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Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 176 : December 2015 - January 2016 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 88)




“Minster Primary School reception children visited the library for a Booktime storytelling event. Here they are in front of their fantastic artwork on display at the library.�


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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 PCSOs Craig Raisbeck & Sean Ritchie: 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: 03000 41 31 31 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 Scooter & Wheelchair (to loan): 07864 345 019 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 Pat Hogben 822 082

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Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744 Neighbourhood Centre Meeting Room: bookings via Library 03000 41 31 31

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Playhouse Panto - Snow White


PFA Christmas Fayre


Yard Sale - Monkton Road



Real St Nicholas



Twinning Association Santa Dash in Rec



TWAM Gift Service



Craft and Pamper Fair



Live Nativity



W.I. Christmas Party



Messy Church - St Nicholas



Canterbury Cathedral Carols



St Lucy's Christmas Fair



Snowdown Colliery Band Christmas Concert



R.B.L. Women's Section Meeting



Civic Carol Service at Lych Gate



BLEND - Social Sing



Horticultural Society Christmas Social



St Nicholas Hoodeners at Monkton



Salvation Army Carol Service



Messy Church - Monkton



Salvation Army Christmas Dinner


Jan 10 11 16 20

Bowls Club - Short mat Open Day R.B.L. Women's Section Meeting Sponsored Firewalk Challenge at The Bell Inn Playhouse May Play Auditions

Feb 6 13 27

St Nicholas Trash & Treasure Sale Minster Carnival Court Selection Dance Twinning Association Quiz Night

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Sarah Thorne Theatre What’s On at the Royal British Legion Youth Club -@ Pavilion

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Village Hall Bowls Group


All Weather Playing Surface Church Notices Red Recycling Bags - Now at Library and not Parish Office

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25 29 & 30 37

St Mary's Church Guided Tours


Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 15 JANUARY

Minster Parish Council

next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 1 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:9.30am to 12noon weekdays; however due to commitments that require staff leaving the office it is better to ring first to ensure the office is manned tel: 821 339 fax: 825 869 Email: Following Meeting : 12 January (2nd Tuesday)

Minutes of all Council Meetings can be found at

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Minster Matters E - Team A Christmas Wish from California: We would like to wish everyone in Minster, especially our neighbours (Dorothy, we wish we could stop by for a chat), everyone at Minster School (especially last year's Rainbow class), Streetwise and the Ray Minster Matters team a lovely and warm holiday season. We'll send sunshine your way, if you send (a little) rain to help us with our drought. Barry, Nora, Eamon and Gregory Aldous




Dear Editor I would like to say what an excellent job has been done on our car park opposite the Minster Tandoori. It is a real pleasant sight, thank you. Pam Parkinson





My Word, what a lot we've had to squeeze in this month, so much so that we've had to extend to 40 pages, something we've never ever done before, in fact we had nearly enough to have gone to 44. So we've put in all the most important notices, articles, adverts etc and hope we haven't left anything out that has been sent in and we must have missed. We even have 2 school pages this month as the lunchtime Journalist Club has now extended to 2 days a week with years 3 & 4 on Mondays and years 5 & 6 on Thursdays, so we had a mountain of articles to choose from - making those choices was really hard - so much good work it was a shame to leave any of it out. Now, we've been asked why Parish Council Minutes do not appear in this magazine any longer - simple answer "we've nobody on our team able to attend regularly to take notes" but Minutes are available to read on their own website at Just enough space left for me, on behalf of the whole Minster Matters team, to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year and we look forward to bringing you another 11 'fun packed' issues in 2016. Finally my usual question -”Where’s Zac?”

A.J.Cliffe & Sons (Butchers) Ltd We would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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


Girls - will you be a minimum of 14, or under 20, by the end of June 2016? 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 13th February 7.30pm, Minster Village Hall Admission for non-entrants is £4.00

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT with the Snowdown Colliery Band Minster Village Hall Sunday 13 December @ 2.15pm Admission £3.00 Come along and sing your favourite carols All proceeds in aid of Pilgrims Hospice

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 making such a wonderful selection of cakes. As result we have reached our target, purchased the Nellcor Portable Monitor and we will be making an official presentation on Friday 4 December at 1.00pm, when Dr Crosfield will accept the equipment on behalf of the practice. We cordially invite all our patients and friends to join us at this time. APPOINTMENTS We are fully aware of the difficulties patients are experiencing in booking appointments at certain times. Consequently we are reviewing our procedures and considering what measures we can introduce to help improve the situation. In the meantime we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding whilst these measures are being implemented. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - PRIZE WINNERS A full list of prize winners is displayed on our notice board at the surgery. Wherever possible all prize winners have been contacted directly by telephone and invited to attend an official presentation. See our full report in the February issue of this magazine. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS Please note revised surgery opening arrangements for the Christmas period: Thursday 24 December - AM: Normal opening hours - PM: Emergencies only Christmas Day 25 December - Closed all day Boxing Day 26 December - Closed all day Monday 28 December - Closed all day Tuesday 29 December - Normal opening hours Wednesday 30 December - Normal opening hours Thursday 31 December - Normal opening hours Friday 1 January - Closed all day Monday 4 January onwards - 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 – 821 333 - 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 or 112 as normal. 112 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER This is the single emergency telephone number for all countries in the EU, however in the UK both 999 and 112 may be used either via a landline or a mobile free of charge. Users of mobile phones however may find the 112 number more advantageous, because in the event of loss of signal, it will automatically search for an alternative network to make the call. REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you throughout the holiday period and that all ‘Repeat Prescription Request’ are submitted in good time to allow for the increased demand, both at the surgery and at the various local pharmacies. Remember to check your local pharmacy for Christmas opening times as well. Due to the extended holiday period you may submit your repeat requests up to ten days in advance, but preferably by Friday 18 December at the latest. Obviously we appreciate that urgent prescriptions may still be needed at any time. If your ‘Medication Review’ is due during this period please ensure you make an appointment in good time to avoid any unnecessary delays. If you have any concerns please contact the surgery direct on 821 333. MISSED APPOINTMENTS - HOW ABOUT A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION? This problem is not going away! Last month: 42 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and 107 patients did not attend their nurse’s appointment! That’s 149 missed and wasted appointments and valuable resources! So a plea, to all our patients throughout the villages and surrounding areas, make this your New Year resolution DON’T NEED IT? CANCEL IT! It’s so easy by phone, text or online - just do it! SURGERY TRAINING DAYS Please note that the surgery will be closed from midday onwards on Wednesday 27 January and Thursday 25 February. PATIENT GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in January, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact either Ken Self on 821 200 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821 049. AND FINALLY We would like to wish all our Patients and Friends A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and A VERY HEALTHY NEW YEAR

Minster Matters Appeal for Information The latest model railway project for the Isle of Thanet Railway Society is a 2mm fine scale (‘N’ gauge) working model of Minster Junction. The model will centre around the station area and the lines to Ramsgate, Deal and Canterbury, set in the late 1950s during the last days of steam on the line, and just before the third rail electrification was put in.


