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Issue Number 99 : December 2008 / January 2009 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

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Quiz night sponsors Young Sports Leaders in South Africa Joseph Greenstreet (Minster) and Nicholas Fennell (Cliffs End) are part of a group of 15 students from Ursuline College, Westgate who have taken up the challenge to go to South Africa in February 2009.They will organise a Sports Festival under the auspices of 'Dreams and Teams' in conjunction with the British Council. They will be staying at Delportshoop, a small rural community in the Northern Cape ,about an hours drive from the nearest town, Kimberley. As well as the Sports Festival the students will also be running lunch time sports activities, after school sports clubs and community activities in the evenings. To undertake this challenge, all the students have had to raise £1000 each. Joe and Nic spent a day of half term at Fowlmead country park doing a sponsored cycle ride and on Friday 21st November the boys organised a excellent Quiz night at Minster School,where they raised £600.

Joe and Nic are extremely grateful for the support of everyone who attended the quiz and to Annette Paul the Quiz Master who gave up so much time and made such an effort on their behalf. They would like to extend their thanks to Wendy Stone Head Teacher and staff for the generous loan of the school hall and facilities. If you would like more information or would like to make a contribution .Please contact : Mal Davey (Sports Director) Ursuline College 01843 834431

Local youngster’s 2012 Olympic hopes Local youngster, Lydia Fuller, 15, has been selected for the Team GB Women’s Cadet Epee, with her first International fencing competition in Germany (as we go to print) Lydia’s letter tells us her coaches feel she has the potential to compete at the highest levels. Training costs however are self funded and can be very expensive, it was necessary for her to raise £400 travel costs and a further £250 for European compliant equipment for her German trip. A grant of £400 towards these costs was awarded to her by Minster Parish Council. (Well done MPC !) Lydia also tells us she is currently the Under 16 and Under 18 Foil and Epee Champion of Kent and that she was placed equal 3rd in the Under 16 British Youth Championship held in February. She has also been selected as an English Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassador and she is on the Government Youth Gifted and Talented programme, however there is no funding from either of these schemes. Lydia’s ambition is to participate in the 2012 Olympics here in the UK. Minster Matters wish her all the luck in the world, and hope she goes on to turn her dreams into a reality. We feel sure everyone in Minster will be there, in spirit if not in person, to cheer her on when she qualifies for London 2012. Hopefully we will bring you even more good news, from Germany, in our next issue. Watch this space !!

Minster Civic Carol Service Tuesday, December 16th, 7.30pm Traditional Carols and Readings for all the family. Salvation Army Band. Refreshments afterwards. Collection in aid of the Pilgrim's Hospice. Everyone Welcome E-mail : editorialteam@minstermatters.org.uk Electronic Copy, Podcast and Blog: http://www.minstermatters.org.uk Fax No: 07092 891864

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Dates for Your Diary 2008 Playhouse “Panto of The Opera” PFA Christmas Bazaar Advent Service at C/Bury Cathedral Toy Services at Minster & Monkton 7 Snowdown Colliery Band 8 RBL Womens Section Meeting 9 WI Members Christmas Party 10 Mothers Union Meeting 12 Public Meeting in Ramsgate 13 Day Nursery Christmas Fayre 14 Saturday Market 16 Civic Carol Service - Lychgate 21 S. Army Family Carol Service 21 Christingle Service at St Mary’s 24 Crib Service at St Mary’s 25 Christmas Lunches at S. Army Jan 2009 13 WI Meeting 14 Mothers Union Meeting 15 WI Coffee and Chat Morning 15 Playhouse Auditions 17/18 M.A.D. “Jack and the Beanstalk” 21 Horticultural Society Meeting Dec 3/6 5 5 7

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EDITORIAL Here we are AGAIN!! with our final issue of 2008 and the next one, in February, being our 100th. Please read our plea on P15 for pictures etc., for what we hope will become a bit of a Ray Special Edition.. (But we need your help to make it so) (Minster Window Company) Before I forget I must just inform you that we did receive a reply from the landowner regarding the issue of wheel clamping Property Maintenance that we covered last month. Building Work On to brighter things, we have a brand new letterbox in the Plastering * Rendering Amy Gossip Shop, for you to be able to leave us your hard copy - this uPVC Windows & Doors was kindly made, and donated to us, by Simon Greenstreet, wife uPVC Fascia, Soffits & Guttering of one of our little band of very willing volunteers, and we thank Repairs to existing double glazing him very much, it’s such a lot better than our previous cardboard Misted up sealed units replaced Brenda box. We have decorated it with a collage of village pictures so Garage Doors * Decking it may become a bit of a talking point in the future. You will notice we have gained a new advertiser for our Call on back page and we hope you will support their business, but not Eve at the detriment of any of our other advertisers. The business is owned by two lads who grew up here in Minster, one still lives here as do their parents. They have committed to continuing the advert provided they can at least cover its cost with work it brings their way, so please, if you don’t deal with our local Diane garage then give them a try and also help this magazine at the same time. It was really good to see so many new faces helping to erect the village Christmas trees even though it was in a howling, Nora PIZZA-PASTA bitter wind. Well done to those who stepped up to the plate to keep the tradition alive, your efforts are truly appreciated by us (01843) 823091 No77 High St, Minster all. I must also add a special thank you from Karen and Ann for Restaurant and Takeaway your help, having so many willing volunteers really cut down Friday & Saturday Heather their stress levels. Let’s hope as many turn out to take them from 5.30pm down again and pack the lights away. Attwells will be the place to go to find out on what date this will be happening, because it hadn’t been confirmed as we went to print with this issue. Carpet What a lot there appears to be going on in the run up to Sue Specialists Christmas, it would seem the vicar has his work cut out at this Carpets time of the year with so many services to conduct, so no matter what your 39, Station Road, age group there appears to be a service to suit you all. Vinyl's Birchington Well just enough space left for me, on the teams behalf, to wish all of Tel: 01843 845085 Rugs our loyal readers a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. 7, Market Street, See you all again in 2009 (February 1st - next issue - 100th edition!!) Laminate Floors Sandwich Tel: 01304 613010 N I C F The ‘E’ Team

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Minster Matters REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY by Diane Cotterill On Remembrance Sunday a parade was led to St Mary the Virgin Church by Minster and Monkton Royal British Legion members. Brownie, Guide and Scout members also joined in. After a service at the church, RBL members were greeted at the club house with hot soup and a superb buffet. There was an impressive display of details of local residents who had fought and died in battle. This display was the result of many months of research via the internet by Steve Philpott. Steve intends to carry on with his research.

