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Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 104 : June 2009 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

would like to say a big thank you to the management at Quex who have agreed to host our celebration. Did you use the Walking Bus? Then we need you! All past pupils and volunteers of Minster CEP School are invited to join us at Quex Park to help us celebrate. The present Walking Bus children will be there from 1.00p.m. onwards and all children and their families are Logo designed by Harry Spain invited to join us from 3.15 onwards, bringing a picnic and Minster Walking Bus enjoying the beautiful grounds. The whole event will be is 10 years old! finishing at about 5 o’clock. Please come and enjoy this celebration with us at some Calling all past Walking Bus time in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you. Pupils and Volunteers Monday, 22nd June Quex Park 3.15 – 5.00pm

Minster Walking Bus started 10 years ago when the School Health Council met with a small group of parents. They decided to try out this brand new idea. A Walking Bus is the name for a supervised group of children walking to or from school. It is made up of at least two adult volunteers, who act as a driver and a conductor and escort the children. Adults and children all wear highvisibility waistcoats. The bus follows a set route and walks to a published timetable. Children can join the bus at set points along the route. Walking Buses depend totally on support from volunteers. The idea was so popular that Minster now has two Walking Buses. One starts at the top of Tothill Street and MINSTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT SUNDAY 7TH JUNE the other collects children from the Old School’s Hall. RECREATION GROUND Up to 20 children travel on the buses each morning. Appearing on stage will be a selection of local bands We have become quite famous over the years. Our TV - from 12noon appearances include, Village Voices and the series “Cathedral”. Famous people have even walked with us There will be a Football Tournament for locals including Invicta Radio Presenter ‘Dobbo’ and MP Steve on the All Weather Pitch Fun and Games to take part in all afternoon Ladyman. plus Childrens Story Corner The Bus is also environmentally friendly – it takes cars off our streets and the children really enjoy it. If you have Entry to the whole event is FREE seen us you may have heard the singing! So come along, stake out “your plot” bring a picnic Brian Portanier started as a parent helper, later becoming a or buy your lunch at the pavilion Walking Bus Charity Trustee and still walks on a regular BAR OPEN basis even though his children, Laura now 18 and Book a Pitch Now for the BOOT FAIR Jonathan, 16 stopped a long time ago! - open from 10am and continuing All Day Since Minster started the first Walking Bus 10 years ago £7 per pitch - book at The Attic in Monkton Road over 140 Kent Schools have followed in our footsteps More info should become available (forgive the pun!). on the Twinning Website when finalised To celebrate this fantastic occasion, we are holding a birthday party on Monday 22nd June at Quex Park – we E-mail : Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Electronic Copy, Podcast and Blog: Fax No: 07092 891864

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We normally take absolutely no notice of letters we receive that are unsigned, especially if they also ask not to be printed, but we received one this month that requires me to make some Ray comment. MM were accused of always showing support for those who appear to be against change, whether that might be for the good of the village or not. We’d like to put the record straight and say we publish Amy everything in good faith and try to be as unbiased in our reporting as is possible, however it isn’t always possible to give a balanced view if we only ever hear one side of a story, it doesn’t give us a lot to work with, and we can only use what Brenda we have, we don’t make it up. I am sure there are many villagers who have different opinions about developments, actual and proposed, in the area, but we’re here to inform everyone of what is happening be it good or bad, so if you’ve something to say don’t do it anonymously, Eve put your side of the argument and we’ll give it column inches, if we consider it appropriate. The picture of me below shows I have made it to the top of the church tower, albeit I had extra puffs of my inhalers, and Diane my angina spray in my pocket. Along with “Snappy” I was invited by church warden Paul Willins to climb the tower, and we have taken lots of pic’s that will soon appear on the village website. Snappy told us her legs were like jelly especially on the last section of the climb, which is by way of a narrow Nora wooden ladder, however we both lived to tell the tale and we’re pleased we didn’t say no. In case you’re wondering the smile had to be Heather forced, I have another picture that tells the truth as to how I was really feeling. Mentioning angina I’ll Sue take this opportunity to tell you all that I am off to have an angioplasty at the beginning of June but I expect to be fighting fit for Open Gardens when Jenny and I will be opening our “postage stamp” for the first time. Pop along and see us, as I should be preparing the next issue of MM so you can gee me up to get it finished. So with that in mind I hope to see many of you over that weekend. P.S. Where’s Zac today?





