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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 189 : March 2017 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 101)

Miss Minster 2017 - Lenhle Kayise Motsa

Armbouts-Cappel Carnival more pictures inside

Opening of Southern Co-op Minster by Pilgrims Hospice

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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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Copy for any issue of Minster Matters must be received (at the very latest !!) by the 3rd Friday of the preceding month Copy date for next issue shown at top of ‘Diary of Dates’ on right of this page Editor: Ray Owen 07864 345 019 Editorial Team: All members except Accounts can be reached through the email address above

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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

Monthly Circulation - 2280 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.

Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 17 MARCH Mar 4

Twinning Assn Quiz Night



Psychic Fayre



W.I. Meeting



Horticultural Society Meeting



Russian Orthodox Male Voice Choir @ St Nicholas Church



Men’s Supper Club



QEQM LOF Fashion Show & Supper



Coffee Morning at Old Schools



W.I. Dabble Day for members


PLG Spring Bazaar


May 13 17-20

Minster Playhouse - May Play



Abbey Patchers Biennial Quilt Show


Twinning Ducasse and Anniversary in France


Kate’s Pudding Recipe


Useful Numbers and Contacts Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 PCSOs Craig Raisbeck & Shaun Riches: 101 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Orbit Housing: Community Dog Warden: 577 580 Salvation Army Hall: 825 178 Library: 03000 41 31 31 Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333 (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00am) Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 Minster School: 821 384 Village: Show: Business Association: Freegle: Mobility Scooters & Wheelchairs (to loan): 07864 345 019 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) All Weather Sports Pitch & MUGA bookings for the above venues via

Parish Office 821 339 Old Schools: bookings via Pat Hogben 822 082

or email:

Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744

Late payment for advertisements may Neighbourhood Centre Meeting Room: mean they will be omitted from the next bookings via Library 03000 41 31 31 Jemima’s Locket (Eve & Sun) bookings via issue (3 months max!!) A full copy of our Terms and Conditions are available from our website

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Jun 25

Sarah Thorne Theatre


What’s On at the Royal British Legion


Parish Council Meeting Summary


School Page


Church Notices


Village Hall Bowls Group


Village Hall Diary


Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) Bookings


All Weather Playing Surface


St Mary's Church Guided Tours


Red Recycling Bags - now at Library and not Parish Office


Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY

Minster Parish Council

next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 7 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:9.30am to 12noon 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 : 4 April

Minutes of all Council Meetings can be found at

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CONDOLENCES Betty Smith and family would like to express their thanks to everyone who sent cards and condolences on the loss of Dave Smith.

Attwells Newsagents always welcome donations of pet foods for

EDITORIAL I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to fill this space with this month. For the past few issues I’ve given up most of my editorial space to enable us to squeeze in as much as possible, but this month we’ve struggled to fill 32 pages and I’ve been left with most of this page to fill. So, what can I tell you? Well my collection of plastic bottle tops Diane is coming along slowly, however please don’t stop saving them for me, I’m going to need thousands to build this giant and I’m still only in the hundreds, please tell your friends and relations to save them for me, the more the better. Remember I’m accepting Diana all tops, large, small and anything in between just provided they are plastic. Just bought a second crochet hook so as I can join my ‘better half’ who is busy making ‘poppies’ for 2018 - I thought I may have a Kevin go at producing a few ‘Le Bleuet’ (Cornflowers) in recognition of our French comrades. Already the evenings are drawing out and I’ve noticed there are lots of bulbs beginning to push up through the borders awaking from their Winter slumber, Spring will soon be with us and we’ll all be able to get back out in our gardens. Speaking of gardens the village ‘Open Gardens’ committee are looking for ‘new’ gardens to open this year so if you would like to show off your ‘patch’ please do get in touch - see their poster on page 16 of this issue for contact details. Whilst speaking of Open Gardens then it’s also time to remind you of our ‘Scarecrow Challenge’ which we hold over the same weekend - the Minster Show theme for 2017 is ‘Carnival’ (Mardi Gras style!!) so I’ve been thinking it would be great to see some Scarecrows following that same theme - although if you are intending entering and have already got a great idea in mind then don’t let me spoil those thoughts, we aren’t actually setting a theme to be followed, but it was just that ‘Carnival Crows’ might be an idea if you’re stuck for one of your own. Forms/Rules will be available in the April issue of this magazine. Well having started out by puzzling about what to write I seem to have run out of space all too quickly, now there’s just enough left to ask ‘Where’s Zac?’

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUR ST. NICHOLAS PATIENTS Unfortunately with the ever increasing pressures being placed upon Primary Care and the increased patient demand, it has become extremely difficult to maintain a valid clinic at St Nicholas on a Tuesday, and it is with regret that the Partners at the surgery have decided to postpone these clinics with effect from 1st March 2017. We appreciate that this will cause inconvenience for some patients and we are therefore extending the usual Friday clinic to accommodate this. This decision has not been taken lightly as we acknowledge that providing a clinic in the village is of extreme importance to all residents in the area, but to ensure we maintain safe operating practices, we have had to take this action.


