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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 203 : June 2018 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 113)


Images courtesy of Simon Pickering

On Friday 27th April the Chairman of Minster Parish Council made an unusual visit to Attwell’s Newsagents to present the proprietor, Clive Attwell, with a special award. The Kent Association of Local Councils has a Community Award Scheme to recognise those who have made a major contribution to their community. This year Clive was nominated for over 60 years of service to the village; ensuring the shop opens without fail, come rain or shine, supporting a wide range of organisations and charities, and making his premises the hub of the village for a surprising number of activities. An extra thank you to the staff who also make this possible, and as Clive said when presented with the award, he could not have done it without the excellent staff he has had working for him over the years. Congratulations Clive!

Minster Station – Friday 12 September 1958

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Published by: Minster Matters, MM Office, Library & Neighbourhood Centre, 4A Monkton Road, Minster-in-Thanet, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4EA UK


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Waste & Recycling

June 2018 Dates for Your Diary


Route A | Route B

Route A | Route B

01 / 15 / 29 | 08 / 22 13 / 27 | 06 / 20

June 08 / 22 | 01 / 15 / 29 July 06 / 20 | 13 / 27 Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, Library

Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 22 JUNE JUNE Scarecrow Challenge Forms Need be In!



Stronger Kent Community Fair



Twinning Association Quiz Night


Monkton Open Gardens



W.I Meeting



Salvation Army Book Sale


9 & 10

MINSTER - How To Find Us Copy for any issue of Minster Matters For those looking to use a Sat Nav to locate the Village must be received (at the very latest !!) the Library at 4A Monkton Road by the 3rd Friday of the preceding month Copy date for next issue shown at top of is the approximate Centre of the Village and the postcode there is CT12 4EA ‘Diary of Dates’ on right of this page 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 Co-Editor: Ray Owen ~ 07864 345 019 Useful Numbers and Contacts Co-Editor: Amy Murray ~ 847 444 Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden Editorial Team: Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 All members except Accounts can be reached through the email address above PCSO: Adrian Butterworth 07966 308 781 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Sub-Editor Diana Buckley ---------Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Snappy Diane Cotterill 822 394 Orbit Housing: 0800 678 1221 Community Dog Warden: 577 580 Accounts Rodney Rose 821 965 Salvation Army Hall: 825 178 Library: 03000 41 31 31 Advertising Diane Harris 826 048 Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333 (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00am) Proofing Kevin Buckley —------Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 You can leave hard copy for us at the Library Post Office: 821 291 or send it via snail mail to: Minster School: 821 384 Minster Matters Village: c/o Library, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster-in-Thanet CT12 4EA Show: Business Association: NEW Advertising Rates (per month) Freegle: 1/16 1/8 1/4 1/2 Full Page Size Mobility Scooters & Wheelchairs etc. B&W min of 6 £7.50 £15 £30 £60 £120 (to loan): 07864 345 019 Venues available for Hire B&W Single £12 £24 £48 £96 £192 John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) Colour (if avail) * £27 £54 £108 £216 All Weather Sports Pitch & MUGA bookings for the above venues via

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Minster Open Gardens



Salvation Army Strawberry Tea



Men’s Supper Club Meeting






Father’s Day Feast at The Saddler



Psychic Fayre



Doctors Surgery Closed from 12 noon


30 June/ Thanet Quilters Exhibition 1 July


Parish Council Meeting Summary


Sarah Thorne Theatre


Kate’s Pudding Recipe


What’s On at the Royal British Legion


Village Hall Diary


Church Notices




Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) Bookings


All Weather Playing Surface


St Mary's Church Guided Tours


Minster Parish Council

next Meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 5 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. There is also a 15 minute period at the end of each full council meeting for the public to be able to ask questions. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30am to 3pm weekdays; however due to commitments that require staff leaving the office it is better to ring first to ensure the office is manned tel: 821 339 fax: 825 869 Email: Next Meeting : 3 July

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Scarecrow Challenge It’s still not too late to enter!!! Forms must be in by FRIDAY 1st JUNE NEED A FORM? Give Ray a ring on 07864 345 019 or email him on and he can either email you a copy or drop one into you






Minster Matters has a small number of mobility scooters and wheelchairs that are normally available for short term loan to residents and members of their families. Please ring Ray on 07864 345 019 or email if you would like to borrow one of these at any time. We have been inundated for requests to loan wheelchairs of late, so if you know of any going spare please get in touch or if you know of any others that are available for loan in the village please let us know too.

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EDITORIAL Another month rolls by and here we are again - it’ll soon be Kevin Summer!! With the Royal Wedding and the Twinning Associations 20th Anniversary now behind us, this month we have Open Gardens in both Minster and Monkton to look forward to plus of course our Scarecrow Challenge, whilst the Minster Show will soon be upon us again - have you bought your Schedule? Are you going to be busy making and baking? We need to inform you that the Village Hall is about to have its landline phone removed due to a lack of use, so if you have its number in your directory then now is the time remove it. So with that in mind it just leaves me to ask the usual question - ‘Where’s Zac?’ Ray Owen - Co-Editor Gel Polish on fingers and toes only £28 Book now to avoid disappointment

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Photographers for Minster Show The Show Committee are still looking for a couple of keen amateur/budding young photographers to take pictures for us on Show Day Saturday 21 July, to cover the Parade and all events and happenings on the Showground during the afternoon. There is even the possibility that we could loan you a camera for the day. We offer free entry, the kudos of having your pictures added to our website gallery and the possible inclusion of some in Minster Matters/local press. Interested? Then please either speak to Karen in Attwells, ring Ray on 07864 345 019 or email – we’re waiting to hear from you!! IF YOU’VE ALREADY VOLUNTEERED - then please get in touch again as we’ve misplaced our list - tutt, tutt!!

