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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 198 : December 17 / January 18 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 110)






H A PCSO 56550 Adrian Butterworth Our new PCSO for Minster & Villages P If you ever played Bowls at Pfizers look away now !! P What’s all this about? See article on page 14 Y


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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


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St Mary’s Handbell Ringers Christmas Fayre



St Lucy’s Christmas Fayre at Minster Abbey



Annual Christmas Concert with Snowdown Colliery Band


W.I. Christmas Party - members only


Live Nativity at the Abbey



Men’s Supper Club Christmas Dinner



Winter Wonderland at Old Rectory



Salvation Army Carol Service


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Community Carol Service at the Lychgate


Horticultural Society Christmas Social - members only

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Useful Numbers and Contacts Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 PCSO: Adrian Butterworth 07966 308 781 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Orbit Housing: 0800 678 1221 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 Scooters & Wheelchairs etc. (to loan): 07864 345 019 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) All Weather Sports Pitch & MUGA bookings for 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 Jemima’s Tea Room (Eve & Sun) bookings via Brenda Bradley 07455 588 642 MM Subscriptions Copies of the Magazine or CD are now available on subscription to all non- residents, worldwide. Payments quoted below are in advance To a UK postal address :Single Issue £2.00 Annually (11 issues) £20.00 Costs to an overseas address are available on request, and we will be pleased to quote for this service. Our mailing details are shown in the left hand column on this page.


W.I. Meeting



SSAFA Charity Quiz Night



Twinning Association Bingo


St Nicholas Trash & Treasure


Last Post Dates for Christmas


Minster Library - New Opening Hours


Feb 17

Kate’s Pudding Recipe


Parish Council Meeting Summary


Sarah Thorne Theatre


What’s On at the Royal British Legion


Village Hall Diary


Church Notices




Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) Bookings


All Weather Playing Surface


St Mary's Church Guided Tours


Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 19 JANUARY

Minster Parish Council

next Meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 5 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. There is also a 15 minute period at the end of each full council meeting for the public to be able to ask questions. 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: Next Meetings : 9 January / 6 February

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Thank You It’s Sunday 12 November, a sunny day, and going past The Bell and the Village Hall I notice that the hanging baskets are still in full bloom. Each year Eric’s ambition is to have a wonderful display of baskets for the Art Show. His wish, with hard work, always comes true. I looked across to The Bell. Like Eric, a couple through the year had also been feeding, dead-heading etc. Due to their hard work the hanging baskets are fast catching up with Eric’s displays. “Watch out Eric” – next year with all their hard work they could NORTHROP SERVICES be as good as yours! KITCHEN & BATHROOM FITTING Anon (name and address supplied) Tiling, Plastering & General Maintenance IAN RAINES HOME DECORATING 1952-2017 Interior & Exterior Ian passed away suddenly at his home in Maidenhead on Local, Reliable & Experienced Saturday 21 October. Son of the late Frank and Lucy Raines Contact Paul or Tracy (formerly of Prospect Road) and brother to the late Ann. He will 01843 823 646 be greatly missed by family and friends. For further details Flowers by Vanessa contact 07796 833 209.

EDITORIAL The end of another year for us here at MM Towers, but all too Diana soon we’ll be back again with the February issue. Still I’m looking forward to the break. You will read elsewhere in this issue of the big changes that afoot in the New Year. The last couple of years the Dec/ember January issue has been Kevin a bumper 40 pages but strangely this issue is a normal 32 pages. We had planned to include a couple of pages from the youngsters at school but we didn’t have enough other material to fill the other 2 pages to make it up to 36, so maybe we’ll get some of their work into the next issue, Great to see so many at Church on Remembrance Sunday including a small contingency from Armbouts-Cappel, a good turn out for the Parade from the Royal British Legion, and those who braved the elements to attend the short Service at the War Memorial in the Cemetery very nearly got blown away for their efforts, Just room for me, on behalf of the whole team, to wish all our readers a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Mustn’t forget to ask - 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 making such a wonderful selection of cakes. Special thanks go to Mr. and Mrs. Hood for treating us to their “Bavarian Fairground Christmas Organ” display, it certainly proved to be extremely popular and could be heard throughout the village. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - PRIZE WINNERS As this newsletter goes to press before our Bazaar has taken place a full report will be published in the first issue of your local magazines in the New Year. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS Please note the surgery’s revised opening arrangements over the Christmas period: Normal opening times up until and including - Friday 22 December Christmas Day 25 December - Closed all day Boxing Day 26 December - Closed all day Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 December - Normal opening hours Monday 1 January - Closed all day Tuesday 2 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 821333 where you can 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 local pharmacies. Remember to check your local pharmacy’s opening times. Because of the holiday period you may submit your request up to two weeks in advance, preferably by 13th December at the latest. This will ensure that if your prescription is due during the holiday period, it will be available for collection in the week before Christmas. Obviously, we appreciate that “urgent” prescriptions may still be needed anytime. 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 WALK FOR LIFE ACTIVITY PROGRAMME The activity programme will be paused during December and January and subject to weather conditions will resume early next year. FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY Last month we received 291 responses to the question “would you recommend our Practice to your family and friends” and the responses were: extremely likely/likely 92%, extremely unlikely /unlikely 4%, unsure/don't know 5%. SURGERY TRAINING DAYS Please note that the surgery will be closed from 12 noon onwards on Thursday 25 January and Wednesday 21 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 Ken Self on 821200 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821049 or email AND FINALLY We would like to wish all of our Patients and Friends A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and A VERY HEALTHY NEW YEAR

