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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 155: February 2014 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)



Sunday 26 January Meet at The Saddler at 12.00noon 1.00pm Start on the Marshes Fundraising 4s

Sunday 2 February At The Saddler 6.30pm Start £3.00pp up to teams of 6 Book Your Table NOW!!

ALL Money raised from these 2 events will go towards (Scottish) Robbies Funeral - for further info ring 821331

HEART FM XMAS FACTOR During the Christmas festivity period of 2013 children of the choir, Miss Youlton and Mrs Morton of Minster CE Primary School were hard at work practising their entry to the the Heart FM Xmas Factor Competition. Out of the many schools that entered Minster's entry, ''The Calypso Carol", was chosen as one of the top ten finalists and as a result were invited to attend Dockside Outlet Centre, Chatham on the 10th December, to perform live in front of hundreds. All schools who made it to the top ten were judged by the general public, prior to the finals, who were able to listen to the entries online and then vote for their favourite. Heart's Breakfast presenters, James & Charlie announced the winners after all 10 schools had performed at the finals and the winners were... (big drum roll).... MINSTER CE PRIMARY SCHOOL!!! Congratulations to all the children and teachers who showed tremendous dedication, perfect representation for the school and last but not least outstanding singing. Miss Youlton and Mrs Morton would like to thank all of those who voted for the school and parents who supported their efforts throughout. If you missed Minster's entry and would like to listen to them, we believe you can still do so at the following website: Once again, a huge well done! E-mail : Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Fax No: 0843 636 5346

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Waste & Recycling

Route A | Route B

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Route A | Route B

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Copy for any issue of Minster Matters must be received (at the very latest !!) by the Copy Date shown under ‘Diary Dates ‘on this page Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Editor: Ray Owen 07914 623 287 Editorial Team:

All members except Accounts can be reached through the email address above Asst Editor Amy Murray ---------Co-Editor Brenda Saker 822846 Co-Editor Henry Brice ---------Co-Editor Colin Boddy ---------Co-Editor Diana Buckley ---------Audio & Web Nora Aldous ---------Snappy Diane Cotterill 822394 Accounts Rodney Rose 821965 Advertising Diane Harris 826048 Voice/Proofing Kevin Buckley …........ You can leave hard copy for us at the Library or send your copy via snail mail to: Minster Matters Office c/o Library, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster-in-Thanet CT12 4EA

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MINSTER - How To Find Us For those looking to use a Sat Nav to locate the village the Library at 4A Monkton Road is the approximate centre of the village and the postcode there is CT12 4EA GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the village square are TR 309 647 51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E

Useful Numbers and Contacts Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden: Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 PCSO Steve England: 07772 225 942 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Community Dog Warden: 577 580 Salvation Army Hall: 825 178 Library: 821 442 Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333 (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00am)

Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 Minster School: 821 384 Village: Show: Business Association: Freegle: Mobility Scooters & Wheelchair (to loan): 07914 623 287 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) and the All Weather Sports Pitch bookings for both the above venues via

Parish Office 821 339 Old Schools: bookings via Jacque Sings 822 053 Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Late payment for advertisements may Eric James 821 744 mean they will be omitted from the next MM Subscriptions issue (3 months max!!) Copies of the Magazine or CD are now A full copy of our Terms and Conditions available on subscription to all non residents, worldwide. are available from our website Payments quoted below are in advance To a UK postal address :The Editors accept all advertisements, articles Single Issue £1.70 and notices in good faith and actively encourage Annually (11 issues) £16.50 the support of the local traders and services. However, we cannot be held responsible for the Costs to an overseas address are quality of goods or services offered. available on request, and we will be Please mention the magazine when replying to pleased to quote for this service. Our advertisers. Note however that due to lack of recording mailing details are shown elsewhere space we do not copy our advertisers on this page. information to the audio CD’s. The magazine and CD are published eleven times a year, at the beginning of each month, from February to December, inclusive. Disclaimer: Views expressed herein are strictly those of their author and do not necessarily agree with those of the Editor and/or the editorial team. E.&O.E.

Dates for Your Diary


Copy Date for Next Issue - Friday 21st February Feb 4

Minster Playhouse AGM



Trash & Treasure Sale - St Nicholas



Miss Minster Carnival Court Selection Dance



R.B.L. Women’s Section Meeting



W.I. Meeting



Coffee, Cake and Clearance Sale



Horticultural Society Meeting



Brownie Birthday


Mar 22

Twinning Assn Quiz Night


Sarah Thorne Theatre (Broadstairs) Pantomime listings


Village Hall Bowls Group


All Weather Pitch


Knit & Talk Group


Thanet Street Based Project for 13-19yr olds


Academy FM Listings


Church Notices


School Journalists


Copy Date for Next Issue - Friday 21st February

Minster Parish Council

next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 4 February @ 7pm in the Neighbourhood Centre Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; tel: 821 339 fax: 825 269 Email: Following Meeting : 4 March

Pavilion Hire

Recreation Ground Suitable for parties, small weddings, children’s parties, etc. Seating for 60-70, kitchen facilities.

Ideal for all family occasions !

Bookings via Parish Council Office

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Amy Semi-retired!!


POLICE CONTACT POINT Some of you, who read our magazine regularly, will perhaps notice, whilst perusing this issue, that we have not listed any Police contact point dates for Minster this month – why not you may ask? Well MM asked the question on your behalf and we discovered that not only have we lost our rural beat officers, as we’re sure by now you are all aware, but it appears we no longer qualify for a regular visit from the Contact Point vehicle – why? Because it wasn’t being used!! Now that could well be our fault as we’ve always listed it as being in the Monkton Road car park, because that’s where we were told initially that it was going to be, however we now learn, since its demise, that it has actually been stationed beside the recycling bins in the car park at the bottom of the High Street! Who was ever going to look for it there? Surely the centre of the village was the place to park it, e.g. either the Monkton Road or New Inn car park where it would be visible! So now Minster has no regular police presence in any shape or form – is that really what we deserve?

A.J.Cliffe & Sons (Butchers) Ltd We would like to thank K.C.C. and Minster Council for the red and white monstrosity outside our beautiful shop

Canterbury House, Monkton Road, Minster Tel: 01843 821288 1L/1

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






Regularly throughout the Winter months (November to March) a small band of volunteers, at the Old Schools in Station Road, run a lunchtime ‘soup kitchen’. At present they have about twenty regular clients but to remain viable they need more people to support them by coming along to partake of their delicious offerings or to help out with the preparation and serving . We know that when you think of ‘soup kitchens’ some of you may believe it is for the ‘down and outs’ or ‘homeless’ amongst us but that couldn’t be further from the truth in this instance. It’s more like a friendly lunch club where you’ll find villagers from all walks of life eating together and enjoying a bit of banter and a laugh. For just £4 you can have a large bowl of fresh ’homemade’ soup with bread and butter, followed by tea and cake in a very friendly atmosphere. So come along and give them your support – Wednesday lunchtimes 12noon to 1pm, Old Schools – but get there earlier rather than later if you want a choice of everything on offer! If you’d like to help by making soup, serving or just being involved in general kitchen duties please either pop in on a Wednesday lunchtime to speak to those on duty or ring Sheila on 822348 – they’d love to hear from you!

01843 847 012


Space , as you can gather, is at a premium this month so I need to keep this short and sweet. I can already hear some saying ‘Great - not much of his waffle to read hurray’ but then there are those who tell me they enjoy my monthly rant. Most controversial this month seems to be the lack of policing in the village and the white plastic monstrosity outside the butchers - what’s all that about? It and red Kevin appears to be neither one thing or the other. Is that it or is there more to come? What’s it supposed to achieve? I’m sure there will also be mutterings about the demise of the Route 51 bus that used to go to Birchington - Stagecoach say it wasn’t viable as there weren’t enough people using the service - so let this be a warning that the routes we do have ‘Nos 11 and 42’ need Durlock Lodge our support. ‘Bums on Seats’ are what will keep them running - they Durlock, Minster,-in-Thanet, Kent CT12 4HD can’t survive running on empty!! 01843 821219 Phone Another bumper 36 page issue this month - we were really 18th Century sweating that we’d not get quality & character everything in, but with a bit of Guest rooms magic we’ve squeezed in all we have. If you sent us something by from £62 per night 61, High St email that isn’t in here then I must Self Catering Minster apologise but I had a computer from £200 per week crash just before Xmas and lost Tel: everything in my MM Inbox. Discounts for longer stays Just enough space left to ask the usual question ‘Where’s Zac’?



