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Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 193 : July 2017 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 105)


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

Useful Numbers and Contacts Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 PCSOs Craig Raisbeck & Shaun Riches: 101 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Orbit Housing: 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

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Horticultural Society Meeting (Members Gardens)






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Kate’s Pudding Recipe




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Parish Council Meeting Summary


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St Mary's Church Guided Tours


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Minster Parish Council

next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 4 July @ 7pm

in the Neighbourhood Centre

Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30am 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 Meeting : 5 Sept (no Meeting in Aug)

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I can't remember a time in my life when I've woken up to so many awful events in the UK… Westminster Bridge, Manchester, London Bridge, Grenfell Tower and as I write this we've just heard about Finsbury Park. The Queen has described the national mood as sombre, recognising NORTHROP SERVICES these events have rocked our nation and to be honest I'm lost for words KITCHEN & BATHROOM FITTING as I think about the overwhelming sense of loss, injustice and fear. Tiling, Plastering However, what has been remarkable, is the response of the people in & General Maintenance these communities and indeed across the UK. We've seen musicians join together in song, rival football teams displaying togetherness, celebrities HOME DECORATING urging us to pray, people giving money and clothes and food, people of Interior & Exterior different faiths coming together in solidarity… and so the list could go Local, Reliable & Experienced on. Contact Paul or Tracy We can never know of course what each day will bring, but we can be 01843 823 646 people who make a choice to work together to bring the love, acceptance, peace, unity and joy our communities so desperately need. Flowers by Vanessa Luke Johnson Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, Salvation Army Minister, Minster Weddings or Funerals Created with the “Personal Touch” For designs with a difference Vanessa Fairbrass (C&G qualified florist) Rose Cottage, Manor Road, St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY

WELCOME TO… Revd Vicky Coneys Vicky is joining the Wantsum Group of Churches as Curate from July. If you see Vicky in the village do stop and say hello, she would be happy to chat! EDITORIAL Very little space again this month and yet again not everything submitted made it onto the printed page, but we’ll try to get in what we’ve missed out next month. Just enough space to thank all those who entered the scarecrow competition, and congratulations to all our winners, your continued support makes it all worthwhile, but it’d be great to see many more next year so please get your thinking caps on and start planning. There is no set theme but remember it is the 100th Anniversary of WW1 next year so that may give you some ideas. Thanks also to those businesses who gave so generously when I was on the scrounge for prizes, without you we couldn’t afford to run the competition so give yourselves a pat on the back, but remember I’ll probably be back again next year!! Just leaves me enough room to ask - where’s Zac?

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PATIENT LIAISON GROUP LOAN EQUIPMENT FOR PATIENTS Would any patient who currently has equipment on loan from the surgery, kindly return it at their earliest convenience, because an audit is due to be carried out very shortly. If you have any difficulty in returning equipment or getting to the surgery, please ring Thanet 821 200 where arrangements can be made for collection, thank you. IT’S HOLIDAY TIME!

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your repeat prescriptions in good time, and most importantly, check whether your annual review is imminent. Please also remember that our Healthcare Professionals take their holidays at this time as well and our resources may be slightly stretched, so please make your appointments in good time and ensure they are used appropriately. SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 noon on the following days for staff training: Wednesday 19 July and Thursday 28 September. Bank Holiday - Monday 28 August - closed all day Should you need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the NHS 111 Service via the normal surgery number 821 333 where you will be transferred automatically, or you can call direct on 111 to receive non-urgent confidential health advice and information for you and your family. For urgent/life threatening cases please dial 999 as normal. MISSED APPOINTMENTS Despite a recent improvement, thank you, the figures last month sadly illustrate that sometimes our resources are not being used appropriately. Last month 50 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and 44 patients did not attend their nurse’s appointment, so that’s 94 valuable appointments and time wasted. Why bother making an appointment (difficult enough at times) and then not use it? Please, if you don’t need it then cancel it and if you keep forgetting then get our text reminder service. WALK FOR LIFE ACTIVITY PROGRAMME The surgery holds these events every Thursday morning at 10.30am, so why not come along and join us for a walk around the local area for about an hour, with the aim of meeting people, becoming more active and enjoying our local community. Why not also exercise your dogs at the same time and meet fellow dog walkers who have already joined the group! FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY Thanks to all those patients who take part and please continue to do so. We welcome all your comments, because any feedback, good or bad, can help us improve our service to you. Last month a total of 223 patients responded with the following results extremely likely/likely - 90%; extremely unlikely/unlikely - 6%; unsure/don’t know - 4%. LIAISON 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 821 200 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821 049. or email

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New Spring Plants & Flowers Now In Stock From Our Brand New Local Nursery – Bedding Plants, Bulbs, Seeds, Shrubs and Patio/Hanging Basket Plants We Also Stock A Range Of Gardening Products We now have a brand new fridge which has enabled us to stock a wider range of our award winning local cheeses and our ever popular Kentish free range milk and cream. 24a Monkton Road, Minster 01843 822 212

