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Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 103 : May 2009 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

our doors. These can be anyone from duster sellers to people looking to do odd jobs either on building or in the garden. It’s these characters we need to be aware of and hopefully avoid. Most, if not all reputable traders do not need to call door to door for their business and therefore those that do are probably the ones to say NO to. Don’t accept a doorstep caller’s off the cuff quote for any works they might want to Logo designed by Jack Lamport carry out on your property. Also, be aware of any of your neighbours that might be vulnerable to these types and let "CHERRY ORCHARD TRACK" me know if there is something you aren’t sure of. If I’m not on duty please leave a message for me to follow up with as UPDATE We have had a great deal of correspondence and phone much information as possible, particularly any vehicle calls on the subject of the 'track' that has been closed by the registration numbers and makes that you might recognise. We are lucky here in Minster that we rarely suffer from Persimmon development. I have actually seen and what is commonly known as “rogue traders” and that is photographed a map from 1872 that shows it as a track running down the boundary of the field where it has always how we want it to stay. You may have read the recent articles in MM detailing plans we have to create a Cold Call run. We have heard from villagers that they can remember it Free Zone for the village and with this in place I’m sure it from their childhood and also that their parents and will help us to remain safer by letting these characters know relatives used it prior to that to access the area around the that Minster is not an easy touch and they would be wasting woods and alongside the railway track for the purposes of their time calling in the first place. As soon as I have more on this I will update you but in the meantime thanks for all employment. So there is no doubt in my mind that it has definitely your support in this matter. There have been several reports recently of a group of been in use long enough for it to receive serious youngsters knocking on people’s doors and windows in the consideration to be recognised as an official public right of evening in some parts of the village. I say evenings but there way, we just have to get the forms signed off and returned have been reports this occurs as late as 10 or 11 o’clock at and we are then in the hands of the hierarchy that will night. This is totally unacceptable as from what we know ultimately make the final decision. Thank you to everyone who has come forward with these are youngsters of about 11/13 years old. I’d like to think that most responsible parents would be information and memories, it has all been very useful and wanting their children at home by then and if not would enlightening. Let's hope our quest is not in vain want to know where they are. ‘Words of Wisdom’ ?? Myself and your local police officers have been and will continue to gather information about these incidents and I from our Community Warden know the police will come down very hard on anyone found causing this form of anti-social behaviour. We all remember the days when we thought it was a good laugh by knocking on someone’s door and running away. But I remember this would have happened a lot earlier in the day and I also remember suffering the consequences when we were caught. This is not the same Draft Signs unfortunately and we need to put a stop to this as soon as we for CCZ Scheme can and we need your help with any information you might The larger one is proposed have to help us bring this to an end. for all road entrances to the Fortunately, there are only a small minority of our village whilst the smaller youngsters causing this nuisance and we must keep things in one is for use as a door perspective, we don’t want to give the impression that there sticker on individual are gangs roaming our streets. This clearly is not the case properties here in Minster, but part of my role is to help deal with these It’s good to have the lighter evenings with us for a few matters and to reassure the public where I can that they are being dealt with. months, together with hopefully some good weather. Editors note: This time of the year often brings unwanted callers to See also Trading Standards info on pages 17 & 18 E-mail : editorialteam@minstermatters.org.uk Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Electronic Copy, Podcast and Blog: http://www.minstermatters.org.uk Fax No: 07092 891864

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May 6/9 Minster Playhouse 24/25 May 7 S.A. Division Come and Celebrate 22 9 Saturday Market 24 5th / 19th 1st/2nd;15/16;29/30 June 9 Flower Show launch 10 Copy for any issue of MINSTER - How To Find Us 9 St Mary’s Church - DVD Viewing 8 &13 Minster Matters For those looking to use a Sat Nav 9 S.A. Homes and Families 22 must be received (at the very latest !!) to locate the village 11 R.B.L. Womens Section Meeting 24 by the 3rd Friday of preceding month the Library at 4A Monkton Road regardless of date 12 W.I. Meeting 24 is the approximate centre of the village www.minstermatters.org.uk and the postcode there is CT12 4EA 13 Mothers Union 24 editorialteam@minstermatters.org.uk GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the S.A. Home League Rally 22 13 village square are TR 309 647 Skype us at: editor.minstermatters 9 51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E 15 Creative Writing - Library Editor-in-Chief (& Advertising) Ray Owen (822322) S.A. Murder Mystery 22 16 Useful Numbers and Contacts Editorial Team: 17 Twinning Anniversary (France) 6 Thanet STD Code 01843 All members can be reached through 20 Pegwell Reserve Guided Walk 26 the above email address Community Warden: Co-Editor Amy Murray 825041 Steve Taylor: 07811 271 302 21 W.I. Coffee & Chat Morning 24 Sub-Editor Brenda Saker 822846 23/25 Abbey Patchers 26 PC Kim Burgess: 07980 683 956 Sub-Editor Eve Tilbee 821545 (for reporting non-urgent information) 24/28 Quex - ½ Term Bug Hunt 26 Podcaster & CD 825306 Nora Aldous PC Darren Reed: 07989 992 283 25 Quex - Archery 26 Newshound Sue Greenstreet 823035 Police Station: 231055 Newshound Heather Epps 826406 (for reporting crimes or non urgent information to 27 Horticultural Society Meeting 24 Snappy Diane Cotterill 822394 Thanet Police) 30 40’s Night 26 Accounts Rodney Rose 821965 Thanet District Council: 577000 Jun (main switchboard) Collection boxes for hard copy are available at the Community Dog Warden: 577580 Library and the Gossip Shop 6/7 St Nicholas - Open Gardens 26 Salvation Army Hall: 825178 or send your copy by snail mail to: 7 Minster Fun Day 6 Minster Matters Library: 821442 12 Pegwell Reserve - Guided Walk 26 c/o Library, 4A Monkton Rd, Doctor’s Surgery: 821333 20/21 Minster Open Gardens 24 Minster-in-Thanet CT12 4EA (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00 am) MM Fax: 07092 891864 21 St Nicholas - Midsummer Melodies 11 Patient Liaison Group: 845072 or email: minstersurgeryplg@gmx.com King Ethelbert Grand Reunion 26 27 Advertising Rates Minster School: 821384 (cost per issue) The next meeting of Village Website & Forum: Page size aprx 1/16 1/8 1/4 www.minster-in-thanet.org.uk Minster Parish Council Minster Web Cafe will be held on: Min 6 adverts £6 £12 £24 groups.yahoo.com/group/minstercafe Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 7pm Single advert £10 £20 £40 Mobility Scooter in the Neighbourhood Centre Prices shown are Per Month (to loan): 07914 623 287 Members of the public are welcome to attend and can Please Note: Venues available for Hire arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or Late payment for advertisements could John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) by requesting the Chairman before the start of the mean they will be omitted from the and All Weather Sports Pitch meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from next edition bookings for both the above via the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Parish Office 821339 Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is Copies of our Terms and Conditions Old Schools: bookings via normally open from:are available on request Jacque Sings 822053 9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; The Editors accept all advertisements, articles Village Hall: bookings via tel: 821339 fax: 825269 and notices in good faith and actively Eric James 821744 Email: minsterpc@tiscali.co.uk encourage the support of the local traders and Village Hall phone: 822807 services. June Meeting - Tuesday 2nd However, we cannot be held responsible for the