Greens of Minster Fruit&Veg ~ Flowers&Plants ~ Sweets&Gifts ~ PetFood

Taking Your Fruit and Veg Orders Now For Christmas Come And See Us For An Order Form

Can’t get to the shops? Then visit us online at or telephone us on 822 212 (Free local delivery on orders over £4.99) 24a Monkton Road, Minster 01843 822 212

NORTHROP The society has a British Railways drawing of the area of that time, but would like more detail. We are asking if any reader has any post 1948 to the late 1950s, photos or information of the station and station yard area up to the level crossing, including what is now Station Road, Conygham Road and Cheesemans Close, some family photos taken outside could include these areas in the background. We would be most grateful for copies or to get copies done of any relevant photos or documents to help with our project. Should you be able to help with any of the above, please contact Danny Day at the Library, or leave the photos etc. marked for his attention along with your name and contact details. Thanking you in anticipation

MEMORIAL BENCH The bench in Teofilo's memory will be placed outside the Salvation Army Community Shop (Teofilo actually started the shop at the bottom of the village with the support of Jonathan Cole's father) so is a perfect location. The bench will be dedicated at 11am on Friday 18 December by Majors Trevor Green and Denise Cooper. Philippa, Debora and Mario will also be there. This will be followed by a cup of tea in the hall. All are very welcome to attend.

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The Pantomime 2015

Performance Times: (Schools & Special Charity Nights - Public admitted if seats available, 24 High St., Minster CT12 4BU tel. Box Office) Mon 14 Dec 7pm Preview Night. MOSSY'S Dog Walking and Dog Sitting Service Tues 15 Dec Special School Shows. Local lady experienced with dogs available for Wed 16 Dec Special School Shows. daily and weekly walks and lots of one to one Thurs 17 Dec Special School Shows. individual attention whilst you are away Fri 18 Dec 7pm Thanet Rotary Night. (Returns only) Competitive Rates, depending on requirements ~ Insured ~ References available Sat 19 Dec 2.30pm (Sold Out)

Tel: 822 946 Mob: 07811 780 492

Contact : Sarah Mather 24 High Street, Minster 01843 822 946 or 07855 871 484


(Public Performances) Sat 19 Dec. 6.30pm Sun 20 Dec 2.30pm Mon 21 Dec No Performance Tues 22 Dec 2.30pm Wed 23 Dec 2.30pm Thurs 24 Dec 2.30pm - Christmas Eve. Fri 25 Dec Christmas Day - No Performance Sat 26 Dec Boxing Day – No Performance. Sun 27 Dec 2.30pm Mon 28 Dec 2.30pm Tue 29 Dec 2.30pm (Final Show)

EVEN IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A SPONSOR FORM PLEASE CONTACT THE BELL INN ASAP PRICES: On the Door: Adult £15.50, Children £13.50 TO CONFIRM YOU ARE Pay in Advance and Friends: Adult £13.50, Children £11.50, Family -------------------------------------------------------------------DEFINITELY ENTERING AS Book by calling the Box Office 01843 863 701 THEY NEED TO KNOW EXACT (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm – 24 answer phone) also go to NUMBERS FOR ORGANISERS to BOOK ON LINE. The theatre is open for all but Membership at £18 year offers good discounts on the TO ARRANGE FIRE majority of shows. MARSHALLS ETC - THANK YOU THERE ARE NO BOOKING FEES AT THIS THEATRE THE TICKET IS THE PRICE!

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: Email: Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS, London, SW1A 0AA

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Upcoming Events

LOCAL EXCHANGE TRADING SYSTEM Community Based Trading System RAMLETS is an independent non-profit making voluntary association. and is affiliated to LETSLINK UK, which co-ordinates LETS systems nationally.. RAMLETS is a community-based barter system where members pool their skills and resources to form a local network, which allows them to trade goods and services without using money. Instead of using pounds and pence, RAMLETS has its own 'currency' called 'Rams' RAMLETS was started in 2014 and is one of over 450 similar systems around the country. There are similar systems throughout the world, and RAMLETS has contacts with some of them. Anyone can become a member of RAMLETS because we all have something to offer whether it is a skill such as decorating or chiropody, or a service such as shopping or giving people a lift. Local organisations such as schools and churches, and businesses can join as well as individuals. Interested in learning more? Then please get in touch. RAMLETS 4 Clifton Lawn, Ramsgate CT11 9PB Email: Web: Twitter: @Ramsgatelets Facebook: ramsgatelets Phone: 07793 241 819

Friday 4 December - Elton Towers Sunday 6 December - Paul Onelove 4-7pm Friday 18 December - Mixed Emotion New Years Eve - Majestic 12 Saturday 16 January - Paragraph 1 FIREWALK CHALLENGE - See panel above Freshly cooked traditional pub dishes with a twist We only use the finest and freshest local produce PUB NOW OPEN ALL DAY - Food Served:Tuesday - Saturday 12 noon to 3pm & 5pm to 9pm Sundays 12 noon to 4pm Families are very welcome, children’s meals available

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PET FOOD Attwells Newsagents always welcome donations of pet foods for

which they distribute to Local Rescue Groups


CALL TOM ON 01843 583 162

MINSTER W.I. On Tuesday 10 November, members gathered for the Annual Meeting in Minster Village Hall at 7.30pm. Following the welcome and President Sarah Eaton-Brown reminded everyone that the Committee and Officers for the next year would be decided during the evening. Quizzes and mini-garland kits were distributed for completion – garlands to be made as decoration for the tree entry in the WI Federation Competition. Quizzes were just for fun. During the formalities, members’ cards and cakes were judged (with the latter cut-up ready for eating!). The new Committee members were introduced to the meeting. Treasurer, Ann Wilks, Secretary, Liz Shervington, and Sarah (re-elected as President) gave their individual reports for the past year - all will be serving for the coming year as well! Liz also read out the Resolutions to be discussed at a later date. Following delicious refreshments (tea, coffee and home made cake) Christmas events were discussed – all looking forward to the Dabble Day on the following Saturday (14 November); the Christmas Party and the Village Civic Carol Service. Sarah reminded everyone of the various collections and appeals, the Christmas Cracker Competition and the entertainment for the Party night. The meeting closed at 9.45 after a highly entertaining evening. Forthcoming events : Friday 4 December - Sunshine Club – Christmas Lunch Tuesday 8 December – Christmas Party - Village Hall Tuesday 15 December – Annual Civic Carol Service - Lychgate


Attwells Newsagents collect all varieties of ‘ when they are available. So if you ever have any to spare please drop them into the shop - they will be put to good use locally.