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MISSED APPOINTMENTS - THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Another big improvement! This is the first month the total has been under 100 for a long time. Only 30 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and only 65 patients did not attend their nurse’s appointment. Thank you to all those patients who have helped us achieve such an improvement and long may it continue. So please remember – Don’t need it, cancel it, by phone, text or online. “WALK FOR LIFE” ACTIVITY PROGRAMME The surgery has now launched this programme and we are inviting people to come and join us in a walk around the local area for about an hour or so, with the aim of meeting people, becoming more active and enjoying our community. These take place every Thursday at 10.30 so please come along and join us, or if you would like further information please contact the surgery. SPRING FAYRE Our Annual Spring Fayre will take place on Saturday 13 May at the Old Schools in Minster as usual, and of course there is “Free Entry”. Tables remain at £7 for small and £10 for large and are on sale now, so please book early to avoid disappointment. See our poster on Page 21 of this magazine for further details. OUR NEW PROJECT - YOU DECIDE! We will be launching our new project in time for the Spring Fayre, so would like your help please. What additional facilities or equipment would you like to see at the surgery? What do you think would benefit you and your family the most? Please let us know - we welcome your feedback and all suggestions will be put on display on our notice board. FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY Last month patients responses were as follows: Extremely likely/likely - 92%; extremely unlikely/unlikely - 5%; unsure/don’t know - 3%. SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS Please note that the surgery will close at 12.00noon on the following days for the purpose of staff training: Thursday 30 March; Wednesday 26 April; Wednesday 24 May. The surgery will also be closed all day on the following bank holidays: Good Friday 14 April, Easter Monday 17 April, Monday 1 May; Monday 29 May. Should you need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the NHS 111 Service via the normal surgery number 821 333 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/life threatening issues, dial 999 as normal. 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 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821 049.

A BIG THANK YOU 2016 - WAS OUR BEST YEAR EVER! At our fund raising events we raised just over £1300, which was brilliant. We received donations from patients and friends totaling just over £17000, which was amazing and we purchased much needed additional equipment totaling £18137.80, which was fantastic! So we would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has help and supported us throughout the year, without which we would never have achieved such amazing results.

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VANDALISM/CRIMINAL DAMAGE IN OUR VILLAGE The following letter arrived in our inbox after we’d already sent this issue to print on Sunday evening - however we felt it so important that we removed a less time sensitive article from this space and resubmitted the page for printing.

Who's fed up with the antisocial behaviour during late night and early morning hours. Enough is enough in what was once a delightful village to live is becoming a nightmare. Bad language, general noise and vandalism have become the norm to expect. Worst still, it won't get any better as the spring and summer approach. I was disturbed by noise at 10:45 Saturday night, 3:55 and 4:30 Sunday morning. I looked out and saw eight youths, possibly about the age of 14 or 15 totally out of control. Cars have been damaged and gardens trampled over. I am now keeping a diary of events. With no evidence of police ever being present maybe we need to join forces and sort the little yobs out ourselves. I am a born and bred villager, there's still a fair few of us. I can tell you, we have got together many times for the good of the village, and we can do it again. I am sure this all started after McDonald's were granted 24 hour opening. The amount of litter is evidence alone of how irresponsible some people can be. If every person who's fed up or maybe afraid of what's going on, can write a letter and leave it in the box at the library. Make sure you include your name and address. A mention of any damage that you found the morning after, or just to say if you have been disturbed will be fine. If enough people are willing to get on board, we can spy, report and deal with the matter appropriately, apprehend and call the police to start with. I will pass on all the letters to the Police Commissioner, if he can't do anything, then it works both ways, if we become a nuisance to the perpetrators, what can they do? Hazel Grove CLEANING (small local family run business) IRONING SERVICE MAX CARPET Need a quick efficient ironing service? I supply a collection/delivery service free to Minster, Monkton & Cliffsend No pile to big or too small Smoke/pet free home For more information contact Jemma on 07786 623 325 (Minster)

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In Memory of Katy Lakin

Carly Bedwell is running the London Marathon to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust helping to support people affected by HIV Carly, who grew up in Minster is raising vital funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. Carly will be running the London Marathon on 23rd April 2017. To help boost the sponsorship Carly and her family are holding a;

Coffee Morning Saturday 25 March 10.00am until Noon Old Schools, Church Street

A message from her sister Lucy, mum Jan, dad John and husband Saul. Katy was very much a village girl and loved everything about Minster. She worked at the Bell Inn, Minster Co-op and Minster Day Nursery during her life. She was so caring and fun-loving and was loved by many. She married Saul Creed at St Mary’s Church which was the best day of her life. As many of you know, shortly after her wedding she passed away so our family felt it only right that they celebrated her life at St Mary’s Church followed by her wake at the Legion. We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped her through some good and bad times. Our family will be forever grateful and can’t believe the generosity and kindness of everyone in the village and to all others involved. Lucy and 11 of her friends will be taking part in a Skydive in aid of the Pilgrims Hospice and in memory of Katy on Sunday 30 April at Beccles Airfield in Suffolk, which they have organised themselves. They could really do with your help in fundraising for this worthy cause. Last year Lucy’s twin sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and after a very brave and strong fight, she sadly lost her battle in November 2016. It was her wish to marry the man of her dreams which she achieved but sadly passed away just a few hours after her wedding. Pilgrims Hospice provided some exceptional care for her. This Skydive is just a small way to raise money to help others who need similar care. Please, if you can spare any amount big or small, it would mean the world to her family and friends. There are details for her ‘just giving’ page below or there is a sponsorship form at the Hair of the Dog.

