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Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 105 : July 2009 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

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Thanet Extra Superdad of the Year Dave Stanley of Manston was selected as the KM Groups Thanet Extra Superdad of the Year recently, unfortunately however he didn’t quite make the final leap to becoming the Kent Superdad, that honour going instead to Anthony Peak representing the Kentish Gazette area. Nevertheless we should feel good that Dave was selected for this area, he has two great kids Ben 4 and Jack 6 and a loving wife, Vicki. Jack attends Minster CofE school and it was at the school gates we recently got to speak to Dave.

and they’ve recently taken on the commitment of a ten year old border collie named Kiri who just loves having a ball thrown for her, even though she suffers with a gamy leg, the trouble though is she doesn’t bring it back. Dave did make mention of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks, but he’s working on it anyway. Dave would have loved to have won the title, not least because the prize would have seen him being able fulfil his two greatest ambitions, riding a hot air balloon and having a bash at being a radio presenter. Maybe we should be speaking to KMFM Thanet to try to get him the chance to fulfil at least one of those dreams, unfortunately the hot air balloon may be a bit beyond our capabilities though (unless you know someone who may be able to help ?? We’re open to suggestions) What an inspiration Dave is to those of us suffering pain at whatever level, he is an extremely nice guy with a loving family he can rightfully be very proud of. WELL DONE DAVE !!

Just as a Taster On Sunday 21st June 09 Steam Locomotive, 60163 Tornado made its inaugural visit to our County passing Minster via the Ramsgate to Sandwich loop around 2010hrs. She is the first UK Main Line steam locomotive to have been built for very many years, and is a faithful replica of an A1 Pacific Class, the last of which was scrapped in 1966. As a project, from first inception to finished product she has taken around 18yrs and cost approx £3 million to build.

He tells us that unbeknown to him, Vicki put him forward for the award and he felt very humble at having been selected as the Thanet area winner. He tells us he was formerly a Staff Nurse on A&E and has spent 16yrs in some form of nursing, but as a result of what should have been just a routine operation he has now been diagnosed with Fybromyalgia and ME both of which cause him extreme pain, but for the boys sake he works himself through the pain barrier every day to go According to the Steam Dreams website she will be back again in Kent on 21st December, when she will be hauling a with them to school and to nursery. He says, tongue in White Cliffs Christmas Special cheek, that Vicki wouldn’t allow him to lay in anyway,

It was worth fighting the weeds and the nettles to see her !!!

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4 Spiritual Bonanza


7 S.Army Shop Volunteers Meeting


8 Mothers Union


11 Saturday Market


13 RBL Womens Section Meeting


14 W.I. Meeting


16 W.I. Coffee & Chat Morning


18 Flower Show


24 S. Army Treasure Hunt & Barbeque


31 Pegwell Bay Reserve Guided Walk


Aug 1 QEQM Summer Fete


3 Mothers Union


Village Hall Bowls Group


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Minster Parish Council will be held on:

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 at 7pm in the Neighbourhood Centre Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; tel: 821339 fax: 825269 Email:

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Sunday 21st June, Fathers Day, what was I doing ? I’ll tell you, I was sitting at my front door welcoming visitors to our garden whilst typing this and the other articles or adverts that required my input. Ray The day started off with me being well wrapped up to stop the chill, but as the day got older so the sun got warmer and I removed a few layers to compensate. My Monthly Moan: Every day I receive complaints about dogs fouling in the Rec, some even do it whilst out on the lead with their Amy owners, it’s just a pity the owners don’t look behind them once in awhile. Even worse though are those who live adjacent to the Rec that allow their dog to roam, under no-ones supervision, so nice of them to think of others !! To those thoughtless owners - be aware that the dog warden has been informed. Rant over. Brenda This issue sees us giving a trial to another Printer, for the magazine. They have given us an extremely competitive quote which could be a lifesaver for us at this moment in time, as with the recession hitting our advertisers so hard (we’ve lost 4 or 5 this month alone) income is obviously down. So we are hoping the quality has not Eve diminished, especially as we have also agreed to use them again next month, when we produce the centre section in colour. We are actually hoping we can then offer them our continued business. If you have an event, a birth, a marriage, a death, maybe a thank you or something else we haven’t listed, that you’d like us to publish, Diane we accept all of these types of things free of charge, just ensure you get them to us by the 3rd Friday of the month at the very latest. Our only copy charges being for commercial advertising. However we are not adverse to accepting donations if you so wish, but it isn’t something we would automatically expect. A special Nora thank you to those who have done so, “every little helps” as the saying goes. The more observant amongst you will have probably noticed a member of the ‘E’ Team is missing, and that is because Heather has decided her health will not allow her to continue in such an active Sue role, so she has stood down much to the teams dismay. All of us here at MM wish her well and hope that if she feels able, she will, should we need her, still do the odd bit of typing for us. Finally ‘a bit tongue in cheek’ does anyone have any empty office space they would allow us to use, to both work from and to house our equipment. We would like to extend our monthly offerings but just do not have the space under our stairs to allow us to do so. We’ve tried KCC Libraries, without much luck, especially as Minster library have an empty office that for years has only been used as a junk room, so as a last ditch attempt does anyone know of anywhere else we might try ? That’s it for another month. P.S. Where’s Zac today? (For those who still don’t know - Zac is my very vocal Jack Russell X and his picture appears every month somewhere in the magazine - if I remember it !!)