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Unisex Hairdressers Modern Salon Friendly Welcome Affordable Prices Mon/Wed/Sat 9am - 1pm Tues 9am - 4pm Thurs/Fri 9am - 5.30pm 27 High Street, Minster

Dog Grooming Service All Breeds Welcome Kind Professional Service Fully Insured Professionally Trained

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PATIENT LIAISON GROUP NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE PATIENTS WHO USE THE SURGERY PHARMACY Please note that, with immediate effect, the contact e-mail address used by patients who have their prescriptions dispensed by the pharmacy at the surgery, has changed to: Gemma & Sandie 69 High Street, Minster, This does not affect those patients who use other pharmacies, whose contact details remain unchanged. CT12 4AB CHRISTMAS BAZAAR and RAFFLE Thank you to everyone who supported us in our fund raising project and 1P/7 1P/1 helped make the various events we held during 2013 such tremendous successes. The prize draw was held at the Bazaar and the winner of the £100 cash 01843 Est: 845133 1965 prize was Mrs Ray from Monkton, with the second prize going to a lady 16-18, The Square, Birchington in Cliffsend and the third prize to a lady in Minster. FENCING: CLOSEBOARDS + WANEYS Mrs Ray very kindly donated the money back into our fund raising BIG STOCKS …… GREAT PRICES project, for which we are extremely grateful. ALSO CONCRETE POSTS AND GRAVELBOARDS A full list of the 12 lucky winning numbers and prize winners have been * Keys * Glass * Timber - Cutting Service displayed in the surgery, and we are pleased to say all prize winners have Rock Salt large bag £4.99 been notified and all prizes collected. Pictures of the prize winners can be Halogen Heaters from £8.99 Small Bags of Logs £3.99 seen on Page 19 of this magazine. Tonne Bags of Seasoned Hardwood Logs £68.00 FUND RAISING PROJECT - UPDATE Calor Gas Fires from £79.99 Calor Gas Bottles …… All Sizes We are extremely grateful to Mr Wilson and Mr Heath, both of Minster, Kindling Sticks for their kind and generous donations. Together with the monies made HOUSE COAL + SMOKELESS COAL ….. ALL SIZES from our raffle and Christmas Bazaar our fund now stands at nearly DIMPLEX ELECTRIC FIRES ….. BIG LIVE DISPLAYS GREEN HOUSE GLASS …… ALL SIZES £1500 - which is fantastic! Raising such an amount in just a few months Roofing Felts 5KG Roll from only £11.99 when we only launched the project in October is unbelievable. So thanks £7.99 Snow Shovels De-Icer 300ml Aerosols £1.29 to everyone who has supported us! We will maintain a detailed progress ALL YOUR TIMBER NEEDS + SHEET MATERIAL chart on our notice board in the Waiting Room, so you will be able to Unibond No More Nails Pack of 3 £9.99 Dulux White Emulsion 7 litres £13.99 continually monitor our progress. Thompson Waterseal 5 litres £15.99 SURGERY TRAINING DAYS Thompson Roofseal 1 litre £14.99 Please note that the surgery will close at 12.00 Mid-day on the following £89.00 + VAT £106.08 Vanity Unit 650mm wide Bathroom Suite - White £199.99 days: Thursday 13th February; Wednesday 12th March; Thursday 10th Werner 3 Section Loft Ladder £69.99 April and Tuesday 13th May. Minky Ironing Board - Power Board £59.99 Should you need to see a Doctor when the surgery is closed, please call Vax Upright Vacuum Cleaner £89.99 Morphy Richards Heated Underblanket Single £19.99 the “NHS 111 Service” via the normal surgery number 821333 where you PLASTERBOARD AND PLASTER - ALL IN STOCK will be transferred automatically, or you can call direct on “ 111 “, to FREE DELIVERY TO MINSTER ON A WEDNESDAY receive “non-urgent” confidential health advice and information for you ** ALL PRICES SHOWN INCLUDE VAT ** and your family. For Urgent/Life threatening issues, dial “ 999 “ as normal. GARDENING and BUILDING SUPPLIES MISSED APPOINTMENTS Timber * Electricals * Plumbing STILL BREAKING YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS? Building Materials * Household Goods * Glass NOT THIS ONE PLEASE!!!! “ DON’T NEED IT - CANCEL IT !” 3P/6 Garden Furniture * Local Delivery Last month: 59 PATIENTS did not attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT! 54 PATIENTS did not attend their NURSE’S APPOINTMENT! SO A TOTAL OF 113 PATIENTS WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS! In common with other NHS Services, a list of those patients is now being compiled and action will be considered against repeat offenders. ANNUAL SPRING FAYRE - DATE FOR YOUR DAIRY Our Annual Spring Fayre will be HELD ON SATURDAY 17TH MAY Table Bookings are now being taken – SO BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT - RING 821200 NOW! PATIENT GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our next meeting, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact KEN SELF on 821200 or JEANNE LAWRENCE on 821049 AND FINALLY! To those of our Minster Patients and friends where this is their first Newsletter of the New Year, we would like to wish you all: A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.


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Individuals and businesses are encouraged to become 'Cyber Streetwise' The UK government has launched a new campaign to change the way people protect themselves while shopping, banking or socialising online in order to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals. With more than 11 million internet-enabled devices received as gifts during the Christmas period, Cyber Streetwise will help in the fight against online criminals. The new website, offers a range of interactive resources and clear advice on the essentials for enjoying a safe experience online. Adopt a few simple online behaviours to protect you and your family: ● Use strong, memorable passwords ● Install anti-virus software on new devices ● Check privacy settings on social media ● Shop safely online - always check online retail sites are secure. (The web address should have https:// in front - the ‘s’ stands for secure) ● Download software and application patches when prompted To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

THANK YOU from Lil and Esther Lil and Esther wish to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported them throughout the year, especially those who have been kind enough to make donations and support the various stalls they have run at such venues as the Art Show and the Flower Show. Special thanks also go to Ben’s and the Coop for their continued support. The excellent Band Concert, by the Snowdown Colliery Band was well supported and thanks goes to Audrey for arranging this. Editors note: Lil tells us they have raised a further £4025.06 for Pilgrims Hospice. Well done ladies - keep up the good work !!



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

Order a weekly fruit and veg box from us today. Much of our seasonal produce is farm fresh and locally sourced from within 10 miles. Give us a call, order online or visit us in store Hurry as our FREE delivery slots are filling up fast.

