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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 165: December 2014 / January 2015 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 77)

MINSTER CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION SELECTION DANCE Girls - will you be a minimum of 14, or under 20, by the end of June 2015? 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 14th February 7.30pm, Minster Village Hall Admission for non-entrants is £4.00 Tea and Coffee available otherwise please bring your own drink Interested? Then please contact Roy or Carol on 01843 821705 William Ellis lives in Minster and goes to Minster school, he's 9. He plays tennis for Deal at Tides, he's a very keen tennis player. In Kent he's ranked 4th in the age 9 and under category. His Mum, Sarah, tells us that on 25 October William played a Winter County Tournament in Deal. He won a gold medal, which was presented to him by the LTA Referee, having beaten Christian Jacob of Broadstairs in a tough head to head match which they played after both having previously won 3 Round Robin games apiece. William beat Christian, who we’re told is a very tough player, 7-5; 4-7; 7-5. William was extremely pleased and now looks forward to when the new tennis court is built in Minster so as it's not so far for him to go to practice.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers and we look forward to keeping you in touch with all that’s happening in and around our wonderful village throughout 2015. Thank you also for your continued support. MINSTER MATTERS NEEDS YOU !!!! We are looking for a volunteer to take over the delivery round in Station Approach/Cheesmans Close, from our next issue onwards. We are also looking for two or more volunteers to read for us once every two months, when we record the audio version of this magazine, for the visually impaired. You don’t need a great voice just a willing commitment of 2 hours of your time on one evening 6 times a year. Think you may be interested in either of these positions? Then please contact the Editor on 07914 623 287 or email him at editor@minstermatters.org.uk.

DON’T FORGET TO TRACK SANTA ON CHRISTMAS EVE Visit www.noradsanta.org to watch his progress across the world. Why you may ask is this cover ‘Green’? Because we promised a young lady she could select the cover colour after she politely asked us how we decide what colour to make it each month. She chose Peppermint Green so that’s why it’s this colour - normally we select the colour from one of the pictures published on the front page. E-mail : editorialteam@minstermatters.org.uk 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 Craig Raisbeck: 101 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: www.minster-in-thanet.org.uk Show: www.minstershow.org.uk Business Association: www.minsterbusinessassociation.org.uk Freegle: http://freegle.in/thanet 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 and notices in good faith and actively encourage Single Issue £1.85 Annually (11 issues) £18.00 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 space mailing details are shown elsewhere we do not copy our advertisers information to on this page. 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 16 January Dec 3rd - 6th Playhouse presents Dick Whittington 4 Christmas Flower Demonstration in Margate 5 School PFA Christmas Fair 6 St Mary's Christmas Fayre - Old Schools 6 Pilgrims Hospice Christmas Fair 7 St Lucy's Christmas Fayre - Minster Abbey 8 R.B.L. Womens Section Meeting 9 W.I. Meeting 13 Sandwich Christmas Bazaar 13 Canterbury Choral Society 14 Snowdown Colliery Band - Village Hall 14 Thanet Farmers Market 14 Seventy Choir - St Nicholas 16 Civic Carol Service - Lych Gate 17 Horticultural Society Christmas Social 20 Christmas Boot Fare - Village Hall 21 Salvation Army Family Carol Service 25 Salvation Army Christmas Service and Dinner

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Tuesday 2 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: clerk@minsterparishcouncil.org.uk Following Meeting : 13 January

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High Street Car Park 12.00pm - 1.00pm Tuesday 9 December Tuesday 23 December No January dates listed as yet on their website - to check for yourself go to www.kent.police.uk enter your postcode then check under ‘Meetings’ MINSTER SHOW Next Committee Meeting: Friday 9 January 7.30pm @ The Bell Inn (New members always welcome) The Committee are still actively looking for volunteer photographers for the 2015 Show - Good with a camera? Let us know.

EDITORIAL Well here we are with yet another issue packed full to the brim as usual and again we still never managed to get everything in, but we’ve left nothing out that we know of that’s happening in the village. However the 2 main items we’ve missed are both from Diane Trading Standards - Firstly a notice concerning a door to door survey by BMG on behalf of KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste. This is taking place from now until the end of December and if they knock at your door it should take about 10 minutes to complete. The second is about dangerous children’s hats being sold in Kent at discount Nora stores, market stalls and online. This same warning was given out last year and it appears there is another influx of these garments which have the ability to strangle a child. You can read more on these and other issues at www.kent.gov.uk/tradingstandards. We seem to be becoming victims of our own success as it’s beginning to look as if we have to increase the size of the magazine to 40 pages on occasions just to get may Henry everything in - but an extra 4 pages means extra expense so on the back of that we may have to look to increase our advertising rates later in the New Year to help cover this - not something we want to do but we also don’t want to have to refuse posters, pictures, articles etc. from residents and groups in the village. Food for thought! If you’ve read our notice on the front cover you’ll know we are looking for ‘Readers’ Diane to help us produce the magazine, in audio format, for the visually handicapped. As we’ve said you don’t have to have a great voice, provided you can read clearly and are willing to commit to a minimum of 2 hours every other month that’s all we ask. We have 2 real friendly teams and more often than not each group at some stage will be overcome with a fit of the giggles and we have to take 5 minutes out to get our serious heads back on Diana if only we produced a CD of our ‘out-takes’ we could probably make a fortune by reselling it - there have been some real howlers at times. As this is our last issue of 2014 and we now get 8 weeks off before we start on the next one I’d like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to everyone who supports us by way of advertising, supplying articles, pictures, poems, club reports and Kevin the like, without all of you this publication wouldn’t exist. Thanks must also go to all the very willing volunteers (approx 70 people in all - YES 70) who help put it together, record the audio, or deliver it - they all deserve a well earned rest from my badgering. So to all my team members here’s hoping you all have a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year (I need you fighting fit for 2015!!) Well that’s about it, just room to ask my usual question -”Where’s Zac?”