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MAJOR CHANGES COMING TO MINSTER MATTERS As those of you who regularly read this magazine will be aware, we have been looking for volunteers for a number of months now. Sadly, those putting their hands up have been extremely thin on the ground, in fact only one person offered until they realised what the job entailed, meaning we’ve had to have a major rethink as to what we do for the future. At our recent editorial meeting it was agreed that none of us really wanted to see Minster Matters disappear completely but we also realised we did not have the manpower to continue producing it as a monthly publication. Present Editor, Ray, wishes to relinquish the reins by June 2018 and to enable that to happen we either had to take the extremely hard decision to cease production or at the very least to go to publishing only every other month. Amy, our former co-editor, who no longer lives in the village, has offered to come back as a working member of the team, but as she now has her own business commitments this prevents her from being able to commit to a new publication every month. Amy has suggested that we use ‘Social Media’ to cover for the ‘missing’ months – e.g. Facebook, Nextdoor and other local (Minster) websites to get information out to residents between magazines (we’ll give you a list of these web addresses in our June 18 issue). Ray, has agreed to help keep these updated. We know not everyone has access to these facilities but we feel that the number who haven’t is decreasing quite rapidly and it won’t be too far in the future that just about everybody will have use of a computer, tablet or smartphone on a daily basis, or they can use the computers that are available in the library. Our intention is to stay with monthly issues through to June 2018 (Ray and Amy splitting these between themselves – Ray will edit Dec., March, May and Amy will do Feb., April and June) then Amy will produce a new issue every other month from there, so that will be August, October and December to complete 2018, then February, April, June, August, October and December each year from thereon. Our commercial advertising system is also changing and all present advertisers are about to receive a letter from us explaining what changes we are implementing.

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ZAC’S MUSINGS I’M STILL HERE!! Must admit I’m getting more unstable on the old pins every day, and sometimes I really struggle to actually get to my feet, but I’m still breathing and reasonably content with life such as it is. No jumping onto the sofa or climbing the stairs these days, and if I want to sleep in the armchair I have to keep nudging one of them until they pick me up and put me in it. Some days I’m not eating too well and I’m definitely not drinking anywhere near as much as I used to, but then I don’t have to ask to go out so often so it has it’s good points. The old ‘uns think they can hide my pills but I know where they are, my eyes may not be great but my nose still works.



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Christmas Pavlova – just something extra special! Cream and sherry, topped with bright jewel-coloured fruits and caramelised walnuts - perfect for Christmas.  I've used brown sugar in the meringue, so it has a darker flavour, and is slightly more chewy than the usual crispness you associate with Pavlova.  It’s also perfect for those left-over egg whites!  You can either do one large pudding, or several individual ones, which look so pretty on the plate. A little spray with gold dust doesn’t go amiss either… Christmas Pavlova 3 egg whites 6oz/150g light brown soft sugar 1 tsp each: vinegar, cornflour, vanilla At least half pint double cream, whipped with 2 tbsp sherry 2 or 3 clementines 1 pomegranate 1oz/25g walnut halves 1oz/25g butter 1oz/25g soft brown sugar Gold powder (Morrison’s) Oven - 150 deg C, turning down to 140 deg C when it goes in. Use a flat baking tray with silicone parchment.  Whisk egg whites until thick, add sugar slowly, whisking all the while.  Fold in the vinegar, cornflour and vanilla.   Spread onto the baking sheet in a circle roughly the size of a dinner plate, or small circles for individual Pavlovas.   Bake for about an hour, then turn off the oven and leave the Pavlova inside.   It should be dry.  Sometimes I turn it over and put it back in for a bit longer.   Peel off the paper, put onto a serving plate/s, and then get decorating. Whip the cream with the sherry, and put a good layer on the top of the pavlova. Fry the butter and sugar together for a moment or two so the butter is bubbling through and the sugar started to melt, and gently caramelise the walnuts. Peel the individual clementine segments (tip – just do the side parts and cut away the skin at the base) and decorate the pavlova, together with the pomegranate pieces and the walnuts and a quick spray with the gold powder. If you leave it for a few hours, the cream makes the meringue soften in the most delicious way. For more Christmas cooking, go to