Prices start from just £6 Flower arrangements for all occasions by our qualified and experienced florist VALENTINES DAY FEBRUARY 14TH - 24-Hour Pre-Order Service Available (see our website and shop for inspiration) Can’t get to the shops? Then visit us online at or telephone us on 822212 (Free local delivery on orders over £4.99) 24a Monkton Road, Minster 01843 822212

NORTHROP DECORATING SERVICES All Interior and Exterior Decorating General Maintenance, Tiling, Plastering, Kitchen and Bathroom Fitting Local and Experienced

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MOBILE HAIRDRESSER For all your hairdressing needs, and in the comfort of your own home PHONEDIANE: DIANE: PHONE

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MPG CARPET CLEANING (small local family run business)

CARPET CLEANING FOR THE 21st CENTURY A completely dry carpet cleaning service! And that means: No more damp or wet carpets! No danger of colour-run or shrinkage! No chance of sticky residues which can attract the dirt! Lovely fresh scented deep cleaned carpets! (Upholstery and leather cleaning service available) For quotes please call:-

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of Minster ARE BACK IN THE VILLAGE! For all your Transport needs ● Airport Transfers ● Cruise Terminals ● Shopping Trips ● Nights Out ● Hospital Visits A friendly Local service in the village - For the village Drop in and see us in our new office at 73a High Street (01843)

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Sat 8th February at 7.45pm The Ghost Hunter A darkly comic one-man show that takes us into the life of a ghost tour with a terrible secret. Tickets: £8.00 paid in advance/Friends £10.00 on the doors -----------------------------------------------------Sunday 9th February at 3.00pm Spring Classical Concert 1 A glorious afternoon of Romantic cello music. To get into the mood for Valentine's Day. Tickets: £9.00 adults, £6.00 children. Season ticket for all three concerts £24.00 adults, £15.00 children ------------------------------------------------------Friday 14th February at 7.30pm, Saturday 15th February at 2.30pm The Man of Destiny In association with Pentameters Theatre Hampsted and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Tickets: £12.50 paid in advance/Friends, £14.50 on the doors ------------------------------------------------------Fri 21st & Sat 22nd February at 7.30pm Sunday 23rd February at 2.30pm Hilderstone Players present. Agnes of God Tickets: £8.00 paid in advance/Friends, £10.00 on the doors A Community Production ------------------------------------------------------Thursday 27th Feb to Sunday 2nd March Thanet Music & Drama Festival Speech and Drama adjudication days. Full details available from the Thanet Festival web site ------------------------------------------------------For all enquiries please contact 0845 26 26 26 3 (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm and one hour before each show) or The theatre is open for all but Membership at £18 year offers good discounts on the majority of shows. THERE ARE NO BOOKING FEES AT THIS THEATRE - THE TICKET IS THE PRICE!

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Safeguard your nearest and dearest from fire


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When a fire engine zooms down the road on flashing blue lights with sirens blazing, often the first thing people think is “I hope it’s not a fire in my home or that of someone I know”. But how often do you take the time to check that your nearest and dearest are fully equipped with the right advice to protect themselves and their homes from fire? Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is appealing to residents to make sure their homes, and those of people close to them, are safeguarded. KFRS Community Safety Manager Stuart Skilton said: “Just three breaths of toxic smoke from a fire can be life-threatening, but we offer free safety advice and services to help minimise the risk of being harmed.” “Neighbours, friends and loved-ones may need your help to protect themselves from the outbreak of fire. Perhaps you have an elderly parent, or know someone who lives alone, or with young children, who could benefit from safety advice or need help to test their smoke alarms. Maybe your own children are now grown-up, starting a family of their own and need some tips on fire prevention.” Where needed, KFRS offers people practical help to reduce the risk of fire. Maybe they need a smoke alarm fitted, advice on escape routes and what to do if a fire starts in their home. Or perhaps they need some more extra guidance to keep safe. KFRS has a dedicated team can provide specialist advice and equipment, such as fireproof bedding and smoke alarms for the hard of hearing, to help protect more vulnerable residents. Stuart added: “By encouraging those you care about to get in touch, you will be playing a huge part in preventing a fire and may even save a life.” Tips on staying safe from fire: Make sure you fit, and regularly test, a smoke alarm. It is the single most important piece of safety equipment in any home If you plan on using an open fire, make sure your chimney has been recently swept as build-ups of soot and ash can cause chimney fires. Use a fire or spark guard to prevent accidental fires When going to bed, make absolutely certain that any open fire is either out, or pushed back into the grate and a guard used to prevent sparks setting light to carpets or furniture Interior doors should always be closed when going to bed as they can dramatically reduce the spread of fire Portable heaters should be dust-free and kept well away from anything that could catch fire Always place candles on a non flammable surface away from soft furnishing like curtains and never leave them unattended. It is far safer to consider using torches instead of candles. For further information or to learn more about the free advice and services on offer to residents contact KFRS on 0800 923 7000 or visit

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Minster Fabulous Grade II Listed house in the heart of the village, 5 or 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, farmhouse style kitchen, utility room, large gardens, summer house with hot tub and sauna, double garage and ample parking £699,950




A substantial detached modern family house in a rural location, 5 bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen and utility room, large driveway and double garage EPC Rating =C

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Converted former chapel offering a unique style of accommodation, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, stunning reception plus study and kitchen/dining room, private courtyard garden to rear EPC Rating = D

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Delightful period cottage in a semi rural location, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, separate shower room, 2 reception rooms plus kitchen, Am dega conservatory, 100 foot rear garden and garage


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An imposing detached village house of character in approximately 1 acre, 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms plus kitchen/utility and basement rooms, detached barn/garaging, stable block and paddock plus garden area £320,000 £699,950


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Minster Day Nursery Children in Need On Friday 15 November 2014 ALL children and staff at Minster Day Nursery dressed as Super Heroes ( Pants over the trousers ! ) for the day and took part in a sponsored “ Fly “ around the Recreation Ground to raise funds for Children in Need . Every child received sponsors to take part in this event and between them raised lots of money for this worthwhile charity. We are still waiting for funds to come in so a final total is not yet available. At the Rec we were supported by Mums, Dads, Nannies and Grandads who came to cheer us on, not that the children needed any encouragement, they were off like rockets! All the children, including our tiny tots in pushchairs, managed two laps round before getting out of puff. We then made our way back to the nursery for a very welcome cup of hot chocolate and a piece of cake which one of our Mums had kindly baked for us. Registered Charity No: 1110919 Molineux Road, Minster, CT12 4PS Tel: 01843 821482 Email: Former Eastonways Bus Routes in the Village Revised timetables from Monday 27th January. Route 42/42A A new timetable will be introduced. The off-peak morning timetable will be slightly more frequent and one journey in each direction will be extended to Westwood, QEQM and Margate. New peak hour route 42A will replace existing route 947 and extend to Newington Road and the Broadstairs schools. To view the new route 42 timetable online visit this webpage We have included a quick breakdown of the timetable below Timetables are available in the library Route 51 - This route will be withdrawn. Please use route 11 or 42 instead. Minster to Ramsgate Mon-Fri New Inn 0738; 0907; 1022; 1137; 1252; 1407; 1647 Church 0742; 0909; 1024; 1139; 1254; 1409; 1649 Sat New Inn 0907; 1022; 1137; 1252; 1407 Church 0909; 1024; 1139; 1254; 1409

Minster to Monkton Mon – Fri Church 1001; 1116; 1231; 1346; 1501; 1627; 1740 New Inn 1002; 1117; 1232; 1347; 1502; 1628; 1741 Sat Church 1001; 1116; 1231; 1346; 1501 New Inn 1002; 1117; 1232; 1347; 1502


YOU ARE INVITED TO The Mad Hatters Tea Shop (Saddler Minster) Mon-Sat 9.00am - 2.30pm Sun 9.00am - 12.00pm The Saloon bar is now used as a Victorian tea room throughout the day, the pub offers comfy sofas, a real fire, heated garden area, a friendly atmosphere, and of course traditional pub grub & great coffee! Special Offer BOTTOMLESS CUP (unlimited coffee) £2.50 per cup 9.00am - 10.30am 7 days a week Pop in and have a natter with the hatters J

Saturday 8 February Live Music with Brad Pittance Saturday 15 february live Music with Barking Mad Saturday 22 February Disco with DJ Sam Cornwall Steak Nights every Tuesday and Saturday from 6.30pm to 9.00pm (Bookings Only !!) Sky Sports on Large HD Screen and Surround Sound BT Sport Now Showing

Susan Osborne

Free Pool Wednesdays Poker - Wednesdays - All Welcome

Personal Travel Counsellor Tel: 01843 832829 Mobile: 07940 714683 Email: Web site: Travel Counsellors Trust Guarantees Financial Protection on Every Booking


Steve, Nikki, Staff and All Customers would like to pay their respects to our dear friend Robbie (Scottish) who passed away in January. R.I.P. Never Forgotten


