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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 199 : February 2018 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 110)

Minster Surgery

New PC Based ECG equipment Patient Liaison Group

Auction and Christmas Bazaar


‘Late Night Shopping Decorated Window Competition’

Salvation Army E-mail : Find us on Google Hangouts MM Mobile: 07864 345 019 Fax: 07011 979 875

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Published by: Minster Matters, MM Office, Library & Neighbourhood Centre, 4A Monkton Road, Minster-in-Thanet, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4EA UK


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Waste & Recycling

February 2018

Route A | Route B

Route A | Route B

09 / 23 | 02 / 16 09 / 23 | 02 / 16 / 30

February 02 / 16 | 09 / 23 March 02 / 16 / 23 | 09 / 23 Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, Library

Copy for any issue of Minster Matters must be received (at the very latest !!) by the 3rd Friday of the preceding month Copy date for next issue shown at top of ‘Diary of Dates’ on right of this page Co-Editor: Ray Owen ~ 07864 345 019 Editorial Team: All members except Accounts can be reached through the email address above

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Diane Cotterill


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Rodney Rose Diane Harris


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Monthly Circulation - 2300 The Editors accept all advertisements, articles and notices in good faith and actively encourage the support of the local traders and services. However, we cannot be held responsible for the quality of goods or services offered. Please mention the magazine when replying to advertisers. Note however that due to lack of recording space we do not copy our advertisers 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.

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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

Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY Feb 3

Stonelees Quiz Night



Minster Playhouse AGM



Village Hall Management Committee AGM



W.I. Meeting



Thanet Over Fifties Meeting



Shrove Tuesday


Valentines Dinner Club @ Jemimas



Trash & Treasure Sale, St Nicholas



Horticultural Society Meeting



Surgery Training Day


Minster Library - New Opening Hours


Kate’s Pudding Recipe


Useful Numbers and Contacts Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 PCSO: Adrian Butterworth 07966 308 781 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Orbit Housing: 0800 678 1221 Community Dog Warden: 577 580 Salvation Army Hall: 825 178 Library: 03000 41 31 31 Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333 (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00am) Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 Minster School: 821 384 Village: Show: Business Association: Freegle: Mobility Scooters & Wheelchairs etc. (to loan): 07864 345 019 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) All Weather Sports Pitch & MUGA bookings for the above venues via

Parish Office 821 339 Old Schools: bookings via Pat Hogben 822 082

or email:

Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744 Neighbourhood Centre Meeting Room: bookings via Library 03000 41 31 31 Jemima’s Tea Room (Eve & Sun) bookings via Brenda Bradley 07455 588 642 MM Subscriptions Copies of the Magazine or CD are now available on subscription to all non- residents, worldwide. Payments quoted below are in advance To a UK postal address :Single Issue £2.00 Annually (11 issues) £20.00 Costs to an overseas address are available on request, and we will be pleased to quote for this service. Our mailing details are shown in the left hand column on this page.

Knit & Talk Time


Chairobics, St Nicholas


Parish Council Meeting Summary


Sarah Thorne Theatre


What’s On at the Royal British Legion


Village Hall Diary


Church Notices




Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) Bookings


All Weather Playing Surface


St Mary's Church Guided Tours


Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY

Minster Parish Council

next Meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 6 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. There is also a 15 minute period at the end of each full council meeting for the public to be able to ask questions. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30am to 12noon weekdays; however due to commitments that require staff leaving the office it is better to ring first to ensure the office is manned tel: 821 339 fax: 825 869 Email: Next Meetings : 6 March

Minutes of all Council Meetings can be found at

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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February 2018 E - Team



Well here we are again with the first issue for 2018 and I’m pleased to say we are continuing to produce the magazine Ray monthly for the foreseeable future and not going to go bimonthly from the middle of this year as we intended. Amy has kindly said she is willing to edit it monthly after I’ve completed my short stint and I ‘d like to personally thank her for coming back onboard and Amy taking this on. I will be doing the March, May and July issues and Semi-retired!! then see how we go from there. I will however keep you all updated on Zac’s well-being, if he’s not well enough to write his NORTHROP SERVICES own column. KITCHEN & BATHROOM FITTING Brenda Brenda is also back onboard and she will be sorting Amber’s Tiling, Plastering Advice and Tiger’s Tips as she used to, so thank you Brenda and & General Maintenance welcome back. HOME DECORATING Now most importantly I must thank Cynthia for kindly clearing Interior & Exterior Diane her bike shed for us to be able to re-home the mobility scooters Local, Reliable & Experienced and wheelchairs so as we are able to continue offering our free Contact Paul or Tracy loan service to residents. 01843 823 646 Sadly we have had to give up our office at the library but we Diane will still be accepting mail to that address and we will also be Flowers by Vanessa Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, distributing the magazine from there monthly. It’s a long story as Weddings or Funerals to why that has come about and I won’t bore you with the details Created with the “Personal Touch” but it has caused me much anxiety for a couple of months, For designs with a difference Diana however I think it is all sorted now. Spare space in our house is Vanessa Fairbrass now non-existent as we have stationery, printers and various (C&G qualified florist) Rose Cottage, Manor Road, other pieces of equipment filling every available nook and cranny St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY and I must thank my wife for her gallant efforts in making room Kevin 01843 847 012 07934 420 837 for it all. I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury For those of you who advertise with us we have had to reassess our finances and to that end it has become necessary for the first time since MALOYS MOWERS Farm, Jutes Lane, Minster CT12 5DL 2011 to increase our advertising costs which are shown on page 2 of this Unit 4 Ebbsfleet Tel: 01843 825 000 issue. Also due to some falling behind with payments and then not FOR ALL YOUR GARDEN MACHINERY NEEDS * SALES * SERVICING * honouring their debt we have decided that all adverts must now be paid * SPARES * REPAIRS * for ‘in advance’ and failure to do so will mean they will be pulled from IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW MOWER OR ANY OTHER GARDEN MACHINERY further issues until payment is made. We are sorry that we have had to do DELIVERED TO YOU FULLY ASSEMBLED this as the majority of our advertisers are absolutely great at paying on time, AND DEMONSTRATED VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE but sadly the few as usual have ruined it for the many. So it just leaves me to ask the usual question - ‘Where’s Zac?’ HUNDREDS OF PRODUCTS TO BUY AT THE CLICK OF A BUTTON Ray Owen - Co-Editor Gel Polish on fingers and toes only £28 Book now to avoid disappointment