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June 2009 PATIENT LIAISON GROUP (PLG) (WORKING WITH MINSTER SURGERY) NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2009 Missed Appointments Further to our article in last month’s newsletter regarding missed appointments, we would like to reassure patients that, under no circumstances, will anyone be refused an appointment should they require one. The statement relating to "Repeat Offenders" was used merely to highlight an ever increasing problem and help reduce inconvenience to patients and staff alike. It did not mean to suggest that this is, or could be, the policy of the Surgery. We apologise for any confusion caused.

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Minster Parish Council Seeks Villagers Views At the May council meeting, County Councillor, Charles Hibberd, alerted members to a proposal to upgrade Minster railway station to Parkway status. Councillor Hibberd has reservations about this proposal and invites the residents of Minster to comment on the scheme. Although the proposals are still somewhat vague, especially as it’s not certain if the new “bullet” trains will stop at Minster, to accommodate that amount of additional traffic travelling through the village during peak periods is just mind boggling. Minster Parish Council will be considering this matter at their meeting on June 2nd. Please send your views through this magazine in preparation for their response to KCC. Alternatively, please state your views at the next council meeting through the public speaking procedure.

School Garden Project For those of you who have not seen and do not pass the school garden we are a small group of parents who have taken on the task of restoring it for the children to use again. Firstly, we would like to thank all of the people who have already donated much needed equipment. Our aim is to put seven raised beds in to grow veg, which is in progress and thanks to Chris and David for their hard work. The pond is refilled and we are hoping more wildlife will return. We have at present seen newts, tadpoles, frogs and a grass snake. We will have a fruit section and a wild flowers section as well as seasonal flowers and hanging baskets. We have also fed some friendly robins and blackbirds whilst we have been doing some back breaking digging, the young will hopefully do well this year and return next year!! Thanks again to these who have donated but I must stress we need a lot more! Small size watering cans, gloves (small and medium size), forks, shovels, bird food and veg seeds. You can contact Susan on 825138, Liz 825277 or see Julie in Ben’s supermarket. Oh!! And thanks to our children who have been helping us for a short time before they go off to play!

‘Honesty’ still lives amongst us! Dear Minster Matters..... On 8th May I went to Ben’s cash-point and withdrew £20, however, I took my card and forgot to take the money! I got in Ben’s and immediately realised and returned to get it but it had gone. Although I did not expect it back, I reported it to staff on the off chance someone handed it in (I admit I had little faith). I returned home and 5mins later Ben phoned me to say someone did hand it in, so I would like to say “Thank you very much” to that person who had told Ben to give it to charity if no-one claimed it. Well, I will give some to charity and I'd like to say Minster is a better place for having residents like this and I hope others are as honest as they were. Also Thank you to Ben and Staff for helping me, Ann James, Augustine Road.

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The Royal British Legion Club in Minster is hosting a fund-raising day for the Kent Association for the Blind (KAB) on Saturday 27 June 2009. There will be a disco during the afternoon, followed by a live group, Grace V, in the late afternoon, and a quiz and a raffle in the evening. There will also be a barbecue all afternoon, and a buffet in the evening. Please support this charity event. All are welcome. DIDN’T THEY DO WELL! On Saturday 28th March the Minster and Monkton Royal British Legion hosted a Quiz Night, the aim of which was to raise funds for the Coronary Care Unit at the QEQM hospital, and what a great night it was. The evening was very well attended and a good time was had by all, along with a super raffle and a lovely buffet it was a very profitable event. At the end of the evening Mr Clive Bowles a club member handed over a cheque for a whopping £1,000 to staff of the Coronary Care Unit. They too had joined in with the fun of the evening and commented that they had enjoyed it very much. (see picture opposite) DARTS OPEN A darts tournament was held at the Minster and Monkton Royal British Legion on Saturday 25th April. The event was very well attended, with many people coming from outside of the village, all competing for over £500 in prizes. The club was packed with players all aiming for the first prize of £200. With 8 dart boards in use the tournament spread across the whole day. First prize eventually went to C Simpson, runner up J Collins. The Ladies competition was won by J Evans, runner up W Tyler. The Plate competition was won by M Radford, runner up T Osbourn, and finally names were drawn for blind pairs, and that was won by I Munday and M Rees, runners up R Kirby and S Hurrel. Hats off to Ian who had organized the day which was enjoyed by so many. He has since been asked to organize more of these events.