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July 2009 PATIENT LIAISON GROUP (PLG) (WORKING WITH MINSTER SURGERY) NEWSLETTER - JULY 2009 MISSED APPOINTMENTS Once again, during the past month, there were over 70 appointments where patients failed to attend or advise the surgery that they no longer needed it. THAT'S NEARLY 3 A DAY!! So please! If you find you no longer need a pre- booked appointment let the surgery know so that it can be offered to someone else. REMEMBER - CANCEL IT!!

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July 2009 Steve Taylor, Community Warden It’s good to have some fine weather with us, and I’m pleased to report that Minster is at present without too many issues. I would like to draw your attention to an incident that happened recently and I thought would make interesting and useful reading. I was contacted by a relative of one our elderly residents stating that she was unable to make contact with her. I discovered that a close neighbour of the lady concerned was a key-holder so I called on them and they informed me that she had been taken to hospital and gave me details of where she was. I then passed this on to the concerned relative who as you can imagine was very pleased to discover that her relative was safe and in good care. It turned out that I had been found by this person via the Minster-in-Thanet website . Which made me think it would be useful for any of you that might have or know of someone else that might have relatives out of the area and could make use of this website to obtain contact details of myself or the local police in cases such as this. Anyway I hope you found this useful. On to other things. I had been made aware of a large amount of household goods that had been dumped near the sewage pumping station on marsh farmland. On arrival there was a three piece suite of furniture along with other sundry items. In amongst this was some literature which gave names and addresses. I contacted Thanet District Council to report the find and to arrange for it’s removal. I have been informed by an enforcement officer from TDC that they are to prosecute the offender and that court proceedings will take place. This is just what we want to hear. The message is we will not accept any fly-tipping no matter how big or small and when I have more details of the outcome I will up-date you all but in the meantime if you spot anything that you think might look like it’s been dumped let me know and together we can make sure that these characters will realise that Minster is not a place to come for this type of activity . Just one final note, as I’ve mentioned previously this is the time of year when unwanted door callers appear. It seems that they are even calling on weekends looking for anything from odd-jobs to complete house renovations. I was told on Monday this week that a resident had been called on over the weekend but didn’t call until two days after. Our local police officers will usually be on duty most weekends and I would ask you to at least try their number as they will be more than happy to deal with this type of call. If they’re not on duty please call Margate police on 01843 231055 and inform them. Thanks for your continued support to me and our local police, as I say, together we will make sure Minster remains a safe place to live and work.


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Bonjour Mes Amis and welcome to more exciting news from the Association! For those of you who actually read the articles in this, the best local news th media for the village, you will remember that as far back as Sunday 7 June we, the Twinning hosted our 3rd Minster Fun Day on the Rec. The objective, yes to raise funds. However, secondary to that is to unite and bring together all of you people who want to live in this village and take an active part in village life. Our main fund raising is directed towards financing the Minster Year 5 School Exchange to Armbouts Cappel, but if any of you would like to put forward another worthy cause within the village then why not get in touch with us and express your views. Bob at the Attic is our current chairman and is available normally during the day. Our fund raising events for this term are now almost at the end so I won’t ask you to part with any more of your hard earned cash. Nonetheless I will beg you to read and understand the next part of this item. resident in Minster is a member of the Twinning Association and, as such, have a right to attend all Committee Meetings. With prior notice to the Committee you can express your views, put forward suggestions or valid criticisms and let us know where you want to see the Twinning going. Remember there are lots of villages in this area who have Twinning Associations and their continued survival depends on their local support. So come on you people of Minster, we have a Geant (giant) and a healthy account, but we need support and encouragement and fresh ideas to keep on running. It’s your village and your Twinning, do you or your children want to see it die? If you don’t, get in touch, we need your support! Remember Minster does Matter...........A bientôt

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School Garden I would like to start by saying a big thanks to Gwen and her husband who have helped us so much and especially for letting us fill up the watering cans. Next for the people who have donated money, this will go towards some storage for the children’s tools. Lastly, for all the people who walk past and praise us for the hard work we have put in so far. Now I will give you an update. We have six beds not seven, we felt there was not enough room for seven, and these are now full with vegetables. We have picked our first lettuce and these were given to Miss Kobylecki and Mrs Murray (waiting for feedback on them!) We have some fish in the pond which were donated and are living happily with the newts and damselflies. We have managed to remove the rubbish and this has made room for us to create a Herb section. And whilst working on a sunny Sunday we have spotted baby Wrens with their parents, a Song Thrush, Chaffinch and of course our Robins and Blackbirds. But all is not right! Our strawberries are disappearing and our nut feeder has been vandalised! We suspect this may be the Blackbirds and a Squirrel!!! If anyone can make or donate a squirrel feeder, we would appreciate it. If you have not seen the garden yet please come down and have a look, we are there most Sunday afternoons we love to stop! and have a chat. SusanDaw

(Editor’s note: Mrs Murray can confirm that the lettuce was indeed as good, if not better, than shop bought! Maybe there’s a gap in the market for School Grown Produce??)

Tesco Vouchers for Schools Do you have any of these that you do not need ? Then please drop them into Attwells where they are collecting them on behalf of Minster School. They are also collecting any other Supermarket schools vouchers so this isn’t limited to Tesco’s alone.