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PATIENT LIAISON GROUP CHRISTMAS BAZAAR PRIZE WINNERS The winner of the first prize, the Doll’s House, was Mrs Gagatte from Cliffsend, (Photo on front page) second prize was won by Chrissy Rapzy from Minster, and third by Mr & Mrs Curtis from Ramsgate. AUCTION FOR THE HAND MADE TRAWLER FISHING BOAT The auction raised £230 with the highest bid made by Mr Brian East. (Photo on front page) FUND RAISING PROJECT TARGET ACHIEVED - EQUIPMENT ORDERED - NOW RECEIVED! OFFICIAL PRESENTATION This was held on Wednesday 10 January and with Software Installation and onsite training scheduled for Thursday 25 January, Dawn Langdon and members of the Nursing Team will be able to bring the new PC Based ECG equipment into service immediately afterwards. (Photo on front page) SURGERY TRAINING DAYS Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 noon on the following days: Wednesday 21 February; Wednesday 21 March; Thursday 26 April. Should you need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the NHS 111 Service via the normal surgery number 821333 where you will be transferred automatically, or you can call direct on 111, to receive non-urgent confidential health advice and information. For urgent/life threatening issues, please dial 999 as normal. MISSED APPOINTMENTS - HOW ABOUT A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION? Unfortunately, they’re creeping higher again! 28 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and 56 patients did not attend their nurse’s appointment, so that’s still 80 missed and wasted appointments. So, a plea to all our patients throughout the villages and surrounding areas: Make your New Year’s Resolution - Don’t need it? Cancel it! It’s so easy: by phone, by text, online - just do it! Please! FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY Last month a total of 166 patients responded to “Would you recommend our Practice” as follows: Extremely likely/likely - 90%; Extremely unlikely/unlikely - 6%; Unsure/don’t know - 4%. DATE FOR YOUR DIARY ANNUAL SPRING FAYRE – Saturday 12 May at the Old Schools, so book your table now! Some have already been booked, so get in quick. PATIENT GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our next meeting, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact either Ken Self on 821200 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821049.

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KEEPING YOU SAFE FROM SCAMS By PCSO 56550 Adrian Butterworth Welcome to my crime prevention advice slot. I would like to draw your attention to incidents of fraud which are getting more and more frequent with persons calling you on the phone. These calls are commonly directed towards elderly persons perhaps living on their own. They usually call claiming to be bank staff, police officer or other officials claiming there has been a fraud on your account and that you will need to take urgent action. They are very convincing. It has been known for them to say you may be committing an offence if you do not co-operate. This is not the case, it is a SCAM. Remember the bank or police will NEVER ● Phone you and ask for your 4 digit card PIN or your online banking password. ● Ask you to withdraw money for them ● Ask you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons ● Send someone to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book. If you get a call like this hang up and wait a few minutes for the line to clear then call your bank or card issuer to alert them of the scam. You can also contact Action Fraud on 03001232040 or use their reporting tool at If you have any concerns about this type of crime feel free to speak to me when you see me out and about. Or call 101 and ask me to contact you.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS RECENT LOCAL LABOUR ELECTION LEAFLET In the recent local “Labour Election Leaflet” issued on behalf of Pauline Farrance, candidate in the Thanet Villages Constituency, there was a paragraph stating “Our GP surgeries are under immediate threat!’ This information was both alarmist and factually incorrect and has no basis of truth, therefore we wish to reassure our patients and advise them accordingly: ● At present there are 14 surgeries in Thanet, not 17 as quoted. ● There are no plans, now or in the future, to reduce these to “just 4 extended practices”. ● There are no plans, now or in the future, to close Minster or Birchington surgeries. ● There are plans to look at ways of expanding the facilities and options they offer at these practices by combining our resources, thus ensuring we “Keep GP provision at the heart of Village life!” Both the local candidate and Head of the Labour Party on Thanet DC have been advised of these inaccuracies and asked to correct their press and public publications and thus belay any further worries and concerns that our patients and Health Care Professionals may have. Issued on behalf of: Minster Surgery, 75 High Street, Minster

