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MINSTER ACTION GROUP YELLOW LINES following on from the recent meeting a further Public Meeting has been arranged for

SATURDAY 17th APRIL 2010 at 10.00am in the Village Hall Oliver Rochford age 10


Any further enquiries to either 822858 or 821483 Report of last meeting can be found on Page 9/10/11

MM Logo Competition Here are our 5 great winners for the MM logo competition this year. A pity that there’s some old chap in there as well, perhaps that’s why they aren’t all smiling. We had some really good entries this year and for that reason we introduced a 5th winner where we’ve only ever had 4 before. Two logos will share the front cover (as above) for 10 months, one that was more of a Christmas theme will appear on the Dec/Jan issue, then we have another as the masthead on our website and the final one is being used on the school page. MINSTER CARNIVAL COURT 2010 We present to you the Minster Carnival Court for 2010. From left to right as you view them they are: Feya Campbell : Princess Paige Allen : Queen Anjelica Sefton : Princess MM hope they all have a very enjoyable year and we are sure they will promote the village to the best of their abilities. GO Girls !! We love you !!


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5 Womens World Day of Prayer


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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 7pm in the Neighbourhood Centre Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; tel: 821339 fax: 825269 Email:

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What a busy month I’ve had this month, I just don’t know where the time has gone. Add to that all the copy and pictures we have received and needed to include this month, and it’s meant Amy and I have had to make an executive decision to add an extra 4 pages Ray to accommodate it all. Amy says this is special and not to become the norm. The big problem was we had a great influx of new advertisers and now we’ve started it they’re squabbling over colour pages !! So to try to overcome some of this workload we’ve added another 2 pages in colour so we have 6 colour pages for you this Amy month including the cover (when will it stop ?) The Public Meeting reference Yellow Lines could have been better attended, but a good few points were thrashed out and many had a chance to air their views. Another Public Meeting has been arranged for April see front page for details. Brenda Minster now has a claim to fame with it’s own Valentines Massacre, a 30mph limit in a built up area obviously meant nothing, see details elsewhere in this issue !! Have you driven over the block paving at the entrance to the Eve new Heronsbrook development, it is already uneven after just a week or two of being laid, so what chance does it stand once the road is fully re-opened and we get heavy trucks etc running across it every day, it could well end up looking like an extension to one of Ed’s ploughed fields ! Diane Now my pet hate rears it’s ugly head yet again !!! DOG POO - If you own a dog and you walk it in this village then clear up after it, the local alleyways, village pavements and the recreation ground are becoming regular minefields for the unwary, and it is JUST NOT ACCEPTABLE !!! Most local dog owners are conscientious Nora and do pick up after their pet but there are obviously some who feel this is beneath them, (it doesn’t bite you know) so if you own or walk dogs in Minster the majority of residents expect you to clear up its mess and not leave it for them to walk in YUK !! The Thanet Dog Warden will come out here if requested and fine anyone whom Sue we can prove has allowed their dog to foul the footways or recreation ground so be warned, if you get reported it will without a doubt cost you a fine. Some local problems with youths, throwing stones and other objects, at peoples homes, have been reported to us. Whilst our only suggestion was to ring the police, it seems the police aren’t interested unless they are causing criminal damage, so just how much do we have to take or how much damage must be done before someone will do something. I know the police probably have other more important issues to deal with, but to show a presence once in a while and make it known to the offenders that it isn’t acceptable surely isn’t too much to ask, is it. Actually answering a 999 call would help !! Where’s Zac today ?

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Surgery Training Days Please note that the Surgery will close at 12.00 pm on the following days for staff training purposes : Thursday 18th March, Tuesday 20th April , Thursday 13th May Should you need to see a Doctor during these times please contact the "Doctors on Call Service" via the normal surgery number - Thanet 821333. May Day Fair A date for your diary! Saturday 1st May, Craft and Boot Fair at the "Old Schools". 9.00 am till 1.00 pm. To date we have already sold nearly half of the stalls/tables so if anyone would like one then please ring Thanet 821200 as soon as possible. For further details please see our advert on page 24. Patient Liaison Group Meeting The date of our next meeting is Wednesday 10th March at 6.00 pm in the Surgery Conference room. If anyone would like to attend, or has issues they would like to raise, please contact either of the numbers shown below. All are welcome. In the meantime, if you require further information please contact: Jean Taylor on 845072 or Ken Self on 821200

HELP FOR HAITI VOLUNTEER KNITTERS NEEDED ARE there any ladies out there who would like to help me knit small ribbed vest/tops for babies up to 12 months old, who were orphaned in the recent disasters. Knitted in double wool these can be made up in any colour (NOT WHITE). Plain, striped, or multi colours. One 100gm ball plus oddments is all that’s needed. Size No. 8 or 4mm needles. The finished items measure approximately 10” x 7”. I can supply the official Charity pattern. My aim is 100 garments asap. PLEASE help me reach this target. Please ring Gwen on 821221, for the pattern, or call at 21, St. Mildreds Road where you can see finished vests/tops.



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ROAD CLOSURE - Cottington Road, Minster (Prohibition of Driving) Temporary Order 2010 We have been notified that Cottington Road will be closed to through traffic For an estimated period of 7 days or until work is complete from a date on or after 3 March It will be closed from its junction with Ebbsfleet lane and Foads lane and the alternative route will be Eastbound via Ebbsfleet Lane, A256 Sandwich Road, Cliffsend Road and Foads Lane and Westbound via Foads Hill, A299 Canterbury Road East and Thorne Hill. This order is to remain in force for a period of 18 months to allow the same restrictions to be implemented as and when required for construction work on the East Kent Access Road. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout these times.