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Minster- in- Thanet WI. At the Resolution Meeting in May, Joyce Sharp and Marion Rose spoke about the plight of the honeybee, and the consequences for mankind should they be wiped out. The resolution to call on the Government to commit more funding to research the factors believed to be contributing to the bees’ demise, as well as developing new treatments and best practice advice, was carried unanimously. With Ann Tweedale’s help, it is hoped to produce a list of bee-friendly plants, shrubs, etc, so that we can all play a part in helping their survival. John Hughes was then welcomed to the meeting, for the unveiling of the memorial plaque to his wife Valerie. Marion outlined Valerie's invaluable contribution to WI and village life, and then John unveiled the plaque which is sited below the Millennium Wall Hanging, and now dedicated to her memory as the inspirational project leader and designer. (see picture opposite). The plaque reads “This Wall Hanging, Reflections of Minster, was created by members of Minster Women’s Institute as their Millennium Project. It was presented to the village on 18th August 2000 and installed on 27th June 2003. Dedicated to the memory of Valerie Hughes, Designer & inspirational Project Leader.” Readers of the local press will have seen the report of another memorial - this time in the form of a bench at Viking Green, Cliffsend - dedicated to another of our members, Muriel Arnett, who died shortly after Valerie in November last year. Following refreshments, there was a quiz, the four highest scorers of which would form the team for the next round of the WI’s Top Team Quiz. Dorothy Butterworth set the questions, which proved very tricky - the debate about whether “Laxton” was an apple (as believed by the majority of members) or a plum will surely continue for some time to come. It was reported that our Darts Team - looking very smart in matching WI T-shirts-were unsuccessful in reaching the final of the Darts Competition, but nonetheless did very well to reach the semi-finals, and we are very proud of them well done ladies. Members were given a list of activities for another Dabble Day in October, and asked to make two selections. Before our next meeting in June there is much to look forward to, with a Beetle Drive, Croquet Evening, Coffee and Chat Morning, and a Games Evening to keep us occupied. On 13th June there will be a Garden Morning at 9 High Street to which all are welcome - see separate entry on page 24 for details. Our next meeting will be at 7.30 pm on 9th June, in the Village Hall, when the popular Lee Ault will talk on The Ghost in the Looking Glass. Visitors and new members will be made welcome.

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June 2009 School visit to Devils Elbow (Neville’s Forest) in Monkton Road Seen here is Paul Willins (Tree Warden) speaking to the youngsters about what trees mean to our continuing survival. The Community Warden was also involved with this visit but the images we have showing him being present aren’t quite a good as this one, so sorry Steve but we’ve left you out !! Steve had promised to write us a bit to go with the picture but he excused himself by telling us he’d been just too busy ?? How welcoming is your garden to Kent’s wildlife? Is it a haven? Do you believe it represents an important stop within a ‘neighbourhood network’ of wildlife friendly gardens where animals can live, eat and shelter? If your answers are ‘yes,’ then you might want to enter your garden into the Kent Wildlife Garden Award scheme sponsored by Kent Wildlife Trust, the Royal Horticultural Society, the Wildlife Trusts and other local authorities. To enter the contest, or for more tips and ideas on how to turn your garden into a natural paradise where birds, insects and other animals can thrive, visit The closing date for the contest is 30th June 2009.

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Saturday 18th July Recreation Ground It costs between £5,000 and £6,000 each year to stage this show and we are asking readers to come along and support both us and the various organisations who will have stands at the show. We especially need some willing volunteers over the whole of the weekend from Friday evening through to Sunday morning. On Friday 17th at 6pm we require some reasonably strong volunteers to assist in unloading the trestles etc from the trailer and getting them into the marquee. This is pretty heavy lifting and we recommend you wear gloves to protect yourself from splinters and blisters. On Saturday 18th from 8am we require assistance setting up the show ground, putting out chairs, siting litterbins, erecting gazebo’s and various other odd jobs. Then again at 5pm we will require help to do the same again in reverse. Throughout the day on Saturday we need one or two willing souls to take charge of the litterbins and ensure they are kept emptied and new bags are installed. This will require many trips to and fro from the skip, so you will need to be dedicated. At the end of the show we need help in doing a litter pick of the whole area. Also during the day we require marshalls to direct traffic whilst the procession is making its way to the Rec and also to ensure members of the public are directed to the various car parking areas, thus keeping St. Mildreds road clear. On Sunday 19th at 7am we require assistance to reload the trailer and do a final litter pick of the show ground. So if you feel you can offer us some of your valuable time to assist with any of these tasks then please contact a member of the committee or speak to Karen in Attwells. TIGER’S TIP

