Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 144: February 2013 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)
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EDITORIAL I’m sat here at a loss for something to write about, so I’ll just have to make it up as I go along. To begin with there are some important articles this Ray month that if you’re running any sort of business in the village you really ought to read. Firstly the Parish Council are looking for Contractors to come forward to be included on their ‘Approved’ listAmy see page 13 for further details, then there is the proposed Business Association that should interest ALL of you who trade in the village, see page 15 for details Brenda of the forthcoming meeting. Staff from Colebrook Sturrock presenting a cheque to Also this month there is an important notice on the front page with reference to a survey, for which you will Kent Air Ambulance - proceeds from their Valuation Day shortly receive a form to be completed and returned to A.J.Cliffe & Sons Diane Thanet District Council. It is important that you do so, so please don’t just add (Butchers) Ltd it to your paper recycling, make the effort and do your bit to help this village Are you fed up with into the future. Supermarkets yet !!! Later this year each household will be receiving a questionnaire from the Nora group who are organising the Community Led Plan and you can read more on We do it properly this on page 11. Horse Free Zone The Parish Council are actively looking to fill a vacancy and details on Co-option to the Council can be read on page 15. Canterbury House, Monkton Road, Minster Finally in my run down of important articles this month I must also mention the short Tel: 01843 821288 1L/1 article from the Community Warden on page 9 reference dog fouling and the actions he intends to take to catch those who are at fault. If that’s you then be warned !! Flowers by Vanessa Congratulations to Anne Munday on her recent very special birthday, and also Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, congratulations to Field Pharmacy (our village chemist) on their ‘Healthy Living Pharmacy Weddings or Funerals Created with the “Personal Touch” Accreditation Award’, see details and a picture elsewhere in this issue. For designs with a difference Have I told you I make a regular trip to the studios of Academy FM (Thanet) once a Vanessa Fairbrass month to give listeners a bit of information on what’s happening in the village. Catch me on (C&G qualified florist) Sunday Night Live with Howard Evans from 7 to 10pm. Next session Feb 17th. We have a Rose Cottage, Manor Road, good laugh and a bit of banter and it gets the Village out into the wider community. St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY Went this week, with our crew, who usually sit together for soup at the Old Schools, to 01843 847 012 07934 420 837 I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury view the Art Exhibition at the Belgian Cafe in Ramsgate (Art from the other side of the 1P/5 runway) which we advertised last issue. What talent the Northrop family have, really 2P/6 impressive, should be in the Turner Centre at the very least! Stopped at the cafe for our lunch as well and were all well pleased with what we had to eat, we’re even talking about going back again. Before I run completely out of space I must apologise if something you’ve sent in hasn’t made it into this issue, but we had to make the decision to leave out some of less important (Minster Window Company) bits we received for Property Maintenance 2L/8 publication as a lack Building Work of space prevented us from including Plastering * Rendering uPVC Windows & Doors them all. uPVC Fascia, Soffits & Guttering Well, that’s it, as Repairs to existing double glazing always space has Misted up sealed units replaced beaten me yet again www.minstersalon.com Garage Doors * Decking and so it only
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More than 70 people enjoyed a gastronomic delight at the East Kent College restaurant in Broadstairs to raise nearly £600 for Pilgrims Hospices. The lunch was the latest arranged by Michael Shipley a volunteer with the hospice, who has raised much needed funds for Pilgrims for several years. There was also an array of raffle prizes to be won on the day, presented by volunteers Lil Smith and Doreen Daw, which further boosted the total. Michael Shipley went on to say; “We thank everyone for their support, many of whom have enjoyed our lunches over the years, but it was lovely to welcome some new faces. We would also like to thank the students and tutors and everyone involved with the organisation and presentation of such a wonderful meal.” It costs more than £9.5 million to provide free care to all in East Kent who need it from the hospices in Thanet, Canterbury and Ashford, as well as caring for patients in their own homes. 2012 is a special year for Pilgrims Hospices as we celebrate caring for the people of east Kent for 30 years having opened the first hospice in 1982 Canterbury. Today we provide palliative care for adults with a range of illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, heart failure, respiratory conditions and neurological diseases. Care is provided from the three sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in patients' homes and via community programmes. Care is also extended to families and carers. To keep delivering care to those that need it the most, Pilgrims has to raise in excess of £9 million each year. The majority of this comes from our local community, so fundraising is very important. 80p in every pound goes directly on patient care and over 75% of our funding comes from the local community. Also in 2012, Pilgrims Hospice Thanet is celebrating its 20th anniversary having been opened in 1992. It has an inpatient unit, runs a series of day programmes and offers outpatient appointments as well as visiting services in patients own homes. It also hosts the only palliative care accommodation in east Kent that is suitable for patients with dementia. Situated on the main Ramsgate to Margate road, the hospice stands within the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Hospital and is surrounded by nearly two acres of stunning natural gardens. Check out Pilgrims Hospice latest events on page 26.
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY ANNE On the 9th December 1912 a baby girl was born in a little village in South Wales called Gilwern near Abergavenny. She was one of a family of eight girls and one boy. When she was only 2 years old her father was called up for the First World War and times were hard for her mother bringing up the family while he was away. Anne had a grammar school education and then went into service in London. While in London she would visit Margate often with a friend and has happy memories of those times. On one such visit she met her husband to be George William Munday and they married in 1938 just before the second World War started. During the war Anne worked in an ammunitions factory in Glascoed making naval shells. After the war Anne and George settled in Margate and they had two children Alan and Pat. Anne worked at Margate Hospital as a cook for 20 years but then was made to retire, but she didn’t like retirement so found employment again as a cook in a residential retirement home in Edgar Road Clifonville. She worked here for 10 years and was well into her 70’s when she finally retired. When her husband sadly died Anne moved to Minster, that was about 11 years ago. Anne used to enjoy crochet and knitting and has given many blankets etc to friends and needy causes, but due to failing eyesight she is no longer able to do this. Anne has some caring friends and neighbours and her daughter Pat who lives in Minster regularly visits and cares for her mother. Her son Alan who lives in St. Peters is also there to help when needed. She has one surviving sister who lives in Belgium. On Sunday the 9th December 2012 Anne’s friends and family, son Alan, daughter Pat, grandchildren and great grandchildren were all at a party to celebrate Anne’s birthday with her. I am sure you will join with us here at Minster Matters in congratulating Anne on this milestone and wishing this lovely lady a belated Happy Birthday.