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MINSTER PRACTICE NURSE WINS MAJOR AWARD Dawn Langdon, a Nurse Practitioner at Minster Surgery, has been awarded “The Inspirational Mentor Award” for the whole of Kent and Medway NHS Practice Nurses, at a presentation at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel. Dawn was aware that she had been nominated, but totally unaware that she had won when she was invited to attend the presentation ceremony last month. As Minster is a training practice for student nurses, Dawn and her team have guided many such students throughout the years, and Kent and Medway NHS invite nominations from such students and fellow colleagues through out the County. Dawn has been a member of the team at Minster Surgery for over 17 years, firstly as a District Nurse and now in her present position as Nurse Practitioner. She is a valued member of the team and has gained the trust and respect of her patients. Therefore, on behalf of the staff and patients at Minster Surgery, we would like to offer Dawn our sincere congratulations on this well deserved award.

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This month’s recipe is a really easy lemon, lime and mint sorbet which I am assured tastes just like a Mojito. Served in an ice bowl for effect, it has a charm of its own. The recipe below made about a pint of sorbet, so I would be very tempted to double it, as it really doesn’t last long! Lemon, Lime and Peppermint Sorbet 7oz/200g sugar 8 fl oz/250ml water 5 large lemons, zest and juice 5 limes, zest and juice 1 bunch of fresh mint Heat the water and sugar in a pan until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 5 minutes, take off the the heat and leave it to cool entirely (you can put it in the freezer!). This keeps for weeks, so you could make double quantity and put half in the fridge for another time. Add the juice and zest to the mixture, stir well and churn the mixture in an ice cream maker. I found it worked best to put the mint in later, as it got stuck on the blades of the churn. Alternatively, freeze in a shallow container in the freezer, breaking it up with a fork every half hour or so to stop large crystals from forming. This makes enough to serve 4 people, roughly a pint or so. It is best served slightly less than rock hard. To make it more like a sherbet, add 1 egg white to the ice cream maker, or whisk the whites and fold them into the mix if you are open freezing it. Ice Bowl 2 bowls parcel tape and a couple of heavy tins flowers cooled boiled water/mineral water (this helps keep the ice clear) Choose two bowls with a similar shape - do I have to tell you to have one smaller than the other? Thought not!  Pick pretty flowers.  Pour some water into the larger bowl, add some of the flowers.  Place the smaller bowl on top.  Push the rest of the flowers in round the edges, adding more water.  The second bowl will rise, so put the tins into it before strapping the parcel tape across the top to keep the second bowl level with the first and in the centre.  Fill up with the water - you might need to check the tape - and add another food tin.   Freeze overnight until solid. To use - allow the bowl to defrost just a little before unmoulding it and adding the sorbet.  It will be a wonderful centrepiece - some people commented on how pretty the flowers were as they appeared as the ice melted.  Just make sure that the ice bowl is in a container that can hold the inevitable meltwater! For more decadent recipes, go to Upcoming Events

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Our Autumn play this year, by Ivan Menchell, has been cast and the first full read-through David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP and recording has been done, and it will be in rehearsal by the time that you read this. This poignant and funny play is All forms of Services and Treatments well-known and liked for its humour and the chord that it available for Foot and Nail care strikes in people of a certain age. Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe, Once again, the Playhouse has been blessed by yet another talented new Ingrown nails, Nail deformities, member who selected Minster Playhouse to join, auditioned for and was given a Infection control for Athletes foot and part after playing the character really well, complete with an authentic accent! Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas, The play runs from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 September at the Village Hall, Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare performances starting at 7.30 prompt. The Box Office is not officially open yet but if you want to make an early We provide personal and reliable treatment individual or block booking to obtain a better seat, leave a message on 07501 894 in the comfort of your own home, nursing 381 or email Tickets are still only £8. or residential care home or hospital Day, evening, weekend appointments available by arrangement

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This Autumn the Playhouse is supporting a Revue to be held at the Village Hall on Saturday 14 October, in aid of our charity for this year, . Seating will be at tables of up to eight people, and you can bring your own food and drink to enjoy during the show. Tickets are £8 per person, and booking is as above, by phone or email.

Our Charity Quiz Night in aid of the children’s charity has been and gone, and raised money for the cause. A full house took part in the air-conditioned comfort of the Village Hall, and a good time was had by all. We are a conservation building company that specialise If you would like to join us to take part in our productions, whether on or in repairing, restoring and conserving listed and period properties. off-stage, come along and talk to us. We are a friendly and inclusive group that welcomes new members; we would be pleased to meet people who feel an interest We are passionate about the preservation of our historic heritage and strongly believe in the use of in the more technical artistic side of drama, especially the lighting of the stage. We traditional methods and materials that have been used have excellent, up-to-date lighting equipment that enables us to achieve effects for centuries. Our understanding of historic buildings usually seen only on the professional stage when we need them. Stage lighting is combined with the use of qualified craftsmen and women enables us to provide a service to suit the interesting, rewarding, and fun. If you are looking for a different sort of artistic requirements of your building. outlet, come along. Lime Rendering – Timber Frame Repairs – Joinery Minster Playhouse is not a run-of-the-mill amateur dramatic society. We work Landscaping - Brickwork - Carpentry - Roofing to unusually high artistic and technical standards, and have a dedicated following Groundwork – Extensions and Alterations of enthusiastic theatre-goers who make a point of not missing our productions. If Sash Window Restoration – Flint and Stone Work you haven’t been to see us, make the effort and come along – we work hard to For free advice or a no obligation quote make sure that you will be pleasantly surprised. Please call or email Craig using the details below:

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Kevin and Susan welcome you to the Thank you to everyone who helped this year to make our 7-9 Monkton Road Open Gardens’ weekend (17/18 June) such a success. It was great to see so many in the village joining in. You really put Minster on the map. The hospitality shown to all the visitors was wonderful and greatly appreciated especially due to the heat. The Saddler at Minster The twenty-four open gardens highlighted the incredible skill Traditional Village Family Friendly Pub of the gardeners who had worked extremely hard to show what BT and Sky Sports Pool - Darts can be created. We are immensely grateful to them, and to all Large Garden those that helped behind the scenes in any way. A special thank you to Monkton Nature Reserve and All Saints Church, Facebook The Saddler at Minster Birchington, who allowed banners on their fences; also for the Tel 01843 821 331 support given by the WI, Thanet Earth, the British Legion, The Breakfast   Lunch  Evening  Menu available Monday to Friday  9am - 8.30pm Saddler, Jemima’s Locket, Hair of the Dog, Attwells, The Bell, Sat - Sun  10am - 4pm   Daily Specials  See Boards for details The Corner House, A. J. Cliffe, Greens and the Co-op. The final total raised was an amazing £5400 towards the Upcoming Live Music maintenance of our Parish Church. This will enable us to apply Friday 30 June Normans Daughter 9pm for grants to carry out expensive repair work to the building. Sat 8 July Nylon Tigers 9pm On behalf of St. Mary’s Church we would again like to thank Fri 14 July Coco 9pm everybody who supported Open Gardens this year and helped Sun 16 July Marmosetts 5pm us maintain one of the focal points of our village. A SUPERB SUCCESS. THANK YOU! Sat 22 July Hotsy Totsy 9pm PatHogben&JanetWalmsley Sat 29 July Happy Daze 9pm St.Mary’s Church, Minster



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Massive Thanks to Minster Special four legged guest Calli and her owner Barrie Penton were warmly welcomed to The Hair of The Dog, Minster, to accept a cheque on behalf of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Minster’s own, Emma Dickerson, ran the iconic London Marathon on Sunday 23 April to raise money for the charity. Being a regular at Alfie’s Striders running club, Emma trained hard for the challenge and already completed 26.2 miles at Brighton Marathon two weeks prior for a taster of what was to come. Guide Dogs for the Blind relies entirely on donations due to receiving no government funding. Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind, but a Guide Dog could help change the lives of those who are blind or partially sighted. The cost is just under £55,000 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement, so any money raised is vital for the charity to continue its work. It is with thanks to the generous people of Minster, that made helping Guide Dogs for the Blind possible. Julie Beaney and Gary Hake of Hair of the Dog, vowed to help with the fundraising efforts. The village micro pub had customers joining in with various challenges, auctions and gave generous donations. Julie also handmade a variety of Christmas decorations, sold at the Late Night Shopping event, which proved extremely popular. Minster resident Michael Abbott kindly held a family Winter Wonderland event. Santa with his reindeer, balloon sculptures, raffle and live entertainment were showered with snow for a fun packed Christmas adventure. Councillor Bob Grove presented the cheque for £2,000, which was raised by the people of Minster alone. Thanks and appreciation were given to everyone involved for their generosity and making this such a huge success.

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MINSTER W.I. At our June meeting our speaker was Philip Bowman, he has bought the Old Chapel in the High Street in Minster and talked about how he had restored it into the beautiful building it is now. He brought along a photo album which charted the progress of the renovations which he passed around for the members to see. He also talked about his Finance and Investment Management Company and the services they offer. We held a plant fundraising sale where members could buy a plant for £1 all the money raised will be sent to our chosen charity ‘Thanet Families in Need’. We have several outings to look forward to in the Summer months for members to enjoy: 5 July - Strawberry Tea at Eden Hall - limited places 7 July - Minster trip to Wildwood meet there at 10.30am Adults £11.45, Seniors £10.45, BYO picnic 8 August - Bat and Trap and fish and chips on the Rec meet at 5pm Our July speaker is Gehad Honsey talking about the Mercy Ships

MINSTER SHOW COMMITTEE SAYS - WE NEED YOU!!! Minster Show Committee are looking for volunteers to do these specific jobs on Show Day (Saturday 22 July). We need someone to support the walking Fancy Dress section of the Parade. This requires a volunteer being at the top of Taylor Road at 1.15pm, sorting entrants into groups, writing down winners and returning the list to the Showground. You would be shadowing the present volunteer for this year with a view to taking on the role for future years. This request is to replace Pauline Bedwell who has volunteered in this role for about 20 years and I would like to thank her for that. Volunteering for the Show is important to the event on the day and for the future. We would also like to find a couple of people to support with car parking. We do have stalwarts who are there every year, but it is good to be able to lessen the burden and give people a break. This would involve being on the Showground from 12.30pm to meet the team and sort the roles for the afternoon. If you are interested please see Karen in Attwells and let her know or pop a note through my door (28 Orchard Close) with contact details. Thank you, Dominique (Chair of Committee).