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Our November meeting was our annual meeting where the new committee and President were elected. Some of our current committee members had stepped down due to other commitments so we were very pleased to have several members re-join the committee. We are pleased to announce that Marion Rose was elected as President and we look forward to an exciting year ahead with lots of new speakers, trips and activities planned. After the formal part of the meeting we had provided our members with cheese and wine and our speaker was from Ageless Thanet. Mandy gave our MINSTER POST OFFICE members lots of ideas about the free high quality local activities for all of Thanet’s residents who are aged 50+. Ageless Thanet also works with All the staff would like to wish 821291 Citizens Advice Thanet to provide free, 1 to 1, intensive support and life Our Customers planning to people who are 50+ and at risk of becoming lonely or isolated. A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year . Mails

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Minster Matters Minster Parish Council Meeting Summary of Key Points 7th November, 2017

�� The meeting began with a one minute’s silence in memory of Cllr. Ken Gregory who sadly passed away recently. He had been a great supporter of Minster and the surrounding villages over many years and will be greatly missed.

�� The Chairman welcomed the new Police Community Support Officer, Adrian Butterworth. He has over 10 years’ experience in the role elsewhere in Thanet and has come to us well recommended. He is covering Minster and the villages but clearly will be spending a great deal of his time in Minster and has already met many residents. When new staff are recruited he has made clear his intention to commit to staying in the Minster area. �� The Chairman confirmed that a letter had been sent to Sunley Estates expressing the strongest objections to the plan to build a house on the open space in Hillhouse Drive; no reply has yet been received. In the meantime, the application to give the open space ‘Village Green’ status has been submitted along with the evidence supplied by residents as to its long term use; KCC have acknowledged receipt. �� Further to the matter of litter around the skate park area, specially designed litter bins have been identified and the Chairman will be meeting with the school council to ask for their assistance in designing suitable signs to encourage young people to dispose of their litter responsibly. �� A recent briefing by TDC highlighted the release of the Local Plan update, soon to be reviewed by the Overview & Scrutiny panel and finally Full Council in January, 2018. There will be a 6-week consultation period from 25th January to 9th March, 2018. There will be no face to face consultation so residents are asked to read the document, probably on line, and respond in writing. The Chairman emphasised the need to respond during this period as comments submitted in the past are not taken into account by the Inspectors; so even if you have sent in your views before please do send them in again; this is vital if the residents are to influence the Local Plan. �� TDC has warned that financial support to parishes will cease by 2019 as the Revenue Support Grant from the government will be reduced to zero in the 2019-2020 budget. �� The Clerk updated the meeting on a recent consultation with KCC regarding traffic problems in the lower, narrow part of Tothill Street; the meeting debated the suggestion that several short sections of yellow lines be added to provide passing places and that bollards be placed on the footpath to prevent vehicles mounting the path. The meeting supported the yellow lines but rejected the placing of bollards as there are occasions when it is

necessary for vehicles to mount the path to clear traffic blockages. The suggestion of a speed count in Monkton Road, from Prospect Road to Taylor Road was supported so that consideration can be given to traffic calming measures. �� The Chairman asked the meeting to consider allowing parents to use the All Weather Pitch car park when dropping off and collecting children from our local school to reduce some of the congestion in the Butts Field estate; a lengthy debate took place and it was agreed to defer this matter to the Operations Committee which will meet on 22ⁿd November. �� In the public question period at the end of the meeting a member of the public asked the council to reconsider the installation of a memorial wall in the cemetery; this had previously been considered and rejected but the council agreed to reconsider this at the Operations meeting on 22ⁿd November. �� Cllr. Crow-Brown was asked to comment on the circumstances surrounding a long term elderly resident in the village being moved to Birchington; it was confirmed that this resident had been given a great deal of support by the local authority and that it was unfortunate that, at this time, there was no suitable accommodation within the village. The Chairman commented that accommodation for the elderly was sadly lacking in the Parish and that this should be considered when any new developments were planned.

