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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 200 : March 2018 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 112)

CIVIC AWARD - The Chapel Receives The First Award Of Its Kind

Mr Phil Bowman receives the Civic Award in recognition of his innovative and sympathetic restoration of The Chapel at 51 High Street - full article on pg10


- Ruby & Frances Bridal Boutique

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March 02 / 16 / 23 | 09 / 23 April 13 / 27 | 06 / 20 Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, Library

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 Co-Editor: Ray Owen ~ 07864 345 019 Editorial Team: All members except Accounts can be reached through the email address above

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Monthly Circulation - 2300 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 PCSO: Adrian Butterworth 07966 308 781 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Orbit Housing: 0800 678 1221 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 etc. (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

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Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744 Neighbourhood Centre Meeting Room: bookings via Library 03000 41 31 31 Jemima’s Tea Room (Eve & Sun) bookings via Brenda Bradley 07455 588 642 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 £2.00 Annually (11 issues) £20.00 Costs to an overseas address are available on request, and we will be pleased to quote for this service. Our mailing details are shown in the left hand column on this page.

Dates for Your Diary Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 16 MARCH MAR 1

PCSO Community Meeting

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Minster Twinning Quiz @ RBL


Mothering Sunday


Psychic Fayre



W.I. Meeting



Men’s Supper Club



Horticultural Society Meeting



Surgery Training Day


Kate’s Pudding Recipe


Chairobics, St Nicholas


Parish Council Meeting Summary


Sarah Thorne Theatre


Minster Library Opening Times


What’s On at the Royal British Legion


Village Hall Diary


Church Notices




Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) Bookings


All Weather Playing Surface


St Mary's Church Guided Tours


Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 16 MARCH

Minster Parish Council

next Meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 6 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. There is also a 15 minute period at the end of each full council meeting for the public to be able to ask questions. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30am to 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 Meetings : 3 April

Minutes of all Council Meetings can be found at

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© 2000 - Minster Matters The contents of this magazine may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Minster Matters. You may not distribute, display or copy any of the contents of the pages contained in this magazine to third parties without the prior written permission of Minster Matters. All images displayed in this magazine are the property of Minster Matters unless otherwise accredited to another. Images may not be used without the prior written permission of Minster Matters or the accredited owner. Unless otherwise specified, the authors of the literary and artistic works in the pages in this magazine have asserted their moral right pursuant to Section 77 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of those works. If permission is sought and given, it is expected that all articles/images be accredited to either Minster Matters or the authors of said articles/images.

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Amy Semi-retired!!




MOBILITY SCOOTERS AND WHEELCHAIRS Minster Matters has a small number of mobility scooters and wheelchairs that are available for short term loan to residents and members of their families. Please ring Ray on 07864 345 019 or email if you would like to borrow one of these at any time.



KITCHEN & BATHROOM FITTING Tiling, Plastering & General Maintenance HOME DECORATING EDITORIAL Interior & Exterior Another month has flown by and we’re back again with our next offering of Minster Matters. Local, Reliable & Experienced I’ve been saying for the past couple of months that Amy and I Contact Paul or Tracy would be taking it in turns to edit the magazine up until June/July, 01843 823 646

however Amy has insisted she will do it every month so I’m taking a bit of a back seat and just writing this column and doing a few other small Flowers by Vanessa bits to help out. Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, I am still the point of contact for advertising and photographs and Weddings or Funerals Created with the “Personal Touch” I’m also still collecting all the information for each issue and then For designs with a difference Diana passing it on to Amy, so nothing has changed in that respect. Vanessa Fairbrass It’s great to see another new business opening in the village and (C&G qualified florist) I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Sophie and Katie who own Rose Cottage, Manor Road, Ruby-Frances Bridal at 79 High Street all the very best in their new St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY venture. Kevin 01843 847 012 07934 420 837 Having seen a new business open it was sad to see an established I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury business close, namely The Bell Inn, let’s hope it gets new tenants soon. Some of you may have noticed we haven’t had a change of front cover MALOYS MOWERS masthead images this year, that’s because we didn’t run our usual competition at Unit 4 Ebbsfleet Farm, Jutes Lane, Minster CT12 5DL Tel: 01843 825 000 school due to our problems over the office space and a possibility we would have FOR ALL YOUR GARDEN MACHINERY NEEDS to find a lot of cash for ‘back rent’ that we couldn’t afford, so every penny we had * SALES * SERVICING * * SPARES * REPAIRS * was precious to us, which meant we were unable to obtain our usual prizes, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW MOWER however we hope to put that right and ‘resume normal service’ again next year. OR ANY OTHER GARDEN MACHINERY Likewise the same problems have kept me from attending journalist club over the DELIVERED TO YOU FULLY ASSEMBLED AND DEMONSTRATED past term, but I’m hopeful that we can resume publishing some school content VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE possibly starting again next month. HUNDREDS OF PRODUCTS TO BUY So it just leaves me to ask the usual question - ‘Where’s Zac?’ AT THE CLICK OF A BUTTON Ray Owen - Co-Editor Diane