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I would like to congratulate Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion for the Remembrance Day parade on Sunday - it was very well organized. I was very pleased to see so many ex. Service taking part and was amazed to see so many of the younger community marching with such pride. At the club after, there was a superb buffet provided by the club members. They have worked so hard to make the R.B.L. club work, as up till last year it was in decline. So to those who I will not name (they know who I mean) - a special thanks. The research into the archives must have taken up a lot of time; the display boards and photographs were exceptional, as was the video. Well done to you all! Yours sincerely, M.M. Smith As Chairman of Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section, I would like to thank the Branch and Club for the wonderful parade and buffet for the Remembrance Day festival. Also my thanks go to everyone that worked tirelessly getting the archive information for our servicemen and women. Gratitude also to all those that attended, especially the younger people. Many thanks, Chairman D.P. Smith Following the very special Remembrance Sunday service held in the Parish Church, may I, on behalf of myself and my wife, thank members of the British Legion for their in depth pictorial and documentation of the village Service personnel who fell during the two World wars. Photographs and individual details brought a very personal reality to the conclusion of the Day of Remembrance. Dennis Neville On Remembrance Sunday it was lovely to see Minster British Legion alive again. As an ex Serviceman and Minster RBL member, I have taken part in the March to the church many times, ok, the parade this year was a bit of a shambles even for an old “matelot”, but it didn’t matter, we got there. I would just like to say a big thank you to all Legion members who were involved in organising the excellent buffet and display held back at the clubhouse after the service, you really worked hard and done us proud. Derek West

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Minster Matters Community Warden, Steve Taylor As we near the festive season I thought I should remind everyone that this can also be a time when opportunists come a calling. Please be extra careful and remember not to leave Christmas presents on show near your windows. Turn Christmas lights off when going to bed or when leaving the house. Lock pressies in the boot of your car while out shopping. If you are away over the Christmas period, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your property. A timer switch is an excellent idea at this time of year. Finally, never leave the door on the latch for late arrivals. I’m sure we do all this, but it’s sometimes good to have a reminder. I hope you enjoyed the late night shopping and you came and supported your local shops who do such good work throughout the year providing the every day things we all need from time to time. Around this time of year some of our youngsters think it’s a good time to be a nuisance. Probably because it is nice and dark and they think no-one will know who they are. Well of course, like most things it’s just a very small minority who get involved in what is classed as anti social behaviour but can be very intimidating to our elderly and vulnerable residents. My advice as always in these situations is not to confront them but notify me or indeed the police if you think it warrants it. Remember, if we’re not aware of these incidents no matter how trivial they may seem we cannot put things in place to deal with them. As I say, it really is just a few that tend to be involved in these incidents and we must not get the idea that every youngster we see out and about is up to no good because that clearly is not the case. As always the best way to maintain a good quality of life is for us all to work together and show that Minster is a good place to live and work. I’d like wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

A fond farewell and very best wishes to Captain Fiona Barnett. It is with sadness that we report that Fiona will not be returning to the village. Following the death of three members of her family, including her Mother, Fiona has been granted six months leave of absence from her work. The Salvation Army will then find her an appointment near her home town, Stafford so that she can be near the remaining members of her family. The Salvation Army expect to appoint a new Minister to the village by August of next year. In the meantime a full programme of weekday activities and Sunday worship will continue to be provided at the Worship and Community Hall at 11 Tothill Street. We would like to thank Captain Fiona for the contribution she has made to the work of the Salvation Army in the village and wish her well in the future. We will miss her cheerful disposition, enthusiasm and the love and care she showed to all those with whom she came in contact. She will be greatly missed.

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A lovely mixed bag of activities has been happening during the last month at the Bowls Club. In the East Kent Short Mat Leagues the Hinds team are top of Div 2 having won 8 games, drawn 1 and only 3 losses. The Abbots in Div 3 are holding 5th place, winning 5 games, losing 5 games. In a friendly match against Deal Bowls Club the result was a win to Minster. Friday nights is to be changed to Mondays in January, see those wanting to improve their footsteps in dancing. It is an enjoyable evening under the guidance of Sylvia and Brian Davis. Brian ran a race night to help towards next years funds. Morning and afternoon bowling on Tuesday and Thursdays is enjoyed by club members with a break for a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit. We have welcomed outdoor bowlers from the Ramsgate area joining and playing this short mat game. The Club AGM will have taken place after the deadline of getting this report to “MM”. We wait to see what changes take place with the management committee. A team of British Legion Ladies visited the club raising money for the “Poppy Appeal” playing short mat bowls. Congratulations to those Ladies. Members enjoyed a Sunday Lunch on the 2nd November thanks to Pam Wooldridge. The next one will be 11th Jan 2009 starting raising funds for the 2009 season. Running up to Xmas and the New Year we have a fully booked Xmas meal for 90 members plus wives/husbands. New Years Eve there is to be a party to see the old year out and welcome the new one in. From the Management Committee have a Happy, Merry festive season and a Happy New Year. We would like to welcome NEW Members starting the New Year. All you need to bring along is a pair of slippers - we have Bowls for you to use until you are confident that this is the sport for you. Qualified members are available to show and teach you what to do.