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The generous people of Minster came up trumps once again. They produced 130 festive shoe boxes filled with toys for deprived children in Eastern Europe and Africa. These were delivered to the headquarters of Smile International in Orpington at the end of November to be dispatched on the lorries in time for Christmas. In many cases the shoe boxes would have been the only gifts received by the child this year and their gratitude can only be guessed at. Donations and goods were also given by Minster Post Office, Attwells Newsagents and Birchington Active Retired Association. Many thanks to you all, Kate Humphreys P.S. Late donations were included in a shipment that left in January.
A NEW WAY TO REPORT HIGHWAY ISSUES Dear Resident, You may be interested to learn that KCC Highways and Transportation has recently launched a quicker and easier way to report highways issues: www.kent.gov.uk/highwaysfaults Can be used to see what faults are currently reported, log new ones and pinpoint them on a map. The tool has easy to use Google style mapping and allows you to let us know about issues in just a few clicks. Kind regards, Anne Charman, Community Engagement Officer for Thanet
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Another successful evening and that's all down to the dedication of the brave who were willing to weather the storm if it arrived!! Well the weather held off for a couple of hours to allow the evening to go ahead and Minster School Choir to charm us all with their angelic voices. It was obvious that their teacher had had them all practising as their singing was perfect. The last of the Christmas lights were switched on by a countdown from Miss Minster and her Princesses. The Salvation Army band as always provided that Christmas feeling throughout the evening, while Santa and his helpers took note of all the children's requests in Jack and Margaret Wraith's fantastic grotto. Shop keepers and staff welcomed everyone who had made the effort to join in this festive event. John and Vivien Walford provided the warming mulled wine for our wonderful dancers the Offcumduns who turn up for free just to join in and provide entertainment for everyone. It was nice to hear some visitors saying how lovely our village was and they would be back next year. A huge Thank You to everyone who makes this event possible especially Santa who finds time to come and see us at this busy time of year. I'm sure his brilliant grotto and the fantastic children have a lot to with it. Karen Brazil P.S We have a lot of Santa photographs not yet picked up from Attwells Newasgents. If your child had their picture taken with Santa come and get it, there is nothing to pay and the photos this year are lovely.
This evening was marvellous- the school choir singing carols, in unpleasant weather and conditions but they sang so beautifully. The Gossip Shop giving us all its usual friendliness and good hot coffee and tea, also goodies to eat. The Salvation Army playing their brass instruments so skilfully and charmingly as always. Father Christmas was late arriving, due to the snow and rain en route. He arrived in the end to a long line of children eagerly awaiting him. The Morris Dancers performed brilliantly. I think this village of ours is fantastic. The friendliness of all the folk in the street and shops is unbelievable. I say again we are so fortunate to have what I have described for us all to enjoy. All our other restaurants open - Kebab, Chinese, Indian, Bistro, all the pubs - well, what more can I say? Yvonne Chapman, Rivers Court
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WOWISH GRATEFUL THANKS! Martin, Helen, Primrose and Isabella Northrop would like to thank all the people of Minster, who visited their exhibition; ‘Art from the other side of the runway,’ held during January, in Ramsgate’s Belgian Café. The preview night (January the 11th) was truly amazing, so many people from Minster came, and it was such a joy to see you all. Thank you also to all those who visited after the preview, your wholehearted response made all the hard work worthwhile. God bless each one of you.
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February 2013 THANKS FROM REV’D BOB COLES Christmas Thanks: I would like to give a big “thank you” to everyone who helped make our celebrations of Christmas such wonderful occasions. First of all to those who supported the Gift Service. This year, we again collected Scholars packs containing basic school materials for children in Africa. It was another excellent response and I will give further details next month. Thanks to Captains Lyn and Bryn Hargreaves for organizing the Lychgate Service this year, the Margate Salvation Army Band for playing, the School Choir for singing to us, and the WI for providing the mince pies! Thanks too to all who came to our Christingle Service, Christmas Eve Special, Midnight Mass or Christmas Morning Communion. Finally, thanks to all those who decorated the church and to Chris Randall, our organist, and the choir for leading the worship. It all added up to another really wonderful Christmas Celebration.
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More Thanks: A little belatedly, because of our double issue magazine last time, may I record my grateful thanks to two young people from the village. I refer to Jack & Lucy Challenger! Their public spiritedness in stopping to examine some glistening objects and then reporting their find to the police meant that I was alerted to the break-in at the Parish Church late on Friday 16th November. This led to a quick police response and also spared the lady opening the church in the morning the shock of finding the mess in church. It also meant that we could quickly get a working party together to clear up the church ready for worship on the Sunday. Thanks also to those who helped clear up the mess and especially Chris Hogben of Capricorn Property Maintenance for making the broken window secure and weather proof.