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Minster Matters LONDON MARATHON 2018

I’m Mark Huttley and I am running the Virgin London Marathon in 2018 in aid The Stroke Association. The reason I have opted to run for this charity? Well, stroke is something that has affected my family since I was a teenager with 2 of my grandparents suffering from them and my family doing all they could to look after them in the aftermath. About 9/10 years ago my mum had a stroke as well (she made a full recovery thanks to the work that has been done in research etc) and I want to help fund further research to give more assistance to those who support people after a stroke. Due to my connection to strokes, I am eager to raise as much money as I possibly can for the charity. I have started training already, going out for various plods about the village (some might have seen me). I have got to a total distance covered of about 30 miles and my longest run so far has been 7 miles (down into St Nicholas At Wade and back to Tothill Street). I have been running on my own but would welcome some company if anyone wants to join me, I am not the quickest by any stretch of the imagination and my training is sporadic, having to fit the runs in around my work shift pattern. I have a fundraising page set up: If people don't have access to the internet, I will be asking the local businesses if I can put up sponsorship forms in there (Hair of The Dog, the butchers, green grocers, library etc) as and when I get them sent to me from Team Stroke, so if you can give a donation, please do. Stroke is something that can be totally devastating and can affect anyone pretty much of any age at any time. Please, if people reading this can donate just £5, that's what not even 2 pints in The Hair of the Dog, it would be appreciated.

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Minster Matters 16 Thanet Over Fifties Forum (“TOFFS”) goes from strength to strength Informative Meetings, Membership and Newsletters for free

In the previous issue of Minster Matters, we wrote about our weekly “Your Time” social afternoons, which we run in Ramsgate on Wednesdays, between 1pm – 3pm, at the Centenary Hall in Hardres Street - and in Garlinge on Fridays, between 12pm – 2pm, at the Hussar Hotel. These are aimed at promoting social inclusion, and reducing loneliness, among older people in Thanet. In the present issue, we thought we would share with you another facet of the Thanet Community Support Partnership – namely, the Thanet Over Fifties Forum (or “TOFFS” for short), which, although still in its infancy, is going from strength to strength. TOFFS was launched on Monday 18 September 2017 to raise the voice of older people living across the Isle on issues, at both national and local level, which affect them. We provide TOFFS Members with six information-filled newsletters a year, containing a whole wealth of interesting items: from local events; to scam awareness, volunteering opportunities, and developments in pensions and health and social care provision. We will also be holding six public Forum Meetings a year; two have taken place so far (in September and November) and they are already attracting very healthy numbers of people. We held our second Forum Meeting at the Margate Baptist Church in Cecil Square on Tuesday 14 November in front of a packed – and very engaged – audience. The Keynote Speaker was Penny Wells – the East Kent Coordinator of WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) – who spoke powerfully about the legions of ladies born in the 1950s whose state pension age has been very abruptly extended, leading to financial and emotional stresses. Our second Guest Speaker was Barbara Roberts – Area Coordinator of CROP Kent (Citizens’ Rights for Older People). Barbara spoke about how difficult it can be to negotiate the minefield facing many older people as they attempt to ask for benefits, and how her charity, which provides advice and advocacy support, can help. CROP’s phone number is 01622 851200. We were also grateful to the several communitybased organisations who attended the Forum Meeting

with exhibition tables adorned with informative literature: Ageless Thanet; Carers’ Support; Thanet Healthwatch; Kent Fire and Rescue Service; and Thanet Community Wardens (including Aaron Kluibenschadl of Minster). We have thoroughly enjoyed the blend of an upbeat and enthusiastic atmosphere, with the rich discussion which has taken place at both Meetings to date between speakers and audience. The next TOFFS Forum Meeting is on Tuesday 13 February 2018, 10am, at the Broadstairs Baptist Church, CT10 1NU. There will be a healthcare theme to it, with Steve Inett - Chief Executive of Healthwatch Kent – being Keynote Speaker. Healthwatch is an organisation which aims to help local voices influence the design and delivery of local services. We warmly invite you to the next Forum Meeting. But fear not if you cannot be there; all of our Meetings are recorded (by KASPAAR Radio) and made available on our website, at: If you are not already a member of TOFFS but would be interested in joining for free or learning more, please contact Pauline Petitt at 01843 609 337, or emailing her at