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PATIENT LIAISON GROUP 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, to all those who have supported us by purchasing raffle tickets and made such wonderful Christmas cupcakes. A full report will be published in the first issue of your local magazine in the New Year. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - PRIZE WINNERS We are delighted to announce that the winner of our top prize - a “Portrait Session with Andreas Photography” - worth £250 - were Mr. Mrs. Rowland with “Pink ticket No. 219”. For those who were not able to attend our Bazaar, a full list of Prize Winners will be displayed on our notice board in the surgery waiting room, together with a chart showing the progress of our fund raising. Wherever possible, all prize winners be contacted directly and invited to attend an official presentation, full details will be enclosed in our next newsletter. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS Please note the surgery’s revised opening arrangements over Christmas period: Monday/Tuesday 22/23 December - Normal opening hours Wednesday 24 December - AM: Normal opening - PM: Emergencies only Christmas Day 25 December - Closed all day Boxing Day 26 December - Closed all day Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 29/30/31 December - Normal opening hours Thursday 1st January - Closed all day Friday 2nd January - 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 - where you will be automatically transferred, or you can call direct on “111” to receive “non-urgent” confidential health advice and information for you and your family. For Urgent/Life Threatening cases, please 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 18 December at the latest. Obviously, we appreciate that “urgent” prescriptions may still be needed at any time. 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. MISSED APPOINTMENTS - HOW ABOUT A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION? This problem is not going away, last month: 82 PATIENTS DID NOT ATTEND THEIR DOCTORS APPOINTMENT AND 111 PATIENTS DID NOT ATTEND THEIR NURSES APPOINTMENT - THAT’S 193 MISSED AND WASTED APPOINTMENTS AND VALUABLE RESOURCES! But you won’t believe this - ALMOST 40 of the missed NURSES appointments were for ‘FLU VACCINATIONS!! Why anyone would bother to make an appointment for a “Flu Jab” and then “NOT TURN UP” is beyond belief!! So your “New Year Resolution” DON’T NEED IT? CANCEL IT! It’s SO EASY to do on our NEW phone system - AUTOMATICALLY - 24/7! PERHAPS THIS IS THE ANSWER? A patient who recently missed a pre-booked appointment felt so mortified and guilty, that, as a way of an apology, made a donation to our fund raising project. Naturally we were extremely grateful for the gesture and thanked them for their concern and generosity. So - to all those other 192 PATIENTS - WHAT GESTURE WILL YOU MAKE? EVEN AN APOLOGY WOULD BE NICE!! P.S. STOP PRESS! - Another patient has done likewise! Setting a trend maybe?? “ON LOAN” BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORS Unfortunately, a few patients have still not returned blood pressure monitors that they’ve had on temporary loan despite being asked to do so. We would therefore respectfully request that these are returned immediately, as other patients are waiting to use this equipment. SURGERY TRAINING DAYS Please note that the surgery will be closed from midday onwards on: Thursday 29 January and Wednesday 25 February. 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 either 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 At St Mary's we have had a season of remembering - it was wonderful to see the church full with over 450 people coming to the Remembrance Sunday Service, particularly seeing so many children and young people; and our thanks goes to the Royal British Legion, The Salvation Army and all who helped with this service. At our Always Remembered service we also recently had an opportunity to remember those we love who are no longer with us and to light a candle for them in the peace that was shared. Now we are in the season of Advent and we turn from remembering to watching and waiting. Waiting for Jesus' coming among us which we celebrate at Christmas. During this time of waiting many of us will be rushed off our feet, with little time to think, while children and young people get ever more excited day by day. But the result of this waiting is always good news. God sent his son to live with us on the earth, to share with us in our joys and sorrows - it is certainly worth waiting for! Whatever happens to us, through Jesus, God is with us in the waiting. But what do we do in our waiting during Advent? Well, many of us will have Advent Calendars which count down the days. Others of us may have an Advent candle that is lit every day - and we may even say a prayer when we light this as we prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming among us. You are all invited to join us at St Mary's, The Salvation Army or the Abbey for our services throughout December where we wait and share together the good news of Christmas - and we hope to see many of you at the Lych Gate on December 16 for Carols Around the Tree! My prayer for us all this Advent is that, as we prepare together, we find the space to find something different, something fresh and new that speaks to our hearts as we prepare to welcome Jesus into our world and our lives. Richard Braddy - Vicar St Mary's, Minster

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The Bell Inn And once again the bell ringers of St. Mary’s have to thank Fiona and Ken of the Bell Inn for collecting money for the benefit of the bell restoration fund and raising £68.00, by selling old glasses. Fiona and Ken are great supporters of the bell restoration fund and we thank them, and their customers who contribute so generously. Handbells The Band of Handbell ringers are practising for their Christmas performances with the Church resounding to their Carols on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. As always, they are still on the lookout for new ringers to join the band. Why not come along on a Wednesday at 6.00 pm or Saturday morning at 10.00 at the Church, and join in? Tower Bells Little new to report from the tower this month. The band are improving at Plain Hunt, and hope to move on to more complex method ringing in the future.They rang halfmuffled for Remembrance Sunday for the Parade from the British Legion to the Church and back. Does your dog need walking? Then I think have the answer, her name is Maxine. She is a professional dog walker. You may have seen her in and around the village walking various dogs. Maxine has walked our dog for the last 5 years, as soon as he hears her car on the drive, he is at the back door like a flash. She will walk your dog/s once or up to 5 times a week (Mon/ Fri ). She never leaves your dog in her car unaccompanied, while walking other dogs. She never walks more dogs than she can manage in an open space, she will walk your dog on or off the lead. She is totally trustworthy and reliable. To contact Maxine direct to discuss your dog’s needs Tel 07841 379 909 or for my personnel reference Tel 01843 826 321 and ask for Janet If you decide to use Maxine you and your dog/s will not be disappointed.

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Minster Matters Charlotte and Peter Ransom Saturday 11 October was a day that Pete and I will always treasure and remember. Not only was it the day of our wedding but it was also the day when we realised how kind and generous the people of Minster are. There are so many people from the village who helped to make our day so amazing and we wanted to thank them all here. Rev Richard Braddy, the bell ringers, Chris Randall, Iona and the Choir for a beautiful, different and personal wedding service. We would also like to thank Eric for all his help with the Village Hall, David and Lynn for their help with lighting, the Bell Inn for providing us with a bar, Bruce the Village Baker and The Corner House who provided high quality restaurant standard food for 70 people! Along with friends and family, you made our day exactly what we hoped for.

