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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 145: March 2013 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

Minster and Monkton Royal British Legion Branch


Minster Carnival Court 2013 l to r: Holly Humphrys (Princess) Danielle Law (Miss Minster) Rosie Malloy (Princess)

The Branch are looking for a person or persons who would be interested in taking over the organising of the Poppy Appeal in the Minster and Monkton area. Anybody who can help with this very necessary and well supported charity please contact the Branch Chairman, Mr Robert Hogwood on Minster 821354. Thank you.

VACANCY FOR PAVILION AND ALL WEATHER PITCH CARETAKER A vacancy has arisen for the position of Sports Pavilion and All Weather Pitch Caretaker for Minster Parish Council. The job is a part time post during evenings and weekends The position includes keyholding and some cash handling responsibilities, opening and locking the facilities for bookings and cleaning of the facilities to a required standard. For more details, application form and job description please contact Kyla Lamb the Parish Clerk on 01843 821339 or email Applications should be submitted Sad to See to the Parish Office Who ever remembers seeing the by Friday 8th March Bell Inn closed and shuttered!! The successful applicant Hopefully it won’t be like this for will be required to be able to start too long - see page 5 for property spokespersons statement on Monday 18th March E-mail : Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Electronic Copy, Podcast and Blog: Fax No: 0844 272 9875 Find us on Facebook or Twitter - search for : Minster Matters


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Black Bins

Waste & Recycling

Blue Bins

Monday - Tuesday

We are no longer permitted to list Green collection dates

Monday - Tuesday

11 / 25 : 12 / 26 8 / 22 : 9 / 23

March April

4 / 18 : 5 / 19 1/15/29 : 2/16/30

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Note: Colour price is the same for both single and/or multiple insertions (NO Discounts !!) Late payment for advertisements may mean they will be omitted from the next issue (3 months max!!) A full copy of our Terms and Conditions is available from our website The Editors accept all advertisements, articles and notices in good faith and actively encourage the support of the local traders and services. However, we cannot be held responsible for the quality of goods or services offered. Please mention the magazine when replying to advertisers. Note however that due to lack of recording space we do not copy our advertisers information to the audio CD’s. The magazine and CD are published eleven times a year, at the beginning of each month, from February to December, inclusive. Disclaimer: Views expressed herein are strictly those of their author and do not necessarily agree with those of the Editor and/or the editorial team. E.&O.E.

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

Useful Numbers and Contacts Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden: Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Community Dog Warden: 577 580 Salvation Army Hall: 825 178 Library: 821 442 Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333

Dates for Your Diary Copy Date for February Issue - Friday 15th March Mar 1

Women’s World Day of Prayer



Psychic Fayre



Pilates at the Pavilion


11 RBL Women’s Section Meeting


12 W.I. Meeting


13 Mother’s Union Fellowship Meeting


20 Horticultural Society Meeting


21 W.I. Coffee and Chat Morning


30 Charity Quiz Night


Apr 6

Audrey’s & Shirley’s Country & Western Dance



Salvation Army Quiz and Fizz


May 15/18 Minster Playhouse presents Calendar Girls


18 P.L.G. Spring Fayre




R.B.L. Scooter Day

Jun 15/16 Minster Open Gardens


Church Notices


All Weather Pitch


Village Hall Bowls Group


School Page


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Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 Minster School: 821 384 Village Website: Freegle: Mobility Scooters & Wheelchair (to loan): 07914 623 287 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) and the All Weather Sports Pitch bookings for both the above venues via

Parish Office 821 339 Old Schools: bookings via Jacque Sings 822 053 Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744 MM Subscriptions Copies of the Magazine or CD are now available on subscription to all non residents, worldwide. Payments quoted below are in advance To a UK postal address :Single Issue £1.70 Annually (11 issues) £16.50 Costs to an overseas address are available on request, and we will be pleased to quote for this service. Our mailing details are shown elsewhere on this page.

Copy Date for February Issue - Friday 15th March

Minster Parish Council next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 5th March @ 7pm in the Neighbourhood Centre Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; tel: 821 339 fax: 825 269 Email: NOTE: April Meeting Tues 2nd

