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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 148: June 2013 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

"Gary Buckley who works at the Royal British Legion successfully completed the 2013 London Marathon in 4 hours 56 minutes. In total, Gary raised around £600 for his chosen charity "Get Kids Going". Here is a photo of Gary being presented with a cheque for £50 from members of the Wardroom in the Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion. Well done Gary !

Summer Market

Strawberry teas, Cakes & Preserves Plants, Gifts and much much more FURTHER DETAILS ON PAGE 16

Minster Business Association Thanks to all the businesses that attended the meeting on Thursday 9th May and to all the businesses that have joined up since. We are now well on our way to our first target number of members, which will enable us to produce both a Business Directory and Flyers.

It’s not too late for you to join…… If you wish to be part of the MBA, the Directory, the Flyer and have your products/services promoted on our stall at the Minster Show then the deadline for your application is Monday 1st July. For information or an application form, please see Karen at Attwells, Ray at Minster Matters or contact Find us at Facebook: Minster BA Twitter: Minster Business Asn E-mail : Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Electronic Copy, Podcast and Blog: Fax No: 0843 636 5346 Find us on Facebook or Twitter - search for : Minster Matters


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Black Bins

Waste & Recycling

Blue Bins

Monday - Tuesday

We are no longer permitted to list Green collection dates

Monday - Tuesday

3 / 17 : 4 / 18 1/15/29 : 2/16/30

June July

10 / 24 : 11 / 25 8 / 22 : 9 / 23

Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, Bens, Library, Co-op, Doctors, School Copy for any issue of Minster Matters must be received (at the very latest !!) by the Copy Date shown under ‘Diary Dates ‘on this page Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Editor: Ray Owen 07914 623 287 or 822 322 / 839 019 Editorial Team:

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: Co-Editor 847444 Amy Murray Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 Co-Editor 822846 PCSO Craig Raisbeck: 07772 113 097 Brenda Saker Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Audio & Web 825306 Nora Aldous Diane Cotterill Snappy & Audio 822394 Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Accounts 821965 Rodney Rose Community Dog Warden: 577 580 Advertising 826048 Diane Harris Salvation Army Hall: 825 178 School/Proofing …........ Kevin Buckley Library: 821 442 You can leave hard copy for us at the Library Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333 All members except Accounts can be reached through the email address above

or send your copy via snail mail to: Minster Matters Office c/o Library, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster-in-Thanet CT12 4EA

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Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 MM Fax No’s: 08436 365 346 (5p per min) Minster School: 821 384 or 0872 115 7725 (10p per min) Village Website: Advertising Rates (per month) Freegle: Page size apprx 1/16 1/8 1/4 1/2 Full Mobility Scooters & Wheelchair B&W Min of 6 £6.50 £13 £26 £52 £104 (to loan): 07914 623 287 B&W Single £11 £22 £44 £88 £176 Venues available for Hire Colour (if avail) – £25 £50 £100 £200 John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) and the All Weather Sports Pitch Note: Colour price is the same for bookings for both the above venues via both single and/or multiple insertions Parish Office 821 339 (NO Discounts !!) Old Schools: bookings via Late payment for advertisements may Jacque Sings 822 053 mean they will be omitted from the next Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744 issue (3 months max!!) A full copy of our Terms and Conditions is available from our website The Editors accept all advertisements, articles and notices in good faith and actively encourage the support of the local traders and services. However, we cannot be held responsible for the quality of goods or services offered. Please mention the magazine when replying to advertisers. Note however that due to lack of recording space we do not copy our advertisers information to the audio CD’s. The magazine and CD are published eleven times a year, at the beginning of each month, from February to December, inclusive. Disclaimer: Views expressed herein are strictly those of their author and do not necessarily agree with those of the Editor and/or the editorial team. E.&O.E.

Dates for Your Diary Copy Date for May Issue - Friday 21st June May 26 Monkton Nature Reserve Open Day Jun 1 It’s A Knockout


1 Salvation Army BBQ and Treasure Hunt 1/2 St Nicholas Open Gardens 7 Quex Fashion Show of Fab Frocks

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W.I. Garden Morning & Treasure Hunt Twinning Association Fun Day

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Margate Flower Club & Thanet Quilters R.B.L. Womens Section Meeting W.I. Meeting Minster School Murder Mystery 15/16 Minster Open Gardens 17 Salvation Army Strawberry Tea 17 19 22 22 22 26

Amnestea Horticultural Society Meeting Minster Guides Coffee Morning Garage Sale Canterbury Choral Society W.I. Games Evening


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28 Minster Library Craft Activity- Rhyme & Story 29 Minster School Summer Fair 29 Playhouse Calendar Girls @ Sarah Thorne Theatre Jul

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Seventy Chamber Choir of Thanet Psychic Fayre Kent Police Open Day Summer Market Minster Show Swing Dance

Village Hall Bowls Group 16 Academy FM Listing 17 Church Notices 23 Copy Date for May Issue - Friday 21st June

Minster Parish Council next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 4th June @ 7pm

in the Neighbourhood Centre Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; tel: 821 339 fax: 825 269 MM Subscriptions Email: Copies of the Magazine or CD are now NOTE: July Meeting Tues 2nd available on subscription to all non residents, worldwide. Payments quoted below are in advance Pavilion Hire To a UK postal address :Recreation Ground Single Issue £1.70 Suitable for parties, small weddings, Annually (11 issues) £16.50 children’s parties, etc. Costs to an overseas address are Seating for 60-70, available on request, and we will be kitchen facilities. pleased to quote for this service. Our Ideal for all family occasions ! mailing details are shown elsewhere Bookings via Parish Council Office on this page. © 2013 - Minster Matters The contents of this magazine may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Minster Matters. You may not distribute, display or copy any of the contents of the pages contained in this magazine to third parties without the prior written permission of Minster Matters. All images displayed in this magazine are the property of Minster Matters unless otherwise accredited to another. Images may not be used without the prior written permission of Minster Matters or the accredited owner. Unless otherwise specified, the authors of the literary and artistic works in the pages in this magazine have asserted their moral right pursuant to Section 77 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of those works. If permission is sought and given, it is expected that all articles/images be accredited to either Minster Matters or the author of said articles/images.