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This Year’s Pantomime Our traditional Christmas Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will run from Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 December, evening performances at 7.30pm, with two matinees on the Saturday at 10.30am and 3.00pm respectively, but the afternoon performance is almost fully booked. Box Office: 07501 894 381 or email: May Play Auditions for our next May Play, a light comedy about village life as typified by a committee arranging a summer fete, ‘Day of Reckoning’, will be held on Wednesday 20 January at The Bell Inn at 7.30pm, and you are cordially invited to attend and try for a part. We really welcome newcomers of whatever age or experience, to work with us on/or back-stage. East Kent One-Act Festival The Playhouse is intending to take part in the East Kent One-Act Festival, a four-company one-act play competition to be held at Ash Village Hall on Saturday 19 March next year, audition dates to be announced. For more information on any of the above please check out our website. info@minsterplayhouse,

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Flowers & Plants Our In-House Florist Is Currently Taking Orders For Xmas Floral Arrangements, Xmas Table Decorations, BQ’s, Flowers In Baskets, Boxes Of Flowers And More A Large Range Of Plants All ‘Gifted Up’ – Roses, Mini Daffs, Hyacynths, Chrysanths And Many, Many More … Sacks Of Logs, Kindling And Natural Firelighters £3.49 Each Or Mix And Match Any 3 For Only £10.00!


Want to be a Toxophilite!!!! Or in English an archer. Archery is a sport that goes back hundreds of years. In fact in times gone bye it was law you had to practice archery: "All English males over the age of 14 are to carry out two-hours of longbow practice every week, supervised by the local clergy." This law was revoked in 1863. Ten good reasons to become an archer It’s a lifetime sport : It’s strictly recreational : You can make a fashion statement It builds confidence : It builds muscles : Archery friends are best friends It’s wickedly fun to watch : Families can enjoy it together It’s an individual sport, with optional team opportunities : It’s not that expensive So where is the archery club local to you? The answer to that is there is not a club in this area at this time, but if there was enough interest and funding can be found we could start one. The object of this article is to find out if there is any interest in Minster and the surrounding area. Q1. Do we have a field to practise on? Not at this time Q2. Do we have a secure storage building? (See answer to Q1 above) Q3. Do we have any equipment? No, but there are grants available Q4. Do we have a qualified instructor? YES and he lives in Minster If enough people show an interest we can get a club going. Interested? Then let me know and I can put your name on file. Contact: Tony Goodman 01843 822 720 e:

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Xmas Top Picks Our Popular Xmas Wreaths Are Back Again - Only £5.95 each / 2 for £10.00 Xmas Trees Both Potted And Cut

Fresh, Local Xmas Fruit & Veg Boxes Order your Xmas Fruit & Veg. box now. Pick up an order form in store. Many items collected from local farms:

*NEW* Our Very Own Kentish Food Hampers – Filled Only With Kentish Produce The St. Nicolas Kentish Hamper - £20.00 The Monkton Kentish Hamper - £35.00

*Local Brussel Sprouts (£1.39Kg), Local Broccoli (£1.99Kg), Local Potatoes (30pKg), Local Large Cauli (99p), Local Cabbage (69p), Local Beet. (99p kg) and many more local items such as Kale, Black Cabbage, Brussel Tops, Onions, Carrots, Butternuts, Pears, Apples and more …. Flower arrangements for all occasions by our qualified and experienced florist: ORDER YOUR XMAS FLOWERS NOW 24-Hour Pre-Order Service

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Pet Food DOGS – Burns (Large Sack £48), Wagg (2.5kg £2.99), Butchers, Gusto, Pal, Natures Diet And More … CATS - Whiskas Cat Milk (80p), Iams, Massive 30Ltr Sacks Of Litter (£9.19) And More …

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BIRDS – 20kg Sack Of Wild Bird £11.49, Poultry Corn, Layers, Sunflower Seeds, Nyjer Seed, Peanuts And More …

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Thanet Farmers’ Market is holding their first craft only event on Sunday 29 November. The Farmers’ Market which is held each month has a small craft section at each market, which increases in size for the November and December markets due to demand for handmade gifts for Christmas. After conducting research and lots of requests from stall holders and customers alike the managers have decided to hold a craft only market. This market is taking place on Sunday 29 November at Dane Court Grammar School from 09:30-13:00. They have confirmed that there are approximately 30 stalls booked to take part in the event, all of whom are local to Kent. There will be a large range of gifts which you will be able to purchase including, soap, jewellery, house plants, lampshades, candles, Christmas gifts, greetings cards, pottery, wood, knitted items, silk scarves, note books, clocks, silver smith jewellery and much much more. The market café will be open selling their very popular bacon rolls, tea, coffee and Little Stour Orchard apple Juice. They will also have cakes from South Barn Preserves and confectionery. Music will be provided on the day by the Kent Show Choir and we will also have 1 community stall and 3 charity stalls at the event, raising money for TAG, Monkton Nature Reserve and the Broadstairs Town Shed. Market Manager Martin Karunaratna said “We have had great feedback from customers already who are looking forward to the craft event”. Please find details on all of the stalls that are attending by checking out our Facebook page at Also find us at or Tweet us @Thanetfarmmkt

WAR MEMORIAL FUND The World War 1 and 2 panels that the Minster War Memorial Fund has been raising funds for were officially dedicated on Remembrance Sunday by Reverend Richard Braddy during the Service. Many thanks to everyone who helped and raised funds especially the public houses of Minster who as always go the extra mile when staging charity events and collections, also thanks go to Minster Sunday School whose donation gave us the idea to start this fundraising and a big thank you to Julie Searles for her help and support over the years. Early next year a ‘Centenary Stone’ will be unveiled in the village with the help of Nick Whybrow (Stonemason). Thank you to everyone involved in Remembrance Sunday and to our wonderful church which is open daily for anyone wishing to view the panels. Steve and Sam Philpott