Dear Residents, It has come to my attention that dog fouling on footpaths and in public places has become a real issue in Minster yet again, especially along Gas Alley and Monkton Road, last recently one resident reported 19 separate dog fouls on the footpath in Monkton Road alone. I appreciate that this is the fault of the minority of dog owners, as the majority are responsible owners who clear up after their pets. I shall be monitoring the situation in my capacity as KCC Community Warden for Minster and I intend to take any necessary action that may be required to keep Minster the clean and respectable village we all know and love. Aaron Kluibenschadl, KCC Warden Minster
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CHRISTMAS TREES AND LIGHTS Well since the last edition of Minster Matters the Village Christmas Trees have gone up and come down. This year the weather wasn't kind to the volunteers when the trees had to go up. Under two gazebo's in Attwell's yard a group of dedicated "twiddlers" tirelessly strung lights on 50 trees. This isn't as easy as it sounds as they have to be secured by "twiddling" wire so they survive the wind and rain. The tree gangs that had to brave the elements got the job done and got soaking wet doing so. Luckily the taking down day was a lot better weather. To all the people who turned out on either or both days a huge thank you. I hope you all feel proud when you see the lights twinkling during December, they are appreciated by the villagers and visitors. I have not named our band of helpers in fear of missing someone out but I will mention Roger Thomson who checked all the lights and replaced nearly 500 bulbs!! Also repairing on tree days and during December. Thank you Roger. This includes the tree that got pulled down off The Bell Inn and lights wrecked by someone having "fun". It is nice to know though that this was an isolated incident and we usually have no trouble in vandalism of the trees which are quite vulnerable, so maybe there is some pride in the youngsters too. Anyone wishing to help us with the trees this year please leave your name and contact details with Karen at Attwells Newsagents. We are looking to replace all the standard type lights this year with LED lights, when we can find some to suit all our needs. We will be fundraising to purchase them so get those pennies ready folks coz I'm gonna come asking for them. :-)
THANK YOU TO THOSE PEOPLE THAT SPOIL OUR COUNTRY SIDE This picture was taken recently near Plucks Gutter.
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THE MINSTER COMMUNITY LED PLAN STEERING GROUP
put their heads together on Wednesday evening 16th January to get to grips with writing a Questionnaire which will be going out to all households in Minster very shortly. The Questionnaire will be used to collect important information and the views of all residents in the Parish of Minster and the responses will describe the community’s vision for itself across all aspects of social, environmental and economic life. The Chairman, John Shervington stressed the importance that if a realistic view is to be created by this means, a high percentage of questionnaires will need to be completed and returned. When you receive it please be sure to answer its questions as carefully as you can and make sure they are returned in good time. Also look out for posters which will soon be displayed all around the Village which will also be explaining the project and encouraging you to make your return. It is also expected that another questionnaire will be put together by our local school children who will be asked to focus on their ideas for their own little futures here. Members of the Steering Group will soon be visiting the school to explain the project, to encourage the children to take part in it and be involved in their local community. The Steering Group will also be looking for local people who have particular skills which aren’t available within the steering group to volunteer to help complete the task of producing the Parish Plan. If you think you have any particular abilities in this direction please let the Co-ordinator have your contact details. Whilst on the subject of questionnaires, I would also like to mention that you will soon be receiving a Housing Needs survey. The Parish Council, Thanet District Council and Action with Communities in Rural Kent are responsible for the survey. The information gleaned from it will be really useful in identifying the future housing needs of the Village and form part of the aims of the Parish Plan. Roy Wade, Co-Ordinator, MCLP e.mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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MINSTER ARMBOUTS CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION / L’ASSOCIATION DE JUMELAGE Welcome to a New Year /Bienvenue a une Nouvelle Année The Christmas Bazaar was a great learning curve for our new Chair. Nobody won the bonus ball on the lottery, but Eric James won the sweets. He guessed 78 and was the nearest to the actual number of 63. A profit of £35.75 overall was reached. Our French speakers group had a good time at their friendly quiz. We are still planning a race night and a quiz so watch this space for dates. The Anniversary in France has provisionally changed to 19 May, so please re-check your diaries and start saving for the coach and ferry. Our next meeting is to be on 14 February 2013 at 7.30pm. Please feel welcome to come along. Hopefully the French version of this text is shown below. If you found it easy to read or even spotted the mistakes(!), why not join our French speakers group? At the moment, there are lessons as well as chats, but if there are sufficient numbers interested, we would be delighted to arrange a purely social group meeting to speak French. Le marché de Noël etait une bonne courbe d'apprentissage pour notre nouveau président! Personne n'a gagné le ballon prime à la loterie, mais Eric James a remporté les bonbons. Il devina 78 quand le reponse etait 63. Un bénéfice de £35.75 global a été attaint. Notre groupe français parleurs passé un bon moment à leur questionnaire convivial. Nous sommes encore à organiser une course de nuit et un quiz alors surveillez cet espace pour les dates. L'anniversaire de la France a changé provisoirement au 19 mai, donc s'il vous plaît vérifier à nouveau vos agendas et commencez à économiser pour l'entraîneur et le ferry Notre prochaine rendez-vous sera 14 Fevrier 2013 à 7.30pm. S'il vous plaît se sentent les bienvenus à venir le long.