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I’ll start this month with a quick ‘STOP PRESS’ to inform you all that The Bell Inn has had a very recent change of telephone number, Ray not of their choosing I can assure you. I promised to give them a plug whilst writing my editorial this month, so here is their new number, it’s 825768. Amy Well I was expecting to tell you all that I was 61, High St off to Romania until the middle of June, helping Minster out at an orphanage/old peoples retreat, with our Tel: however the organisers have been unable to Junior Stylist find me a travelling companion and the EU Brenda on production of this advert won’t pay for me to go on my own, so instead I’ve now gone onto the cancellation list to have my wrist operation, which was originally put off until I returned from A.J.Cliffe & Sons my trip. Let’s hope I don’t have to wait too long, the sooner I get it (Butchers) Ltd Diane We’ve given up done the better. I’m looking forward to no more painkillers and lots on the Summer more sleep. Pop in to get your I will probably not do a spot on Academy FM this month as I don’t braising steak want to commit to something I may not be able to fulfil, if I get the Nora and dumpling mix call to the hospital, so listen out for me again in June. Ha Ha In response to our request for help in putting the magazine together I’d like Canterbury House, to say a big thank you to the 6 people who replied and especially to the 3 who Monkton Road, Minster took up the invitation to attend our last editorial meeting. All 3 seemed really Tel: 01843 821288 1L/1 keen, so maybe Amy will get her wish to retire from the team by December. Amy - their training is up to you now !!!!!! Best warn them early on, as to what an Flowers by Vanessa Ogre I can be come publication weekend. Ha ha . Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, Also at our editorial meeting we agreed to sponsor Amy in her goal to do a Weddings or Funerals Created with the “Personal Touch” Skydive in aid of the school garden so we wish her the very best of luck and we’ve For designs with a difference all got our fingers crossed that the chute opens !! Vanessa Fairbrass The Show Schedule, with it’s lovely bubblegum pink cover, is now on sale at (C&G qualified florist) various outlets in the village. Don’t forget to pick up a copy at the very Rose Cottage, Manor Road, reasonable price of just 40p and join in with the events of the day by either St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY growing, baking or making something to exhibit in the marquee. See the Show 01843 847 012 07934 420 837 Committee report in this issue to find details of how the youngsters can get an I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury entry in the for ‘Grow for the Show’ section, which is not the usual plantlet to 1P/5 nurture and grow on. This year it’s all a bit more exciting and has so far proved 2P/6 very popular, read the report and get your youngster involved. GARAGE SALE That’s it folks. Just the usual question: Where’s Saturday 22 June Zac?? 10.00am - 3.00pm (Minster Window Company) Oh just one more thing, we received a hand 58 Monkton Road written letter at the library complaining about Property Maintenance Grab yourself a bargain parking in the village. We have not published this Building Work Lots of items for sale as it was unsigned. We only publish letters if they have a name and address supplied, Plastering * Rendering FOR SALE even if we’re asked to withhold it. uPVC Windows & Doors Brand New uPVC Fascia, Soffits & Guttering 8 rolls of Artificial Grass Matting SCHOOL Repairs to existing double glazing 100cm x 200cm approx Misted up sealed units replaced VOUCHERS Hard wearing, weather resistant, Garage Doors * Decking


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MINSTER SHOW The Committee would like to remind you all that the date of the Show fast approaches, Saturday 20 July to be precise. Have you found us yet on Facebook? Search for Minster Show. Schedules are now available from a variety of outlets in the village at just 40p Fruit & Veg ~ Flowers & Plants ~ Sweets & Gifts each, so get yours and get baking! As an aside we have been asked if you must use in Stock Favourites our recipes for the Eggless Sponge and the Sponge Parkin, the answer to which is YES Now · Veg and Fruit Boxes you must use our recipes, that’s the whole point of including them!! No changing or · Seeds and Gardening for all budgets – come Consumables adding your own ingredients!! Also we’ve been asked if the wholemeal rolls can have see what’s local · Compost seed toppings and again the answer is YES, we don’t mind what topping the rolls have. · Sweets and pick’n’mix · Local Cut flowers Do you want a stall at the Show? If so please contact Karen in Attwells or ring · Local potted garden · Dried fruits and nuts her on 07913 648 214. · Locally produced plants and shrubs, award winning apple Grow for The Show, the annual event we hold for the youngsters, where we usually bedding plants juices offer them a plant, on schedule launch day, to nurture and grow to exhibit in the · Summer flowering · Pet and bird supplies bulbs marquee, has this year taken a slightly different route ,whereby we gave away ‘Grass Head’ kits, a few of which are still available from Attwells. However if Attwells have Flower arrangements for all occasions by our qualified and experienced florist: run out or you just want to make your own from scratch then ‘Google’ Grass Heads Birthdays, Weddings, Funerals and get busy. We hope to see some fantastic creations come Show Day!! - 24-Hour Pre-Order Service Available (see our website and shop for inspiration) Bernie asks that if you know of any Bands, we’ve plenty of soloists, that might like to perform in the Showcase please contact him on 07814 214 993. Can’t get to the shops? Then visit us online at Finally, this year we’re having a change from the usual evening Ceilidh and instead or telephone us the Beverley Big Band will be entertaining us with a ‘Swing’ evening. Come along in on 822212 (Free local delivery on orders over £4.99) your 40’s/50’s garb and dance the night away. Tickets are now available at just £5 24a Monkton Road, Minster 01843 822212 each from either Attwells or Envy Hairdressers or ring Leanne on 07884 485 494.