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Minster- in- Thanet WI. June's speaker was the popular Lee Ault, and attentive silence reigned as she described the lives and terrible working conditions of 19th century seamstresses. Lee had brought many examples of the fine work done by these women, who worked for paltry wages. Attentive silence, however, was not the order of the evening at the Beetle Drive, when decibel levels were high, and only dropped when play stopped for us to enjoy a ploughman's supper organised by Dorothy Butterworth: an evening greatly enjoyed by all who took part. Another event enjoyed by all who took part was the Garden Morning, held in Don and Ann Wilks' beautiful garden, with plants, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, and cakes for sale, refreshments to enjoy whilst soaking up the sun, plus a raffle with plenty of prizes, The event was open to all, and it was nice to see many non-members 'drop in'. "Thank you" to all who supported us. Nine members took part in 'The Big Tidy Up', organised by Virginia Linihan, the aim being to collect litter in the vicinity of the school. The ladies started in Taylor Road, and worked their way round Thorne, St. Mary's, Domneva and Molineux Roads, and the surrounding alley-ways. They did not collect as much litter as they thought they would - it was mainly cigarette butts!! However, whilst Ann Tweedale was working near the infants' school, her young 'audience' asked what she was doing, so she replied, "collecting litter that naughty people have all dropped", to which the children said, "I put my litter in the bin!" It is reassuring to know that some of the younger generation are being taught to keep our environment litter-free. Well done them. The ladies had been issued with protective gloves and pick-up sticks, and looked very smart in their bright green plastic tabards, which matched the bright green plastic rubbish bags. Our next meeting, to which visitors and new members will be made welcome, will be on Tuesday, 14 July at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall, when Chas Wingrove will enlighten us on 'Self Defence for All'.

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July 2009 Marathon Update Hi, Better late than never - just to say that I managed to complete the marathon in 4hrs, 20mins and 30secs, beating last year's time by 11 minutes. I have raised approx £700 for Breast Cancer Campaign. I picked up an injury the week before the race, which painfully flared-up again at mile 19, but I managed to dig in and keep going, so was just pleased to finish. At that point I said to myself 'I think I'll call it a day now', but the following week sent off my application for next year's event! No fool like an old fool. But would recommend it to anyone who's thought about entering - it's a great carnival, terrifically organised. My wife Lesley and daughter Kimberley accompanied me as usual - and despite clubbing with friends at the O2 Arena until 3.00am the night before, Kimberley still managed to wave me off in the morning! Opposite is my official photo taken after the finish. Many thanks, Peter Gallagher

Home Composting Have you considered home composting ? For just a short while longer you are able to purchase a compost bin at a reduced rate from Thanet Council. To obtain a bin you need to ring 0845 076 0223 and quote Ref HCA9 but note this offer is only open until the end of August this year, as the Government will be withdrawing funding after that. This will mean a £3 million withdrawal of support for the scheme. Since the scheme started residents in Kent have purchased over 100,000 compost bins. Defra are looking into the possibility of applying for funding to see if the BTCV can carry on, however it is doubtful that these funds will allow for subsidising the future purchase of any new bins. There are three available on the scheme; 220ltr Compost Converter for £22.00 + £5 delivery (rrp £39.00); 330ltr Compost Converter for £23.00 + £5 delivery (rrp £49.00) or a 320ltr KOMP for £55.00 + £5.00 delivery (rrp £81.00). So get in quick whilst you still can - come September it will be too late !!!


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July 2009 MINSTER FLOWER SHOW Apologies for schedule errors: The Class E "Floral Art" 61 "A Stormy Sea" DOES NOT need a title stated on the exhibit. The Show Princesses are: Chelsea Hockley (Princess), with Victoria Eley and Freya Bullard (Attendants). This correction is made with deepest apologies - there was a mistranslation of some very muddled notes from last year's Show. Make sure your children do an entry for the Marquee and get a FREE band to this year's Show. Save yourself £3.


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Have a great Summer, we will.........

NEEDED Race Marshalls, Chair Movers, Litter Monitors, Car Parking Heavies. Please see Karen at Attwells - before she sees YOU!! WANT TO BOOK A STALL ???? Ring Karen on 07813 648 214 Get ready - be prepared for 18th July....................... TIGER’S TIP

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Dear Editor I am sending you this letter to ask if you could publicise my efforts to open a safer and extended riding network in this area. The area I am concentrating on is Monkton, Minster and St. Nicholas-at-Wade. The aim is to open up some Toll Rides to link with the existing byways, so riders can avoid busy or dangerous roads and, if needed, provide additional circular routes without using bridle paths. If this is to happen I need help from riders in the area. 1. Firstly I need to establish that there is a need for additional off-road riding, especially if an application can be made for grant aid to cover the costs of things such as rider friendly gates, bridges etc. 2. Secondly I need one or two people to help me look at maps, identify possible routes and the names of Farmers / Landowners over whose land the route may cross. After that we will begin to approach the Farmers / Landowners. I can be contacted on 01843 822368 or 07703 271431 or by post at Golden Point Farm, 115 Monkton Street, Monkton. Kay Gregory - For Toll Rides (Off-Road) Trust.