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MISSED APPOINTMENTS - THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Another big improvement, this is the first month the total has been so low for a long time. Only 22 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and 47 patients did not attend their nurse’s appointment. Thank you to all those who had helped us achieved such an improvement and long may it continue. So please remember; don’t need it, cancel it, by phone, by text or online. ANNUAL SPRING FAYRE SATURDAY 12 MAY This will take place at the Old Schools as usual, and of course entry is free. Tables remain at £8 for small and £12 for large and are on sale now, so please book early to avoid disappointment. OUR NEW PROJECT - YOU DECIDE! We will be launching our new project in time for our 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. Genuine and serious ones only please! “WALK FOR LIFE” ACTIVITY PROGRAMME This will resume this month so please 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. They 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. "FRIENDS AND FAMILY" SURVEY Last month patient’s responses were as follows: Extremely likely/Likely 92%; Extremely unlikely/Unlikely 6%; Unsure/Don’t know 2%. SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS Please note that the surgery will close at 12.00noon on the following days for the purpose of staff training: Wednesday 21 March; Thursday 26 April; Wednesday 23 May. BANK HOLIDAYS; The surgery will be closed all day on Good Friday 30 March and Easter Monday 2 April. Should you need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the NHS 111 Service via the normal surgery number 821333 where you will be transferred automatically, or you can call direct on 111, to receive non-urgent confidential health advice and information for all the family. For urgent/life threatening issues dial 999 as normal. PATIENT 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 821200 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821049 or email;

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RESPONSE TO LAST MONTH’S ARTICLE ‘IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS RECENT LOCAL LABOUR ELECTION LEAFLET’ Last month's Minster Matters published information on page 5 on behalf of Minster Surgery. Much of this was factually incorrect. We are also surprised and concerned that a GP surgery should make such a political (anti-Labour Party) statement. It is well-known that the Labour Party, both nationally and locally, is fighting to preserve our valued National Health Service against so many cuts. The local Labour Party feels obliged to inform all Thanet residents about these plans to save £486 million from the health and social care budget of Kent and Medway over the next three years. These important changes to our health services are already underway - hence the 'immediate threat' stated in my leaflet. ● The information in my leaflet was taken directly from the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) of November 2016. At that time there were 17 GP practices in Thanet - so we can clearly see that three practices have been lost in just over a year. In December I asked Ken Self of Minster Surgery to supply me with the documents that showed that my statement was not correct and that the plans had changed since November 2016 - he was not able to do this. ● I never stated that the Minster or Birchington surgeries would close, as Mr Self asserts. Rather, we are concerned that there are plans for three extended practices: Margate; Broadstairs and Quex (Birchington and villages); and Ramsgate (see Minutes of Thanet Health and Wellbeing Board meeting on 11 January 2018). ● The STP makes it clear that there is a plan to reduce the number of GP surgeries in Thanet, and in fact on 10 January Dr Tony Martin (Chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and lead partner at the Bethesda Practice) explained the plan to double the size of this practice so that the other local practices can be merged with Bethesda. Any thoughts for the elderly, disabled and vulnerable who don't have their own transport? ● On 13 February, at the Thanet Over Fifties Forum, Dr Tony Martin stated that the plan for Thanet is three extended practices – Bethesda, Westwood Cross, and one other, with possibly three smaller surgeries. The fate of Minster surgery (and others) is, therefore, uncertain. Many of the plans are still not clear. The worry is that, when they finally become clear, it will be too late. As Thanet residents, we need to ask challenging questions to ensure that our CCG, our Health and Wellbeing Board, and our local councillors, are fighting hard to retain our existing GP practices. For more information, please contact Save Our NHS in Kent (SONiK) via our facebook page, and read this recent article: Pauline Farrance Labour Party Candidate KCC and TDC By-election on 11 January 2018 (Editor’s note: We hope this clears up any discrepancies regarding the matter but should you have any further questions/queries relating to this response or the previous article please contact those involved directly)

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KEEPING YOU SAFE FROM SCAMS By PCSO 56550 Adrian Butterworth

Welcome to my crime prevention advice slot. This month I would like to draw your attention to cold callers. This is where someone appears at your door offering to do work on your property. They will usually say that they are working locally and have noticed something wrong with your roof or guttering. This is followed by a sales pitch where they will offer to do the work there and then at a really good price. These persons usually target bungalows and areas with an elderly population. They rely on the fact that a lot of older persons worry about the condition of their houses and would not want them falling into disrepair. The work is usually quoted at one price and then after the job is done the price has risen dramatically. It is not just roof sometimes it is drives that are being worked on. They offer to do the job in a couple of days when it would normally take weeks to do it properly. If you have one of these types of visits politely tell them you are not interested and seek advice from a reputable trader if you are concerned by what you have been told. Legally they should give you a cooling off period to think things over before starting work and give you a chance to pull out. These persons just want your money and will not offer this and do a shoddy job. BEWARE. On a lighter note I will be holding a Community surgery at Minster Library on the first Thursday of every month between 14:00 and 15:00 if you wish to come and speak to me. There is no such thing as a silly question so please come along.