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CO-OP VOUCHERS There appears to be confusion by some residents as to where they may exchange their Co-op vouchers or where to use their blue and yellow Co-op cards. With that in mind a resident wrote an email to Co-op Head Office to ask for clarification. We have transcribed them here with the approval of both parties involved in the message exchange. (However, we have been asked to withhold the resident’s name but we felt it needed something other than ‘Minster resident’ so in keeping with the whole exchange we have added instead what could be a play on words! (To the person concerned - think about it!!) He-he!!

do however, like a Bobcat and a Lynx, have a working relationship where you can use your card in both stores. The main difference is that with the Blue Co-op card (Us) you would not collect the 5% and 1% in their store. They currently don't offer that reward but will collect your points and send them to us for us to collate at the end of the year. I do understand it may be frustrating dashing between the two societies like a Cheetah but i would recommend using the coupon/voucher at the store it was earned. My apologies for the late reply it has been quite busy here in the Serengeti that is the Co-op service centre. I do hope that I can score highly and look forward to hearing from you again. Many thanks and have a great weekend. Joe Moran Co-op Membership Team


Dear Sir We have a conundrum in our village. We are very fortunate to have a CO-OP store and petrol station at the top of the village, and another CO-OP store in the centre of the village. I have noticed that, not just me, other customers have had their money off coupons declined. The reason is that the top CO-OP is different to the centre CO-OP. Forgive my levity, but if the animal is small, furry and meows, it is a cat. If it is large, furry and roars, it is a Lion. But, whatever you think, they are both ‘members’ of the Cat family, both are carnivores, both catch other mammals and both purr, as only a cat family member can do. One obviously louder than the other. We all use both CO-OPs and we all often get money off vouchers. Please explain. You have one hour to answer the question. Marks will be deducted for spelling and grammar errors. There is a total of 20 marks for this question. When you have finished please hand in your paper [just kidding] Kind regards Grumpy Good Morning Grumpy Thanks for your email. We at the Co-op never like any conundrum in any village and I do hope to rectify this issue for you. I did enjoy your analogy of the Co-op and the felidae family. Much like this family of many feline members the Co-op has many different societies. At first glance, we do seem one and the same but upon closer inspection like David Attenborough we can see subtle differences. The Southern Society although they proudly fly the Co-op flag are a separate and independent Co-op Society. We

Dear Joe Magic. As topical as Top Cat. Could I put your letter in our village mag. Will explain to folk the answer. Cheers Grumpy Hi Grumpy Yes that would be great. I’ll let Benny, Choo-Choo and the rest of the gang know. If you need help with anything else in the future please feel free to let me know. If I’m passing through I’ll pick up a copy. Joe Note from the Editor If after all that you’re still as confused as I am, I think it means you can use either your blue card (Tothill Co-op) or your yellow card (Monkton Road - Southern Co-op) in either store but you can only exchange vouchers in the actual Co-op that issued them. Using the blue card, points will be added to your (Tothill) Co-op account whilst using the yellow card points will be added to your (Monkton Road) Southern Co-op account, regardless of which store you use them in. However, you will not get the 5% or 1% bonuses offered at present by the (Tothill) Co-op by using your blue card in the Southern Co-op. Now does that all make sense? Or is it still all as clear as mud ???

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Minster Parish Council Meeting Summary of Key Points ● The report from the Community Warden and PCSO was read out at the meeting and there was some concern at the number of incidents reported over the last month. This included the arrest of 5 males for breaking into a chapel at Minster Abbey to use it as a drinking den, the arrest of a male in Brockman’s Close for breaking into a car, and a warning given to a male at the public toilets in the High Street following a report of sexual activity. However, the arrest of offenders is positive and the Chairman reminded everyone of the importance of reporting incidents to the Police, however difficult that process is; this is the only way we will increase the police presence in the parish. ● Cllr Gregory, now attending as a County Councillor, informed the meeting that KCC elected members each receive a community grant of £22,000 for allocation to organisations in their area and that he would focus on community groups. ● The Chairman thanked Ray and Jenny Owen for producing over 40 hanging baskets for the village which are funded by businesses and subsidised by the Parish Council, and as if that was not enough, undertaking to water a number of them as well. ● The KALC Community Award Scheme 2017 certificate was presented to Mr. Brian Portanier of Tothill Street, Minster, in recognition for his many years of service co-ordinating the Walking Bus to Minster School. Brian thanked the council for nominating him and explained how his instigation of this service had blossomed over the years so that there were now 110 walking bus schemes in Kent and it is estimated that this reduces traffic by some 200,000 vehicles a year. The Chairman encouraged as many people as possible to use this service to reduce the traffic problems in the village at peak times. ● The meeting approved the KCC Highways work proposed for the Butts Field Estate, the junction of Taylor Road and Monkton Road. It is hoped this will be completed during the summer holiday period. ● The Chairman reported that a meeting had taken place in mid-May with the Head of Asset Management at TDC to discuss the possible transfer of car parks to the Parish Council; the meeting was positive but sadly 12 days later we were informed that this officer had left the employ of TDC. Cllr. Grove reported meetings with TDC Leader Chris Wells and CEO Madeline Homer on proposed charges and possible transfer of the car parks; we were told that we would receive a response in 2 weeks. As we prepare these notes we have not had an update. However, this matter will be pursued! It was pleasing that the Clerk was aware of at least 57 emails sent from the parish objecting to parking charges, so people are making their views heard. ● The Clerk reported that, after contacting RiverOak to express our extreme disappointment at not having a consultation event in the Parish where most of the airport is sited, she has now received confirmation that an additional event will be added. The event will be in the form