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SPRING FAYRE - Saturday 12th May Thank you to everyone who came to support us at our Spring Fayre and helped make it so successful, especially those who took part in our raffle. The winner of the first prize was Mr. G McRoy, second prize was won by Mr. Lade and the third by Jocelyn, who was present at the Fayre and absolutely delighted with her picture of a clown. A full list of both prizes and prize winners is displayed on our noticeboard at the surgery. All proceeds from this event will go towards our new fund-raising project which is as follows: NEW FUND-RAISING PROJECT Following recent guidelines from NHS England concerning the diagnosis of “one off” blood pressures readings and related blood pressure problems, it has been recommended that 24-hour monitoring would therefore enable a more accurate assessment and diagnosis to be made. We are therefore looking to purchase additional 24-hour blood pressure equipment for patients own use at home, at a cost of approximately £50 per 24-hour ABPM equipment. Full details are shown on our notice board in the waiting room. A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! Christmas Bazaar - Saturday 24th November - Don't miss it! It’s always our most popular and table bookings have already been made so book now to avoid disappointment! FAREWELL TO TWO MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM Lynne Smith: After 11 years’ service in our Dispensary, Lynne will be retiring on 29th June. As she lives in Herne Bay she would love the opportunity to say goodbye to all the patients she has helped over the years and welcomes anyone to pop in and see her before she leaves, to say goodbye. Debbie Gore: Debbie has been a valued member of our Reception Team for 17 years and said goodbye to the Practice on the 17th May. She has decided to seek other opportunities and spend more time with her family. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their considerable contributions to the Practice and wish them every success in their new ventures. MISSED APPOINTMENTS - A GOOD MONTH - THANK YOU! 43 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and 44 did not attend their nurse’s appointment, so that’s still 87 wasted appointments and time. Remember - Don't need it - cancel it, by text, phone or online, it’s so easy. “FRIENDS AND FAMILY” SURVEY Thank you to all those who take part and please continue to do so. We welcome all your comments, because any feedback , good or bad, can help us improve our service to you. A total of 142 patients responded last month with the following results: Extremely likely/likely - 93%; Extremely unlikely/unlikely - 4%; Unsure/don’t know - 3%. SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS Please note that the surgery will close at 12.00 noon on the following days for the purpose of staff training: Thursday 28th June and Wednesday 18th July. Please ensure you have sufficient medication to last you during these periods, don't forget to include all the family who may need medication and also check when their Medication Review is due. Should you need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the NHS 111 Service via the normal surgery number 821333 where you will be transferred automatically, or you can call direct on 111 to receive non-urgent confidential health advice and information for all the family. For urgent or life-threatening issues please dial 999 as normal. PATIENT LIAISON GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our next meeting, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact either Ken Self on 821 200, Jeanne Lawrence on 821 049 or email

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DEVELOPMENT ON LAND TO THE WEST OF TOTHILL STREET Many of you went to the exhibition held by Savills in the village hall on 28th March setting out the pre-application plans to build 220 dwellings on the land to the west of Tothill Street, behind Fairfield Road and Greenhill Gardens. This is part of a process that developers are obliged to go through, carrying out meaningful consultation prior to submitting a planning application. In this case Savills are representing the land owners, St. John’s College, Cambridge and Mr. Edward Spanton. They asked for feedback and I believe some of you did respond within the specified period, which was 16 days, including the Easter Holidays. This is the biggest single development that this village has ever seen so, whether you are for or against it, there is a great deal to consider. It is for this reason that the Parish Council asked for the period for submission of responses to be extended. Savills refused. However, they did concede that in all likelihood they would consider late responses from the Parish Council. Hence we sent out feedback forms in the last edition of Minster Matters so that our response could reflect the views of the residents of this parish. Thank you to all those of you who took the time to complete and return them. Many reasons were given but the main causes for concern are as follows: 93.6% Traffic congestion, parking and pollution. 47.7% Damage to environment, landscape and loss of agricultural land 40.5% Water supply, drainage and waste. 40.5% Loss of village character and community. Many agree that we have a sustainable village at the moment but fear that an increase of 220 dwellings will place such a strain on infrastructure and resources that this will no longer be the case. The Parish Council engaged a planning consultant to set out the issues in detail and have sent a lengthy letter to Savills, requesting a further meeting with their representatives to respond to the points raised. We await a reply. Our M.P., County and District Councillors have been made aware of our response. We will continue to provide updates in Minster Matters as the application progresses. Penny Gimes, Chairman.

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Never leave your drink unattended - Never accept a drink from a stranger, as it’s very easy for someone to put additional shots of alcohol or an illegal substance in your drink. Don’t do something you’ll regret. Alcohol can lead to poor decisions, think before you act and encourage your friends to do the same.

Stay together - Look after your friends and don’t go off on your own. If you’ve been drinking and you’re walking home, choose well-lit main roads and walk confidently. Be smart about your smartphone - Keep your valuables with you, somewhere safe and out of view. Try not to leave your phone on the table or bar; a slight distraction could lead to someone taking it.

ZAC’S MUSINGS Speaking on Zac’s behalf, he’d like me to say thank you to everyone who has read his musings and commented on them, to me, over the years, but he’s now getting too frail to continue writing and most of his days are spent blissfully asleep. He is getting very wobbly on his old pins and now feels it is time to give his grey matter a rest. So watch my editorial on page 3 and I will let you all know how he is fairing in the coming months. Thank you for being such loyal readers.

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MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION Our 20th Anniversary May Ball was held on Saturday 12 May 2018 This milestone Anniversary was a huge success and our thanks go to many people who made it so special. The morning activities to set the scene for the ‘Typically English Day’ were extensively researched by the coordinator of the event, John Quittenden and for this we thank him wholeheartedly, along with his team who planned the event for over 18 months (sweat and tears come to mind!). Everyone on the committee had their input to the day and considering we are all amateurs, we think the day flowed perfectly. Well done John. However, we were not blessed with ideal weather during our outside activities, but spirits were not dampened by the light drizzle that ensued. Members of the village were invited to come to the Recreation Ground to watch this celebration, but sadly, only a few turned up, the possible reason being the inclement weather. Speeches were by the Chairman of the Association, Malcolm Bubb, the Mayor of ArmboutsCappel, Jean Luc Darcourt and Penny Gimes, Chair of MPC. Claude Cornelius, the original French Mayor at the time of signing the official constitution also spoke, and was greeted by Phil Sackett, Lindsay and Ken Thacker and Colin Holden, all who were founder members. An emotional reunion ensued.