ZAC’S MUSINGS ANOTHER MONTH GOES BY!! It’s been a quiet month here in our house, the old boy has given up the reins of the magazine to Amy who has insisted she is going to do it every month, although he is still willing to stand in if the need arises. Amy still has him doing the Editorial and a few other small bits so he’s still keeping his hand in. Life for me is still about the same, some good days some bad. I tend to sleep most of the day now and I’m neither eating or drinking a great deal but I’m still breathing and that alone is a bonus! Dad spends a lot of nights on the sofa with me which is sometimes a bit inconvenient as we have to vie for space and an equal share of the blanket, either we need a bigger sofa or a bigger blanket or maybe both!

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MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION Hello All Our Bingo Night in the Old Schools turned out to be a very popular event with 43 people joining in, so much so that another similar evening has been booked for 14th July. As promised, the results of the Charity Open Day at the Bowls Club resulted in one of our teams getting into the semi-final and the other team into the finals. It was a day enjoyed by all. We hope to go back to support any future open days, so beware all! Next on the agenda is the Quiz on 10th March at the RBL. We are almost booked to full capacity, so please contact Carol on 07745 683 466 asap if you wish to enter a team of up to 8 people. £5 each includes a buffet. Don’t leave it too late and be disappointed. The next quiz after this will be on 9th June. Twelve English Committee Members are going to Armbouts-Cappel on 11th March to attend the opening ceremony of their Annual Art and Craft Exhibition. There is still time to enter some of your finished works, so please contact Lindsay on 07788 888 470 for full details. Plans are coming into fruition for the 20th Twinning Anniversary in the form of a May Ball. This is quite an achievement and it’s thanks to everyone for supporting us and making our fundraising events a success in order that we can put on this event to mark this milestone.


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NEW CIVIC AWARD PLAQUE - Photos on Front page On Monday 27th November, Minster Parish Council presented their first ever Civic Award to Mr Phil Bowman in recognition of his innovative and sympathetic restoration of The Chapel at 51 High Street, which is now home to Acorn Bowman Finance. The former Methodist Chapel was built in 1875 by what were know as ‘The Primitive Methodists’ but fell into disuse as a place of worship in the 1940’s. In the 1950’s it became a Co-Op and subsequently changed hands several times, suffering many changes in the process including having two large front windows and a modern front door, ultimately leaving it in a somewhat neglected state. When Phil purchased the building, he decided to restore it to its former glory; this meant extensive work both inside and out, and it was the exterior that caught the eye of many local people. They watched as walls, doors and windows were restored and replaced to reveal what is now a beautiful building and a part of village history preserved for future generations. Two local residents, Dee Tomkins and her daughter Julie, suggested that the Parish Council should recognise such a positive contribution to the village and from there the Civic Award was born. It is hoped that future nomination for the award will equally reflect notable improvements to the Parish of Minster.


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Thanet Volunteer Bureau scoops ‘Heart of the Community’ Award We were pleasantly shocked to discover that the Thanet Volunteer Bureau had been awarded the top accolade at last month’s Isle of Thanet Gazette “Heart of the Community” Awards. A delegation of our volunteers, staff and trustees (pictured below) attended the Awards Ceremony, which took place on Thursday 8th February at St Augustine’s, Westgate, with no real inkling that we would soon be awarded the first prize (sponsored by the Gazette, London Array, and Westwood Cross) of £4,000! We are very grateful indeed to those of you who voted for us towards the end of 2017. Not so long ago, the Thanet Volunteer Bureau (TVB) was described by someone as “Thanet’s best kept secret”. This description may be an overstatement (within the backdrop of the numerous gems that our beautiful Isle has to offer!), but if that description was correct, we hope that our Heart of the Community award will give us the opportunity over the coming year to share with the people of Thanet a little bit more about our work. About the Thanet Volunteer Bureau – what do we do? As our name suggests, our “bread and butter” is about connecting people wishing to explore the rich variety of volunteering opportunities available in Thanet, to the charities and community groups who need the help of volunteers to carry on the great work they do. We have a searchable website containing current volunteering opportunities and have over 400 organisations registered with us ( We also run a Volunteer Drivers’ Scheme, which enables older people without access to transport, to get to and from their medical appointments (e.g. GP, hospital, dentist, opticians, etc.) safely. Collectively, our volunteer car drivers make roughly 20,000 journeys a year for over 800 members of the Scheme! To find out more about joining, either as a patient who needs transport or as a driver, call Martin Lawford on 01843 609 340. And finally, we also lead the Thanet Community Support Partnership (TCSP) – a group of charitable and