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February 2014 Village Voice

In the last edition we asked for your opinions again on the new recycling scheme. Many thanks to Clive, Les, Ian, Ingrid and Ken for their replies. Ÿ All denture repair work carried out Without exception the main grievance is with the red bag. It is too heavy to lift out, by a local dental technician becomes sodden when it rains, the lid will not shut properly and litter is always found strewn Dentures collected & returned to your around the streets after collection. home within 2 hours for just £30.00 We forwarded a summary of the responses to Howard Evans, DJ for Academy FM who Ÿ Collection and return of dentures was talking to Alan Poole from TDC in his show on Sunday 12th. Howard said that he would “All Day, Every Day” take up the matter on Minster’s behalf. Mr Poole’s suggestion was that we didn’t fill up the red bag as we go along but should wait until collection day, take the bag out and fill it there. For all enquiries means that we would all have up to two weeks’ worth of newspapers and packaging please tel : 07967 314 935 This piling up in our kitchens or wherever! He also stated that the average bag, when full, weighed R.J.BROADLEY 1L/6 10kg which “isn’t heavy”. This equates to 1 stone 8 pounds which apparently we can all lift. A further suggestion was that we could apply for a second bag. Not sure where we would TREE SURGERY keep this – in the kitchen with all the piled up rubbish? What Mr Poole didn’t say was that a NCA & NPTC return to a weekly collection would solve the problem! All aspects of This month we would like to ask you about Broadband. Did yours go slow over the tree surgery Christmas period? Or did it keep “jumping out” as has happened in some households? Does Reductions - Felling anyone know why this has happened? Does anyone know what can be done? Pruning - Hedge Cutting - Planting Please send your views and opinions to: Site Clearance - Woodchips & Logs Remember to include your name and address in any correspondence – we will be unable £5 million Insurance to print comments submitted anonymously. 01843 825 190 / 0780 127 3138

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(Questions sent to Howard by our Village Voice Columnist) Howard Evans passed a copy of your question to me………………. Concerns about the red bag have been raised quite a few times times……..we have weighed a selection of red bags and they average about 10Kg (22lbs)……….our Health & Safety people inform us this can be safely lifted. I normally place my red bag in the top of my blue bin on collection day………..if the red bag is too heavy I decant some of the paper and then replace it once the bag is in the top of the bin….the bin can then be safely wheeled to the collection point. This also keeps the paper dry. I do leave the flap of the bag hanging out of the bin as the bin men have been known to recycle the bag! The binmen have been instructed to check the blue bins! Residents with large amounts of paper can request a second red bag. Paper and card are collected separately as they are more valuable that way. On windy days the paper can get blown about. The binmen have been instructed to pick up any spillage! We are not allowed to mix glass and paper. Dry Lining ~ Screeding ~ Plastering The new system is designed to reduce the amount of refuse going to landfill as it costs Coving ~ New Walls & Ceilings ~ Repairs References & Portfolio available on request the council tax payer £100 per tonne to landfill. We are currently recycling 50% (up from 26%) a great achievement. Free Estimates & Advice We have experienced teething problems with the new system………… was introduced 01843 825 949 in November to 67,000 properties and we anticipated a few problems. Christmas obviously didn’t help us much! We are now hopefully returning to a normal or service…..please don’t snow! 07969 825 085 Regards, Cllr Alan Poole.

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Jack’s Borneo Trip Fund Raising Happy New Year to you all… hope you had a good Christmas. Just an update on my fundraising for my trip to Borneo this year......In December we held another quiz night and once again raised around £300, I also had a book stall at Thanet Farmers Market and raised another £100. I had a very kind donation posted to me in a Christmas card through my door from a very kind couple in the village. In total I have now raised over £2500!! My next fundraising event will be an Indoor Boot fair on Saturday 22 February at Minster school hall, ( a big thank you to the Head Teacher Mrs Stone for kindly allowing me to use the hall free of charge and for the caretaker Jamie for agreeing to open up the school on a weekend) Doors will open at 9.30am and stall holders from 8.30 am, if anybody would like a table (£7) please ring 01843 8217 78. Please come and grab yourself a few bargains. Once again a big thank you to everyone who has supported me, as the time draws nearer I feel more excited about the trip knowing that the work I do out there will make a difference. Hope to see you at the indoor boot fair! With thanks. Jack. THANK YOU I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big ‘Thank you’ to my lovely family; Julie and Gary, Kevin and Karen, Katie and Jim, Chloe and Ricky, Sam and Kelly, Tom and Gemma, for giving me a wonderful 80th Birthday Party at the Royal British Legion Club. It was amazing to see so many of my family and friends, some of whom had travelled from Bournemouth, Hawkhurst and Sevenoaks to be there. I requested that I didn’t want presents, but if so wished donations could be made to be split between 2 Charities; The Royal British Legion Women’s Section Benevolent Fund (War Widows and Children) and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, for research into Children’s Brain Tumours. I am pleased to tell you that I was able to send £210 to each charity. Thanks once again to you all and thank you also to Gail for the buffet and Chris for the music. Doreen Smith ROBERT CLARK (Scottish) Robbie, to his friends, was found peacefully at rest in bed at home in Glebe Court on Sunday 12 January. Robbie was well known around the village and especially at the various watering holes in the area. Collections for his funeral are being made at some of the local ale houses so if you’d like to contribute please pop in and donate what you can. A nice guy to speak to he will be sadly missed in the community. R.I.P. Sincere thanks to everyone who has supported me through diagnosis, surgeries and new treatments for breast cancer. Your kindness in thought, word and deed is helping me in so many ways. Thank you all very much. Glenys Cowell Thank you to Jonathon Cole and team for the time spent preparing the Firework Display and for all the clearing up. The display was fantastic (REALLY REALLY COOL - from our Grandchildren). We liked the idea of a Christmas display better than a November 5th one! (Name and address supplied)

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Volunteer with Healthwatch Kent and help us to make a difference Healthwatch Kent is your new champion. We take your views and opinions to the people who commission health and social care services in Kent to make them better for the future. BUT we need your help to make it happen! We have a whole range of opportunities to get involved from attending meetings on our behalf, reading and analysing information, leading our Area Teams and providing administrative support. Sounds interesting? Come and talk to us at any of the following meetings: (Ed’s note: We’ve only listed the 3 closest to Minster) Canterbury : Wednesday 5th February 6:30pm – 8:30pm Asda Canterbury, Sturry Rd, Canterbury CT1 1DG Deal : Friday 7th February 6:30pm – 8:30pm Deal Town Hall, High Street, Deal, CT14 6TR Broadstairs : Monday 10th February 6:30pm – 8:30pm Kent Innovation Centre, Thanet Reach Business Park, Millennium Way Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2QQ 0808 801 0102 @healthwatchkent

MINSTER-IN-THANET WI The newly-elected President, Sarah Eaton-Brown, welcomed members and guests to the first monthly meeting of 2014 and then led the singing of Jerusalem. Before the speaker was introduced Sarah reported on the successful December events – the Christmas Party and the mince pie contributions made for the Civic Carol Service at the Lychgate. Sarah also mentioned various forthcoming events, especially Minster WI’s 50th Birthday Celebration to be held in July. She also asked for ideas to boost fund raising and urged members to support events whenever possible. Speaker, Barry Penton, then told the fascinating story about how he came to have Calli, his ‘Guide Dog for the Blind’ and their life together. Members made a collection after Barry’s inspiring talk and raised £40 for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Following refreshments Glenda announced that the proposed theatre group idea had been enthusiastically received and she will be organising trips to local theatre productions at The Marlowe etc. Marion Rose gave details of delegate representation for the ACM on the 26th March at Folkestone when John Craven will be Guest Speaker. The Raffle was held and, at the end of the evening, Sarah read an Arabian Proverb closing the meeting at 9.40pm. The next monthly WI meeting will be on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30 pm in Minster Village Hall with Melanie GibsonBarton’s talk entitled ‘It’s More Than Just Chocolate – Bruges’. All welcome! NB: Change of date and venue for the Craft & Home Economics meetings :- 4th Tuesday in the month, 7.30 pm; at Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington.