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES A very grateful thank you to everyone who made up a shoebox or provided goodies to go inside a box. To date (1/11/14) we have 180 completed boxes and any further boxes can be delivered to 33 Tothill St (leave in porch) or Attwells newsagent. Sadly this is the last year I will be a shoebox co-ordinator, mainly because the charity is requesting that next year a donation of ÂŁ3 accompanies each box. I do not want to have this additional responsibility. However, if you are keen to do a shoebox please phone Smile International on 01689 870 932 or email to www.smileinternational.org for instructions. Thank you to everyone and to Karen and Jenny at Attwells for your support and generosity over the past years, with best wishes, Kate Humphreys

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Trash and Treasure Sale at St. Nicholas-at-Wade Church Saturday 7 February 9.30 - 12.00 Make a note in your diary. You might find just the treasure you are looking for. China, glass, books, jewellery, small furniture etc. Bargains galore! Tea and coffee available. Proceeds to maintenance of the church.

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Minster Matters Minster Playhouse Prompt Corner

The vestibule of our Village Hall was no place for the faint-hearted on the night of Saturday 1 November, and those who braved its darkness had to pass a red-eyed witch, a spooky animatronic major-domo, skeletons and a raving bat to gain access to the Hall. Once inside our brave souls found themselves in the company of ghouls, ghosts, and monsters – and some people in fancy dress. It was the Playhouse Halloween Dance, and Jeff Barker led our revellers and his band as a cracking good time was had by all. The standard of costume was very high, with vampires competing with Edward Scissorhands for the prize for best costume which was finally awarded to Niki Kelly! The evening was well supported from within and without the Playhouse with tables from the Bell Inn and the Bellringers, among others, and the Playhouse would like to thank all those who assisted at, and supported this happy event. Our next production, the Christmas Pantomime, begins on Wednesday 3 December. (Oh no it doesn’t!) Oh yes it does!

Dick Whittington and his Cat (Played by Jeff Barker, who played the Crocodile last year) will be coming to London and putting King Rat to flight, assisted by the Good Fairy, Idle Jack, Alderman Fitzwarren, his beautiful daughter Alice, Sarah the dame, and of course Tommy the Cat. In his adventures he will be hindered by Cap’n Port and First Mate Starboard, but if you come and support him he is bound to win through in the end! Like all our pantomimes, it is a true Village Hall Panto in the traditional style, aimed at children and the young-at-heart, a clean and wholesome show for the whole family, not too long, and with TWO matinees this year on the Saturday!

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The Box Office for the Pantomime is still open and taking bookings on 07501 894 381 Don’t leave booking too late, as last year some people were disappointed not to be able to get into the Matinee. Show times are 7.30pm Wednesday to Saturday inclusive and Matinees on Saturday are at 11.00am and 2.30pm. www.minsterplayhouse.co.uk

Auditions The Minster Playhouse May production will be ‘Plaza Suite’. This play, a comedy by Neil Simon is in three separate Acts, with each one being directed by a different director and each with its own cast. The common thread is the site of each Act, Suite 719 of New York City's Plaza Hotel. Each Act stands alone as a story Act One focuses on an older couple and their failing marriage. Act Two on the machinations of a middle aged couple getting back together after years apart. Act Three on the trials of a family with a nervous daughter on her wedding day. Each Act is amusing in a different way and there is a wide range of ages and personalities required. If you feel you would like to audition you are very welcome to come to the Bell Inn, Minster, at 7.30pm on Thursday 22 January. The show runs from Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 May inclusive, in the Village Hall. The Playhouse will be putting the audition pieces and notes for each Act on their website at www.minsterplayhouse.co.uk early in the New Year, and any enquiries can be made to: info@minsterplayhouse.co.uk. Come on - give it a go! We have had several new actors join us recently and they have been a great success. Isn't it your turn?

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THANET PARKWAY RAILWAY STATION Minster Parish Council will be discussing this at their December meeting. It is unlikely the public will be allowed to speak so if you have anything you’d like mentioned then now’s the time to speak to a Parish Councillor, before the meeting. It is proposed that a new railway station is built on the existing line to the West of Cliffsend. The plan actually shows it as being on what used to be the ‘lavender field’ opposite the entrance to St Augustine’s Golf Club and in the field which faces you as you approach Cliffsend along Cottington Road under the new road bridge and just before you make the right turn under the existing railway bridge. The project is currently in the planning stage and prior to consultations that begin in the New Year, KCC are trying to gather public feelings and opinions about the development and its impact. How this will affect our own station we do not know, but it will almost certainly have some knock -on effect.

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Minster Matters MINSTER SHOW 2015 The Show Committee have decided that in order to get the best range of photos for you to pick from we will make sure that we give you the theme early!! So here it is... "The Village of Minster". Yes, that's it, where we live - maybe we need a new angle, something familiar, something seasonal, inside or outside, the choice is yours. We look forward to seeing them on Saturday 18 July 2015 in the Marquee.

MINSTER CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION Minster Carnival Association would like to thank the Parish Council, Village Businesses, Village Residents and Minster Matters for their support over the past year and we would like to send everybody our Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Dementia Friends People with Dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends, supported by the Alzheimer’s Society and the Government is a National Scheme designed to give people an understanding of Dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with Dementia - from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about Dementia. I am going to set this scheme up in Minster so that people with Dementia are included in our village life, are able to feel safe and welcomed. I am a Dementia Champion which means I have undertaken a limited piece of training with the Alzheimer’s Society who are leading this project. I will be running information sessions for anybody interested in Dementia over the coming months. The sessions will take place at Minster Surgery. I have the full support of the GP practice and of the Parish Council and what I want to do over the next year is to turn Minster into a Dementia Friendly area. This will involve me, along with others who are interested, looking at how services in Minster can better be geared to helping those with Dementia. I hope shopkeepers, library, restaurants, pub owners and staff, along with others will come to the information sessions and as a result become Dementia Friends, thereby helping Minster to become a truly Dementia friendly area and helping the Alzheimer’s Society achieve its aim of recruiting a million Dementia Friends by the end of 2015. Attending one of the information sessions, which only last an hour and are free, will mean you can become a Dementia Friend and better understand what it's like to live with Dementia. If we can all help in a small way the effect across Minster will be huge and will change, for the better, the way those with Dementia participate in village life. There are sessions on both Thursday 4 and 11 December at Minster Surgery. There will be only 10 places at each session. Further sessions will be organised in the New Year. If you are interested please contact me on 07503 070 250 or book a place on a session by going to the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.co.uk where you can also learn a lot more about what is happening Nationally. Andy Robinson.