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Come along with Family and Friends To Walk, Stroll, Jog or Run 1 Mile Raising funds for CANCER RESEARCH UK

Starting from the Pavilion at 2.00pm Come dressed in Christmas themed costumes All proceeds to Cancer Research UK 1 mile = twice around perimeter of Rec and playground park Hot soup and drinks on sale FREE SANTA HAT FOR ALL ENTRANTS Pick up your entry form at ATTWELLS NEWSAGENTS GREENS OF MINSTER or MINSTER GARAGE



On Sunday 8 November we welcomed representatives from Armbouts Cappel to join in our Remembrance Day Service at St Mary’s Church, then the laying of wreaths at the memorial in the Cemetery, followed by a buffet put on by the Royal British Legion. Our colleagues enjoyed themselves dancing to the Big Beverley Band. Thanks go to our vicar Rev Richard Braddy for personally welcoming the French and also to the Royal British Legion for their hospitality. Wednesday 11 November saw a delegation of seven committee members set off to join the French for their service. They took with them 4 wreaths to represent the Association, the Royal British Legion, the Parish Council and the Carnival Court and these were gratefully accepted at their memorial outside the church. Our thanks go to the community of Armbouts Cappel for the hospitality they showed us on the day. Our AGM was held on Friday 13 November and disappointingly, no members of the public attended. The election of officers took place, those already in post continuing for another year. Two committee members stepped down, Heather Epps and Sarah Bottle and they were both thanked for all the support and hard work they had given during their term of service. Christine Lynch provided a buffet to celebrate the ending of another successful year for the Association. Thank you Christine The race night held on Saturday 14 November was well supported and great fun. Thanks go to Bernie Watler and O’Sheas Bistro for all the hard work involved in the evening’s organization. The 3 course meal cooked and served by O’Sheas was amazing. Please take note that we are organizing a Charity event on Sunday 6 December in the form of a Santa Dash around the Rec and the new playing field. This will kick off at 2pm from the pavilion and a free Santa hat will go to all entrants. Soup will also be on sale. Come and join in the fun or watch with pleasure. Bring your dogs, walk, jog, run or crawl as your body sees fit on the day. Entry forms can be obtained from Attwells, Greens or Minster Garage and all proceeds will go to Cancer Research. Dates for your diary: Saturday 27 February – Quiz Night at RBL Saturday 4 June – Race Night at the RBL Sunday 19 June –Twinning Association Anniversary. Celebrations in the form of a barn dance (more details later) Saturday 20 August – Quiz Night at RBL Any other suggestions for events you might like us to organize would be well received. It just remains for us to say a very big thank you to all of the village for your continued support. It has been a very successful year, the most amazing part of which in our minds was ‘The Giant’s Day Parade’, the memories of which we hope will linger for many years. We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and New Year and hope to have your support at our forthcoming next events. HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL

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The Benefice of the Wantsum Group is pleased to repeat our support for Tools with a Mission (TWAM) again this year. In Africa and other areas around the world there are many schools that have little or no reading or writing material. Sometimes the only person with a book or writing material is the teacher. TWAM works with schools to provide suitable textbooks and with our help would like to provide individual ‘Scholar Packs’ for each child to help with their learning. How does it work? Plastic document wallets are supplied by TWAM ~ these are available in advance from the Church ~ and we are asked to fill them with the following new items and bring them along to the Gift Service on Sunday 6 December: ● ● ● ● ● ●

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If, instead of filling a wallet you prefer to make a financial contribution to this initiative, special envelopes will be available If you would like to order a pre-filled scholar pack you can order one from Minster Church or please speak to your Churchwardens or Rev Richard Braddy (01843 821 250) or Sally Willins (01843 822 428)

NEW TO THE VILLAGE? LIVED HERE FOR YEARS? MAKE TIME FOR A VISIT TO ATTWELLS YOUR VILLAGE CARD SHOP A treasure trove for you to explore A wide selection of greetings cards We also stock stationery, confectionary, small toys and gifts, party-ware, gift wrap and more You never know what you’ll find in Attwells so come and have a browse We make house calls to those in Minster, Monkton and Acol who find it difficult to get out Phone 821 363 DON’T LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE!! Like our Facebook page ‘Attwells Newsagents’ for regular updates on new stock

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The MBA is now accepting new memberships for the year from 1 September 15 through to 31 August 16. Forms are available from the Hon. Secretary, Attwells Newsagents or you can download a copy from our website at: Membership is open to all businesses in Minster, Monkton, St Nicholas, Sarre, Acol, Cliffsend and Manston at a very reasonable £25 per year. This will give you an entry in 3500 copies of the business directory which is delivered free of charge to every home in Minster and also many properties in the outlying villages. We also produce 5,000 single page triple fold flyers which map business premises in the area and is available at many outlets across Thanet. Membership also gives you a single page entry on our website. Renewal notices have also gone out to all present members. To ensure entry into the next issue of the directory renewals and new memberships must be paid up by 31 January 16 at the very latest. Hon Secretary 07864 345 019 email:

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MINSTER DAY NURSERY Are looking for an enthusiastic person to come and join our nursery team The position is for a tea time Cook/Cleaner You will need to have basic knowledge of cooking for groups of 20 – 30 children and understand the value of healthy eating for children. You will also have basic knowledge of COSSH, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and Handling. You must be able to work as part of a team s well as independently and efficiently with good time management skills. The position is for 20hrs a week 14:30- 18:30 Monday to Friday This job is subject to a satisfactory DBS check. Closing date Friday 4 December 2015 Please contact Lyn or Sheila on 01843 821 482 or email for an application form SHEPHERD’S TALE A CHRISTMAS POEM Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas


You wouldn’t have cared for the night-shift, I can tell you, not at the year’s end, with the wind slashing your face and numbing your aching mind; and the snow; the bitter reality of it seeping through the traditional gear, which was, to say the least, inadequate. We had it to do, but I think you’d back us up when we say we would have preferred to stay at home, in bed with our warm wives, and a good long sleep in front of us – for choice. You realise, I’m sure, that was before, grumbling all together in a huddle like the sheep; before the instant of terror and the withering fear, the shrapnel-shock, the streams of shell-light. And when we dared to open our eyes to the skies’ blinding, suddenly shattered out of our found senses exploded into another world, hurled on our ears the singing, singing heavens. We soon moved off though some cynics were ready to think we’d misunderstood. But I knew when they said manger that’s what they meant. We went down into the town. The party-goers coming home late thought we’d gone mad; perhaps we had, but by then, there wasn’t a man would have turned back. You’ll be wondering how we felt when we knelt there so near the baby and that young Mary? Hard for a poor chap like me to express it really. The light and the singing were gone; just a smelly stable and the animals munching away. A bit of an anti-climax in a way. But you see we knew who it was there, sharing his bed with the beasts, and we appreciated our poverty after that; after God had spoken his own Word in our language uncouth and poor.