SNOWDOWN COLLIERY BAND SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2.15pm Come along and sing your favourite Carols Father Christmas may make an appearance Admission £3 children free In Aid of Pilgrims Hospice

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Men’s Supper Club Meeting Wednesday 13 December 7 for 7.30pm Old Schools, Church St., Minster PRIVATE PROFESSIONAL CARER

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB The Hinds and Abbots are both doing well in Division One and Two respectively of the EKSMBA Leagues, However the Monks are struggling in Division Three but gaining valuable experience. Our competitions are proceeding, but more entries are required for the events due to be played in the New Year. The Short-Mat Open Day will be held on Sunday 21 January and teams of 4 are invited from families, businesses and clubs. Entries are limited to the first 12 received. Everyone is guaranteed a minimum of two games, with trophies and money to be donated to the charity of the winner's choice. Prior to that, we have two social events in December. On Friday 8 December there is our Christmas Dance, tickets just £7 dancing to "One More Time", whilst on Saturday 16 December we have a Quiz Night, tickets £5. Members of the public are welcome to attend just contact Alan Pummell, the Social Secretary on 836011 or e-mail me at, telephone 845638. Finally, to all parishioners on behalf of Minster Bowls Club, we wish you a Happy Christmas, and a Peaceful New Year. Brian Morphew, Hon. Secretary

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Quiz Night in aid of SSAFA, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (Britain’s oldest National Military Charity)

We're holding another Quiz Night at The Saddler Pub, Monkton Road, Minster, Friday 26 January, 7.30pm for 8.00pm start Teams of up to 6 (but you can have less people in your team if you wish) entry is only £3 per head which all goes to the charity There will also be a raffle with some great prizes so it's sure to be an excellent night Please book your team in with Mark on 07966 262 338 (leave a message and number on voicemail if no answer) or alternatively pop into the Saddler and book in with Kevin or Sue. You may also be able to just turn up on the night subject to available spaces. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Memorial Theatre, Hilderstone, St Peters Road, Broadstairs CT10 2JW Box Office, Fordoun Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BN T: 01843 863 701 - – Patrons - Judi Dench DBE - David Suchet CBE - Julian Fellowes DL

Tuesday 11th December for the Christmas Season. Our traditional professional family pantomime “Sleeping Beauty” with live music and no booking fees!. IRONING SERVICE Mon 11th Dec: 7pm Preview Night. Tues 12th Dec to 20th Dec: Special School & Charity Shows (Sold Out) Need a quick efficient Thurs 21st Dec 2.30pm ironing service? Fri 22nd Dec 2.30pm. (Signed performance for Deaf People) Sat 23rd Dec 2.30pm I supply a collection/delivery service Sun 24th Dec 2.30pm Christmas Eve free to Minster, Monkton & Cliffsend Mon 25th Dec Christmas Day – No performance No pile to big or too small Tues 26th Dec Boxing Day – No performance Wed 27th Dec 2.30pm Smoke/pet free home Thurs 28th Dec 2.30pm For more information contact Fri 29th Dec 2.30pm Jemma on 07786 623 325 (Minster) Sat 30th Dec 2.30pm (Final performance) PRICES: Doors: Adult £16.00 Children £14.00 . Maxine Mills - Pet Homecare Services Advance/Friends: Adult £14.00 , Children £12.50, Family (four) £50 11th December Preview Night: All seats £12.50 Groups/Charity Fund Raising Nights by arrangement. Dog Walking / Cat Home Visits ….................................................................................... Hutched & Caged Pet Visits Saturday 20th January at 2.30pm Gordon Clarkson presents “I’ve Got Gershwin” I’ve Got Gershwin is a slick, sophisticated floorshow in a 1950’s nightclub setting. Some of the Locally based - references available most popular songs of the 20th century are plucked from the Great American Songbook to form Fully DBS checked this fast moving celebration of melody from composers such as Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Harry Warren and Al Dubin, Kurt Weill plus many more. Presented by a talented company 07841 379 909 comprising Gordon Clarkson, Stacy Young, Tiffany Hemmings and Frank Tucker, with the live musical support of The Paul Stewart Duo. Tickets: £11 Paid in advance/Friends, £13 doors. 01843 822 729 Unreserved table seating. ….................................................................................... R.B.W Saturday 27th January at 7.30pm KENT’S WATER FEATURE SPECIALISTS AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH JO HARMAN – VOICE AND PIANO TOUR AND POND BUILDING EXPERTS Following the impressive critical reaction to their sell out duo show in the Netherlands last year ��Garden / Pond Design, Building and Refurbishments where Jo is signed to V2 records (Adelle, Mumfords etc), they enjoyed the experience so much ��Pond Cleaning / Maintenance / Maintenance Contracts that she will be playing a limited number of voice and piano shows in the UK at selected venues. ��Child Safe Pond Covers This special, intimate, show will feature soulful, compelling performances featuring not only ��Filtration Specialists ‘bare-to-the-bone’ versions of Jo’s own songs but also her take on songs that mean something ��Patios - Decking - Fencing - Brickwork - Arbours special to her. £13 Paid in Advance/Friends. £15 on the doors. (Unreserved table seating) Tel: 07563 212 858 ….................................................................................... FREE ESTIMATES and CONSULTATIONS Book by calling the Box Office on 01843 863701 (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm) or go to the web site for details of how to book On-line. There are no booking fees Email: at this theatre. The ticket is the price.