CHARITY EVENTS Thanks come from Shirley and Audrey for supporting the two charity dances they held this year, and they wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. “See you all on 31st January” Next Charity Dance - COUNTRY AND WESTERN 31st January 2009 in the Village Hall as usual. Tickets and further info available from Audrey on 821792 or Shirley on 822015

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Minster Matters Minster Twinning Association Bonjour mes amis and welcome to more exciting news from the Association. With Christmas and the New Year nearly upon us, there is not much happening in the organisation of events designed to part you from your hard earned cash. So you can relax for a time and enjoy the coming festive season for which all of us at the Twinning wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Next years’ events are already in the pipeline and include our annual favourites such as The Big Race Night, Minster Fun Day and of course the Anniversary Celebration which this year will be held in Armbouts-Cappel. So watch and read this column for dates and times so you can be sure to book your tickets and avoid disappointment. The AGM took place on 12th November and whilst we still managed to elect a Chairman and a working committee we are hoping to recruit, entice or coerce anyone interested in helping out to join us. It’s not difficult and doesn’t take up too much time, so if you would like to know more contact Bob at the Attic and come along to our next meeting. On the subject of joining the Twinning we are still waiting for a reply to our request for anyone who knows the past history of the Twinning/Friendly League and why so many of you in the village refuse or prefer not to associate with the Twinning and its aims to support not only Minster Primary School but also to keep alive the companionship and culture of the Twinning Association. That’s it for now you’ll be pleased to hear. Hope to see you all next year. Remember.............Minster Does Matter A Bientôt.

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Minster- in- Thanet WI. It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Valerie Hughes, who had been our Secretary and a long-standing, hard working committee member. She will be greatly missed by us all, and our heartfelt condolences are sent to her husband John, and her family. November's meeting took the form of our AGM, with election of new officers and committee. Marion Rose, retiring President took over the duties of Secretary, Joan Backler was elected President, and Ann Wilks took over from Margaret Tinker as Treasurer. All officers and committee members were thanked for their hard work throughout the year, not forgetting Dorothy Butterworth's hard work on the outings and events table and Pam Hammond for running the monthly raffle. With our growing membership, a proposal was made to restrict numbers and run a waiting list: this caused much debate, and was defeated. However, a proposal to amend our name to simply 'Minster in Thanet WI' was carried, as it was felt that, since there was no longer an Afternoon Institute, the Evening part of our title was superfluous. A resume was given of our successful year's fund-raising, social events, and group activities. As reported last month, our Quiz Team took part in the WI Top Team competition, in which they came a magnificent second. Well done, girls. Our 'Dabble Days', on which members tried their hands at beading and art, heard tips on digital photography from Don Wilks, took part in a sing-along with Barry, and a walk at Pegwell Bay with the Roc Doc, were a great success - not forgetting the Ploughman's Lunch and refreshments organised by Marion Rose! A week later we met again - this time for our 'Christmas' Dinner at St Augustine's Golf Club, when instead of the traditional Christmas meal we feasted on a sumptuous buffet of all manner of savoury fare, followed by a sweet trolley to behold! Some brave members even managed second helpings, such was the selection on offer. Our Christmas Party, for current members and invited guests only, is on 9th December at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. For details of the meetings in January next year, to which visitors and new members are always welcome, please see separate notice on page 24. Meanwhile, we take the opportunity of wishing all members and Minster residents a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

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Vicar’s Letter Christmas will soon be upon us again, a time when we can marvel afresh at the extent of God’s love for us all shown in His becoming one of us in the baby Jesus whose birth we celebrate. We mark this in giving gifts to others and I would like to draw your attention to three ways, centred on the Parish Church, in which we can do this. The first is the ‘Toy Service’ on 7th December with the donated toys being distributed to children who might otherwise not have any (details of suitable gifts are given on page 20), and the second is the Civic Carol Service at the Lych Gate 7.30pm on Tuesday 16th December, when there will be a collection for the Pilgrim’s Hospice. The Civic Carol Service is a very special occasion on the Minster calendar. Do come and join us if you possibly can. This year we are also introducing a Christingle Service. Our intention is not to compete with the School’s Christingle Service, but to give an opportunity for others who are not able to go to the school’s service to attend one. We are particularly thinking of families whose children used to attend the village school. This collection will go towards the work of the Children’s Society. May this Christmas be a time of special blessing for you all, as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour! “And his name shall be called Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’ Bob Coles

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THANK YOU! Thank you to the Parish Council for agreeing a grant to support the upgrading of the PA system at the Parish Church. As well as helping us replace aging equipment, the grant will enable us to purchase extra radio microphones for use when the church is used by large groups – especially the local school. Without help from the Council we should not have been able to do this for some considerable time. Thank you also to all who have given financial or practical help towards the installation of the heating system in the Parish Church. The project is at an advanced stage and we hope to have it operational by Christmas. Please remember that the system is designed to prevent the building getting so cold that it continues to deteriorate: it will not maintain domestic temperatures! We hope you will feel more comfortable, but you will still need to keep your coat on in winter! The Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s, Minster.