There will be tea, coffee, cakes, crafts, various games, tombola and a raffle. Please come along to help show your support. Carly works in the Pharmaceutical Industry and has been able to see the amazing advances in HIV medicine. Over the past few decades the prognosis of someone diagnosed with HIV has changed dramatically. HIV is no longer a death sentence. However, this brings about new challenges and other long term effects to be aware of. Unfortunately, social attitudes have not advanced as quickly as science, and HIV still carries a great deal of stigma. The Terrence Higgins Trust works to provide comfort and support for people with HIV going through tough times, and make sure they never feel alone. They can educate young people about the facts around HIV and the importance of valuing their sexual health. They are fighting the shocking stigma and discrimination which still exists around people living with HIV. India Turner-Lees, Community Fundraising Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust, said; “The fundraising that Carly is doing makes such a big difference to people living with and affected by HIV, and poor sexual health. The money raised will help us deliver vital services to help us end the HIV epidemic, improve sexual health and empower people to live well with HIV.” If you are unable to make the 25th March but would still like to donate, please go to Carly’s Just Giving page at: Thank you all in advance.

March 2017

Kate’s Puddings – what’s cooking? We first discovered this delicious concoction on holiday in Switzerland, where it was part of the breakfast menu. It’s far too good just to have for breakfast! Bircher (as it is known in the family) is a really healthy pudding, but has the amazing advantage of having no sugar at all, relying on the sweetness of the fruit. You can add some runny honey, if that’s a bit too healthy! Perfect for diabetics, it is also gluten free.

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Our May play, David Tristram’s Inspector Drake’s David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP Last Case, is in rehearsal and our excellent scenebuilder Peter Pamphilion has started to build the set, All forms of Services and Treatments which contains a fireplace from a production at the available for Foot and Nail care London Palladium! Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe, David Tristram is possibly Britain’s funniest playwright, and he has Ingrown nails, Nail deformities, Infection control for Athletes foot and excelled himself here with Inspector Drake’s Last Case, one of his funniest Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas, plays! Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare This is no ordinary whodunit. The broad and, let’s face it, frankly silly We provide personal and reliable treatment humour will keep you laughing from start to finish, while trying to keep up in the comfort of your own home, nursing with the plot as Cook, the gardener, Gardener, the cook; Butler the guest, or residential care home or hospital and Guest the butler confuse Sergeant Plod, while the scalpel sharp mind of Day, evening, weekend appointments Inspector Drake fails to resolve the play’s final question – which you know available by arrangement the answer to. Tel: 01843 866 601 Sitting at the back of the hall during our productions, I can watch with Mob: 07749 999 584 great satisfaction as our audiences laugh continuously from start to finish in our comedies, and I ask myself, “When was the last time you laughed all the way through a comedy on television?” There is no doubt that laughter is the best and cheapest therapy for the worries and stresses of everyday life, so leave the TV, and come and join us We are a conservation building company that specialise for an evening of life-enhancing laugh therapy with Minster Playhouse and in repairing, restoring and conserving listed and period properties.

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Sunday 5th March at 7pm The Reduced Rock Company presents THE FIFTIES The Reduced Rock Company are on the road again with a brand new, non-stop musical extravaganza and this time they take on the ever popular genre of 1950s’ rock ‘n’ roll. £13 Paid in advance. £15 on the doors. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Friday 10th March at 7.30pm “MAKERS AND SHAKERS” A fantastic cabaret style evening with female musicians and performers for POW! £10 paid in advance. £12 on the doors. UNRESERVED TABLE SEATING. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sunday 12th March at 3pm THE ROCHESTER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Programme to include popular English Classics – Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and the World Premiere of Jacob Bride’s Song Cycle Baptism and Belle. £10 Paid in advance , £12 on the doors, Unreserved seating. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Saturday 18th March at 7.30pm Broad Horizons Theatre Company presents THE LITTLE BIT THE BOYS ADMIRE - THE MARIE LLOYD STORY £10 paid in advance. £12 on the doors. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sunday 19th March at 7pm An Evening with Anita Harris , with Peter Gill on the piano.. £14 paid in advance, £16 on the door -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Saturday 25th March at 7.30pm ‘YESTERDAY ONCE MORE” The Karen Carpenter Story. Featuring Rebecca Robinson and Mark Heller. £12 paid in advance, £14 on the door. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sunday 26th March at 6pm Michael Lunts in “Coward at Sea” £13 paid in advance. £15 on the doors. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Book by calling the Box Office 01843 863701 (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm – 24 answer phone) also go to to BOOK ON LINE. The theatre is open for all but Membership at £18 year offers good discounts on the majority of shows. THERE ARE NO BOOKING FEES AT THIS THEATRE THE TICKET IS THE PRICE.

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MONTHLY ‘ZAC BAG’ COMPETITION No winners this month - oops, maybe that’s because I forgot to include him. Well you won’t find him hiding in the magazine this month either as we are giving him a rest for a couple of months, but he’ll be back around July. ‘SPOT ZAC’ COMPETITION - NO WINNERS THIS MONTH BUT HE’S STILL OUT AND ABOUT IN THE VILLAGE Here’s Zac’s picture so you know who to look for (He’s only about 150mm tall) - OH AND ZAC HAS ASKED US TO REMIND YOU THAT HE’S A DOG AND NOT A RABBIT!! Our competition for the youngsters who attend Minster and Monkton schools or Tadpoles. Zac has moved on to another Minster business and the last time we saw him he looked like he was learning to fly!! All you have to do is find him and submit your answer to us, at the library, on the back of an envelope stating where you saw him, your age, your school and your address. Then whoever is drawn first from our bag will be our winner. The monthly prize will be a cash award of £5, so well worth entering.