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Pantomime Our Pantomime for this year will run from All forms of Services and Treatments Wednesday 29 November to Saturday 2 December available for Foot and Nail care with performances each night at 7.30pm, and with two matinees on Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe, Saturday at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 per adult and £4 for Ingrown nails, Nail deformities, sixteens-and-under. Do bring your children or grandchildren along to Infection control for Athletes foot and join the fun! Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas, The Box Office is open now so if you want to make a booking call Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare 07501 894 381 We provide personal and reliable treatment or email on in the comfort of your own home, nursing Please note that tickets for the matinees sell out quickly. or residential care home or hospital If you haven’t been to one of our Pantomimes before, they are Day, evening, weekend appointments cheerful, funny, cheer the hero, boo the baddie, proper village available by arrangement pantos in a relaxed setting– do come along and enjoy a brief but happy break from real life! Tel: 01843 866 601 Next Year Mob: 07749 999 584 On Tuesday 6 February the Playhouse will be having its Annual General Meeting at The Bell Inn at 7.30pm. If you would like to come along you would be very welcome.

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Minster Playhouse is not a run-of-the-mill amateur dramatic society. We work to unusually high artistic and technical standards, and have a dedicated following of enthusiastic theatre-goers who make a point of not missing our productions. If you haven’t been to see us, make the effort and come along – we work hard to make sure that you will be pleasantly surprised.

MINSTER MATTERS NEEDS YOU!! Our appeal for volunteers to help produce this magazine is still ongoing, so please if you have a bit of IT knowledge and some spare time, do get it touch.

MOBILITY SCOOTERS & WHEELCHAIRS VILLAGE FREE LOAN SCHEME WE NOW DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP!!! Many of you will be aware that Minster Matters runs a free short term loan scheme for Mobility Scooters and Wheelchairs in the village (we have 3 of each) - however up until now we have been able to house these at the Library but we were recently asked to remove them from the building. So now we are desperately looking for a small amount of undercover storage space to enable us to continue to operate this service. Failure to find a new home, very soon, may mean we will have to close down the facility and rehome the equipment. Can you help, even to house 1 scooter? Please contact the Editor on 07864 345 019 or email


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Tai Chi (except 18th, 25th, 1st & 8th)

Minster Badminton (except 25th & 1st)

Keep Fit Class Starting from 2nd January

VH Bowls Group (except 12th, 26th, 2nd & 9th)


W.I. Darts (pm) (except 19th, 26th & 2nd)

Ladies Badminton (except 20th & 27th) Active 4 Life & Pilates (except 21st & 28th)

Minster Badminton (except 28th) Tea Dance (except 22nd, 29th & 5th)

Dance Classes (except 22nd, 29th & 5th)

Minster Arts & Crafts (am) (except 22nd, 29th)

VH Bowls Group (except 24th & 31st) Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd Dec

Sunday 10th Dec

Minster Playhouse Pantomime

Charity Band Concert

Tuesday 12th Dec

Minster W.I.