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EDITORIAL Time thunders on and another month has been and gone. I’ve just noticed that come next month’s offering another milestone will have been reached, as I will have edited as many issues as founder Editor Kelvin Holdom. It doesn’t Ray seem like 6½ yrs since he left ‘the team’ in charge of his ‘baby’ and moved to pastures new. I hope we’ve done him proud and kept up the integrity of the magazine he so lovingly started on his own. I certainly couldn’t do it without help so I admire what he did in the early days and especially using programs Amy and equipment we would all find dinosaurs today. I know we’ve made a few tweaks along the way but in essence it is still the publication he left with us and I hope villagers are happy with how it is evolving. Full colour has to be our ultimate goal but in the present financial climate that is still an awful long way Brenda off, but one day I hope we can fulfil ‘my dream’ and we will be able to make that final big step. How sad to see the Bell Inn closed, I haven’t spoken to anyone who can ever remember it being empty before, and now it is bolted and barred, with steel shuttered doors and reinforced internal panelling on the windows. It truly Diane looks sorry for itself. Let us hope that the property owners, Enterprise Inns, can soon find another publican to take it on and hopefully return it to the vibrant place it once was. Personally I don’t think it needs to be a music venue, but to return it to a traditional English pub with good beer, great food and an Nora ambience that makes everyone feel welcome. The bottom end of the village seems dead without it, so come on Enterprise, find us a landlord who can inspire the staff and customers to return and make it one of ‘the places to go’ in Minster. I tell you time really flies if you aren’t watching it ! Elsewhere in this issue you will read that the Rev’d Canon Bob Coles is retiring after 17 years, YES that’s right I said 17 years as our Anglican Vicar. He ends his ministry here at the end of April and his final Service is scheduled to be on 21st April at 11.00am so be sure to attend if possible so we can give him a great send off. There has been speculation as to whether or not, because Bob is leaving, that Open Gardens might not happen this year, but according to the information we’ve been given to publish this month it would appear that the annual 2 day event is still ‘ON’, which is good to hear as it is always very popular with villagers and visitors alike. We don’t have room for a report from the Show Committee this month, but I’ve been asked to say that both they and the Twinning Assn are looking for local bands and musicians who would like to play in either or both of their Showcases in June (9th) and July (20th) .This is a great time to show others your talent and get you noticed. To book yourselves a spot on either or both showcases please contact Bernie SCHOOL VOUCHERS Watler on 07814 214 993, he’ll be pleased to Attwells Newsagents are again hear from you. collecting all varieties of Well, that’s it, as always space has beaten supermarket school vouchers. me yet again and so it only remains for me to ask So if you have any spare then the usual question: please drop them into the shop Where’s Zac??

MM CLASSIFIEDS Only good things have been heard about our new Classified Ads spot There is no charge to villagers for small Ads placed here and they are proving to be a success, with items getting sold on the day the magazine hits the streets. So, do you have something to sell, or is there an item you’d like to find? We take both offered and wanted small ads here. Just jot them down, email them to us or leave us a note at the library, we’ll be pleased to print them for you.


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MINSTER SURGERY PATIENT LIAISON GROUP You are also able to view all up to date information concerning the group, its activities, events, fund raising projects, provide instant feedback, and comment on any issues via our interactive pages. BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS Some patients may wish to keep a careful check on their blood pressure and others have also been identified who may be at risk. On the new style “Repeat Prescription Form” a reminder has been added asking patients to take their own blood pressure whilst they are in the waiting room, and then hand it in at Reception, so that it may be recorded on their records. This will help identify patients who may need further investigation. OUR NEXT FUND RAISING PROJECT Continuing the blood pressure theme, the Practice has identified the need for a further “24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitor” to help alleviate the need for patients to attend hospital for this test. Therefore, our first fund raising function of the year will be our: ANNUAL SPRING FAYRE SATURDAY 18th MAY at the “Old Schools” in Church St So an EARLY WARNING! Tables are on sale - but they usually go very fast! So get in quick! See our website for further details

SURGERY TRAINING DAYS Please note that the Surgery will close at 12.00noon on the following days for the purpose of staff training: Tuesday 19th March and Tuesday 16th April Should you need to see a doctor during these times then please call “Doctors on Call” via the normal surgery number 821333. Or you can call “NHS Direct” on 0845 46 47 for confidential health advice and information for you and your family. Thank you. PATIENT GROUP MEETINGS If you have any issues you would like to raise at any of our meetings, or you require further information on any of the above, then please contact either: Ken Self on 821200 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821049

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CLOSURE OF ‘THE BELL INN’ We feel sure many of you now know of the recent sudden closure of the Bell Inn and whilst speculation as to why and what’s now going to happen to it, is rife in the village, plus the added rumour that Enterprise Inns intend to put in a Polish landlord, Minster Matters felt we ought to ask the property owners, Enterprise Inns, what they had to say. This was the email we received from their spokesperson on Friday 15 February. “We can confirm the Bell Inn is only closed temporarily while we recruit a new Publican who can share our vision and take the business forward as a destination, food-led establishment. The site has great potential for the future and we have already received a good level of interest, but anyone interested in finding out more about this fantastic opportunity can call us on 0800 953 0072”