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The Ceremony of the Crowning of the May Queen delighted all and this was followed by young schoolchildren dancing around the Maypole. We also had Morris Dancers and a professional performance from the French Orchestra. The next part of the event was held in the Bowls Club where we had a traditional feast from Melrose Catering, a table magician followed by a local band that had people on the dance floor from the word go, even the bar staff were jigging around behind the bar!! Great moves John, Sandra and Babs! We were presented with a stunning piece of Marquetry from Jean Luc and a scaled down statue of St Mildred from Jean Bonduelle, (It was Jean who made our Twinning Giant, St Mildred many years ago.) As with all events, the frivolity had to come to an end and a very tired but happy coach load of 63 French friends set off for their long journey home. Once more a special thanks to everyone, all of whom cannot be named individually. A few photos from Simon Pickering have been published in Minster Matters, but all others will be placed on our website in the near future for your enjoyment: The next event is our Quiz at the RBL on Saturday 9 June where we are seeking tables of 6-8 people. Pre-booking is necessary with Carol on 07745 683 466. £5 per person including food. All to be seated by 7.30pm please. Best wishes to all.




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1st May, 2018 Annual Meeting ● Cllr. Penny Gimes was re-elected as Chairman of the Council for the coming year. Cllr. Day agreed to remain as Vice Chairman. ● The meeting agreed to reform the committees for the forthcoming year; these are Policy & Finance, Operations, Planning and Highways. There will also be an additional committee to deal with the new data protection regulations. ● Dates for the meetings during the year ahead were agreed and remain at the first Tuesday in each month except for January (second Tuesday) and August (no meeting). Ordinary Monthly Meeting ● PCSO Adrian Butterworth reported that there have been 20 calls to the police from Minster in the last month, including 3 criminal damages, one of which was a broken window at The New Inn. He appealed for any witnesses to an allegation of sexual assault in St. Mary’s Road between 30th & 31st March to come forward. The surgeries continue on the first Thursday of each month at the library. ● Cllr. Crow-Brown reported that TDC have introduced charges for replacement of waste bins and recycling bags. He also confirmed that progress has finally been made in clearing the site at the Spitfire junction. ● Cllr. Grove reminded everyone that the monthly litter pick would take place on the following Sunday, and plans were in hand to cover a wider area to the north of the village. He reminded everyone that McDonalds records car registration numbers on receipts so these should be retained. ● The Chairman reported that a Mr. Quartermain, Chief Planner at the Dept. Housing, Communities and Local Government, has been appointed to help TDC with the Local Plan. She suggested that a letter be written to him setting out the concerns that had been raised when the draft Local Plan and its amendments were published. All councillors agreed. ● The Chairman updated members on the meeting with Planning Consultant Lindsay Frost, who has been engaged to assist the Parish in responding to the proposed development on the land to the west of Tothill Street. A letter will be prepared by him and this will be brought back before the council for approval. Prior to this feedback forms from residents will be collated and summarised to further inform the response. She also put forward a strongly worded letter to the land owners, expressing our dissatisfaction with the consultation process carried out by Savills. This letter was agreed and will be sent to the land owners.

MINSTER SHOW STALLS Anybody wishing to have a stall at this year’s show on 21st July please contact Karen on 07813 648 214 or call into Attwells

June 2018 WASTE & RECYCLING REPLACEMENT BINS AND BAGS Any resident, property owner or developer who requires a new recycling or waste bin will need to purchase them directly from the council. This includes bins for new properties or where current bins have been lost or damaged by the resident. Replacement recycling and waste bins can be ordered over the phone using a credit or debit card, or in person using card or cash in The Gateway, Cecil Street, Margate. If your bin is damaged, please consider whether it could be repaired before purchasing a new one. Please note the council can repair lids and wheels on your wheeled bins free of charge. To purchase a new bin or to request a bin repair, please contact our Customer Services Team on 01843 577 115. Only one black lidded bin for waste is allowed per property (unless there are five or more permanent residents); any extra black bins will not be collected. 180 litre bins are the only size issued for general waste for standard domestic properties. Extra recycling bins, however, will be collected as long as they are correctly used and presented on collection day. Prices are as follows and are reviewed annually

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Our May meeting was our Annual Resolution meeting. This happens nationally and this year‘s resolution was ‘Mental Health Matters’. The NFWI is urging all members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health and take action to make it acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues and to lobby Government for better support for mental illness. After the resolution was put to our members it was discussed and we voted to support this resolution. We had also decided to celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding and members came along dressed in red, white and blue, in tiaras, union jack outfits and two members even wore their wedding dresses!! The homemade canapés and fizz were delicious and also helped to set the tone. Our meeting on June 12th is a talk by Pete Allen “Mr Garrick’s fireside - A personal history of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane” - all are welcome.

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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB The Short-Mat season ended for club members with the Presentation Dinner on 4th May, but Minster Primary School continued their Friday Bowls Club until 18th May, they will be returning in September when the new school year commences. Outdoors the friendly matches have gone well with Minster winning 6 and drawing 1 of the 7 played so far. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the competitive matches - we lost 35-98 to Dane Park in the Premier League and by 76-154 to Herne Bay in the East Kent Mixed League. Minster are hosting a match with a Kent side, playing a team drawn from 6 local clubs including Minster. On the social side the club enjoyed an evening with Lloyd Hollett who was as funny as ever, and we also hosted the 20th Anniversary May Ball of the Minster Twinning Association who entertained their French twinning partner Armbouts-Cappel, both events being attended by over 100 people. Our Open Day which is normally held in June has been put back to July because the original date clashed with the Football World Cup, so team organizers don’t worry that you have not received an invitation to enter, one will shortly be with you. Our fixtures are displayed by our main gate, and anyone is welcome to come and watch. Should you be thinking of joining or even just wondering if the game is for you, then please e-mail me at or telephone 845 638 and I will arrange for you to have up to 3 free tuition's so that you can decide. Visit our new website at:

MONKTON OPEN GARDENS Just a few more days to go until Monkton Open Gardens on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June. You can visit 13 private gardens in Monkton (and the under 5's playgroup) between 11am and 5pm. You can pick up a programme/map at any of the gardens that are open or the Village Hall, the cost is £3 per person (accompanied under 14's are free) for entry to all of the gardens. Refreshments can be purchased at the Village Hall, courtesy of our marvellous WI, and also at some of the gardens. There will be various stalls in some of the gardens, with a chance to purchase plants, etc.. Our beautiful church, St Mary Magdalen, will be open and churchyard tours taking place. There is also a reduced entry that weekend to Monkton Nature Reserve on production of an Open Gardens map.  All proceeds go towards the Village Hall and St Mary Magdalen Church.

