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Oliver Rochford - 10 FORMER COUNCILLOR MRS. AUDREY PICKERING It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former councillor Audrey Pickering. Audrey passed away peacefully in her sleep on 10th April 2010. Audrey together with her husband, Harry, moved to Minster in the mid 1960’s when Harry secured employment as an electrician at one of the Kent coalfields. Audrey loved her village and worked hard for the benefit of the residents having been elected to the Parish Council in May 1976, to work alongside her dear husband Harry. Audrey served on the Parish Council for 33 years and her service to the community was recognised by the Parish Council in 2009 when she stood down because of her poor health. In addition to her work for the village Audrey was elected to Thanet District Council in 1991 and again devoted her energies to achieving what was best for Minster. Audrey together with Harry were founder members of the Minster Good Neighbours which they ran for many years. In addition Audrey was also a Governor of Minster C of E Primary school and held this position for several years. Furthermore she was an advocate of the concessionary bus scheme and worked very hard for its introduction. Audrey was the type not to seek publicity and worked very much behind the scenes, but this was rewarded by the many things she achieved, such as her work

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with Kent Volunteers, and she was always available to any villager if they had a problem. On a personal level Audrey was involved with the Minster Troop of the Girl Guides and both she and Harry were former ballroom dance champions. We have no doubt many in the village will remember the dance classes they ran at the village hall. She was also a devoted mother to her three children but still found time to foster a number of other children who had found themselves in less fortunate circumstances. Audrey had a fond passion for nature and could always be found at one of the local reserves marvelling at the array of animals, a trait she has passed on to her children. Audrey’s Funeral Service was held on Thursday 22nd April at 1pm in St Mary’s Church, Minster. The family have asked that if anyone has any stories about Audrey they would love to hear them. If you have any to give then please send them to either MM at the library, direct to Simon and Katie at 32 High St, or via email to:

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May 2010 The ‘E’ Team EDITORIAL Everybody I’ve spoken to about their adverts says this month has flown by, but I think it’s because there are five Fridays in May, which means we are a week earlier than most were expecting, and then there is the fact that, that huge yellow Ray planet has been anointing us with its rays and making us all feel so much better , even if we can’t fly anywhere to soak them up!! Cllr. Mrs Thomson has asked us to inform you all that even though the local police constable’s mobile numbers no longer Amy appear in the magazine line up on page 2, you can still contact them by this method. They just ask that you are made aware that they may not respond within the set 24hr guidelines as it will depend on their shift rota’s, as to whether or not they are on Brenda duty, at the time when you call. However they will get back to you, if you leave them a message requesting they do so, when they are next on duty. You can find their numbers in issues of this magazine prior to January this year or just as a reminder so as you can add them to your own phone book they are as follows: Eve PC Kim Burgess 07980 683 956 PC Darren Reed 07989 992 283 Did you have the misfortune of hearing me again on Radio Kent last month (April), what a shambles I made of that, tongue Diane tied as usual, when someone puts a microphone in front of me I just lose it, but Teresa at the Gossip Shop came over well, so at least one of us didn’t let the side down. The gist of it was that the Eden Project had just launched the “Big Lunch 2010”, Nora which will be held on July 18th and we were asked about neighbourliness in Minster. I made a statement that I would try to get villagers interested in holding one or more “Big Lunches” here, so how about it, do we have any takers ? Take a look at Sue their website: . We’ll run a bigger and better article on this next month, to see what interest we can conjure up. Look for the announcement elsewhere in this issue reference Nora’s great news (or, the reason why we lost our recording studio!!!) Finally, by the time you get to read this, I will hopefully have been into hospital (and out again) for a hernia repair, so you may not see me about for a while (Julie don’t buy too many mints, I may not be in to eat them !). I was due to go in on Tuesday 27th April but it was moved forward, YES forward ! to Thursday 22nd, so I should be a new man when I’m back up and about. Looking forward to that! No more space, where’s Zac today?