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THANKS FROM COMMUNITY LED PLAN STEERING GROUP The Community Led Plan Steering Group would like to thank the residents of Minster for their time in completing the questionnaires. In total there were ; 486 Adult , 52 Young Person and 347 School questionnaires returned. There were over 3000 comments made on the forms , ranging from a few words to lengthy paragraphs. The returns are now being analysed by The Steering Group and the results will be published as soon as possible. At a return rate of over 30% , which is very high for this sort of consultation , it shows how much the people of Minster care for their village. Once again thank you.

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Did You Miss it ? As you may know, Minster Playhouse presented the brilliant Tim Firth play, Calendar Girls, in the Village Hall, and to sell out audiences over the period Wednesday May 15th to Saturday May 18th, including, in collaboration with Minster Women’s Institute, a matinee performance on the Saturday at which Cream Teas were served. The play tells the tale of a group of Yorkshire WI ladies who support their bereaved friend by baring all to produce a calendar with the intent of using the proceeds to buy a new settee for their local hospital. At times heart-warming, at times heart-rending, but mostly hilariously funny, the story explores the impact of their actions on their families, friends and each other in a warm, compassionate way that will bring tears to your eyes of both sadness and of joy. If you missed it at Minster, fear not, as the same cast will be performing the play at the Sarah Thorne Theatre, in the Hilderstone Adult Education Centre, Broadstairs, on Saturday June 29th at 7.30pm, and a matinee performance (no cream teas I’m afraid) on Sunday June 30th at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 on the door and can be obtained by ringing the Hilderstone Box Office on 0845 2626263 (local rate number) between 10am – 2pm, Monday to Friday. We hope to see you there. You will love it.

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ALERT! Cars Broken into in Village We’ve had a report that cars have been broken into in Rose Gardens and a few other roads. Please be aware and take time to make sure there is nothing in your car of value. If you notice anyone behaving suspiciously or have any further information regarding these activities please contact the Village Warden or Local Police.

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RETIREMENT On the 31st May, 2013 Ian Card (Ian Barrie) is finally hanging up his scissors R & A Plumbing after 50 YEARS Hairdressing in Minster. Worcester accredited installer After serving his apprenticeship in Ramsgate and then gaining experience in *Central Heating *Boiler changes London working for “Teasy Weasy” Raymond in Knightsbridge, he returned to *Unvented & vented systems Minster and joined his father who had been hairdressing in the village since 1935. *Bathrooms designed and installed Ian had helped before when, as a lad, he was “lather boy” for his father when he went *Tiling *Solar panels *Underfloor heating to shave the gentlemen at Hill House Hospital. For efficient and friendly service When his father retired in 1975 Ian took over the business and it became Ian please call for free estimate Barrie. At that time there were four or five staff, but, in the 1990’s Ian cut back and 01843 580 133 07814 858 653 since then has been working on his own. Ian (and Joan) would like to thank all past and present customers for supporting Fully insured, all work guaranteed 1L/5 us through thick and thin. We have made a lot of friends over the years and although we will both miss the chats in the shop, hope to see you all around the village.

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On Tuesday 7th May (one week earlier in the month than usual), Marion Rose welcomed members to the monthly meeting in Minster Village Hall. After Jerusalem, a minute’s silence was observed in honour of the late Jean Perry. Various notices followed, including a report on the successful Wine & Wisdom with a cake stall which raised £73.25. Support was requested for the proposed Garden Morning & Treasure Hunt on the 8th June, the Big Broadstairs Dance at Viking Bay on Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the WI’s float at Minster Show and teapots/tea sets for Calendar Girls matinee on 18th May. Coffee & Chat will not be held in future due to lack of support but the Games Evenings (on the 4th Wednesday in the month) will continue. Cathy Hoenes then opened discussion with her report on The Resolution concerning the decline of our high streets and town centres. Following a lively debate from the floor, the vote was 23 for, 3 against and 12 for the discretion of the representative at the AGM. Extra special refreshments (cheese and wine, or cake and hot drink) were served and, after the raffle, the President closed the Meeting with particular thanks to those members who demonstrated various crafts during the evening. Next month’s meeting is at 7.30 on 11th June in Minster Village Hall with Janet Bryant’s “Making Potpourri” talk.