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Thinking about booking your holiday this weekend? Kent Trading Standards have put together the following tips to help you keep safe when booking your holiday on-line. ● Be wary of fraudulent companies. Use a search engine to check if the company is known to others. You can also check their geographical address in a search engine to make sure it is real. ● Remember that paying by credit card offers greater protection against fraud and non-delivery. ● When making a payment to an individual, never transfer the money directly into their bank account but use a secure payment site such as PayPal, where money is transferred between two electronic accounts. ● Make sure the site is secure. A secure website should begin with https:// the ‘s’ stands for secure. ● Double check all details of your purchase before confirming payment . ● If you are going to Europe make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC): there are a host of unofficial sites that charge a fee of about £20 to do it for you. Apply via the official link,, For more advice about booking your holiday on-line visit Citizens Advice website at This is a message from the NHW Liaison Officer for the East Division. Sent to all Zones in Thanet as these men may be operating across the Island. On Saturday the 4th January 2014 a member of the public from Ramsgate Road, Margate has reported that an unknown male knocked on her door and made her aware that a couple of her roof tiles were loose. A quote to undertake the work repairing her roof was given straight away. The quote was accepted for the work and the male has then carried out the repair work. The male alleged that he was a builder and had the materials to repair the roof with him. The male was then joined by another male and they have both gone up onto the roof and conducted the repairs. After the repairs were done the member of the public gave the alleged builder £310 for the repair work. It wasn't until the builders left and the repair was checked that it is suspected that the builders were possible rogue traders, as the quality of the workmanship was very poor. The only details of the builders were on a hand written receipt, the building company is AK Roofing and the name of the workman is Tom WHATS. No contact numbers. Descriptions Both males are described as being white, both in their late twenties. One of the males was slim build with medium length dark hair. The second male had light coloured hair. The van that they were driving was a white van, possibly a Ford. No registration number taken. Please continue to advise neighbours not to accept quotes and commission work from cold callers on your doorsteps.

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Well done to these six Cubs on gaining their Chief Scout Silver Award. The Cubs were presented their awards by Akela (Wolves) ADC Cubs and Rikki. They had enjoyed many events Camping at Marshside Campsite, Sixer and Seconder Hike, Bear Grylls Survival Camp, Skating, Bowling, Climbing, Shooting, Archery. Gilwell Funday, Minster Show, Hiking. Steps, visit by the Police and Fire Service and evening at Hobbycraft. Litter picking with McDonalds. They have completed a variety of badges including Road and Home Safety, Map reading, Completing Air Activities, Environment Award, Global Challenges, Tracking, Craft, Home Help, Artist, Athletics. The have taken part in the district Swimming Gala, Fizz and Quiz, Cross Country, Chess and Camps, and lots of other new things. Well done and Congratulations to you all on your Achievement. Akela, Baloo, Kaa, Shere-Khan

MINSTER CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION SELECTION DANCE Girls - will you be a minimum of 14, or under 20, by the end of June 2014? Would you like to be a part of the Minster Carnival Court to meet new people and make new friends both in the village and around Kent, as well as representing Minster in our French Twinning Village of Armbouts Cappel ? You can be assured of some great days out and some really interesting experiences that will see you as ambassadors for Minster. To be in with this chance of a lifetime just turn up on the evening, entry is free to anyone taking part. Saturday 8th February 7.30pm, Minster Village Hall Admission for non-entrants is ÂŁ4.00 Tea and Coffee available otherwise please bring your own drink.

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Minster Community Shop Do you have some spare time on your hands? Enjoy meeting people? Can you help? The Salvation Army Community Shop is looking for Volunteers, especially those who are able to work on a Saturday morning. The Shop meets many needs within our community and already has a wonderful volunteer workforce but we need additional volunteers who can cover a Saturday morning from 9.00am – 1.00pm. Are you that volunteer? If you would like to help your community through volunteering in our Shop, please Contact Captain Bryn Hargreaves 01843 825178 for more details. Lil's Labour of Love (Reprinted by kind permission of Pilgrims Matters) For 18 years, Lil Smith has cycled round her home of Minster Zac’s collecting for Pilgrims Hospices Lottery. Musings At 88 she has hardly a grey hair and is as passionate as ever about volunteering - she shares her secrets! Less stressed after a month off the old man has Every inch of Lil's house is devoted to her volunteering. On been chafing at the bit to get back to producing this her table pink knitting for a fair, cupboards hold collecting issue of the magazine. Over Christmas and New tins, in the porch freshly delivered donations. "I had to get Year though it was a different story - he was ill just an extra shed for all the raffle prizes," she says. "And that's about every day for 2 whole weeks only to find it full now!" was upping the dosage of his medication just before the holiday, that was causing the problem. Her involvement began when Lil's neighbour needed driving We’re all ok now though and it’s wonderful here at to the local hospice. "I offered," she recalls. "but thought, present - let’s just hope it lasts !! 'what am I doing this for? It'll be depressing'. It wasn't though. As I walked in I was ALAN JOHNSON so impressed. It was so peaceful, such a happy place." CARPENTER / JOINER Lil spotted a leaflet about Pilgrims lottery and asked for Specialising in : information and before she knew it she had her first • Purpose made Staircases round as a collector. Over the years Lil estimates she's • Windows / Kitchens raised a staggering £80,000 through collecting and • Doors / Floors • Fences fundraising. + all your carpentry requirements Her tips? "You've got to be friendly. When people ask me how Tel: 01843 821 096 long a round takes I always say 'it's an hour round, but Mobile: 07716 999 337 it'll take you four'. You need to mix with people, have a laugh." As well as collecting, Lil has held countless coffee mornings, selling knitting, holding raffles anything to support the charity. "I don't miss an opportunity! Everyone in the village knows what I do and they are so “Offering a wide range of beauty treatments in the heart of the village” generous." *OAP Pedicures £12* *Loyalty Cards* *Monthly Offers* By Lil's side is friend Esther, who she met on By Hayley O’Neill her round. They have been inseparable since. MASSAGE "I'm proud of what we do, we work very Aromatherapy Massages Free Consultations hard, getting up at the crack of dawn for 10% off in February coffee mornings, collecting in all weathers, Botox from £140 but it's well worth it. The knowledge we're Our massages include consultation Dermal Fillers from £150 helping people keeps us going." Pilgrims Hospices Lottery costs just £1 per and all aromatherapy treatments are Thread Vein removal from £150 week and gives you the chance of winning personally blended for the individual And skin rejuvenation available weekly or rollover prizes. Thanks to the East Starting Wednesday 5th Kent community it contributes over £500,000 07792 227 858 or 826308 each year to help fund care for local people. 07793 032 134 or 826 308 Find out how to help or play our lottery by visiting AESTHETICS CLINIC 70 High Street, Minster Tel: 01843 826 308 or phoning 01227 379741.

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ZUMBA Dear Friends at Minster Thank you very much for supporting our Smile International Christmas Shoebox programme and for the wonderful donation of 102 shoeboxes. Please do thank all those who donated a shoebox. We really appreciate your support in helping to put a smile on children’s faces this Christmas. I am sure you will be pleased to hear that we loaded a 40ft lorry to Kosova on Saturday, 30 November, which was full of thousands of Christmas shoeboxes, medical sundries and equipment for our palliative care work, as well as blankets, clothes, shoes and toiletries. We know the shoeboxes are going to give enormous pleasure to so many children this Christmas and the aid will be such a help to those living in extreme poverty. Thank you again for making a difference to children in need. Wishing you a peaceful New Year. Smile International PO Box 3 Orpington Kent BR5 1WZ Yours sincerely Lydia Evans 01689 870932 Shoebox Coordinator Registered Charity No. 1079730

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STAMPS FOR DONKEYS Mary Lord has asked us to say a very big thank you for the stamps you have supplied her throughout the year in aid of the donkey sanctuary. Keep up the good work. For those who are unaware of where to drop your used stamps – please pop them through the letterbox at 33 Tothill Street.