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SPIRITUAL BONANZA Saturday 4th July Minster Village Hall 10.00am to 4.00pm British Spiritualist Federation Training Day for Beginners Mediumship Accreditation ツ」30 - Bookings Only Psychic Art Workshop 10.00am to 4.00pm ツ」20 Limited Spaces available 7.30pm to 9.30pm An Evening Demonstration of Clairvoyance & Psychic Art 4 International Mediums Tickets on the door ツ」5.00 For further details and to make a booking please ring Sue on 01843 833748


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The 2009 Summer Reading Challenge is the 11th annual challenge. Children all over the UK are about to embark on a fantastical adventure and become a Quest Seeker. The theme is all about the power of the imagination. It will take young readers into a mysterious and wondrous land where they can discover the joy of reading and nurture a life-long love affair with books. It also promotes the library as a place of wonder and excitement, where librarians can offer children invaluable advice and guidance to help them through their quest. Minster Library from 11th July come and join in! Stickers to collect, new books to read ..............

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It was my fault for missing last month’s newsletter. I missed the deadline by two days forgetting it’s the 3rd Friday in the month. We couldn’t have asked Mother Nature to be kinder for the start of the outdoor season. We haven’t had to use our “Wet Gear” on most of the matches. The ladies are off to a good start winning two out of three games, 195 shots to 136. In the league they won the first two games 69-56. The men have won 8 games and lost 5. The Combination team in the league are playing their hearts out having lost only one game so far. The Premier team are also doing quite well considering the stronger opposition. Another success is the regular request for an application form to join the club from our villagers. Some of the recently approved members are gaining valuable experience playing in our friendly games and many have also entered the club competitions. To make it easier for you Non Bowlers to see when we are playing, on our home green, Messr’s Attwells are kindly displaying each months games in their window. Next month I will be able to tell you the results of the Charity Open Day sponsored by W.S. Cole & Son, also the results of the HSBC sponsored Triples Day for Club Members. By special request and to put a name to who writes these reports, for your benefit, I am the Club Captain. Glynne Hibbert

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Wholetail Scampi with ¼ Pound Burger in a floured bap served with homemade chips....£5.50 homemade chips...£5.00 Steak, Mushroom & Ale Pie with homemade Cajun Chicken Burger chips.......................£6.00 in a floured bap with homemade chips...£5.00 Chicken & Ham Pie with homemade chips....£6.00 Pan-fried Lambs Liver & Bacon with Bubble Beer battered Fish of the ‘n’ Squeak & Onion |day with homemade Gravy....................£5.50 chips & peas.......... £6.50 Now Open for Cream Teas, Coffees and Breakfast Our new licence means you can now pop in and see us just for a drink - no necessity to eat as well !!

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

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Minster Salvation Army Charity Shop We are pleased to announce that the final permissions have been given for the conversion of our Old Worship Hall to a Charity Shop. Following a tender process in which four local contractors were invited to submit tenders we are delighted that The Salvation Army has awarded the contract to Kevin Smith of Minster. Kevin hopes to begin work at the end of July or the beginning of August and if all goes well the project should take six to eight weeks to complete. We would like to thank all who have assisted us by supporting fund raising activities and making this project a reality. A number of people have indicated that they would be willing to volunteer as helpers when the Charity Shop is fully open. An initial meeting for volunteers will be held at: The Salvation Army Hall 11 Tothill Street on Tuesday 7 July at 7 P.M. If you are able to attend please contact Val Hope 823830 or Roger Harding 821543

Local Group Hi, I just wanted to blow the trumpet again about the group I started in the area, which sometimes meets at the New Inn in Minster where we are welcomed most warmly by landlord Karen and the staff there. The group is online at a site called and is called South East Computer Installation & Repair (Kent) Get Together & Make Music/Hike/Walk group. We now have more members, yet are looking for more so if you would like to get together and Web Design & Hosting have some fun making music or hiking or walking (or like me, all of these!) Tuition available then please do join us. No experience at all required and ideas/enthusiasm most on most popular packages welcome. 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE To find out more info or what we are up to next, go to our website: 01843 821243/07739 486707 or you can ring me, Diane, on 07717 453106.

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HOUSE There has been a house at Quex since the early 1400s, home to several different families over the centuries. It has been called “Quex” since its ownership in the 1500s by the Quekes family, who prospered from the extensive wool industry in Kent. Major Powell-Cotton’s ancestor, John Powell (1721-1783), bought the house and adjacent farm as an investment in 1777. His nephew, John Powell Powell (1769-1849) demolished the mansion, replacing it with an elegant Regency home. Several rooms in Quex House are open to the public during the Summer Season and provide a special addition to a visit to the Museum. After two hundred years Quex House remains a family home. Its relaxed atmosphere and character are immediately appreciated when visitors step from the Museum galleries into the lateVictorian Oriental Drawing Room. House Stewards are on hand to welcome visitors and provide further information about the house, the family, the paintings and furnishings. MUSEUM The Museum at Quex had its origins in a pavilion built in the garden in 1896 to house the growing collection of trophies gathered by the young Percy Powell-Cotton on a series of amazing trips to the wildest areas of northern India and Tibet. Although a hunter and collector all his life, from the beginning Percy was also interested in the people of the countries he travelled in and he brought back examples of a wide range of material that illustrates their lives and cultures. Many subsequent trips to Africa added to the collections and, inspired by his lifetime of travel and adventure, Major Powell-Cotton created a unique Museum to reflect the experiences of his travels and show the world to people at home in England. Following the death of Major Powell-Cotton in 1940, his son Christopher constructed additional galleries to display the family collections of archaeology, ceramics and weaponry. These galleries link physically with the ground floor suite of rooms in Quex House. The Museum now comprises eight galleries displaying many significant and world-class objects, many equal in importance to those held in national collections. The Museum Shop stocks gifts to suit all ages.