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Minster Neighbourhood Watch At the Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 28th October 08, Sylvia Fricker resigned her position as Chairperson of this village group. Sylvia told members present that it was with regret she must do so but her families health must take priority, she would however continue as co-ordinator for Augustine Road and offered to help out as and when she could. Sylvia then asked if there was anyone willing to stand in her place, after a ‘no show’ of hands Ray Owen, MM editor, volunteered to take the post on a short temporary basis until a more permanent volunteer could be found. Members thanked Sylvia for all she has done over the many years she has been in post and they hoped her problems would soon be resolved. Sylvia also reported that two other street co-ordinators had resigned so we will need to get those areas covered if they are to remain in the scheme. It was also noted that there are still some roads in the village that aren’t in the scheme which we ought to re-invite. It was agreed that this should be done at the earliest opportunity in the new year. It was mentioned that some existing signs were becoming extremely faded and/or damaged, so members were asked to note those in their own area and report back to the incoming Chairperson. Speeding on Monkton Road was mentioned and it was noted that Acol hold the equipment for Rural Speedwatch which is available for other villages to use if required. Sylvia asked for her contact details to be removed from the village website, which Ray agreed to do. ( Note the new email for Minster NW is minsternw@gmx.com ) Please note we will be calling a meeting early in the new year to discuss an idea that Steve, the Community Warden, and Ray have been doing a lot of background work on. This will hopefully“reinvent” the neighbourhood watch in Minster, although it will need ALL co-ordinators to get involved to promote it and get it off the ground. So to those of you who didn’t attend the October meeting please be ready to come to the next one as it is important that you all hear what Steve and Ray have to say. Not wishing to alert others to our idea, which they may try to steal, we’ll say no more on this at present, but it should help to improve the lives of a lot of the local population, yourselves included, if you agree to take it on board and assist us to get it up and running. We hope Minster will become Pro-active rather than Re-active !!!

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Thank you’s and seasonal wishes ........ A special thank you to all of the businesses that support us throughout the year, and an extra special thanks to those of you who regularly ply me with tea, coffee, sweets, cakes and anything else I can manage to scrounge !! Ray - Editor Leanne and her staff, at ‘Envy’ hair salon, would like to take this opportunity to wish all of their clients a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Leanne says “We look forward to welcoming you all back again in 2009” Lil and Esther wish to say a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone who has given so generously this year. A special thank you for all the kind donations and gifts we have received to help the local hospices. We truly appreciate your continued support! Marvyn Attwell would like to thank everyone in Minster that has helped him over the past year whilst he has been down the village, helping him cross over the roads, especially the people from the shops for their help during their busy days.' Julie and her team at The Salon wish all of their clients a great time over the festive season and a prosperous new year. Minster Carnival Association would like to thank the Parish Council, village businesses and people for their support this year, and also a special thank you to Envy for doing the girls hair on Flower Show Day. We would also like to thank Emily, Cassie and Rebecca for all they have done this year and also the girls who have helped out as well. The 2009 Selection Dance will be held on 14th February 09 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Any girls interested will have to be 14 by the end of May 09 and no older than 20. For further details please phone 821705 in the evenings, Roy and Carol

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Minster Matters Concerns over Village High Street footpath After several concerns from villagers regarding the current state of the existing footpath between 73A High Street and the Village Hall, Chair of Thanet Senior Citizens’ Forum, Barry Coppock, contacted Kent Highway Services to enquire if anything could be done. Mr Coppock stated in his letter that villagers were concerned ‘that the footpath is only wide enough for single file walking’, ‘the footpath is uneven and dangerous’ and ‘that on occasions they (pedestrians) are forced to step off the footpath into the road’. Here is the written response Mr Coppock’s received from Kent Highway Services:‘I confirm that the condition of this footway is checked regularly and that recently repairs were carried out to some areas. There are therefore no outstanding maintenance at this location currently. With regard to the possibility of widening the existing footway between the Village Hall and 73A High Street, this has been looked at on a number of occasions previously and, unfortunately, there is no easy solution. Widening the footway in this location would make the road too narrow for two-way traffic. Therefore, although footway widening would be desirable, it cannot be achieved within the existing highway boundaries.’ Kim Hills, Head of Community Operations

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This may not be the response villagers had hoped for but suggested action from the following letter may help to alleviate a little of the problems. Letter to the Editor From the village hall to Attwells the pavement is very uneven, but, untrimmed trees and bushes hang out over the path, below 5’ 9” in places and growing out in others. This makes walking up the High Street very difficult for the disabled and elderly. Can you please ask people to trim these back. (The converted Baptist Church is split into 4 dwellings I think, and has overgrown leylandii) Birds seem to have disappeared, food is left for days, if not taken off the bird trays. Over the past few years they have diminished to almost nil this year. I was told farmers have brought in hawks to stop birds pecking at the crops. Derek Chaston Unfortunately due to limited space MM is unable to print Mr Coppocks letter in full. Should you wish to see this and the original copy of Kent Highways response please visit the MM website. Ed.

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They Did It! On the 28th October Rachael and Karen West finally managed to do their tandem skydive raising over £700 in sponsorship, plus generous donations, for Karen’s trip to India, she also received lots of good wishes so a VERY BIG THANK YOU! Karen left for India on the 5th November, arriving at Nagercoil on the Southern tip of India, where she is based, on the 6th. Communication is difficult at the moment, but when she has settled, any teething problems hopefully will be resolved, and she will be passing on all her adventures, although in one of her emails she writes that one of the things she will be concentrating on is training life skills to teenage girls, as these are skills which have not been taught, in school, or at home. Over Christmas she will be helping to build a house for two orphans, who have the land but can’t afford to build it. The winter holiday season is approaching, and with it comes the opportunity for massive waste. Eco-Tips: - Wrap your gifts in fabric (e.g., can you sew? How about making some reusable gift bags?), or reuse the wrapping you have saved from last year. - When you are planning your holiday menus, think about where your ingredients are coming from and don’t forget to buy local. - If you’re not the host, think about how you are travelling about and don’t forget to carpool. - If you are the lucky recipient of a fancy new toy or two, don’t throw away what you already have, donate it to charity or give it away through Thanet Freecycle. AMBER’S ADVICE

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Millers Amateur Dramatics Society - M.A.D.S for short have been established for over 15 years and have performed many productions including Annual Pantomimes. Venues include the Winter Gardens, Theatre Royal and the Westgate Pavilion amongst other in Thanet. M.A.D.S have also appeared in London’s West End. For the past 3 years M.A.D.S have taken their Annual Pantomime to Duisburg in Germany to perform to German children and their families. We have performed a wide range of both traditional and modern pantomimes such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Aladdin, Babes in the Wood, Robinson Crusoe, Arabian Nights, Wizard of Oz and even Frankenstein the Panto. Our latest production is Jack and the Beanstalk where you can see Jack as he battles against the Giant and his evil Henchman Eric. Jack is ably assisted by his brother Simple Simon, his mother Dame Trot and many other characters to make you smile. Watch as Jack has to sell his faithful cow Daisy to pay the rent. All this takes place in the country of Ambrosia.