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Zac’s Musings Well we went off up to the Co-op on the evening they had fireworks in the Rec, I could still see them though, but at least the noise wasn’t so bad. Thankfully it would appear most of the fireworks have been set off around where I live, at least for now, I suppose however that I’ll have to suffer them again at New Year, let’s hope it’s a dry night and everyone gets them fired off on the same evening and we don’t have them dragged out over a few days. Been quite peaceful in our house this month, that was until he had problems with one particular advert in this issue, but it would appear he did eventually get it sorted, so all’s well that ends well. Had to visit George this month, nothing actually wrong, just time for the annual jabs. Oh how I hate going to the vets. Still I’m not too bad provided I can see George and he’s always good enough to give me an anesthetic to numb the pain. Thanks George, see you in a years time, not before, I hope!!

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Minster Matters Richborough Connection Project: Update

In May we announced a proposed route for a new electricity connection between Richborough and Canterbury. Known as the Richborough Connection, the plans involve building a new overhead line and taking down an existing line of lower voltage UK Power Network pylons in the same area. It will join the Nemo Link (an electricity link between Belgium and the UK) to our existing network. It’s our job to connect people to the energy they use – whether to heat and light their homes or to keep offices and factories going. And, with one quarter of power stations set to close over the next decade we need more sources of power to keep the lights on. This is why the Richborough Connection is so important, as connecting Nemo Link promotes competition through increased access to energy markets and helps the UK meet international and domestic renewable and climate change targets. Following our May announcement we held a number of information events in the community to share our proposals, and to ask you for your feedback, and I would like to thank you for taking the time to meet with me and my team. In particular we were keen to hear your thoughts on the different types of pylon we could use including the lattice pylon, which you currently see in use at our existing site off Broad Oak Road in Canterbury, or the newly designed t-pylon. We’re now in the process of reviewing our draft route taking into account your suggestions and discussions we’ve had with land owners and tenants. We are also continuing with our surveys on the ground looking in more detail at the potential location for pylons and the type of pylon we could use. More chances to have your say early next year We will be holding a series of events throughout the area early next year to give you the chance to get an update on the project and give us your views. Your feedback is incredibly important to us as it helps to shape our thinking, so I am urging you to stay involved throughout the project and come along to our consultation events. We will share further details about the next stage of consultation once they are confirmed, but if you have any questions in the meantime please get in touch. You can call us on 0800 157 7878 or email us at richboroughconnection@communitycomms.co.uk. Further information can also be found at www.richboroughconnection.co.uk. Project Manager, Richborough Connection, National Grid

MINSTER WI At 7.30 on Tuesday 11 November, President, Sarah Eaton Brown, welcomed everyone to the Annual Meeting during which the election of committee members etc took place. Treasurer, Ann Wilkes, presented the year’s Financial Statement for adoption. Secretary, Liz Shervington, then gave the Annual Report outlining the many events during the past year. Sarah thanked her “team” and the members for their help and support in her rewarding and enjoyable year as President and requested adoption of the Annual Report. The new Committee members were announced and Sarah was re-elected as President in a secret ballot. During the time when the new Committee convened to another room and members enjoyed refreshments, the guest speaker judged the many cakes made by members as a result of Sarah’s October meeting challenge. Samples were enjoyed by all and Ann Fairbrass was declared the winner with her Victoria Sandwich. Sarah then introduced Chetna Makan as the evening’s guest speaker. Chetna, semi-finalist in BBC’s , this year, gave the meeting a delightful account of her life - before and after taking part in the TV series – and she answered many questions in a most entertaining way. She really was the ‘ at the Minster WI Annual Meeting! Following the raffle, our newly re-elected President ran through some details about the NFWI Centenary Baton coming to Minster, the Annual Civic Carol Service and our Christmas Party at December’s meeting. She then closed the meeting at around 9.45. Next Meeting and Christmas Party: Tuesday 9th December, 7.30 at Minster Village Hall

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Minster Matters MINSTER ARMBOUTS CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION

Hello All Our AGM was held on Friday 14 November, but we were quite disappointed that NOBODY other than the Committee attended, especially as Christine Lynch had provided refreshments, thank you Christine. Heather Epps resigned as Secretary and Carol Bubb was elected as her replacement. . We would like to thank Heather for all the hard work she has put into her role as Twinning Secretary for the last 5 years. The remainder of the Committee remains in place for the next year. A Committee Meeting followed the AGM. We are in the early stages of planning the events for 2015 and are excited at their prospects. More news hopefully to follow on that one. Six Committee Members attended the Remembrance Day Service in Armbouts Cappel on Tuesday 11 November and they placed wreaths on the French Memorial from the Royal British Legion, the Twinning Association and the Minster Carnival Court. Our French comrades have agreed that they will attend the Service in Minster next November, which we are very pleased about. A number of the French contingency are coming over on Saturday 14 February to exchange event dates with us and to attend the Carnival Court Selection Dance on the same evening. They informed us that the date of the Anniversary Celebrations in their village has been changed from 24 May to 28 June 2015, when they can then combine it with their Musical Entertainments afternoon. Minster Scouts have expressed an interest in joining us on a coach for the day and if there is anyone else who may like to join us then please contact Barbara Quittenden on 07874 214 279. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with the Twinning Association this year, either helping or supporting us at our events. Keep on checking Minster Matters, Minster Calendar, Facebook and our website for next year’s dates. Our success this year is down to everyone. Thank you. We wish you a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB What can we do for you this month? For all those who work and would like to have an evening bowling, we will open the Club from 7.00pm on Monday 1st & 15th December. That's just for you. Contact 821 221. Do you enjoy 60's Music? On Thursday 13 December we are holding a Buffet Meal followed by entertainment from the "Swinging Sixties" band - 6.45pm, inclusive £12.00pp. Looking into January, Wednesday evenings will also be available for those who work. No Fridays available due to the "Friday Fours Competition”, however you are still welcome as the bar will be open. The “Wednesday Pairs Competition” is nearly over, some very close results are making it quite exciting. We are willing to teach teenagers during the school holidays, and it will be free for that period. Contact numbers 589 615, or 821 221. From everyone on our committee we hope you have a problem free festive holiday, and we wish you all the best for the New Year.