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Car Parking Unfortunately, car parking and increased traffic flow continues to cause a problem at the surgery. Initially, the parking area was designated for use by disabled and limited mobility patients only, but it is appreciated that others may need to park closer on occasions, so please only use the parking area when absolutely necessary. Also, please park carefully and considerately so not to inconvenience other users. Otherwise, please use the "on road" parking or the free car park in the village. May we also respectfully remind patients and clients of the Surgery and "Eagle Vets" that they must park in the appropriate car park at all times. Thank you for your assistance and understanding. Patient Liaison Group Meeting The next meeting of the group will be held at the surgery on Tuesday 11th May. If anyone has any suggestions or issues they would like to raise then please contact either of the numbers shown below or the Practice Manager direct on 821333. In the meantime, if you require any further information then please contact: Ken Self on 821200


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I am a frequent visitor to Minster as I have 3 close relatives who live in the village and would like to comment on the subject of the yellow lines, it seems that there is a very simple solution. There needs to be a little more consideration when people park their cars, particularly in Monkton Road between the New Inn and Bens shop. On Wednesday 24/03/2010 at 2.45pm the road was blocked by a car that had parked opposite a van which narrowed the road to the extent that a bus could not get through even though there were empty spaces in the car park just 10 yards away. The driver of the car was found in the Saddlers pub. A little thought could solve so many problems. If that was a fire engine on an emergency vital minutes would have been lost but with the yellow line debate on-going it seems that the answer lies with the drivers and their parking. Yours sincerely, J.Setterfield.

A BIG THANK YOU To people in Minster and the Crown Bingo in Margate, for their generosity in sponsoring Grand-daughter, Michelle, to the sum of £380-19, who is running the London Marathon in aid of Children with Cancer. From Helen & Maurice Harston

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May 2010 PARISH COUNCIL MEETING ON 6TH APRIL Minute 266 – The Use of the Pavilion by the Dog School – Cllr. Mrs. Thomson asked whether the concerns referred to in this minute had been resolved. Cllr. Day reported that he and the Clerk had met representatives from the Dog School who said that they had misunderstood the hiring terms and in future would ensure that they vacated the site by 1 p.m. and would keep off the football pitch. Minute 298 ii) East Kent Access Road Phase 2 – The Manager of the scheme, Geoff Cripps, had now an office in Sandwich Road and was available to the public if they had any concerns about the scheme. Mr. Cripps was holding regular meetings with Cliffsend Parish Council and the Clerk reminded Council that Mr. Cripps would be the guest speaker at the Parish Assembly meeting on 20th. April. Minute 301 - Molineux Road Play Area (Ref. Min. 265/2009/10) The Clerk reported that 3 companies had been asked to quote for the raising of the height of the fencing on 2 sides of the play area and for the provision of a lockable gate. One quotation had been received and the Clerk would report further to the next meeting. Minute 305 - Proposed Parking Restrictions (Double Yellow Lines) The Council gave further consideration to the possible introduction of “double yellow lines” within the Village and noted the recommendation of the Policy Committee (Minute 292) refers that “no further recommendations be made for the provision of additional parking measures and that the Bus Company be asked to drop the children off at the Old School for them to then join the walking bus. Members were concerned that the contract between KCC and the Bus Company may require the bus to drop off children at the School and it was agreed to defer this matter until after the public meeting and for the Clerk to query the terms of the contract with the Bus Company Minute 308 - Consent to Use the Recreation Ground RESOLVED: that the following requests to use the Recreation Ground be approved: (i) Wheels for Ralph fund raising Day – 23rd May 2010; and (ii) Minster primary School PFA – Summer Fayre 8th May and Firework display on 5th November 2010. Minute 311 - Survey “Village of the Year” Responses Cllr. Mrs. Thomson disclosed a personal interest in this item. The Clerk sought Members further views on how the award of £500 from the Village of Year Competition should be expended. RESOLVED: That it be agreed to expend the whole of the award of £500 on the Christmas decorative lighting scheme.