HIGH STREET PAVEMENT HAZARD Dear Editor, I would like to fully support the letter from Gerry Glover in your Feb issue. The width is a major problem, especially outside my property in the High St. People with young children in push chairs and people being pushed in wheelchairs being forced into the road because the pavement is to narrow. This is made even more hazardous by cars with wheels on the pavement or wing mirrors of cars making the pavement even more narrow. The actual quality of the pavement is so bad it is a receipt for a trip and fall for even the most fleet footed people. When you think about Gerry's disability, imagine how much more difficult it is for him? .I believe it is incumbent upon the Parish Council to do something. Possibly a start would be, for them to walk the stretch of pavements concerned. With a push chair, someone in a wheelchair and Gerry. Might be a good idea to take a camera with them and send the photos to all concerned parties. (If Gerry would like someone to walk with him it would be my pleasure). Malcolm J. Farley, High Street

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DISTRICT COUNCIL NEWS I have not given up the fight regarding the foot path in High St. I believe a realistic compromise is possible. The path is definitely a risk area, not just to the elderly and disabled, but to everyone. K.C.C. may not have the funding to carry out the original plan, but the path could be widened in areas where it is dangerously narrow, and levelling other areas where needed. I think this is worth looking into. In the past months I have been in discussions with members of T.D.C. to establish a policy in favour of Minster residents getting priority on the new houses in Monkton Rd. I am very happy with the result as they have agreed.* If you have any questions, or queries please come and see me. Remember I am available the first Wednesday of the month at 1.15pm in the council office above the library. Bob Grove *Please see related article on page 6 re: AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT HERONSBROOK UPDATE


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March 2010 AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT HERONSBROOK UPDATE As we have previously reported there are a number of affordable housing units allocated on the Heronsbrook site. There are 30 in total 9 of which are intermediate rental dwellings and the remaining 21 are socially rented. Southern Housing Group have taken the properties on and in conjunction with Thanet District Council will be allocating them in accordance with the Section 106 agreement attached to the planning application which forms the basis of Thanet’s Local Lettings Plan. The properties will be advertised through Kent Homechoice, Choice Based Lettings. The advert makes it clear that preference will be given to households with a connection to Minster. Unfortunately Minster Parish Council have only recently received this information after the first 14 properties were advertised, however the following properties are expected to available in August 2010 Socially Rented 5 x 3 bed houses 2 x 4 bed houses

Intermediate Rent 6 x 2 bed flats 3 x 3 bed houses

To be considered for any of the above properties you must fulfil some of the criteria below and BID on the Kent Homechoice Website for the properties. Even if you have told Minster Parish Council you are interested you must bid on the properties yourself and the Parish Council can back up your application when the applications are considered by Southern Housing and Thanet District Council. To be considered for the housing you must fulfil the following Criteria:All Applicants must be on the Thanet District Council Housing Register, priority will be given as follows:Local Connection 1) An applicant who is normally a resident in the Parish of Minster and has been for a continuous period of 5 Years. 2) An Applicant who has lived in the Parish for any period totalling at least 7 years within the past 10 years immediately before making an application. 3) The family of the applicant are a resident of the Parish of Minster and have been for a continuous period of 5 years. 4) The applicant is employed in the Parish of Minster, or needs to move to the Parish to take up full-time employment (min of 10 hours per week). 5) The family of the applicant are employed in Minster 6) The applicant is ordinarily a resident of the Parishes of Thanet (these being Birchington, Acol, Cliffsend, Monkton, St Nicholas at Wade and Sarre) 7) The family of the applicant are a resident of any of the Thanet Parishes. 8) The applicant is employed in one of the Thanet Parishes. 9) The family of the applicant are employed in one of the Parishes of Thanet. Contact the Parish Clerk if you think you are eligible and need support with your application but remember you must BID for the properties to be considered. Kyla Lamb Clerk to Minster Parish Council Email – 4A Monkton Road, Minster, Nr Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4EA Tel 01843 821339 – To place bids you will need to set up an account for you to be able to login.

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The Horticultural Society Spring Show will take place on Saturday 10th April from 2.00pm - 4.30pm and will be held in the Village Hall. Exhibitors at this show must be members of the Society, except for the Children’s classes. It is not too early to start thinking about something to enter, just one entry each helps to make a successful show. Schedules, giving details of the various classes are available from Joan Card (the Show Secretary) at 71a High Street. If you have any problems such as how to present the exhibit, how many items to put in etc. contact Joan or another member of the Committee who will be only too pleased to help. Always make sure you read the Schedule properly and enter the correct number, size etc, as stated, or the entry will not be judged. Vases are provided. Don’t think your exhibit is not good enough, very often members think this is the case and don’t bother to enter, and then on seeing the other exhibits realise that theirs is probably better, if only they had entered it. Exhibits can be brought to the Hall on the Friday evening before the show between 7.00pm and 9.00pm or between 7.30am and 9.45am on the day of the Show. Entry forms are included in the Schedule and must be given to Joan in advance, there is no entry fee. Members and visitors are more than welcome to attend in the afternoon from 2.00pm at a small charge of 50p for adults (children free). As well as viewing the exhibits and having a chat with your friends, you can get refreshments plus there is always a raffle and a sales table where you can purchase plants etc. Altogether an enjoyable afternoon. If you are not already a member then how about joining? The Annual subscription is just £2.25. We hold our meetings (with speakers) in the Village Hall on the third Wednesday of every month, with the exception of July, when we usually organise an outing. There are also two coffee mornings when we have a tombola, cakes, plants, books etc for sale, and we have a Spring and Autumn Show. In August we link up with Acol and Birchington Societies to hold a Mini Show and Social Evening, alternating between the three villages. At our December meeting we have a bit of a party with music, and in March a wine and wisdom type quiz.