CO-OP KITTED OUT WITH LIFE-SAVING DE-FIBRILLATOR You may already be apprised of this. However I was recently in the Co-operative shop located at the Minster roundabout at the top of Tothill Street when I noticed mounted on the wall by the checkout tills a cardiac de-fibrillator. The manager informed me that it had been in place for about a month and that all the Co-operative outlets now had these life-saving devices installed. I can say that the modern de-fibrillators are brilliantly designed - essentially a sort of life-jacket vest which has the skin contact electrodes built in. All the attending ‘life-saver’ has to do is rip off the patient’s top clothing, strap on the de-fibrillator ‘life-jacket’ and follow the simple instructions which are both written on a card and with some devices may be spoken. Anyway, the de-fibrillator jacket ‘reads’ the patient’s heart signals and if, and only if needed, applies the correct and simultaneously corrective electric shock. All the rescuer has to do is strap the patient into the de-fibrillator jacket, make sure there is skin contact with the chest electrodes, follow the simple instructions and simply let it do what it is programmed to do. I understand the Thanet Ambulance Service personnel instructed the Co-operative staff in its use and will be happy to advise representatives from Minster village. Well done the Co-op! Kind regards, Dr Rodney Pell

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Dear Friends, Thank you very much for supporting our Smile International Christmas Shoebox programme and for the lovely donation of 131 shoeboxes from our good friends in Minster and St Mary’s Church. Please do thank everyone who donated a shoebox. We really appreciate your support in helping to put a smile on children’s faces at Christmas. I am sorry we have not been able to acknowledge your donation before now, but as you can imagine with the thousands of shoeboxes that we deal with each year, the administration side of the programme takes a considerable amount of time to work through. I do hope you will forgive the delay. We are delighted that our lorry full of Christmas shoeboxes left for Kosova on Saturday, 1 December. It was a freezing, cold morning, but our team of enthusiastic volunteers braved the elements and worked very hard to get the shoeboxes on and send the lorry on its way. I am pleased to say that our lorry was unloaded in Gjakove, Kosova on Saturday, 8 December, but our staff in Kosova also had to brave even tougher conditions due to heavy snowfall. Our team of volunteers flew out to Kosova to distribute the shoeboxes and they really enjoyed seeing the children’s faces light up as the opened their shoebox full of gifts. Thank you again for making a difference to children in need. Yours sincerely, Ruth A Doubleday (Director)

PARKING ON VILLAGE VERGES Dear Sir/Madam I’m a resident of Molineux Road and I am fed up with walking mud into my house because of inconsiderate people parking and driving on the grass verges which are now just mud, a trip hazard and an eye-sore. It would make sense for the council to either remove the verge and tarmac it all or lower the price for residents to have drop kerbs. What can be done? (Name withheld as requested)

Thank you to… Debbie and Helen for giving their morning up to clear the paths in Brockmans Close on Monday. What a good team we are in this corner of the village. Well done! Brenda

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Minster Matters In Memory of

Mrs Irene Foster 1913 – 2013 She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

March 2013

Irene’s family would like to thank all her friends and neighbours for their kind support during her last short illness, and for their generous donations to Thanet Hospice in her memory. After marrying her husband, George, at St Marys in 1938 she lived and worked with him at Jezzards Bakeries in Church Street till the 1970’s (Does anyone remember the ‘flead cakes?’) She remained in the village for the rest of her life. She loved Minster and would often tell wonderful stories of life in the ‘old village’.



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Walking past ‘The Old Bakery’ in Church Street just after Christmas our daughter was explaining the building to our grand-daughter. “This was the bakers. Grandma gave me some money and I walked to the bakers and used it to buy the bread. Sometimes I would have a penny roll of sweets.” This was in the 1970’s when Mr and Mrs Foster had the bakery. Entering the shop the wonderful smell of fresh bread. Different types of bread displayed on the shelves, square tin, milk, small round, sometimes flead cakes and Kentish huffkins. Behind the counter were the staff, either Mrs Smith, Mrs Ackleton (Maureen Collard’s mum) or Mrs Foster. No complicated till, just a drawer under the counter to open and put the money in!! During the morning, Mr Foster could be seen in the van going out on delivery rounds. I remember a delighted Mrs Foster telling me Wendy was going to teacher training at Winchester. I couldn’t work out whether Mrs Foster was more delighted at her daughter going to teacher training, or, that she would be away for the following three years!! Name and address supplied Having had 2 references above to ‘Flead Cakes’ we here at MM thought we ought to find some information on them for those of us who don’t know what they are, so here’s a little something we found on the Internet:


When pigs are slaughtered, set apart the web of fat (the “flead”) in which the kidneys are enclosed. This is the most delicate of animal fat, and it is a pity to mix it with the other for the simple process of rendering. If it cannot be used immediately while still fresh, render it separately in a small vessel placed in a pan of boiling water. The lard thus procured will be found particularly light and of fine flavour. But the "flead" makes beautiful pastry if used as soon as cold. Strip it of the skin, then shred it and mix with flour in the proportion of half a pound, or rather more, of FREE ESTIMATES fat to a pound of flour. Add a pinch of salt, and work into a light dough with water in the usual way. Roll out, fold over twice, roll out again to half an inch thick; cut Visit our website: into rounds, and bake in a quick oven. If liked sweet, some castor sugar may be mixed with the flour. ▪ Hedge Cutting and Pruning ▪ Lawn Care, Grass Cutting, Fertilisation ▪ Moss Control, Weed Killing ▪ Fencing, Patios ▪ Patio & Decking Power Cleaning

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RON BAKER CELEBRATES 80TH BIRTHDAY Minster and Monkton Royal British Legion members celebrated the 80th birthday of their good friend Ron Baker on Sunday 10th February. Ron, a former member of the Tank Regiment, was greeted by around 70 friends and family, they enjoyed a tasty buffet laid on by Sam. Will Taylor supplied a Bren Gun on its mount as a centre piece to the Military themed celebrations and Trisha Hogben produced a brilliant artwork banner. On a sombre note, a glass was raised in remembrance of Russel 'Slinger' Wood, a Monkton resident and former member of the Royal Navy, a great friend to the Royal British Legion's Wardroom Comrades, who sadly passed away at his home with his wife Shirley. 'Slinger' will be sadly missed by all who knew him and condolences go out to Shirley and family. In true Navy style the Pusser's Rum flowed freely, a great tribute to our two good friends Ron and 'Slinger'. Steve Philpott

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This year will see the fifth in the highly successful series of Passiontide concerts mounted at Holy Trinity Church in Broadstairs. The Seventy Chamber Choir, with the Festival Baroque orchestra and soloists, will be performing Bach’s St John Passion. Though on a somewhat smaller scale than the St Matthew Passion, which was performed two years ago, the St John is equally renowned for its beauty and power. The narrative is taken from chapters 18 and 19 of St John’s Gospel. The tenor Evangelist tells the story, with the other soloists taking the parts of the characters - principally Jesus and Pilate - and the chorus acts as the crowd. There are two levels of comment and reflection on the action; firstly, in a series of arias for the soloists, and then, in the 12 chorales - settings of hymn tunes popular in Bach’s day, which punctuate the piece. It is a work rich in dramatic contrast, with the quiet reflective beauty of the closing chorus and the chorales, for example, set against the fierce anger evident in the baying crowd scenes. Perhaps the greatest joy of the St John Passion, however, is that for all the ferocity and sorrow of the Good Friday story, it is a truly optimistic work anticipating the resurrection with music suffused with light and hope. For tickets, please telephone 01843 602332. £12 in advance, £15 on the door We hope you can join us.




This year our Thanet Festival Choir concert is a performance of William Lloyd Webber’s ‘Divine Compassion’, on Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Cliftonville. Admission is £10 in advance from choir members or from our website ( or £12 on the door. This work only came to light some 15 years ago, as it had remained in manuscript form unpublished. William was father of both Andrew (yes, he of Phantom, Joseph etc) and Julian, the famous ‘cellist. The work is charming and devotional and we are sure you will be moved by the composer’s wonderful gift for melody. Val Welsh

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AVOID A DIY DISASTER ON YOUR HOME As Spring approaches, many people start turning their thoughts towards home improvements and those little jobs that have been put off over the winter, but fire crews are urging residents to take sufficient safety steps to prevent their ‘Do-it-Yourself’ (DIY) efforts leading to disaster. Some DIY activities can increase the risk of fire and injury in the home. These range from fires ignited by blow torches being used to strip paint, to fires caused by faulty electrical equipment which may have been stored in a damp garage or shed over the winter period. Community Safety Manager, Stuart Skilton, said: “Whether it’s improving the kitchen, fixing up the spare room, or simply cutting the grass, accidents can happen when safety advice is ignored. The message from Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is therefore; if you are going to do it yourself – do it safely. “People often make mistakes when they are either tired or trying to get jobs finished quickly. Always ensure that the task is within your capabilities and that you take professional advice when required.” 2P/12

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TURMOIL IN THE HIGH STREET We would like to express our thanks to our Community Warden Aaron Kluibenschadl for all his help during the delivery of our rather large caravan. After several attempts it was finally delivered and his kindness and patience along with the support of our neighbours and the community was greatly appreciated. Sue and Ben Whelan

JEAN’S AND JACKIE’S ‘LEAVING DO’ With the closure of The Bell it means the ‘leaving do’ we mentioned last month, for Jackie and Jean from the library, has had to be relocated. Jackie gives it to us on good authority that this will now take place at The New Inn, 7.30pm on 27th March. All ‘old friends’ and library regulars are welcome to pop in, but again please remember, as we said last month, you are all responsible for your own ‘bar bill’.