85 Tothill Street, Minster

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POPPY UPDATE Happy New Year to everyone and many thanks for all the Poppies that have been made throughout 2017. We are well on the way to to our target number for November 2018. Please keep them coming. To date we have 8,695 red Poppies and 195 blue Cornflowers collected. Work will be starting in August to make all the decorations for the village and if you would like to help with this project then please leave your contact details at Attwells or phone myself on 07374 214 279. Barbara Quittenden

ZAC’S MUSINGS YES - STILL HERE!! I bet some of you are beginning to wonder if I’m actually real, well I can assure you that I am and that I’m also still in the land of the living, at least for now. I had another ‘stroke’ just before Christmas which meant the old boy and mum had to rearrange their proposed family visit to Faversham for the big day, instead the three of us spent the day at home and Facetimed the family instead (whatever that means!). I seem to spend most of my time sleeping of late, or if I’m up and about it’s pretty precarious trying to keep my balance on a pair of very wobbly back legs. Stairs are now a ‘no no’ and even the back step is becoming quite a problem, but at least I’m still breathing, so that’s a bonus. I hope to be here to write my column for a while yet but who knows.

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February 2018

Kate’s Puddings – what’s cooking?

February, with its dark days and miserable weather, has one redeeming feature - Shrove Tuesday - the day of the year for mandatory pancakes! For chocoholics, these easy chocolate pancakes with ice cream and chocolate sauce are a welcome fix.... Not only are they incredibly quick to make, but they can be re-heated if for some extraordinary reason they haven't all been eaten at once. These are finished off with some chocolate caramel fudge sauce and a scoop of good vanilla ice cream. Chocolate Pancakes 3 ½ oz/100g plain flour 1 tbsp cocoa 2 tbsp caster sugar 1 egg ½ pint of milk Butter to fry Put all of the ingredients into a food processor/blender and whizz until thick and gloopy. Leave to stand for half an hour. Heat a frying pan and put in a small lump of butter (1 tsp approx.). Melt it and get it sizzling but not burnt. Pour in the batter and swirl around the pan until it is evenly spread over the base (not too thick – use the first one as a test!). Cook until it is beginning to brown underneath. Turn the pancake over, tossing if you are feeling adventurous, otherwise using a spatula. Cook on the other side. Put onto a plate and repeat the process. This quantity will make 16 8”/20cm pancakes. Serve with ice cream and chocolate sauce, dusted with icing sugar!

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KCC Cycle Training for Adults January - March 2018 We are pleased to confirm that our Adult cycle training sessions are continuing in 2018, with the following courses available, which are still FREE of charge: Learn to Ride You are never too old to learn! For those of you who want to start riding a bike, but have never learnt how, or it’s been so long since you last rode that you’re not confident. This course is run in an off-road, safe location at your pace. The aim is to get you riding, which may require more than one session. Each course runs for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Confident Road Cycling This course is aimed at those of you, who can ride a bicycle but want to gain more confidence riding on the road. For most of the course you will be riding on the road accompanied by Instructors. It will improve your cycling abilities and give you the skills and knowledge to share the road safely with other users. Each course runs for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Advanced Cycling. For those of you cycling regularly on the road, and wanting to increase your cycle mileage, perhaps by commuting to work in the future. This intensive course will advance your cycling onto busy roads and through complex junctions including roundabouts and multilane systems. Each course runs for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. These courses are arranged subject to demand. Hence a Booking fee of £20 per course applies. To register your interest, please go to To book a place, please go to For more information email:

SHROVE TUESDAY 13th February Why not try making these Chocolate Pancakes on Pancake Day!

Getting Kent cycling, more safely, more often.

Please refer to the table on page 19 which shows the dates and times for each of our training locations across the County.


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MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION We wish you all a very Happy New Year and we hope to see lots of you at our 2018 events. The year started well for us with our coach trip to Brighton for the Holiday on Ice show. It was a fun and spectacular day and enjoyed by all. Please speak to the people in some of our photos enclosed (see page 11 opposite ) to find out exactly what was going on there!! You can believe them or not, it’s your choice. Our first fundraising event of 2018 is a cash Bingo Night on Saturday 27 January at the Old Schools at 7pm. £10 for 8 games and the last game offering a prize of a whopping £100. Refreshments available, but take your own if you wish. This is advertised around the village and was in the last MM as some of you may not receive this edition in time, so hopefully, we’ll see you there.


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The first Quiz is on 10 March at the RBL, kicking off at 8 pm. It is essential to book tables of 6-8 people as places are taken quickly. 2018 prices remain at £5 per person which includes a wonderful buffet. Please contact Carol on 07745 683 466 or 01843 447 706 to secure your place. The Spring Craft Exhibition in Armbouts Cappel runs from 11-18 March. If you are interested in exhibiting, photographs, paintings, knitting, sewing, quilting, or wish to put your crafts up for sale in France, please contact Lindsay Thacker on 07788 888 470 who will explain the procedure. We can collect from you if necessary and return the goods at a later date. You don’t have to attend as it’s a week-long exhibition. Lindsay will be giving the exhibits to the French when they come to England on 10 February, so please make this call to her as a matter of urgency. Become an international entrepreneur! You will find out in the next edition of MM, just how well (or not) the two Twinning teams fared in the Open Day Bowls Competition on 21 January.