MINSTER OPEN GARDENS 15th – 16th June This year we are holding our 16th Open Gardens and will be back on our usual weekend. We already have many gardens but are always looking for more! If you are considering entering your garden then please contact Rev’d Bob Coles: Thanet 821250
CALLING ALL CONTRACTORS! Minster Parish Council are setting up an ‘Approved Contractors’ list. Any contractor who wishes to be included please write to Kyla Lamb, Clerk to Minster Parish Council, stating the type of work you carry out and include copies of a current public liability insurance certificate and any relevant qualifications you may hold. You will receive confirmation that you have been approved and included in the list. The Council are required to receive 3 quotations for work over a certain value and would use the list to contact relevant tradesman to quote on new work as it arises. The Parish Council’s Policy is to use local tradesmen where possible. Please send your details to: Kyla Lamb- Clerk, Minster Parish Council, 4a Monkton Road, Minster, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent. CT12 4EA Tel: 01843 821339
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“A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms We are looking forward to performing this, our next concert on Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Arts Centre, Sandwich. Directed by our Musical Director, Patrick Dunn we will be singing the piece in English – a new translation by Michael Pilkington with Brahms’ own piano arrangement for four hands. Our pianists, Nicola and Alexandra Bibby will also be performing music by Schubert and Mendelssohn. This is an unusual Requiem being settings of various Biblical Texts, many of them very positive about life after death, rather than a traditional setting of a Requiem Mass. Tickets, £8.00 in advance and £10.00 on the door, can be obtained from Lady Elegance, 6 King Street, Sandwich and from Mervyn Jones ( 01304 620811). Our following concert will be “A Song for a Summer Evening” at Sandwich Guildhall on Tuesday 11th June. The society, a choir of about 45 singers, rehearses at St Clement’s Church Hall, Sandwich on Monday evenings during term time. New members are welcome. Please contact our Secretary Mervyn Jones for further information.
CALLING ALL MINSTER BUSINESSES AND TRADERS We are looking to start a Minster Business Association and will be holding a meeting on Tuesday 26th February at 7.00pm in the Sports Pavilion at the Recreation Ground, for all Businesses and Traders based in the Minster Area. This meeting will provide information on how it would be of benefit to all Traders working under one umbrella to provide a maximum effect for everyone. We will be talking about ideas we have had already to make this work, including advertising for you, and hopefully we can prove to be as successful as Associations in other areas. Please come along with your views so that we can discuss ideas and decide if it is worth proceeding with this suggestion. This meeting is open to ALL Minster traders, it doesn't matter how small, we would like you all to be a part of this if it goes ahead. If you need to know more please contact Karen Brazil on 07813648214 or 01843 845245.
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February 2013 Minster Matters Iconography comes back to Minster
Iconography is the art of the Christian church from its earliest times. As the doctrines of the Church developed, so gradually a means was created to express those doctrines in visual form. As the church moved from a persecuted underground movement to ultimately a state religion, so the images changed from an encoded and symbolic art inscribed in hidden places to a full and glorious exploration of salvation history made in rich and rare materials and techniques. Icons take many forms. They are sometimes portable, usually painted on wooden panels but sometimes embroidered for use on altar cloths or priestly vestments and sometimes made in ceramic. There are permanent frescoes and mosaics found on the walls of churches and cathedrals. There are icons made in ivory, gold, silver, bronze to be found on the vessels and furnishings of places of Christian worship. These images were and still are venerated and used as a focus for prayer, an interface between earth and heaven, God and man. Panel icons used natural materials and primitive tools, preparing boards, gold leaf and pigments with great difficulty and expenditure of time and effort. Some
artificial pigments were known in ancient times, such as vermilion, lead white and (later) synthetic ultramarine. Such pigments were very expensive. Lapis Lazuli was more expensive than gold! Traditionally, iconography was passed from generation to generation and often, though not always, studied in a monastic setting. Lay iconographers sometimes formed groups and worked together. By this means standards of skill and artistic achievement reached great heights. However, the monasteries were the repositories and guardians of learning and skill, and as such iconography would have been practiced at Minster Abbey. From its earliest times in the seventh century we know that Minster Abbey had a scriptorium which would have copied and illustrated texts of the Holy Scriptures and the Church Fathers; curing their own skins and grinding their own inks for the purpose. Iconography is still a living tradition, preserved and passed on by the Eastern Orthodox churches and revered by the Western Christian churches. It takes two directions, traditional and modern. The former deviates little in style, content and method, using Byzantine types as model and guide. The latter as you might guess is more open to innovation. What is sure is that iconography must always teach and be a witness to Christian truth. I came to live in Minster a year ago. At that time the renovation of our new home left me without anywhere to practice. I was very delighted and privileged when the sisters offered me the use of an out building as a studio, because it meant that I could continue to fulfil commissions and teach in a small way. Now that life is more settled it seems right and fitting to set up a workshop here in Minster, open to all, but of particular interest to those wanting to deepen their understanding of the faith which formed our culture. If you are interested, see the poster alongside which gives dates, fees and contact details.
Messages of the Flowers The flower of the Forget-me-not, has something to say, “Please always be by my side, never go away” The Buttercups’ faces always shine bright “Keep up good cheer, fight the good fight” The Periwinkle on the vine, Says “Friend always be mine” Daisies message, very plain, “Pick me little girl, make your mummy a daisy chain” Violets spell out, “I love you”, Perfumed sweet for lovers too
The white Wood Anemone, in its green leaves, Sends an aura of tenderness and peace The Cornflower of blue, reflects summer skies, For me and you a treasured prize The Primrose gives us faith in Spring, Smiles to children’s faces bring The Bluebell tells us “I’m a beauty To carpet the forest floor, is my personal duty” The Red Poppy whispers, I’ll stand by you for ever, Please, remember, remember, remember, remember. Yvonne
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The December meeting was the Christmas Party when members were treated to plenty of lovely homemade food, really puzzling quizzes and brilliant musical entertainment from Ben Hoenes and his band. Thank you to those who helped make our Party such a success. On Tuesday 8th January at 7.30pm the President, Marion Rose, welcomed members and 3 visitors to the first meeting of 2013 in Minster Village Hall. Among other things Marion gave details of the Denman College draw being held that evening and the Birthday Dinner at Quex Barn on 26th February. Also an invitation to Monkton WI’s birthday party on 21st February has been received. The Annual Council Meeting will be held at the Winter Gardens in Margate on 13th March, speakers include Pippa Greenwood and Jen Green and tickets are £10 each. There was a reminder that the WI subs are now due. Appreciation was passed on from all, and particularly from Bob Cole to those who made mince pies and/or served refreshments at the Church Lychgate Carol Service on 18th December. Minutes of the last meeting were approved. Magistrate Bob Chapman and Probation Officer Annette Varker were then introduced as speakers for the evening. Everyone found their talk really enlightening, learning a great deal about their duties and responsibilities. The February meeting is on 12th February with Michael Bispham’s talk entitled “Bees Naturally”. Refreshments followed and then the Denman draw result gave the winning member the chance to attend a residential course at the College. The raffle and Marion’s reading of an amusing item brought the meeting to a close at 9.45pm.