Win!! A Family Ticket to Powell Cotton Museum We have 2x Family Tickets to give away. All you have to do is to send your name, address and a contact number in an envelope marked ‘July’s Attraction of the Month Prize Draw POWELL COTTON MUSEUM’ to us c/o Minster Library. Competition Rules & Conditions Competition is only open to Minster residents and strictly one entry per household. Last time and date of entry: Midday on Friday 17th July. Prize draw takes place Saturday 18th. Winners will receive their tickets by Monday 20th, when we will also send along a Photographer to take your picture. Please note: MM, or the “Attractions owners” may wish to use these pictures for future publicity purposes.



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QUEXPLORER AUGUST ADVENTURES 2nd to 31st August 2009 Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens 2 x sessions (PM) 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm Audience - Children - Booking Essential

Weekly activities based around the discoveries, adventures and inventions of various Victorians. A changing programme of activities includes Museum adventure, storytelling, art activity and outdoor adventure. Based around science, exploration, natural history and Thanet archaeology. Price: £7 includes Quexplorer Membership (free admission for 1 year) plus £2 per activity. Week 1 - Powell-Cotton-Stories of the unseen collection. (Keith Dunmall) Week 2 - Charles Darwin - Creature Creations. Evolutionary Art. Children involved in evolving their own creations Week 3 - Charles Lyel - The Science and Spectacle of the Victorian Coast. (Thanet Coastal Project) Week 4 - Charles Roach Smith - Have-a-go-Archaeology. (The Trust for Thanet Archaeology)

The Quex tea room is open throughout the season and offers a selection of light lunches including a childrens menu’s and a daily special. Afternoon teas and cream teas are also available. The Sunday Carvery is open all year round and customers can choose a two or three course meal from a wide selection of of starters, main course meats, including a vegetarian option and desserts. Carvery customers receive a free ticket to view our magnificent gardens with their meal and the chance to watch a Falconry Display. The Carvery is very popular and advance booking is recommended.

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Your Letters A Big Thank You To Ray, Frances, Tony, Joyce, Patrick and Yvonne for your kindness and support following the death of Phillip. We always said we had the best neighbours (FRIENDS) ever and now I still have. Thank you also to Ray and Jean Warren, the Rev. Bob Coles and W.S Cole & Sons. My thanks to you all, Hilary. Note from Yvonne Chapman - Hi there, just wanted to say about a nice happening. Whilst walking over the weekend, along Watchester Lane, I decided to make my way through the wooded area towards Monkton Road country track. I stood there a while at the entrance, and some lads who were playing in the woods by the tree swing, were so helpful, and when I enquired about the track, they said “We’ll take you there”. One was concerned about the steep section of one part of the track and I said I am sure I can manage it. Tom and Adam, two of the lads’ names, were so respectful. I feel I wanted this to be acknowledged, as the young do not often get any praise do they?

Thanks from Joyce A very big thank you to all the shops in the village and their ever helpful staff since November 2008. Their assistance and caring attitude have been greatly appreciated.

Michael and Maureen would like to thank all friends and neighbours of their mum Edith (Ellen) Accleton for their flowers, cards, donations and messages of sympathy. Also Richard for the service and Jonathan for the funeral arrangements. Donations for the Salvation Army amounted to £360. Thank you all very much. The Marriage of... Christine Barker and Reg Baynham , took place 26th May 2009 at Salmestone Grange. What a happy event .

To Whom It May Concern If you are the person responsible for taking the flower pot from on top of the gatepost, at my mothers bungalow in Freemans Rd, please feel free to come back and collect it’s twin from the other side of the gateway as it looks odd with one missing. Also thank you so very much to whoever smashed the glass bottles on her drive, she has a job to both bend and walk so clearing up after you was a real pleasure for her. If she needs anything else doing in the future we’ll let you know.

50th Wedding Anniversary Rob and Doris (Dot) Bushell (nee Bailey), formerly of Durlock and Petts Crescent now residing at Brockmans Close, have been married for 50 years on Saturday the 27th June 2009. Congratulations from us all. Maureen Morphew


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Minster Flower Show Princess 2008 & Cliffsend Rosebud Princess (2008 Dethroned) You may remember us publishing an article, alongside this picture, last year, showing Kizzy and her older sister Imogen at Cliffsend having been crowned Miss Rosebud Princess and Cliffsend May Queen respectively. Shortly after that same article appeared in the local Thanet papers they were both stripped of their titles by Cllr Mrs. M. Fiander Chair of Cliffsend Parish Council, supposedly because their mum had broken the rules by sending the article to the press. Their mum, Vanessa, because of the upset it caused to her daughters, fought that decision via the Standards Board, which resulted in them requiring the said Cllr to write an apology to the two girls. We are also reliably informed that she has been suspended from the Parish Council for 2 months whilst she undergoes some retraining on how to be a councillor.

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01843 821331 Notes from Minster Parish Council Meeting 2nd June 09 The Parish Council have written to local landowners in an attempt to find some ground for allotments. TDC have been advised that the resignation of Cllr Mrs Pickering, given by her son who has power of attorney, has been accepted. The hedge bordering the Persimmon development along the “Bumpy Track” is now their responsibility and TDC have been approached to request them to cut it back to make the track passable again with ease. The Police reported there had been 12 crimes in the area, plus illegal fly-tipping in Marsh Farm Rd and illegal fishing down at the river. Problems with traffic movements in Monkton Rd especially at school run times were also noted and this will be referred to the next Policy Committee meeting. CCTV is to be erected at High St Car Park to help alleviate the continual dumping of rubbish around the recycling skips and also in an attempt to deter the “other” users of the public toilets. Minster Station Parkway Status - MPC have advised KCC that they are totally against any plans to upgrade the station. KCC Highways have been contacted re condition of footpath in High Street.