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“ATTRACTION OF THE MONTH” You will see from the Centre Page spread this month that we have started a new initiative which we have named “Attraction of the Month”. This gives the chosen venue a page and a half of “free” advertising in exchange for a number of entry tickets, which we will then give away to lucky local residents. If you work at, or know of, an “Attraction” that might like to be considered, by us, for inclusion, then please let us here at MM know. (our full contact details can be found on Page 2) We start off this month with Wildwood at Herne Common and they have kindly donated us 5 family tickets to give away. It’s so easy to enter and will be a great day out for the lucky winners


EDITORIAL A shorter piece than normal because we wanted to get a mention in, quite early, about our latest initiative as mentioned in the article above. Eve I’ve even let the “poor parkers” off this month as no-one has sent me any pic’s and I’ve been too busy to get out and about with my camera. Perhaps we’ll get a real good one to make up for it next month !!! As you will have read on the front page, we are going Diane ahead with the C.C.Z. scheme as we didn’t receive a single objection to our article in the March issue. We are now actively seeking funding for the road signs and window stickers and we can hopefully give you a further Nora update on our progress next month. There is no school page this month due to the Easter holiday period but we have used that space to expand our “What’s On” pages as we had so much to get in. There are no M.P.C. Minutes this month as although we Heather asked for them on a couple of occasions they failed to materialise before we went to print. I took a rap on the knuckles last month for my mentioning a possibility of more housing over and above the present Sue development. I believe I was misread as I never said there was to be any further development only that there were rumours about possible plans being submitted and the idea that land to the north of Prospect Road may also be considered at a much later date. I did say “Never say Never” because someone will always want to develop more properties in the area at some time and after all the market will improve eventually Enough from me, that’s my piece until next month. Where’s Zac today ?





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Congratulations To MINSTER SURGERY for being awarded “HIGHLY COMMENDED” (or 2nd place!!) for the year 2008. Once again first place eluded the surgery because they achieved the same result in 2007. The award is particularly coveted by all surgeries within the “Patient Care Trust” because it is voted on purely by the patients and covers all aspects of the Practice, Doctors, Nursing and Reception staff. Mrs Alice lngham, Practice Manger, was naturally very pleased with the result, but commented that everyone was secretly hoping for “top spot” on this occasion. “It will just make us try harder this year in our endeavour to reach the top” was her response! Never the less, It was still a tremendous achievement again, so well done everyone! Patient Liaison Group

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB - CHARITY DAY We have been informed by the club that due to increased interest in this event they are only accepting the first 24 teams who apply, so if you haven’t already submitted your team for this event then please contact: Brian Davis ASAP on 821196 For the second time in three years, a Minster bowler has received the honour of being invited to be the “Visitor’s Captain” at the Broadstairs Open Bowls tournament to be held in September 2009. This year the honour has fallen to Laurie Walmsley, while in 2007 it fell to Len Cooper. Broadstairs Bowls Club has been issuing these invitations since 1980.

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THANK YOU...... To the anonymous person who placed a note in the Gossip Shop box for us, suggesting we hold a regular monthly photo competition. Whilst this is a great idea, on paper, our present finances wouldn’t allow for us to commit to monthly cash prizes. However we will take the idea on board and maybe do something with it in the future, perhaps special events, e.g. Flower Show, Christmas Lights, Open Gardens etc. We’ll give it some thought and see how we can best finance such a project, so watch this magazine for the future thoughts of the editorial team.