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SURGERY APPRENTICE WINS TOP AWARD Claudia Martin, who joined Minster Surgery as an “Apprentice Healthcare Assistant” under the Government Apprenticeship Scheme in September 2016, has been awarded “Advanced Clinical Apprentice of the Year - Level 3” for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, at a presentation ceremony held in Gatwick at the Holiday Inn. Claudia was mentored by Nurse Practitioner, Dawn Langdon and her nursing team and became “Healthcare Assistant” in March this year. Claudia has become a very popular and valued member of the nursing team and everyone at Minster Surgery offers their congratulations for her tremendous achievement and we wish her a long and successful career.



FATHERS’ DAY FEAST AT THE SADDLER We will be having a visit from the Mobile Sweet Van on Sunday 24th June from 2pm Fathers’ Day Feast.... Bring Dad along for a BBQ on Fathers’ Day (weather permitting)

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MONKTON FC IS LOOKING FOR PLAYERS OF ALL AGES. We are looking for girls and boys of all abilities to join our friendly football club. There are no trials as all abilities are welcome as we offer football for all in a fun and safe environment. We are a grass roots club and all our coaches are FA qualified to level 1. We train on a Saturday morning at Monkton Rec and would love for any child interested to join us. We charge an annual fee of £65 which includes a football kit. If you are interested please contact the club via the details on the advert (pg26).

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A bid to raise £100,000 and find volunteers to help build a special school at Quex Estate has been launched

Brenda from Jemima’s Tea Rooms and Ray from Minster Matters have started a WhatsApp group for all businesses with premises in Minster after Brenda’s business was the unlucky recipient of a fake £20 note, which we’ve since learnt was offered previously for payment at the Salvation Army Charity shop, luckily, they have a note scanner there and so refused it. The intention of the WhatsApp group is to have instant access to all those who join, to enable each of us to pass on instant messages if this sort of thing happens again, or maybe if someone spots a potential shoplifter they can now let everyone else know. Likewise, if group members see something in the street that they believe others ought to be aware of this too could be communicated via the App. We have either spoken, or dropped letters, to just about every business premises in the village centre and to those at the top of Tothill St. and we’ve been very pleased with the uptake so far, however there are still quite a few we haven’t heard from, which is disappointing especially as it costs nothing to join, you just need a mobile phone and the WhatsApp App installed. Brenda has also suggested we might organise 2 or 3 after business social meetings each year to get to know one another better and see what else we might be able to do to help each other – or maybe to just do some general ‘networking’ between us all. The first meeting is set for Monday 4 June 5.30pm at Jemima’s. All local business owners are welcome, free tea and biscuits. So, if you haven’t already joined us or we haven’t contacted you previously and this interests you, firstly install WhatsApp on your mobile then text us on either 07864 345 019 or 07455 588 624 with your own name and your business name, we will then add you to the group. We look forward to welcoming you to our Village Network.

Dear Friends of Minster & Monkton December 2015 unexpectedly saw the closure of the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate leaving many children with complex needs without a suitable school placement. This had a major impact on families and children not only in the local area but countrywide. Anthony Curwen, Managing Director of Quex Park Estate has very generously come to the rescue by offering a plot of land to build a timber framed school within their grounds. On 14th February 2018 planning permission was granted with a unanimous vote for the new school to go ahead! The school is to be called Llewellyn School and Nursery. Linked to the school is also a registered charity, Louie’s Helping Hands, Charity No 1167225. Louie’s Helping Hands supports children who attend the school and nursery by providing some of the valuable therapies the children require. Therapies like Hydrotherapy, Horse Riding, Art and Music sessions. Combined, these contribute to keeping the children healthy and building core strength and muscle tone. It also increases confidence and independence, by supporting the purchase of specialist equipment. We are now embarking on our largest project to date:

The Llewellyn School Big Build!! This is where we need your help… We need to raise £100,000 to help Sara Llewellyn build the school. We are looking for local companies or individuals who would be interested in sponsoring this very valuable project. You may be able to donate labour or materials, or maybe host a fundraising event. All support is gratefully received however big or small. Email: Phone: 07855 458 037 Louie’s Helping Hands, 11 Cliffe Avenue, Margate CT9 5DU

SUCCESSFUL SPONSORED CARNIVAL COURT WALK Monday 7th May was a glorious day (thank goodness) and Minster Carnival Court completed their sponsored walk from Minnis Bay to Reculver and back again. We raised over £245 in aid of our Minster Court regalia. We would personally like to thank Roy and Carol Bailey for organising the event, Amy Murray from Sewn UK for the amazing personalised hoodies and polo shirts and the following local businesses that helped us achieve our goal. Table Table - A J Cliffe Butchers - Minster Hardware - Girls World - C D Bean Builders - Father and Sons - Colebrook and Sturrock - Archies Fish and Chip - Attwells - Acorn Bowman Finance - The New Inn - The Saddlers - C M H Cleaning Services Greens of Minster - Mirage - Wilson and Wilson Ltd From Miss Minster: Danielle Law, Princesses: Jessica Law, Lenhle Motsa Deputy Miss Minster: Arianne Daw

June 2018 QEQM LEAGUE OF FRIENDS PURCHASES BENEFIT MATERNITY WARD Kingsgate (Maternity) Ward at the QEQM Hospital has recently benefited from various items of equipment, together costing over £25,000, paid for by the League of Friends: - 2 phototherapy systems that use blue LED lights to manage jaundice in new-borns - An air-assisted device for repositioning patients. Similar in concept to a hovercraft, it uses an air cushion, making movement of patients in bed more dignified & comfortable for the patients and safer for the staff - 3 baby warmers that utilise a warm water mattress to warm newborn or premature babies - 4 monitors to check babies oxygen saturation levels that enable early detection of new-born respiratory distress syndrome Peyma Hajilou, Matron of Maternity, (pictured below with a phototherapy system) said: “We’re very grateful to the League of Friends and through them our local community for these extremely useful pieces of equipment and for their very kind support. They will help us keep babies & mothers together to their mutual benefit and avoid them having to be transferred to the Special Care Baby Unit or to another hospital. “ The League of Friends is a local registered charity (charity no. 210234), entirely run and manned by unpaid volunteers, that raises funds to provide equipment and facilities for the Hospital that would otherwise not be available. More information about the League of Friends is available on their Facebook page or at