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Ron Lobeck proved to be a most humorous and entertaining speaker at the February meeting, regaling us with stories of his time in the Royal Navy as a meteorological officer and subsequent television career, as well as enlightening us as to the gathering and analysis of data for weather reports: we all now know how to tell rain from drizzle, thanks to Ron. Oh, and wet snow from dry - very appropriate given the next day's weather conditions! The meeting was well attended, with 10 visitors, including 1 honorary 'woman'. It was reported that the Craft Group's gift of quilts for babies born in prison, or taken in with their mothers, was well received. The Group had also been busy knitting hats for the troops. The annual draw took place for a bursary to attend the WI College at Denman, Beryl Daulby being the lucky recipient. A competition for hand-made cards on a Japanese theme was judged by Ron, and those made by Jennie Pay and Ann Wilks will go forward to the Group Meeting in March. Members were asked to bring a favourite recipe to the next branch meeting: perhaps we will be able to publish a recipe book. It was agreed to make a donation to the purchase of the Braille Embosser, and the 'honorary ‘Honorary woman’? woman' attended the monthly Coffee and Chat Ray Owen receiving morning to receive a cheque. (Is he going to be donation from WI. our latest member? - see photo!) February is also our Birthday month, and so we met for celebration dinner at The Toby Inn, where we enjoyed the carvery - some of us even had room for pudding. The next branch meeting will be on Tuesday, 9th March at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall, when the speaker will be Tina Cesbron from The Chai Shop. Visitors and new members will be made welcome. Our popular Wine & Wisdom Evening will take place on 10th April - see separate advert on page 26.

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March 2010 MINSTER (DOUBLE YELLOW LINES) PROPOSED PARKING RESTRICTIONS This is a summary of the open public meeting in the Minster Village Hall on Saturday, 13 February, 2010 held for the purpose of obtaining village views on the original proposals of the Kent Parking Manager of Kent County Council. The proposal was made in June 2009 to introduce Experimental Traffic Regulations, followed by a Traffic Regulation and then proceed to place double and single yellow lines in specified parts of the village aimed at October 2009, and said to be subject to any objections. BACKGROUND The action began by the three main village traders (Store, Butcher and Greengrocer) being featured in the local Thanet press as being against the proposals and the possible effect it could have on them and the village as a whole. This was followed by raising a petition against yellow lines and restrictions which attracted 672 signatories. After that it was decided to start a Minster Action Group - an unofficial group — to put pressure on Kent County Council and resist the proposals. That resulted in considerable correspondence by the traders and E Gibbon and PW Sackett with various members of the Kent CC. And the central point was that the Kent Parking Manager had not engaged in consultation with Minster Parish Council, Thanet District Council nor local residents but had just delivered an edict to a few residents but not to all those to be affected. Requesting under the Freedom of Information Act Mr Gibbon had been informed that the basis of the proposal was that Eastonways Coaches from their point of view had instigated the issue by citing traffic problems in the village for their coaches and to this had been added for measure that similar problems would beset the emergency services. THE MEETING 72 people attended on what was a very cold morning. Apart from a few, they were villagers. The press in the person of a reporter from the lOT Gazette was present. Cont’d overleaf....


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March 2010 Cont’d from overleaf MINSTER (DOUBLE YELLOW LINES) The meeting was chaired by Edward Gibbon, supported by Ben Patel of the local Londis Store and Philip Sackett MEE. They represented the local Minster Action Group which had been instrumental in protesting against the proposals of KCC, started by the traders. And the central point was that the Kent Parking Manager had not engaged in consultation with. First up Mr Sackett explained about his correspondence with Kent County Council and apart from lack of consultation he had been misled about the availability of information to Thanet Transportation Board members and was considering pursuing a claim of maladministration on the part of Kent CC. It was also mentioned that Kent CC had already instituted traffic restrictions by placing two notices on Taylor Road, again without consultation. Next Mr Patel described how he felt the main problem in the village centred around the north to east end of Monkton Road and in particular the congestions caused by the extended footpath placed on the north side by the County Council. He explained he had proposals to alleviate some of the problems and referred to the map which was displayed at the meeting. Briefly this meant doing away with the new pavement on the north side of Monkton Road, slightly widening the pavement on the south side, placing priority narrowed chicanes across two points and some other smaller measures. That was debated at length with many contributions from residents. The roads leading to the school featured as another major issue and it was clear that there was no need for Eastonways buses to drive to the school and a much better situation would prevail if schoolchildren were dropped off at the Old Schools in Church Street. CONCLUSIONS On taking a straw poll there was a substantial vote for: 1. Getting rid of the new pavement on the north side of Monkton Road from Londis Store to The New Inn. (About 98% in favour). 2. In favour of a restricted pavement on the north side — about 65%. 3. Virtually total agreement that Eastonways buses should drop off children at the Old Schools and not proceed to the School via Taylor Road. Cont’d on next page....