A SAD FAREWELL MM have recently learnt that both of our friendliest and most helpful librarians are retiring in the same week in March this year. Jean Meek and Jackie Wetherilt are both finishing during the week leading up to Easter, Jackie doing her last shift on the Tuesday and Jean completing her employment on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. I feel sure there are many in the village who will miss them and I’m sure you will all join in with us in wishing them both a very happy retirement, Jackie tells us she and her husband are hopefully off sailing. They were always a great team back in the days when they worked together on the same shifts, and those of us who have worked alongside them in the neighbourhood centre will be very sad to see them both go, however recent cut backs in the library service meant this winning team was split up as the service changed from two librarians per shift, down to single manning, probably not one of the best staffing changes that KCC have made. Jean tells us they will be having a farewell drink in the Bell Inn on Wednesday 27th March from 7.30pm, a chance for us to say thank you and goodbye to two KCC employees who were more than just librarians, they were real friends to many of us. So if you’d like to pop in that evening you will be more than welcome. Jean says I must remember to tell people, “you’ll all be responsible for your own bar bills“ !!
MINSTER PLAYHOUSE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday 6th February, 7.30pm, Village Hall There are currently vacancies on the General Committee, including the post of Chairman. If you are interested, please call Terry Wood on 01843 220208 for more information. Minster Playhouse Calendars, showing 12 of our members just clad in various props, have been reduced in price, and can be obtained from Attwells for just £3.99. We will still be making a donation to Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research for every calendar sold. www.minsterplayhouse.co.uk
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PATIENT LIAISON GROUP CHRISTMAS BAZAAR and RAFFLE Thank you to everyone who supported us in our fund raising project and helped make the various events we held during 2012 such tremendous successes. The prize draw was held at the Bazaar and the winner of the £100 cash prize was Mrs Britton of Minster, with the second prize going to a lady in Birchington and the third prize to someone in Westgate. A full list of the 14 lucky winning numbers and prize winners are on display in the surgery, and we are pleased to say all prize winners have been notified and all prizes claimed. CRYOTHERAPY PROJECT and PRESENTATION A presentation was held at the surgery on Friday 14th December and the monies raised to fund this project were presented to the Senior Practice Partners; Dr C Crosfield and Dr M Elliott. Present were members of the group, prize winners and others that had made donations to the project. The photographs show the presentation of the ‘1st Prize” of £100 to Mrs Britton (top right) and the presentation to the Senior Practice Partners with the assembled group (bottom left). We are extremely pleased to say that a contract has been placed and the new equipment has been ordered, with a delivery and installation date week commencing 28th January. Following commissioning and safety checks, the new treatment is expected to be available for Patients in early February. The Senior Partners expressed their sincere thanks to all those who had contributed and made the project so successful, and welcomed the opportunity to provide yet another valuable service at the surgery. NEW “SELF CHECK-IN” SYSTEM The new computer system was commissioned successfully in December which enabled the new “Self Check- in” to be introduced. With a very simple system based around one’s date of birth, it has widely been accepted by patients as a quick and easy way of booking in for an appointment, thus preventing the need to queue during busy periods. When checking-in to see a Doctor, the system will also advise patients of any undue delays in their appointment time, including the number of patients ahead of them and the average waiting time! But please remember ONLY 10 MINUTES is allocated for a normal appointment, so be especially aware of this when making an appointment, thus avoiding further delays and inconvenience. Needless to say, there will always be a receptionist on hand if anyone requires further help, especially in the case of lengthy delays. SURGERY TRAINING DAYS Please note that the surgery will close at 12.00noon on the following days for the purpose of staff training: Tuesday 19th February and Tuesday 19th March. Should you need to see a Doctor during these times then please call “Doctors on Call” via the normal surgery number - 821333. Or you can also call “NHS Direct” on 0845 46 47 for confidential health advice and information for you and your family, thank you. PATIENT GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in February or require further information on any of the above, then please contact either: KEN SELF on 821200 or JEANNE LAWRENCE on 821049
MINSTER SHOW At the recent committee meeting it was agreed that the ‘Theme’ for 2013 would be;
‘Vintage 40’s/50’s’ To those who are wondering what this entails all will become clearer when the schedule goes on sale in May. Schedule Launch Day will be Saturday 11th May and members of the committee will be outside the Gossip Shop promoting both the Schedule and the ‘Grow for the Show’ competition for the children. The ‘Grow for the Show’ this year will be a change from the norm, as we are not having plants ‘to grow on’ instead we are going to be giving out kits for the youngsters to grow us something special from seed. The kits will contain everything they’ll need except: water, a marker pen or crayons and lots of loving care, oh and no scissors either, although a pair will probably be required at some stage of the growing process. Intrigued ? The come and see us between 10.00am and Midday on May 11th and all will be revealed. To those who have enquired as to when the Show is this year, the answer is Saturday 20th July More information can be found on our website at www.minstershow.org.uk
Photographs starting from: (Top Left) Santa at Minster School (Top right and right) The Friday Knit and Talk Group, at the library, presenting the hats, gloves and scarves that both they and friends made for the Salvation Army to distribute to the homeless and needy. (Bottom) Our NEW!! school crossing patrol ??