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June 2009 MINSTER FLOWER SHOW Grand Draw This year we are resurrecting the Grand Draw and tickets, at the very reasonable price of 50p each, are now available from various outlets in the village, such as Attwells and the Gossip Shop. Apart from the published prizes we are also offering a Grand Cash Prize of £200 plus numerous smaller prizes. Tickets will also be available, on the day, from the Minster Matters stand just outside the marquee entrance. Published prizes include Tickets to France with P&O or Norfolk Line and Tickets to Leeds Castle. Show schedules are also available now from various outlets around the village at a cost of 30p each, so get yours now and start sorting your entries for the competitions. Dogless Dog & Catless Cat Show The dogless dog and catless cat show will only accept your pictures, on the day, at their stand on the showground, which will be sited adjacent to the Minster Matters stand beside the marquee. The organisers request that all pictures entered are no larger than 5” x 7” as display space is very limited. Fancy Dress & Parade Floats Don’t forget to start thinking about your Fancy Dress costumes and Parade Floats, it’s never too early to get things organised and beat the last minute panic. Finally do we have any budding DIY enthusiasts amongst us who are willing to give us some of their valuable time to construct about a dozen new trestles for use in the marquee? We will supply all the materials and a pattern of our requirements, all we need is the manpower armed with a few tools. If you feel you could help us with this, please contact a committee member or speak to Karen in Attwells. Thank you in advance, Flower Show Committee

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Project KRAKEN How the Maritime user community can play key role in tackling crime and national security issues: "call Kent Police on 01622-690690 (or 999 in an emergency). You can also call the counter terrorism hotline on 0800-789321" ‘You are our eyes and ears, because you know what is out of place’.

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The covert operations and sensitive inquiries carried out by specialist police teams, such as Special Branch Frontier Operations, might sometimes seem a world away from day to day matters in the community. But information from the people within the community can prove vital, particularly in relation to drugs supply, immigration crime and terrorism. Detective Sergeant Simon Hiscock, from Kent Police Frontier Operations, said: ‘It is the marine community that are our eyes and ears. What you tell us contributes to an intelligence picture and operational profile that helps us support tactics to address both local and national needs. Sometimes the public are unaware of the key role that they can play in community intelligence gathering and the difference they can make to other people’s quality of life. In 2009 Kent Police are adopting a national strategy that seeks to improve the information on all aspects of the marine community – from nuisance, to vandalism, theft, and national security issues such as drug importation, immigration crime and terrorism issues. This strategy is called Project KRAKEN and it is intended that maritime users throughout the country will start to see similar messages to the Kent Police poster. The poster highlights the need for you to report what you feel is unusual or suspicious at our ports or coast and a half an hour presentation is also available for club nights or other forums where you can discuss this issue with a police officer. The five police logos along the bottom of the poster indicate the partnership that has been formed in the Thames and Dover region which for policing purposes will run from Suffolk, through Essex, Kent, Port of Dover, and Sussex. We will seek to work together to protect our coastline by mounting joint policing operations and exchanging information. An example of this partnership is a Kent Police operation that targets the criminal use of small fast craft in the channel and estuary. This operation involves colleagues from UK Police, French, Dutch and Belgian Police, the Marine Coastguard, and the UK Border Agency and is one layer of protective security that is provided year round. The Kent Police Marine Unit continue to patrol on a regular basis and will be happy to speak about any issues – in particular if a cup of tea and a hobnob biscuit is made available! Editors Note: Also see poster on page 18 for more details.