community-based organisations who have come together to promote the health and wellbeing of older people in Thanet, with a particular emphasis on reducing the blight of loneliness and social isolation. Our TCSP team runs a series of social gatherings across Thanet called “Your Time”. They provide an opportunity for friendship, food and drink, and activities such as live music, chair-based exercises, quizzes, etc. Our “Your Time” sessions take place throughout the week, in Ramsgate, Garlinge, Newington and Birchington – please call Claire Singleton to find out days, times and venues, on 01843 609 336. We also facilitate the Thanet Good Neighbours Service. This is a befriending scheme whose members can benefit from home visits (or phone calls if preferred) from a volunteer befriender, as well as assistance with shopping, and even dog-walking if needed. Please don’t hesitate to call Rebecca Bullivant for more information, on 01843 609 335. You can also find out more about the TCSP more generally by visiting our website, which is, or emailing us at And if you would like to join our family of volunteers here at the Thanet Volunteer Bureau, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Broker, Paul Gibbons, on 01843 609 338, or

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Special Thank you to Minster Royal British Legion Club


Minster Show Committee would like to say a special thank you to the Minster Royal British Legion Club for allowing us to use their premises to hold our committee meetings, following the recent closure of The Bell Inn.

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Thanet Over Fifties Forum coming to Minster in April Your opinions matter!

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In the previous issue of Minster Matters we wrote about the Thanet Over Fifties Forum (“TOFFS”), designed to give older people a voice on matters of local and national policy, as well as encouraging social and community cohesion. Membership of TOFFS is absolutely free and entitles you to six informative newsletters per annum, containing details of the issues that matter to you; plus local news and events, scam awareness and safety tips, and lots of other information. We also hold two-monthly TOFFS Forum meetings, and invite guest and keynote speakers to address our audience, based on the topics our members would like to hear or learn more about. On Wednesday 25th April, from 1pm-3pm, the TOFFS Forum meeting comes to Minster Village Hall! PCSO Adrian Butterworth will be speaking at the meeting, and we would also like to hear from you about who else you would like to see on 25th April. Please find a list of potential topics below to choose from (tick all that apply), or you can offer your own suggestion. We would be delighted to hear your thoughts. Simply cut out the list below and send it in a stamped, addressed envelope to: TOFFS Thanet Volunteer Bureau Kent Innovation Centre Broadstairs CT10 2QQ OR drop us an email with your opinions to Are you a member of TOFFS? If not, and you would like to join us for free, simply contact us via the email address above, or call us on 01843 609337. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Contact: Chris Scutt, / 07821 137324

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Kate’s Puddings – what’s cooking? Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding Hot Cross Buns are on sale from 1st January, and I suspect that nobody now really appreciates their significance! Supermarkets have their fresh baked ones in piles, sweetsmelling and highly tempting… Do you buy them and then realise a few days later that they are still untouched, only now they are hard and stale? This is the perfect recipe for dealing with stale buns. There are two recipes to make your own from scratch on my blog - do try the stem ginger ones, they are amazing - but in the meantime, let’s use up those leftover ones instead. Ingredients 4 hot cross buns butter 2 eggs 1oz/25g sugar ½ pint milk ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp caster sugar Oven 180 deg C Cut the buns in half horizontally and butter them. Reassemble and then cut vertically, to allow the custard to soak up into each bun. Arrange in a buttered oven proof dish. In a jug, beat up the eggs, sugar and milk, and pour it over the buns.  Allow to soak for about 10 minutes or more – if the buns are very stale, they will take up a lot of the mixture.  If it has all vanished and you like a good proportion of custard to bun, make up another half quantity and repeat the exercise. Dust with the cinnamon and caster sugar and bung into the oven for about 15- 20 minutes. Serve with cream or yoghurt.

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MINSTER WI Our February speaker was Peter Mockeridge a local caterer and baker who has previously done the food for our WI Christmas Party. He brought along all his own ingredients including his oven and with the help of two of our members made lots of different types of breads for us to try including focaccia, sour dough, bread sticks, pizza, and flat breads. They all tasted delicious. Dates for your diary 13/03/18 WI Meeting - Craft and Social 23/03/18 Hever Castle trip - Dazzling Daffodils

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB The big news this month is that the Club has been awarded £6215 by the National Lottery to purchase an ‘Electrowind’ mat winder. This will be of great benefit to the older members who are unable to roll up the mats manually, and will end the outside players frustration that mats are still down when they wish to use the pavilion. The Short-Mat Open Day was a great success 11 teams of non-bowlers participated and enjoyed the day. The winners of the main trophy the Ali Cup were "The Vice", and the winners of the plate, The Griffin Cup were "David Bryant's Pipe" both teams chose Tag Pet Rescue to receive their winners’ cheques (photos on pg20) The Ladies Singles were played up to the semi-finals with Meg Atkinson coming through to meet Babs White in the final. By the time the next issue of this magazine is published the short-mat season will be coming to an end, and the outside season will be shortly starting. Now is the time for anyone interested in taking up the game to join the club, free instruction will be given by qualified coaches. Contact Brian Morphew, Hon Secretary on 845 638, or e-mail