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Editors this month Stacie Holland and Bee Cocks Christmas Poem I woke up on Christmas morning, my Mum and Dad were still yawning. I unwrapped my Christmas gifts and gave my Mum and Dad a big kiss. I gave my parents their Christmas gifts and they gave me a huge big kiss! I had my breakfast and played with my toys none of them made any noise! I got changed and had a shower then I played with my new toy tower! Throughout the day I had lots of fun all the thanks to my Dad and Mum. By Anabelle Fleming
Birds Birds, bird’s birds, there are Lots of types of birds. Big ones small ones some like Lemon curd. If you don’t believe me, see it For yourself, birds birds birds, I just can’t get enough. By Georgina Graham!!
Theatre Youth Club
Ramsgate Rockets Ramsgate Rockets are a majorette troupe that do pompoms and batons. A baton and pompom look like this:
You can see us at carnivals and the main ones are Ramsgate, Herne Bay, Minster and Margate. You can also find us on Facebook and if you do, please like our page. If your child would like a go we have a free taster session if you fancy it. If you want to be part of our Troupe you can get membership and you will get: a skirt and a pair of legwarmers. I am part of the Troupe and I have learnt many things like arm rolls and wrist rolls. I love to go because you get to help the nellies. Nellies are the kids under 9; you also get to help the nellies with tasks like a routine or another accomplishment. There are many Troupes around the country like Medway Superstars and Margate Jetsetters. By Bryony Jay
Flowers Flowers, flowers , I love flowers, flower are so sweet. You would never touch them never shove them ,flowers, flowers I love them so much Flowers are pretty and nice, glamorous and so cheerful.
Flowers!! By Chelsea Dexter
Pancake Day Do you have pancakes? What is your favourite topping? Do you like ice cream or chocolate sauce on your pancakes or is it something different? Do you cook your own pancakes or do you buy them? By Jessica Fright
Theatre club (is also called drama club) is on a Wednesday night above the library. It’s on half six till half eight! It is really fun you can also bring food. The people who run this are Nicola Kelly and Eliot Eaton-Brown. You can star in plays and have lots of fun! On 21st of November I bought in some iced buns for Nikki (she likes to be called Nikki rather than Nicola) and Eliot Pets and my friends Georgina, Annabelle and Gemma! We all have Type of pets that you can have: lots of fun! At the moment we are doing a play called Robin * Dogs * Cats Hood! For any age! * Gerbils * Hamsters By Grace * Fish * Bunnies * Rabbits * Dwarf hamsters New Year Resolution! * Dwarf rabbits * Parrots Do you have a New Year’s resolution? * Birds * Chickens My New Year’s resolution is to keep my writing neat and to get * Chicks * Lizards my pen licence * Guinea pigs * Geckos My friend Grace’s resolution is to eat more and more chocolate * Snakes * Iguana because Grace is a chocolate lover I wonder what your New by Stacie and Bee! Year’s resolution is? By Jessica
Mrs Murray is leaving Journalist Club!?!?!?!?
To Mrs Murray, Poem We heard you’re not running journalist club for a while, so I went to France one year and I gave a great big cheer. here’s something for you because you’ve been the best teacher Me and my family went for a stroll in the town and I saw… in journalist club ever! All of us are going to miss you being the A big window full of colourful sticky things that my eyes admired. teacher. What about if you come back to the club after the new I stared at the sweets and my eyes eventually grew tired. teacher teaches us and gets fed up with us? Please!!!!! We’re People walked past saying bonjour but nothing could make my all going to miss you. All of us!!!!!! eyes escape from that gingerbread man door. From, Keira Pavlou, Olivia Ringrose, Amy Griggs, By Annabelle Fleming and Phoebe Bullard
Minster Matters Doug Kirk (R.I.P.)
A Thank You to be said …. To W.S.Cole & Sons, Funeral Directors, Reverend Bob Coles, The Royal British Legion and Standard Bearers, the Doctors and Nurses at the Surgery and the Pilgrims Hospice for all they did for our Dad. Our Dad loved the village and its people. A big thank you to everyone for their donations made to the Hospice. Thank you to everyone who came to the church and Legion to celebrate Dad’s life. Our Dad was a very special man and Dad, who will be sadly missed by all his family, Daughter Penny and Raver, Son Ronnie and Teresa, Son Douglas, Nephew David, his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, Rob, Claire and Jaz, Scot, Chrissy, Tom and Lewis. Thank you to Doug Kirk’s family On behalf of the village, Minster Matters wishes to say a huge thank you to Doug’s family for the donation, in his memory, of his very nearly new wheelchair, for the future use of villagers, should they require it. This has now been added to the small pool of disability scooters, which residents are able to borrow on short term loan. Should you wish to borrow and of these aids then please contact Minster Matters, details on page 2 of this issue.
Dot Finch Frank and Jean wish to thank everyone in Minster for their kind messages and cards following the death of Dot on 14th December. We would also like to thank everyone who attended Dot’s funeral on 8th January and for the many flowers and donations to The Pilgrims Hospice. Our special thanks go to Verena, Ron, Lil and Pat for their constant support over the last year. Finally, a big thank you to Mr. J. Cole, The Revd Coles and Paul Willins for the funeral arrangements and service.
