments. Saturday 7 December, 7.00 p.m. Nicholasfest Concert for Charity, Sean Whittle Darrock, conductor. 01843 447791 £6 Sunday 15 December, 10.15 a.m. Visit of Santa Lucia, Saint of Advent Light, Choral Eucharist 7.00 p.m. Thanet 70 Chamber Choir presents "What Sweeter Music" directed by Clifford Lister, £12, Charity (£10 advance) Sunday 22 December, 6.30 p.m. Carols by Candlelight

St. Mary the Virgin Sunday 15th Dec 10.00am ‘Nine Lessons & Carols’ A traditional way to begin Christmas worship St. Mary the Virgin

St. Mary’s Church, Minster Would like to invite you to a

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE on Sunday 22nd December at 10.00 a.m.

4.30pm A celebration for all the family


We do hope you will be able to join us All the family welcome There will be a short optional communion service after the Christingle

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(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster

St Mary Magdalene Monkton

Reverend Marcus Holden 592071

Sunday Services in DECEMBER

St. Mary the Virgin, Minster Tel: 821250 Sunday Services in DECEMBER 1st 9:00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10:00am Gift Service 6:30pm Advent Service of Light

1st 10.15am Gift Service

Parish Office Saints 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, Minster and each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other Catholic Services please see the Minster Abbey entry below

8th 10.15am Holy Communion (BCP) 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.

Methodist Chapel

15th 10.00am Nine Lessons and Carols

22nd 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight

22nd 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Christingle - followed by optional shortened Holy Communion (CW)

Christmas Day 10,00am Holy Communion (CW) 29th 10:15:00 Holy Communion (BCP)

Christmas Eve 4.30pm Christmas Special 11.30pm Midnight Mass

JANUARY 5th 10.15am Holy Communion (BCW)

Christmas Day 10,00am Holy Communion (CW)

12th 10.15am Holy Communion (BCP)

29th 10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

19th 10.15am Holy Communion

JANUARY 5th 9:00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10:00am Praise! 6:30pm Evensong

Book of Common Prayer (BCP) On Christmas Day St Nicholas at Wade 8.45am: Holy Communion

12th 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Holy Communion (CW)

Funerals 2nd Oct: Mabel Turner Minster Church and Thanet Crematorium 3rd Oct: Dorothy Fagg Thanet Crematorium 9th Oct: Carol Caddick Thanet Crematorium 16th Oct: Frank Goulding Minster Church and Thanet Crematorium 28th Oct: Edith Russell Minster Church and Cemetery

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre 11 Tothill Street, Minster, Kent CT12 4AG

Monday 9.30am Bumps & Babies 2.15pm Friendship Club

8th 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Holy Communion (CW)

15th 10.15am Holy Communion at the

26th 10.15am Family Service

Minster Abbey


19th 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Morning Worship (CW) 26th 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Holy Communion (CW)

Weddings at Minster Parish Church 5th Oct: Keith King and Debra Peall Baptisms at Minster Parish Church 3rd Nov: Jacob Thomas Hussey For further details contact: Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves 01843 822308 or 825178

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Tuesday Wednesday 9.30am Parent & Toddlers 10.15am Keep Fit 4.00pm Messy Church 2.00pm Home League (first Tuesday of the month)

Thursday 9.15am Prayer Group

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship (including Kids Church 11am) 6pm Evening Worship

Minster Matters Editors this month were

Olivia Ringrose and Holly Warner Bonfire Night By Harriet Taylor Bonfire night is a time to remember Guy Fawkes and make life size figures of him which can then be thrown onto the fire. This year the fireworks, on the recreation ground, were cancelled due to the terrible weather, but the people in charge of the Bridge bonfire took a huge risk by not cancelling. However, despite the terrible weather, the fireworks looked AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

National Poppy Day 2013 At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month we commemorate the men and women who have given their lives in both World Wars and also remember those in Afghanistan. At Minster Primary School, we had a special assembly and the whole school was silent for 2 minutes at 11 O’clock. Our choir went to the Spitfire Museum, in Manston, where they sang and said prayers and poems. We interviewed Sophie, who is in the choir, she said: “We had to leave school at 10:30 to arrive at the Spitfire Museum for the start of the ceremony at 10.40.