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of a presentation and questions at the Minster Village Hall on Tuesday 27 June at 7pm. ● The last 15 minutes of the meeting was for public questions and any other urgent issues. The following matters were raised :1. Minster Football Club have asked MPC to consider providing financial assistance to hire an open top bus to celebrate their success this season. Current and past members would ride on the bus through the village as part of the Minster Show Parade. (This was subsequently discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the council and agreed.) 2. The problems of fly-tipping and how to reduce it. 3. The need to replace signs such as the sign to Monkton in the village and a clearer sign to the Industrial Unit at the top of the village to reduce the number of lorries entering the village itself. The Clerk is happy to take reports of this nature but also advised that KCC have an online reporting procedure which can be used by anyone if they wish to report direct. 4. Dog fouling in Rose Gardens; bins are located nearby to reduce this. 5. The traffic problems caused by parents driving their children to school – more use of the walking bus! 6. Children climbing a tree in Taylor Road.

Police Report: We have received reports of anti-social behaviour in the Minster area. You can help us to help you by reporting anything you consider to be anti-social behaviour; this enables us to build a picture of what is happening, when it is happening and enable us to act on it. When reporting incidents please note dates, times, descriptions, overheard names, exact locations or as much information as you can give. You can contact us by different methods, whichever is suitable to you and we can assure you that your details will not be disclosed without your permission, however details of problems in this location may be shared with other agencies to allow us to deliver a multiagency response to your problems. We hope that you take this opportunity to report these incidents so that we can help keep the village safe from anti-social behaviour.

Call Kent Police to report incidents of anti-social behaviour on: Non-Emergency number         101 Emergency                             999


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July 2017 MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING We had a very exciting and successful quiz at the beginning of the month with nearly 120 people joining in. Our thanks as always to the RBL and their staff for all their help. Next quiz is on 2 September. Our Association formed a liaison group last year with a few local Twinning Associations and to date we have hosted 2 evenings where we have become acquainted with one another. Sandwich hosted a good evening where future event details were discussed from all groups. We thank Sandwich for the evening and Sturry/Fordwich who have indicated they will be arranging one for November. Mildred our Giant Nun had a day out in Broadstairs on Saturday 17 June to help celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Dickens’ Festival. She had a wonderful day and amazed a lot of people with her size. We hope to see you at the Minster Show on 22 July and have some fun on our stalls. The bouncy castle will be there for the little ones too. This year, we have continued the fun into the evening with a Cash Bingo Night which will be held in the Marquee at the Rec from 7pm. Details can be seen on the poster on Page *****. Alternatively, you could ring Carol on 01843 447 706 or 07745 683 466. This is a new venture for us, so please join us and help make the evening a success. The bonus game prize is a whopping £100. Would you like to go home with that? Tickets are being sold in advance by Carol or Karen in Attwells. This will be in the form of a voucher, which you can exchange on the night for a book of 8 games. We will be serving tea and coffee at half time, but if you wish to take your own food and drink, please do so. The raffle will be drawn at half time too. If this evening is successful, then we could repeat it at some future point. Let’s all go for it!!

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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB July is a busy month for the club, and if the weather holds it is an ideal way to spend an afternoon watching bowls, and enjoying a drink in the sunshine. Home fixtures for the month are:- 1st;Thanet, 4th; Thanet (league), 5th; East Kent B.A, 6th; Thanet (league), 13th; Broadstairs (ladies league), 14th; Kent County Patrons - our 80th Anniversary Celebration match, 15th; Ashford (league), 18th; Broadstairs (league), 19th; Gateway, 20th; Westbrook (league), 23rd; Ramsgate, 28th; North Kent Police, and 30th; Ash. In addition, on 16th we are hosting the East Kent B.A. Finals Day and our presence will be noticed at the Minster Flower Show where we will again be responsible for the catering, in addition to having a bric-a-brac stall. You can even join the Club there and enjoy not only bowling outdoors during the Summer months, but also short-mat indoors during the Winter. We are always looking for new members aged from teenagers to as old as you are. Inexperience is not a problem as free coaching is given to all first-time bowlers. We also have an active social side, and many events are organised throughout the year. We are active in the community holding Open Days for both outdoor and short-mat bowls. During June, we held the Outdoor Open Day in which more than 80 people participated. We work with Minster Primary School who have a Bowls Club every Friday in term time, Summer and Winter. Should you require any further details please e-mail me on or telephone me on Thanet 845 638.