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01843 821 394 If you have a child born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 you need to apply for their place at a Primary School between 10 November 2015 and 15 January 2016! 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, together with her Management Team, are looking forward to welcoming parents and children to come and view our School. Please telephone Liz or Wendy in the School Office to make an appointment. We very much look forward to seeing you!


Homemade Crafts and Goods Buy Your Christmas Presents Tombola, Bric-a-Brac, Reiki Head Massage other pampering available Refreshments In aid of Healthcare Ethiopia Partnership a small local charity where East Kent Midwives support health professionals in Ethiopia in providing maternity care Enquiries to Kate Mockeridge on 447 692

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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB Brian Davis has been awarded a ‘Merit Certificate’ by the KCBA for his work on behalf of this club, Congratulations! The Short Mat season is now in full swing, as of Sunday 8 November and having all played five EKSMBA matches, published tables show the Hinds lying 7th in Division One; whilst the Abbots are 2nd and the Monks 10th in Division Three. In our own in-house competitions the ‘Wednesday Pairs’ are in weekly progress, and by Christmas the finalists for April will be known as will the finalists of the Gender Pairs, Alf Wood Trophy, and Morphew Cup. Paul Churchley is organising a ‘Bowls Party Games’ for members only on Sunday 20 December, and it hoped to have a Short Mat Open Day on Sunday 10 January especially for teams of non-players. Anyone can enter a team of four players but entries are strictly limited to a maximum of 16 teams. To register a team please contact Secretary, Brian Morphew, on 845 638, it’s first come, first served." Myrna Kay Elson of Millmead Road Margate who is an active member of Minster Bowls Club has just had her first book published at the age of 75 by Melrose Books Ely. The book is titled ‘Family Affairs’ and is loosely based on her Great Grandmother’s life story although it is classed as a work of fiction. Synopsis: ‘In the 19th century, Mary Kendal was left a widow in her early 30’s when her husband, Tom, was killed in an accident on their farm in Cumberland. She had eight children between five and sixteen to rear and was worried about their finances. She decided to let out three rooms for Bed and Breakfast and evening meals and in so doing eventually met and married her second husband, Peter Allinson with whom she has six more children. She is faced with a dreadful dilemma when he proposes because if she marries him, she must move to London where he lives and leave her children on their farm in Cockermouth, Cumberland. The older children have said they will look after the younger ones so that they can stay together. Mary decides that if she goes through with this marriage that she will do her best to be a really good mother to all of them by commuting between the two homes to be there for them whenever they need her.’

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

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New Years Eve Party Book Now For Christmas Parties Book Now For Family Get Together Lunches on Sunday's Christmas Day open 12 to 3pm Boxing Day from 12noon Book For Christmas Lunch on Sunday 27 December a great time to catch up with family and friends


Minster Matters CLEAN EMPTY JARS Clean empty jars for required for pickling. All homemade, these pickles are on sale in Cliffe’s and all proceeds from their sale goes to Pilgrims Hospice. Specific types of jars are what is needed, please not your run of the mill jam jars. Jars required are of the type shown below. Any amount will help from just one to whatever you may have. Clean jars can be left at Cliffe’s for collection Thank you.


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WESTGATE PAVILION One of the rarely seen, hidden gems tucked into the cliff side in Westgate on Sea just outside Margate is the Westgate Pavilion, Sea Road, Westgate CT8 8QW. Over the past 5 years Westgate Pavilion has been continuously improved and now forms an important part of the local community with the Youth Club being held there every Wednesday (new members always welcome) and local community groups using it for plays, dances, get togethers and even pantomimes. The Pavilion itself has many uses ranging from Weddings to Sweet 16 Birthday Parties and it is also used as a private function room for funerals. The owner, Lee Williams, takes great pride in ensuring that every event is very special and affordable. Programme of Events for Autumn/Winter 2015 12 Dec: Christmas Carol Service from 2pm to 3.30pm £1 per person in aid of Porchlight. Come and join us singing traditional carols and some not so traditional Christmas pop songs. The Blend singing group will lead us and the words will be projected onto the big screen. 12 Dec: Christmas Party Night only £6 a ticket to include a glass of mulled wine, a finger buffet and non-stop party music 20 – 23 Dec: Winter Wonderland – tickets are all sold out. Here you will enter the magical wonderland through a snowy cavern into Santa’s Post Office where you can write a letter to Santa and post it in his special post box, then go through the Polar Express train and get that magical ticket from the ticket collector. Help the elves make a toy in their workshop, slide down into Santa’s library and then get to see the great man himself in his grotto. Climb inside a pretend snowball and run like the wind through the winter scene, throw snowballs at the abominable snowmen and then have your photograph taken with Olaf. Tickets £3 per child (2-15 years of age) Adults (16+) £1 and children under 2 go free. 31 Dec: New Year’s Eve Party - dance the night away to some great music, tickets include party poppers and a finger buffet. £10 a head All details and tickets can be found at Personal Training Sports Massage Nutrition Weight Loss/Gain

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Saturday 19 December Live Music with Yellowhouse from 9pm Christmas Eve Live Music with Mike Appleton as Michael Buble New Years Eve Disco & Party !!! Saturday 23 January Live Music with Yellowhouse from 9pm Saturday 6 February Live Music with Ozzie & The Uglys from 9pm **Christmas and New Year Opening for Pub** Christmas Day 11.00am to 3.00pm **Christmas and New Year Opening for Saddler Kitchen** Christmas Day and Boxing Day Closed All other times open as usual Wobbly Wednesday's Every Week - 7.30 to 10.30pm Most Spirits £1.50 including Coke or Lemonade