ZAC’S MUSINGS Been in the wars since I was here last. Fell down the stairs and injured my leg but after a couple of days resting on the sofa it’s back to being as good as the other three. We’ve been plagued by a mouse indoors recently and the little so and so has even had the audacity to nip off with my dinner on occasions, he made off with nearly enough to refill my bowl, but we’ve put an end to his nightly forays into my supper, Mum locks it away in the cupboard before she goes to bed. The old boy, and mum have been up in the loft, under the stairs and in the backs of cupboards but they haven’t found a nest, however they’ve filled up lots of holes and cracks and ‘touch wood’ we’ve not seen or heard the little devil for the past week or so, hopefully he’s gone off to raid pastures new (or our bait has seen to his demise!).

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Jemima’s Locket Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Facebook doesn’t appeal to you? Then try our network which is private and dedicated to just Minster & Local Villages Go to: Invite Code: RVYDEW BS7671 Qualified Electrical Engineer

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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB I regret to report that Margaret Griffiths lost her battle against cancer and passed away on Friday 10th February. She was a fine bowler, but more than that she was a lovely lady and will be sorely missed. Our condolences go to her husband Alan and their family. In the E.K.S.M. leagues the Hinds are in 3rd place in Division 1 the Abbots are 6th in Division 2, whilst the Monks are 4th in Division 3, as shown on the league tables at 19th February. In the Club competitions Min Smith and Maureen Hedges will contest the Final of the Ladies Singles, whilst Sue Jones, Brian Hedges and Paul Churchley will meet Elaine Symons, David Ormerod, and Alan Blake in the Mixed Triples. These matches will be played over the weekend 8th/9th April. On Saturday 18th February 4 pairs from the club took part in the "Dusty Miller Pairs" at Hawkinge.

MINSTER POST OFFICE Opening Times 8a.m - 6pm Monday - Friday 8a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday


. Mails . Travel Money . Money Gram . Cash Withdrawals/Deposits . Motor Vehicle Licence New cards, wool, gifts, & DIY Items

Brian Morphew, Hon. Secretary

MINSTER W.I. Our February meeting had quite a ‘green’ theme! Our speaker, Francesca Baur, talked about how she set up her textiles printing company, Fable and Base, in Whitstable. All her designs have a sustainable/green theme and are influenced by nature. She gave us a demonstration of how she does the printing and brought along samples of printed fabric she had produced. Members had also brought along their green hearts which they had knitted, crocheted, felted and sewn to decorate our Jubilee tree to ‘Show the Love’-the WI’s campaign to highlight the effects of climate change. These have been used to decorate our Jubilee tree. (picture on page 20) Tuesday 14th March meeting is Craft and Social - members can try to make sugar craft icing flowers, decorate a candle, have an introduction to social media or play board games. The competition is 6 decorated cupcakes. 21st March - Birthday Dinner at St. Augustine’s Golf Club 25th March – Dabble Day for members Visit the new Minster WI website at

GIRLS WORLD BEAUTY SALON OAP Pedicures from £15 Includes: soak feet, cut nails, tidy cuticles, remove hard & dry skin and finish with a foot & leg massage An enjoyable treatment for both men & women March Offers 10% off Dermalogica products 10% off all massage treatments with Sara Gift Vouchers available

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A modern three bedroom semi detached house within walking distance of local shops and amenities Gardens front and rear plus allocated parking for two cars. EPC Rating: B

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Extended family house close to the heart of the village with some period features. Four double bedrooms, two bathrooms, two reception rooms, large kitchen/diner, conservatory and utility room. Good sized garden and off street parking. EPC Rating: D

Unusual detached house on the outskirts of a popular village development with direct views across open countryside. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, sitting room and kitchen/diner. Garden, garage and off street parking. EPC Rating: B




Well extended semi detached house much improved by the current owner in the heart of the village. Three bedrooms, shower room, Sitting room, ground floor W.C plus kitchen/diner. Gardens front and rear plus off street parking. EPC Rating: C


Well extended detached chalet bungalow in a secluded setting with pretty gardens front and rear. Kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, spacious lounge. Large ground floor master bedroom with en suite, family bathroom and a further two double bedrooms on the first floor. EPC Rating: F




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A new venture with a community focus bringing the men of Minster and surrounding villages together

THE OLD SCHOOLS, MINSTER 22ND MARCH 7.15PM FOR 7.30PM £7.50 A two course meal, a beer or glass of wine, companionship and occasional speakers.


Attwells Newsagents collect all varieties of ‘ when they are available. So if you ever have any to spare please drop them into the shop - they will be put to good use locally.