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On Sunday 4th April a cheque was presented to Sarah Mattison by Minster and Monkton Royal British Legion for “Wheels for Ralph”. The cheque for £950 was collected by the club, helped also by Rivers Court and the Gossip Shop. A big thank you to everyone who helped raise this money, and thank you to Ron White who very kindly donated £50 to round the total to a fantastic £1,000. We hope the money raised will make life better for this little boy. W.F.R. NEXT FUNDRAISING EVENT Our next Fun Day will be on Sunday 23rd May, starting at 1.00pm at Minster Rec. We will be having a sponsored fancy dress fun run. If anyone wants to join us please get in contact for sponser forms on 07936765132. Request Discos will be hosting a fab range of music, with stalls, tombolas, raffle and games, plus refreshments. If anyone would like to help or rent a pitch please contact the number above. More details at Many thanks to those who have supported us so far. We hope to have raised enough money for the special vehicle for Ralph soon Thank you, Sarah Mattison


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Membership continued to grow in April, when we welcomed three new members to the meeting. However, they might have thought they had joined the Horticultural Society by mistake, for our speaker was Liz Twyman from The Secret Garden at Quex. Accompanied by a range of plants for sale, and Nick, who dealt with questions about pruning trees, Liz gave a most informative talk about gardening matters, with demonstrations, and comprehensively answered all other queries. She also kindly donated a freshly planted hanging basket as a raffle prize. Many of us - including those who "had not intended to buy anything" - left the meeting clutching carrier bags laden with plants! The meeting had got off to a rousing start, when it opened with the singing of 'Jerusalem', which had been requested and voted for in March. After Liz's talk and the tea break, our 'little grey cells' were tested in a quiz to pick the team to represent Minster in the WI's annual Top Team Quiz. It was reported that the Wine and Wisdom evening was a great success, and enjoyed by all who took part. The next meeting, to which visitors and new members will be welcome will be on Tuesday, 11 May, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. This will be our Resolutions Meeting, followed by a fashion show, courtesy of Edinburgh Woollen Mills.

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The Association is revived so please pay it sufficient attention to keep it going. The French visitors will be at The Bowls Club from about 11.45 on Sunday 18th century quality & character 2nd May to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of the actual Twinning. Please Guest rooms from £62 per night come along to meet them and perhaps to renew some old acquaintances from their Self Catering from £200 per week past visits. You could also buy some raffle tickets and/or donate prizes! French speakers will be especially welcome throughout the day to make communication Discounts for longer stays. easier – anyone needs help with their French oral exams, or to prepare for their holidays? Keep an eye on the Rec and through the village and you might see some strange, gigantic sights. Please give all our visitors a happy Minster greeting and help them all you can when you see them in the Village. R & A Plumbing Would anyone be interested in joining, or even a running a 100 or 200 club to Worcester accredited installer raise funds? Please let the committee know as we would like to start such a club if Central Heating x Unvented we have enough subscribers. & vented systems As there was no Association in existence it has not been possible to arrange a Bathrooms designed and installed Fun Day for this June, for which apologies. However it should be bigger and better Tiling x Solar panels x Underfloor heating next year. All suggestions and offers welcome. PLUS Finance now available on SEE YOU ON 2ND MAY! Alpha Boilers (Subject to status) For efficient and friendly service please call for free estimate

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May 2010 ‘WALK the WALK’ Uniting Against Breast Cancer On Saturday 15th May two local girls, Gilly Brown and Linda Wade, are taking part in the Playtex “Moon Walk” from Hyde Park through Docklands and back to Hyde Park, a distance of 26.2 miles power walking in aid of Cancer Research. hey are being sponsored by Johathan Cole but will still accept further sponsorship or donations. Interested? Then please contact Jonathan on 821253. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Walk the Walk Worldwide’.


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May 2010 Minster Bowls Club. Hello it’s me again. As the indoor season comes to an end the sun always shines. The sun did shine for our winners, possibly cloudy for those just not making it, on Finals day. Ladies Singles WINNER: Mim Smith, over Maureen Hedges. Men’s Singles WINNER: Cohn Rolfe over Paul Churchley. Ladies Pairs WINNERS: L.Rolfe & M Elson over J.Shears & Babs White. Men’s Pairs WINNER: D. Washer & I Rouse over D. Carter & J. Day. Mixed Pairs WINNER: B.West & P. Churchly v J & J Shears. Wednesday Pairs WINNER: B.West & P Churchley v M. Atkinson & J.Humphreys. Alf Wood Triples WINNER: W.Atkins, M. Hedges,E. Wilson v P.Mills, J.Atkins, J. Carter. Mixed Triples WINNERS: C.Rolfe,J.Atkins, B.Davis v N.Wilson, Mal Smith, M. Elson. Now the Outdoor Season Starts and, as in most years after the pre-season meeting, the East Wind arrives to chill the hands but not the enthusiasm to get cracking with the games. Depending on when this magazine gets into your house we may/have played our first two games: At home v Whitstable, Away to Hythe on the 28th April. May has 29 games to be played, plus on the 25th we host a team of Devon Tourists on our green. Don’t forget YOU are always welcome to visit the green to watch our matches, or to book up an hour or more to see if this sport could grow on you. We love to look after complete beginners or any who are new to the area & have played a few times. Until next month Glynne Hibbert.