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MINSTER ARMBOUTS CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION At the time of writing, the final plans for the 15th Anniversary Trip to France are finalised and a somewhat sleepy contingency will set off from Minster at 8am for the celebrations on 19 May. (Report to follow next month). A big thank you goes to John Quittenden from Minster Garage for donating a framed aerial view of Minster to present to our French hosts on the day. On 20 April, the Twinning Association committee put a table in for the quiz organised by the Tadpoles. I am happy to say that the team won and the prize of £20 was added to the Association funds. Well done all. It was a very close match. We’re looking forward to participating in another village quiz on 16 August. 9 June – Fun Day on the Rec. Despite extensive advertising, the BOOT FAIR response has been rather disappointing, so we are hoping that everyone who wishes to participate will still join us on the day. Remember it’s cheaper to pre book though - £5 - or £7 on the day. We have 4 willing - ish ‘volunteers’ to pop their heads in the STOCKS for 15 minute stints, but we would still like a couple more. Protective covering will be provided and warm water could be obtained for the less brave. Come on – put your heads on the line (or in the stocks as the case may be!) and let your children do what they would love to do – throw sponges at Dad. There are some wonderful prizes for the RAFFLES. We will have 2 raffles this year. There will be a separate raffle for a week’s holiday for up to 6 people in the 5* Foxhunter Caravan Park in a luxury caravan. OK, it may be close to home, but I’d like to move up there for a week to take advantage of the wonderful facilities available, or maybe get some of my family down (and I wouldn’t have to find somewhere for them to sleep!!-BONUS). The prize will need to be taken in July or September 2013. Thank you very much to the Foxhunter Caravan Park for their most generous prize. Holiday tickets will be on sale for £5 a strip, please contact Carol on 07745683466 or buy on the day. One lucky winner will take away the prize. Will it be you? The second raffle tickets will be sold at £1 a strip. The draw will take place at 4pm on the Funday afternoon. Good luck to everyone who participates. The old cliché still stands – YOU’VE GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT! Attwells newsagents have kindly agreed to display a list of some of the prizes in their window and also sell some tickets from the shop about a week before the Fun Day. Thank you Karen and co. Please remember too that there is a competition to DECORATE A BROLLY. Hand made decorations only please. It’s going to be a lovely sunny day, so the brollies will double up as sun shades!! A photographer is hopefully coming from the Thanet Gazette. We look forward to seeing the rec buzzing with people on 9 June. Telephone contact details as before: · Bernie for queries on providing musical entertainment – 07814 214 993 · Alex for booking any pitches – 07903 882 640 · Carol for stock volunteers, holiday raffle tickets and stalls – 07745 683 466 Thank you all.

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SPECIAL THANKS & FONDEST MEMORIES FROM REV. CANON BOB COLES Dear Friends, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the many, many people who have sent me their good wishes for my retirement. I will never forget the wonderful day I had on 21st April with my last Sunday service at Minster followed by the Reception in the Village Hall. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who came. The church was full and, despite having thought I had been very generous in the number printed, we ran out of service sheets! The service was very moving and quite a few tears were shed! Afterwards, at the Village Hall I was presented with wonderful gifts. I was very moved to receive a beautiful mahogany bowl with a silver Minster Hind emblem from Minster Parish Council. It was an honour to receive it. The parishes presented me with a gift of a very comfortable leather recliner (which I have to admit spending far too much time sitting in!) a lovely picture of the Wantsum Group of Churches painted by Daryl Harding, and a Canon SLR camera! I have been very fortunate to have lived in Minster these past 17 years. I remember being asked many times when I came “was I pleased to be living here” and replying “I am, it’s an amazing village: the only trouble is I can’t retire here!” Well I never expected to stay so long, but I am delighted I did. Looking back there are of course many memories. As well as the privilege of being with the four congregations I have served, I have been delighted to work so closely with the other Churches in the Village. I have been truly blessed by the Sisters at the Abbey and the members of the Salvation Army, and being able to count them as true brothers and sisters in Christ. We had many wonderful services and other events together. Long may the collaborations continue! The Parish Council’s work over the period has been truly amazing. Early on we were able to work together to bring the whole community together for our Remembrance Day Service, one which has grown in popularity year after year. Then there have been the many collaborative projects including the Minster Learning Unit in the Old Schools; the 597 Celebrations, including the ‘Son et Lumiere’; and the dedicated work of the Match team. Another great resource the village has is its school. It has been wonderful to watch it grow, celebrate its Centenary and improve its standards. The collaboration between the School and Church has also grown with highlights such as the Archbishop’s visit and the Church Day last year and the many special school services in the Church. And last, but not least, it has been a great privilege to be able to serve the people of the village at both times of sadness and great joy. It is wonderful that so many villagers open their gardens each year to help preserve the beautiful Parish Church which is the heritage of the whole village community. I hope this year’s Open Gardens will be another great success. Now it’s time for a new chapter. I will still be taking services (be “actively retired”) after a few months break, but am likely to be mostly used where there is a short term need, eg covering clergy holidays. I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that retirement will bring! I look forward to hearing about future developments at Minster and you will still ‘see me around’ I’m sure. With very best wishes, Bob Coles

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Since putting my story in Minster Matters about my trip to Borneo, I have been busy fundraising and would like to update you on how I’m doing. First of all I would like to thank a very kind person in the village who very generously donated £100…it was a pleasure to meet him and tell him all about my trip to Borneo and what the money I raise would be used for out there. A lady also from the village gave a generous donation after I cleaned her bike for her! Also I received an anonymous donation posted through my door, so I would really like to say a big Thank you. We held a friends and family quiz night recently, lots of friends and family also kindly donated raffle prizes and we raised just over £400!!, It was such a success and a fun evening that we are considering another one later in the year for people in the village. I have also been car washing every weekend at a farm shop in the village of Wingham with another young lad who is also going to Borneo with me next year and we have raised a few pounds doing this, we will be continuing our car washing weekends for as long as it takes!. Our next fundraising event is going to be a sponsored walk with my family and some friends all dressed in “onesies”!!, we will be walking from Minster to Sandwich on Sunday 9th June…if you happen to drive past us then give us a toot!. So again I would really like to thank everybody who has supported me and I’m determined to work hard to raise the rest of the money needed for this trip, like I previously mentioned, its not just funding my trip out there but it also helps fund all the ongoing projects that they are doing out there to help improve the lives of local people, conserve marine life, help the Orangutans by planting food trees, deforestation issues, pollution and much more. For more information about the projects, log onto Thank you for reading this. - Jack.