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VILLAGE AGENT REPORTS INCREASE IN SALES! Darren Finch and Debbie Coles, who operate the Minster Office of Colebrook Sturrock, are pleased to report a marked increase in activity levels in all price ranges. “Whilst we have not seen any increase in actual prices we believe things are starting to turn the corner and we have had our best month since we re-opened in February! In the last 6 weeks we have agreed 6 new sales and viewing levels have dramatically increased. This is due largely to our new listings being good quality properties at appropriate prices.” The major lenders also reported a 9% increase in lending during May indicating growing confidence in borrowing. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we do NOT charge any ‘up front fees’, with the exception of the cost of a HIP, which is a legal requirement and must be obtained prior to marketing. There is no charge for advertising and our fees are payable only on completion of a successful sale. Debbie and Darren are delighted with the positive response they have received from the local residents and are now starting to feel part of the community. “We are now actively seeking more properties FOR SALE or TO LET in and around this sought after village. Our advice is always free and without any obligation so if you would like an up to date appraisal of your property please feel free to call us on 01843 823200 or call into the office for a chat. We are here to serve the village so please make use of us!” Darren Finch & Debbie Coles

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Did you know that there are now at least 40 million Internet Want your bike repaired or serviced? We collect and return users in the UK? With a population of around 60 million, that’s two thirds of us in the UK now ‘surfing’ the world wide web. - FREE in your area Therefore it’s no wonder that the Internet offers such a variety of services. Repair price “Up Front” It’s hard to know where to find great websites. And with such a choice, 24hr Turn-round where on earth would you start? About a year ago, the Telegraph newspaper A Professional Service published a list of ‘101 most useful websites’ and I’ve been taking a good look through the list to see what they recommend. Here’s a few of my favourites.... 26/28 Eaton Road, Margate BBC iPlayer ( On demand television and radio programmes from the BBC. 01843 221422 TV Guide ( inc Eve’s and Sundays TV listings for terrestrial and cable television. VideoJug ( (Same Owner for 30 years) Videos on how to do just about anything - from golf shots to onion chopping. Nationmaster ( Giant database of statistics for every country of the world. Skin Care and Associated Therapies * Unisex Salon * Late Evenings ‘til 9pm NHS Direct ( * Gift Vouchers * Semi Permanent Make-up Information about health and illness including a facility to check your * Dermal Fillers * Slimming Treatments symptoms. * Nail Treatments * Holistic Treatments Age Concern ( * Bio Sculpture Gel Nails * Oxygen Therapy Information, advice and products for the more mature of us. * Dermalogica Treatments * Micro Dermabrasion Money Saving Expert ( * Waxing/Tinting/Make-up * Pregnancy Massage Discount tips and tricks to save money - free to use, free of adverts. * Non-Surgical Face Lift * LED Light Therapy * Colonic Irrigation * Chiropractor Walk It ( * Skin Tag/Red Vein/Milia Removal Pedestrian route finder for larger uk cities including London, Edinburgh *Spa Days & Exclusive Parties and Manchester. Open: Mon 9am - 3pm Tues/Wed 9am - 5pm Uncyclopedia ( Thurs/Fri 9am - 9pm Sat 9am - 5pm A spoof encyclopedia where very little is true, but it is very funny. 10/12 Cuthbert Road, Westgate-on-Sea The Telegraph ( News, sport, travel, lifestyle and all you would expect from the Daily 01843 831882 Email: Telegraph. Dad said I was to keep an eye on this woman who continually hijacks his column - so that’s why I’m here

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MM normally have a presence in the churchyard promoting the magazine, but this year myself and my wife were coerced into opening our own garden so the churchyard was taken off the agenda. I spent the whole day on Saturday sitting at my makeshift “desk” inside my front porch, with a continually topped up mug of tea and ample nosh, busily typing up articles for this issue and having some gentle banter with our visitors. We know people are always going to be polite on such occasions but we never expected the really good comments we received, considering our “estate” is less than postage stamp size and doesn’t take an awful lot of time to peruse. We must admit we had many evenings and weekends beforehand saying to ourselves why ever did we agree to do this, but we are quite glad we took part, at least we can now say “been there, done that”. Saturday saw me out at 6.30am watering the baskets and pots and although the day was a bit dull and overcast, with the help of our eldest grandson, Tom, we saw 91 visitors through our gate, which surprised us, as we are a bit detached from many of the other gardens that were open. The monotony of the grey clouds was broken however by numerous sightings of various aircraft that were obviously here to attend the show at Margate. Sunday we were setup and ready for re-opening at 10am and by 11.40 we eventually saw our first visitor, only 41 gracing our steps all day. Our daughter came to help but wasn’t feeling too well so we sent her home to recuperate ready for school on Monday. It was really nice to have the 3 Carnival Princesses visit, but a pity that Cassie had to work and was unable to attend. Many have asked would we do it again ? Probably not - It was far less hassle having the gazebo in the churchyard - so we’ll probably be back there again next year, and anyway I missed my Ploughman’s and the constant mugs of tea from the Old Schools Ray, Editor We’ll hopefully have colour pictures in next month’s issue of this event and the Flower Show

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MINSTER GARAGE John Quittenden of Minster Garage would like it to be known that even though he has reached the ripe old age of 65 he is not retiring, so to his customers he would like to say “it’s business as normal”. John would also like to take this opportunity to thank his customers for their loyalty in the past and he hopes to see them all for many years to come.