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Knit & Talk Time at Minster Library Every Friday 10.30 -12.00

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Sewn UK is a new local business providing a personalised embroidery service and products to the general public and small businesses. Products are available to order online or can be purchased locally at Jemima’s Locket, Minster and House of Cards, Birchington. An up and coming business with lots to offer so why not follow them on Facebook and keep up to date with their latest products and special offers.

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New Chair for Minster Parish Council I would like to introduce myself. I am Cllr. Penny Gimes and in May I was elected as the Chairman of Minster Parish Council, when Councillor Bob Grove decided to step down. He has committed a great deal of time and effort to the Parish Council over the past 6 years and is also a District Councillor and Chair of TDC Planning so he felt it was time for a change. So he nominated me! I was brought up in Canterbury and had family connections in Thanet. I served 30 years as a Police Officer throughout Kent before retiring and moving to the Scottish Highlands for 6 years. This was a wonderful experience but as my husband and myself have a large extended family we decided it was time to return to Kent and we moved to Minster 4 years ago. I had no plans to become a councillor but the prospect of various developments in the area fired my interest in local issues and 2 years ago I decided to take a more active part in our community so became a councillor. I have a great deal less experience than many of my fellow councillors so I am grateful for their support in taking on this responsibility. I know that I can only successfully carry out this role with their support and the support of the residents of Minster. I will endeavour to steer the council to follow a course which will benefit the residents as I believe that the future of Minster matters to us all. I am aware that the year ahead will throw quite a few obstacles in our path so I look forward to working with everyone to preserve the quality of life and values held so dear in this community. I would like to encourage more interaction with people in the parish so to start with I have added a period of 15 minutes at the end of the monthly Parish Council meeting to allow questions from the public. This may be for people to contribute to or clarify items that have been raised earlier in the meeting, or it may be to raise other issues. If the matter can be answered it will be; if the matter raises bigger issues, then it can be added to the agenda for future meetings. I do hope that this will encourage more attendance at the meetings as what happens there may affect you. Any other suggestions to improve the work of the Parish Council are welcome. Please email with a note for my attention. Thank you. Cllr. Penny Gimes, Chairman.

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Reporting Local Environmental Problems When travelling around the area on foot or by car many of you will notice problems in the local environment such as broken signs, faulty lights, potholes, fly-tipping, overhanging trees and hedges on roads, footpaths, cycle paths, etc. The county and local authorities can only put these things right if they know about them so please report them whenever possible. Some people contact the Parish Council office and report such matters to the Parish Clerk, and you are welcome to continue to report in this way. (Contact details are on page 2 of this publication) When this happens the Clerk will pass the matter to the appropriate authority. However, many of you may not know that you can report direct to KCC and TDC on line. If the problem relates to potholes, streetlights, broken signs, faulty traffic signals, overgrown trees/hedges overhanging roads/pavements/cycle paths, and other similar issues it is a KCC matter and you can report on line at: If the problem relates to issues with footpaths, bridlepaths or any public right of way you can report on line at: If the problem relates to waste collection, fly-tipping, dog fouling or litter then that should be reported to TDC on line at one of the following sites: There is also an ‘App’ for both Android and iPhones called Country Eye; this relates to rural crime but also includes fly-tipping and potholes. It allows you to take a photo of the problem and send it to the Country Eye team who will forward it to the appropriate authority. We hope you find this information useful.


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Minster Church of England Primary School Would you like to be one of our school governors? We currently have a vacancy for a co-opted governor at Minster. This would be for someone who wants to be actively involved in the leadership of the school. We have identified in our skill’s audit that we need someone with Special Educational Needs (SEND)/Inclusion knowledge and interests. The person most suited for this role will need to be proactive and enthusiastic, with the best interests of the school and all of our children at the centre of their thoughts. We would love a declaration of interest from anyone with professional knowledge of SEND! There is quite a big time commitment with at least one governor meeting a term (6 a year), as well as monitoring and school visits, with follow up reports, often termly. You would also need to be prepared to complete training and read relevant paperwork and documents outside of this to prepare for meetings and expand your knowledge base. The role of a governor is demanding, but very rewarding and we would love someone who fits the bill to come and join our hardworking team. If you are interested in this role, please contact the school office on 01843 821 384 or email so that we can put you in touch with the relevant person on the Governing Body who can give you more information.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY 15 JULY Starting at 10.30am MARGATE FOOTBALL CLUB Hartsdown Road, Margate Speakers: Sir Roger Gale, MP Dr Sally Dixon, RiverOak’s Strategic Advisor Mr Oliver Gardener, RiverOak’s Environmentalist Advisor