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Minster Matters Minster Playhouse Needs You! We are a thriving group and have a very good membership base; however, we really need some new blood, fresh faces - and from Minster. Our committee only has two members who live in the village and we think that’s a shame. Have you ever come to see anything and thought, “if only they did...” Well, come and be a part of it! Do you have younger children who might want to be involved? I lived in Minster for six years and moved to Sandwich in January. Biggest mistake - Minster is such a rare place where there is a comfort and community like no other I have ever known. If it wasn’t for the economic climate, I’d be back. If you think you would not fit in, please try. We really are welcoming. For more information, check out our website at

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MINSTER MATTERS CENTENARY It will be our 100th issue in February and this is No 99 !! We wish to make it an issue to remember so do you have any memories of special events ranging from Jan 2000 to Jan 2009 or pictures that we can perhaps borrow. We know most people wouldn’t have had a digital camera back in the early days, but we can easily scan normal photos or we can convert your 35mm negatives and/or slides into usable digital images. If you can help please contact a member of the team details of how to do so are on page two of this issue

www.minsterplayhouse.com Minster Playhouse Auditions Minster Playhouse is holding auditions for next year’s May play on Thursday, 15th January at 7.30 pm upstairs in the Bell Inn. All welcome - We particularly need two younger members (16-19’ish) for substantial roles. “Caught in the Net” 20th-23rd May A comedy by Ray Cooney, Directed by Debbie Munro (I have never directed a play before, so please don’t be put off if you’re new and feel awkward. Bring a friend if it helps!) For more information, phone Debbie on 01304 615 263 Love Love can mean so many things. Love, much security can often bring. Yet love can bring one so much pain. Love can be hopelessly given in vain. Love can give hope and can give strength. To love, can mean, one goes to boundless lengths. To save someone you love from suffering is their intent. All done in the name of love is what I meant. Love is warm and love is tender; Given by anyone to anyone of any gender. Yvonne Chapman

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Oil Tanks (Message from the Environment Agency) As the nights draw in and temperatures drop, many of us now have our heating on to help keep us warm through the winter months. But if you use domestic heating oil, make sure you check or maintain your tank. Doing so now could prevent pollution and save you from paying a huge clean-up bill. Having adequate security is important to help prevent theft of your oil and the spillage which is often caused by thieves. Each year domestic heating oil leaks from damaged or worn out tanks and pipes. This oil is toxic and harmful to plants, animals and to surface waters. It also quickly enters and contaminates groundwater, which provides 75% of your drinking water. Cleaning up oil spills is difficult and often very expensive. One recent incident cost the unfortunate householder over £100,000 after oil leaked onto his own land. If a drinking water source is affected, the bill could exceed £1 million and may not be covered by your insurance. Domestic oil spills invariably disrupt homeowner’s lives and blight property values. So what can you do to prevent a leak? The Environment Agency recommends a number of simple actions you can take: · Protect your tank and pipe work with a bund, around the base of your tank. This will prevent pollution in case of a leak. · Carry out regular maintenance checks on tanks, pipes, sight-gauges and valves. Best of all, get a qualified OFTEC registered technician to service and inspect your tank and pipes annually. · Keep your property secure. With increasing fuel prices theft is becoming a problem in some areas and vandalism an increasing trend. · Make sure your home insurance policy covers the cost of a clean-up operation to you and any third parties. · Site your tank at least 10 metres from a pond, river, ditch or lake and at least 50 metres from a borehole or spring where possible. · Monitor how much oil you use so that you will be quickly alerted to any loss of oil. If you do experience a leak there are measures you can take to reduce the impact on both you and the environment. These include: · Call the Environment Agency’s free 24-hour emergency pollution hotline on 0800 80 70 60. · Stop the flow by turning the tap off. · If you have a plastic tank, as a temporary measure, rub soap into the split in the tank to try and seal it. · Putt sand or earth down to absorb the spill and prevent it from entering a river, drain or groundwater. · Never use detergents or a hose to wash away spilt oil as this can make the problem worse.


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COMPUTER CORNER Computers have three main functions at Christmas:- gift shopping on the Internet, creating personalised Christmas cards and producing address labels to stick onto your Christmas cards. Shopping and card-making can be fun but address labels are a little more complicated so this month I’m offering some help with this tricky task. First of all you need some sheets of self adhesive labels, A4 size. These can be purchased from Staples or similar stationery shop. Back at your PC, if you already have the names and addresses of your friends somewhere on your computer and want to put them onto labels, you can use a facility in Microsoft Word called Mail Merge. Some versions of Word will guide you easily through this process, other versions may need a little extra time and effort. Read through the ‘Help’ facility in Word for more advice on this. For those people who don’t already have their friends’ names and addresses on the computer the task is a little simpler. On your PC open up Microsoft Word and click on ‘Tools’ on the toolbar at the top of the page. A menu will show and you will see an option for ‘Letters and Mailings’ or ‘Envelopes and Labels’ or similar (depending on the version of Word you are using). Find and go to the ‘Labels’ section. Here you’ll need to tell the computer what size your labels are by choosing the ‘Options’ button. Your label product information can be found on the front of the box you bought it in. On the screen enter the label product eg. ‘Avery A4 and A5 sizes’ and label product number eg. J8163 as written on your box. Click OK. Next click the ‘New Document’ button and a white page will appear on your screen that is marked out to look like your label sheets. Simply type your names and addresses in each of the boxes. Use the ‘tab’ key on your keyboard to move between boxes. You can create extra pages of labels by pressing the tab key after the last box on the page. Then print your labels like you would a normal letter. If you don’t have Microsoft Word, your computer’s word processing program may offer the facility to create labels. The principle will be the same as above but the process may be different. Have a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Happy Computing! Jackie Raines, Mobile Office Services www.jackieraines.co.uk MINSTER LIBRARY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS Monday 22nd Dec Tuesday 23rd Dec Wednesday 24th Dec Thursday 25th Dec Friday 26th Dec Saturday 26th Dec Sunday 28th Dec