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Family Disco Friday 9th January 6.00pm - 9.00pm Free Entry - All Welcome

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St Nicholas: Village and the Saint Brian Daubney speaks, former BBC personality - Thursday 11 December 6.30pm Manor Hall, St Nicholas at Wade info: 01843 447 791 POPPY APPEAL MAGNIFICENT PERFORMANCE Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank to the children, staff and helpers at Minster Primary School, where they raised a magnificent £660 for the Poppy Day Appeal this year. Well done to you all.

Saturday 6 December live music with Yellowhouse Saturday 20 December live music with Blow

**Christmas Eve** live music with the superb Mike Appleton as Michael Buble

**New Years Eve Party** with DJ’s Sam & Paul Cornwall Saturday 24 January live music with Mental Block Sky Sports on 2 Large HD Screens and Surround Sound * BT Sport Now Showing *

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SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER LOTS OF STALLS WITH SEASONAL BARGAINS CHRISTMAS HANDICRAFTS # TOMBOLAS GRAND RAFFLE # COFFEE & MINCE PIES Look in and support your Village Organisations

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STEVE AND NIKKI WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL THEIR STAFF AND CUSTOMERS A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR - THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND CUSTOM DURING 2014


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Cher’s Fitness Exercise To Music classes starting from 6th January 2015! Come and experience a full body workout to music No dance skills required All fitness levels catered for Easy and hard options shown throughout £5 per session Minster Village Hall Tuesdays from 09:30-10:15 Acol Village Hall Tuesdays from 19:30-20:15 St. Nicholas-at-Wade Village Hall Wednesdays from 19:30-20:15 Hasland Dance Studios, Herne Bay Thursdays from 09:30-10:15 I also offer personal training sessions - 1 to 1 or in groups, free consultations and 6 week challenges. If you have a young baby, why not try my Baby Boot Camp Mondays from 09:30-10:30 Old Mill House, Brook Lane Herne Bay CT6 6TT For further information please contact Cher on: 07766 680 007 www.facebook.com/ChersFitness chermillhouse@gmail.com

MONKTON NATURE RESERVE Walk at your leisure through the chalk grassland and woodland areas and have your packed lunch in our newly refurbished Picnic Area. Activities for children, include the Dinosaur Trail, Pond Dipping and our latest attraction, The Fairy Trail. Visit our Natural History Museum with a large display of exhibits, or bring your own fossils and artefacts for identification. We stock a large range of second-hand books, a selection of plants for sale and our very own home produced fertiliser. Also home of the Thanet Observatory where the Monkton Stargazers meet.

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Minster Matters MINSTER & MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

The Society meets in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month, apart from July and August when we enjoy an evening outing and a joint meeting with the Acol and Birchington Societies. We are a very friendly bunch of people and we welcome new members. We have some very enjoyable talks on a variety of subjects. On 21 January we have a flower arranging demonstration, 18 February a talk on the care of orchids and 18 March a talk on the Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Visitors are welcome at £1 for the evening, which includes a cup of tea or coffee, and our annual subscription is presently a very reasonable £4. Come along and see what we have to offer, we will be very pleased to see you. Joan Card (Chairman)

COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE & RAILWAY MUSEUM Lot’s to see and do A worthwhile journey to visit this hidden gem Featuring N Gauge layouts of the original Elham Valley Line and the UK Terminal layout from the original Channel Tunnel Exhibition Centre. Static Displays, Ride on Model Railway, Tea Rooms, Country Walks, Crafts, Free Parking Open Weekends inc Bank Holidays from April - November 10am to 5pm £2.50 adults, £1.50 children/concessions

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Somewhere in France 27th October 1918

Dear Mother, I am well, don’t worry. Sorry I haven’t been able to write to you for a while. I enjoyed the letter you wrote back to me from the recent letter I sent you about the gas attack. I arrived at the disgusting trenches about three days ago and I already feel cold and damp. Here is freezing and knee height is the thick sludgy mud (it reminds me of your chocolate pudding.) Do you remember Jonny; the one I used to play with in primary school? I remember when we were climbing a tree in the playground when we got caught by the evil head mistress, Mrs Applebloom, her name sounds sweet and lovely but she has a heart of icy stone. We each got 10 whacks of the cane that day but Jonny stood up for me and got 5 more. He has left this awful place and gone up to heaven. Please tell his mother she won’t have to worry as much then. I have heard the rumours that the trench to our right was hit by a serious gas attack, three of them were badly injured but the rest are blinded temporarily but actually quite well. The mouldy sand bags fill our noses with stench and the rats scatter from behind them. The rats are about the size of our large cat (Bramble). I miss you mother, I miss Bethia, Emma and little Tommo. I miss the warmth and the delicious smell of your gorgeous cooking. Is pa ok, I am worried about him, has his cold gone? Sorry I keep on asking questions I am just interested in how life is at home. Hopefully I will come home soon and I can comfort you again. I have to go now mother I have been called to go over the top. Wish me luck. From your loving son Jamie x Disclaimer: We cannot vouch for the fact that what we’ve been led to believe is true, but the above letter was, we are reliably informed, written by a youngster who lives in the village and was sent to us by an obviously adoring grandparent in the hope we would be able to find space to publish it.