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Twinning Association enjoying ‘Holiday On Ice’

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February 2018

Minster Matters MINSTER WI

Our January meeting was supposed to be a speaker from Thanet Families In Need unfortunately they didn’t turn up!! Thankfully Marion, our President, had come prepared and gave us a short talk about the Minster wall hanging. This is hanging in the village hall and depicts various aspects and representations of Minster throughout the centuries. It was the brainchild of Valerie, our then secretary, who in 1990 researched and organised the making of this massive project to coincide with the Millennium. Every member of the WI at that point took some part, large or small, in the making of this beautiful piece of work. We are very proud to have it hanging in this public place for everyone to see and enjoy. Dates for your diary 13th February-WI meeting- local Artisan Baker Peter Mockeridge Please bring along your subscription money and money for the birthday dinner 20th February 7.30pm WI Birthday Dinner at St Augustine’s Golf Club 13th March- WI Meeting- Craft and Social and we will be doing the draw for the Denman Bursary

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB After a quiet December we are back in full swing. The Men’s and Ladies Pairs competitions were held on 14th January. In the Ladies event Maureen Hedges and Myrna Elson reached the final. The other semi-final between Sandra Day & Babs White v Min Smith and Meg Atkinson will be played at a later date. The Men's event reached the semi-final stage with Brian East/Paul Churchley, Maurice Burton/Brian Hedges, Keith Jackson/Malcolm Bubb and Chris Richardson/Richard Muncey left to battle for the cup. Paul Churchley is this season's EKSMBA Men's Singles Champion - Congratulations Paul! EKSMBA home league fixtures for February are: Hinds (Div1) 6th v Whitstable Oysters, 20th v Canterbury Choughs. Abbots (Div2) 1st v Aylesham Magpies, 22nd v Boughton Courtenays, 27th v Aylesham Warblers. Monks (Div3) 21st v Broadstairs Buzzards. All matches 7.30p.m. start. In house competitions - Friday Fours every Friday evening, Mixed Triples 11th, Mens Singles 25th. Spectators are welcome for any event, and if you would like to try short-mat e-mail Brian Morphew on or telephone 845 638.

ATTWELLS THANKS Karen and Jenny would like to thank everyone for their kind gifts, cards and contributions to our tip box over Christmas. They were all very much appreciated.

Trees A huge THANK YOU to everyone who turned out to help with the Christmas trees this year. It is so much easier when more volunteers turn out. You’re a great bunch and well done for making the village look so lovely. Thanks also to Roger Thomson, Jack Whybrow and Scott Fleming for stepping in when needed for repairs and emergencies. Also thank you to Minster Parish Council, their staff and Matt Spanton for again supplying, erecting and illuminating the big tree at the Lych Gate.

Late Night Shopping Thanks to everyone who gave their time and made an enormous effort to put on Late Night. Jack, Margaret, Scott and Michael for Santa’s Grotto, Minster School Choir, The Offcumduns, Wantsum Morris, Minster Handbells and the Salvation Army Band for their entertainment, Miss Minster and her Court for switching on the Lights, the Walford family for providing hot refreshments for the dancers and not forgetting Minster Businesses for providing Nibbles etc. The weather was very kind to us but still people didn’t bother to turn out and support us, which makes us think the event is not wanted and certainly not worth doing again. Those who do come really enjoy it. Santa had just 50 visitors, in the past this has always been well over 100, so much work and effort for so little return. So, this is like everything else in the village, if it’s not supported you will lose it. Why is it held in November we hear you ask? Because we are hoping you will look around your village businesses to see what’s on offer for Christmas before you’ve already gone into town and bought everything. Why No Street Stalls? We have a window of just 2 hours when we hope you can find time to browse in the shops that are struggling to survive, paying taxes, rates, wages etc. and supplying a local service all year. More things going on outside would make this less likely. If your children are taking part in the school choir why not stop and have a look round our lovely village instead of whisking them away home as soon as their singing has finished? We have to ask ourselves, “Is Minster joining the ‘Can’t be Bothered’ Society! If you can’t be bothered then neither can we!!

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Thanet Over Fifties Forum coming to Minster in April


Your opinions matter! In the previous issue of Minster Matters we wrote about the Thanet Over Fifties Forum (“TOFFS”), designed to give older people a voice on matters of local and national policy, as well as encouraging social and community cohesion. Membership of TOFFS is absolutely free and entitles you to six informative newsletters per annum, containing details of the issues that matter to you; plus local news and events, scam awareness and safety tips, and lots of other information. We also hold two-monthly TOFFS Forum meetings, and invite guest and keynote speakers to address our audience, based on the topics our members would like to hear or learn more about. Our upcoming meeting on Tuesday 13th February, 10am-12pm at Broadstairs Baptist Church, will have a healthcare theme, with Steve Inett (Chief Executive of Healthwatch Kent) and Dr Tony Martin (Clinical Chair of the Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)) among the speakers. All welcome – just turn up! Furthermore, the excellent news is that, on Wednesday 25th April, from 1pm3pm, the TOFFS Forum meeting comes to Minster Village Hall! PCSO Adrian Butterworth will be speaking at the meeting, and we would also like to hear from you about who else you would like to see on 25th April. Please find a list of potential topics below to choose from (tick all that apply), or you can offer your own suggestion. We would be delighted to hear your thoughts. Simply cut out the list below and send it in a stamped, addressed envelope to: TOFFS Thanet Volunteer Bureau Kent Innovation Centre Broadstairs CT10 2QQ OR drop us an email with your opinions to Are you a member of TOFFS? If not, and you would like to join us for free, simply contact us via the email address above, or call us on 01843 609337. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Contact: Chris Scutt, / 07821 137324