March 2010 Cont’d from last page.... MINSTER DOUBLE YELLOW LINES 4. A new Traffic Study for the whole of the village being started — the last one undertaken in 2000.

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OTHER ISSUES RAISED 5. The Thanet DC car park off St Mary’s Road appeared to have unnecessary restrictions and these should be reviewed with the prospect of assisting fewer resident parking in that road. 6. Speeding traffic in Tothill Street caused major problems and was considered dangerous. 7. Damages to residents cars in the east end of Monkton Road was mentioned by various. 8. The Monkton Road car park arrangements could be usefully reviewed. 9. Speeding in Watchester Lane was deemed to be a traffic hazard. 10. The farm land rear of the Salvation Army venue could be considered for parking. 11. Also land behind the The New Inn could be a parking prospect. Addition from Editor: It was noted from what our County Councillor told the meeting that all objections should be sent as a letter from each individual that wished to voice their concerns, as no matter how large a petition is or how many signatures it carries it is only ever tabled as ONE objection. So if you have previously signed a petition against the lines or you wish to raise any new objection or even support the proposal then the person YOU MUST write to is as follows: Mr Ryan Shiel Transport Planner (Canterbury & Thanet) Kent Highway Services Transport and Development Team Ashford Highway Depot Henwood Industrial Estate Javelin Way Ashford TN24 8AD PLEASE – DO IT NOW !!!

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March 2010 MINSTER BOWLS CLUB It has been a very sad month for the Bowls Club. We have had to say Goodbye to two long standing members who passed away. They were Len Coeshott, and Francis Gimblet. Our sympathy goes to our Secretary, Mike, who lost his wife after a very long illness. Hosting the East Kent Competitions went very well. Unfortunately our 6 entrants in the singles did not make the last two, luck was against the 3 pairs who entered that competition. In the leagues the team in the 3rd division are holding 3rd place as I write, the first division team are down in 5th place. Out of the three friendlies played against Betteshanger, Deal and Pfizers we won two games. Well done to those players. The finalists for the Club triples & pairs have been decided, they will play the final on 4th April. Socially, on a much happier note a packed audience saw the very VERY last performance of John Snowdon & his famous four variety show. Club members, friends from the village, and followers from other parts of Thanet enjoyed a huge buffet provided by Pam and Ken before the show. A change was made for the last show, as we had two performances from a professional saxophonist. His services were provided for free, and when this was known the applause was much louder. The Hospice and the Club will benefit by this special evening. Until next month Bye G.H.

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This long-established (1992) biennial event is run in aid of our Church and Village Hall, which are both in desperate need of funding. As a small village it is difficult to raise money, so any support from outside is particularly welcome. Please make a note of the date in your diary.

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GRAND PRAISE FOR GOZZI’S Dear Editor, Yesterday (18th February) it was my Mum’s Birthday and Dad (Window Cleaner, Roy) decided to celebrate this occasion by frequenting the village’s newest Restaurant, “Gozzi’s” Italian Restaurant for a family evening meal. I would like to, through Minster Matters, praise this establishment, not only for its high standard of service but also the delicious, reasonably priced food served It was such a shame that we (four of us) were the only ones in the restaurant all evening. I would like to highly recommend “Gozzi’s” and ask that the locals consider this as a venue instead of going out of the area for a meal After all, the restaurant is situated in the heart of the village. So, come on you locals support your local traders - They need our support jf they are to continue. As a final note and in the words of a well known Italian celebrity chef the meal was “FANTASTIO”!! Yours sincerely, Karen London (aka Lollipop Karen)

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RSPCA KENT - ISLE OF THANET BRANCH (reg. charity 209365) incorporating the Woodchurch Animal Centre Patrons: June Brown, Suzy Gale, Dave Lee MBE, Paul O’Grady Patron June Brown, the much loved actress who plays Dot Cotton in Eastenders, paid a surprise flying visit to the RSPCA Woodchurch Animal Centre whilst in the area recently. June was very impressed with the facilities and care at the centre. She was amazed at what had been achieved by a small local group of volunteers in building such a centre with the support and generosity of local people and hoped to see it grow into the future. June’s delightful sense of humour soon had us all laughing and we hope it won’t be too long before we have the pleasure of her company again. The Isle of Thanet Branch would like to thank June very much for taking the time to visit the centre when she has such a busy schedule.

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WHO ARE THEY? If you think you recognise anyone in these photographs please get in touch with somebody at Minster Matters. It would be great to put names to faces and give them the recognition they so rightly deserve.

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Valentine’s Massacre in Monkton Road Well luckily no one was seriously injured but there was certainly a lot of metal massacred on Valentines evening, at around a quarter to nine, in Monkton Road. One of the biggest road traffic accidents that has ever happened in this village took place that evening, when a red Seat Leon driven by an Essex man damaged not one, not two but six, yes six vehicles including his own, four or possibly five of which are now write offs. It has been rumoured the Seat could have been travelling in excess of 90mph !! (or 145kph in new money) heading towards Minster and just short of the bottom of Prospect Road. Gill Hollands, whose family’s vehicles sustained the majority of the damage, told MM that she and her friend Dolly were sitting in the kitchen just finishing off a cup of coffee when what sounded like an explosion from the neighbour’s property had them running for the front door. Opening the door Gill immediately saw her van out in the middle of the road, the very van her and Dolly would have been in had it been 5 minutes later. She couldn’t immediately see what had caused the accident, as the offending vehicle was the other side of her van sitting across the new wall that has only just been erected, outside of Eden Hall.