LENT: St Mary’s Minster “Do this in remembrance of me.” A celebration of Holy Communion We invite you to this celebration during which we remember Jesus. “Do this in remembrance of me,” Jesus said to his disciples at the Last Supper when he took bread and wine, and gave thanks to God. During Lent, there will be an opportunity to join a weekly, evening celebration of Holy Communion at Minster church. It will be held every Wednesday at 7.15pm from Ash Wednesday, 13th February until the 20th March inclusive. We would be very pleased to be joined by anyone ~ whether or not Confirmed. Further details from Rev’d Bob Coles: Thanet 821250
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Home Cooked Food Available Wed - Sat Lunch 12.00-2.30 : Eve 6.00-9.00 Sunday Roasts 12.00-4.00 Also Fish & Chip takeaway available
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Function Room available for parties Thank you to everyone for their support over Christmas and New Year
Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services in FEBRUARY 3rd February 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Family Praise 6.30pm: Candlemas at St Nicholas 10th February 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Family Communion (CW) 17th February 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Morning Worship 24th February 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Holy Communion (CW)
The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster Reverend Marcus Holden 592071 email@example.com www.ramsgateandminster.com Parish Office Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road Ramsgate CT11 7DS Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12.00noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Minster and each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other Catholic Services please see the Minster Abbey entry below
Minster Abbey Mid-week Services at St Mary’s Wednesdays at 10.30am St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services in FEBRUARY 3rd February 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 10th February 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 17th February 10.15am: Holy Communion at the Methodists
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.
Tothill Street, Minster
What’s on: Monday Bumps & Babies 9.30am Friendship Club 2.15pm Tuesday Parent & Toddlers 9.30am Messy Church 3.30pm (first Tuesday of month) Wednesday Keep Fit 10.15am Home League 2.00pm Thursday Prayer group 9.15am (70 Monkton Road) Sunday 10.00am Family Worship 6.00pm Evening Worship For further details contact: Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves 822308 or 825178
Easter Visit of Officer Cadets from The Salvation Army Training College Watch for programme of events in Minster Matters and on village notice-boards EVERYONE IS INVITED TO COME AND JOIN WITH US A Christian Church and a Registered Charity No 214779 & in Scotland SC009359
Funerals 24th February 10.15am: Morning Praise
Weddings at Minster Parish Church 1st December: Donna Earl and Vincent Mirams
Baptisms at Minster Parish Church 25th November: Bobby Nichols
5th December: Douglas Kirk (94) at Minster Church and Thanet Crematorium 21st December: David Lee (76) at Minster Church and Cemetery 8th January: Dorothy Finch (91) at Thanet Crematorium 15th January: Trevor Mayo (70) at Thanet Crematorium
Tuesday 5th February 3.30pm – 5.45pm Come along as a family and enjoy time together doing crafts, worship and share a meal together Donations appreciated for cost of meal
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Want to join Minster Brownies ??
We have spaces available We meet on a Monday from 5.30 – 7.00pm at the Salvation Army, Tothill Street, Minster Girls aged 7-10 years Please contact Sharon (Brown Owl) on 01843 834457 or 07891263900 We wear a uniform, have fun, play games, make things and have days out !!!
NORTH FORELAND LADY CAPTAIN’S CHARITY COFFEE MORNING Thursday 7th February, 10am until 12 noon Entrance fee £1.50 to include coffee, tea & biscuits Various stalls, raffle & you can even try your luck at putting! Further details 01843 862140 CHARITY GREEK NIGHT Friday 8th February Join the Mayor of Margate at the Greek Taverna in Margate Further details: Mayors Parlour 01843 221704 PANTO AT THEATRE ROYAL, MARGATE If you thought that the party season has come to an end, think again. Not in Thanet anyway……….. Our local police are supporting us with a Panto: A LASS IN BLUNDERLAND 21st – 23rd February Matinees 2pm - Evenings 7pm Adults £8 Children £6 For tickets call: 01843 292795
Christians Together in Minster Lent Course 2013 Reflecting on the Gospel of St John Chapter 17
Tuesdays 19th and 26th February and 12th March
at the Abbey 7.15 Compline 7.30 Meeting in St Benedict’s until 8.30 and
7.15 Tuesday 19th March Evensong in St Mary the Virgin A wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel and unite in Christ. All are welcome. Hot drinks will be served
CLIFFSEND FUN CLUB Mother and Toddler Group Mondays 10.00am-12.00noon (term time only) Come along with your little ones and join in with singing, craft and play, in a safe environment for your children. £2.50 per family includes adult refreshments and toddler food. Ages birth - 5 years Mummies, Daddies, Grandparents, Carers all welcome Contact Kirsten on 01843 826365
MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri Hire times and prices from 1st April 2012 Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs Price Structure * Full Pitch : £34/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £23hour Half Pitch : £23/hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA t: 821339 f: 825869 e: firstname.lastname@example.org MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP
Short Mat Bowls Sessions for February Come along to one of our sessions on a Tuesday or Sunday evening. We are an extremely friendly group and will lend you bowls to get you started. It’s well worth trying !! Sundays
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SALVATION ARMY 11 Tothill Street, Minster Advance Notice!
Saturday 13th April Quiz and Fizz Night Have fun and test your knowledge THE MOTHERS’ UNION FELLOWSHIP GROUP February 12th - Shrove Tuesday Pancakes will be served in the Old Schools From 12.00noon - 1.00pm Savoury and sweet varieties February 13th - Ash Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion Service with imposition of ashes at St. Mary’s Church. The Mothers’ Union Fellowship Group will join the congregation for The Ash Wednesday Service
MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a game of Bingo EVERY WED. 2.00pm - 4.00pm ALL RBL MEMBERS & Bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat - 822622 or Maureen - 823434
NEXT MEETING Wednesday 20th February Village Hall 7.30pm
Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section
Speaker Bill Butcher on “Plants, People, Places and Poison”
NEXT MEETING Monday 11th February 7.30pm Make 3 Valentine Biscuits
Points Competition Photograph of a Fungus
Speaker Sarah Welham ‘Making a Will’ Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information please contact Miriam Smith on 822589
TRASH & TREASURE SALE
MINSTER-IN-THANET WI NEXT MEETING Tuesday 12th February Village Hall 7.30pm. Speaker - Michael Bispham “Bees Naturally”.