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Minster Parish Council Meetings Summary of Key Points 5th December, 2017 ● Community Warden Aaron Kluibenschadl reported a number of incidents that have occurred in Minster over the last month including the theft of two stone dogs from Tothill Street and concern over continuing sexual activity at the public toilets. ● Police Community Support Officer Adrian Butterworth’s report stated that an enforcement officer had attended the area around the school following complaints about parking and 3 tickets were issued. Calls to the police included the report of damage and theft from vehicles and also an illegal immigrant in the village; the latter was apprehended by PCSO Butterworth and sent to the removal centre at Dover. ● County Cllr. Dawson explained that the information about cuts to bus services had been released prematurely and that there would be a consultation in January. She undertook to keep us updated. ● The Chairman thanked those who attended the presentation of the first Civic Award to Mr Bowman for his restoration of the Old Chapel; the plaque is displayed on the building. ● Councillors agreed support for the proposal to build a new secondary school on the site of the Royal School for the Deaf site at Margate. ● In the public question period at the end of the meeting the issue of fly tipping on the top road was raised. A discussion took place including the use of cameras etc. The suggestion that farmers be asked to access the road at the western end so that a barrier could be fitted at the eastern end of the road was welcomed. It was agreed that the Operations Committee would progress this matter. ● Concerns were expressed about the loss of government funding to local authorities, resulting in a reduction of payments to local councils; it was accepted that cut backs were impacting at all levels but that Minster Parish Council were working to maintain services at the current level. The budget was being prepared and although there is at present no cap on the precept there were no plans for a large increase.

9th January, 2018 ● PCSO Adrian Butterworth reported that there had been a burglary in the High Street involving the theft of tools but that it had been a relatively quiet period in the Parish over Christmas and New Year. He had attended the Carol Service on 19th December and advised that it would be a good idea for a few more people to wear reflective jackets

to protect the large crowd of people which spills over into the road. This was accepted and will be addressed next year. ● Community Warden Aaron Kluibenschadl reported that he had been promoted to Deputy Supervisor but would be retaining his role in the village; however, increased responsibilities may require him to spend a little more time in Margate on supervisory duties. ● County Cllr. Dawson stated that the Leader of KCC, Paul Carter, was in the process of negotiating with Aviva and Stagecoach regarding bus services in Kent. There was a need to review services that were being subsidised but underused, which was not a good use of public money. She confirmed that there would still be a public consultation on this matter but it would be delayed. Alternatives are being considered such as mini buses and click & ride; Cllr. Dawson will clarify whether free bus passes would be valid on such options. ● District Cllr. Grove could give no update on the Local Plan at the present time but confirmed that it would be up before the Full Council on Thursday 18th January and if the plan was accepted there would be a 6-week period of public consultation. The councillors agreed that an extraordinary meeting will be held to agree final comments on the plan. ● The Chairman reminded everyone of the Riveroak Consultation which is scheduled for 23rd January at The Comfort Inn, Ramsgate. ● The Clerk had received a map of all fire hydrants from Kent Fire & Rescue with a request for the Parish Council to check whether they are visible and serviceable. Cllr. Day kindly undertook to carry out the necessary checks, hopefully with some assistance. ●

The meeting considered planning application TH/17/1763 relating to the erection of 22 dwellings at Manston Court Bungalows, Manston Road, Ramsgate. It was resolved to support the application providing a Local Lettings Plan is put in place as part of the 106 agreement.

● An appeal has been lodged in relation to the erection of 5 dwellings at 15a Tothill Street, Minster, and members confirmed that they were satisfied with the response from the Parish Council prepared by Cllrs. Taylor and Gimes. ● Last September a meeting took place with TDC in which they confirmed that they would continue to pay agency payments and would transfer the car parks and public toilets to the parish council. Despite numerous attempts by the Clerk to obtain confirmation in writing this has not been forthcoming. The meeting agreed that a formal letter would be sent from the Chairman to the CEO requesting written confirmation of the agreement. (Cont’d on next page…)

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MPC Minutes of Meeting cont’d…) ● The minutes of the Policy & Finance Committee were agreed and the recommendations therein were accepted; these included a proposal to request from TDC an increase in the precept of £3.51, which represents a charge of £51.12 on a Band D property. ● Cllr. Quittenden said that the Twinning Assn. are preparing for their 20th Anniversary on 12th May this year. He also reminded everyone of the Bingo evening to be held on 27th January. ● In the period of questions from members of the public the meeting was asked about action to stop graffiti on the Cottington Road bridge; this is not a matter for the Parish Council but should be reported to TDC. The warden did confirm that they have taken pictures of the graffiti and it has been added to an area database used to try and identify repeat offenders. ● The question of lowering the speed limit approaching the Minster roundabout was raised, thus enabling maintenance of the roundabout to be resumed. The Chairman confirmed that the matter has been raised with Kent Highways and consideration was being given to a number of actions to improve safety at the roundabout.