Minster Matters Minster Parish Council Meetings Summary of Key Points 6thFebruary, 2018

● PCSO Adrian Butterworth reported that Kent Police had received a total of 29 calls from the Minster area during the last month covering a variety of issues including a vehicle theft and a public order incident near the school. Most of the remaining calls related to information reports, missing persons, road traffic crashes and domestic related matters. ● A number of other matters had been addressed during the last month including ongoing concerns about sexual activity in the public toilets. ● Cllr. Grove expressed concern about the increase in parking on the west side of Tothill Street, near the top end. PCSO agreed to look into this. ● Cllr. Quittenden expressed his thanks to the PCSO for his services to the Village; all supported that this should be noted. ● District Cllr. Crow-Brown reported that enforcement action was being taken in relation to the condition of the land adjacent to the Spitfire junction and the Crown & Sceptre at Acol. He also explained that they are to increase planning fees in order to allow for the appointment of an additional enforcement officer. This was welcomed by the meeting as it was felt that planning conditions are of little worth if there is no enforcement to ensure compliance. ● Cllr. Grove reported that the balance of TDC was about to change due to recent circumstances. As this publication goes to print there is, as yet, no update on this. ● The Clerk reported that a lay-by/passing place will be constructed in Laundry Road between 5th & 9th March. ● The Chairman reported that there had been a recent visit from KCC together with the owners of the Library building to discuss new leasing and rental agreements. It is anticipated that the rent for the Parish Council and Archive office will be increased, and KCC will also be looking to increase their return for use of the meeting room and spare office on the first floor. ● A number of members had attended the recent Riveroak consultation and the Chairman asked for views so that a combined response to the consultation could be submitted. Cllr. Grove expressed his views as a member of TDC in support of mixed use development on the site. The Chairman accepted these views but clarified that the agreed policy of Minster Parish Council is to support the re-opening of an airport. Others supported the amendments to the plans improving road access to the airport site, and the comprehensive document relating to noise mitigation. ● Cllr. Crow-Brown spoke of the rejection of the Local Plan by TDC councillors; he stated that Central Government would now intervene and it would cost

March 2018 £80,000 to redraft the plan, money TDC could ill afford as they have a £2m deficit. He personally supported the draft plan and was now concerned that TDC would have to find sites to build the 2,500 housing units to replace Manston, but suggested that as the deadline for the plan had passed that number could increase to 3000. ● The Chairman thanked Minster School for organising a competition to design signs addressing litter at the Skate Park; the winners will be presented with prizes after half term. ● At the conclusion of the main agenda newly elected District Councillor Reece Pugh (Villages) introduced himself. He stated that he lived in Sarre so was familiar with the Thanet Villages and looked forward to working with Cllrs. Grove, Crow-Brown & the Parish Council in the future. He pointed out that he had voted against the Draft Local Plan but had no doubt that he and his two fellow councillors could work well together to represent the Thanet Villages. ● In the questions from the public the following points were raised: ○ Observation that Parish Council staff were having to clear up after collections on dustbin day; it was felt that the recent extreme weather conditions may have exacerbated the problem. ○ Concerns that the new industrial units being built in the parish would increase traffic and hence risk of more accidents, especially with cyclists. ○ A resident from the north part of the parish complained that the Parish Council forgets everyone beyond the top of Tothill Street. The Chairman and other councillors assured the gentleman that there were regular items on the agenda concerning the northern area of the parish, particularly Spitfire junction and the airport amongst other items. He was encouraged to attend the meeting as often as possible and raise issues of concern. ○ A resident of Way Hill complained about the nearby caravan park; they have grubbed out hedgerows and TDC have not acted. Cllr. Grove confirmed that he has been chasing up planning enforcement for some time and will continue to do so. ○ One member of the public thanked Cllrs. CrowBrown and Grove for voting for the Draft Local Plan and questioned the impact upon Minster. Cllr. Grove could not say at this stage and Cllr. CrowBrown said that the Strategic Working Party is being resurrected to address the issues. ○ A question was asked about the habit of 4 buses arriving simultaneously in the village at school times, causing gridlock, worsened by one bus which waits for an extended period at the stop near the chemist. The Chairman agreed to enquire as to whether the bus company could ease the problem by waiting in a more appropriate area prior to arriving at the stop at the required time.