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BELATED CHRISTMAS THANKS We have an apology from Lil Smith which she has asked us to print as she forgot to mention, last month, the Snowdown Colliery Band Concert at Christmas that also raised much needed funds for the Pilgrims Hospice. Lil says it was an excellent and enjoyable concert and she thanks everyone who played in the band for their wonderful music and she also thanks all those who came along and supported the event.

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB The activities at the Club are building up nicely as the Short Mat season is going into its final quarter. Through the dark days and nights the competitions have been progressing. We know who the Ladies & Gentlemen Singles are. The Ladies, Men’s, and Single Gender Pairs are also known. By the end of February the Triples competition will have been played, leaving the Mixed Pairs to be played on the 17th March. The three league teams are still progressing with mixed results and although we might not like it, it is time that other teams take the top positions. Next season we will need to do better. Over to the other side of the Club: About 100 members and guests had a wonderful evening entertained by a five piece band post Christmas. A horse racing evening is taking place on 2nd March, somewhere in the region of 30 prizes are to be auctioned at the end of the evening. Any one thinking about trying out bowls during the summer should come along to the Club to get the feel of a bowl, its weight, and which ones will suite you. A few ends on the short mat could help. We are well known for our friendliness, so please put us to the test. We are the only sports Club in the village open every day of the week, why not use our facilities. Glynne Hibbert

CALLING ALL CONTRACTORS! Minster Parish Council are setting up an approved Contractors list. Any contractors who wish to be included please write to Kyla Lamb, Clerk to Minster Parish Council, stating the type of work you carry out and include copies of a current public liability insurance certificate and any relevant qualifications you may hold. You will receive confirmation that you have been approved and included in the list. The Council are required to receive 3 quotations for work over a certain value and would use the list to contact relevant tradesman to quote for new work as it arises. The Parish Council’s Policy is to use local tradesmen where possible. Please send your details to: Kyla Lamb- Clerk, Minster Parish Council, 4A Monkton Road, Minster, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent. CT12 4EA Tel: 01843 821339

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“A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms We are looking forward to performing this, our next concert on Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Arts Centre, Sandwich. Directed by our Musical Director, Patrick Dunn we will be singing the piece in English – a new translation by Michael Pilkington with Brahms’ own piano arrangement for four hands. Our pianists, Nicola and Alexandra Bibby will also be performing music by Schubert and Mendelssohn. This is an unusual Requiem being settings of various Biblical Texts, many of them very positive about life after death, rather than a traditional setting of a Requiem Mass. Tickets, £8.00 in advance and £10.00 on the door, can be obtained from Lady Elegance, 6 King Street, Sandwich and from Mervyn Jones ( 01304 620811). Our following concert will be “A Song for a Summer Evening” at Sandwich Guildhall on Tuesday 11th June. The society, a choir of about 45 singers, rehearses at St Clement’s Church Hall, Sandwich on Monday evenings during term time. New members are welcome. Please contact our Secretary Mervyn Jones for further information.

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On Tuesday 12th February at 7.30pm, President Marion Rose welcomed members and after a rousing rendition of Jerusalem the speaker for the evening was introduced. Michael Bispham’s talk entitled 821291 Visit us for a large range of “Bees Naturally” was of great interest to Minster Village due to a current local Helium Balloons for Birthdays, Get Well, Congratulations and many more campaign promoting bee conservation etc in the area and members asked many Exciting new range of questions about bees and their fascinating lives. Mothers Day and Easter cards now available Baby DK, Premier DK, 4-ply wools and new patterns are Following refreshments, Marion reminded everyone about the birthday dinner always in store. You will be surprised by the range of at Quex Barn on the 26th February and, sometime in the next few months, a meal colours we have to offer at St Augustine’s Golf Club. She also drew everyone’s attention to a special collection Good News!!! You don’t have to travel miles for the basic DIY tools at the March meeting for the ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) and accessories, just visit Minster Post Office to help women in poorer countries. and you will find almost everything you require 1L/8 Treasurer, Ann Wilks, presented the budget for the current year which was proposed and seconded by members. Following the raffle the President closed, what QUALIFIED FOOT HEALTH had been a particularly enjoyable, meeting. PROFESSIONAL Next Meeting; March 12; Speaker Martin Newcombe David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP talks entitled ‘Food for Free’ and ‘Herbs that Heal’ Coffee and Chat; March 21; 10.00am to 12.00noon All forms of Services and Treatments Games Evening; March 27; 7.30pm to 10.00pm available for Foot and Nail care MINSTER POST OFFICE