Trutek Computers Ltd For All Your Computer Requirements: Repairs - Servicing & Accessories Computers Built To Specification Laptop Sales

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Professional Window Cleaners ● High Quality Window Cleaning ● PVC Restoration ● Gutter Clearing And Cleaning Including Soffit And Fascia ● Conservatory Cleaning ● Driveways And Patios ● Roof And Brickwork Cleaning ● Caravan And Static Home Cleaning

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Richard Greenfield Your Local Electrician Richard is Part P qualified and registered, so all his work is guaranteed, insured and certified where necessary. For free estimates and advice call: 07988 564 843 or email: 33, Watchester Lane, Minster, CT12 4DA

E K Handyman All your DIY needs catered for incl. flat packs, decorating, kitchen and bathroom fitting, all types of flooring. No job too small. Free Estimates

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MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING Committee members were invited to a Carnival in ArmboutsCappel on Sunday 5 February. This is traditionally to celebrate the fishermen going away to sea for their fishing expeditions and after a few months their celebratory return, culminating in the sharing out of fish. Four of us braved the cold and wet weather conditions and dressed up to join in the fun. It was a very energetic event and the Parade continued with non-stop music for about 4 hours. A great time was had by all and we were honoured to be asked to help throw the wrapped fish from the top of the Mairie. We would like to thank Marc, Lydia, Pascal and Nathalie for their kind hospitality before and after the Parade. (pictures on pages 16 & 17) On Saturday 11 February, a delegation of 16 French citizens came over to attend the Miss Minster Selection Dance organized by the Minster Carnival Court and a buffet lunch was organized by us for them in the Royal British Legion. Thanks go to the Royal British Legion for the use of their venue and for preparing the buffet. This was followed by a very constructive meeting to discuss future events on both sides of the channel. The next event is our Quiz on Saturday 4 March at the Royal British Legion, 8pm prompt start, £5 a head including a buffet, for tables of 6-8 people. Reserve your table now with Carol on 01843 447 706. Thanks go out to those who have sent exhibits to be included in the exhibition in Armbouts-Cappel to be held from 19-26 March. There are still a few seats available on the coach going to the Anniversary Celebrations on Sunday 25 June in France. Please call Carol if you would like to join us, seats are £20 per head with a deposit of £10 on booking.


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Minster Parish Council Meeting Summary of Key Points 7th February, 2017

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● The meeting opened with the Chairman welcoming two new Parish Councillors, Ray Owen and Tony Goodman. ● A representative from Decimus Property, acting for Costa Coffee, addressed the meeting concerning the proposed development of the land adjacent to the Premier Inn, south of the filling station. They are considering applying for planning permission to build a Costa Coffee drive through with parking for 31 cars. The land is currently owned by Mr Spanton but is not used as farmland. Problems with travellers on that site were encountered last year. The councillors and public asked a number of questions. In summary the view was that this would be an acceptable use of the land, subject to public consultation, appropriate landscaping and sound baffling. ● Police Community Support Officer Shaun Riches reported that the police had received 73 calls to attend Minster since 1st December and only one resulted in a crime report which later transpired to be a mistake. The last call to the nuisance youths at the bus shelter in Tothill Street was on 22nd December so it is hoped that this matter is resolved, at least for the time being. Kent Police are recruiting additional PCSO’s and on completion of training 5 are due to be posted to Thanet. ● The Community Warden Aaron Kluibenschadl is investigating the issue of vehicles driving at high speed through the village. ● Cllr. Crow-Brown reported that the PWRR reserves are moving back to Manston (Fire School). ● Cllr. Gregory encouraged everyone to attend the Local Plan consultation events. The nearest one to Minster is at The Holiday Inn on Monday 20th February between 1pm and 5pm. Other dates and locations are listed on the front page of January Minster Matters. Cllr. Gimes pointed out that only one consultation event is being held during the evening making it difficult for the average working person to attend. Cllr. Gregory stated that council officers are looking into this. ● Chairman, Bob Grove, reported that TDC engineers are planning to install cameras at areas known for fly tipping (Cottington Bridge & Spencer’s Pond) to discourage this activity. ● Council agreed that a date will be set for a separate closed meeting to discuss the Parish Council response to the Local Plan amendments. (This has since been agreed to be on 21st February.) ● A resident emailed the council to raise concerns about parking in Tothill Street and dog fouling; plans for yellow lines in certain areas of the village are already in hand and great efforts have been made to install dog waste bins in many locations throughout the village. Cllr. Taylor produced some posters which will be displayed to remind dog owners of their responsibility and consideration will be given to an additional bin at the top of Prospect Road. ● The Council agreed to the use of the Recreation Ground for the Minster Show on 22nd July. ● Cllr. Quittenden reminded all of the Twinning Assn. anniversary coach trip to France on 25th June.

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Minster Parish Council staff work tirelessly to keep the village to the standard we are all used to seeing, but unfortunately, with government cutbacks, it is getting increasingly difficult. Minster has a small group of volunteers who look after and maintain two footpaths in the village. An even smaller group is working on the High Street car park to make it a nicer area. We are now looking to enhance the cemetery area. Do you love Minster and would like to help out? Do you have a few hours to spare per week/month? 07938 Are you aged between 15 and 100? Would you like to have volunteering listed on your University application? Are you embarking on a Duke of Edinburgh Award and require a community scheme to join? If you would like to join any of the above groups, or have another area of the village that you would like to see improved, then please contact The Clerk, Kyla Lamb at or ring 821 339.

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Sewn UK is a new local business providing a personalised embroidery service and products to the general public and small businesses. Products are available to order online or can be purchased locally at Jemima’s Locket, Minster and House of Cards, Birchington. An up and coming business with lots to offer so why not follow them on Facebook and keep up to date with their latest products and special offers.