Short Mat Bowls Sessions for July Come along to one of our sessions on a Tuesday or Sunday. We are an extremely friendly group and will lend you bowls to get you started. It’s well worth trying !!

Sunday 5th 6pm - 9pm 12th 6pm - 9pm 19th 6pm - 9pm 26th 6pm - 9pm

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Price Structure * Full Pitch : £25/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £15/hour Half Pitch : £15/hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA tel: 821339 fax:825869 email:

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REMEMBER - Malcolm Sackett Marley / Redland Tiled, Slate, Some of the older residents of the village will remember Kent Pegs, Lead Work, Flat Roof, 3 Layer or Sealoflex rubber compound Malcolm Sackett formerly of Prospect Road. Malcolm, emigrated to Tasmania over 50 years ago and sadly passed away on 18th May 10yr Extendable Warranty, aged 77 years. From P.W.Sackett. Skylight or Velux installation Guttering UPVC/Cast/Aluminium/GRP Specialist in Restoration & Property Maintenance All work guaranteed and fully insured

01843 855169 / 07748 409 806 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: 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 Web site: 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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Robert Edward Harding (Bob) 11-11-1946 To 01-06-2009

Linda, Wendy and Family Would like to thank all of the kind neighbours, friends and residents who have sent cards, flowers and donations to them during this unhappy time, it has been so appreciated. Special thanks to W.S.Cole and Son for all of your help and kindness

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SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster

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

JULY 5th July 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm: Evensong 12th July 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion (CW) 19th July 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 26th July 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) Mid week service at St Mary’s Wednesdays 10.30am.

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In JULY 5th July 10.15am: Holy Communion 12th July 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 19th July 10.15am: Holy Communion with Methodists 26th July 10.15am: Family Service

Rev S. Fisher, 592071 ----------------Parish Office: SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate, CT11 7DS ----------------Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12 noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin For other services in Minster please see Minster Abbey entry.

Minster Abbey


The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street, Minster Majors Richard and Val Hope 823830

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 The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 7.30am Mass 8.15am, Sunday 10am 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 beautiful monastic chapel. Weddings at Minster Parish Church: 6th June: Joe Reardon and Amy Berridge Baptisms at Minster Parish Church: 31st May: Finley Waddell 6th June: Luisa De Siano

Funerals: 15th June: William Daly (78) at Thanet Crematorium 23rd June: Walter Eastland (94) at Thanet Crematorium


Monday Baby Group (Parents & Babies up to 12 months), 9.30am to 12.30pm 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. Salvation Army telephone number for the new building is 01843 825178 For more information please visit the website


Minster Matters

July 2009

Events Minster Mayhems New dancers and musicians welcome The Old Schools Fridays 5.15pm - 6.30pm in term-time Phone 821795

MOTHERS UNION Our next meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY JULY 8th at 2.00pm 11 High Street Weather permitting we will have a garden party by kind invitation of Heather. A Garden Party will be held on: MONDAY AUGUST 3rd 11.00am to 4.00pm at 92 Monkton Road in aid of the Mothers’ Union project “Away from it all” Bring and Buy stall and refreshments will be available. Everybody is welcome to come along. For further information phone Janet 821313 SATURDAY MARKET JULY 11th 10.00am - 12.00noon Old Schools All usual stalls - Cakes - Plants Bric-a-Brac. In aid of Church Funds

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section Monday 13th July 7.30pm Quiz, Flower Arrangement Bingo, Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information

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MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2pm - 4pm

All Welcome For further info phone Joan Cordwell on 823782 RIVERS COURT COFFEE MORNING Saturday 4th July, 10.00am - 1.00pm

have a cuppa and a chat with us in the Old School Hall from 11.00am to 12noon on Wednesdays Everybody welcome

Tombola, Cakes, Books, Puzzles, Bric-a-brac Bonus Ball & Golden Egg Refreshments


All are very welcome to attend

Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market


THE THIRSTY BLUE TIT When the summer sun in the garden bursts, A little blue tit slakes his thirst. Upside down hangs this cheeky fellow, from the garden tap, all blue and yellow. He drinks from the steady water drops Then sated he returns to the hedgerow tops. What a pretty sight it is to see This feathered visitor who’s come to tea. Myrna Elson

Minster-in-Thanet WI

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NEXT MEETING Tuesday, 14th July 7.30 pm Village Hall

Minster and Monkton Horticultural Society

Speaker: Chas Wingrove 'Self Defence for All'


Visitors and new members welcome COFFEE AND CHAT Thursday, 16th July, 10 am - 12 noon Village Hall Committee Room For further information ring 597287

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Notes and Events 1st MINSTER BROWNIES Minster Pavilion 5.00pm - 6.30pm Monday evenings Girls aged 7-11 years old are welcome. It is £1.50 per session and £10.00 Joining fee. If you are interested please call Jackie Cooper (Brown Owl) on (01843) 822970. SANDWICH & PEGWELL BAY NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE GUIDED WALKS 2009 No charge made but donations always welcome About 2 HOURS duration on mostly level ground Call 07889 822412 or 07747 608292 for more details 7 pm on Friday 31st July See the large flock of Sandwich terns and other migratory birds - Volunteer Day on 12 September -

QEQM SUMMER FETE Saturday 1st August 10.30am to in the Hospital Grounds Maternity Car Park Fun Dog Show - Lots of Stalls - Fun & Games We are collecting bric-a-brac, good china and books, for our fete. If you can help with any of these items then please bring them to the Ramsgate Road entrance between 1800 & 2000hrs in the week beginning 27th July.