Wednesday 13th Dec

VH Bowls Group

Thursday 14th Dec

Saturday 16th Dec

Vill Hall Committee (eve)

Children’s Music Workshop

Wednesday 20th Dec

Horticultural Society


Saturday 6th Jan

Wednesday 10th Jan

Wednesday 24th Jan

Saturday 27th Jan

Scottish Country Dancers

VH Bowls Group

W.I. Games Night

Lorry Driver Training Class

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Minster Matters Church News and Service Times The Catholic Parish of

(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

St Mary the Virgin, Minster Reverend Richard Braddy Tel: 821 250 Sunday Services in DECEMBER & JANUARY

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in DECEMBER & JANUARY

Ramsgate and Minster 3

Reverend Marcus Holden 592 071

10.15am Holy Communion


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Praise & Gift Service 6.30pm Evensong @ Minster Abbey


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Christingles, Lessons & Carols Christmas Eve 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion (CW) Christmas Day 10.00am Christmas Family Communion

10 10.15am Holy Communion (BCP)

Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate Holy day of Obligation each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey


6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve

24 10.15am Christmas Eve Carols Midnight Communion see St Mary’s Minster Christmas Day 25 10:00am Christmas Holy Communion 31

Service at Minster 10.30am

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31 10:15am Holy Communion

10.30am Family Communion for New Year’s Eve

14 10:15am Holy Communion (BCP) The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day

21 10:15am Holy Communion 28

4.00pm Seamark Service - worship for all @ Monkton School

Baptisms at St Mary’s Minster

Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6.00pm


All our visitors, not only Christians

Community Carol Service

but people of all faiths and spiritual

at the

tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’


(followed by Silent Prayer)

(rule of St. Benedict) are warmly welcomed to join us in prayer, in our beautiful monastic chapel.

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am All-age Worship 6.30pm Sung Evensong


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am All-age Worship

29 October Sophie Ann Hopper (7 mnths) 23

11 November Orla Peony-Rose Buckby (5 mnths)

Compline 7.50pm



7.30pm Prayers at the Close of Day Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with Christians Together in Minster 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion

Funerals at St Mary’s Minster 2 November - Isadora Dyer (Church & Thanet Crematorium) 21 November Geoffrey Edwin Robinson (Church & Thanet Crematorium)

Tuesday 19 December 7pm followed by Refreshments

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

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Weekly Activities Monday




9.30am Bumps & Babies

9.30am Parent & Toddlers

2.00pm Home League

(Term time only)

(Term time only)

9.15am Prayer Group 10.30am - 2.30pm AgeUK Outreach

2.15pm Friendship Club

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship

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MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion 61 Augustine Road EVERY WEDNESDAY 2.00pm - 4.00pm Come and join us for a game of Bingo ALL MEMBERS and bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat on 822 622 KNIT AND TALK TIME in MINSTER LIBRARY Beginners and non-knitters welcome Swap patterns and wool Occasional Speakers on various topics Tea & Coffee provided Every Friday 10.30 - 12noon THANET FARMERS’ MARKET Second Sunday of each Month 9.30am - 1.00pm NEW VENUE!! St Georges School Westwood Road, Broadstairs 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

Wednesday 20 December

Annual Meeting Tuesday 12 December 7.30pm Village Hall Christmas Party

7.30pm - Village Hall

Minster & Monkton Horticultural Society

Christmas Social

Christmas 2017 at St Mary's, Minster Sunday 17 December 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Christingles, Lessons and Carols A chance for us all to share the light of Christ with favourite carols and readings as we get closer to Christmas Tuesday 19 December 7.00pm Carols Around the Christmas Tree (Church Lych Gate) Community Carols and readings with The Salvation Army Band, Minster School Choir followed by mince pies for all! Christmas Eve 9.00am Holy Communion – a simple reflective service for Christmas Eve 4.30pm

Christmas Special A magical time for all ages re-telling the Christmas story


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 31 December – New Year’s Eve! 10.30am Family Communion with a difference for New Year’s Eve… 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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Booking the Multi Use Games Area The MUGA will be open for public use most of the time. It is available for Minster School to use for sports activities and also for clubs, groups and individuals to book for tennis, volleyball and netball. Bookings i.e. when the MUGA is unavailable to the public will be published weekly on the board next to the main information sign at the entrance gate. To make a booking please contact the Parish Clerk. Email: Tel: 01843 821 339 Please book at least 48 hours in advance



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

Now taking bookings - Office hrs 0900 - 1200 Mon - Fri

01843 821 482

Hire Times and Prices

Molineux Road, Minster, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4PS Registered Charity 1110919

Monday-Friday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) Saturday & Sunday