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RAY FAIRBRASS - FORMERLY OF MINSTER Sadly we record the death of Ray Fairbrass who died on Saturday 25 October after a short illness. Ray moved to France with his new wife Angela to start a new life on a farm that they had bought to breed racehorses and run a bed and breakfast. Ray was soon very popular over there where he played his guitar and sang on stage at a nearby town theatre in order to raise money for charity. Ray’s funeral was attended in France by family and friends from both England and France. Residents of Minster, Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to announce my impending departure from the Ward of Thanet Villages. As of Monday 1 December this year I will no longer be a serving Police Community Support Officer as I will be commencing my training as a Police Constable with Kent Police. It has been an immense pleasure to work within the community of Minster, and I feel together we have achieved a great deal in the village. I would like to extend my personal gratitude to you all for your time and effort when engaging with Kent Police and reassure you that any projects or current issues that I am dealing with will be handed over to another officer to ensure a seamless transition after my departure. I have already commenced the process of GREENSTREET handing over these projects, including the kick boxing club which is still being actively pursued, and I am fully committed to ensuring nothing is left JOINERY Ltd unattended when I depart to commence my training. PCSO Craig Raisbeck Purpose Made Joinery will continue to be dedicated to Thanet Villages, and his extensive knowledge Staircases ~ Doors ~ Windows and experience in the ward will be of substantial benefit after my departure. Carpentry Service Secondly I would like to thank all residents of Minster, particularly those Doors Hung younger members of our community for their exemplary behaviour over the Kitchens Fitted Halloween period. This is traditionally a time when we experience an increase in anti-social behaviour reports and I am extremely pleased to say there was Contact: not a single call to Kent Police on Halloween night from Minster. There was a Simon Greenstreet high police presence in the village throughout the evening, but it was (01843) 823035 wonderful for attending officers that everyone could enjoy the festivities email: greenstreet9@hotmail.com without disturbing other residents. I know that the Rural Youth Project had a high attendance and I would like to thank them personally for their efforts in QUALIFIED FOOT HEALTH preventing any issues that may have arisen without their intervention. PROFESSIONAL The dispersal order at Columbus Avenue, Manston continues to be having David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP a positive effect on the number of nuisance vehicles entering the village and causing a noise disturbance with loud exhausts. I have noticed a significant All forms of Services and Treatments decrease in noise generated by these vehicles, and it seems their attendance available for Foot and Nail care has reduced considerably. The dispersal order will continue to be robustly Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe, policed for its duration and will hopefully have a long term impact in Ingrown nails, Nail deformities, addressing this complaint. Infection control for Athletes foot and The Minster Mountain Challenge was recently re-launched by Kent Police Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas, and Minster Primary School. This walking initiative has continued to expand Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare and I am pleased to say that Go Outdoors, Canterbury are now involved in We provide personal and reliable treatment the scheme. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of children in the comfort of your own home, nursing walking to school, thereby reducing the number of vehicles attending the or residential care home or hospital school site. I appreciate that there is still work to do in relation to this issue, Day, evening, weekend appointments but I feel the Minster Mountain Challenge has real potential when encouraging available by arrangement children to walk to school and reduce the traffic flow into the village. Tel: 01843 866 601 Kind regards Mob: 07749 999 584 PCSO Steven England


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SNOWDOWN COLLIERY BAND ANNUAL

Minster Business Association

VILLAGE HALL, MINSTER

These may not all be members of our Association but they are Minster based businesses and we are here to promote Minster and what it has to offer

SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER

www.tasteofkentawards.co.uk/vote

2.15pm

The following entries from Minster are listed and need your support

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

COME ALONG AND SING YOUR FAVOURITE CAROLS

PROCEEDS TO PILGRIMS HOSPICE Admission: Adults ÂŁ3.00 Children Free

Kent Butcher or Meat Producer of the Year A J Cliffe & Sons Kent Restaurant of the Year The Corner House Kent Dining Pub of the Year The New Inn

GRAND RAFFLE

Kent Farmers Market of the Year Thanet Farmers' Market

Tea and Biscuits

(Organised by Charlotte Ransom owner of local producer South Barn Gifts)

FATHER CHRISTMAS MAY MAKE AN APPEARANCE

We also take this opportunity to wish all of our members

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Minster Matters PRIVATE COLLECTOR WISHES TO BUY OLD BOTTLES, OLD PUB ITEMS, OLD POSTCARDS (Pre 1960) Tel: 01843 583 453 or 07799 892 436

Heaven In Heaven, family trees grow, with branches that spread far and wide. Loving members of our families, in whom we all have pride. They congregate along the centuries on the arms of these magnificent trees. Ancestors and relations, from our family history There is never overcrowding and peace and harmony always reigns. Where the Lord our God, makes very sure, you are free from aches and pains. Even if families are divided whilst in the land of living. In this haven of peace and understanding, everyone is forgiving.

MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 0900 - 1200 Mon - Fri Hire times and prices Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs Price Structure * Full Pitch : £37 hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £26 hour Half Pitch : £26 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: clerk@minsterparishcouncil.org.uk

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MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP

Short Mat Bowls Sessions for November 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

Tuesdays/Wednesdays

2nd

No Bowling

Tues 4th

7pm to 10pm

9th

6pm to 9pm

Wed 12th

No Bowling

16th

6pm to 9pm

Tues 18th

No Bowling

23rd

6pm to 9pm

Tues 25th

7pm to 10pm

30th

No Bowling

Phoenix Cup 16th November start 6.00pm Pay as you play - no membership fees

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 826 060

RED RECYCLING BAGS Minster Parish Council are aware that some residents red recycling bags have been lost or thrown in the large recycling bins during the collections. As it is proving a lengthy process for some to get a replacement, the Parish Council have now asked Thanet District Council if they can hold a small stock of replacement bags at the Parish Office. If you lose your red bag please contact the Clerk on: 821 339 to arrange to collect a replacement.

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Minster Matters have very kindly been given 2 copies of this beautiful hardback book to pass on to a couple of lucky readers. We will be asking you a question later the answer to which is written in this article so you need to read it thoroughly to be in with a chance of winning a copy. It could make an ideal Christmas present for someone in your family

and we will ensure that if you are one of the lucky recipients that you receive it from us before the big day. The draw will take place on Thursday 18 December and winners will be notified as soon as possible after that date. Should you not be lucky enough to win a copy then it is now available to purchase from all good bookstores and if you decide to go to Waterstones they may still have copies available of a Special Edition that comes complete with CD which includes all 24 carols conducted by the author. Here’s is a list of the carols you can expect to read about:

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Everyone loves a Christmas carol - in the end, even Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of midwinter mood, like the aroma of mince pies and mulled wine and the twinkle of lights on a tree. It’s a kind of magic But how did they get that magic? Andrew Gant tells the story of some 24 carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unravelling a captivating - and often surprising - tale of musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys, choirboys, monks and drunks.

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So now the all important question - who was that in the end came to love a carol? Write you answer on the back of an envelope or a postcard along with your name and address and drop it into Minster library marked for our attention by Wednesday 17 December. Good luck!!