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Minster Twinning Association AMBER’S ADVICE To preserve the silence Bonjour Mes Amis and welcome to more exciting news from the Association! within - amid all the As you had a rest from reading the Twinning news in the last edition (left noise. To remain open the article too late), I thought I would get straight in and tell you about the two and quiet ...no matter events coming up very soon! how many tramp across Firstly, the Twinning Anniversary which takes place in Armboutsthe parade ground. Cappel on Sunday 17th May. For £15 per head, you will be picked up from the village, taken to France, be given a wonderful 3-course meal and have time to relax at the village bric-a-brac sale. You will also have the opportunity to GREENSTREET make the usual purchases on the ferry! So why not join us? To reserve your JOINERY Ltd seat, see Bob at the Attic. Secondly, the 3rd Great Minster Fun Day is being held on Sunday 7th We specialise in June in the Rec. This year we have pulled out all the stops and can guarantee custom made you a great day out! The day will kick off with an all day Boot Fair and Jackie Staircases - Doors Cooper and her band of helpers will be in the Pavilion from 9am serving teas, coffees and breakfast butties. If you want a pitch, they are just £10 and you Windows - Kitchens will be able to stay as long or as little as you like. Take a trip to the Attic if & Conservatories you want to reserve a pitch! contact: If you don’t want a pitch, entry is free and entertainment is being arranged Simon Greenstreet for you and your children at no extra cost. There will be live music from a host of super groups, a Photo Treasure Hunt for the kids and Minster Playhouse (01843) 823035 are going to host a Story Corner. Other entertainment is in the pipeline and details will be given in the next MM. For the adults, the bar will be open and, for the hungry, Jackie and her helpers will be providing lunches. So, if you have read this then mark your calendar and come along for a Great day out and don’t forget to tell your neighbours and friends, just in case they missed it. 01843 821294 Posters will appear shortly around the village giving all the information, so watch out for those – and please don’t turn up on the day and say you didn’t Sunday Roast every Sunday know anything about it! Tues - Sun 12noon - 2.30pm As you all know by now the Twinning strongly supports the annual Year Tues - Sat 6pm - 9pm 5 Exchange of Minster Primary School children to Armbouts-Cappel. This Look for Specials Board year 22 French children will be hosted here in Minster on 14th/15th May with trips to Dover Castle and Canterbury. The return visit to Armbouts-Cappel Live Music Nights will be on 18th/19th June. So, how can we encourage you parents of current, Apr 25th Shaillelagh - Irish Band future and past year 5 pupils to support the Twinning? And did you know that May 9th Captain Mildred May 23rd Surf Dude Grandad every Minster resident is automatically a member of the Twinning Association? In order to keep the Twinning alive in this village, we need support from all of you. So please come along to our events and show that you too support this worthwhile educational experience for our children! Remember............. Minster Does Matter


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Local Bowlers Whilst on holiday at Warners on Hayling Island in March, Alan Razzell and Bill Saunders entered an indoor bowling competition for the Champion of Champions. They were joined by two players from Bournemouth Bowls Club. They went on to reach the final, playing 7 knockout rounds, finally being beaten by opponents from the Jack High club in Hayes, Middlesex, who have been champions for the past five years. Congratulations, lads. Well done! Doreen Saunders

Fly Tipping We have been requested by the Parish Council to remind readers that it is illegal to fly tip and TDC Environmental Health Dept. will be carrying out regular checks of problem areas within the village. Notices served under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 can see fines of up to £50,000 being given out by the courts. So if you see anyone fly tipping in our village please report it to the Parish Council, TDC or our Community Warden.

Goalden Gate Draw - Attwells Voucher On Thursday 16th April Clive Attwell and the Chairman of Margate Independent Supporters Association Tom McKenna drew the winning ticket for the £25 voucher.

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Beautiful Peacock Butterflies flutter near. The Blackthorn in bloom where after this the Sloes will appear. The miniature blue and white Speedwell looks up at me sweetly. The golden Celandine smiles at me neatly. Even the Dandelion’s head looks like a sunshine globe. My stroll through Rivers Court trail, was delightful, near my abode. All peaceful and quiet except for the songs of the birds. Perhaps one day soon the call of the Cuckoo may be heard. I have seen this visitor to our shores in this vicinity each year. I hear tell that these birds are not arriving as they used to, bringing a fear. Just imagine our late spring and early summer without hearing “Cuckoo Cuckoo”. Without doubt this would be a very sad thing, what say you? Now as well as the treats I have mentioned above. I gathered more Oyster shells from the fields, this I love. Sending my head back to my history books at school. We know the Romans came to our shores and us they did rule. Now they just loved to eat this seafood, and they lived in this village. Just like the Vikings and Saxons the latter did pillage. Although the sea at one time reached our Abbey gates. The Oysters came from the seas at Whitstable, I have told relate. On this seafood the Romans did feed every day. They threw all the shells untidily away. So as the farmer ploughs the earth when the time is right. I go searching for the broken Oyster shells, that often shine bright. Later when the Blackthorn’s blossom goes May bloom will glow. In other words the Hawthorn’s pretty white flowers along the hedgerows will show. Yvonne PLASTERING

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WARNING: you may notice a change of name on posters / road signs as we get towards the Show. This is for a variety of reasons - not least the fact that people outside of the Village think the Show is just a pile of plants! We (the Committee) are going to use the phrase "Minster Show". The schedule will still be titled "Minster Flower Show incorporating the surrounding Villages" in a traditionally fun cover with all the competition classes and rules. Launch Day - for the aforementioned, schedule is Saturday 9th May outside The Gossip Shop from 10-12. There will be FREE "Grow for the Show" plants for the children, schedules will be on sale plus RAFFLE TICKETS. We are lining up some fantastic prizes - if you feel you have something you could offer as a prize and we have not contacted you yet - contact us! Melvyn on 822820 is doing a brilliant job so far; but has big plans so needs some big prizes! Back by popular demand. Just to prove we can listen we are repeating the "Dogless Dog Show" and adding the "Catless Cat Show". So along with your photos for the Marquee, get clicking your favourite pets. There will be a small entry charge on the day, to pay towards prizes. Thank you for your continued support.

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Midsummer Melodies at St Nicholas-at-Wade Church Sunday June 21, 19:30-21:30 The next event in the popular series of 'variety concerts' in aid of the church's parapet appeal is scheduled for Sunday June 21, at 7.30 p.m. Once again it will feature Thanet Light Orchestra, with other guest performers, and a programme to include well-known classical and 'light' numbers. Entrance is a mere £5 with children 18 & under free; refreshments will be available.