15:00hrs to 21:00hrs

09:00hrs to 21:00hrs

Price Structure * Full Pitch : £42 hour

Off-Peak Full Pitch : £29 hour

Half Pitch : £29 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

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. Age nt of Ae gis Wealth Ltd www.a e

St Mary's Church, Minster 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

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

CPS Heating & Plumbing 01843 589 076

32 Ozengell Place Eurokent Business Park Ramsgate CT12 6PB

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

Minster Matters Est 1980


Free Quotations Tel 01843 821 147 including Answerphone


Reliable qualified Electricians All aspects of wiring undertaken BURGLAR ALARMS TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS TV AERIALS - SKY SATELLITE * Reasonable rates * Free estimates * * Discount for OAP’S * Julie Beaney, Minster 01843 823 466 Gary Hake, Canterbury 01227 472 612


SIMON STAIT Complete Property Maintenance

01843 595 979

07727 687 538

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

16 High Street, Minster, CT12 4BU

If you are looking for a new Dentist and take your dental care seriously come in and see us. We do implants, Invisalign, dentures and cosmetic work. All children welcome. Give Sharon a ring on

01843 825 444 Please visit our website and read our blog at for details of all the services available Angelene Burton BChD (Pretoria) Graeme Van De Merwe BDS BSc (Hons)


PLUMBING & HEATING For a free quote contact

01843049 221 702 07725 067 07979 890 151 07469 247 822

Roger holds regular advice surgeries. For appointments and advice on urgent problems:

Ring: 01843 848 588 (a.m. from l0.00) Web: Email: Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS, London, SW1A 0AA

B.A.R. and all its Staff would like to wish EVERYONE a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

CAR & VAN SALES TEL: 01843 869 600 MOT Test Centre All Makes Servicing All Vehicle Maintenance Tyre Centre Car Sales Recovery Service

09 2009 Vauxhall Insignia Sri,

1.6lt petrol, manual, red met, 62k miles, A/C. Electric convertible roof for summer and a draft free hardtop the winter all for

04 2004 Citroen Xsara Picasso Desire 2 Est, 1.6lt petrol, manual,

16v, manual, 5 door hatch, met grey, alloy wheels, 94k miles with service history.

58k with service history, 5 door hatch, dark met blue, A/C, RCL

All for ……

All for ……..


14 2014 Nissan Note Accenta Premium MPV, 1.5lt diesel, manual,


58 2008 Mini Clubman Cooper Estate,

5 door hatch, met silver, 35k miles with serv hist, 1 owner, low emission zero road tax, integrated Sat Nav and phone system All for..


12 2012 Fiat Qubo, 1.3lt diesel, manual, 5 door hatch, met silver, lots of storage and boot space, a very versatile vehicle All for ...

1.6lt petrol, manual, white, 56k miles, cloth int, A/C, and lots more All for …



62 2012 Vauxhall Agila, 1.2lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, 21k mls with service history, silver, r/c/l, p/s, cheap road tax, low insurance All for …


57 2007 Vauxhall Movano Camper Van, 2-berth, lovely clean interior, equipped with toilet, fridge freezer, cooker, electric hook up and lots more All for ……



petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, met black, Only £30 per year road tax, INTEGRATED Bluetooth phone system, plus lots more All for……


63 2013 Nissan Micra, 1.2lt

1.0lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, met purple, 50k with service history, one previous owner, Zero road tax, low insurance All for only……




12 2012 Peugeot 208 Active,



08 2008 Peugeot 207 Sport, Hard Top Convertible,

13 2013 Vauxhall Zafira Exclusive CDTi MPV, 1.7lt diesel, 7 SEATER,

60 2010 Vauxhall Meriva SE CDTi Auto, 1.7lt diesel, 5 door hatch,

white, one owner from new, 72k miles with service history All for …

58k miles, service history, 2 previous owners, met grey, Parrot hands free phone kit, All for only...



All our cars come with Warranty, Full Service, Full MOT, HPI Check and Valet 1 CARLTON AVENUE, BROADSTAIRS, KENT CT10 1AB

TEL: 01843 869 600 EMAIL:

Insurance Approved Accident Repair Centre 14 PATRICIA WAY, PYSONS ROAD IND. EST., BROADSTAIRS CT10 2LF

TEL: 01843 862491

Full body repairs

Dent removal

Car resprays

Vehicle restoration

4 wheel alignment

Aluminium repairs

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Minster Matters - Issue 198 - Dec17/Jan18  

village magazine

Minster Matters - Issue 198 - Dec17/Jan18  

village magazine