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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB We said goodbye to the Indoor bowling season with a meal, before presenting cups and medals to the winners and runner ups. Six team members and wives went to Aylesham Bowls Club to collect their awards for gaining promotion from the third to the second division in the East Kent Short Mat League. The Outdoor season has started well with the mixed games, Ladies and Men, winning 7 out of the 8 games played. The ladies only matches haven't begun as yet, whereas the men have won two and lost two. The first of the evening league games was played in very inclement weather resulting in the "Amber" team not doing too well, earning just a half point. The "Blue" team meanwhile did much better gaining 4 points and an overall win by 21 shots. The Sunday "TASTER" sessions are progressing well, with five people coming to the first session. Four more have promised to come for the final two. Anyone still wishing to try their hand, later in the season when it is warmer, please contact the club as we have both male and female coaches available to introduce you to the game of bowls. The ABBA tribute night will have taken place as you read this. I expect it will have been an excellent night for those who managed to get tickets. We could have probably sold a further 50 if space had been available. DON’T FORGET June 23rd is our Open Day when teams of non-bowlers compete against each other. Get together a team of four, they can be men, ladies or teenagers and try and win some money for your chosen charity. Once again Jonathan Cole is sponsoring the day. Last year the winners donated their prize money of £300 to Demelza House, whilst the plate winners supported a children's hospice with their winnings. More news next month. G.H.

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BOB’S FAREWELL Rev. Cannon Bob Coles delivered an emotionally charged final service at St. Mary’s on Sunday 21st April to a congregation with standing room only. All four churches from the Wantsum Group, Minster, Monkton, St. Nicholas-at-Wade and Chislet, came together along with organisations from the village and Sisters from the Abbey for communion and worship with Bob for the last time before his retirement. After the service family and friends enjoyed a ‘bring and share’ faith lunch with Bob at the village hall. Presentations were made by the Parish Council and Rev. Cannon Peter Gausden spoke on behalf of us all as he presented Bob with retirement gifts from the Wantsum Group included a reclining chair, camera and a watercolour painting by Daryl Harding.


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Saturday July 6th at 7.30pm CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS Music by Britten, Poulenc Verdi and Wagner The Seventy Choir's forthcoming concert is an "Anniversary" concert; not our own anniversary but a celebration of the birth 200 years ago of Verdi, and Wagner, and of Benjamin Britten's birth 100 years ago, and just for good measure we are commemorating 50 years since the passing of Francis Poulenc. Poulenc and Britten represent the zenith of 20th Century choral music in France and Britain, and it is perhaps only in the more recent past that we have fully come to appreciate their contribution to choral music. Our concert will include both sacred and secular works, including some of Britten's settings of famous folk songs, and his choral dances from "Gloriana", motets and melodies by Poulenc, and some surprises by Verdi and Wagner. Tickets are £10 on the door or £8 if purchased in advance.........go to


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OPEN GARDENS Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 11.00am - 5.00pm Approx 12 Village Gardens Open with stalls selling Plants, Cakes, Preserves, Books, Bric-a-Brac etc St Nicholas Underground Chapel Gardeners’ Lunches and Cream Teas In Church - Art & Flower Exhibition Proceeds to Friends of St Nicholas for Church Fabric Entrance fee includes all gardens open Entry Fee £3.50

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THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW This should be taught at school. Everyone should know their basic statutory rights for shopping - in other words, the rights you have by law which a shop can't change. Know these and you can enforce fair treatment. It's so crucial you should actually memorise it. To help, our mnemonic is to call them your Sad Fart rights, as when you buy goods they must be...

This applies even if you buy things in a sale or with a discount voucher. Frankly, every customer-facing member of staff should be taught these rules before they're allowed to work. Yet as they're not, we need to be polite and persistent in quoting the rights.


Goods must be (even if bought in sale or with a voucher) of... Quote this if needed and say it’s from the Sale of Goods Act 1979 or, for services, the Supply of Goods & Services Act 1982. For ‘As Described’ always confirm your specific use, eg “Will this speaker work with my TV?”. If they promise it’ll work but it doesn’t, you’ve rights.


If there’s no fault, you have NO legal rights. So buy the wrong size or colour, or change your mind, and you’ve no automatic right to a refund. Yet many shops do allow this, out of goodwill, and if that’s a published policy, follow its rules and you’ve a contractual right to enforce it.


With faulty goods, you simply need to prove purchase. This could be the receipt or any other legitimate record, e.g. a bank statement should be fine. However if you’ve no legal right, but are just utilising a stores returns policy, if it requires a receipt you need it.


It’s important to understand legally your relationship is with the retailer, NOT the manufacturer. So if you take faulty goods back to the retailer, it is its responsibility to sort it out. If it tries to fob you off, telling you to go to the manufacturer direct, don’t let it.


If there’s a problem with an item you’ve bought as a gift, legally it’s you who has to take it back, unless you specify it’s a present to the seller. Many shops waive the need to tell them yet, to be safe, when in the shop write on the receipt it’s a gift and who it’s for, eg ‘bought as a gift for Bob’, and the rights are transferred.


You’ve MORE rights buying online or telephone/catalogue because of the Distance Selling Regulations. This gives a legal right to send most goods back within a week, for a full refund, even if there’s no fault. Though you usually need to pay for the return. This covers ‘buy it now’ on eBay too, provided the seller’s a trader (makes a living from selling).