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Viking Theme for Cliffsend Festival Weekend Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June Following on from the success of last years’ event, residents and groups are working together to bring you another Festival Weekend and this time it has a Viking theme. The popular Open Gardens event will be running on both Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th, the leisurely tour will also give visitors the opportunity to admire the scarecrows build by children and adults around the village. There will also be Maypole dancing from Minster Mayhems, Fancy Dress Competitions, Bat and Trap at the Sportsman pub, plant and cake stalls, and paintings and crafts in the Village Hall on the Saturday. On the Saturday evening the Village Hall becomes altogether noisier with the arrival of the Birchington Silver Band. Tickets for this event are available from the village shop or by calling Ann or Wendy on 582118 or 595775 (tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for children). Local storyteller Emily Parrish will be telling Viking tales around the Hugin Viking Ship whilst Mo will be serving up Viking themed food at the Saddle Sore Café on Hugin Green. On the Sunday evening the Vicar extends a warm welcome to Songs of Praise in St Mary’s Church, he has asked that if anyone has any hymn requests that they should let him know. Any Cliffsend resident wanting to enter any of the competitions or open their gardens should contact Ann or Wendy , who can also give further details of times and events. The Messages of the flowers Zac The flower of the Forget-me-not is a delicate blue, says this delightful bloom has a message is to say to you. Don’t forget Please remember me for ever and ever, please, please, forget me never. Computer Installation & Repair Fathers Day The Buttercup in its cheery way,has a face that lights up the day. Web Design & Hosting on Sunday It almost speaks, as you walk its way, and I am sure you can hear it speaking “how nice to see you out to play”. 21st June Tuition available The Periwinkle on the vine, says “friend always be mine”. on most popular packages The Wood Anemones amongst their green leaves, 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE send an aura of tenderness, tranquillity and peace. The Bluebell that graces our forest floor, 01843 821243/07739 486707 just sends a beautiful message we all adore. Yvonne

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The reserve is set in 16 beautiful acres of abandoned chalk quarry, which has been dramatically reclaimed by nature. It features many important habitats, fascinating geology and rare orchids. We also house the Thanet Observatory and the first artificial bat cave built in the UK. There is also a maturing woodland above the quarry, planted in the early 70’s by the members of the Thanet Countryside Trust, the Charity which own the site. This month is a good time to visit the reserve, with a number of orchids to see, including the Man Orchid, Bee Orchid (pictured below), Southern Marsh, Common Spotted, Fragrant, Pyramidal (pictured below), Tway-blade and Lizard (pictured below). We have 26 species of Butterfly breeding on the reserve, and many Dragonflies and

Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera

Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis

Lizard Orchid Himantoglossum hircinum

Damselflies are seen near the pond. Other notable species include the protected Great Crested Newt, the Harvest Mouse and the cute little Water Vole (not often seen). Now is a good time to see the common and lesser Whitethroats, which breed in the reserve, as well as many other birds that nest in the hedgerows, the scrub, and the cliffs. We feed our wildbirds all through the year, and donations are welcomed to help out with purchasing wild bird food. The Field Study Centre has much to attract visitors, including a museum which houses local fossils and items of local archaeological interest. There is a vast second-hand book shop, and also a reference library, available to the public, on all the natural history subjects, and including a local history section. Toilets are available in the building.



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The astronomical telescope is housed in a large dome within the grounds of the reserve and is open to the public on the evenings of the third Friday of each month. The sessions are run by SEKAS - South East Kent Astronomical Society.

Hale Bopp Comet pictured right.

Our Archaeology, Geology and Fossil Exhibition contains a variety of exhibits, many of them local to Thanet and East Kent, and one or two of exceptional rarity. One of the cases contains items from the Roman Villa in Minster, and the Roman Fort in Reculver. We also house Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery shards, bone tools, flint knives and scrapers. Our collection of fossils covers almost 500 millions years of evolutionary time, with special sections covering the Pleistocene, Tertiary and Cretaceous periods, and an exhibition of dinosaur material. If you have a rock or fossil you would like identified, send us a picture by email or bring it to the Reserve Field Centre and we will do our best to help.