Local Showroom Now Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Weekends & Evenings by appointment Unit 39 The Oaks Invicta Way Manston CT12 5FD

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Grilled Grilled Fish Fish Sea Sea Bass Bass Special Special including including Jacket Jacket Spud Spud or or Chips Chips £7.50 £7.50 King King Prawns Prawns in in Batter Batter £3.50 £3.50 Calamari Calamari Rings Rings £3.90 £3.90 Prawn Prawn Cocktail Cocktail £4.95 £4.95

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The White Stag Monkton 01843 823 760 Village Pub and Restaurant PROBABLY THE BEST CARVERY IN THANET


March 2017

Articles published on these pages are written by pupils from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who attend Journalist Club and write about subjects they are interested in or that they’ve been studying in class Tips On How To Stay Eco Friendly Have you ever panicked about leaving the light on when you’re out? If you have then most likely have worried about the electricity bill! Or maybe if someone’s taking a long shower and you’re apprehensive you will run out of money! The truth is you need to be worrying about a lot more things! Discover the effect all of this has on nature! After this article you will never leave a single light on again…Your life will never be the same again… Earth hour supports eco friendliness! Yes, that’s right it’s not just a lame excuse for videoing random people bumping into things or getting your electricity bill to go down. It reduces something called global warming! I know what you’re thinking, England is freezing, it would be nice for it to warm up! But in places such as The Artic, ice melts and the innocent Polar Bears eventually drown ☹ !!! Also in places like Brazil they might burn to death! Not now, but in 100 years the cause of this legal crime is unpredictable! Wasting water can have disastrous consequences and not just your water works bill! Let me tell you something you need to think about next time you take a lovely bath or a really long, warm or cool shower! If you waste too much water then that can cause things called droughts! Droughts affect people in Africa by not providing them with enough water! Due to the fact people in Africa don’t have a lot of water any way, this situation could turn fatal! I would advise taking showers instead of baths! By Charlie Miles Minster School Minster school is a lovely school because all of the teachers are lovely and you will fit in very well. We have lots of clubs such as dodgeball, football, journalist club and basketball. We have 14 classes, they are all different colours. My class is purple class. I have a wonderful teacher she is called Miss Taylor, she is very pretty. By Nancy

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My Healthy Lunch Idea Ever wanted a meal but don’t know what to cook? Oh, how about ordering a takeaway! That’s too unhealthy for every single meal! Lunch: Dinosaur Salad: ● Tomatoes ● Lettuce ● Cucumber ● Red cabbage ● Pasta Now arrange your lettuce in a dinosaur shape and add your tomatoes for eyes. Chop the cucumber into slices and half them so that they are now semi-circular and ad these for scales. Red cabbage makes good legs. Put on your pasta for arms and a tail. This meal is also a good way to get children to eat salad. Enjoy! By Tomasin Boulding Ancient Maya In year 6 we have been learning about the Ancient Maya. The Ancient Maya were a civilization who believed in many gods (over 150), they also sacrificed many innocent people thinking it will make the gods happy. POK-A-TOK Pok-a-tok is a game where the players had to get a stone ball up into the air, shoot it through a stone hoop above their heads using only their hips, knees and elbows (that must hurt). In school we had a go at playing pok-a-tok we used a rubber volleyball instead of a stone ball (for safety reason). It was extremely hard especially with a rubber volleyball just imagine using a stone ball. OUCH!!!! Ancient Gods : Itzamna Itzamna was known as the god of heavens and day and night, he was shown in Mayan art as a pleasant toothless old man with a large nose. In various myths, Itzamna appears as a culture hero who gave the Maya the foundations of civilization. According to legend, he taught them to grow corn, to write, to use calendars, and to practice medication. By Evie and Amy


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Church News and Service Times The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster

(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

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

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in MARCH

Reverend Marcus Holden 592 071 Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 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 Abbey The Abbey Chapel is open for


Lent Begins


10.15am Holy Communion (CW) 12

10.15am Holy Communion (BCP)


10.15am United Holy Communion with Methodists


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

7.30pm Encounter Lent - reflecting on Lent to include Holy Communion 5

Lent Begins 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Mothering Sunday 4.00pm Seamark Service at Monkton School Hall

10.30am Family Praise 6.30pm Evensong 12

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion (CW)


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Worship


Mothering Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion (CW)

Something new for Monkton

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.

ASH WEDNESDAY 10.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

4.00pm Mothering Sunday 26 March Monkton Primary School Hall Fourth Sunday of the month Accessible worship for all the community

Baptisms at St Mary’s Minster

Come and try this new service 45 minutes to learn more together about Jesus with singing, activities and prayer followed by simple food and drink.

5 February Sam Cracknell (11 months) 12 February Austin Gent (10 months)

Info: Richard Braddy | 821250 |

Christians Together in Minster Tuesday 7 March - Minster Abbey - 7.10pm Compline followed by 7.30pm Lent course and refreshments Tuesday 14 March - Minster Abbey - 7.10pm Compline followed by 7.30pm Lent course and refreshments Tuesday 28 March - Minster Abbey - 7.10pm Compline followed by 7.30pm Lent course and refreshments Tuesday 4 April - St Mary’s Church 7.30pm

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

Lieutenants Luke & Katy Johnson 01843 822308 or 825178

11 Tothill Street, Minster CT12 4AG

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

Weekly Activities Monday




9.30am Bumps & Babies

9.30am Parent & Toddlers

2.00pm Home League

(Term time only)

(Term time only)