COFFEE AND CHAT Thursday 21st February Village Hall Committee Room 10.00am - 12.00noon All welcome CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further info contact June Chadband 226033 email@example.com
MINSTER & MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
SATURDAY 9th February 10.00am - 1.00pm St Nicholas-at-Wade Church You may find just what you’re looking for !! China, Glass, Books, Jewellery, Antiques, small furniture etc. etc. You name it, we might have it Tea and Coffee available All proceeds towards the maintenance of this Church Please help us to preserve our beautiful Village Church SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market
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PSYCHIC FAYRE Sunday 3rd March 10.00am ‘til 4.00pm Village Hall, Minster Lots of stalls including Tombola for Cats in Crisis Lots of readings available at £8 Aromatherapy & Reflexology Tea Bar open all day for light refreshments All profits to non-Government aided Animal Sanctuaries Entrance £1 - children Free Come early to book your readings and come back for it later WE NEED YOU SO MAKE SURE YOU COME!! Details from Kay on 01843 297 665
MINSTER HEALTHY WALK meets at Minster School on Thursday mornings (term time only) at 9.00am for a 9.15am start The walk is suitable for all ages and is a gentle pace as well as buggy friendly It lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, afterwards we have refreshments at Minster Library If you are interested in joining our walk please contact Michelle Mannering 01843 841082
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AWARDS FOR KENT COMMUNITY PHARMACIES Pharmacies in Kent already offer a wide range of services to help people stay healthy. Now some of our pharmacies are among the first in the country to become official Healthy Living Pharmacies with a mission to provide even more support to people who want to improve their health. At a Healthy Living Pharmacy Accreditation Awards evening 17 Healthy Living Pharmacies, spanning Kent from Dartford in the North West to Dover in the South East, achieved Healthy Living Pharmacy accreditation status. Tonbridge, Headcorn, Chatham, Hawkinge, Charing, Broadstairs, Minster and Ramsgate were just some of the other places that received awards. Andrew Scott-Clark, Director of Health Improvement for Kent, who presented the awards, said: “Kent is among only 20 national pathfinder sites for Healthy Living Pharmacies, originally Picture published courtesy of NHS Kent and Medway developed by NHS Portsmouth. I am extremely impressed with the level of commitment all of these pharmacies have demonstrated in achieving the Healthy Living Pharmacy accreditation and I would like to sincerely thank all the pharmacies involved. Skin Care and Associated Therapies “This is an exciting time for the pharmacy profession in general. Community pharmacies * Unisex Salon * Late Evenings ‘til 9pm * Gift Vouchers * Semi Permanent Make-up make a significant contribution to protecting and improving the health of local populations.” * Dermal Fillers * Slimming Treatments To achieve accreditation, the 17 pharmacies reached the standards in a range of areas needed * Nail Treatments * Holistic Treatments * Bio Sculpture Gel Nails * Oxygen Therapy for a Quality Mark. These include providing patients and the public with two enhanced services * Dermalogica Treatments * Micro Dermabrasion * Waxing/Tinting/Make-up * Pregnancy Massage such as stop smoking support or emergency hormonal contraception, as well as advanced services * Non-Surgical Face Lift * LED Light Therapy such as medicine use reviews and the New Medicine Service which provides support for people * Colonic Irrigation * Chiropractor * Skin Tag/Red Vein/Milia Removal *Spa Days & Exclusive Parties with long term conditions. Healthy Living Pharmacies each have a Healthy Living Champion within their staff team, Open: Mon 9am - 3pm • Tues/Wed 9am - 5pm Thurs/Fri 9am - 9pm • Sat 9am - 5pm offering specialist confidential one-to-one advice and guidance and signposting on issues such as 10/12 Cuthbert Road, Westgate-on-Sea 1L/3 losing weight, tackling excess drinking and other lifestyle challenges. Champions can also help 01843 831 882 Email: email@example.com people with long term conditions such as asthma, diabetes or arthritis, to monitor their own health, reducing their need to see their GPs. They are also required to undertake further staff training and development and build good links with other community organisations and services such as schools and nursing homes. Field Pharmacy in Minster, Kent was one of the pharmacies to achieve accreditation on the evening. Pharmacist Gill Field said: “At Field Pharmacy we have increased our health promotion activity with eye-catching window displays to encourage people to come in store and talk to us about health matters or issues they may have. We also provide more health literature that people can take away with them. “As a Healthy Living Pharmacy, in addition to providing weight management, stopping 75A smoking and other enhanced services, we now provide a blood pressure monitoring service.” Liz Shervington and Karen Jacobs (pictured in centre of photo, above right) are both Healthy Living Champions at Field Pharmacy and have been working with local secondary schools to promote healthy weight management. They also plan to increase awareness of breast cancer and start running Macmillan coffee mornings. All of the county’s pharmacies offer expert, confidential advice, including the treatment of minor illnesses, which can mean there is no need to see your GP. Most pharmacies have consulting rooms where you can speak to the pharmacist in private. Most pharmacists will be able to speak with you within minutes and if it is very busy may ask you to come back when it is quieter to have a longer discussion. Community pharmacists are knowledgeable healthcare professionals who are accessible to everyone, so make use of the excellent services available on your doorstep and talk to your local pharmacist or nearest Healthy Living Champion about some of the healthcare services you may need. To find out which pharmacy services are available near you visit www.nhs.uk
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