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Life Coaching – is it for you? What is Life Coaching? Life Coaching is about closing the gap between your dreams and your life. Coaching is a one-to-one relationship between a client and their coach. Regular sessions are held (either in person or over the telephone) with actions taken by the client between each session. Who hires a Life Coach? Whether you want to sort out what you want to do with your life, change direction, make a fresh start, or build on the success you have already achieved, it is never too early or too late to take a look at your options and goals and take positive steps to achieve them. Call now to book your free consultation so that you can see if Life Coaching is for you. ● Certified Life Coach     ● BSc Psychology ● RSA Counselling Skills Call Jen: 01843 826149 / 07731 999 474 E-mail: jennifersmithcoaching@yahoo.com

Not only is this Midsummer Day, it's also Father's Day this year -- so what better treat for your Dad than to take him out for a pleasant concert? In fact, you could really spoil him as the English Speaking Union are offering cream teas with music at Slate Barn, Seamark Road earlier that afternoon (2:30-5:00) !! For further details contact Ben Jones, 01843 847701

For those interested in local concerts but frustrated by not knowing what's on -- or finding that several events clash on one day – a group has been set up online on FaceBook to share information in one convenient place. The group mainly lists classical / choral / folk events rather than rock & pop pub gigs. Visit Thanet Classics at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=58464537548 (or simply search for it online)

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May 2009 Minster Bowls Club.

New stock always available

79 High Street Minster, Thanet

Teresa, Bonnie, Jenny, Julie & Scrubber Michael

Fresh coffee Speciality teas Delicious cakes Sandwiches Light lunches Bacon rolls ...and all the gossip! Winter Opening Hours

The indoor season ended on a high for those playing under the team name of the “Hinds”. In Short Mat where they play in the bowls pavilion for home games, they finished top of the East Kent Division two. They now look forward to being back in Division One where they played for many years. The seven Minster bowlers who play indoors at Betteshanger also under the team name “Hinds” won the Division two league in their first year. They will be playing in the Betteshanger Division one next winter. The same team ended the season on a high by winning the Division knock out competition, congratulations to Glynne Hibbert, Alan Griffiths, and skip Brian Davis. Sunday April 5th saw a good turn out to watch the finals of the club short mat competitions. It is nice to see ‘New Names’ being added to the honours board. Looking back over the winter or indoor season those club members who have raised funds for the Club by attending those functions, we thank you. Now that we have to be more self sufficient, these functions plus others have to continue until the loan for the pavilion is paid off. I must pick out two people, firstly Pam Wooldridge and her helpers for raising well over £700 in cooking Sunday Dinners & other meals, also Brian Davis and his helpers with another £500 organizing quiz nights, race nights and the Xmas bazaar. We hope more members and their friends will be involved next year to help maintain our funds. The opening day turned out better than was forecast with a nice sunny afternoon. We had an excellent turn out to bowl and had an enjoyable roll up on the green which played far better than expected. Thank you Mother Nature and our Groundsman Neil Cooper. The first wood was bowled by Vice President Dennis Neville (pictured above) due to the incapacity of President Dick Stott. By the time you read this we will have played our first outdoor match. A new season is under way, so for all those playing members let’s hope they get plenty of sun on their backs with some good results.

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Join us at the Bayside Brasserie in Broadstairs and sample the fresh local produce and fine wines

2 Course Sunday Lunch £15 Just taste the quality !

Professional Advice Sinks, taps, worktops and appliances installed Laminate flooring, wall & floor tiling, plastering, ceilings, lights, carpentry & plumbing For a Free no obligation quote contact:

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Old Minster Photo Album DVD’s By popular request a large number of the photographs which were previously shown at OLD MINSTER PHOTO EXHIBITIONS in the Village Hall have now been put on DVD’s. The first disc which covers St Mary’s Church and Church Street is being screened in the church on Saturday 9th May at 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Copies will be available for sale at £6.50 each, the income from which will be going into the Heating Fund On the following Monday 11th May two more discs will become available to purchase. Sandra’s Cat Charity shop will have DVD No.2 which covers the High Street and Tothill Street, whilst DVD No.3 which covers Monkton Road & Out and About will be available from Lil Smith in aid of Pilgrims Hospice. These two will also be priced at £6.50 each All proceeds will go to the charities named above.

Hiking/Walking/Music Making Meet Up? Hi, I live in Minster and am looking for people who are interested in hiking, walking, or making music (any or all of these!). With regards to making music, I like to sing and I play a bit of guitar. I have created a group that can be found on the web at www.meetup.com/South-East-Get-Together-MakeMusic-Hike-Walk. or, you can contact me, Diane, on 01843 822077 or 07717 453 106, or via email to _ashuro@yahoo.com (please note the underscore in front).

FRESH HOME GROWN ASPARAGUS Fresh asparagus is now on sale at Sevenscore Farm, halfway between Minster and Cliffsend off Ebbsfleet Lane. Opening times:9.00am to 6.00pm Mondays to Saturdays 10.00am to 4.00pm Sundays

Computer Installation & Repair Web Design & Hosting Tuition available on most popular packages 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE 01843 821243/07739 486707 www.minster.net

MB BUILDING & LANDSCAPING SERVICES Dermalogica Facials * Waxing * Sun Bed Manicures * Pedicures * Tinting Gel Overlays * Electrolysis ½ price Pedicures for OAP’s Dermal Clinic (plump out the lines)

New Opening Hours New Friendly & Professional Service New Treatments For all enquiries and appointment bookings please call

Extensions * Refurbishments Loft and Garage Conversions Property Maintenance and Repairs Block Paving * Turfing * Decking Garden Clearance * Fencing Water Features Professional and Reliable Service Fully Insured Free Quotations

Give Chris a call on:

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DISCOVER WILDWOOD Kents Unique Woodland Discovery Park. Get nose to nose with nature here at Wildwood as you meet animals from the British countryside in their most natural of settings, an ancient woodland that dates back to the Domesday Book. Hear a pack of wolves send their wavering howl through the trees as they would have done 1,000 years ago, or a red deer stag deeply bellowing his challenge, the bubbling call of the pool frog, a tawny owl hooting to claim his territory and the snorting and snuffling of wild boar as they root through the woodland floor. You’ll experience many of these animals for yourself as you follow the twisting paths through the woodland, but you can also take advantage of keeper talks and feeds to see some of our animals at closer quarters and hear about their lives and how they have formed part of our history and folklore. Hear about our conservation projects to help endangered species and our work to bring back to the countryside the big grazing animals that shaped the British landscape. Special talks all year round As well as these fun packed events you can experience our special animal talks every weekend and every day of the school holidays. Inspiring Group Visits Wildwood has an exciting range of activities for schools and groups. For more information on group visits, contact the Head of Education on 01227 712111 or e-mail anne@wildwoodtrust.org Enjoy your day among the same animals that would have lived in the wild wood that covered much of Britain so long ago and which gave Wildwood its name. For more information on these events and to book, please visit our website: www.wildwoodtrust.org or telephone 0871 7820081. Information also available - Kent Tourism Alliance 0906 294 1191 calls 25p per min. Why should we care for wildlife? “The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth. This we know: all things are connected like the blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the Sons and Daughters of the Earth. We did not weave the Web of Life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the Web, we do to ourselves”. “We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The wolf, the deer, the great eagle ...these are our brothers. When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the land, will the wild wood still be here?”. Chief Seattle, Suguamish Tribe 1854.



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MAY HALF TERM, 2.30pm - 3.30pm ONLY £2 PER PERSON (ONE ADULT PER FAMILY FREE) MUST BOOK Tuesday May 26th Slimy Snails Meet real snails and make lots of snazzy snails to take home, plus green slime.

Wednesday May 27th Fabulous Fish Encounter real fish and make lots of fabulous fish crafts

Thursday May 28th Fantastic Frogs Face to face with real frogs, froggy crafts to take home

Friday May 29th SSSuper Snakes Get acquainted with real snakes, lots of snake crafts to make and take home.

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With the May Half Term approaching at the end of the month us parents once again have to try to figure out how to entertain our little ones in the break! Well for this holiday why not let Minster Matters help by entering our free prize draw and be in with a chance to win a family ticket to our ‘Attraction of the Month’- Wildwood. We have 5 x Wildwood Family* Tickets to give away. All you have to do is to send your name, address and a contact number in an envelope marked ‘May Attraction of the Month Prize Draw’ to us c/o Minster Library. Competition is only open to Minster residents and strictly one entry per household. Last time and date of entry : Midday on Wednesday 20th May. Prize draw takes place Thursday 21st. Winners will receive their tickets on Friday 22nd, when we will also send along a Photographer to take your picture. Please note: MM, or the “Attractions owners” may wish to use these pictures for future publicity purposes.

Wildwood Terms & Conditions apply *Family ticket = 2 Adults + 2 Children Under 3’s go free. No Pets allowed.

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Over 20,000 books All Subjects Fiction and Non-Fiction Very Good Prices Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs – 11.00am to 4.00pm We are open a little less in the Winter but when the Flag is flying we are there! If you want to check please phone 822666 Best Winter Times: Sunday and Tuesday 11.00am to 3.00pm ----------------

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Book Donations Required at any Time We take any kind of books Some for our Library Some for our Book Shop We also take Ordnance Survey Maps

SDS ROOFING Marley / Redland Tiled, Slate, Kent Pegs, Lead Work, Flat Roof, 3 Layer or Sealoflex rubber compound 10yr Extendable Warranty, Skylight or Velux installation Guttering UPVC/Cast/Aluminium/GRP Specialist in Restoration & Property Maintenance All work guaranteed and fully insured

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Recent messages from Kent Trading Standards Police recently received a report from a resident in Birchington, Thanet. The resident has an alarm system, with a box on the front of the house. A note was put through the door asking for the householder to contact an alarm company. The alarm company then contacted the householder (the householder did not respond to the note) and stated that a customer of theirs who lives nearby called them out because the alarm was sounding, so they attended and repaired the fault. They state that they will be happy to attend again and repair any other faults for free. The company then attended and said the work is more than they expected and it would cost to repair (£170 in this case). It is believed this is a scam and Trading Standards have been informed. Genuine companies rarely tout for business in this way. Always consider getting further quotes from security installers registered with NACOSS, before agreeing to any work being done. Kent Trading Standards have received a number of reports from people who have been telephoned by callers who tell them that they have won a holiday. The calls are believed to originate from abroad and the callers sometimes appear to have some personal information about the recipient and will ask for more personal information. If you receive a similar call please take care. Do not give the caller any personal information or confirm any information that they seem to have. If you have not entered a competition for a holiday, you cannot win it. Do not be afraid to put the phone down if you are at all doubtful about the motive for the call. For information on your rights as a consumer please call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06. Good Food, Local Real Ales Trading Standards have received a number of complaints about a UK based Bat & Trap (Pitch for Hire) business that operates from call centres based in India. The business is a claims Pool Table management company who offer to reclaim bank charges. Consumers have Sponsors of Saddlers reported to us that the callers are quite aggressive in their manner and may give the impression that they are from an agency like Trading Standards or are linked Sunday Football Team to the Ministry of Justice. Claims management companies do have to be registered Regular Disco’s with the Ministry of Justice in the UK and this register is maintained by Trading Standards, but they are not operated by either organisation. Worryingly the callers Open all day on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with normal hours Monday to Thursday do seem to have some information about the person they are calling such as their credit or debit card number or may know that they are already making a claim for the refund of bank charges. We suspect that the caller only knows the first 4 digits of the card number which identify the issuing bank and may not have access to other personal information. Cont’d overleaf......