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MINSTER CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL OPEN DAY Tuesday 13 January 2015 Is your child 4 years of age before Monday 31 August 2015 If so they could start at our school in September 2015 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, Kent CT12 4PS Telephone: 01843 821 384

SANDWICH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday 13 December Main Hall Guildhall Sandwich from 12.00noon to 6.00pm

CHRISTMAS BOOT FARE MINSTER VILLAGE HALL SATURDAY 20 DECEMBER 9am to 4pm in aid of PROSTATE & BREAST CANCER Refreshments Available Tables £7.50 All proceeds to Prostate & Breast Cancer To book a table contact Allison on 07584 065 122 (Doors open for Traders at 7.30am)

PRAM FOR SALE Paul Vogel, Designer Model Includes various covers, matching changing bag, converts to multiple positions, very adaptable £45.00 Contact 01843 821 835 (Minster) or 07790 946 968

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Minster Church of England Primary School PFA

Friday 5th December 3.30pm to 5.00pm * BBQ * Santa’s Grotto * Adopt a Pet stall * Laser Shooting * Tombola * Secret Santa stall * Popcorn & candy floss

* Make your own reindeer food * Pilgrims Hospice stall * Mulled wine & mince pies * Scalextric lap challenge * Glitter tattoos/face painting * Huge raffle * Mini manicures

And lots more

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Upcoming Events Thursday 4 December - Paul (Onelove) 8.30pm Friday 12 December - Paragraph One 60s-90s 9pm Sunday 14 December - Paul Cornwall 1-3pm Also on 14 December - Christmas Draw 4pm Friday 19 December - Christmas Quiz 7.30 for 8pm you must pre book your table for the quiz Christmas Eve - Open Juke Box New Years Eve - Brew Ha Ha Enterprise Inns Regional Winner 2014 “Best Pub Garden” Freshly cooked traditional pub grub at sensible prices We only use the finest and freshest local produce PUB NOW OPEN ALL DAY - Food Served:Monday - Saturday 12 noon to 3pm & 5pm to 9pm Sundays 12 noon to 4pm - Sunday Roast 2 for £15.00 Families are very welcome, children’s meals available

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The White Stag

CHRISTMAS FLOWER DEMONSTRATION

Monkton 01843 823 760 Village Pub and Restaurant PROBABLY THE BEST CARVERY IN THANET

The Secret Garden Florists are holding a Christmas Flower Demonstration Evening Thursday 4 December 7.00pm The Old Court Room at Margate Museum (Opposite the Cup Cake Shop in Margate Old Town) Tickets £5 each available from the Secret Garden Shops in Ramsgate, Broadstairs & Cliftonville or phone 01843 232 423

Blues & Jazz Afternoons Sun 7 & 21 December

Christmas Eve Carols 7.30pm after Mince Pies & Mulled Wine *New Years Eve Party* Now taking bookings ROOM FOR HIRE FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES Check Entertainment Board for future acts FUNCTION ROOM FOR HIRE OPENING ONTO GARDEN - IDEAL FOR PARTIES, FUNERAL RECEPTIONS, MEETINGS FIELD AT REAR FOR HIRE FOR VENUES OR EVENTS

ALL MONIES RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO PILGRIMS HOSPICE, CROHN’S & COLITIS UK AND THE MARGATE MUSEUM

Have you made your Will? If you don’t have a plan for what happens to your estate… The Government has! Make a Will now and be sure your family’s future is secure. For a friendly local and affordable Will Writing Service:

Call Martin Isaac 01304 812077 for details. Powers of Attorney also arranged. Home appointments available. Affiliated to the Society of Will Writers. Agent of Aegis Wealth Ltd www.a egiswealth.co.uk

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

15hrs FREE per week during term time for 3 and 4yr olds Warm and Friendly Environment OFSTED Registered Fully Qualified Staff Open 7.30am - 6.00pm Before and After School Care Ages 6 months - 11 years Quality Care and Safety Provided Age Appropriate Rooms Breakfast, 2 course HOT Lunch and HOT Tea Provided Morning and Afternoon Healthy Snacks

FREE for TWO places available

To Find Out More And Book Your Place

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TIGER’S TIP To make roast meat go further, place it on a rack in the roasting tin. It shrinks less than if it comes in contact with the tin itself.

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 @ £35.00 per room / per night for any number of nights during the period 15th to 30th December inclusive NEW YEARS EVE ONLY - SPECIAL OFFER @ just £49 per room To take advantage of either of these very special promotions, contact Anne (our booking coordinator) Tel : 01843 820 250 These offers are subject to availability and will qualify only on production of this advert. We also reserve the right to withdraw these offers at any time prior to booking (not available in conjunction with any other special offers)


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ramsgateandminster@gmail.com www.ramsgateandminster.com

Parish Office Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road Ramsgate CT11 7DS Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holy day 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 Minster Abbey below

St. Mary the Virgin, Minster Reverend Richard Braddy

St Mary Magdalene Monkton

The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster Reverend Marcus Holden 592 071

(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

Sunday Services in DECEMBER 7th

Tel: 821 250 Sunday Services In DECEMBER

10.15am Holy Communion and Gift Service (CW) 7th

09:00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Family Praise and Gift Service 6.30pm Evensong

14th

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Family Christingle Service with Communion

21st

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Service of Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve 4.30pm Christmas Special- suitable for families of all ages 11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion Christmas Day 10.00am Christmas Family Communion

14th 10.15am Holy Communion (BCP) 21st

6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 24th For Midnight Communion see St Mary's Minster Christmas Day 25th 10.00am Christmas Holy Communion (CW) 28th 10.15am Family Service

4th

January 2015 10:15am Holy Communion (CW)

24th

11th 10.15am Holy Communion (BCP)

Minster Abbey www.minsterabbeynuns.org 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,

18th 10.15am United Communion Service with the Methodists

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25th 10.15am Family Service

Lych Gate Carol Service This year the Community Carol Service will be on Tuesday 16 December at 7.15pm and will involve the children from Minster C of E Primary School, The Salvation Army Band, representatives from St Mary’s, Minster Abbey and other members Wednesday Mornings at St Mary’s 10.30am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by refreshments

Family Carol Service Sunday 21 December @ 3pm Everyone Welcome

Holy Communion at home is available for anyone who is unable to access Minster or Monkton Church Telephone 821 250 or 822 428

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

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9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Family Communion (CW) January 2015 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Family Praise 6.30pm Evensong

11th

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Family Communion

18th

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Family Worship

20th

25th

7.30pm Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with Christians Together in Minster 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Family Communion

For further details contact: Majors Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves 01843 822308 or 825178 A Christian Church and a Registered Charity No 214779 & in Scotland SC009359

Weekly Activities Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

9.30am Bumps & Babies

9.30am Parent & Toddlers

9.15am Prayer Group

(Term time only)

(Term time only)