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Friday 7th June 7-10pm In aid of BREAKTHROUGH BREAST CANCER For only £8.00 you will get a glass of wine and nibbles, a stunning show of ‘Fab Frocks at a Fraction of the cost’ from Frock-a-licious, Westgate, plus the chance to bid for a tempting array of generously donated items; including: 2 tickets to see Jesse J and others at The Sound Island Festival in Quex Park in July; Sunday lunch for 2 at Quex Barn; Carriage Ride followed by a Cream tea for 4 at ‘Mama Feelgoods’ in Quex Park; A Burlesque Lesson from ‘Miss Maybe’; Luxury bed & full Kentish breakfast for 2 at The White House; Beauty Hamper by Fleur; And more including a ‘Mystery Booby Prize’! Breakthrough Breast Cancer is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to saving lives through improving early diagnosis, developing new treatments and preventing all types of breast cancer. Breast Cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in women worldwide. Fran Mileman from The Powell-Cotton Museum, said: “We’re really looking forward to the fashion show and raising lots of money for this incredible cause. Everyone knows someone who’s affected by breast cancer so it’s crucial that we continue to support Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s vital research into the disease.” This ladies night at the Museum promises to be an evening of fun and frivolity with 100% of proceeds going to support the work of this most important charity.

Tickets on sale now priced at £8.00 at the Powell-Cotton Museum and ‘Frock-a-licious' in Westgate. The BEST things in LIFE are free. You ask me what it is that uncoils my springs. This is a simple task to answer true. I don my walking boots and off I go, To walk the lanes and tracks, as to me this brings, An unequalled sense of peace, And you'll be surprised just how much stress can be released, Just by standing quietly beneath a tree, And watch the birds flitting amongst the leaves. YVONNE

Just a note to say a BIG thank you to all the local businesses in Minster that sponsored myself, Rosie and Holly on our 10 mile walk from Minnis Bay to Reculver and back again on Monday 6 May. We had glorious sunshine all day and thankfully no blisters. We raised over £200.00 for Minster Carnival Association so thank you again. Danielle Law Miss Minster

USE IT OR RISK LOSING IT! A resident has asked us to remind others of the Stagecoach No11 bus that runs through the village to Ramsgate and Canterbury. Some of our more senior residents fought hard to get this service to divert from it’s original route and come down into the village, now it needs people to use it, or we risk losing it again. It’s a great ride to Canterbury taking in lots of the small villages through Ickham, Wickhambreaux and Littlebourne with some really lovely views especially from the top deck when it has a double decker on route. It really is worth going just for the ride.

MINSTER LIBRARY Minster library and Birchington Children Centre invite babies and toddlers and their parents and carers to a Craft Activity Event and Rhyme and Story Time on Friday 28th June 9.15am - 10.00am at Minster library to celebrate Bookstart Week.


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For all the jobs you don’t have time to do !

A La Carte Menu Available Buffet Menu - Eat As Much As You Can £13.95

Delivery Service £1.20 Delivery Charge on Every Order Minimum Order £10.00 within 3 mile radius



Sunday 12noon - 2.00pm 5.00pm - 11.00pm Monday - Wednesday 5.00pm - 11.00pm Thursday - Saturday 12noon - 2.00pm 5.00pm - 11.30pm


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Term time fees only

Safe and Structured environment

Daily choice of menu, fresh fruits and salads

Taster sessions now available We offer breakfast club, after-school club, holiday clubs and open days with the same passionate manager - Anita We offer a fantastic setting and environment where your child’s needs are met with age appropriate activities and resources from 4 to 11 years with a fantastic and dedicated team of staff. We also offer a walking bus to and from school, outdoor activities team games and picnics, fun visitors to the setting and a holiday club where the children are never bored just tired from all of our activities and day trips out of the village. Prospectus and Fliers available from Minster C of E Primary School Reception, or for further information please contact ANITA on 07950 448595

Qualified, caring and dedicated staff EYFS Area – age 4-11

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STREETWISE Out of School Club & Holiday Club. Church Street. Minster. CT12 4BX OFSTED Registered – EY245572 Inspection report available



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JOIN US FOR THE KENT POLICE OPEN DAY Sunday 7 July, 10am to 4pm Once again entry is free, with a range of displays and activities to suit the whole family: · Watch our police dogs, public order and driver training teams in action and enjoy a flying visit from the National Police Air Support helicopter. · Collect evidence at our crime scene, visit custody and have your fingerprint taken. · Find out how we investigate serious crimes by checking out some of our most notable cases. · Watch a live crash on our skid pan and find out how we respond to incidents on the road. · See if you can tell a real gun from a fake one, watch a taser demonstration and see how we train our officers to be fit for the job. · Get tips on road safety and meet our marine, motorcycle and crash investigation teams. · Find out how you can volunteer with us or become a Special Constable. · Get crime prevention advice, talk to local officers, join Neighbourhood Watch and much more! Kent Police Training School is located on Coverdale Avenue, Maidstone, ME15 9DW Free parking is available via Lansdowne Ave, ME15 9DP From M2/M20, travel via New Cut Rd and Willington St. Buses operate regularly from Maidstone town centre. For directions or to find out more, visit or follow @kent_police on Twitter.