9.15am Prayer Group 10.30am - 2.30pm AgeUK Outreach

2.15pm Friendship Club

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship

March 2017 What’s On…

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion 61 Augustine Road EVERY WEDNESDAY 2.00pm - 4.00pm Come and join us for a game of Bingo ALL MEMBERS and bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat on 822 622 KNIT AND TALK TIME in MINSTER LIBRARY Beginners and non-knitters welcome Swap patterns and wool Occasional Speakers on various topics Tea & Coffee provided Every Friday 10.30 - 12noon THANET FARMERS’ MARKET Second Sunday of each Month 9.30am - 1.00pm NEW VENUE!! St Georges School Westwood Road, Broadstairs

Minster Matters MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION Diary Dates 4 Mar - Quiz Night 25 Jun - Ducasse (See poster on page 28)

The Isle Of Thanet Canine Society Dog Obedience Classes Kennel Club Good Dog Awards

Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197

Next Meeting Tuesday 14 March 7.30pm Village Hall Craft & Social Evening

Each month there are Darts every Tuesday afternoon A Sunshine Club Trip and a Walk

Thursday Evenings 7.00pm - Puppies and Beginners 7:40pm - Adults 8:30pm - Ringcraft (Training for the Show Ring) Fee is £4 per pup/dog per class Refreshments and dog treats can be purchased or bring your own and a favourite toy for fetch/play For further details ring Ron on 07561 558 574

Abbey Patchers St.Mary's Church, Minster-in-Thanet Saturday 27th May 10 - 5.30 Sunday 28th May

12 - 4.30

Monday 29th May

10 - 4.30

Tombola. Trader. Sales Table.



Newington Community Centre Princess Margaret Avenue , Ramsgate


CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS’ MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further information Phone: 226 033


Minster & Monkton Horticultural Society Next Meeting Wednesday 15 March 7.30pm Village Hall Speaker: Janine Dalton ‘Sissinghurst in Spring’ Points Competition A pot of flowering bulbs

PSYCHIC FAYRE Sunday 12 March Village Hall 10.00am - 4.00pm

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

Free Entry

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

(Larger poster next month)

Enquiries to Kay on 01843 297 665

Refreshments (proceeds to the Church) RAFFLE QUILT (in aid of East Kent Independent Dementia Support)


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R & A Plumbing *Central Heating *Boiler changes *Unvented & vented systems *Bathrooms designed and installed *Tiling *Solar panels *Underfloor heating For efficient and friendly service please call for free estimate

Our services include: Hedge Cutting, Gardening, Fencing, Patios and Sheds Also Decorating and Home Repairs

01843 580 133 07814 858 653 Fully insured, all work guaranteed

Free estimates, no job too small. Local, reliable and friendly

Quest Antiques Kent TGF Property Maintenance is a Minster based family run business established in 2003

Free advice, guidance and valuations Friendly, local and experienced Pocket watches, old silver and interesting items always wanted Cash payments available

Home: 01843 822 541 Mobile: 07765 907 480 Email:

Sarre: 840 627 Mobile: 07790 231 519 AMBER’S ADVICE If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.


Have houseplants with dusty leaves? Grab a banana and eat it, but keep the skin. Use the skin to clean the leaves. The dust will stick to it, and the juice is good for the plants.

Holiday Inn Express on your Forthcoming marriage

The Holiday Inn Express, Minster, would like to offer all the guests, of local weddings, accommodation at our hotel for all your friends and family with 10% off our best flexible room rate. To qualify your wedding for this discount please contact Jasmine, our Sales manager, on 01843 820 250 option 3 This offer is subject to availability, and will qualify only on production of this advert. We also reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time prior to booking (not available in conjunction with any other special offers)

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




6pm to 9pm


6pm to 9pm


6pm to 9pm

15th (Wed)

No Bowling


6pm to 9pm


6pm to 9pm


6pm to 9pm


6pm to 9pm

6pm to 9pm


No Bowling



St Nicholas Village Hall, The Length, St Nicholas EVERY THURSDAY from 10.30am until 1.00pm Come along and Paint or Draw with Creative Artists All Abilities Welcomed Help and Ideas offered if required Bring something to Paint or Draw Just £3.50 per session inc tea/coffee For further details please ring 294 829

Lou Hammond Phoenix Cup 19 Mar @ 6.00pm Pay as you play no membership fees

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 865 429

VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS FOR MARCH - Enquiries: Eric James 01843 821 744 AM Every Monday


Tai Chi

Every Thursday

VH Bowls Group (Except 14th)

Active 4 Life & Pilates

Minster Badminton (Except 23rd) Tea Dance

Every Sunday

Dance Classes (Except 17th)

Minster Arts & Crafts (am)

VH Bowls Group

Wednesday 1st

Headway Coffee Morning (am)

Tuesday 7th

W.I. Committee (eve) Psychic Fayre

Wednesday 15th

Horticultural Society

Saturday 18th

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Wednesday 22nd Saturday 25th

W.I. Darts (pm)

Ladies Badminton

Every Friday

Sunday 12th


Minster Badminton

Every Tuesday Every Wednesday


KCC Kent Shared Lives W.I. Dabble Day

W.I. Dabble Day (am/pm)

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Booking the Multi Use Games Area The MUGA will be open for public use most of the time. It is available for Minster School to use for sports activities and also for clubs, groups and individuals to book for tennis, volleyball and netball. Bookings i.e. when the MUGA is unavailable to the public will be published weekly on the board next to the main information sign at the entrance gate. To make a booking please contact the Parish Clerk. Email: Tel: 01843 821 339 Please book at least 48 hours in advance





15hrs FREE per week during term time for 3 and 4yr olds Warm and Friendly Environment OFSTED Registered Fully Qualified Staff Open 7.30am - 6.00pm Before and After School Care Ages 6 months - 11 years Quality Care and Safety Provided Age Appropriate Rooms 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 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 : £40 hour

Off-Peak Full Pitch : £28 hour

Half Pitch : £28 hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only.