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Hoverboards, also known as rideables, self-balancing scooters or personal transportation devices are becoming very popular with young people and are anticipated to be the "must have" gift for Christmas this year. They retail between £300 and £600 from reputable stores but some are being advertised for £100 or less on auction sites and social media accounts. Check your hoverboard is safe to use It can be difficult to see if your hoverboard is safe to use just by looking at it but there are a few things you can check. Read the instructions. The instructions should contain all the information you need to use the product safely. The manufacturers name and address should be included so that you can contact them if anything goes wrong with the product. DO NOT USE the product if the instructions do not make sense; have spelling mistakes and do not have manufacturers name and address. Check the plug. Plugs for use in the UK must comply with safety regulations so they protect you when you use any electrical device. Plug B in these photos does not protect you because; it does not have a fuse the size and dimension of the plug will put you at risk of an electrical shock when you insert or remove it from the socket it will not fit properly in your socket and if you try and force it you could damage it increasing the risk of electrocution If any product you buy has a plug similar to Plug B, take it back to your retailer immediately as it will not comply with UK safety requirements and will not be safe to use. PLUG A




Electrical products that are safe to use will have; instructions that make sense and can be followed, full details of the manufacturer or importer in the EU on the packaging and have a fitted plug like plug A. If you are concerned about an electrical product you have purchased do not use it. Report counterfeit products to us by contacting Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

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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 : £40 hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £28 hour Half Pitch : £28 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: 821 339 f: 825 869 e: MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP

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Minster Matters At St Mary's we have had a season of remembering it was wonderful to see the church full with over 500 people coming to the Remembrance Sunday Service, particularly seeing so many children young people - and our thanks goes to the Royal British Legion, The Salvation Army and all who helped with this service. This year we dedicated two new panels on the War Memorial recording formally new names not previously transcribed from World War 1 and the names of those who gave their life in World War 2. Our thanks go to Steve and Sam Philpott for the dedication and research to make this happen. 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. In recent days we have been remembering too those who died in the sad events in Paris - I have spoken to several people who have come into the church to sit quietly and say a prayer as they come to terms with this. The church is always open during the day should you wish to do the same. 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 Bell Ringing at Canterbury Cathedral On Thursday 22 October Ringers from Minster, Monkton and Wingham towers had the very rare privilege of being able to ring the bells at Canterbury Cathedral. To be allowed to do this they first had to be checked by a ringing instructor from Margate to see if they were capable of the high standard required, they all passed. It’s good for Ringers to have the opportunity to ring at different towers as it gives them much more experience, as not all bells ring the same. Bell weights can vary from a light 1cwt in old money (approx. 51kg) all the way up to 34cwt (approx. 1727kg) which is the Cathedral’s heaviest. Towers can vary from having as few as 3 bells up to a massive 13 bells, Minster has a ring of 5, Monkton meanwhile has 4 and Wingham has 8. Tony Goodman

l to r Len Dumper; Wingham, Yvonne Wood; Wingham, Peter Ransom; Minster, Gill Baker; Wingham, Rachel Horsburgh; Tower Captain at Monkton, Jim Greatorex; Tower Captain at Wingham, Heather Gunton; Monkton, Paul Williams-Jones; Minster, Stephen Williams-Jones; Minster


Christmas. Jesus came to be a light in our darkness and to bring hope in times of trouble. During this time of waiting many of us will be rushed off our feet, but the result of this waiting is always good news. God sent his son to live with us here on 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 - often with chocolates! This year, why not say a short prayer for yourself and someone else as you open the door on your calendar. This is a way of preparing 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 15 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

Christmas at St Mary's, Minster Tuesday 15 December 7.00pm - Carols Around the Christmas Tree (Church Lych Gate) Community Carols and Readings with The Salvation Army Band and Minster School Choir followed by mince pies for all! Sunday 20 December 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Christingle, Lessons and Carols A chance for us all to share the light of Christ with carols and readings as we get closer to Christmas Christmas Eve 4.30pm Christmas Special A magical time for all ages re-telling the Christmas story 11.30pm Midnight Communion 'Silent Night, Holy Night' we gather to celebrate the start of Christmas Christmas Day 10.00am Christmas Day Family Communion Unwrap the Christmas gift at this service suitable for all ages You are invited to join us at any of our Services bring family and friends to share with St Mary's the joy of Christmas


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(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in

Reverend Marcus Holden 592 071


Parish Office Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate 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


10.15am Holy Communion (CW)


10:15am Holy Communion (BCP)


6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve For Midnight Communion see St Mary’s Minster Christmas Day 10.00am Christmas Holy Communion (CW)




For Services this Sunday see St Mary’s Minster

Minster Abbey 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.

Baptism at St Mary’s Minster 8 November Grace Cooper (11 months) Holly Brooks (adult) Lily-May Waters (3 months)

JANUARY 2016 3

10.15am Holy Communion (CW)


10.15am Holy Communion (BCP)


10.15am United Covenant &

St Mary the Virgin, Minster Reverend Richard Braddy Tel: 821 250 Sunday Services in DECEMBER 6 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Praise and Gift Service 6.30pm Evensong 13


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Christingles, Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve 24 4.30pm Christmas Special suitable for families of all ages 11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion Christmas Day 25 10.00am Christmas Family Communion 27

Communion Service with Methodists 10.15am Family Service


10.30am Benefice Celebration


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Worship

Service at Minster Wednesday Mornings at St Mary’s 10.30am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by refreshments 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 CT12 4AG

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion January 2016 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Praise



9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion


7.30pm Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with Christians Together


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion


10.30am Benefice Celebration Service

For further details contact: Major Trevor Green 01843 822 308 or 825 178 A Christian Church and Registered Charity No 214779 and in Scotland SC009359

Weekly Activities Monday




9.30am Bumps & Babies

9.30am Parent & Toddlers

2.00pm Home League

9.15am Prayer Group

(Term time only)

(Term time only)

2.15pm Friendship Club

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship

6.00pm Worship and Bible Study

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Salvation Army Tothill Street Carol Service Sunday 20 December 5.30pm Everyone is welcome to join us Followed by Tea, coffee and mince pies

Christmas Dinner at the Salvation Army for those who will be alone at Christmas December 25th - time TBA Please contact Major Trevor Green on 822 308 or Audrey on 821 792

Soup (and cake) on Wednesday Old Schools 12.00pm - 1.30pm Everyone Welcome CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS’ MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further information Phone: 226 033