The Saddler

7 Monkton Road, Minster

01843 821331

Where A Warm Welcome from Jan & Mick awaits you

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH SERVICE Whether your ancestors were from Kent or further afield let me trace them for you. Or if you are stuck in your own research let me see if I can get you going again. One off searches to full family trees No search too small www.searchyourpast.co.uk Or call Elizabeth Peters on: 01843 570602


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Morton’s Fork Restaurant and Hotel Station Road, Minster: 01843 823000 www.mortonsfork.co.uk

**New Lunchtime and Evening Menus** 2 COURSE SPECIALS

Lunchtimes Wednesday -Saturday


And New for Evenings!! Tuesday - Thursday

A choice from our £9.50 lunch menu inc Pan -fried Lambs Liver Steak and Ale Pie 8oz Rump Steak Chicken and Ham Pie Grilled Gammon Steak 1/2 Pound Burger Fresh Fish of the Day Wholetail Scampi Mushroom Stroganoff Then choose from a selection of homemade desserts Our new licence means you can now pop in and see us just for a drink - no necessity to eat as well !!

Tuesday Lunchtime Special 3 courses £6.25 Open to All Booking is Essential PROPERTY OF THE MONTH

May 2009 Cont’d from previous page.... Recent messages from Kent Trading Standards Kent Trading Standards advise consumers to take care. Do not agree to buy goods or services over the phone if you are cold called. Take your time to decide. Find out about the business before you agree to deal with them. To report similar incidents, or for information on your rights as a consumer, please call Trading Standards via Consumer Direct on 08484 04 05 06.

Usage & Disposal of Low Energy Bulbs. Official advice from the Department of the Environment states that if a low-energy bulb is smashed, the room needs to be vacated for at least 15 minutes. A vacuum cleaner should not be used to clear up the debris, and care should be taken not to inhale the dust. Instead, rubber gloves should be used, and the broken bulb put into a sealed plastic bag - which should be taken to the local council for disposal. Unbroken used bulbs can be taken back to the retailer if the proprietor is a member of the Distributor Takeback Scheme. Otherwise, many local waste disposal sites now have the facilities to safely collect and dispose of old bulbs. However, this advice is not printed on the packaging that low-energy bulbs are sold in.

The weather is getting warmer, spring is in the air. It’s the perfect time for a weekend picnic. Eco-Tip: When you are going out for the day, pack your sandwiches and other food items in reusable boxes and don’t forget to put any waste you do generate in the bin.

SARRE A Dutch gable ended detached cottage, offering a wealth of charm and retaining many original features. Open plan sitting room and dining room with two fireplaces. Kitchen with flagstone flooring and electric Esse range cooker. Three bedrooms, secluded pretty garden and oil fired central heating Available without forward chain complications £279,995

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Files and Folders Explained If you are new to computing, you may have come across the words ‘file’ and ‘folder’ and perhaps considered them to be the same thing. Indeed, in the real world, they usually are the same thing (e.g. I keep my bank statements in my banking file and my gas bills in my utilities folder). However, in the heady world of computers they are different. Let me explain: Your computer has a big storage area to keep your personal ‘stuff’ in. This ‘stuff’ might be photographs, letters, music tracks, your CV or a video of Auntie Flo falling over at Dave’s wedding. Whatever your personal ‘stuff’ is, each individual item is a ‘file’. Your individual items (files) are stored in containers on your computer called ‘folders’. Most new computers these days usually come with a few folders ready and waiting for you to put your ‘stuff’ or ‘files’ in. Such folders include the ones named ‘Pictures’, ‘Documents’, ‘Music’ and ‘Videos’. Many computers are clever enough to know that the school photo of your grandson should be kept in the ‘Pictures’ folder, the ‘Thank You’ letter to Minster Matters should be kept in the ‘Documents’ folder and Frank Sinatra’s My Way should be stored in ‘Music’. But don’t worry if things are not in the right place. You can move your stuff around your folders so they are where you expect them to be. You can also create new folders to put your stuff in, thus keeping your computer neat, tidy and organised. So there we have it. In a nutshell, ‘files’ are items stored in containers called ‘folders’. You can find your ‘folders’ either by clicking on the Start Button in Microsoft Windows or for those of you who own an Apple Mac, they’ll be in the Finder. Jackie Raines Home Computer Tuition www.JackieRaines.co.uk


KENS BIKES Want your bike repaired or serviced? We collect and return - FREE in your area Repair price “Up Front” 24hr Turn-round A Professional Service

26/28 Eaton Road, Margate 01843 221422 inc Eve’s and Sundays (Same Owner for 30 years)

Skin Care and Associated Therapies * Unisex Salon * Late Evenings ‘til 9pm * Gift Vouchers * Semi Permanent Make-up * Dermal Fillers * Slimming Treatments * Nail Treatments * Holistic Treatments * Bio Sculpture Gel Nails * Oxygen Therapy * Dermalogica Treatments * Micro Dermabrasion * Waxing/Tinting/Make-up * Pregnancy Massage * Non-Surgical Face Lift * LED Light Therapy * Colonic Irrigation * Chiropractor * Skin Tag/Red Vein/Milia Removal *Spa Days & Exclusive Parties Open: Mon 9am - 3pm • Tues/Wed 9am - 5pm Thurs/Fri 9am - 9pm • Sat 9am - 5pm

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Traditional Good Quality Fish & Chips 75A

*Real Food* Eating In ? Bring your own wine no corkage charge

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UK’s Largest Lawn Care Company No Contract : Simply pay-as-you-go Weed Kill * Fertilisation * Aeration Moss Control * Scarification Costs less than DIY www.greenthumb.co.uk For a free no obligation lawn analysis & quote call

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Registered Charity No: 292157 PATIENT LIAISON GROUP working with MINSTER SURGERY

We are a group of volunteers and patients of the surgery Peking & Cantonese Cuisine

Chinese Restaurant & Take Away 2 Monkton Road, Minster

01843 822371 A La Carte & Buffet Menu Available Delivery Service £1.00 Delivery Charge on Every Order Minimum Order £10.00 within 3 mile radius

OPENING HOURS Sunday 12noon - 2.00pm 5.30pm - 11.00pm Monday - Wednesday 5.00pm - 11.00pm Thursday - Saturday 12noon - 2.00pm 5.00pm - 11.30pm

For all the jobs you don’t have time to do ! Interior & Exterior Home Improvements and Repairs Also Hedge Cutting , Gardening , Fencing , Patios Free estimates. No job too small. Local, Reliable and Friendly. Fully Insured.