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Thanet Farmers’ Market Temporarily Ceasing Trading for 2018 It is with sadness that the managers of Thanet Farmers’ Market have announced that the market is taking a break in 2018. The market has been operating on a monthly basis since three local producers started it up in September 2013. Charlotte Ransom of South Barn, Sarah Bowers of Little Stour Orchard and Martin Karunaratna of Smoke & Spice wanted to create a new and additional opportunity for residents to buy high quality artisan food and drink sourced directly from small, independent local businesses. They set the market up to run as a Community Interest Company with any profit ploughed back into the local community. This has enabled the market to support many local charities and community groups during the four years. These have benefited from free pitches to promote their services and have included Windmill Community Gardens, Kent Wildlife Trust and Thanet Volunteer Bureau. The market has always been based inside, and has been located in 3 schools across Thanet, with St George’s School in Broadstairs being the most recent. Being based indoors has enabled it to operate in comfort whatever the weather and allowed the market to run a Market Café and provide free childrens’ activities each month, including the very popular Kids’ Kitchen. The market has benefited from having many loyal stallholders, some of whom have been there since it began, including Stour Valley Game, Once Upon a Cupcake and Beth’s Mogador. Many craft stalls have also attended the market over the years including Saramica and Girl Mad as Birds.


“We have very much enjoyed running the market and feel that it has become a really important part of the Thanet community,” said one of the market managers. “It has also been great to operate inside but unfortunately the down side of being in such lovely indoor venues is the hire fee that naturally goes with them. And sadly, although the market is still seeing in excess of 500 customers each month and around 25 stalls, it is becoming financially unsustainable.” The market managers have organised the market on a completely voluntary basis and have done so willingly. The role involves not only the market day itself but all of the organisation between markets and the group are no longer able to sustain the numbers of hours needed. This coupled with the financial situation means that they have very sadly had to make the difficult decision to take a break. Sarah, Martin and Charlotte are very sorry to disappoint their customers and appreciate the loyalty, support and custom that they have shown to the market over the years. “If it’s possible, we will try to return at some point in the future in a more sustainable format,” said one of the market managers. The market’s extremely popular social media pages will continue to be maintained so look out for updates there and most if not all of the producers have websites and/or social media accounts detailing where you can find them or purchase their products. For further information please contact the market managers on or via social media.

Men’s Supper Club Meeting Wednesday 14 March 7 for 7.30pm Old Schools, Minster Dinner and Pudding for £8.50 which includes a glass of wine or beer. Further drinks available for a donation Come along and meet new and old friends, it is informal and welcoming


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RITA Brings Light-Relief for Dementia Patients

The QEQM Hospital League of Friends and Rotary & Inner Wheel Clubs of Margate have recently officially presented RITA to Dementia Nurse Karan Scrivener at the hospital. RITA, which stands for Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities, is a valuable tool for use with dementia patients and has already been used widely across the hospital. This pre-loaded system can be used by patients themselves or with a nurse, therapist or carer to engage the patients in a wide range of activities. These could include listening to music, showing them photos, interactive games and even

replaying famous speeches the patient may connect with. RITA will be used daily throughout the hospital and is a valuable resource for staff on the wards. The benefits include relieving boredom, reducing isolation and through group activities it promotes interaction with staff on wards. Karan said: “Having Rita has already been of huge benefit to us. One of our patients just recently was presenting with psychological and behavioural symptoms of dementia. RITA calmed the patient down completely. One-to-one nursing was no longer required and the patient’s family was able to engage much better with the patient. “RITA will make a huge difference to dementia patients and I’d like to thank the Rotary & Inner Wheel Clubs of Margate and the League of Friends for their kind donation.” More information about the League of Friends is available at or on their Facebook page. In the accompanying photograph Dementia Nurse Karan Scrivener is shown with the equipment and with members of the League of Friends and Margate Rotary & Inner Wheel Clubs For any further information please contact Brian Whitehead, Tel. No.: (01843) 592 817, email:

PEGWELL BAY NURSERY At Pegwell Bay Nursery we use a support programme called Makaton. Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. We have started with basic signs such as please and thank you. When introducing it at snack and meal times we have added others such as milk and plate. We are building on these words with all children but often use Makaton for children who need extra support throughout the day. The BBC's award-winning ‘Something Special’ children's programme features Mr Tumble, played by Justin Fletcher, who uses Makaton symbols and signs to support speech throughout each programme. We have a Mr Tumble book which contains Makaton signs, flash cards, a Makaton sign book as a reference for our staff and key ring pictures. If you are interested in using Makaton, books can be purchased on Amazon or at Our top tips when you start are: - Use signs and symbols as much and as often as you can. - Always speak as you sign or use symbols. - Offer lots of encouragement. - Don't give up! It may take a while but it is worth it in the end. If you would like to view our nursery please call us on 01304 613 022 and see what we can offer your family.