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June 2009 Hoverport Site 40 years on

It was on 2nd May 1969 that the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the new HoverLloyd's Pegwell Bay International Hoverport; it remained open until 1987 when it was demolished. All that remains is the 8 hectares of hard standing the site was built on. If you look on Google Maps you can make out where all the buildings used to stand and the hovercraft maintenance sites. According to the Kent Wildlife Trust, who own and manage the adjacent Nature Reserve, the concrete has been taken on by nature and nature is winning. When walking across the site it doesn’t have the feel of a redundant industrial site but has a wild and open aspect where one can imagine the Vikings, the Romans and even St Augustine appearing over the horizon. The Hoverport area is part of the Sandwich Bay Site of Special Scientific interest and is also of major environmental importance under the European Community’s Wild Bird Directive (as a Special Protection Area) and Ramsar Convention. It has also been designated within the Sandwich Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the Thanet Coast Marine SAC. The importance of the surrounding Pegwell Bay area has also been reflected in its designation as a National Nature Reserve under Section 35 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 The cliffs at and near the Hoverport site are also of Special Scientific Interest because of their geology and are a landscape feature of great importance as they represent quite literally where Thanet’s white cliffs end and sandstone cliffs begin. The site was made more significant last year by the siting of a rare Brightwave Moth. Thanet Council who own the site have been advised that removal of the hardstanding to return the site back to nature is not a practical or an economic proposition. The hardstanding is built on coal slurry, which in itself is of environmental concern as it leaks straight into Pegwell Bay. Any development would have to first start with the sealing of the hardstanding. The site’s problems are compounded by the fact the run off pipe for Manston airport leads directly onto the site. The effects of de-icer, fuel and rubber residues etc could be very damaging Thanet Council believe the hoverport site is suitable to form part of a Regional Conservation Park . The Area Investment Framework Action Plan (involving Thanet, Canterbury and Dover Councils) includes the Regional Park Initiative and, as part of the development of a green heart for East Kent, identifies the hoverport site as a visitor centre for green tourism. The Regional Conservation Park will work in conjunction with Thanet's Coastal Park Initiative which draws together policies, proposals and projects at the coast, developed from the preparation of the Management Scheme for the Thanet Coast Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) . Thanet Council are currently negotiating with the Kent Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and Natural England to find a solution but don’t hold your breath as the council do not foresee an immediate outcome. In the meantime Cliffsenders can make the most of the quietest and most beautiful of landscapes in the area where wildlife runs riot oblivious of any special designation it may have. By Vanessa Culliford, who has a Degree in Environmental Social Science from the University of Kent

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MINSTER MAYHEMS Mayhems are dancing at the Twinning Village Day (7th June), Cliffsend Village weekend (13th June), Minster Flower Show (18th July) and during Broadstairs Folk Week. We are still wanting new children (aged 6-18) to join in and learn Maypole and Morris dances with us and to dance in public. The Mayhems had a very successful 2 days at Rochester Sweeps Festival and generated quite a little following. The quality of performance in a Junior side was commented upon and they were a credit to the Village and Thanet as a whole (as some of our members are from outside Minster and Cliffsend)

Open Farm Sunday Discover the Story Behind Your Food When: Where: Opening Time:

Sunday 7th June 2009 Quex Park, (entrance off Park Lane), Birchington, Kent 10.30 am until 3.00 pm

On Sunday 7th June 2009 Quex Park Farm in Birchington will be opening its gates to the public for Open Farm Sunday 2009. The day offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover at first hand the story behind our food and to meet those who grow and produce it. Alistair Cotham, Farm Manager at Quex Park is inviting everyone to come and see what happens beyond the farm gate. “Enjoy a tractor ride around the farm, enjoy a nature walk, meet the farmers who grow your food, meet Wellington the Bull, talk to foresters, falconers and bee keepers and learn the story of how your food gets from the field to your plate. There will be lots of children’s activities throughout the day. It promises to be a great free day out for everyone! Come for the day, bring a picnic, and really spend some time finding out more about your food, this Open Farm Sunday.” To arrange an interview with Alistair Cotham or to find out more about what will be happening at Quex Park Farm call him on 07970 816664 or via the office on 01843 841119. This is part of the National Open Farm Sunday Scheme sponsored by LEAF (Linking Environment & Farming). To find out more about LEAF and Open Farm Sunday call 02476 413911 or visit

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Clean Kent teams up with Crimestoppers to crack down on Fly-tippers In the fight against fly-tipping in Kent, the Clean Kent Campaign has joined forces with the national crime fighting charity Crimestoppers. Fly-tipping is unsightly and illegal and can lead to increases in other more serious criminal offences. Fly-tipping is serious criminal activity and offenders can face prison sentences of up to five years or a maximum fine of £50,000. Steve Mellers, County Manager of Kent Crimestoppers said, "We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Clean Kent Campaign. Kent Crimestoppers are committed to working with our partners in Kent to tackle and eradicate this serious environmental crime." If you have any information about those who commit fly tipping offences, please help Clean Kent catch and prosecute them by calling 0845 345 0210, visit or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111


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MATCH We have been informed by the Assistant Clerk, that it has been agreed to suspend the MATCH Board for a year and a decision on it’s future will be reconsidered at the Annual Parish Meeting in May 2010.