Peyma Hajilou, Matron of Maternity

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THE CINNAMON TRUST NEEDS VOLUNTEERS MINSTER IN THANET The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care. We are trying to find some dog walking support for a local resident of Minster and their adorable dog Lana a 14 year old Japanese Spitz who would love to go for a good walk. What happens if illness, injury or just the fact that we all get older eventually affects our ability to look after our four legged companions? A large number of elderly or ill pet owners become very worried about their ability to care for their pets, feeling that their only option is to re-home them, this is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together. We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays. All volunteers help in the ways that are most appropriate to them. Teams take it in turn to visit housebound owners to take the dog for a walk, volunteers foster pets as one of their family when owners face a spell in hospital, they take pets to the vet, even clean out the budgie's cage or cats litter trays. If you would like to register or even have a quick chat about registering just call Sally or Tressa direct on 01736 758707 or email or Registered Charity No: 1134680 The Cinnamon Trust is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered Office: 10 Market Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE. Company Number 07004861


Minster Matters Thanet Over Fifties Forum Meeting on Wednesday 25 April 2018, 1pm at Minster Village Hall

PCSO Butterworth’s top tips for community safety and avoiding scams. On Wednesday 25th April the Thanet Over Fifties Forum (TOFFS) held an enjoyable meeting at the Minster Village Hall, with two guest speakers in attendance, and several community and charitable organisations from the Thanet Community Support Partnership and beyond, represented. In reverse order, our second speaker, Kerry Millett, gave us a most excellent and riveting talk on the successes of Broadstairs Town Team & Shed. Commenting on the Shed, Kerry said: “I heard about the scheme on Radio 4 a few years ago and it stuck in my mind what a wonderful project it would be to help get people out of their homes. “When people retire some may feel it difficult to motivate themselves by having a place where they can contribute is very rewarding. “The Shed is a happy place and we have no plans to stop. My aim is to keep raising funds to ensure sustainability.” You can find out more about the work of the Broadstairs Shed and other projects run by the Town Team by visiting their websites: / or, for the Shed, calling 01843 867 580. Our keynote guest speaker for the afternoon, though, was Adrian Butterworth, the village’s popular Police Community Support Officer, who provided information on helping to keep people safe in their homes and how to avoid being scammed. Here are just a few of the many tips PCSO Butterworth (pictured left) provided on how to keep yourself and your home safe: ●Don’t keep your car and house keys on the same key ring. ●Don’t keep valuables on display – PCSO Butterworth lock them away to keep them safe. Take photos of expensive items and get a family member or friend to look after the photos for you. ● If you can mark the items with an ultra violet pen even better – mark the item with your house number and postcode. ● It is good practice to check that your vehicle’s doors are properly locked, instead of simply relying on the remote locking fob. ● Don’t make entry into your property easy – if possible, ask a family member or neighbour to look after your house when you are away. Get them to move post/newspapers out of sight.

June 2018 Open and close the curtains. Use lighting on timers. Even get them to park their car in your drive. On the subject of scams, PCSO Butterworth gave a run-down of the fours main ways people can become victims of scams nowadays and what to look out for in order to best protect yourself: 1) Letters - you may receive a letter saying it is from a distant relative leaving you money and the letter will ask you for money upfront for tax. These are always scams! 2) Door to door - people selling dusters, which they have bought very cheaply will try to sell them to you for a lot more money. These are, more often than not, scams! 3) Email Phishing Scams - if you receive an email, supposedly from a well-known company, and they ask you to click on a link, DON’T DO IT, as clicking on the link “opens the door” to your computer or device, allowing the scammer to view everything you have in your computer. It evens allows them to control the computer’s video camera, enabling them to view actions and practices such as internet banking. As an additional safeguard, why not try putting a sticker over the lens of the video camera when it’s not in use. BANKS will have a phishing help line. If money is being taken out of your bank account talk to your bank immediately. You can also report phishing emails to Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040: If you have lost money, you should always report it as a crime by calling 101. 4) Telephone - you may receive a phone call where the caller who will say they are from a Revenue Service/or the bank. These callers frighten people with sentences like:“Failure to pay or by not providing information may result in prosecution”. This will never be genuine but they will make it as hard as possible for people to say “no!” PCSO Butterworth advises you to be clinical and put the phone down on them.

Successful turnout for TOFFS meeting Next up for TOFFS is another Forum meeting on Thursday 31 May, 10:30am-12:30pm at the Centre, Birchington. In a change to the original schedule, we will be welcoming John Lean of the National Pensioners Convention (NPC), who will speak on the need for fair state pensions, health and social care, accessibility on public transport, and much more. Professionals will also be on hand at the meeting to offer advice on local transport, care services, wellbeing, scam awareness and community safety. If you, or anybody you know, would like assistance with transport to get to the meeting, please give Pauline at the Thanet Volunteer Bureau a ring on 01843 609 337, or email

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MISSING CAT – ‘ELLI’ Our car “Elli” has gone missing, she was last seen on 08.05.18 around Orchard Close. She is a 3 year old tortoiseshell with white paws and chest and a distinctive “nick” out of one of her ears. Please ask everyone to check sheds, greenhouses and garages to ensure that she is not trapped in one. As we approach the holiday season as a general point, please ask everyone to check all outbuildings before they go away for any animals that may have wandered in and may be trapped. If you are away for any length of time, it may be fatal for any unfortunate pet that has wandered in. I can be contacted on 07984 161 880. Many thanks, Adrian

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

NOW CELEBRATING OUR 7TH ANNIVERSARY Come and joins us to share knitting and chat Beginners welcome, experienced knitters will be happy to support and encourage you Knit for yourself - Knit for your family Knit for your friends - Knit for charity Knit for fun - Swap patterns and wool Non knitters welcome to join in for chat and friendship Come and go as you please tea and coffee provided