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Did you all enjoy the Christmas trees and lights that made our village look so festive and welcoming over the Christmas season? These decorations are due to the very small band of people who give up a few hours of their time in November to tie the lights in place on the trees and the intrepid ladder climbers who fix the trees to the buildings.  The whole process is then reversed after 12th night at the beginning of January. Without these volunteers the amazing spectacle that is Minster at Christmas would not happen. Thank you very much to all of you who help now and have helped over the past 17 years. I also hope that you enjoyed the post box covers, which must have brought a smile to a lot of faces, both young and old. Sadly, the post box cover at the bottom of Prospect Road was not even in place for a week before some low-life, pond-dwelling scum decided to steal it. Last year someone of the same persuasion cut out a snowman and a reindeer from the post office box. The time and effort that was put into knitting all the figures, measuring every post box and designing ways of fixing every cover, plus the money spent on the wool and materials was all due to one village lady, so thank you so much to the selfish person or persons responsible for the vandalism. Are you by any chance related to the disgraceful person or probably persons who removed the two stone dogs from the front garden of the cottage in Tothill Street just before Christmas?  Those dogs gave me and probably many others immense pleasure whenever they wore their Santa hats or scarves or sunglasses, dependent upon the season.  Someone must have seen something surely, as the dogs were far too heavy to be carried away, whoever took them must have had a vehicle.  If you know anything about what has happened please speak out as this village is really far too special to allow this kind of behaviour go unchallenged. Yours faithfully, Mrs M A Thomson I would like to thank everyone who has helped me raise money for Pilgrims Hospice. As always, a fantastic Band Concert in December and also thanks to our resident dog walker. I would also like to thank all my customers on the Hospice Lottery and especially for making Bill, who has taken over my rounds, so welcome. Again, thanks to all. Lil

February 2018 In Loving Memory of… Jenny Lee (72) Jenny, formerly of Rose Gardens and known by many in the village sadly passed away on Monday 8 January. There is to be a Private Cremation on Friday 26 January for Family Only Donations in memory of Jenny can be sent to Pilgrims Hospice, London Road, Canterbury "Sadly missed by all her friends"

Ageless Thanet is Big Lottery funded, as part of the ‘Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better’ programme. Led by Social Enterprise Kent, we have £3 million to help reduce social isolation and loneliness, improve feelings of wellbeing and ensure older people’s voices are heard on the issues that matter to them. We have exciting news! Are you a community group, charity, voluntary organisation or individual who has an idea to make Thanet a great place to grow older? Do you have an idea which will build better communities for older people? Do you have an idea which will help reduce isolation and loneliness in older people? We are very proud to announce that you may be eligible to apply for funding from our Ageless Thanet Community Fund; up to £1,000 for your idea or activity. We want to make Thanet a great place to grow older and you can help us in our mission! How does it work? For example, if you and a group of 50+ residents want to set up a gardening group to beautify your community, but lack the tools and equipment to make this happen, or if you would like to start a music group for a group of 50+ residents, but need the instruments to make this happen, why not apply to the Ageless Thanet Community Fund, as we may be able to provide them? If you have an idea, submit your application to Ageless Thanet, along with quotes or links for the items required (for example, equipment and room hire). Your submission will be reviewed by our Ageless Thanet Community Fund Commissioning Panel, which is made up of volunteers from across Thanet and, if successful, you will be awarded with what it is you applied for. For more information, please call us on 01843 210005 for a friendly chat with Amanda, Heather or Pam or email Amanda at

February 2018 ‘CHALLENGE CUP’ NETBALL COMPETITION On 19th November last year, we, J & L Netball Club, challenged Ceiran, owner of The New Inn pub, to a game of Netball. He accepted the challenge and assembled a team of his male customers for the match. On a very cold, bright and sunny Sunday morning, we played the game at the multisport court here in Minster. It turned out to be a fabulous, fast moving and fun match. The lads really made us work hard as they began to pick up most of the rules (of which there are many) quite well. A Challenge Cup was up for grabs and in the third 1/4, there was only one goal in it! J & L NC managed to come through in the final 1/4 and won 26-19. Everybody really enjoyed the game, including the lovely spectators who stood watching in the cold. ‘Star player’ went to Nick from Minster Hardware. This was chosen by our Umpires, Jackie Hickman (who resides in Minster) and Linda Bushell. They thought he was really skilful and had very quick responses in his position of WD (Wing Defence).  Afterwards we all went back to The New Inn where they kindly provided some refreshments for both teams.  The Challenge Cup, with the J & L NC ribbons on, sits nestled in the ‘Sports Corner’ in The New Inn awaiting the next challenge in 2018.  They want that CUP!!!!!! (Editors note: Check out some of that action in the pics opposite - pg18)