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• The Chairman announced that the Parish Clerk, Mrs Kyla Lamb, had given birth to a baby girl and that Steve Parker, Cemetery Caretaker, has been blessed with a new baby boy. • It was reported the Chairman had attended a meeting at County Hall where various matters had been discussed including the letting of the contract for the Access Road, a possible reduction in the number of street lights that were lit to reduce budget costs,. It was noted that there is no immediate intention to build a waste incinerator in Kent and the Eurokent proposals could see the possible allocation of £3000 to all parish councils in Kent. Finally the Chairman expressed his surprise that Keith Ferrin, KCC Cabinet Member for Highways, was not aware of the Chinagate development proposals • The Chairman has met with an environmental officer from TDC to discuss the condition of Gas Alley and the officer has undertaken to contact the landowner to endeavour to have it cleared • The Assistant Clerk reported that despite constant reminders to TDC proposals had not yet been submitted for the planting of the Community Woodland as required by the 106 agreement. • PC Burgess reported on incidents of shoplifting and general nuisance also that a Minster youth had been fined £80 for letting off fireworks. • Members considered a grant application from Miss Lydia Fuller in respect of assistance towards her expenses in representing Team GB Women’s Cadet Epee at an event in Germany. It was resolved to award Miss Fuller £400 • It was reported that Minster’s application to the “Peoples Millions” had been selected for the final list of projects, and that voting would take place on 25th November. • Replacement of village flag at Hillminster. A request for funding was deferred to the next meeting to enable costings to be obtained. • The Assistant Clerk is to make enquiries as to why the school are leaving the gates to the AWPS open and allowing the children to play on it thus causing damage to the surface • Flood Committee - reported that the recent heavy rains had resulted in flooding in Watchester Lane and that the drains were in need of cleaning to enable them to cope. In part the problem is caused by the dykes not having been kept clear and there was a need to examine this matter. The Parish Chairman would be raising this matter at a meeting with the Highways Liaison Officer. Cllr. Brick was appointed to both the Finance and Monitoring and the Planning Committees and he will also be the second representative on the KIACC.


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MINSTER PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING 28th October • Chinagate - It was reported that although the application has now been approved the Thanet Parish Councils would not be consulted over the reserved matters and this was a cause for concern. Brian White, Director of Environmental Services at TDC, had said that it would not be possible to negotiate the terms of these matters with parish councils, but they would be advised of the agreed terms and conditions • It was reported the Roger Gale MP, had given assurances that if there were proposals to seek further planning approvals in respect of phases 2 and 3 he would seek to have them “called in” to ensure they were determined by another authority. • Application No. 08/921 - KCC have approved permission for the construction of a motor control kiosk, a vent stack and extension to the parking area at Glebe Court subject to conditions.

The following application decisions were noted: • F/TH/08/0876 - land to rear of 77 High Street - Refused • F/TH/08/0917 - 8 Southall Close - Granted • TH/08/0577 - land at Bramwell Court - Granted • TH/08/0567 - land at Bramwell Court - Granted • TH/08/0935 - 11 Monkton Road - Granted • TH/08/1071 - 28 High Street - Granted

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TOY SERVICES Both Minster (10am) & Monkton (10.15am) will be holding Toy services this year on 7th December.

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You are invited to attend an important public meeting to discuss the major development issues currently happening in Thanet. • Manston Airport’s planned expansion • China Gateway • Thanet Earth • Phase 2 of the East Kent Access road Chaired by local filmmaker Norman Thomas. Speakers: Dr Caroline Lucas, Green MEP for the South East, John Stewart, Chair of AirportWatch, Dr Hilary Newport, Director of CPRE Kent.

Friday 12 December, 7.30pm St George’s Hall, Broad Street Ramsgate, CT11 8RG Call CPRE Kent on 01303 815 180 for more information.

Our Toy Services, as in previous years, will support the work of Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is an initiative of Samaritan's Purse aimed at giving children living in poverty a chance to experience Christmas. Gifts are distributed according to need, regardless of creed, largely in Eastern Europe, to boys and girls aged between 2 and 14 years. You are invited to provide a gift from the following list, noting, please, that the gifts need to be contained in a shoe box (please do not wrap individually): Cuddly toy - toothbrush and toothpaste - Soap (bar of) - Notepad or colouring book (no words) - Picture book - Pencils - Pens - Crayons - Felt tip pens - Tennis ball or small ball - Hat - Cap - Gloves - Scarf - Puzzles - Toy cars etc - Makeup - Hair accessories - Jewellery (not earrings for pierced ears) Sweets (at least March 2009 sell-by date). Please don't wrap the gifts, just bring them in a bag for protection. Father Christmas will ensure that his helpers sort and pack them into age and gender appropriate wrapped shoe boxes for passing on to Samaritan’s Purse Alternatively you might like to make a financial donation to Samaritans Purse instead of a toy. There will be little monetary gift bags available at the service. These are equally as welcome as toys and will be collected as part of our Toy Service. Thank you in anticipation, for your loving and generous support.