Floor Sanding and Polishing Wood Floor Restoration and Repairs Parquet and Woodblock Floor Specialists Bona and OSMO Stockists Dust Free Floor Sanding System Environment Friendly

For a free survey and friendly professional advice please call:

01843 830 230

123 Sandwich Road, Cliffsend 01843 852547 Live Music Friday 24 May… Joe @ 8.30 Saturday 8 June… Warwick @ 8.30 Saturday 13 July… Storm Kings @ 9.00 Home Cooked Food Tuesday - Light Bites 12 - 3pm Wednesday - Senior Citizens 2 Course Meals £5.95pp 12 - 3pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday Full Menu available Lunch 12 - 3pm Evening 6pm - 9pm Sunday Roast & Sandwich Menu 12 - 4pm We’re both excited planning our first anniversary in August Watch out for our next advert… Once again thank you to everyone for your support 3P/

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Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Sunday Services in June 2nd June 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Praise Service 9th June 9.00am: Holy Communion(BCP) 10.00am: Family Communion (CW) 16th June 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Fathers Day Service 23rd June 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Holy Communion (CW) 30th June 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP)

Mid-week Services at St Mary’s Wednesdays at 10.30am

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services in June 2nd June 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 9th June 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 16th June 10.15am: Holy Communion at Methodists 23rd June 10.15am: Holy Communion 30th June 10.15am: Family Service

The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster Reverend Marcus Holden 592071 Parish Office Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road Ramsgate Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12.00noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Minster and each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other Catholic Services please see the Minster Abbey entry below

Minster Abbey The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6.00pm Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians but people of all faiths and spiritual tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’ (rule of St. Benedict) are warmly welcomed to join us in prayer, in our beautiful monastic chapel.

Mothers Union Fellowship Group

Baptisms at Minster Parish Church 4th May Darcy Niamh Harrison-Lindley

Wednesday 12th June 2.00pm Meeting at 11 High St by kind invitation of Heather

Funerals 23rd April: Albert James Cornilius (86) at Thanet Crematorium

Tothill Street

The Salvation Army Minster Corps

Saturday 1st June Treasure Hunt & B-B-Q

Strawberry Tea Monday 17th June

6.00pm Treasure Hunt 7.00pm B-B-Q Adult: £4.00

2.30pm – 4.30pm Cynthia’s House Devil’s Elbow, Monkton Road Tickets £4.00 Available from Cynthia Tel: 821908 Church & Reg Charity No 214779 & SC 009359


Under12: £2.00

Family: £6.00

Tothill Street, Minster

What’s on: Monday Bumps & Babies 9.30am Friendship Club 2.15pm Tuesday Parent & Toddlers 9.30am Messy Church 3.30pm (first Tuesday of month) Wednesday Keep Fit 10.15am Home League 2.00pm Thursday Prayer group 9.15am (70 Monkton Road) Sunday 10.30am Family Worship (including Kids Church 11am) 6.00pm Evening Worship

Sundays 11.00am- 11.45am

Come and enjoy time with the band and guitar group in worship first at 10.30am then go to Kids Church followed by refreshments

Tuesday 7th May 3.30pm – 5.45pm Come along as a family and enjoy time together doing crafts, worship and share a meal together Donations appreciated for cost of meal

For further details contact: Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves 822308 or 825178 A Christian Church and a Registered Charity No 214779 & in Scotland SC009359


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SIR ROGER GALE MP Roger holds regular advice surgeries. For appointments and advice on urgent problems:

Ring: 01843 848588 (a.m. from l0.00) Fax: 01843 844856 (24-hour) Page: 07623 978479 (24-hour) Web: Email: Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS, London, SW1A 0AA 2L/6


Est 1980



Tel: 824082 or 825475 Would like to welcome new members, Beginners, Learners or Players Open all 12 months of the year, from 10.00am daily onwards SUMMER Roll ups, Club games, Local Friendly games League Matches and Club Competitions WINTER Short Mat bowling, Club games, Friendly games, Club competitions, East Kent SM League


Free Quotations Tel 01843 821147 including Answerphone



Roofing Over 30 years experience * New Roofs * * Roof Repairs * * Restoration Work * * Free Estimates * * All work guaranteed *

Freephone: 0800 7 31 31 52 Mobile: 07957 42 42 47

Just a reminder to parents that the library offers HOMEWORK HELP on a Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.45pm for any children aged 8 and over


St Nicholas Village Hall, The Length, St Nicholas EVERY THURSDAY from 10.30am until 1.00pm Come along and Paint or Draw with Creative Artists All Abilities Welcomed Help and Ideas offered if required Bring something to Paint or Draw Just ÂŁ3.50 per session inc tea/coffee For further details please ring 294829 2L/6

BS7671 Qualified Electrical Engineer

Part 'P' Registration No EPP2390

All Electrical Work Undertaken Free Quotations ~ Competitive Prices Quality Workmanship ~ Fully Guaranteed

Call Nic Morling 825 094 36 Tothill Street, Minster 3P/10

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What’s On… Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section NEXT MEETING Monday 10th JUNE 7.30pm “A Flowering Pot Plant” Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information please contact Miriam Smith on 822589

Minster Bowls Club Wednesday 19th June Coach Trip to BRUGES Friday 19th July COCKNEY NIGHT Friday 16th.August QUIZ NIGHT Friday 27th September Smart Dress for END OF SEASON BALL dancing to "JUST ONE MORE" Saturday 2nd November BLUES BROTHERS TRIBUTE Contact Glynne Hibbert on 821221

TWINNING ASSOCIATION Sunday 9th June Annual Fun Day Minster Rec from Midday

1st Minster in Thanet Guides COFFEE MORNING Saturday 22nd June 10.00am - 12.00noon Salvation Army Hall Coffee, Teas, Squash, Homemade Cakes and Biscuits Secondhand Book Stall All money raised will be going towards Guide funds CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further info contact June Chadband 226033

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a game of Bingo EVERY WED. 2.00pm - 4.00pm ALL MEMBERS & Bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat - 822622 or Maureen - 823434

Next Meeting Tuesday 11 June 7.30pm Village Hall Speaker Janet Bryant ‘Making Potpourri’ Saturday 8 June Garden Morning & Treasure Hunt 10.00am 9 High St £5pp (inc lunch) for tickets ring 07968 473 689