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LIVE NATIVITY PLAY AT MINSTER ABBEY Our Christmas Story - by Looking Ahead and Others Bethlehem was very busy. Innkeepers were preparing meals for all the visitors. One group lived 6 miles away and decided to leave early. All were hungry when they arrived, one of the Innkeepers provided lunch for them. The shepherds were looking after the sheep, all were safe. Times have changed – One shepherd lost his mobile phone! (found) They gathered around the fire. It is now afternoon, “Heavenly Music” (Salvation Army Band) arrived early at Nazareth. No camels could be seen, they walked all the way. Crowds were gathering for the long walk. “Heavenly Music” played “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”. A group of little Angels arrived. Richard(Vicar) who had been a King last year, has come as an Angel, dressed in a white onesie (snowman’s outfit?) wings and wellies!! “Angel” Richard welcomed everyone, Minster School Choir sang “Little Donkey”, the crowd sang “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” as Mary, Joseph and the donkey walked along the route. Joseph kept knocking on doors, everywhere was full. One Innkeeper said there was a stable. We all arrived at Bethlehem, we passed the Shepherds looking after the sheep. Little Angels, children and adults crowded into the “Stable”, Mary and Joseph stood beside the manger,

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- Photos opposite (page 20) where the baby lay – he didn’t cry!! The shepherds made their way to the stable and stood near. The “Wise Men” heard the news, they tethered their camels just outside the stable and joined the group. The children sang “Away In a Manger”, a Wise Man couldn’t resist taking a photo on his phone! “Angel” Richard looked worried as he couldn’t see Sister Benedict, who was part of his team. “She’s behind you” a voice called out, “Oh No she isn’t” quick thinking from “Heavenly Music”. Sister Benedict appeared and said a prayer. We were in a stable and the sweet small of hay filled the air, all were looking at a very familiar scene. Mary, Joseph, a baby, shepherds, wise men and angels in a stable, in our village. Time appeared to stand still, the outside world rushing by. We had seen again the story of God’s plan, a baby born in a stable – The Lord Jesus “Let’s raise the roof” said Angel Richard as we sang “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” – we did raise the roof – well almost! With words which are so familiar: Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem Come and behold Him, born the King of Angels O Come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord Date for your diary: Wednesday Dec 12th Minster Live Nativity: Same place, same time!

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The New Inn Netballers Challenged by J & L Netball Club - See how they got on in article opposite (pg19)

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Saturday 10th February at 7.30pm “International Showcase” A Celebration of Song Featuring The Bradstow Singers and soloists, Sian Woodling, Pam Palmer, Rachel Crane, Louisa Parry, Jacob Bride and Will Millar. Music from all genres from around the world. Tickets: £10 paid in advance/friends. £12 on the doors. (Unreserved seating) Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th February. Thursday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 6.30pm, Matinee Saturday 2.30pm. Sarah Thorne Theatre present, “The Onion at the End” by Roy Kendall Directed by Michael Friend The winning play in the Terence Rattigan Society Play Competition, this World Premier is set in a seaside town in the 1930’s. Two entertainers who share the same dressing room but otherwise little in common team up as a comedy act with resulting issues for them, their landlady and her son, plus a theatre producer always on the look out for future stars! “Supported by Broadstairs Town Council Grant + Michael & Terrie Wheatley-Ward” Tickets: Paid in advance/friends £15, on the doors £17. Book by calling the Box Office on 01843 863701 (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm) or go to the web site for details of how to book On-line. There are no booking fees at this theatre. The ticket is the price.

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MINSTER PLAYHOUSE PROMPT CORNER Pantomime Our Pantomime Babes in the Wood was a great success and played to large and enthusiastic audiences – it is lovely to see people going out happy and smiling. May Play 2018 But, no rest for the wicked, and we are already well into our May Play for 2018 which is to be G B Shaw’s Pygmalion. My mother put me off Shaw when I was a child saying the he is “very wordy”, so I was surprised when I read this play to find that it is quite light and funny. It is very different from My Fair Lady, the musical, which Shaw hated, because it warped the whole essence of his play with a saccharine ending, and so the play makes more dramatic sense than the musical. It will run from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th of May at the Village Hall, and, as always, we have plans afoot to enhance this production technically. Please come along and support us while having a good night out.

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Over the last year the Playhouse has raised £1,000 for its chosen charity, , and a cheque will have been presented by the time that you read this. We thank all those who have supported our productions and helped us to make this gift possible. Am Dram is fun! If you would like to try it out, come and say hello. On 6th February the Playhouse will be having its Annual General Meeting at the Village Hall at 7.30. If you would like to come along you would be very welcome. It is not just acting – lighting is a fascinating hobby and we always need and welcome new people, because Minster Playhouse is not a run-ofthe-mill amateur dramatic society. We work to unusually high artistic and technical standards, and have a dedicated following of enthusiastic theatre-goers who make a point of not missing our productions. If you haven’t been to see us, make the effort and come along – we work hard to make sure that you will be pleasantly surprised.