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February 2014 Knitting Group Christmas 2013 During the last meeting of 2013 of the Minster Library knitting group Paula Moon presented 25 hand knitted blankets to Sharon Smith who works for Nightingale Care. This is an organisation providing care mainly for the elderly within their own homes. The group hope that these blankets will provide warmth for those in their own homes over the cold winter months. Minster residents are among Sharon’s clients so it was a community based project. The knitting group would like to thank all those in Minster who contributed by leaving squares or even completed blankets in the library. After the presentation the group relaxed and celebrated at the Corner House. They meet every Friday from 10.30 – 12.00 starting again in January.

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Happy New 2014 to you all. We have started thinking about your Show for this year (19th July - put it on your calendar!!) We would like the bike race to be better supported so are investigating where We are now an you can safely store bikes for the afternoon and also if we are able to supply some helmets for you to race safely. The minimum age will be 10 years old (Year 6 at Orthopaedic Referral Centre school) as it is 1 mile - 8 laps. If you have any ideas to help us support you in Quality Service participating please talk to one of the committee (details on our website). at affordable rates Reminder for parents: the "Grow for the Show" category does give FREE entry to 2P/6 each child ( a saving of £3 per child!!) that brings an exhibit to the Marquee on the day before 10 am and gives it to Christine or Alison. The category will be launched on Saturday 10th May Want your bike repaired or serviced? along with the Show Schedules in the Village from 10-12. Keep talking to us to make this year a brilliant one. We collect and return - FREE in your area Dominique (Chair) Minster Show Committee 24hr Turn-round


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The Annual General Meeting of Minster Playhouse will be held on February 4th at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Bell. This is your opportunity to question the committee on any matters pertaining to the running of the Playhouse. If you would like to join the MPH management committee, please contact me and I will supply further details. Terry, Secretary, Minster Playhouse

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February 2014 TAKE THAT Village life was going on gently When suddenly out of the blue, The council said, “More bins for your collection. It will affect all of you.” Blue, black, brown and grey bins A container coloured red, We looked in amazement at the colours, “Now get it right,” they said. There appeared to be one big problem, It was something the council forgot, We couldn’t start the new collections, Until they’d removed the old lot. Our bins they didn’t empty, So as the weeks went by, Endless phone calls were made by residents Men at the top just turned a blind eye. One Friday at last they collected, We then could start anew, For those with good memories it was easy, But that was only a few. A few weeks into the project, It’s getting easier by the day, As different bins go out each week, The council got its way! Anon. (Name supplied.)

ROBIN IN MY GARDEN There’s a robin in my garden sitting on the fork Waiting for a worm below the sods of dirt. He doesn’t leave the garden for fear he’ll miss his treat I dug the soil roughly underneath my feet. The worm is now on top there the bird can see him It makes him start to hop towards the creature on the soil He knows he’s had his lot. Pam Parkinson


WANTSUM MORRIS You may have seen them at Late Night Shopping for the last few years – they are now practising in the Village. They would like to meet you, especially if you are male and interested in Morris dancing! They can be found in the Sports Pavilion at the Rec from 10.30am – 1.00pm each Sunday morning. All ages welcome from about 9 years old. No experience necessary as full training will be given. Wantsum Morris dance at a number of venues and festivals throughout the summer.

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Minster Matters Don’t Suffer In Silence This Winter

The cold, dark days of January is typically the most depressing month of the year and it can be a difficult time for those who are isolated or vulnerable. Kent County Council has a range of services and support available for elderly and vulnerable adults to prevent them reaching crisis point. Statistics suggest between 13,855 and 44,336 people aged over 65 in Kent could be suffering from loneliness and 33,525 over-65s could be socially isolated. Graham Gibbens, KCC cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: “During the cold, wet winter months, vulnerable people can feel even more cut off from those around them. Loneliness and isolation can be debilitating emotionally and physically, increasing the risk of ill health. When the elderly who are living alone become depressed, this increases the likelihood of them having to go into hospital and residential care. The right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to someone’s quality of life. “People do not need to suffer in silence, they should get in touch with us to find out what support is available from KCC and our partners.” Among the services available are: Befriending: Volunteer befrienders have been recruited across Kent to visit elderly people. It aims to help people live more fulfilled lives, reduce social exclusion, increase access to community resources, information and advice, improve health and wellbeing, and to help people become more independent. Dementia support services: There are dementia cafes and peer support groups across the county. KCC’s Shared Lives adult placement scheme, which offers long- and short-term fostering for vulnerable adults, has also been extended to include people with dementia. There are Read Aloud sessions for people living with dementia as part

February 2014 of the Dementia Friendly Libraries project. Twelve dementia-friendly communities are being developed to increase awareness, reduce stigma of the disease and encourage communities to support people living with dementia. Carer Support: More than 150,000 people in Kent are carers for a sick, elderly and disabled relative and this can take a huge emotional and physical toll. The carer assessment and support service offers advice, guidance and information as well as practical and emotional support. The Carers Short Breaks service also offers the opportunity to get respite from their caring role. The Good Day Programme: Offers adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to take part in activities, to learn new skills and get involved in the community. The Care Navigator Service: this service is run by voluntary agencies across Kent and offers free and impartial advice to over-50s who feel they may need extra support to stay independent in their own home. Support for deafblind people: The Kent Dual Sensory team’s main aim is to increase independence. This includes provision of specialist equipment, one-to-one communication and guiding support and learning new communication skills. The Kent Association for the Blind has a Guide Communicator service with one-to-one specialist support workers to help reduce isolation by supporting deafblind people to remain independent, access the community, maintain social contact and minimise reliance on friends and family. KAB also provides a befriending scheme for visually impaired people. Other services are also available. KCC works closely with the voluntary sector in Kent to deliver a wide range of support and services to the elderly and vulnerable. To find out how to access any of these services and to see what other services are available, visit or call 03000 41 61 61.

Dear Minster Matters, We would like to express our thanks to Minster Parish Council, but particularly to District Councillors Bob Grove and Mike Roberts, for highlighting the errors and discrepancies in recent Minster planning applications. Drawings presented were inaccurate and misleading, even as they related to matters of road safety. Without the help of Cllrs Roberts and Grove these drawings would have been passed. If anyone finds themselves dealing with an inaccurate planning application, it is not enough to write an objection letter which highlights the mistakes. The help of MPC or local councillors is essential to ensure common sense prevails, Yours faithfully Ben and Sue Whelan Dear Minster Matters A big thank you to Bob Grove for attending the TDC planning committee site visit in Minster High Street on 6 December and pointing out to councillors that the application was ‘completely flawed’. It is not good enough to say that a site in Minster is in Birchington and for the architect to apologise that his drawings were not accurate “because the site was so overgrown I couldn’t measure it properly” Kind regards Yours faithfully Liam, Kate and Theresa Brown

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MINSTER ARMBOUTS CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION A slightly belated Happy New Year to you all. As there are quite a few things to report since the last edition of MM, I will try to be as brief as possible: Winners from the games at Christmas Bazaar in the Village Hall on 30 November: ● Mr Palmer from Brockman’s Close -Lottery Ball winner ● David Local from Tothill Street guessed the weight of the Christmas cake (made and donated by O’Sheas and iced by a committee member) He guessed 2.65 kgs and the correct weight was 2.675kgs ● Di Satterthwaite from Birchington won the jar of sweets. She guessed 110 and the final count was 114 Thanks go to Chris Ransom who provided light hearted festive accompaniments on his accordion at varying intervals throughout the morning. The AGM was held on 22 November. The new Chairman is Roy Bailey, Vice Chair - Malcolm Bubb, Secretary - Heather Epps, Treasurer - Barbara Quittenden. Christine Lynch, Bernie Watler, Chris Ransom, John Quittenden, Carol Bailey, Carol Bubb, Sarah Bottle and Pat Hogben are also valued committee members, each satisfying a different role within the Association. Welcome to the newcomers and past committee members who I’m sure will all work together to make a strong team. Chris Bubb is currently updating the web site for the Association and in particular thanks Ray Owen, Bernie Watler and Heather Epps for their valuable input along with other members who have been supporting him to get this project underway. We hope that this should go live in the very near future, but in the meantime, you are asked to show your support by going onto our new face book page: and clicking on ‘like’. When the website is finished and due for publication, we will inform you all via an update on this page. The face book page will also keep you informed of what we do and the success of events we run. The first proposed event of the New Year will hopefully be a Quiz in the Royal British Legion Hall on Saturday 22 March. Confirmation of the date will be on Sunday, after the article has been submitted, so if you’re interested in having a table of 6-8 people at £5 per person, including a buffet, please ring Carol on 07745 683 466 to check the date. Anniversary Day is on 4 May and we are looking for volunteers to man the 2 giants that we will parade through the village in the afternoon. More information will follow nearer the time. The catering has not yet been finalised, so anyone who would possibly consider doing a buffet for about 120 people, please send your quote to Heather Epps at 3 Prospect Gardens, Minster, prior to our next committee meeting which will be on 6 February, when all quotes will be considered.