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VOLUNTEERS WANTED Minster Parish Council staff work tirelessly to keep the village to the standard we are all used to seeing, but unfortunately, with government cutbacks, it is getting increasingly difficult. Minster has a small group of volunteers who look after and maintain two footpaths in the village. An even smaller group is working on the High Street car park to make it a nicer area. We are now looking to enhance the cemetery area. Do you love Minster and would like to help out? Do you have a few hours to spare per week/month? Are you aged between 15 and 100? Would you like to have volunteering listed on your University application? Are you embarking on a Duke of Edinburgh Award and require a community scheme to join? If you would like to join any of the above groups, or have another area of the village that you would like to see improved, then please contact The Clerk, Kyla Lamb at or ring 821 339

07938 104 594



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Our services include: Hedge Cutting, Gardening, Fencing, Patios and Sheds Also Decorating and Home Repairs Free estimates, no job too small. Local, reliable and friendly

Quest Antiques Kent TGF Property Maintenance is a Minster based family run business established in 2003

Free advice, guidance and valuations Friendly, local and experienced Pocket watches, old silver and interesting items always wanted Cash payments available

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Sarre: 840 627 Mobile: 07790 231 519 AMBER’S ADVICE


Busy is a choice. Stress is a choice. Joy is a choice. Choose well

Keep your cling film in the fridge. A lot of people find it much more cooperative and easier to use when it is cold.

Tothill Street, Minster 01843 820 250 An ideal location for


BUSINESS FACILITIES Holiday Inn Express, Ramsgate

To qualify for a preferential rate you must make your booking at the hotel and bring this copy of Minster Matters with you

July 2017

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Pray for London

Articles published on this page are written by pupils from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who attend Journalist Club and write about subjects they are interested in or that they’ve been studying in class

Underwater Creatures There are lots of many wacky and spooky creatures living under the sea that no-one knows about. Also, lots of myths follow the deep, such as: Mermaids, the Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo and a Jaguar Shark. by Milly Sparham

THE KNITTER Way back in the 60s and 70s Knitting needles and wool were our kit Cardigans and jumpers were expensive We had no choice but to knit Then on through the 80s and 90s It was then things started to change The price of wool continually rising Buying was cheaper and what a fantastic range Slowly I became redundant Needles and wool behind a cupboard door It was then I started sewing Toys for sale with a “Can you make more?” Then in Minster Matters Came a request, “Poppy knitters we really need” Out came my wool and my needles I’ll knit !, my books I won’t read

No one knew how this tragedy did start, Smoke lurked into their rooms in the middle of the night, Though the loving people who had a kind heart, Helped the young and old that were full of fright. The homeless children screamed fighting for their lives, While the kindhearted fighters put out this fire, As men and women looked for their children, husbands, and wive’s. These amazing people did inspire so many lives. by Isabella Brown

The ladies want thousands of poppies They take about 39 minutes That’s another one done To decorate our Cemetery fencing For the 100th Anniversary of World War I

INCONSIDERATE NEIGHBOURS The May Bank Holiday (now well over) was something to look forward to. Nice sunny weather in the daytime, a chance to sit outside or have a barbeque, but not on Sunday the 28 May, that was ruined by some selfish Minster resident who had to light a bonfire which drifted over the Butts Field Estate all day and the whole day was ruined, we couldn’t even have a window open in the evening. Has this selfish person not heard of the green bins that the council pick up to remove your garden waste or take it to the tip yourself. Barry Harris Taylor Road


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July 2017

Church News and Service Times The Catholic Parish of

(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

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

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in JULY

Ramsgate and Minster 2

Reverend Marcus Holden

10.15am Holy Communion (CW)


592 071

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Praise!

Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church


10.15am Holy Communion (BCP)


10.15am United Holy Communion with Methodists

6.30pm Sung Evensong

72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate Holy day of Obligation


10.30am Family Communion (CW)

each Sunday at 10.00am 23

in Minster Abbey

4.00pm Seamark Service - new worship for all at Monkton School


For other Catholic Services please see Minster Abbey below

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Worship


10.00am Benefice Service at Chislet no Services at Monkton today 23

Minster Abbey

10.30am Family Communion (CW)

Something new for Monkton

The Abbey Chapel is open for


4.00pm Sunday 23 July Monkton Primary School Hall

prayer throughout the day Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6.00pm Compline 7.50pm

but people of all faiths and spiritual tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’

Weddings at St Mary’s Minster

Come and try this new service 45 minutes to learn more together about Jesus with singing, activities and prayer followed by simple food and drink.

3 June Shannon Waddell & Danny Atkins

in our beautiful monastic chapel.