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Seat Passing around the van she saw the remains of the Seat with the driver still inside, so she ran across and told him not to move in case he had unseen injuries, however the car started to fill with smoke so Gill and Dolly helped him out and away from the vehicle. It was only after this that she saw the damage caused to her husband’s Jaguar, her son’s Astra and the more minor damage to her house. It would appear the Seat first tagged Wally’s Mitsubishi Shogun parked some three or four houses away, it then hit and destroyed two temporary road signs, before smashing into her blue Peugeot van, which in turn then hit the Jaguar, the Jag then hit the Astra which again in turn hit her house. Gill’s van also collided with her neighbours boundary wall, dislodging brickwork that flew into the neighbour’s Mondeo causing considerable damage to that as

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Jaguar well, before it finally came to rest in the middle of Monkton Road. Police, Fire and Ambulance services attended and after Gill’s husband insisted that the driver was breathalysed, he was then taken off to hospital with minor injuries. The following morning, in daylight, Gill discovered yet more damage, this time to the roof of her caravan that is parked in her front garden. It would appear that a section of angle iron from one of the road signs, that was hit, had flown up and broken the roof-light and pierced the roof panel. An insurance assessor has been out to look at the damage and his remarks, in regard to the caravan, had Gill fuming, when he told her they could put a patch over the damage. What Gill said to him is not repeatable within these pages.

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What a nightmare for Gill and her ‘three’ insurance companies, especially as the offender had still not reported it to his own insurers on the Wednesday following the incident, when Gill last spoke to them. Gill also wished us to report that she thinks very little of the ‘Police Pledge’, the new initiative, that they have been advertising of late, which says they respond to all calls within 24hrs. Gill tells us she phoned them twice on the Monday and once on the Tuesday and she Peugeot was promised someone would speak to her, but 5 days later, when we spoke to her, she was still waiting for them to return her call. She, quite rightfully, feels very let down having been left to deal with everything on her own, especially with no response from the Police, as no-one appears willing to offer her any advice on what she should or shouldn’t be doing. They didn’t even tell her where her van had been taken to following it’s recovery. We wish her luck in her quest to get full compensation for all of her family’s losses, and we also take this opportunity to thank Bill Darby for the photos he sent us, which we have shown on this page Ray – Editor

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Anon Donation £30 Total

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MINSTER LIBRARY TEEN READING GROUP – AWARD The Teen reading group were asked to write a book review on a new series of books by American Author Rachel Caine, entitled “The Morganville Vampires”. Laura Rochford’s entry was successful in winning the National Competition, organised by Independent Book Publishers “Allison and Busby”


A BIG THANK YOU to The Hoodeners for their visit to the Saddler and the money they raised throughout the week before Christmas, also thank you to Audrey and Shirley for the Charity Dance and to the WI for their very kind donation.

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Many thanks to all those who have already shown support for our new shop, through donating items, buying items and also volunteering to work in the shop. We are in particular need of the following: • Small items of furniture • Electrical goods • Volunteers to work half a day a week or more

The picture shows Laura holding “Glass Houses” the first in the series, whilst receiving her prize of the complete gift set, of the present seven Morganville Vampire books. Author, Rachel Caine is visiting the UK in May to promote the publication of the eighth book in the series. Publishers website:

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Kent Trading Standards are warning consumer’s to be wary of companies offering visas for America known as ESTA’s (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). It is now a requirement to have an ESTA before travelling to America however these are free when applying through the US or UK embassy.

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Some companies are offering to provide ESTA’s and charging for this service. If they produce the ESTA then there is no breach of legislation as the consumer has agreed to pay for the service they are providing but some consumers’ may not realise that this service is free. Kent Trading Standards are warning consumers to be wary of these types of businesses and if in any doubt to contact the US or UK embassy.


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Minster Mayhems Thank you to Archies for their kind offer of a donation towards the purchase of brooms, so as we can learn a new style of Morris dances ! Dominique Vaughan

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March 2010 Community Warden We were expecting an article from Steve this month , but I am sorry to have to tell you that he was rushed into hospital on Saturday with a suspected hole in his bowel, which may require an operation. He is in the William Harvey at Ashford and his wife tells us that they expect him to be there for at least a week. So I am sure you will all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery and may we soon see him back in the village. I might regularly give him stick for what he does or doesn’t do, and I was going to make some comment about the promised article, but that probably isn’t in such good taste at present so I’ll wait to rib him when he returns.


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KENT TRADING STANDARDS ADVICE Kent Trading Standards has recently been in receipt of a number of complaints relating to ‘free’ tooth whitening trials online that have led to the victim being charged hundreds of pounds in continued subscription fees. In many cases the companies impose all sorts of restrictions on the return of the trial equipment within an unrealistic timescale, making it unlikely that consumers will actually receive a refund. By law, when buying online consumers are entitled to a 7 day cooling off period during which they are entitled to cancel their agreement. Kent Trading Standards strongly advise consumers to steer clear of adverts offering ‘free’ trials as usually if it seems to good to be true it normally is. Although terms and conditions can sometimes be very long winded it is important to read and understand these fully before signing up to any form of agreement, otherwise you could leave yourself open to ongoing charges. For advice on your civil rights or to report a similar matter please call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

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Councillor Bob Grove Monthly Surgeries Bob is now holding regular surgeries every 1st Wednesday of the month in the Neighbourhood Centre at 1.15pm. All residents are welcome to attend.