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197

Horticultural Society

Minster WI Next Meeting Tuesday 8 December Village Hall 7.30pm Christmas Party The Isle Of Thanet Canine Society Dog Obedience Classes Kennel Club Good Dog Awards Newington Community Centre Princess Margaret Avenue , Ramsgate Thursday Evenings 7.00pm - Puppies and Beginners 7:40pm - Adults 8:30pm - Ringcraft (Training for the Show Ring)


Next Meeting Wednesday 16 December Village Hall 7.30pm Christmas Social with Music and a Buffet YARD SALE 55 Monkton Road Minster 10am – 3pm Saturday 5 December Sunday 6 December

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Fee is £4 per pup/dog per class Refreshments and dog treats can be purchased or bring your own and a favourite toy for fetch/play

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section NEXT MEETINGS Monday 14 December make a Christmas tree decoration Monday 11 January A far away destination you would like to go to and why Bingo , Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information please contact Miriam Smith on 822 589

Trash and Treasure Sale Saturday, 6 February 9.30-12 Midday St. Nicholas at Wade Church Refreshments. Entry free Our Trash may be your Treasure! The Real St Nicholas St Nicholas-at-Wade will welcome their Patron Saint on His Feast Day, Sunday 6 December Please come at 10am for a festive celebration and bring an unwrapped toy for a child in need. Fr Jim 447 791



Royal British Legion 61 Augustine Road

Saturday 12 December

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Saturday 23 January


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Bunny’s Bunny’s are great animals their hearing is incredible. They eat carrots and rabbit food along with apple’s cut up. A fact about bunny’s is that they like food. It is not nice for bunny’s to be thrown anywhere. Some of them are in forests and fields lots of them are the same some different they have different features. One or two could seem weird or okay but it does not mean anything It could be different colours of eyes or size it does not matter. A bunny might be fat or skinny fat ones are heavy to pick up. Skinny ones are pretty light but it’s quite hard to make them fat. So that’s that, it is unlikely for them not to be fast because they have very good legs. by Brooke Peen Year 5 Going to France In year 5 you will be going to France just near the end of the year and you will go to the Aquarium, discos and a swimming pool. You will be there for five days in total and it will cost approximately £200 or more. It is in June and you will be there for a few night and you will have to be prepared for all weathers such as sun rain cold weather and you might need to take a swimming costume, clothes, a hat,sunglasses, shoes, trainers and maybe a few nibbles . by Alex Alsop Halloween On the 31st October my friends and I went trick or treating in Minster. I was a black and grey witch .One of my friends was a Dracula and my other friend was Frankenstein. We stayed up really late and got tons of sweets. Rebecca Christina O Connor. BREAKING NEWS The sinkhole was truly unexpected. The ground was made of limestone and what caused it not everyone knows but most people think it was caused by rain. These sinkholes can be very interesting, however they are also very dangerous at the same time so if you ever see them be careful. By Daniel Fengas.

The Mona Lisa The Mona Lisa was one of Leonardo da Vinci paintings he carried it everywhere he went until he died. Today the Mona Lisa is classed as the most famous painting in the world. It is visited by many of thousands of people every year. The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911 by a former employee who believed the painting belonged in Italy. It is possible the painting was brighter. The thief walked out of the gallery with the painting underneath his painters smock. Mona Lisa is the most known piece of art work in the entire world. Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian artist between 1504 and 1519 and his half body painting was commissioned for a lady called Lisa Gherardini. by Patrick Joseph Clark Year Six Canterbury Cathedral Trip As you may know, on Wednesday 4th November, the Year 6 classes went on a trip to Canterbury Cathedral. This is because the community was having a special ‘School’s Day’, and Minster Primary School was invited! When we arrived, there were lots of different workshops for us to do. We were put into groups and stationed at an activity. Some of us did sculpting, like me, and made a small model of an object or ornament inside of the Cathedral. I chose to sculpt a rose out of clay, but some others chose shields or vases. It was a great experience, and all of us had an amazing time! After a fun-filled morning, we were all hungry, so made a stop to eat our packed lunches. Once we were finished, we all headed over to the Prayer Stations, where there were many things to do with the Bible in store for us! Finally, there was a service for all the schools to attend. We sang hymns and carried our school’s banner, before catching the train back to Minster. It was an exciting day, but we were glad to be back at school! by Maisie Chambers

Minster Matters Hero Day As you may know your children at our school have been very excited at the news of our superhero day this month. The main reason for this was to encourage children to raise money for the BBC Children in Need charity as this year the theme is being a hero. The house captains have made a movie with the children we thought were suitable for the film and were dressed as one of our characters in the role. These people were Minster’s very own movie stars. This took place on Monday 16th November and was a great hit. The children had lots of fun looking at their mates costumes and also the movie stars were great actors. The winning house is still unknown so the head's of house are feeling very tense! by Ayomide Adeneye Southeastern Services Everyone gets the train now and again but does everyone know the many teams behind it? All those people who strive to clean the trains, fix the trains and even design them. All those thousands of workers to make train travelling better every day! Southeastern trains travel all across to places in London such as Kings Cross, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and many more! How well do you know their jobs? Of course you know the train driver! But do you know the head of engineering services? Or maybe your more familiar with ticket men. There are many workers. Despite all the teams problems are still going on. Some of these things are delayed trains and broken railways. However you can’t just blame the service. As it’s coming up to Christmas it might snow soon which will cause all sorts of delays! But we can rely on the team to fix these problems! by Charlie Miles

Tutankhamun The King Of Ancient Egypt Tutankhamun is a king from ancient Egypt who only died in his teens from blood poisoning through his leg after a chariot accident this evidence is from an x-ray scan. He was born in the 18th dynasty in 1337 to 1328 BC. He became a Pharaoh when he was 9 years old in 1337 BC. His tomb was discovered in 1922 on the 4th of November by Howard Carter. Howard Carter is an archaeologist from England. by Hudson Baker


Christmas Fair The Christmas Fair is so good because you get lots of candy and there are loads of games but also there are cakes, biscuits and drinks. There were biscuit Christmas trees. There were cakes with Christmas trees and Gingerbread men and lots of designs. There was a raffle with prizes. I hope this year’s Christmas Fair is good as well. by Ruby Hawksworth The Minster School New Build As you may know, Minster school has got a new building that has taken the parks place. It was officially opened by Mr George Box. It is called the Box Annex. The children were gathered outside and were all very excited indeed. All the members of the Council were there watching and enjoying their time as we congratulated them on their fantastic, hard work to make this happen. Everyone was enjoying the gathering of our grand opening to the new build. Some of the children came up with different names and the best name won. We all congratulated the builders who actually took park in building it. They made a really loud noise! I suppose they were working very hard indeed. by Milly Sparham