Ring Trevor on: 01843 822541 07765 907480

whose aim is: *To give patients and health professionals the opportunity to meet and discuss topics of mutual interest. *To give patients the opportunity to express their views, concerns and suggestions about the practice and their own health care. *To encourage health education activities within the practice and local community, and to raise funds for such activities. *To provide patients with a forum to help influence the decisions made by the practice and PCT. What can patients offer: *First-hand knowledge of their illnesses, disabilities and needs. *Wide ranging skills. *TIME ! As little or as much as you can spare. To obtain further information: * call 845072 or 821200 * e-mail: minstersurgeryplg@gmx.com *see our Notice Board in the Surgery Waiting Room ************** WE’RE HERE TO HELP - SO HAVE YOUR SAY CONTACT YOUR GROUP - WITHOUT DELAY

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

Sunday 3rd No Bowls 10th 6pm - 9pm 17th 6pm - 9pm 24th 6pm - 9pm

Tuesday 5th 9am - 12noon 12th 9am - 12noon 19th 9am - 12noon 26th 9am - 12noon

ALL WELCOME No additional fixture or competition dates supplied for inclusion this month Pay as you play - no membership fees

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 821447 or 821660

The Grass Master Get your lawn in shape using our professional lawn treatment service

* Fertilisation * Weed & Moss Control * Scarification * Aeration * Grass Cutting Landscaping * Paving * Decking Turves supplied and Installed Artificial Grass Supplied and Installed

Treatments start from just £12 - its cheaper than doing it yourself! For a Free lawn analysis & quotation please call

MINSTER SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri

01843 823320 or 07973 817540 www.thegrassmaster.co.uk

Hire times and prices Monday-Friday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs

Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs

(Est 1935)

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: minsterpc@tiscali.co.uk Hi All, I thought it was time I told you something about myself. Although I bark an awful lot I’m really a bit of a wimp in that I dislike the rain, plus I hate fireworks and cats but not necessarily in that order. Zac.

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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Minster Matters Dr. Stephen Ladyman Member of Parliament for South Thanet Ash, Broadstairs, Cliffsend, East Stourmouth, Elmstone, Kingsgate, Manston, Minster, Preston, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Sholden, Staple, Wingham, Woodnesborough, Worth.

Find out more at: www.souththanetlabour.org.uk Contacting your MP: Dr. Stephen Ladyman: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA South Thanet Constituency Office 28, Newington Road, Ramsgate, CT12 6EE Tel: 01843 852696; Fax: 01843 852689 e-mail:stephenladymanmp@souththanetlabour.org.uk Web site: www.steveladyman.labour.co.uk An MP’s Surgery is held every week Please phone for an appointment Appointments are available every Friday from 4pm in the Constituency Office, Ramsgate. Additional surgeries are held once a month on a Saturday morning in one of the villages or towns of the constituency and are advertised locally. Dr. Ladyman will visit the elderly, disabled and people without transport at their homes if preferred.

THIS SPACE COULD BE YOURS FOR AS LITTLE AS £6.00 PER MONTH INTERESTED ? THEN GIVE US A CALL Contact details on page 2 MPG (small CARPET CLEANING local family run business) CARPET CLEANING FOR THE 21st CENTURY A completely dry carpet cleaning service! And that means: No more damp or wet carpets! No danger of colour-run or shrinkage! No chance of sticky residues which can attract the dirt! Lovely fresh scented deep cleaned carpets! (Upholstery and leather cleaning service available) We also clean carpets - upholstery - internal walls/ceilings in caravans and mobile homes For quotes please call:-

01843 833707 or 07966 288 326

May 2009

Events at The Salvation Army Hall in May Divisional Come on and Celebrate Thursday 7th May 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. Refreshments available from 7.00 p.m. Meeting starts at 7.30 p.m. led by Lt. Col. Anthony Cotterill and supported by Margate Songsters and Minster Guitar Group. All Welcome.

Homes and Family Weekend Saturday 9th May at 6.30 p.m. Sutton Salvation Army Children’s Choir led by Michelle Perkins. No admission charge. Sunday 10th May 11.00 a.m. Morning meeting led by Maureen Ross 6.00 p.m. Evening meeting led by Maureen Ross

Home League Rally Wednesday 13th May at 2.30 p.m. Speaker: Lt Col. Gillian Cotterill. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

Murder Mystery Evening Saturday 16th May at 6.30 p.m. Murder set in 1920’s Chicago. Enjoy a five course meal as you work out ‘who dun it?’ Tickets Menu £10 from Audrey Hards. Telephone: 821792

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May 2009 Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services 3rd May 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm: Evensong 10th May 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion (CW) 17th May Rogation - See below 24th May 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) 31st May 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) No Service at 10.30am on Wednesday 20th May but there will be Holy Communion on Thursday 21st May at 10.30am (Ascension Day).

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services 3rd May 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 10th May 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 17th May Rogation - See below

SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster Rev S. Fisher, 592071 ethelbert@fastmail.fm www.rc.net/southwark/ramsgate ----------------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.