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BROADBAND QUESTIONNAIRE There is a chance that KCC are about to invite tenders for suppliers to install LLU equipment in rural exchanges within this area, thus enabling subscribers to obtain a much better and more stable broadband signal. If this was introduced into the Minster area would you be interested, especially if it was offered at a better rate than you pay at present ? Please answer the following questionnaire and return it to the Parish Office at the library ASAP, or answer the same questions online via the polling page on the village website (click through from link on homepage) If you do not wish to cut up your magazine then please write your answers on a separate sheet (please remember to number them so as we can tie them to the questions correctly) Name of your Village and Road 1

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How much do you pay for your Broadband


If Broadband was available in your area Yes / No would you subscribe to it


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How much would you be prepared to pay for a stable, 8mb Broadband connection


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In essence, Kent County Council's Countryside Access Service is working with the NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust to deliver a project to enable and encourage people living in areas of health inequality to take more exercise and live healthier lifestyles. One element of this project involves a campaign in Thanet to raise awareness of the great opportunities for walking in East Kent. The campaign includes a prize draw called 'Walk to Win'. Full details can be found on the Explore Kent website ( - or directly at this campaign page king/walk_to_win.aspx The campaign runs until 31st March 2010. It involves walking events, radio advertising, adverts on buses, coverage in the local newspapers, online blogs, direct mailings and much more. The wider project also includes new opportunities for residents in East Kent to become Countryside Access Wardens: ( cess/how_to_get_involved/countryside_access_wardens.aspx), and it will also see the launch of a new on-line searchable database of all guided walks in Kent. This is being formally launched on the 24th April in Sturry, together with the 2010 Explore Kent Walking Festival. This system will be a first in the U.K. Further details will be made available about the launch of the database on the Explore Kent in the next month, or so. Regards, Ian Baugh MIPROW Development Manager, Countryside Access Service, KCC

My Thoughts Every cloud has a silver lining, though sometimes it is difficult to find. It seems that life is so complicated, problems loom of this or that kind. Yet there is no doubt, that one must shout, out loud for all to hear; and count your blessings, every one, to realise, you have many near. Yvonne

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March 2010 IN MEMORY OF

Len Coeshott Who passed away peacefully after a short illness at the QEQM Hospital on 2 February, aged 81yrs. Len was a true friend and always had time to listen or just pass the time of day. He was an active member of the Bowls Club and I well remember playing, with him and against him, on the old green, back in the days when I too was a member. Len had been my Mums neighbour for more years than I can recall (but then I can’t remember what I did yesterday – so that could be anytime) and we had always had a good bit of banter across the fence whenever I was visiting. I’ll truly miss seeing him around the village but I was extremely pleased to see how many turned out to pay their last respects, showing just how much he was thought of by friends and relatives alike. He would have been pleased to have seen so many of his friends and relatives there and to have been able to partake in the delicious spread that the bowls club had laid on. We all did a fair bit of reminiscing, that afternoon, whilst watching some old cine-camera footage, that was showing at the club. We were able to see how many past members have already gone before Len, so there ought to be a great Minster team playing bowls on the other side and one day we’ll all be along to join them. Rest in Peace, Len. Ray, Editor

Minster Playhouse Casting has been completed, recording f the play has happened and we are now into the first few weeks of rehearsals. Ghost Writer promises to be another Playhouse triumph with what has been described as a “Dream Team” being involved both back and front of stage. Recognisable faces together with a few new ones are fully geared up and really looking forward to this production. This Play has been labelled “Blythe Spirit with Attitude” Written by David Tristram, this comical piece will guarantee to bring you laughs. So what is the story line? A year after his wife's death, Edward is still deeply affected, unable to face the emotional torment of living in the house he shared with his wife, he has moved into the attic room of one of his oldest actor friends, Alex. One night however he receives a visitor who will change the course of events. With special effects and laugh a minute lines, this is one not to be missed! This show is directed by Scott Steele. 12th – 15th May and Tickets £6.00 and £5.00 available from Terry on 01843 220208

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Church News and Service Times

SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster

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MARCH 2010 7th March 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm: Evensong 14th March 9am: no service this sunday 10am: Mothering Sunday Service 21st March 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 28th March 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Palm Sunday Service Mid week service at St Mary’s Wednesdays 10.30am

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In MARCH (Please note that some services this month will be held in the Methodist Church Please check local Notice Board for information as to when services might return to the Parish Church following completion of the repair work.) 7th March 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 14th March 10.15am: Mothering Sunday Service 21st March 10.15am: Holy Communion at the Methodists 28th March 10.15am: Family Service

Christians Together: Lent Course 2010 This is being held at the Abbey, at 7.30pm each Tuesday following Compline at 7.15pm. We will be looking at “When I survey … Christ’s Cross and ours”. All welcome.


Parish Office: SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate, CT11 7DS -----------------

Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12 noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin For other services in Minster please see Minster Abbey entry.