Minster School Choir On Tuesday 10th November the Minster School Choir visited the Spitfire Museum to sing some songs, read some poems, and also read out some prayers. This was to remember those who fought for our lives, while risking their own. The choir would love to thank Mrs Morton, Miss Davis, Mr McCarthy and Mrs Wish for coming along with us. We would also like to thank Mrs Jezzard, for making the wreath for the service. As it was a bit cold and rainy, we couldn’t go outside and lay the wreath, but we were allowed to lay it on the side of the Spitfire, in the room that we sang in. Then, as it was respectful, we had a 2 minutes silence. We all had to wear poppies while we sang, as this is respectful to those who died in the war. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM… by Sophie Cullen


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Rogue Trader Alert in Minster KCC Trading Standards has received reports of rogue traders targeting residents in Minster with tree surgeon work. On Tuesday 10 November two men approached an elderly resident and told them that whilst working on a neighbour’s trees they had noticed two bushes in their garden had honey fungus and needed to be removed immediately. They told the resident if they did not remove the bushes they could be prosecuted by the environmental service. The resident became very worried and agreed to the work. Whilst the men started to remove the bushes the resident contacted their neighbour and found out that the men had not done any work for them. The men noticed the resident on the phone and quickly left the property with the bushes. The first man is described as white, about 5"5 and aged between 20 25 years. He has short dark hair and stubble, wearing blue jeans and scruffy appearance. He was very abrupt, confrontational and did all the talking. The second man is described as white, about 6"2 and aged between 18 25 years. He has short, light brown hair, cleanly shaven, wearing a checked shirt, turned up 3/4 jeans and black boots. They were seen getting into a 55 plate Blue Nissan transit type van. KCC Trading Standards is urging all residents to be vigilant and warn relatives, neighbours and friends about doorstep callers. Pick up a No Doorstep Caller sticker from your local Community Warden and please report suspicious doorstep callers to KCC Trading Standards, contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06. For details of a reputable tree surgeon contact on 03330 146 190, for a Kent County Council Trading Standards approved trader.

“NEXT ONE PLEASE” Flu Day This was the notice on the large board at the surgery. They came – from Tothill Street, High Street, and Monkton Road, the surgery was a hive of activity, organised chaos!! Some members of staff were standing outside the same door as last year; ‘Yes I have moved during the year’ replied one staff member. Outside was a different matter, the number of cars trying to drive down, turn round and leave was amusing to watch, it resulted in cars reversing – “Oops” just missed the bumper of the car behind. Flu jab over, others walking to the surgery, I looked – “I didn’t realise you were that old” – “Yes” came the reply, “But I didn’t think you’d remember me!” All over for another year and no doubt the surgery breathed a sigh of relief. (Name and Address supplied) FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER The sky was starless and moonless but entering the Rec at around 6.45pm it was an amazing picture of colour. Many of the village youngsters were holding LED (I think!) wands and moving them in circles reminding me of Catherine wheels in blue, red and green. Like the adults they were eagerly awaiting the fireworks. Around 7pm the first ‘bang’ and colour filled the skies – then the Oooh’s and Aaah’s!! A brilliant display of fireworks ending with the final ‘Big Bang’ and the large crowd giving a round of applause. Many thanks to those who gave up their time to create the masterpiece that was enjoyed by everyone.’ (Name and Address supplied)

Toy Safety Stay safe and enjoy Christmas, here are some top tips to buying toys for your loved little ones: Only buy from trustworthy shops and outlets. Look for the CE mark. By law, toy packaging must display this, as well as the name and address of the manufacturer/importer, the type, batch, warnings and instructions and model or serial number. If any of this is missing you could be looking at a fake toy. Look for the BSI Kite and Lion quality marks for extra peace of mind. Check for spelling mistakes on the box; this is a give-away for counterfeits. They also often copy safety marks, so take a close look to be sure they are genuine. Remember the golden rule, if it seems too good to be true, it is! Look out for counterfeits of some of the most popular Christmas toys this year, see examples below.

VTech Baby Toot-Toot Friends Busy Sounds Discovery House

LEGO Star Wars 75104: Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle

Little Live Pets Clever Keet Bird

LEGO 60095 City Explorers Deep Sea Exploration Vessel

Frozen Sing-a-Long with Elsa

Counterfeit toys are illegal and often dangerous. Please report counterfeit sellers or products to us by contacting Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.


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Do you know your Consumer Rights? The Consumer Rights Act came into force on 1st October 2015. The law is now clearer and easier to understand, meaning that consumers can buy and businesses can sell with confidence. When problems arise, consumers and businesses will be able to sort out disputes quickly and it will cost less. There is a lot to it but here are the top things to know and the most significant changes. The Consumer Rights Act covers: What should happen when goods are faulty What should happen when digital content is faulty What should happen if a service is not carried out with reasonable care and skill or as agreed Faulty goods Consumers are now entitled to a full refund if goods they purchased become faulty within the first 30 days. What are my new digital content rights? New digital content rights means that consumers now have a right to a repair or a replacement if digital content such as online films, games, music downloads and e-books are faulty. This is the first time that rights on digital content are set out in legislation. Services not provided with reasonable care and skill or as agreed For the first time the law sets out that if the business does not carry out a service with reasonable care or skill, or as agreed, they must bring that service in line, or if it is not practical, give some money back to the consumer.

Alternative Dispute Resolution, what does it mean? · A befriender and visit a lonely person on a The new legislation helps consumers and businesses avoid disagreements and also makes it easier to settle disputes if regular basis they arise. Alternative Dispute Resolution, for example · A telephone befriender through an Ombudsman, can offer a quicker and cheaper · Tea bar assistant at our day centre way of resolving disputes and help avoid using the Courts · Art and craft helper at our day centre to resolve a disagreement. · To deliver meals on wheels or become a meal For more information on your Consumer Rights buddy visit or contact Alternatively if you would like to find out about any of Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06, the services listed above please contact 01843 223 881. Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

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Minster Matters - Issue 176 - Dec15/Jan16  

Village magazine

Minster Matters - Issue 176 - Dec15/Jan16  

Village magazine