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July 2009

Editors for this month :-

Miss Jackson & Ray as Year 5 were away on their French Exchange

A man took his cat to the vet because he had a life threatening pain in his stomach; the vet gave the cat some pain killers. One hour later the man had a headache, he took some pain killers. The next day the cat died!!! Trooping the Colour

A joke Person1: knock knock Person 2: I don’t care Person 1: I said knock knock! Person 2: GO AWAY! By Nathan CLAP NOW! Being Happy. Smile often, Laugh often. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Be Kind. Be Helpful and Useful, Be humorous, that will be good. Just be yourself! You are always good enough. Be silly, You will be getting loads of attention if, You pay attention To your friends.

On the 13th June 2009 the Queen has her official birthday. Her actual birthday was the 21st April 2009. Each year her official birthday is marked by a military parade and march past. This is known as trooping the colour. They carry the flag as they march past. Each June the whole royal family attend the parade ceromy on Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London. The Queen receives a salute from thousands of guardsmen (carrying the Regiments flag). In 1748, the celebration of the official birthday of the sovereign was amalgamated (merged) with the Trooping of the Colour. Trooping the Colour comes from when the Colours (regimental flag of the regiment) was trooped in front of soldiers to make sure everyone could recognise their flag in battle. This is the biggest parade of the year. By Susannah Grace and Salome Hauptfleisch

Now read every BOLD word out loud. By Kirsty Sheerin

CANTERBURY TALES On the 15th May 2009 all of year 5 went to Canterbury Tales. I’ll tell you about the day. First at about 10:30 we all walked to the train station and the French got their coach. On the train Tyler, Jaina, And I read a magazine about fashion, then we met the French children in Westgate gardens. We had a little snack and we got split up into groups .I was with Mr Packer and Ellie was with Mr Brett. Our French partners were very nice .My French partner was called Noemie and Lea was Ellie’s. So we walked to the Norman Castle and went inside it and then we all had lunch in Dane John Park. After that we walked through the city of Canterbury and then got to Canterbury Tales. I didn’t like Canterbury Tales at all .There were Dummies of people, but they were very scary. We got a walkie talkie thing that we had to hold by our ear, mine was very loud so I had to turn it down. Alice was very scared so she was hugging Mr Packer and Kyle was hugging Rosie too .I thought that Canterbury tales was very scary and frightening I wouldn’t like to go there again. My group and I finally got to go to the shops and I bought a keying, badge and a very cold Ice cream .Then it was time to go back to school, but we didn’t want to go. My mum took lots of pictures and we said our goodbyes. My friend Libby started to cry because she didn’t want her French partner Chloe to go. My friends and I all gave Libby a hug and our French partners one too. We loved the day out and can’t wait to see our French partners again In France. By Emma Holland & Ellie Cheeseman

Decode the code! Here is a secret message that you have to try and decode! ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ ^ $£- +?! %/.,< ( > }[ # =~¬{ ) &] ‘@ (/>~¬+= ~£%}}< =}£,~ _______ ______ _____ By: Salome Hauptfleisch

The wizard slide A man told three children that if you go down a slide and shout what you want you get it .so the first child to go done the slide he cried out SILVER and landed in a pile of silver (and broke most bones in his body). The next child shouted GOLD and landed in a pile of gold (and was badly injured ).the last boy went down the slide and yelled WHEEEEE! And landed in a pile of... . By Nathan


Everyone has it. Even if it’s not on the outside, it’s definitely within. Do not ever think that anyone isn’t beautiful. Everyone is in their own way. Think of it like a road. A road through beauty is a long one. As the years go by, beauty will come. No-one needs make-up, fancy dresses or fantastic shoes to be a beautiful person. Everyone is a natural beauty. By Kirsty

When yr 6 went to Hindleap for the week they had a lovely time,

one of my best activities was the forest adventure we got very muddy and wet. It was a Tuesday and we had two instructors Steve and Ben. Steve said that he didn’t know where he was taking us, or if we were going through deep or shallow water, we weren’t in that deeper water but we were walking in some shallow water then it came up to our waist! After we had gone through the water, we went up a slit hill at the top it was like a swimming pool of mud. Then we went to where we were meant to pray to the forest god but, we found out that wasn’t the case because Ben told us the words to say and they were “hose me Dan”, when we said that Steve sprayed us with a hose. We were soaking wet and went back to the centre for a nice shower! By Phoebe Johnson

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This Mercedes is becoming a regular visitor to our Rogues Gallery, as it seems this spot in Norton Drive is probably marked out especially for them, definitely no thought whatsoever for people with pushchairs or mobility scooters. The van although not illegally parked was causing a blind obstruction for entry and exit to the adjacent property in Fairfield Rd - whilst the VW Golf parked at The Bell was snapped before the owner had had a drink so one wonders how they parked when it they went home !!

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Minster Matters Issue 105 - July 09  

village magazine

Minster Matters Issue 105 - July 09  

village magazine