Minster Abbey The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 7.30am Mass 8.15am, Sunday 10am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6pm Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians but people of all faiths and spiritual tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’ (rule of St. Benedict) are warmly welcomed to join us in prayer, in our beautiful monastic chapel.

Funerals: 25th January: Elsie Rendell (95) at Thanet Crematorium 1st February: Kitty Hicks (91) at Thanet Crematorium 2nd February: Joyce Farrant (85) at Minster Church & Thanet Crematorium 4th February: Ethel May Swan (92) at Thanet Crematorium 8th February: Vincent James Rabassa (52) at Thanet Crematorium 15th February: Leonard Eric Coeshott (81) at Thanet Crematorium


The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street, Minster Major Denise Cooper 825178 / 822308

Weekly Programme Sunday Jigsaw (Sunday School) 11.00am – 12.00pm Morning Family Service, 11am – 12pm Evening Service, 6pm – 7pm

Monday Baby Group (Parents & Babies up to 12 months), 9.30am to 12.30pm Friendship Club (Over 50’s), 2.15pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday Parents and Tots, 9.30am – 11.30am

Wednesday Keep Fit, 10.15am – 11.15am Home League, 2.00pm – 3.45pm Pilates, 6.30pm-7.30pm & 7.30pm - 8.30pm (for details ring Andy on 07505399512)

Thursday Prayer Meeting and Quiet Time 9am - All are Welcome Please contact for details - not held at Hall

Friday The Youth Clubs are taking an extended break in order to implement changes required. Starting date will be notified in due course. For further information, please contact Major Denise Cooper


Home Communions:

There are events happening on most Saturdays please see other pages of Minster Matters for details.

Anyone who is unable to join us for our Easter Celebrations but would like to receive Easter Communion in their own home, please contact Canon Bob Coles (821250)

Salvation Army telephone number for the new building is 01843 825178 For more information please visit the website


Minster Matters

March 2010

Events SATURDAY MARKET 13th March Old Schools 10.00am to 12noon Cakes, Preserves, plants, Bric a brac All welcome

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MKT Last Sunday of each Month Next Mkt Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade fort further info contact June Chadband 226033

Patient Liaison Group (Minster) May Day Craft Fair & Bazaar Sat 1st May 0900-1300 Old Schools Only £6 per stall/table T ts Loc ombol men c h s a al re ra Brin Antiq Ref ck-a-b rds u a i g & B es Br s & C uy e k book early a C

Minster-in-Thanet WI. NEXT MEETING Tuesday, 9th March, 7.30 pm Village Hall Speaker: Tina Cesbron from The Chai Shop New members and guests welcome

Wednesday 10th March 2pm St Marys Church Primrose Northrop is leading us in a Lenten Meeting

WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 5th March 2pm St Mary’s Church, Minster Everyone Welcome

OPEN GARDENS 2010 19th- 20th June. 12th anniversary We already have many gardens but are always looking for more! If you are considering entering your garden then please contact Rev’d Bob Coles: 821250

EVERY WED 2.00pm - 4.00pm All Welcome

Coffee and Chat Thursday, 18th March, 10am - 12 noon All welcome WINE & WISDOM EVENING Saturday, 10th April 7pm for 7.30pm start Village Hall Quizmaster Peter Warr Tickets £5 per person, includes supper Maximum 8 per table Further details and tickets from Ann, 821152

for info ring Joan Cordwell : 823782 MINSTER & MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Social Evening Saturday 13th March 7.30pm at Village Hall Quiz night with a buffet Tickets are £5 members, £7 non-members Contact Don on 821152 for more details NEXT MEETING Wednesday 17th March 7.30pm Village Hall Mr “Dusty” Miller “Growing vegetables from scratch” Points table: a vegetable flan Visitors welcome 50p


Contact Kent Self : 821200 MOTHERS UNION

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles



THE OLDTABLES SCHOOL’S £3 PER HEAD OF 8ish £3 PER TABLES BringHEAD your own -drink and nibblesOF 8ish Bring your own drink nibbles To book phone Debbie 01034and 615263 To book phone Debbie 01304 615263 Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section Monday 8th March 7.30pm Make 5 Easter biscuits Bingo Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information Miriam Smith 822589

The South East (Kent) Get Together-Make Music-Hike-Walk Group : 7TH MARCH SANDWICH BAY 4 MILE LOOP commencing 10am from Sandwich Station To book a place please contact Diane on 07717 453 106

FREE Home Library Service For people unable to get to the library, carers and those with ill health or disabilities Want to know more? Call us on 01843 821442 At Minster Thanet Library Click Services for everyone then housebound

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March 2010




Short Mat Bowls Sessions for March

The Grass Master

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

* Landscaping * Lawn Treatment Service *

Tuesdays 2nd


6pm to 9pm


No Bowls 14th

6pm to 9pm


7pm to 10pm 21st

6pm to 9pm


7pm to 10pm 28th

6pm to 9pm


7pm to 10pm


6.30pm to 10pm

Thanet Away 1st - 6.30pm Pheonix - Sunday 14th - 6pm Thanet Home 30th - 6.30pm

*Turfing * Driveways * Fencing * Patios * *Decking * Artificial Grass * Grass Cutting * Turf Suppliers and Installers Call for a FREE QUOTE or visit

01843 823 320 or 07973 817 540

Pay as you play - no membership fees

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 821447

(Est 1935)

MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri 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 : £25/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £15/hour Half Pitch : £15/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 tel: 821339 fax:825869 email:

MOT Preparation and Presentation Servicing all makes of vehicle Tyres, Batteries, Exhausts Air Con - servicing and repairs Free local delivery and collection

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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, Flatpacks 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


Minster Matters Editor this month Ray due to the Snow

1st Minster Scout troop 1st Minster Scout troop is a scout troop in Minster, the first one in about 14 years! Normally they go in the old Minster museum, now park Minster, on Fridays and play games, earn badges, and participate in events like the cross country (not really, just a mile or so run) race event. You have to be 10 and a half to be in Scouts and you have to leave Scouts and become an Explorer when you are 14 or so.