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Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June at 7.30, Sunday 3rd June at 2.30pm The Sarah Thorne Musical Society present “MACK AND MABEL” Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelglass Book by Michael Stewart Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman. This amateur production of “Mack and Mabel” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. Mack and Mabel is the musical story of the tumultuous romantic relationship between Hollywood Director Stan Sennett and Mabel Normand who became one of his biggest stars. Tickets: £12 in advance/Friends, £14 on the doors. Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th June at 7.30pm, Matinee on Saturday 15th at 2.30pm Sarah Thorne Theatre Company present in association with the Broadstairs Dickens Festival, a community production of “The Old Curiosity Shop” Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, Written and Directed by John Goodrum. Tickets: £12 adults, £6 children (paid in advance), £14 adults, £7 children (on the doors).All tickets sold “unreserved” and during the Festival, tickets are also available from the Customer Service Desk.

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Friday 22nd June at 7.30pm “Truckstop Honeymoon” With Mike West and Katie Euliss Currently on a world tour we welcome them back into town with a wonderful collaboration between the banjo banging Mike West and the twangy diva Katie Euliss as they play tough, funny, hi-octane songs about interstates, pinball arcades and true love. Tickets: £12 paid in advance/Friends, £14 on the doors. Sat 23rd June at 7.30pm “The Music of Mathematics” A play by Denise Gow Byron’s daughter, Ada Lovelace – the enchantress of numbers – and her friendship with Charles Dickens, the enchanter of words. Blending fact and fiction, science and romanticism, the dramatisation follows their unfolding relationship from her early dreams of a future with computers through to her deathbed. “A Community Production” Tickets: £10 paid in advance/Friends, £12 on the doors. Saturday 30th June at 2.30pm “Gordon Clarkson – In Company” Join Gordon and a talented company of performers and live musicians as they recollect musical moments from Music Hall, Variety, Revue, Summer Season shows, Pantomimes and much more in this beautifully costumed celebration of the medium of ‘Light Entertainment’ in Songs, Stories, Dance and Comedy. Come and enjoy a show packed with nostalgic entertainment at its best! Tickets: £11 paid in advance/Friends, £13 on the doors.

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June brings our beautiful Kentish strawberries, which can be used in so many ways, they could have their own blog! Here is an easy one, combining seasonal elderflower cordial with a light Swiss Roll and the first strawberries. Elderflower and Strawberry Swiss Roll 3 eggs 4oz/110g caster sugar

Caster sugar to dredge ½ pint (200ml) double cream

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1lb/350g strawberries, half for decoration Elderflower cordial

Pre-heat oven to 220 deg C, and line a baking tray/Swiss roll tin with baking parchment. The tin should be approx the size of a piece of A4 paper or slightly larger. Snip the parchment diagonally into the corners of the tin – this helps the parchment fit into the tin better and gives a better shape to the roll. Whisk the eggs and sugar for at least 5-8 minutes (preferably in a Kenwood/Kitchen Aid mixer to save your arms!). The mixture should be light but stiff enough to keep the impression of the whisk for a few seconds when it has been removed. Sift half the flour over the mixture and fold it in, then add the remaining flour and the tablespoon of hot water. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 7-9 minutes until it is well risen and pale gold. While it is baking, to make the “jam”, quarter half a 350g/1lb punnet of strawberries, and put into a small pan. Nearly cover with neat elderflower cordial, add 2 tbsps water, then simmer for a few minute until the juice flows. Take out the strawberries and cool as quickly as possible. Boil the syrup for a minute to thicken/reduce it, then cool it too. Wring a tea towel out in hot water, put it onto the work surface and put a piece of baking parchment on top, sprinkling caster sugar on it. Turn the cake onto the paper, and peel off the baking parchment (if it doesn’t come off easily, tear a strip off at a time). Cut the crusts off with a knife. Whip the cream to soft peaks, add the syrup and strawberries and spread it all over the inside of the roll. Roll up, using the paper to help you. Transfer (carefully!) to a plate, dredge with sugar and decorate with strawberries and fresh elderflowers. Roll up …. Roll up… eat! For more fabulous recipes visit my blog:

Foreign Hornet found in the UK hiding in a Cauliflower! Hornets are large insects that look very like wasps, with black and yellow striped bodies. They can be quite frightening because they are so large but our native European hornet is not aggressive and you are most unlikely to be stung by one. Like wasps, they are carnivorous and feed on other insects, including wasps and bees. Unfortunately, a different, foreign species, an Asian hornet, has been found in the UK. This species is a major threat to our honey bee colonies and many other pollinators; it is termed Maxine Mills - Pet Homecare Services a 'non-native invasive species' which, if spotted, needs to be reported. The first sightings in the UK were in the West Country in 2016 and 2017 but Dog Walking / Cat Home Visits fortunately the nests were destroyed before any young queens had emerged. Unfortunately, an Asian hornet queen has been found this spring in Bury (Lancashire) Hutched & Caged Pet Visits hiding in a cauliflower which came from Boston (Lincolnshire). The astute person finding the hornet photographed it but the hornet warmed up and flew off! Locally based - references available The Asian hornet differs from the European hornet in that it has a black thorax, Fully DBS checked rather than a yellow and black striped body. It also has yellow legs. There are excellent pictures of the hornet and similar insects on line — look up Vespa velutina. There are 07841 379 909 apps for iPhones and Androids and any sightings should be reported to 01843 822 729

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June 2018

June 2018


David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP All forms of Services and Treatments available for Foot and Nail care Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe, Ingrown nails, Nail deformities, Infection control for Athletes foot and Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas, Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare We provide personal and reliable treatment in the comfort of your own home, nursing or residential care home or hospital Day, evening, weekend appointments available by arrangement

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We are a conservation building company that specialise in repairing, restoring and conserving listed and period properties. We are passionate about the preservation of our historic heritage and strongly believe in the use of traditional methods and materials that have been used for centuries. Our understanding of historic buildings combined with the use of qualified craftsmen and women enables us to provide a service to suit the requirements of your building. Lime Rendering – Timber Frame Repairs – Joinery Landscaping - Brickwork - Carpentry - Roofing Groundwork – Extensions and Alterations Sash Window Restoration – Flint and Stone Work For free advice or a no obligation quote Please call or email Craig using the details below:

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MINSTER PLAYHOUSE PROMPT CORNER Pygmalion – our May Play 2018 Well, once again the show is over and all that is left are happy memories. The cast really enjoyed this play despite the hard work and effort that went into it. Several of the parts are enormous, and with long monologues, and my thanks go to a hard-working and very successful cast who were a joy to work with. After our gauze transformation at the end of The Cemetery Club last Autumn, this production introduced a new development for the Playhouse in the form of multi-media. When we first read the script of Pygmalion, we found that Bernard Shaw had adapted his play script to the screenplay for the 1938 film, and that he had added four new scenes that could not be shown in the theatre for practical reasons, but which could be filmed. It seemed to me that these scenes were too good to be ignored in staging the play and that our audience deserved to see at least the salient part of each of them. So we shot these scenes, Matt Titterton of Advision TV very kindly edited them for us, and we projected them between the Acts of the play, which was very well received by our audiences, who enjoyed Shaw’s irreverent sense of humour. Our Autumn Play 2018 This year’s Autumn production is to be Lame Ducks, written by Barbara Dobson and James Coare, who joined the Playhouse a few years ago. We are delighted to be showcasing a “home grown” play, and hope that you will come along to support our two playwrights. This play will run at the Village Hall from the 19th to the 22nd of September, at 7.30. Wine and Wisdom in support of the Charity Porchlight in July The Playhouse will be holding a Wine and Wisdom Evening in the Village Hall in support of our Charity of the Year, Porchlight, which helps people who have nowhere to go and no one to turn to. The Playhouse is pleased to support their important and caring work. Tables of up to 8 people, bring your own food and drink, £5 per ticket. Book on 07501 894 381 Please come along and support our Charity while having a good night out.

MERCHANT NAVY DAY 2018 Minster has been asked if we would consider becoming involved in celebrating Merchant Navy Day, which this year falls on Monday 3 September, by raising the Red Ensign on our village flagpole. To that end we are about to purchase a Red Ensign for the Village Flag Team to be able fly from the village flagpole in Taylor Road. It is our intention to hopefully involve Minster Royal British Legion in this, if they are interested to help, although at the time of writing we haven’t yet contacted them because the invitation letter only arrived today (Friday 18 May – our June copy closure date) and we wanted to get this notice in the magazine this month. It is expected former Merchant Navy personnel, local VIPs, Dignitaries, Councillors and others will be invited to attend the flag raising ceremony. As we have already said this is at the very early stages but we thought it would be good to get some notification out to our readers at this time, so as others, if they wish, may be able to have some input into the arrangements. Ray Owen, MM Co-Editor & Flag Team Leader


Minster Matters Stronger Kent Community Fair Wednesday 6th June - 11am-1pm JD Wetherspoon – The Royal Victoria Pavilion Ramsgate FREE - Everyone welcome STALLS, FREE ENTRY, FREE ACTIVITIES, ENTERTAINMENT, FREE TEA & COFFEE, PRIZES TO WIN

School Choir, Ukulele band, boccia, Juggling, Human Knot, Cakes, and more… Stronger Kent Community Fairs promote and celebrate the community. This event brings together 50 community groups. Come along to get information and advice on everything from health to conservation, crime prevention and more. Find out what's happening in the area and how to get involved, get a new hobby or try something new. Discover leisure and voluntary opportunities. "Find ways to gain skills, boost your CV, meet people, use your knowledge & boost your happiness."

June 2018 Are you a local community group, charity, voluntary sector organisation or hobby/interest groups? Book a free stall. Stallholder Booking link: Visitors – no need to book, just pop in and take a look! More details: Emma Cooney, Thanet Volunteer Bureau, 01843 609339 Groups already booked in include Thanet Coast Project, Our Kitchen On The Isle of Thanet (CIC), Sunrise Rotary, Oasis Domestic Abuse, Age UK Thanet, Monkton Nature Reserve, Pie Factory Music, Samphire, Thanet Children’s Centres and more. Also, charities with projects in Thanet including Victim Support, Beanstalk Reading Helpers, British Red Cross etc Lots of the groups depend on volunteers – roles are varied and include everything from local historian, visiting detainees in custody at Margate police station, making a stir fry in front of hungry customers, supporting an international football tournament, helping in drama workshops for adults with learning disabilities and saying hello to everyone from new mums to empty nesters, it's often surprising who is affected by loneliness.

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June 2018

Church News and Service Times

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

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in JUNE

Minster Abbey The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day

(BCP = traditional language)


10.15am Holy Communion (BCP)


6.00pm Songs of Praise

Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am All-age Worship 6.30pm Sung Evensong

Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6.00pm

17 10.15am Holy Communion 10

Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians


tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’ (rule of St. Benedict) are warmly welcomed to join us in prayer, in our beautiful monastic chapel. Holy Communion at Home is available for anyone who is unable to access Minster or Monkton Church Telephone 821 250 or 822 428 Wednesday Mornings at St Mary’s Minster 10.30am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by refreshments

The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster Reverend Marcus Holden 592 071 Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am All-age Worship


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am All-age Worship with Holy Communion

72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate Holy day of Obligation each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other Catholic Services please see Minster Abbey below

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre 11 Tothill Street, Minster CT12 4AG


10.30am All-age Worship with Holy Communion

4.00pm Seamark Service - at the Church this month

but people of all faiths and spiritual

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

A group for children and young people ‘Connections’ meet during services on each Sunday except the 1st Sunday of the month when we all worship together.

Lieutenants Luke & Katy Johnson 01843 822308 or 825178

A Christian Church and Registered Charity No 214779 and in Scotland SC009359

Weekly Activities Tuesday Wednesday

Thursday 9.15am Prayer Group 9.30am Bumps & Babies 9.30am Parent & Toddlers 2.00pm Home League 10.30am - 2.30pm (Term time only) (Term time only) AgeUK Outreach 2.15pm Friendship Club Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship

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June 2018


What’s On…




Sunday 24 June Village Hall 10.00am - 4.00pm

NEXT MEETING Wednesday 20 June Village Hall, 7.30pm

Every Thursday from 10.30am til 12 Village Hall, Cliffsend

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

Sue Shaw “In the Footsteps of Paddington Bear”

Hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and biscuits Just make a donation, no set prices.