10.15am Keep Fit 2.00pm Home League

2.00pm Friendship Club

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship

6.00pm Worship and Bible Study


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Minster WI Christmas Day Service 10.30am

Christmas Dinner 12.30pm at The Salvation Army If you are alone on Christmas Day and would like some company then please join us for Christmas Dinner Book a place by either calling into the Community Shop and registering or call 01843 825 178 or 822 308

Soup (and cake) on Wednesday

The Salvation Army

Drivers needed Christmas Day Can you help? We need drivers to pick-up some people Attending our Christmas Dinner at our Hall on Christmas Day. If you able to help please call Major Bryn Hargreaves on 01843 822 308

MINSTER LIBRARY Baby Rhyme and Story Time 9.30 - 10.00 Friday mornings

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section

Every Wednesday Old Schools 12 - 1.30pm £3 / £4 Proceeds to Christian Aid & St Mary’s Church Everyone Welcome THANET FARMERS’ MARKET Second Sunday of each Month 9.30am - 1.00pm Marlowe Academy Marlowe Way, Ramsgate enquiries@southbarngifts.com SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197 info@sandwichtowncouncil.gov.uk CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS’ MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further information Phone: 226033 k.chadband@btinternet.com

NEXT MEETING Monday 8 December 7.30pm “Party Time” Competition A Decorated Cracker 2015 Monday 12 January 7.30pm New Year Resolution you have no intention of keeping Bingo , Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information please contact Miriam Smith on 822589

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion

EVERY WEDNESDAY 2.00pm - 4.00pm Come and join us for a game of Bingo ALL MEMBERS & bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat on 822 622

Next Meeting & Christmas Party Tuesday 9 December 7.30pm Village Hall

NEXT MEETING Wednesday 17 December 7.30pm Village Hall Christmas Social with music, quizzes and buffet Tickets - members £5 Non members £6 JANUARY MEETING Wednesday 21 January 7.30pm Village Hall Rosemary Ball will be demonstrating on “Flower arranging” Points competition a miniature flower arrangement ALL WELCOME

St Mary's, Minster Christmas Eve at 4.30pm A magical time for all ages re-telling the Christmas story. Christmas starts here!

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Sunday 18th January United Christians Together Service 6.00pm at The Salvation Army Guest Speaker: Lt.Col. Ray Irving (Divisional Leader)


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Minster Matters Autumn in Kent Leaves turn brown Fall off the trees Will Autumn stop Oh please oh please by Troy Peen

BBC Children in Need - House Bake-Off Competition Thank you to everyone who made and/or bought cakes in for Thursday’s bake-off competition and sale. It was a great success and the turn-out of cakes was brilliant. The children's cakes looked fabulous and tasted wonderful. During the afternoon assembly, Mr. McCarthy had the incredibly difficult decision of choosing the best four cakes, one from each house. Mr. McCarthy then had the very "tough" job, of deciding the overall winner by tasting the cakes!! All houses earned an extra 50 points for their entries but the overall winner was Viking House who won an extra 100 points. At the end of the school day, your fantastic cakes went on sale and because of your tremendous generosity, Minster School managed to raise over £500.00 for BBC children in Need.

IN LONDON’S TOWER In London’s Tower poppies grow, Down in the moat, Row by row, The colour red marks their blood, The blood they spilt on the thick mud. In London’s Tower poppies grow, Down in the moat, Row by row, The colour black marks despair, Despair that made all of us care. In London’s Tower poppies grow, Down in the moat, Row by row, The poppies signal peace to all, For those that stand, and those that fall. by Harriet Taylor

Once again, thank you for your support and we very much hope you all enjoyed your delicious cakes.

Journalist club: Interviewing Mrs Vinson by Ella Brewer 1. What’s your favourite hot school dinner? Wednesday’s roast dinners, but apple crumble is my favourite. 2. Do you like working in the office? I absolutely love it. 3. What’s your favourite job in the office? Dealing with new parents and children however I struggled with this answer because I love all the jobs in my office. 4. Who is your favourite teacher? Mr Gordon, but I love all the teachers. 5. Did you have a summer holiday? I had a brilliant holiday in Egypt. 6. What’s your favourite piece of equipment? Goal posts. Why: Because I love football. 7. Do you know why we have poppies? To commemorate all the soldiers who have died in the wars and to raise money for their charity.

Journalist Club Interviewing Mrs Beale by Troy Peen 1. Do you like working in the school? Yes I couldn’t have a better job. 2. Do you like the village? Yes the best place to be. 3. Do you like running? At 67 I’m a bit too old. 4. What is your favourite food? Jacket potato and quiche. 5. What is your favourite pastime? Taiko drumming which are Japanese drums 6. How big are these drums? Some are very big. It was exciting interviewing Mrs Beale and it was also very interesting.


Minster Matters St Mary's Church, Minster offers

Guided Tours of the

Church and Tower Most Saturdays at 12.00noon and 2.00pm To ensure you don’t have a wasted journey please call 07958 813 577 to confirm that tours are taking place on the day of your intended visit The church is normally open from 10am to 3pm daily For party tours outside of the normal times please call the above number to make a booking

SIR ROGER GALE MP Roger holds regular advice surgeries. For appointments and advice on urgent problems:

Ring: 01843 848588 (a.m. from l0.00) Fax: 01843 844856 (24-hour) Page: 07623 978479 (24-hour) Web: www.rogergale.co.uk Email: galerj@parliament.uk Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS, London, SW1A 0AA

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB PLAY BOWLS When: Summer; Outdoors and Indoors ~ Winter; Indoors Why: Pleasure, Healthy Exercise, Entertainment, Competitions, Fun Time with Friends Old and New ‘LEARNING TO PLAY’ IS FREE!!! Visit the club at The Bowls Green, Recreation Ground (Molineux Rd Entrance) or phone 824 082

LIBRARY HOMEWORK CLUB Just a reminder to parents that the library offers HOMEWORK HELP on a Thursday (in term time) from 3.30pm to 4.45pm for any children aged 8 and over

ST NICHOLAS ART GROUP

St Nicholas Village Hall, The Length, St Nicholas EVERY THURSDAY from 10.30am until 1.00pm Come along and Paint or Draw with Creative Artists All Abilities Welcomed Help and Ideas offered if required Bring something to Paint or Draw Just £3.50 per session inc tea/coffee For further details please ring 294829

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