Bonfire night all began in 1605 when a group of men, led by Guy Fawkes, plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in order to kill King James. However, somebody found out and Guy Fawkes was captured and killed for treason. So now you know why people say: Remember, remember the 5th of November with gunpowder treason and plot I see no reason why gunpowder and treason should ever be forgot.

When we arrived we had to sing to the public and then there was a presentation of poppy wreaths which were laid outside by the memorial stone.” Here are some facts:

School Council By Holly Warner

● It is the 65th anniversary of poppy day.

This year our school has decided to create a School Council so children can say their ideas. Mrs Newman arranged for children to apply to become a school councillor.

● People in Afganistan are also remembered on poppy day.

To become a school councillor you had to write a manifesto explaining why you should get the job. Then the rest of the pupils voted for two councillors for their class. To be a school councillor it is important to be approachable, a great listener, a good communicator and be fair, you also need to be efficient, assertive and organised. The children on the School Council will have meetings with the adults and tell them what they would like to change about our school.


● The Royal Family lay poppy wreaths at the Cenotaph in London.

Y5 EGYPTIANS PROJECTS Year 5 are learning about the Egyptians. Over the half term Year 5 prepared Egyptian projects hoping to impress our teachers and fellow class mates. My project was a pyramid built with clay and also a PowerPoint which contained information about the pyramids. With some help from the teacher, I had my project up and running on the smart board!

Did you know: on most walls of a pyramid there are some hieroglyphics? By Holly Pearshouse Age:9

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The Salvation Army, 11 Tothill Street, Minster

in the Village

Tuesday 26 November Carols from Minster School Choir outside no79 at 6pm Lights switched on by Miss Minster Salvation Army playing outside the Bakers, Attwells and The Saddler Santa in his Grotto in Norton Drive Folk Dancing in Norton Drive Lots of Shops open with treats and Special Offers “Come along and support your village shops and traders” MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a game of Bingo EVERY WEDNESDAY 2.00pm - 4.00pm ALL MEMBERS & Bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat - 822622

THANET FARMERS’ MARKET 2ⁿ� Sunday of each Month 9.30am - 1.00pm Marlowe Academy Marlowe Way, Ramsgate SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197

Saturday 30th November 10.00am

Family Carol Service Sunday 22nd December 3pm Everyone Welcome Tuesday 3rd December 4.00pm – 5.45pm (Come early for refreshments)

Creative Christmas! (Please note No Messy Church in January)

Christmas Dinner At The Salvation Army, Minster

Come and worship the birthday-boy! No ‘Keep Fit’ during December Starts again Wed 8th January

If you are wishing to join us for Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day please ensure you book your place by either calling in at the Community Shop during December and registering or call 01843 825178

MINSTER LIBRARY Baby Rhyme and Story Time For babies and toddlers, their parents and carers. 9.30 - 10.00 Friday mornings

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section NEXT MEETING Monday 9th DECEMBER 7.30pm “PARTY TIME” Make a Christmas Serviette Ring

CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS’ MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further information Phone: 226033

Christmas Day 10.30am

Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information please contact Miriam Smith on 822589

‘Tramps Supper’ Friday 17th January

6.30pm MINSTER W.I. CHRISTMAS PARTY 10th December 7.30 – Village Hall (WI Members only) NEXT MEETING - all welcome

14th January

TRASH AND TREASURE SALE SATURDAY, 8TH FEBRUARY 10 am – 1.00 pm ST. NICHOLAS-AT-WADE CHURCH China, glass, books, jewellery, small furniture, antiques etc. You name it – we might have it! Tea and coffee available. Proceeds to the maintenance of the church.

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Tothill Street, Minster 01843 820 250 * Christmas & New Year Specials for Minster Residents * (availability for these offers is very limited) Do you have family or friends wishing to visit over the festive period but you know you don’t have a spare room? Then let us help: We are again offering accommodation @ (phone for details) per room / per night for any number of nights during the period 14th to 29th December inclusive NEW YEARS EVE ONLY - SPECIAL OFFER (please phone for details) To take advantage of either of these very special promotions, contact Anne (our booking coordinator) Tel : 01843 820 250

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3 4 wheel alignment

3 Aluminium repairs

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Minster Matters Issue 154 Dec13 / Jan14  

Village Magazine

Minster Matters Issue 154 Dec13 / Jan14  

Village Magazine