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

MINSTER WI Next Meeting Tuesday 12 June 7.30pm Village Hall New members and visitors always welcome

KNIT AND TALK TIME in MINSTER LIBRARY Beginners and non-knitters welcome Swap patterns and wool Tea & Coffee provided Every Friday 10.30 - 12noon

Enquiries to Kay on 01843 297 665

Minster Art & Craft Group We meet at the Old Schools every Monday morning from 9.00am to 12.30pm. We are a friendly and sociable non-teaching group ranging from artists to all types of crafters, all of whom are ready to give help and advice if requested. The charge per week is £2.00 to cover the hall etc and includes refreshments. You are welcome to come along for a free morning session to see what we are doing. Any queries - call Ann on 01843 821 152

VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS FOR JUNE - Enquiries: Eric James 01843 821 744 AM




VH Bowls (not 12th)

W.I. Darts

Dance Classes (not 29th)

Minster Arts & Crafts (am)

Tai Chi

Ladies Badminton Active 4 Life & Pilates Tea Dance

VH Bowls Group Scottish Country Dancers

Saturday 9th Children’s party

Sunday 10th Tuesday 12th

Minster W.I.

Wednesday 13th

VH Bowls Group V.H. Committee (eve)

Thursday 14th M&M Gardening Club

Wednesday 20th Sunday 24th Friday 29th Saturday 30th

Psychic Fayre Thanet Quilters (Exhibition Setup) Thanet Quilters Exhibition (also all day Sunday 1st July)


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June 2018


Booking the Multi Use Games Area The MUGA will be open for public use most BLUE & BLACK LIDDED BINS of the time. It is available for Minster BROWN & SILVER FOOD BINS School to use for sports activities and also TDC now require payment for replacements for clubs, groups and individuals to book (unless they can be repaired) for tennis, volleyball and netball. See their website here: Bookings i.e. when the MUGA is unavailable to the public or ring will be published weekly on the board next Customer Services on 01843 577 115 to the main information sign at the Minster Day Nursery entrance gate. and Out Of School Club To make a booking please contact the CALLING ALL PARENTS/CARERS LOOKING FOR CHILDCARE Parish Clerk. 15hrs FREE per week during term time for 3 and 4yr olds Warm and Friendly Environment OFSTED Registered Email: Fully Qualified Staff Open 7.30am - 6.00pm Before and After School Care Ages 6 months - 11 years Tel: 01843 821 339 Quality Care and Safety Provided Age Appropriate Rooms Please book at least 48 hours in advance Breakfast, 2 course HOT Lunch and HOT Tea Provided Morning and Afternoon Healthy Snacks

FREE for TWO places available


To Find Out More And Book Your Place

Now taking bookings - Office hrs 0900 - 1200 Mon - Fri

01843 821 482

Hire Times and Prices

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

Monday-Friday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) Saturday & Sunday

15:00hrs to 21:00hrs

09:00hrs to 21:00hrs

Price Structure * Full Pitch : £42 hour

Off-Peak Full Pitch : £29 hour

Half Pitch : £29 hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA

Have you made your Will? If you don’t have a plan for what happens to your estate… The Government has! Make a Will now and be sure your family’s future is secure. For a friendly local and affordable Will Writing Service:

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St Mary's Church, Minster Guided Tours of the Church and Tower Most Saturdays at 12.00noon and 2.00pm To ensure you don’t have a wasted journey please call

07958 813 577 to confirm that tours are taking place on the day of your intended visit The church is normally open from 10am to 3pm daily For party tours outside of the normal times please call the above number to make a booking

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

CPS Heating & Plumbing 01843 589 076

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June 2018 Est 1980


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Reliable qualified Electricians All aspects of wiring undertaken BURGLAR ALARMS TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS TV AERIALS - SKY SATELLITE * Reasonable rates * Free estimates * * Discount for OAP’S * Julie Beaney, Minster 01843 823 466 Gary Hake, Canterbury 01227 472 612

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12 2012 Nissan Micra

13 2013 Toyota Yaris

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1.2lt petrol, Auto, 5-door Hatch, Met Silver, A/C, 56k miles with service history, integrated bluetooth, handsfree phone system and more.

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All for ……

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08 2008 Nissan Qashqai Acenta 1.6lt petrol, manual, 5 door


59 2010 Vauxhall Agila Club

hatch, met orange, 61k miles with service history, 2 owners from new, integrated bluetooth handsfree phone system, large boot, excellent family vehicle £5895 All for……

64 2014 Peugeot 108 Active

1.0lt petrol, Manual, 5-door Hatch, zero road tax, Media & USB Aux plugin, A/C, 55k miles service history RCL

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1.4lt petrol, manual, 3 door hatch, met silver, 2 owners from new, 67k miles, cloth interior

59 2009 Hyundai i1.0

54 2004 Vauxhall Corsa, Active

59 2009 Toyota Aygo Platinum,

1.2lt petrol, manual, 3-door hatch, black, VERY LOW MILEAGE with only 34K miles, service history, 2 former owners, A/C, remote central locking, cloth interior and lots more. All for … £3195

1.0lt petrol, manual, 40K miles, service history, £30 per year road tax, 70+ MPG, 5 door hatch, leather interior, met silver, 2 owners from new. All for …


All for……

09 2009 Nissan Note Acenta, 1.4lt petrol, Manual, 60k miles with service history, one previous owner, RCL, Nissan integrated bluetooth phone system, A/C, cloth interior.


All for only...


13 reg 2013 Peugeot 208

1.2lt petrol, Manual, 5-door Hatch, cheap road tax, met blue, A/C, RCL

All for ...


06 2006 VW Polo,

All for …


57 2007 Vauxhall Movano Camper Van, 2-berth, lovely clean interior, equipped with toilet, fridge freezer, cooker, electric hook up and lots more All for ……



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Minster Matters - Issue 203 - June 18  

village magazine

Minster Matters - Issue 203 - June 18  

village magazine