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Minster Matters Minster and Monkton Horticultural Society January's Meeting Wednesday 21st at 7.30pm Village Hall, Minster Mr Jeff Wagner will be giving another of his musical photographic presentations "Phantasmogoria" The points competition is a "Photo of high summer" All are welcome, visitors 50p. MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP

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* 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 tel: 821339 fax:825869 email: minsterpc@tiscali.co.uk

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Minster Matters Dr. Stephen Ladyman Member of Parliament for South Thanet Ash, Broadstairs, Cliffsend, East Stourmouth, Elmstone, Kingsgate, Manston, Minster, Preston, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Sholden, Staple, Wingham, Woodnesborough, Worth.

Find out more at: www.souththanetlabour.org.uk Contacting your MP: Dr. Stephen Ladyman: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA South Thanet Constituency Office 28, Newington Road, Ramsgate, CT12 6EE Tel: 01843 852696; Fax: 01843 852689 email:stephenladymanmp@souththanetlabour.org.uk Web site: www.steveladyman.labour.co.uk An MP’s Surgery is held every week Please phone for an appointment Appointments are available every Friday from 4pm in the Constituency Office, Ramsgate. Additional surgeries are held once a month on a Saturday morning in one of the villages or towns of the constituency and are advertised locally. Dr. Ladyman will visit the elderly, disabled and people without transport at their homes if preferred.

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CRIB SERVICE “Setting the scene for Christmas” A short celebration arranged with younger children in mind. Christmas Eve 4.30pm St Mary’s, Minster

Seasonal Events FAMILY CAROL SERVICE Sunday 21st December 5.30pm Led by Divisional Youth Leader Capt. Denise Cooper Come and share with us ALL ARE VERY WELCOME CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH An open invitation is offered to anyone who might be alone or lonely on Christmas Day to join others for a Christmas Day Lunch. Transport can be provided. If you know of anyone who would like to attend; if you would like to help or maybe make a donation, then please contact:

Audrey Hards 821792 or Roger Harding 821543


Minster Matters Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services In

DECEMBER/JANUARY 7th December 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Toy Service 6.30pm: Advent Service of Light at St Nicholas-at-Wade 14th December 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) 21st December 9am: no service this week 10am: Carols of Praise 6.30pm: Christingle 24th December 4.30pm: Crib Service 11.30pm: Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10am: Holy Communion (CW) 28th December 9am: no service 10am: Holy Communion (BCP) 4th January 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 11th January 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion NEW! 18th January 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 25th January 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW)

Funerals 10th November: Charlie Pease (78) at Minster Church & Cemetery

St Mildred’s Catholic Church 9, St Mildred’s Road, 821340 *Services at St Mildred’s Church

Wednesday: 12 noon, Mass *PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING

Mass each Wednesday in Parish Church at 12 noon. All other Masses to be held at Minster Abbey until further notice. For further information please contact: Fr. Stephen Fisher, St Ethelbert’s Church, Ramsgate (01843) 592071.

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In DECEMBER/JANUARY 7th December 10.15am: Toy Service 14th December 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 21st December 6.30pm: Nativity Service 24th December 4.30pm: Lessons and Carols Christmas Day 10am: Holy Communion (CW) 28th December 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 4th January 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 11th January 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 18th January 10.15am Holy Communion with the Methodists 25th January 10.15am Family Service

Minster Abbey Sundays: 10 a.m* Mass Weekdays: 8.15 a.m. Mass Daily: Chapel open all day for private prayer Compline (night prayer) 7.50 p.m. *Changed from 8.30am to 10am until further notice.

Minster Abbey www.minsterabbeynuns.org

The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 7.30am Mass 8.15am, Sunday 8.30am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6pm 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

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The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street, Minster Roger Harding (01843) 821543

Weekly Programme All events take place in the New Salvation Army Church, Youth and Community Centre Sunday Jigsaw (Sunday School) 11.00am – 12.00pm Morning Family Service, 11am – 12pm Evening Service, 6pm – 7pm Monday Baby Group (Mum’s and babies under 6 months), 10am – 11.30am Friendship Club (Over 50’s), 2.15pm – 3.30pm Tuesday Parents and Tots, 9.30am – 11.30am Wednesday Keep Fit, 10.15am – 11.15am Home League (Ladies over 50), 2.00pm – 3.45pm Pilates, 6.30pm-7.30pm & 7.30pm - 8.30pm (for details ring Becky on 0788 7560957)

Thursday Prayer Meeting and Quiet Time 9am - All are Welcome

Friday 7up Youth Club (7-10 year olds), 5.30pm – 6.30pm Adventurers Youth Club (10 – 12 year olds), 7pm – 8.30pm

Saturday There are events happening on most Saturdays please see other pages of Minster Matters for details.

TRADITIONAL CHRISTINGLE Celebrating Jesus, the Light of the World.

Sunday 21st December 6.30pm St Mary’s, Minster


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Minster Matters Minster-in-Thanet WI

NEXT MEETING Christmas Party (for current members and invited guests only) Tuesday, 9th December 7.30pm - Village Hall New members and visitors will be made very welcome at our

JANUARY MEETING Tuesday 13th January 09 7.30pm - Village Hall when Don Wilks will give an illustrated talk. ‘Coffee and Chat' Morning Village Hall Committee Room Thursday, 15th January from 10am to 12 noon. Everyone welcome Seasons Greetings to one and all from Minster WI. For further information call 597287.

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section Monday 8th December 7.30pm Make a Xmas Hat A Xmas Parcel no less than £1. Bingo Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information Miriam Smith 822589

connect with Libraries & Archives Toddler Time at Minster Library

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All babies and toddlers must be accompanied by a parent or carer contact Minster Library on 01843 821 442

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ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS SCHOOL PFA

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MINSTER DAY NURSERY AND OUT OF SCHOOL CLUB

For further info phone 823782 Mrs. Joan Cordwell

CHRISTMAS FAYRE

MOTHERS UNION

Saturday 13th December 2-5pm Minster Day Nursery, Molineux Road

Next Meeting Wednesday 10th December, 2.00pm, will be held at 11 High St, by kind invitation of Heather. The wave of prayer service is on Monday 5th January at 1.30pm - venue to be arranged January Meeting Wednesday 14th January 12noon held in The Old Schools where we will have lunch and continue the meeting after. New members are always welcome. Have a Happy and Peaceful Christmas

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT by SNOWDOWN COLLIERY BAND VILLAGE HALL SUNDAY 7th DECEMBER Starting at 2.30 PM Entrance £2.50 Tickets only available on the door Raffle Teas Father Christmas may make an appearance! PROCEEDS to PILGRIMS HOSPICE.