March 2010

When We Wore a Funny Hat to School for Haiti On 5th of February 2010 we had a wear a funny hat to school to raise money for Haiti. I, Helen, have gone around by my house and raised money for Haiti and altogether I have raised £52.08. I’m so glad that I have done this, and I am glad that I arranged the wear a funny hat to school. I hope I will raise enough money for Haiti. Helen Birch

Moshi Monsters

We will all miss Miss Jackson as she is leaving Minster school on the 12th of February 2010. She was my year 3 teacher and the best ever of course. She has been here for a long time now and has always put smiles on all of our faces. Sadly she will miss our Hind Leap Warren trip, which is in May. We will always remember Miss Jackson as the person that put smiles on our faces and brightened up our day. I hope Miss Jackson has a great time at her new school and makes new friends there. I will miss you loads and loads and I’m sure that everyone else will as well so GOOD LUCK in your new school. By Sophie Christina Stevens

SEND A COW On Thursday 21st January 2010, the Send a Cow foundation came into our school and did a presentation for us all about Send a Cow. What is was about is people all over the world that aren’t as lucky as us, people who need food and water get some because if you give a cow away to a family it could provide healthy things for them. You might find this disgusting but when a cow wees or poos it helps the soil so the crops can grow and the children can have something healthy to eat. Cows also produce milk and dairy so the children can have some milk. They showed us all about the people who live in places like Uganda and other places in Africa. They told us that they had helped almost 16,000 people over the year. Remember: People in Africa now have a meal 3 times each day and they have nice things to eat and drink all because of Send a Cow! By Libby Thomson JONAS Jonas is a new TV program on Disney channel!!!!!!!!!!!! It has lodes of Laughter, Fun and mayhem it also explains a lot about the Jonas brothers. If you have sky or the internet you tune in any day on Disney channel! By Rosie Malloy

DANCE There are lots of types of dances here are a few of them: Folk dance, Hip-Hop dance, Country and Western dance, Ballet but there’s MUCH MORE! You can listen to all types of music when you are dancing then you learn how to get into the rhythm and how to do the right steps! I used to do ballet, street dancing and cheerleading and I’m hoping to start going to some of those clubs again but I still make up routines with my friends!!! By Keeley Allen

On Thursday 21st January we had an assembly on send a cow to Africa so it would be easier to get milk out of the cow rather than walking all the way down to the water wells. It will be better to send a cow than a meal because the cows provide milk, cowpat to help the crops grow and the wee will be like a fertilizer to keep the insects away. By Helen and Keeley

Monkey man Monkey man is the latest thing yo! He is a cartoon monkey that goes on adventures. He has a song and a dance. But most of all I made him up

Minster Matters

March 2010

PET SOLUTION Are you a pet owner who wants the best for your pet? Do you worry about extra work commitments, hospital trips, overnight stays, holidays, weddings, and health? Put your mind at ease. . As pet lovers we know these problems. We can look after your pet the way you want your pet to be cared for because ‘Best Friends’ deserve the best. If you are thinking about planning pet care support and live in the Thanet area, contact us for further information. Willow and Adam Cairn 01843 826 075 or 07806 377


Zac’s Musings Why are fellow dogs in this village getting some of us a bad name, by not training their owners to pick up after them It just ain’t nice !!!

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Static Caravan 32’ x 12’ 7 yrs old ‘Carnaby’ • 2 Bedrooms • 1 with en-suite toilet & basin • Separate Shower Room & Toilet • Excellent Condition •Quiet family site (no dogs or club) Walmer, Nr. Deal - 10 minutes to Beach Site open 1st March - 31st October £6,000 ovno includes site fees for 2010 Would leave 70% of contents

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VEG IN A BOX Fresh Organic Vegetables and Eggs delivered to your door

Minster & Monkton - Tuesday Evenings 2 sizes available £7 & £8.50 Your box will contain a selection of seasonable vegetables all organically grown, the majority from our own Soil Association Certified Farm at Ash

Tel: 01227 722 252 Please leave your name and number and we will ring you back

GARDEN SERVICES 4 YOU 1 Church Street, Minster, Ramsgate

Landscaping and Garden Maintenance Ÿ Professional Hedge Cutting and Trimming Ÿ Weed Kill • Grass Cutting Ÿ Driveway and Patio Cleaning, Moss Removal • Fencing • General DIY Ÿ


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March 2010

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Monday Night is Poker Night Wednesday - Fortnightly Quizzes (March 3rd, 17th & 31st : April 14th, 28th)

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Minster Matters Issue 112 March 10  

village magazine

Minster Matters Issue 112 March 10  

village magazine