24th May 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 31st May 10.15am: Family Service

Baptisms at Minster Parish Church: 12th March: Jonathan Ward

Rogation Sunday: Each year we hold a Rogation Service based on the traditional “Blessing of the Fields.” This year our Walk will be on Sunday 17th May. Everyone is invited to join us for all or part of the day. The programme for the day is as follows (timings are approximate):

(approximately 3.8 miles) (Toilet facilities are available at Chislet Church)


Begin to arrive at St Nicholas Church

(Toilet facilities will be available at St Nicholas-Church)


Ploughman’s Lunch incorporating an Agape

(An informal celebration of the ‘Last Supper’)

The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street, Minster Majors Richard and Val Hope 823830

Weekly Programme All events take place in the New Salvation Army Church, Youth and Community Centre

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


23rd March: Donald Wilkinson (79) at Monkton Church

9.30am Breakfast at Chislet 10.45am Morning Prayer at Chislet 11.30am Begin Walk to St Nicholas



Begin Walk to Monkton

(approximately 1.3 miles)

3.00pm Rogation Service at Monkton 3.45pm Begin Walk to Minster (approximately 3 miles - shorter route if wet)

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 (Ladies over 50), 2.00pm – 3.45pm Pilates, 6.30pm-7.30pm & 7.30pm - 8.30pm (for details ring Becky on 0788 7560957)

Thursday Prayer Meeting and Quiet Time 9am - All are Welcome

Friday 7up Youth Club (7-10 year olds), 5.30pm – 6.30pm Adventurers Youth Club (10 – 12 year olds), 7pm – 8.30pm

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

5.00pm Walk through the Abbey Salvation Army telephone number for Farm with a Blessing of the Fields the new building is 01843 825178 5.15pm Service at Minster Parish For more information please visit the Church. website 6.00pm “Hot Supper” at Old Schools www.salvationarmy.org.uk/minster


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May 2009

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section

MINSTER SENIORS Royal British Legion Club Ladies and Gents Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2pm - 4pm.

The Old Schools Fridays 5.15pm - 6.30pm in term-time.

Monday 11th May, 7.30pm

Phone 821795

Bingo Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings

For further info phone Joan Cordwell on 823782

For further information Miriam Smith 822589


SATURDAY MARKET 9th May 10.00am to 12noon

May 8th, 7.30pm Open Gardens Meeting prior to the event.

MOTHERS UNION We have been invited to join our friends at The Salvation Army Hall on: Wednesday 13th May at 2.30pm for their “Women’s Rally” instead of having our usual meeting. The June meeting will be a Garden Party, 2.00pm at 11 High Street, by kind invitation of Heather.


“CAUGHT IN THE NET” Sequel to “Run for your wife” by Ray Cooney Directed by Debbie Munro MINSTER VILLAGE HALL MAY 6th - 9th Tickets available from 01843 822053 £6, £5 cons.

Minster Library Reading Group

We meet at the library on the first Thursday of every month 6 - 7pm. New members welcome. Come along and meet us

A Landscape Photo

Old Schools All the usual stalls. Home-made cakes and preserves, plants etc. All Welcome.

HAVE A BREAK.......... have a cuppa and a chat with us on Wednesday mornings from 11.00am to 12.30pm at the Old Schools Everybody welcome

All Welcome.

May 23rd/24th/25th Refreshments will be served in the Old Schools all day during the Quilting Exhibition.

Minster and Monkton Horticultural Society NEXT MEETING Wednesday 27th May 7.30pm Village Hall

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market

Minster-in-Thanet WI NEXT MEETING Tuesday 12th May 7.30pm Village Hall Resolutions Meeting Plus Quiz to pick a team to represent us in the Top Team Quiz Coffe & Chat Morning Village Hall Committee Room Thursday 21st May 10.00am to 12noon New members and visitors are very welcome Further information: 821965.

Mrs Scrivens will be talking on “Container Gardening” The Points competition is A plate of flapjacks. All Welcome, Visitors 50p

Minster Open Gardens 2009 20th - 21st June Further details next month

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Notes and Events 1st MINSTER BROWNIES Minster Pavilion 5.00pm - 6.30pm Monday evenings Girls aged 7-11 years old are welcome. It is £1.50 per session and £10.00 Joining fee. If you are interested please call Jackie Cooper (Brown Owl) on (01843) 822970.

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KING ETHELBERT Classes of 1979/80 Saturday 27th June 2009 Venue: Quex Park 7.30pm for 8.00pm Tickets £26 Contact: Friends Reunited or Cindy Spinner (nee Harrison) on 01843 841655 or 01843 847196

ABBEY PATCHERS Biennial Quilt Show St. Mary’s the Virgin Church May 2009 Saturday 23rd, 10.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 24th, 11:30am - 5.00pm Monday 25th, 10.0am - 4.00pm Quilts, wall hangings and samples from various workshops all on show Refreshments in the Old School Crafts stalls in the Church and Old School Fabric trader - Smart Frog

EVENTS AT QUEX Archery@Quex Bank holiday Monday 25th May Quex House Gardens 11.00am - 4:30pm Have-a-go Archery and Archery Demonstrations on the lawns Garden admission which includes first ‘go’ at archery. Half Term bug hunt. Looking at bugs for National Family Week 24th May – 28th May Powell-Cotton Museum 11.00am -1.00pm : 2.00pm - 4.00pm daily Get to see some of the creepier specimens brought back by Percy Powell-Cotton and have a go at our science activities. Museum Admission only

May 2009

ST NICHOLAS AT WADE OPEN GARDENS Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 11.00am to 5.00pm

Aproximately 12 village gardens will be open with stalls selling Plants, Cakes, Preserves, Books, Bric-a-Brac etc St Nicholas Court Underground Chapel Gardener’s Lunches and Cream Teas In Church - Art, Photo & Flower Exhibitions Proceeds to Friends of St. Nicholas for Church Fabric Entry Fee £2.50 Further Information - 01843 847210

40’s NIGHT with the SNOWDOWN COLLIERY BAND Sing-a-long, quizzes, raffle etc Saturday 30th May 7.00pm VILLAGE HALL Please bring your own drink and glasses Tickets £7.00 each to include Hot Supper available from the Gossip Shop or Audrey on 821792 40’s dress is optional

SANDWICH & PEGWELL BAY NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE GUIDED WALKS 2009 no cost - but donations welcome About 2 HOURS duration on mostly level ground Call 07889 822412 or 07747 608292 for more details Wednesday 20 May 7.00 pm: Behind the Scenes Inside look at the Reserve’s conservation projects Friday 12 June 7.00 pm: Orchids and other Wild Flowers

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