PSYCHIC FAYRE Sunday 7th July, 10.00am to 4.00pm Village Hall, Minster Lots of stalls, including Tombola for Cats in Crisis Lots of readings available at £8 Aromotherapy & Reflexology Tea Bar open all day for light refreshments All profits to non-Government aided Animal Sanctuaries Entrance £1 - children Free Come early to book your readings and come back for it later WE NEED YOU SO MAKE SURE YOU COME!! Details from Kay at 01843 297 665

NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE VILLAGE HALL 7.30pm Speaker Hillary Newman “Gardening in Dry Conditions” Points Competition A Specimen Rose All welcome SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market

Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197

Wednesday 26 June Games Evening VH Committee Room

CANTERBURY CHORAL SOCIETY CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL BRITTEN Company of Heaven VAUGHAM WILLIAMS Lark Ascending and An Oxford Elegy Saturday June 22nd 7.30pm Tickets available from The Marlowe Box Office, 01227 787787 Further information on Choral Society

MINSTER LIBRARY Baby Rhyme and Story Time For babies and toddlers, their parents and carers. 9.30 - 10.00 Friday mornings MINSTER HEALTHY WALK meets at Minster School on Thursday mornings (term time only) at 9.00am for a 9.15am start The walk is suitable for all ages and is a gentle pace as well as buggy friendly It lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, afterwards we have refreshments at Minster Library If you are interested in joining our walk please contact Michelle Mannering 01843 841082


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(Est 1935)

MOT Preparation and Presentation Servicing all makes of vehicle Tyres, Batteries, Exhausts Air Con - servicing and repairs Free local delivery and collection 2L/5

*Free Advice Pack Available *Dedicated Letting Agent *Properties Needed in Your Area *Flexible Services Available *Strict Tenant Criteria *Est 1991 Office Located at: 194 Canterbury Road, Birchington, CT7 9AQ


“Great website, local offices and friendly staff” 3P/6


The Grass Master


* Landscaping * Lawn Treatment Service * Turfing *


* Driveways * Fencing * Patios * Decking * * Artificial Grass * Grass Cutting *


Turf Suppliers and Installers

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Call for a FREE QUOTE or visit

01843 822 082 07505 531 585/07505 532 726

01843 823 320 or 07973 817 5402L/3 Headley’s Cleaning Carpet & Window Cleaning Specialist I offer a regular and reliable window cleaning service in your area Please call me for a FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE


07740 723 897

RC PESCUD Est 1976

Interior/Exterior Painting Drive & Patio Cleaning Flat Pack Assembly Loft Ladders Fitted Fencing/Gates ~ Lawns Cut Sheds & Greenhouse Erected or Repaired General Repairs&Maintenance

All Work Guaranteed - Fully Insured

01843 224 803 07980 439 558


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

CPS Heating & Plumbing 01843 589 076


32 Ozengell Place Eurokent Business Park Ramsgate CT12 6PB

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

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SIMON STAIT Complete Property Maintenance

01843 595 979

07727 687 538

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, Flatpacks 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 2L/6

Zac’s Musings

Do you know if you bark long enough and loud enough you will get what you want. I know that if I stand at the living room door and bark, eventually one of them will get up and let me out MAGIC !!

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



01843 590 111

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)


M.O.T. TEST CENTRE Free vehicle collection and delivery from your home or work anywhere in Thanet ACCIDENT REPAIR CENTRE Ÿ Insurance work Ÿ Resprays and all vehicle finishing Ÿ Low bake oven and Jig Ÿ Courtesy cars Ÿ Valeting Ÿ Paintless dent removal Free estimates

MECHANICAL WORKSHOP Ÿ Servicing and Ÿ maintenance Ÿ MOT repairs Ÿ Exhausts Ÿ Brakes Ÿ Free collection and delivery

TYRE CENTRE Ÿ Branded tyres Ÿ Budget tyres Ÿ Punctures Ÿ Balancing Ÿ Fitting Ÿ 4 wheel alignment Ranging from £18 inc VAT, fitting & balancing Example 155/70 x 13

08 2008 Nissan Note Accenta 1.5lt DCi MPV, manual, met black, 2-owners from new, 75,000mls, elec windows & mirrors, A/C, CD player, cloth int, 61.4 MPG (extra urban) road tax only £100 per year All for.……… £5995

08 2008 Volkswagen Fox, 1.2lt petrol, manual, red, 3-door hatch, a lovely example only 17,000mls, main dealer service history, comes with full service and a new MOT At only…….. £5495

06, 2006 Chevrolet Lacetti CDX, 4-door saloon, 1.8 petrol, manual, 42k miles with s/ hist,, met black, air con, PAS, ABS, leather int, front and rear elec windows, elec mirrors, r/c/l,alloy wheels All for … £2995

05 2005 Ford Focus Flight, 1.6lt petrol, 5 spd manual, 3 door hatch, met ice blue, cloth int, elec windows, A/C, PAS, CD player, r/c/l, 64,000mls, one owner from new All for … £3395

06 2006 Ford Focus Titanium, 1999cc petrol, auto, 5 door hatch, met black, ½ leather int, alloys, CD player, auto headlights, colour coded bumpers, only 63,000mls one owner from new All for … £4995

08 2008 Renault Scenic Conquest 1.9lt DCi 130, 6spd manual, roof bars, PAS, ABS, r/c/l, A/C, CD player, cruise control, elec windows & mirrors, reverse park sensors, rarely available special edition, 2 owners from new, 36,000mls All for … £5995

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

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

All cars come with Warranty, Full Service, Full MOT, HPI Check and Valet


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Minster Matters June13 Issue 148  

Village Magazine

Minster Matters June13 Issue 148  

Village Magazine