May 2010 RSPCA Isle of Thanet Branch inc. The Woodchurch Animal Centre These are the new cats looking for homes.

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The Royal Observer Corps origins date back to the First World War 1914.1918. It was recognised during the latter part of this war, that air power was going to play a major part in any future conflicts and a need to identify enemy aircraft as soon as possible was paramount, the first of the recognised observers came on the scene shortly after war when the police special constabulary took on the task of reporting any aircraft seen above the coastal areas. In 1921, following an enquiry, the principle of a peacetime organisation was adopted, England was divided up into a number of observer areas, and these in turn into observer groups. Trial experimental posts were set up in Tenterden and Cranbrook in Kent, Cranbrook Post office became the first observation centre. Following the success of these trials in 1925 the whole of Kent, Sussex and part of Surrey, were set up as observation areas. The group observer centres were usually on the outskirts of a town and in the proximity of a telephone exchange. Reports of all flying aircraft were sent to these centres by a number of observer posts, situated some six miles apart, and usually in clusters of three, the special constabulary were involved in the organisation and by June 1925 all was ready. Finally after very successful tests during July of that year, on October 29th 1925 the Committee of Imperial Defence approved the idea and the Observers became a recognised body. In 1929 the Observers became a corporate body and a senior retired officer Air Commodore E.A.D.Masterman C.B. C.M.G. C.B.E. A.F.C was appointed Commandant of the Observer Corps. He retired on the 1st March 1936 and his place was taken by Air Commodore A.D. Warrington-Morris C.M.G. O.B.E who led the Corps into the 1939 War. It is quite remarkable that the Corps existed some fourteen years before the outbreak of the Second World War, and it fortuitous that someone had the forethought to set in place what was to become an invaluable tool in England’s defence against the aerial attacks by the Germans, and to give the civilian population advanced warning of bombing raids, thus saving many lives. In April 1941 at the peak of the Corps activity, it was announced by the Secretary of State for Air in the House of Commons the following: “ ‘I am happy to inform the House that, in recognition of the valuable services rendered by the Observer Corps over a number of years, His Majesty the King has graciously pleased to approve that the Corps shall henceforth be known by the style and description of ‘The Royal Observer Corps.’” Cont’d on pg 16


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The Minster Playhouse (MPH) that we know and love today dates back to 1979, when it was re-born following a gap of around 10 years. Back in those days, there was no luxurious rehearsal space available in the village library, and so the first production – “Alan Ayckbourne’s “Relatively speaking” – was rehearsed in the homes of cast members. This first production took place in what was then a shiny new village hall. The set was constructed using old furniture, chicken wire and plastic flowers, a far cry from the extravagant sets we have come to expect from our technically and artistically gifted backstage crew. MPH quickly developed a tradition of producing a “May play” (occasionally performed in June!) and a Christmas pantomime. We now also alternate between staging a night of One Act Plays, and the less well-behaved but much loved “Review Night”. We are fortunate in having a loyal following of audience members and pride ourselves in providing them with what is hopefully a night of quality entertainment. In 2007, MPH entered the Kent Festival for the first time in some years, with “Inspector Pratt”. We were delighted with the results we achieved, which included awards for Best Set and Best Musical Score, runners-up awards for Best Director and Best Actor and an overall place of 3rd Best Play (in a field of 17). We will be thrilled if we manage to reproduce some of those results when we enter the Festival again this May, with “Ghost Writer”. This is perhaps one of the more technically challenging plays we have attempted to produce, and work is already underway to develop magical typewriters, floating ghosts and self-opening windows. MPH and all that we achieve is very much a team effort. Those of us who like to prance around on stage and take the glory know that we are only as good as the dozens of people who work to get us there. From the committee, who organise the storage shed, work out the finances and ensure there’s tea to drink in the interval, to the sound and lighting men whose passion for their work never ceases to amaze, and from the directors who bully and cajole us to the backstage crew who seek out obscure props (an old map of Denmark or a large piece of lycra) and paint our beautiful sets, we are surrounded by people who strive to bring you the finished products that you experience as our audience. We very much hope you will come to see our latest production in the Village Hall from 12th to 15th May. Tickets available from…Terry on 01843 220208… Anyone interested in any aspect of the theatre is very welcome in the Playhouse. We do not charge a subscription but you will find a membership form on our website. Please complete and return this so that we have your details and interests. Newsletters are also available here on the site so you can see what is coming up and, if you include your e-mail address on the form, we can send information to you directly. Rehearsals are held in the room above Minster Library on Monday and Thursday evenings, so you can always come and introduce yourself – we’ll be happy to greet you (hang on, isn’t that a line from ….?).