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

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:

Call Martin Isaac 01304 812077 for details. Powers of Attorney also arranged. Home appointments available.

To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA t: 821 339 f: 825 869 e:

Affiliated to the Society of Will Writers. Age nt of Ae gis Wealth Ltd www.a e

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

32 Ozengell Place Eurokent Business Park Ramsgate CT12 6PB

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

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March 2017 Est 1980


Free Quotations Tel 01843 821 147 including Answerphone


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


SIMON STAIT Complete Property Maintenance

01843 595 979

07727 687 538

From a leaky tap to a leaky roof - I’ve got it covered!! No job too big - no job too small For all your building or plumbing jobs, inside or out. Professional workmanship with quality materials and competitive prices. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laminate Floors, Flat-packs assembled, Ceilings & Walls, Painting & Decorating, Custom Radiator Covers, Staircases, Doors, Roofs, Locks, Sheds erected, Decking, Outside Taps, Fascias and Soffits, Guttering, Fencing, Windows, Washing Machines installed & Pipes boxed in. Fully Insured, Reliable Craftsman. Free Estimates and Consultations

COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE & RAILWAY MUSEUM Lot’s to see and do A worthwhile journey to visit this hidden gem Featuring N Gauge layouts of the original Elham Valley Line and the UK Terminal layout from the original Channel Tunnel Exhibition Centre. Static Displays, Ride on Model Railway, Tea Rooms, Country Walks, Crafts, Free Parking Open Weekends inc Bank Holidays from April - November 10am to 5pm £2.50 adults, £1.50 children/concessions

Newington Road, Peene Nr. Folkestone CT18 8AZ Just off the A20 between Newington and Peene 01303 273 014

01843 590 111

695 sq ft office space available in converted 19th Century Farm Barn


Greensole Yard, Greensole Lane, Manston Road, Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 5FG (Located through Manston Golf Centre Car Park)

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

Ring: 01843 848 588 (a.m. from l0.00) Fax: 01843 844 856 (24-hour) Page: 07623 978 479 (24-hour) Web: Email: Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS, London, SW1A 0AA

CAR & VAN SALES TEL: 01843 869 600 MOT Test Centre All Makes Servicing All Vehicle Maintenance Tyre Centre Car Sales Recovery Service

1.4lt petrol, manual, 3 door hatchback, met grey, cloth interior, 65k miles, as with all our cars this comes with new MOT and Full Service All for …….. £3195

56 2006 Ford Mondeo Zetec TDCi, 2.2lt diesel, manual, 5 door hatch, 73k miles, met black, cloth int, A/C, r/c/l, elect windows All for ……


60 2010 Hyundai i10,

60 2010 Mitsubishi Warrior,

1.2lt petrol, manual, silver, one previous owner, 5 door hatchback, 38k miles with service history, RCL, A/C All for only……..

L200 Double cab, 4x4, 2.5lt diesel, truckman top, met silver, leather int, lots of extras, recent full serv, cambelt & MOT, 138,000mls, drives beautifully Price shown is plus VAT £6995



07 2007 Peugeot 207,

VW Beetle 1200, 1975 1600cc

63 2013 Nissan Micra,

This vehicle has previously undergone extensive renovation works and has now been put up for sale, so please call for further information.

1.2lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, black metallic, fsh, cloth int, r/c/l, elec front windows, PAS, only 51k miles, £30 per year road tax, bluetooth phone integration system All for …… £5995

1.0lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, A/C, PAS, 54,000mls, serv hist, 70+mpg, low insurance, £20 road tax All for …

08 2008 Peugeot 308,

10 2010 Ford Fiesta TDCi,

59 2009 Seat Ibiza S,

63 2013 Vauxhall Agilia,

1.4lt diesel, manual, 5 door hatch, 55k miles with service history, met black, A/C, one previous owner, All for only ...

1.2lt petrol, manual, one owner from new with service history, 3 door hatch, red, low mileage 25k only, R/C/L, A/C, P/S, MP3 and cloth interior All for …

1.0lt petrol, manual, LOW MILEAGE only 3300 miles with service history, dark met paint, 1 previous owner, 5 door hatchback, very economical to run All this for only...


1.6lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatchback, met silver, large boot space, 54k miles, RCL, A/C, one previous owner All for ...







11 2011 Citroen C1 VT,

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 ……




All our cars come with Warranty, Full Service, Full MOT, HPI Check and Valet 1 CARLTON AVENUE, BROADSTAIRS, KENT CT10 1AB

TEL: 01843 869 600 EMAIL:

Insurance Approved Accident Repair Centre 14 PATRICIA WAY, PYSONS ROAD IND. EST., BROADSTAIRS CT10 2LF

TEL: 01843 862491

Full body repairs

Dent removal

Car resprays

Vehicle restoration

4 wheel alignment

Aluminium repairs

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Minster Matters - Issue 189 - March 17  

Village Magazine

Minster Matters - Issue 189 - March 17  

Village Magazine