Holy Communion at Home is available for anyone who is unable to access Minster or Monkton Church Telephone 821 250 or 822 428

Info: Richard Braddy | 821250 |

Funerals at St Mary’s Minster

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

10.00am Benefice Service at Chislet no Services at Minster today

Fourth Sunday of the month Accessible worship for all the community

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

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

15 June Roger Saunders

Wednesday Mornings at St Mary’s Minster 10.30am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by refreshments

Minster Church & Cemetery

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

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

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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

Minster & Monkton Horticultural Society Next Meeting Wednesday 19 July 7.30pm Members Gardens Potato Weighing and Social Evening

KNIT AND TALK TIME in MINSTER LIBRARY Beginners and non-knitters welcome Swap patterns and wool Occasional Speakers on various topics Tea & Coffee provided Every Friday 10.30 - 12noon THANET FARMERS’ MARKET Second Sunday of each Month 9.30am - 1.00pm NEW VENUE!! St Georges School Westwood Road, Broadstairs


Next Meeting Tuesday 11 July 7.30pm Village Hall Gehad Honsey - Mercy Ships Forthcoming Events

Strawberry Tea 5 July - members only 7 July - trip to Wildwood meet there at 10.30am adults £11.45, seniors £10.45. BYO picnic Minster Flower Show 22 July Adopt a Teddy tombola

Diary Dates

September trip to Chatham Dockyard

6 July - Committee Meeting

22 July - Minster Show & Bingo (see poster on page 22)


3 August - Committee Meeting

Friday 14 July

2 September - Quiz Night

Old Schools

3 September - Treasure Hunt


£7.50pp Tables of 8 includes Cheese Ploughmans In aid of

Sunday 23 july Village Hall 10.00am - 4.00pm

St Mary’s Church Organ Fund

Lots of Stalls Mediums giving Tarot, Spirit, Angel Cards and Psychometry Readings

or Kate on 07502 404 189


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

Tombola for Cats in Crisis Tea bar open all day at reasonable prices £1 entrance, children free Come early & book your readings All profits to be sent to Animal Sanctuaries

Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197

A £5 - U12 £3 - Fam £10

Enquiries to Kay on 01843 297 665

(see poster on page 23)

CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS’ MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further information Phone: 226 033


Tickets from Liz on 07968 473 689 (for further details see poster on page 6)

Treasure Hunt & BBQ Friday 28 July 7.15pm

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





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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 Monday-Friday

Saturday & Sunday

09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak)

09:00hrs to 21:00hrs

15:00hrs to 21:00hrs Price Structure * Full Pitch : £40 hour

Off-Peak Full Pitch : £28 hour

Half Pitch : £28 hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only.

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

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.

To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA t: 821 339 f: 825 869 e:

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

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

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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

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695 sq ft office space available in converted 19th Century Farm Barn


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

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

1.4lt petrol, manual, 3 door hatchback, met grey, cloth interior, 65k miles, as with all our cars this comes with new MOT and Full Service All for …….. £3195

08 2008 Nissan Note Accenta, Auto MPV, 1.6lt petrol, automatic,

59 2009 Citroen C3 Picasso Exclusive, 1.6lt HDi diesel, manual,

one owner from new, low mileage only 63k with full serv hist, A/C, elect windows, cloth interior, PAS, RCL, integrated bluetooth handsfree phone system. All for …… £3695

LOW MILEAGE 48k with serv hist, 5 door hatch, met black, lots of extras All for only……..

06 2006 Renault Clio Dynamique, 1.4lt petrol, manual, 3 door hatch, met grey, cloth int, one previous owner, low mileage 51k with service history All for only……




07 2007 Peugeot 207,

VW Beetle 1200, 1975 1600cc

63 2013 Nissan Micra,

This vehicle has previously undergone extensive renovation works and has now been put up for sale, so please call for further information.

1.2lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, black metallic, fsh, cloth int, r/c/l, elec front windows, PAS, only 51k miles, £30 per year road tax, bluetooth phone integration system All for …… £5995

1.0lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, 40940mls with serv hist, £20 road tax, low insurance group, 74.3mpg extra urban All for …

08 2008 Peugeot 308,

57 2007 VW Passat SE TDi,

63 2013 Ford KA Edge,

09 2009 Fiat 500 Pop,

1.9lt diesel, manual, 4 door saloon, 80k miles with service history, met silver, A/C, R/C/L, cloth interior and lots more All for only ...

1.2lt petrol, manual, 21k miles, 3 door hatch, £30 road tax, low insurance group, 64.2 mpg extra urban All for …

1.2lt petrol, manual, met silver, LOW MILEAGE 31k with service history, one previous owner, cloth int, this is a very economical car, road tax only £30 per year All for only...



1.6lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatchback, met silver, large boot space, 54k miles, RCL, A/C, one previous owner All for ...




63 2013 Peugeot 107 Active,



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 ……


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

TEL: 01843 869 600 EMAIL:

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

TEL: 01843 862491

Full body repairs

Dent removal

Car resprays

Vehicle restoration

4 wheel alignment

Aluminium repairs

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Minster Matters - Issue 193 - July 17  

Village magazine

Minster Matters - Issue 193 - July 17  

Village magazine