We look forward to your support as always Minster Twinning


MINSTER BOWLS CLUB It's a New Year, a New Day, A New Dawn. Where have you been? THERE ARE NO STRANGERS IN THIS CLUB. ONLY FRIENDS YOU HAVEN'T MET. Why not start coming from 10.00am onwards on Tuesdays or Thursdays or even both days? Those friends had a very happy "Xmas Do". The evening started with Minster School Choir entertaining us with carols old & new, a lovely start to the evening. Well done girls and boys. An excellent hot meal from our "New" Catering Manager followed by one of the best 5 piece bands in the area. The music was so good even those who in the past never get up, were on the floor swinging & swaying. All thanks to Sylvie Arnold who booked and organized this, plus the other events during the year. A shame this was her last social event. The first phase of expansion and improvement has been taking place during December. The new Men's changing room is up. The stalwarts have been busy painting and putting the finishing touches to the inside. The old internal Men's room has disappeared giving more space inside the pavilion. Sunday 2nd February is the day that the Triples competition is played to see which two teams will meet in the final in April. On the 16th it is the Men's & Ladies Singles Day. Every Friday we hold a social evening and make use of the bar, plus evenings when the Fours teams play. Home League Matches in February are on the 6th, 11th, 13th, 20th, 25th, 27th. These evenings see one team from each of the different divisions playing.

Minster Parish Council Extracts from Minutes of January Full Council Meeting ·

Police: No rural Police Officer but 2 additional PCSO’s.


Waste Collections Butts Field Estate: Chairman is aware of the issues. Chairman will also enquire about using smaller refuse vehicles for Durlock, Rose Gardens and Watchester Lane.


New public seat at Pinks Corner.


Youth Council draft Constitution approved – to be established by Tuesday 1 April.


H2B Site (Heronsbrook) HAGS SMP playground project approved subject to confirmation of land transfer to Parish Council.


Pilgrims Hospice approved permission to use Rec for ‘It’s A Knockout’ on Sunday 18 May.


Service 51 bus is being withdrawn from 27 January.


No Air Show in 2014.


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From Minster to Manila - Lychgate Civic Carol Service


Thanks to all who attended; Minster School Choir, Margate & Minster SA Bands and the readers. A total of £263 was raised on the night for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. This amount, along with monies raised by Minster School (£182) and a Salvation Army collection (£113) a grand total of £558 has been sent to the Philippines. (See pictures on Page 18) The following gives an idea of how the money is being used... Cooked food and water was distributed to around 1000 individuals that were left homeless after two empty barges drifted off a pier and rammed their houses along the coastline of Manila Bay at the height of torrential monsoon rain at the aftermath of Typhoon Gener. Residents were marooned on their roofs as parts of Manila were submerged in waters above head height in one of the worst flooding to hit the capital city of 15 million people. Others headed to the evacuation centres for shelter. Nearby provinces also suffered heavy losses. 1,660 families received parcels of relief goods and 3,207 individuals received packs of ready to eat food. The Officers Training College was assigned to go to Cainta Rizal where 3,762 individuals received packs of ready to eat food and where Salvation Army Halls were used as clinics for those needing medical treatment. Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations. Special Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to all those who contributed in any way by volunteering, donating goods and monetary gifts during December to enable The Salvation Army to give a good Christmas to people of our community. We were able to help local families with gifts of toys, food parcels and provide our Christmas Day Dinner for those who might otherwise have been on their own. Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves

Thanks mainly to the efforts of our tutor, Tony Goodman, bell ringing is starting to flourish in the local area. Tony has started bands at the Towers of Chislet, Preston and Monkton churches, as well as keeping an enthusiastic band in our home tower of St. Mary’s. As well as being good exercise, bell ringing is fun, with much laughter during practices, and a convivial visit to the pub afterwards. However, Tony’s efforts haven’t stopped at the tower bells. Before Christmas he turned up with a set of handbells, kindly loaned to him by Wickhambreaux Tower. The band all tried this new direction in ringing, and some took to it, while others preferred to stick to the tower bells, but new interest was sparked in the Village and new people turned up specifically to ring the handbells. Things went along apace, and the handbell band agreed to play at the Christingle Service. Much effort went into learning and perfecting Silent Night, ready for the big day. Sadly, Wickhambreaux then asked for their bells back, and it looked as though the handbell group would have to be disbanded, because handbells, like much else in bell ringing, are quite expensive. Even a basic set of 13 bells costs about £6,000 new, and good second-hand sets are in demand, and difficult to find. At that point, however, the Christmas Fairy appeared in the guise of one of the new handbell ringers, who very generously offered to fund a set of handbells for the St. Mary’s Handbell band. Tony went into overdrive, and contacted the head of the Association of Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, who forwarded an email address of a lady selling a second-hand set, ideal for our needs, in perfect condition, and at a very reasonable price. Thanks to our benefactress, the deal was done and the new set delivered on the Friday before Christingle. The band practised with the new bells on the Saturday and the next day, at Christingle, Silent Night was played during the Service to great acclaim, and a very positive response. It is intended to have a Service of dedication and blessing of the new bells, and the handbell band is busy preparing music for that event. If you think that you might find interest and enjoyment in bell ringing, whether tower or handbells, then call our Tower Captain, Sheila Palmer on 822348. (See pictures on Page 19)

Captain Lyn Hargreaves would like to thank everyone for the kind condolences and cards received following the ‘promotion to glory’ of her father.

The band of St. Mary’s tower hopes to hold an Open Evening in the spring, when all will be welcome to come along to see bells being rung and perhaps to try hand bell ringing. Watch Minster Matters for more information

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Cliffsend Student Wins Miss European In November Kerry Vinson flew to Malta to compete with 9 other English girls for the title of Miss European. Ten countries had entered with 10 girls representing each country. The girls flew out on Monday, 4th November and the final night was Saturday, 9th November which also was Kerry’s 20th birthday. This is only the second time Kerry has entered a beauty pageant, but this pageant is different to any other. From Tuesday to Saturday all the entrants are judged on their personality, style, punctuality, appearance, to name but a few. On the Friday night each team compete in a Team Dance Competition. On the Friday night, Team England won most Charitable Country, having collected the most money on a fundraising exercise. Miss Congeniality, voted for by all the girls competing was announced – Kerry was awarded this much to her surprise and delight. On the Saturday night, after a stressful day of rehearsals, the finals were held in a packed nightclub and filmed by Maltese TV. The girls competed in 3 rounds – swimwear, clubwear and evening wear. After those three rounds, 100 girls were knocked down to 30 – 3 girls from each country. They then all spoke a little about themselves and the judges then picked the top girl from each country. It is only from these 10 girls that Miss European can be crowned. Each girl was then asked a question, with the judges having one final look at the girls before their final votes . As Kerry was one of the last finalists on the stage she was unable to see the large screen which announced the winning country and Miss European 2012 had to tell her she’d actually won. Amidst fireworks, and flashing cameras she was crowned and sashed Miss European 2013/14. Since returning and getting over the shock of her win, Kerry has started fundraising for Demelza House where she is already making plans to make a skydive and compete in a tough muddy assault course in October. Her first challenge was a Boxing Day dip at Minnis Bay. If you would like to sponsor her and help her raise as much money as she can for this very worthwhile children’s charity please donate on n-misseuropean or contact her on Facebook – Miss European 2013/14. Also, if you want Kerry to attend a function you are organising, please contact her on Facebook with a private message.