“SOUP ON WEDNESDAY” continues each week from 12noon to 1.00pm in the Old Schools. However, we will be closed on both the 24th and 31st December Janet Walmsley 821313

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A SERVICE FOR ADVENT will be held in Canterbury Cathedral on Friday 5th December at 11.00am in The Quire. It is organised by the Mothers’ Union, but anyone can join us at this lovely service, and all are welcome.


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Notes and Events MINSTER PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS PANTO AT THE OPERA Directed by Dawn Ledingham This is a very funny superbly written fast paced panto with all your usual suspects. Roger Hobcraft as our obligatory dame and Terry Woods playing a very convincing villian. And we have Kimberly Gallagher and Laura Portainier in the two principal roles which is great, as for many years they have been in chorus and had small parts, but after their outstanding performances in Sex, Drugs, Rick and Noel have earned the right to these roles. Please come and support your village panto, a huge effort is put in by so many people, and if you’ve never been to one before, give it a go, it’s bound to make you laugh. DECEMBER 3rd - 6th MATINEE ON SATURDAY 6th. Tickets cost £5 Wednesday - all other nights £6 adults and £5 children/OAP

To book please call 01843 822053. MINSTER SURGERY Patient Participation Group This group have a “terms of reference” which cover the following basic points: ü To achieve a dialogue between patients and the practice ü To provide feedback for possible new services and evaluating existing ones ü To call attention to gaps in services and help to fill them where possible ü To co-ordinate existing community networks to improve health care ü To be the go between for patients and practice for grumbles, complaints and praise ü To encourage and organise health promotion and educational activities ü To provide resources of knowledge, skill and energy to improve health through primary care ü To be prepared to lobby outside bodies to improve the level of co-ordination of health care Group Members contact details are as follows: Mary Hodgson - 842764 Jean Taylor - 845072 Nerys Brick - 821270 Geoff Stone - 821835 Ken Self - 821200 Ray Owen - 822322 Bob Ovenden - 823257 Jo Roberts - 851726 Pat Cocklin - 842138 Jeanne Lawrence - 821049

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School Page Editors for this month were:Olivia Ebden and Freya Bullard

Minster School Library

The School Library is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - 12.30pm until 12.55pm. The Librarians on Monday are Olivia and Megan! On Wednesday I am a librarian with Vicky and on Friday Freya is a librarian with Izzy. On the 27th and 28th of December Thanet Stage School of Dance Any pupils can come and get 2 books out at a time on any and Drama are doing a show call Christmas Crackers. This is a of these days. show that the whole family will love as it has lots of Christmas by Georgia Jefferson songs and dances. If you would like to see this show please ring the Winter Gardens in Margate they will be happy to get that call and you can book you tickets right away . New Stage by Charlotte Silver The first day we had the stage everyone was on it, they laughed and played silly things, people sat and watched the plays people were doing and a great time was had by all. The stage is really big with two side wings and benches all around it. There are many stories linked to Christmas puddings. It is a beautiful piece of work all is loved by all. Putting charms or coins in the mixture was very popular with Here are some comments some people made of the new stage Charlotte Silver’s comment Victorians. Each charm had a meaning- for example a ring meant you would find a sweetheart. When making the pud- “The new stage is fun and entertaining to play on and everyone loves ding everyone in the family should stir it and make a wish. it.” Olivia’s comment King George I rediscovered the idea of Christmas pudding “I think that the new stage is making more children look forward to after Oliver Cromwell banned it and it became popular once going out to play!!” more. by Freya Bullard! Before these were banned like the pudding, they were made in the shape of Jesus’ crib. If people made them round instead. This is how they are today. They were originally made with minced meat added to the fruit but gradually this was left out. At one time Christmas Boxes were given to staff and people who do other jobs for you on this day. Church Alms boxes were opened and the money given to the poor. Tom Smith developed the type of cracker we know today. Crackers are usually pulled at the end of the Christmas meal. The hats are like crowns because it is an easy shape to make and wear. It became a custom during Victorians reign to give presents. Before this they were sometimes given at New Year or on a special occasion only. Cards also became very popular at this time and the penny post and use of envelopes meant that they could be sent all over the country easily. by Susannah Grace

Hi I’m G.B the magnificent and I’m here to tell your colour fortune! Blue – you’re quirky and cool Yellow-you’re a good friend Gold-you’re a star! Purple-you’re soft and sweet Red-you’re angry Green-you’re nice but jealous Pink-you’re cute and funny Black-you’re really deep Grey-you’re a bit moody Silver-you shine like a star, but you’re a bit boastful by Gabby Sefton

Joke What goes black white black white? A penguin rolling done the hill! by Nathan Munday Poppy Poem Poppies, poppies everywhere Bullets, bullets in the air. Poppies, poppies we must not forget Warriors, warriors they never fret. Poppies, poppies red as a rose, Scared, scared with fright we froze. If you haven’t had a two minute silence, please do so now as you read these words. So remember them. The brave, brave soldiers Who cost their lives to save our country. I hope this poem has touched your hearts, remember there is always a chance to remember those who saved us. By Kirsty Sheerin

NSPCC FUNDRAISING On the 14 Nov 2008 Georgia Charlotte and Megan did a cake sale outside school at 3.15 for the NSPCC. There was lots of lovely cakes that people had made or bought .We raised £151.95. Charlotte Georgia and Megan were very pleased with themselves. by Charlotte Silver and Georgia Jefferson


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