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Forget the snow, the gales and the rain we’ve experienced over the last few weeks and look forward to new events organised by the Association as Spring draws ever closer. Firstly, I’d like to thank nine of our French twinned friends for joining the We provide personal and reliable English members of the Association to participate in and support the Selection treatment in the comfort of your own home, nursing or residential care home or dance for the new carnival court on Saturday 9 February in the village hall. Two French members assisted in the crowning of the new Miss Minster and her princesses hospital and welcomed them with gifts. Thank you so much, mes amis, for that generous Day, evening, weekend appointments and kind gesture. available by arrangement The next date for your diaries is very important when we will be holding a quiz in the Royal British Legion, so keep Saturday 16 March free, get a few friends Tel: 01843 866 601 together and book a table with Christine on 01843 821 471. The price will be Mob: 07749 999 584 2P/8 £5 per head which includes a light supper. Tables will be 6-8 people and it all kicks off at 7.30 pm. MALOYS MOWERS The next important event will be over the channel for the 15 Anniversary Unit 4, Ebbsfleet Lane, Minster, Ramsgate CT12 5DI Tel: 01843 825 000 celebrations. This will be hosted in our twinned village on Sunday 19 May. A FOR ALL YOUR GARDEN MACHINERY NEEDS meal will be included with various musical events and entertainment throughout * SALES * SERVICING * the day. A date not to be missed! * SPARES * REPAIRS * IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW MOWER In order that you have a stress free journey (and the chance for everyone to OR ANY OTHER GARDEN MACHINERY savour the rich flavours of the French wines with no fear of being stopped and DELIVERED TO YOU FULLY ASSEMBLED AND DEMONSTRATED breathalysed), we are considering hiring a coach for the day, providing we have VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE adequate support. If we have sufficient responses and can fill a 49 seater coach, the total cost would be approx £20 per person. Please ring Carol before 10 March HUNDREDS OF PRODUCTS TO BUY 1l/6 AT THE CLICK OF A BUTTON on 07745 683 466 if you’re interested in sharing the coach trip. All are welcome. I will collect a deposit of £10 per person from interested parties, which would be refundable should we not be able to fill the coach (I sincerely hope we can). If we have 49 people by that date, then I will secure the coach and the deposits will then become non-refundable and the balance will be due 2 weeks prior to travel. In the unlikely event of the coach being unfilled, we will travel independently, but I will need to know definite numbers in order that our meals can be catered for by our hosts. If you would like to become more involved in the Twinning Association, or offer any advice on how we could raise money, please join us at the next meeting on Thursday 21 February at 7.30 pm in the Royal British Legion. New blood always welcome.

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AN ENGLISH COUNTRY LANE. How very beautiful is an English country lane. Where birds all sing their enchanting refrains. Wispy, wistful Wisteria, cottage walls grace, Periwinkle clambers along the hedgerows, showing me its delicate face. Alkanet grows tall, with flowers of deepest blue, and Celandine’s starry flowers of gold, bloom prettily for me too. I see everything very naturally growing in its own domain, I am in awe, once more, at the wonder of springtime, in an English country lane. Yvonne Chapman

MINSTER OPEN GARDENS 15th – 16th June This year we are holding our 15th Open Gardens and will be back on our usual weekend. We already have many gardens but are always looking for more! If you are considering entering your garden then please contact Rev’d Bob Coles: Thanet 821250

March 2013 CHRISTIANS TOGETHER IN MINSTER LENT COURSE 2013 Reflecting on the Gospel of St John Chapter 17 12th March at the Abbey 7.15 Compline 7.30 Meeting in St Benedict’s until 8.30 Tuesday 19th March 7.15 Evensong in St Mary the Virgin A wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel and unite in Christ. All are Welcome. Hot drinks will be served.

CHRISTIANS TOGETHER IN MINSTER AND DISTRICT Good Friday, 29th March There will be a silent procession starting from Minster Abbey gates at 9.45am, continuing to the Bakery where we will gather to sing hymns. You would be welcome to join in a service that follows in the Salvation Army from 10.30am – 11.30am. All are welcome to join us in this act of witness on this Holy Day.