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

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section NEXT MEETING Monday 10 February 7.30pm

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Were you a Brownie ? Brownies are a 100 yrs old this year and throughout the year we celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday. To raise funds we would like all of you in the village who were Brownies to purchase a special Thinking Day Candle to put in your window and light on the 22 February to remember all Rainbows,Brownies and Guides across the World. To purchase a light at £1 each please contact Brown Owl

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Church News and Service Times The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster Reverend Marcus Holden 592071

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 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.

(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

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9th 4.00pm Dedication of Bell & East Window by the Bishop of Dover 16th 10.15am Holy Communion at the Methodists 23nd 10.15am Family Service

10:00am Praise! 6:30pm Candlemas Celebration 9th 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Family Communion (CW) 16th 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Christmas Thanks As the coordinator for the TWAM (Tools with a Mission) Scholar Packs initiative across the Wantsum Benefice may I thank everyone who supported the Gift Services. We had a wonderful response, the four churches created 116 scholar packs containing basic school materials (which will be sent to children in Africa via TWAM) and donated just over £325. Thanks too to everyone who came to our Christingle Service, Christmas Eve Special, Midnight Mass or Christmas Day Communion. We move into a new year with a full programme of services and children’s ministry, supported by many willing folk to whom our thanks is due. Sally Willins: Licensed Lay Minister

10.00am Morning Worship 23rd 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Holy Communion (CW) Every Wednesday 10:30am Holy Communion (BCP)

Baptisms at Minster Parish Church

1st December: Elliot James Reeves 8th December: Wilbur James Duttson

Funerals 14th November: David Burner Minster Church and Cemetery 17th December: Gladys Lord Thanet Crematorium 19th December: Josette White (RC) Minster Church and Minster Cemetery CORRECTION 16th October: Frank Goulding Minster Church and Cemetery (Not Crematorium as listed in previous edition) Apologies: Sally Willins

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Monday 9.30am Bumps & Babies 2.00pm Friendship Club


Tuesday 4th February, 4.00pm - 5.45pm Come along as a family and enjoy time together, doing crafts, worship and sharing a meal together. Donations appreciated for cost of meal. For further details contact: Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves 01843 822308 or 825178 A Christian Church and a Registered Charity No 214779 & in Scotland SC009359

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

Thursday 9.15am Prayer Group

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


Minster Matters Editors this month Chloe Smith And Bethany Strickett

Minster Athletes During Saturday 7th of December between 9o’clock and 10o’clock one of our teachers (Mrs Elks) took some children, including me, to a sports athletics event at Ursuline College. We all had to do two field events and two ground events. The results were: Boys - 3rd Place Girls - 6th Place

February 2014 Anti-Bullying Week - Year 6 Song Lyrics Don’t threat Don’t cry Cause I am not gonna lie I gotta stand up for myself Get some friends and adults to help If you don’t stop now I am gonna say it out loud You’re a bully And you’re gonna stop now Why oh, why do you pick on me Can you just, just leave me be ‘Cause you’re no bully you’re a lot like me. Lyrics by Lucy and McKenzie Post it on-line, think it's fine. Big star, took a joke too far. When you feel small, You take it out on me, Because it makes you feel tall. Why do you make me cry? Lyrics by Joe, Callum, Archie and David

Over all - 5th Place out of a total of 15 schools. Christmas Fayre 2013

By Chloe Smith We Won The Christmas Factor! On Tuesday the 10th of December, at Dockside Outlet Centre, they crowned the Xmas Factor 2013 champions.

A big thank you to the PFA for organising this years' Christmas Fayre and to everyone who came along after school to join in the fun. The Fayre raised over £450 for our school and every penny is very much appreciated.

Our school choir went to Chatham to sing in the Heart Xmas factor finals and guess what?

Minster School Panto

WE WON!! We got a trophy and £1000 for Minster School! My partner and I interviewed some of the Y5 Choir and they have all said they were amazed that they won. They all say a very big thank you to Miss Youlton and Mrs Morton. By Bethany Strickett & Holly Pearshouse

On the last day of term, the children enjoyed a very special treat. The teaching staff of Minster Primary School performed their very own version of “The Wizard of Oz”. The children and staff had a great time and thought the performance was fantastic.

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Greensole Yard, Greensole Lane, Manston Road, Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 5FG (Located through Manston Golf Centre Car Park)


CAR & VAN SALES TEL: 01843 869600 MOT Test Centre All Makes Servicing All Vehicle Maintenance Tyre Centre Car Sales Recovery Service

07, 2007 Citreon C2 SX HDi,

05 2005 Ford Focus Flight,

04 2004 Hyundai Getz GSi,

08, 2008, Volkswagon Polo,

1.4lt diesel, 3 door hatch, met blue paint, 2 owners from new, 68,000 mls, only £30 year road tax & fuel consumption of 74.3mpg All for ……..

1.6lt petrol, 5 spd manual, 3 door hatch, met ice blue, cloth int, elec windows, A/C, PAS, CD player, r/c/l, 64,000mls, 1 owner from new All for …

1.1lt petrol, manual, 3 door hatch, cloth interior, PAS, met silver, CD player, central locking, 2 owners from new, cheap insurance

1.2 lt petrol, manual, 3 door hatch, PAS, CD player, cloth interior, adjustable steering, only 20,000mls, service history, one previous owner, taxed until April 14, 58.9mpg (extra urban), low insurance... £4995



All for only……..


07 2007 Vauxhall Astra 1.3 CDTi 16v Life model, turbo diesel up to 68.9 mpg, 5 door hatch, 2 previous owners, 79,000mls, lots of service hist, RCL, A/C, elec windows & mirrors, PAS, CD players All for … £4895

06, 2006, Ford Focus LX Auto Est, 1.6lt petrol, 60000mls with serv/hist, met silver, large boot space, cloth int, A/C, elec windows, PAS, CD player, 2 previous owners, comes with new MOT,full service and 3 mnths warranty…. £4595

57, 2007 Vauxhall Movano,

56, 2006 Vauxhall Zafira Life,

3300kg gross wt, 2.5lt diesel, 63,000 mls, 2 owners from new, full height side glass carry rack with securing bars and inside also has a rack for securing glass,comes with new MOT and is ready to work All for ... £5495+VAT

MPV 7-seater, 2.2lt petrol, automatic, 67,000 mls, 2 owners from new, met paint, cloth interior, electric windows, CD player, A/C, RCL, ideal family car All for ...

54, 2004 Ford Fiesta Flame,

08, 2008 Nissan Note Accenta

08, 2008 Audi A4 Avant Estate

1.5lt Dci MPV, manual, met black, 2 owners from new, 73,000 mls, electric windows and mirrors, A/C, CD player, cloth interior, integrated bluetooth, only £100 annual road tax All for ... £4995

06, 2006 Fiat Panda Eleganza

1.4lt petrol, manual, 1 owner from new, only 31,000 mls, service history, met black, cloth interior, RCL, PAS, CD player, A/C All for ...

1.2lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, one owner from new, electric windows, PAS, cloth interior, central locking, CD player, alloy wheels. Exceptionally well maintained with full service history, low insurance, all for ....

2.0lt tdi s-line turbo diesel, full service history, 60,000 mls, cloth interior, alloy wheels, climate control, Audi bluetooth hands free phone kit and lots more All for ... £10,995




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

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

TEL: 01843 862491

Full body repairs

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Car resprays

Vehicle restoration

4 wheel alignment

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Minster Matters Issue 155 February 14  

Village Magazine

Minster Matters Issue 155 February 14  

Village Magazine