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Meet the Active Citizenship Team! (Look at how much fun they have! Full article on page 21))

Minster Bowls Club Winners of Griffin Cup "David Bryant's Pipe" (Full article on page 7)

Minster Bowls Club Winners of the Ali Cup “The Vice” (Full article on page 7)

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The Active Citizenship Team, Responsible for Ageless Thanet The Active Citizenship Team, made up of Amanda, Heather and Pam, are responsible for the volunteering programme within Ageless Thanet. We have 37 active volunteers who are an integral part of our vision to make Thanet a great place to grow older! They are involved across all areas of the project and help us in reducing isolation and loneliness, empowering communities, improving peoples mental and physical wellbeing and ensuring older peoples voices are heard. From IT sessions, art drop-ins, litter picking and decorating our community space; our volunteers are making a huge impact in Thanet! With our volunteers, we are interested in using their existing skill sets and hobbies, to bring to life any activities that they would like to run or take part in, which will benefit people over the age of fifty. Our volunteers understand the possibilities of what we can do together are endless and the benefits of being involved within the local community are priceless. We also have some exciting community projects coming up, which involve beautifying certain areas of Thanet, including Margate and Ramsgate, and getting involved with organisations, such as The Quarter Deck in Margate. From

building planters, to planting flowers and growing vegetables, if you would like to get involved with these community projects as a volunteer, we would love to hear from you! The Active Citizenship Team are also responsible for the Ageless Thanet Community Fund and Community Capacity Building! Our Community Fund allows community groups, charities, voluntary organisations or individuals to apply for up to ÂŁ1,000 for their idea or activity to build better communities for older people. Our Community Capacity Building is aimed at community groups, charities and voluntary organisations to help with areas of training they may need; from using social media, building a website, bid writing, applying for funding and more! Please call Amanda, Heather or Pam for a friendly chat on 01843 210005 to find out more about any of the above and how you can get involved. You can also email Amanda at for more information. We would love to hear from you! (Editors Note: Meet the team and take a look at just how much fun they have from the pics on page 20)

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Miss Minster 2018 I would like to take this time to introduce myself, my name is Danielle Law, I am 18 and have lived in the village all my life. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to represent Minster and have always enjoyed the village’s community spirit. I would like to thank Roy/Carol Bailey for their dedication and organization for all the events along with my beautiful princesses Jessica Law, Lenhle Mosta and Deputy Arianne Daw. I can’t wait for the year ahead and look forward to seeing you all at the Flower Show and other local events. Thank you, Danielle Law

MINSTER SCARECROW CHALLENGE The 2018 Scarecrow Challenge will take place over weekend of Open Gardens 16/17 June - watch out for entry forms in our April and May issues - suggested themes 100yrs since Women were given The Vote (Emily Pankhurst and the Suffragettes) or 100th Anniversary marking the of end of WW1

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Saturday 3rd March at 7.30pm Merry Opera present “The Marriage of Figaro” by W.A. Mozart Tickets: Paid in advance/friends £15, on the doors £17. Saturday 10th March at 7.30pm “David Ruddock” - piano concert. Tickets: £10 pay in advance/Friends, £12 on the doors. Saturday 17th March at 7.30pm “The Temperance Seven” in concert. Tickets: £12 paid in advance/Friends, £15 on the doors. Sunday 18th March at 3pm “Tea with the Old Queen” Written and Directed by Graham Woolnough Tickets: £15 pay in advance/Friends, £17 on the doors. Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm “Now Here’s A Funny Story!” By Mitch Feral Tickets: £10 paid in advance/Friends, £12 on the doors. Sunday 25th March at 7pm Raving Mask present “The Conductor” A play based on the novel by Sarah Quigley, adapted for the stage by Mark Wallington. Tickets: £15 paid in advance/Friends, £17 on the doors.


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This year’s May Play is Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. He was a great socialist and feminist which makes this funny play so topical today. It is fascinating to get a glimpse of how things were just before the Great War, when the social fabric of the British nation was about to be torn asunder by the needs of all-out war and the social aspirations of the “lions led by donkeys”. The very British revolution that followed took until the sixties, and a second World War, to unfold. In Shaw’s play Eliza, the flower girl, is changed from her cockney origins by her Svengali, Professor Higgins, who changes her manner of speech and behaviour in order to pass her off as a duchess in Society. His motives are selfish, merely wishing to win a bet with a fellow linguist, Colonel Pickering, but the effect on Eliza is to stand her between the world that she grew up in and the artificial world of Society without the means to maintain herself there. Meanwhile her father, a dustman, by his own admission one of the “undeserving poor”, has been left a legacy that drags him, kicking and screaming, into the middle class. Shaw handles the comedy with a light, sure touch that is a joy to watch. Shaw was insistent that there was to be no love interest between Eliza and Higgins, which was totally contradicted in the Musical, My Fair Lady. His play script concludes with a lengthy sequel, telling what happens to Eliza after the ending of the play, but to read that, you would need to get a script, as it is not part of the play. It will run from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th of May at the Village Hall, and, as always, we have plans afoot to enhance this production technically. Please come along and support us while having a good night out. The Box Office will be open from 5th March on 07501 894 381.

Am Dram is fun! If you would like to try it out, come and say hello. It is not just acting – lighting and sound are fascinating hobbies and we always need and welcome new people, because Minster Playhouse is not a run-of-the-mill amateur dramatic society. We work to unusually high artistic and technical standards, and have a dedicated following of enthusiastic theatre-goers who make a point of not missing our productions. If you haven’t been to see us, make the effort and come along – we work hard to make sure that you will be pleasantly surprised.