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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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Monday 22 June 2009 2.30 – 4.30pm At Devil’s Elbow, Monkton Road Tickets £3.50 From Cynthia 821469 or Roger 821543 Everybody Welcome!

Midsummer Melodies at St Nicholas-at-Wade Church Sunday June 21, 19:30-21:30 The next event in the popular series of 'variety concerts' in aid of the church's parapet appeal is scheduled for Sunday June 21, at 7.30 p.m. Once again it will feature Thanet Light Orchestra, with other guest performers, and a programme to include wellknown classical and 'light' numbers. Entrance is a mere £5 with children 18 & under free; refreshments will be available. Not only is this Midsummer Day, it's also Father's Day this year -- so what better treat for your Dad than to take him out for a pleasant concert? In fact, you could really spoil him as the English Speaking Union are offering cream teas with music at Slate Barn, Seamark Road earlier that afternoon (2:30-5:00) !! For further details contact Ben Jones, 01843 847701 For those interested in local concerts but frustrated by not knowing what's on -- or finding that several events clash on one day – a group has been set up online on FaceBook to share information in one convenient place. The group mainly lists classical / choral / folk events rather than rock & pop pub gigs. Visit Thanet Classics at (or simply search for it online)

Minster Matters

June 2009

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

JUNE 7th June 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm: Evensong 14th June 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion (CW) 21st June 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Father’s Day Service 28th June 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 JUNE

SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster 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 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.

Open Gardens 2009

14th June 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP)

20th - 21st June. 10am to 5pm


25 gardens being opened; 23 on Saturday, 19 on Sunday Admission to all gardens: £4

28th June 10.15am: Family Service

Baptisms at Minster Parish Church: 19th April: Carly and Harry Snook

Free parking will be available at the Recreation Ground in St Mildreds Road. Tickets will be on sale at the Old Schools in Church St, all Open Gardens and at the Recreation Ground. Lunches and Refreshments will be obtainable at the Old Schools.

Funerals: 22nd April: Philip Farman (67) at Thanet Crematorium 13th May: Paul Trevelyan (29) at Thanet Crematorium

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

7th June 10.15am: Holy Communion

21st June 10.15am: Holy Communion at Methodists


Don't miss the MM Editors garden which is open for the first time this year, pop along and see how he's progressing with readying the July issue for print.

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


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June 2009

Events Minster Mayhems New dancers and musicians welcome

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section

MINSTER SENIORS Royal British Legion Club Ladies and Gents Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2pm - 4pm

The Old Schools Fridays 5.15pm - 6.30pm in term-time

Monday 8th June 7.30pm Flower Demonstration

Phone 821795

Friday 12th June 7.30pm “Cheese & Wine Evening”

For further info phone Joan Cordwell on 823782

Bingo Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings

RIVERS COURT COFFEE MORNING Saturday 4th July, 10.00am - 1.00pm

MOTHERS UNION For our May meeting, we joined with the Salvation Army for their Women’s Rally, which we enjoyed and thank them all for their hospitality. On 10th June we will have a garden party at 11 High Street at 2pm by kind invitation of Heather New members are always welcome For more details, contact Janet on 821313

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

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market

For further information Miriam Smith 822589 MANSTON & DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB Plant sale Saturday 6th June 10.00am to 3.00pm Jolly Farmer Pub Garden LOW, LOW Prices Everything must go !!!