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Church News and Service Times St. Mary the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services in MARCH 3rd March 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Family Praise 6.30pm: Evensong 10th March 9.00am: No Service this week 10.00am: Mothering Sunday Service 17th March 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Morning Worship 24th March 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Holy Communion (CW) 31st March Easter Day 9.00am: No Service 10.00am: Holy Communion

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

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services in MARCH 3rd March 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 10th March 10.15am: Mothering Sunday Service 17th March 10.15am: Holy Communion with the Methodists 24th March 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 31st March Easter Day 10.15: Holy Communion (CW)

Announcement : Canon Bob Coles has announced that he will be retiring at the end of April after 17 years at Minster. His last service here will be at 11am on Sunday 21st April

Funerals 31st January : Norma Lees (65) (Norma Bowditch when she lived here) at Thanet Crematorium


The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster Tothill Street, Minster Reverend Marcus Holden 592071 Parish Office Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road Ramsgate CT11 7DS Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12.00noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Minster and each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other Catholic Services please see the Minster Abbey entry below

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

Services during Holy week Maundy Thursday 28th March: 9.30am: Holy Communion (CW) at St Nicholas-at-Wade 10.30am: Holy Communion(BCP) at Minster 7.30pm: Holy Communion(CW) at Minster Good Friday 29th March 9.45am: “Walk of Witness” starting at the Abbey Gates 12.00noon: “At the Cross” at St Nicholas-at-Wade 12.00noon: “Good Friday Devotion” at Monkton 2.00pm: “The Passion at the Cross” at Minster

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Tuesday Evening 19th February (1 hour taster session) 6.15pm to 7.15pm and 7.30 to 8.30pm. £7 per session. Followed by new 6 week course beginning 5th March. £36 for the 6 week course or £7 per session. Class size limited to 12 people. For more information or to book your place, please call Vikki on 07971 162859 or email

We have spaces available We meet on a Monday from 5.30pm – 7.00pm at the Salvation Army, Tothill Street, Minster Girls aged 7-10 years Please contact Sharon (Brown Owl) on 01843 834457 or 07891 263 900 We wear a uniform, have fun, play games, make things and have days out !!!

CLIFFSEND FUN CLUB Mother and Toddler Group

CANTERBURY CHORAL SOCIETY Canterbury Cathedral Saturday 27th April, 7.30pm Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem R Strauss Tod und Verklärung Tickets available from the Marlowe Box Office 01227 787787 or

Mondays 10.00am-12.00noon (term time only) Come along with your little ones and join in with singing, craft and play, in a safe environment for your children. £2.50 per family includes adult refreshments and toddler food. Ages birth - 5 years Mummies, Daddies, Grandparents, Carers all welcome Contact Kirsten on 01843 826365

MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri Hire times and prices from 1st April 2012 Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs Price Structure * Full Pitch : £34/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £23hour Half Pitch : £23/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 t: 821339 f: 825869 e: MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP

Short Mat Bowls Sessions for March Mark Padfield and Stuart Lamb would like to invite you to enter a 4 Person Team

Mark and Stuart are running the London Marathon on the 21st of April and have committed to raising £5000 for Children with Cancer. The charity is close to their hearts and is a wonderful cause. There will be prizes on the Night And a fun Quiz with some surprises £6.00 per person - Buffet included Issy Wissy lets get Quizzy ! (That’s Paddy’s Line)

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



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Saturday 13th April Quiz and Fizz Have fun and test your knowledge THE MOTHERS’ UNION FELLOWSHIP GROUP

Friday 1st March 2.00pm St Mary’s Church Women’s World Day of Prayer Speaker Cptn Lyn Hargreaves All welcome to join us Thursday 13th March 2.00pm Fellowship Group Meeting St Mary’s Church Thank you to everyone who supported us on ‘Pancake Day’ £75 was raised for the Church Fabric Fund

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

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section NEXT MEETING Monday 11th March 7.30pm Make an Egg Cosy for Sales Table Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information please contact Miriam Smith on 822589 MINSTER CHANGE RINGERS St Mary’s Church

MINSTER-IN-THANET WI NEXT MEETING TUESDAY 12th MARCH 7.30pm Speaker Martin Newcombe talks entitled ‘Food for Free’ and ‘Herbs that Heal’ Coffee and Chat Thursday 21st March 10.00am to 12.00noon Games Evening Wednesday 27th March 7.30pm CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further info contact June Chadband 226033

Ringing Practice on Fridays 19:30 to 21:00 ‘til end of March find us on the web at: and for further information email:

Audrey’s and Shirley’s Charity Dance Saturday 6th April Country and Western Evening Live Music £6.00 per person - tickets from Audrey .. 821792 or Shirley .. 822015 In aid of Surgery 24hr Blood Pressure Monitor

NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY 20th MARCH VILLAGE HALL 7.30pm Speaker Malcolm Withnall on “Modern Vegetable Production Methods” Points Competition A Stem of a Winter Shrub PSYCHIC FAYRE Sunday 3rd March 10.00am ‘til 4.00pm Village Hall, Minster Lots of stalls including Tombola for Cats in Crisis Lots of readings available at £8 Aromatherapy & Reflexology Tea Bar open all day for light refreshments All profits to non-Government aided Animal Sanctuaries Entrance £1 - children Free Come early to book your readings and come back for it later WE NEED YOU SO MAKE SURE YOU COME!! Details from Kay on 01843 297 665

MINSTER HEALTHY WALK meets at Minster School on Thursday mornings (term time only) at 9.00am for a 9.15am start The walk is suitable for all ages and is a gentle pace as well as buggy friendly It lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, afterwards we have refreshments at Minster Library

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market

Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197

If you are interested in joining our walk please contact Michelle Mannering 01843 841082


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March 2013

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Fish! Have you ever seen fish because if you haven’t here are some pictures of them. You can have some sort of fish as pets, others live in the sea and sea life centres! By Jess

E-Safety Being sensible on the computer is important when you are playing on any websites. Don’t give out your personal information etc., ● Password ● Address, Dogs Trust ● Phone number!! In dogs trust they never put a healthy dog down. No matter big By Hannah and Ebony or small, dogs trust are here to help. Do you want to help? Become a member, you can join an event Humpback Whales Humpback whales are known well for their singing and their or find another way to get involved .These lovely dogs are real beautiful noises. Humpbacks are the only whales that can sing. characters but the one thing they need more than anything is a The songs travel miles through the ocean to communicate and best friend like me or you. They feel the best way to buy a dog is attract other whales. These sequences of moans, howls, cries to rehome them. Each year they rehome around 16,000 there and other noises are quite complex and continue for hours on are 18 rehoming centres nationwide. No healthy dog will ever end. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their be destroyed with this team on the lookout. meanings. It is most likely that humpbacks sing to communicate Primark with other whales. One whale was recorded singing for twentyPrimark is a great place for clothes and accessories shopping. two hours. The products they sell are all at low prices, but perfect quality. By Olivier Ringrose Things you can buy are: ● Makeup New Year’s Resolution ● Hand gel/hand cream (it’s amazing) Do you remember me saying about New Year resolutions ● Clothes because I have done mine already I have got my ‘pen licence ● Shoes yay!’. A pen licence is where you get to write in pen at all ● Sweets lessons, but maths, never maths!!!!! ● Hair products By Jessica Fright ● Onesies - pyjamas For all great prizes! Oreos Local Primarks are in Margate, Westwood Cross and Ramsgate. Oreos are really nice because of the really nice creamy centre! By Annabelle, Emily W, Emily S, Grace They are really addictive; I always twist it, lick it and dunk it!! Emily.S said; they go really well with milk! Grace likes them Valentines Day! because they are chocolaty and just delicious! On Valentines Day you send cards and gifts to your boy friend, I recommend this and you should definitely try them. or girl friend or secret admirer. Our friend Hannah received a By Emily W card from Ethan saying Happy Valentines Day and saying love?????and then xxx. Dog with a blog! I wonder what you got? Happy Valentines Day Peeps!!! Dog with a blog is a new TV program, for kids on Disney By Grace, Emily S and Emily W channel. It’s about a dog who can talk and he is clever and has a blog on the Internet. The characters are Mum, Dad, Tyler, Avery, Chloe and Stan the dog. The dog is very smart so he wanted be like a real human and then he drove a car and crashed into a tree! Stan the dog is really cool and I totally recommend it! By Emily W and Grace Keep calm and carry on… Wisewood dance! Keep calm and go shopping… At street dance you can get into exams and its really cool! Keep calm and cuddle up… th Keep calm and drink tea… On February 4 Miss Hannah taught us a new dance. We have learnt a dance already that is called Scream and Shout Keep calm and watch tv… Keep calm and spend more… by and Britney Spears. Keep calm and sleep… I go with my best friend Beatrice (Bee)! it’s so cool! You can get a uniform and that includes: joggers a t-shirt and a Keep calm and buy stuff… Keep calm and read a book… hoodie! Keep calm and buy shoes… The teachers are Miss Hannah and Miss Liv! By Anabelle Fleming By Stacie and Bee!


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Minster Matters Issue 145 March 13  

village magazine

Minster Matters Issue 145 March 13  

village magazine