MINSTER RAINBOWS NEEDS NEW RECRUITS! OR WILL CLOSE We meet on a Monday from 4pm till 5.20pm at the Salvation Army Hall in Tothill Street. If any girls, aged 5-7, would like to join please come along (Editors Note: Would be a shame to see this club disappear from our village so please pop along if interested, before it’s too late)

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Holiday Inn Express on your Forthcoming marriage

The Holiday Inn Express, Minster, would like to offer all the guests, of local weddings, accommodation at our hotel for all your friends and family with 10% off our best flexible room rate. To qualify your wedding for this discount please contact Jasmine, our Sales manager, on 01843 820 250 option 3 This offer is subject to availability, and will qualify only on production of this advert. We also reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time prior to booking (not available in conjunction with any other special offers)



Minster Matters

February 2018

Church News and Service Times

(BCP = traditional language)

The Catholic Parish of

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

Ramsgate and Minster Reverend Marcus Holden


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am All-age Worship 6.30pm Vespers with Minster Abbey


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


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


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

592 071 Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate

Holy day of Obligation each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other Catholic Services please see Minster Abbey below


Minster Abbey

27th February - At the Abbey

6th March - At the Abbey

The Abbey Chapel is open for

A group of children and young people ‘Connections’ - meets during services on each Sunday except the st Sunday of the month when we all worship together. Wednesday Mornings

13th March - At the Abbey

10.30am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by refreshments

prayer throughout the day Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am Mid day prayer 12.10pm

Ash Wednesday - 14th February 10.30am Holy Communion (BCP) 7.30pm Encounter Lent - reflecting on Lent to include Holy Communion

7 p.m. Compline in the Abbey Chapel Followed by Refreshments and Talks in St. Benedict’s Meeting Room

Vespers 6.00pm Compline 7.50pm

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in FEBRUARY

(followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians


but people of all faiths and spiritual

11 10.15am Holy Communion (BCP)

tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’ (rule of St. Benedict) are warmly welcomed to join us in prayer, in our beautiful monastic chapel.

10.15am Holy Communion

Funerals at St Mary’s Minster

18 10.15am Holy Communion 25

20 December 2017 - David Collard

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

4.00pm Seamark Service at Monkton School Hall

Lieutenants Luke & Katy Johnson 01843 822308 or 825178

11 Tothill Street, Minster CT12 4AG

A Christian Church and Registered Charity No 214779 and in Scotland SC009359

Weekly Activities Monday




9.30am Bumps & Babies

9.30am Parent & Toddlers

2.00pm Home League

(Term time only)

(Term time only)

9.15am Prayer Group 10.30am - 2.30pm AgeUK Outreach

2.15pm Friendship Club

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship

February 2018

Minster Matters


What’s On…


MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion 61 Augustine Road EVERY WEDNESDAY 2.00pm - 4.00pm Come and join us for a game of Bingo ALL MEMBERS and bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat on 822 622 KNIT AND TALK TIME in MINSTER LIBRARY Beginners and non-knitters welcome Swap patterns and wool Occasional Speakers on various topics Tea & Coffee provided Every Friday 10.30 - 12noon

Peter Mockeridge, Artisan Baker Tuesday 13 February 7.30pm Village Hall

Minster & Monkton Horticultural Society Russell Miles “Life of Seals” Wednesday 21 February 7.30pm - Village Hall

Minster Art & Craft Group We meet at the Old Schools every Monday morning from 9.00am to 12.30pm. We are a friendly and sociable non-teaching group ranging from artists to all types of crafters, all of whom are ready to give help and advice if requested. The charge per week is £2.00 to cover the hall etc and includes refreshments. You are welcome to come along for a free morning session to see what we are doing. Any queries - call Ann on 01843 821 152.


THANET FARMERS’ MARKET Second Sunday of each Month 9.30am - 1.00pm NEW VENUE!! St Georges School Westwood Road, Broadstairs CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS’ MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further information Phone: 226 033


Minster Village Hall Management Committee


to be held in the

Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market Further information from

COMMITTEE ROOM Thursday 8th February 7.30pm

Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197

Registered Charity No 302809

All Welcome

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February 2018

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





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

FREE for TWO places available


To Find Out More And Book Your Place

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

01843 821 482

Hire Times and Prices

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

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

15:00hrs to 21:00hrs

09:00hrs to 21:00hrs

Price Structure * Full Pitch : £42 hour

Off-Peak Full Pitch : £29 hour

Half Pitch : £29 hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA

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

Call Martin Isaac 01304 812077 for details. Powers of Attorney also arranged. Home appointments available. Affiliated to the Society of Will Writers. Age nt of Ae gis Wealth Ltd www.a e

St Mary's Church, Minster Guided Tours of the Church and Tower Most Saturdays at 12.00noon and 2.00pm To ensure you don’t have a wasted journey please call

07958 813 577 to confirm that tours are taking place on the day of your intended visit The church is normally open from 10am to 3pm daily For party tours outside of the normal times please call the above number to make a booking

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

CPS Heating & Plumbing 01843 589 076

32 Ozengell Place Eurokent Business Park Ramsgate CT12 6PB

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

February 2018 Est 1980


Free Quotations Tel 01843 821 147 including Answerphone


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

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01843 595 979

07727 687 538

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

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


PLUMBING & HEATING For a free quote contact

01843049 221 702 07725 067 07979 890 151 07469 247 822

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

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

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

09 2009 Vauxhall Insignia Sri,

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

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

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

All for ……

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


58 2008 Mini Clubman Cooper Estate,

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


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

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


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



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


63 2013 Nissan Micra, 1.2lt

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




12 2012 Peugeot 208 Active,



08 2008 Peugeot 207 Sport, Hard Top Convertible,

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

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

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

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Minster Matters - Issue 199 - February 18  

village magazine

Minster Matters - Issue 199 - February 18  

village magazine