SATURDAY MARKET 13th June Old Schools 10.00am to 12noon All the usual stalls Home-made cakes and preserves, plants etc. In aid of Church funds All Welcome Minster and Monkton Horticultural Society

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NEXT MEETING Wednesday 17th June Village Hall 7.30pm

All Welcome

Tombola, Cakes, Books, Puzzles, Bric-a-brac Bonus Ball & Golden Egg Refreshments 50% proceeds to Charity 50% to our Social Club All are very welcome to attend Minster-in-Thanet WI NEXT MEETING Tuesday 9th June 7.30pm Village Hall Speaker Lee Ault “The Ghost in the Looking Glass” Visitors and new members welcome GARDEN MORNING Saturday 13th June 10.00am to 1.00pm 9 High Street, Minster Bric-a-Brac, Plants, Books, Tombola, Raffle, Cakes, Refreshments Everybody welcome - come and join us, relax, browse, have coffee and biscuits, meet old friends, make new ones COFFEE & CHAT MORNING Thursday 18th June 10.00am to 12.00noon Village Hall Committee Room All welcome For further information ring 597287

Mr. Newman will be giving a talk on “Plant Hunters” The points competition is a vase of roses NOTE THERE WILL BE NO MEETING IN JULY All Welcome, Visitors 50p

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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.

GUIDES CHANGING THE WORLD Food Tasting Evening 29th June, 7.00pm Pavilion, Recreation Ground

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June 2009 Editors for this month:-

Demi Poulton & Gabby Sefton A DOGS LIFE When a dog is pink and hairless It is called a puppy, They grow up to be a mischief So watch out for your sofa, Then getting old and calming down The next stage is giving birth I’m sure you won’t want that, No one likes the next stage I can tell you that, One day you go to the park and there Will be a lead just hanging there, But at least you still have memories Of the old girl you will never see. By Demi Poulton Modern nannies day!!! Modern nannies day is on the 5th June. It is about two nannies who have all the latest gadgets the two nannies are Phoebe and Gabby. The greeting is: shall we put the kettle on??? Most of the time the answer to that is yes, but when the nannies are in a bad mood they will most likely say no, which is quite bad for the other nannies because they can get into fights and that is not a pretty sight. On the other hand their gadgets are: · Lawn mowers, · Electric lawn mowers with a wheel, · Electric wheel chairs, · Mobile phones (iphone + we can textJ!!) · Socks that play music And this is our anthem All nannies are great, Everyone helps them across the road, And they jolly appreciate it (long note) For your kindness, SO always appreciate nannies day. LA LA - The end!!! by Phoebe Johnson and Gabby Sefton The travelling wind Travelling on in the dim sky Through the cold and wet To sunlit fields of gold And orchards of blossoming fruits. Inside the drafty corridors Rattling the window pane Now out the window my fair wind And good bye to you again. by Gabby Sefton May The month of May is full of special days, Saints days and Christian events. May Day is marked by a Bank Holiday on the first Monday; Rogation Sunday, Ascension Day and Whitsun are important days in the Christian calendar; V.E. Day and Empire Day happen in this month and the 29th May is a day known as “Oak Apple Day.” This celebrates an oak tree in Shropshire which hid King Charles 2nd from Oliver Cromwell and his Army. When Charles was eventually crowned on 29th May 1660, the tree became famous. People wore sprigs of oak leaves on this day each year and it was a holiday until 1859. By Susannah Grace and Salome Hauptfleisch

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 Trooping the Colour 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 ceremony 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 Summer is Here Summer is here at last .It is getting very hot outside so you need to stay cool because you don’t want to get sunburned! I love the summer it’s the best time of year because you can go to the beach and go on holidays. summer is also good time to relax and sit down . By Emma

Minster School Article Minster School is a wonderful place. There are very nice teachers, children who are the best of friends and lots of clubs. Here are some of the clubs that go on in Minster School: Netball and Korfball run by Miss Kentfield and Choir run by Mrs Morton. Teachers We have a lot of nice teachers in our school. There’s Mr Blyth, Mrs Paine, Mr Curry and lots more. They are all very nice and the children really like the teacher they have got. I have got Mrs Alentis who is very friendly. T.As The T.As in are school are the same as the teachers, really nice. There is Mrs Thomson, Miss Heath, Mrs Quinney and lots more. I have got Mrs Quinney and she is very nice because if we are upset she gives us a nice hug. Children All the children in our school get on really well with each other. I am best friends with Emma Holland and Rosie Malloy although I don’t get on with some people. Anyway, Minster School is a really nice place and we are all really happy here! by Libby My friend Gabby Gabby is very nice She found some mice And then had some rice But it was not cooked So she read a book And then went to look At her mum Then she was gone. by Pheobe

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Minster Matters Issue 104  

Minster Matters Magazine

Minster Matters Issue 104  

Minster Matters Magazine