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Children’s Party 7th

Hood & Woolf - N.H.S. Event



V/Hall Committee Psychic Fayre



Minster W.I.



Heronsview Fisheries AGM





Wednesday Saturday

Family Party Private Party 21st

Community Event

Horticultural Society



Driver Training (am/pm)


W.I. Games Evening

POPPY UPDATE Past the halfway mark but lots more needed!

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To date we have 9,839 red Poppies Work will be starting in August to make all the decorations for the village and if you would like to help with this project then please leave your contact details at Attwells or phone myself on 07374 214 279. Barbara Quittenden (Editor’s Note: Let’s help reach that target - why not try this Knitted Poppy Pattern and help the village make this Remembrance one to remember)

Knitted Poppy Pattern Material Needed 8 Ply red Wool 8 Ply Black wool No.10/3.25 mm knitting needles Scissors Wool needle Safety pin for attachment M - K into st, not taking st of left needle, K into back of the same st, slip st off.

Poppy Petal Using red wool Cast on 36 Sts. K2, P2 to the end. Repeat for 6 rows. Row 7 - (Slip 1, k2 tog, pass slip st over) to the end. Row 8 - Bind of purl wise. Cut wool

Poppy Centre Using black wool CO 4 sts.

Rows 1, 3 & 5 - P Row 2 K1 M1 in the first st, k2, K1 M1 in the last st . 6 Sts Row 4 - K Row 6 - Ssk, K2. K2tog. Row 7 - Bind off purl wise. Cut wool.

Poppy Assembly Using extra CO thread from the petal, join sides together & stitch loosely. Take black central piece & stitch to the inside centre of the petal. Tighten as you go making the centre piece rounded & full looking. Catch all the loose threads in your stitches as you go – eliminating the need to thread the ends in! Snip off, attach length of wool for mounting & enjoy.

Pattern from

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March 2018


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Attwells Newsagents collect all varieties of ‘


Hedge Cutting, Gardening, Fencing, Patios and Sheds Also Decorating and Home Repairs


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

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

We are now an Orthopaedic Referral Centre Quality Service at affordable rates

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Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm…

USE SKIN OF BANANA to clean leaves of pot plant. Dust will stick to skin and juice is good for the plant…

Tothill Street, Minster 01843 820 250 An ideal location for


BUSINESS FACILITIES Holiday Inn Express, Ramsgate

To qualify for a preferential rate you must make your booking at the hotel and bring this copy of Minster Matters with you


Minster Matters

March 2018

Church News and Service Times

(BCP = traditional language)

The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster

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

Reverend Marcus Holden


592 071

Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate



Holy day of Obligation

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Praise Service 6.30pm Sung Evensong Mothering Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Communion (CW)



each Sunday at 10.00am


6th March - At the Abbey

in Minster Abbey

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Worship

13th March - At the Abbey

For other Catholic Services please see Minster Abbey below

7 p.m. Compline in the Abbey Chapel

Minster Abbey

Followed by Refreshments and Talks in St. Benedict’s Meeting Room

Easter Day 1 April

prayer throughout the day

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in MARCH

Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am Vespers 6.00pm Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians



Holy Communion



Holy Communion (BCP)




Palm Sunday 4.00pm Seamark Service at Monkton School Hall

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.

Good Friday 2.00pm Passion at the Cross’- words and music for Good Friday


The Abbey Chapel is open for

Mid day prayer 12.10pm

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



1 April

6.00am Sunrise Service - meet at St Mary’s 10.30am Easter Day Holy Communion and Egg Hunt

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

Holy Communion

Funerals at St Mary’s Minster

Good Friday 12.00noon An Hour at the Cross

9 February - Elizabeth Blackwell

Easter Day 10.15am Easter Day Holy Communion

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

9 February - Jean Gibbon

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

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March 2018 What’s On…

MINSTER WI Craft & Social Tuesday 13 March 7.30pm Village Hall


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

Minster & Monkton Horticultural Society Janine Doulton “Gardening in the Shade” Wednesday 21 March 7.30pm - Village Hall


Minster Art & Craft Group

Sunday 11 March Village Hall, 10.00am - 4.00pm

We meet at the Old Schools every Monday morning from 9.00am to 12.30pm.

Lots of Stalls, Mediums giving Tarot, Spirit, Angel Cards and Psychometry Readings 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 Enquiries to Kay on 01843 297 665

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

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March 2018

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





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To Find Out More And Book Your Place

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

01843 821 482

Hire Times and Prices

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

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

15:00hrs to 21:00hrs

09:00hrs to 21:00hrs

Price Structure * Full Pitch : £42 hour

Off-Peak Full Pitch : £29 hour

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

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

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

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Minster Matters - Issue 200 - March 18  

village magazine

Minster Matters - Issue 200 - March 18  

village magazine