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‘GHOST WRITER’ 12th-15th May Village Hall Like a bit of mystery? Join us for our forthcoming production – ‘Ghost Writer’ by David Tristram at Minster Village Hall . It is a darkly comic tale about the fickle and sometimes murderous world of showbiz. A talented yet spoilt, diva-like actress is found dead in bed after an apparent overdose of cocktails and booze, leaving her playwright husband and regular warring partner Edward to mourn and mope and drink his own bodyweight in gin. That is until Ruby comes back from the dead, to proclaim that she was not suicidal but in fact….murdered. Which of the brash, hetero/homosexual (and those still undecided) thespians in her circle did it? The only way to find out, is to gather those present on that fateful night and visit the place and time in which the scene was set.....

‘GHOST WRITER’ We have 4 tickets to give away and all you have to do is answer the following question:

‘Who resurrected the Playhouse in 1979 (Answer available on the Playhouse website at

Send your answer along with your name, address, telephone number and preferable date of attendance to see the show* to: MM at library by 12noon on Saturday 8th May, winners will be notified on Monday 10th.

(Playhouse Members or their families are not eligible to enter) *Please be aware that although the winners are able to choose a preferable night to attend, seating arrangements nearer the front are only guaranteed on Wednesday or Thursday evenings.


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The Minster post formed part the Southern Area, Maidstone, Group 1 and was located in a field on the site of what is now the old police houses just oft’ Tothill Street near the junction with Foxborough Lane. They post consisted of a shed with a telephone and an aircraft position indicator, this would have been taken outside when needed, all the post members would have all been Special Constables, as it was mandatory to become ‘specials’ as observers. Just before the outbreak of the Second World War it was recognised that the observers should be paid, but as special constables were not allowed payment, they were all asked to resign as specials, and to became members of the Observer Corps, the Corps although still a civilian body, now came under the administration of the Air Ministry. The observer post would have been led by a Chief Observer, similar in rank to a sergeant, and was manned by a ‘crew’ consisting of two Observers, some full time, others ‘spare timers’, the post was operated and controlled by Fighter Command. The Minster post was eventually relocated on land to the south of the main Ramsgate Road, some four hundred yards from Laundry Road, and it was continuously manned from the 24th August 1939 to ‘stand down’ on the 12th May 1945. The post was reopened in 1952 during the ‘cold war’ period but was finally operationally closed down in 1962, the remains of the above ground entrance and works can still be seen today. 1939 No uniform, only armbands and berets. Back Row: Icke Horn, Ted Chase, Bill Sackett, Ernie Lucas and Jack White. Front Row: Bill Petts, Norman Smith, Ted Young, Peter Young. Jack Player, Ted Ford and Percy Golder Seated: Left: Charlie Young? Right: Bill Slaughter. Cont’d on pg18

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The Minster post was formed in 1925 and one member Mr. G. Harlow of Minster was a pre-war observer from its conception but had to resign due to pressure of his full time work. During the war years the post was manned by fourteen men, some full time but mostly part time volunteers, many already part of the pre-war compliment. The members who did duty throughout the war were: J. Jezzard, P.Golder, E.Lucas, W.Petts, N.Smith, W.Sackett, and J.White. Mr Norman Smith was the village Butcher (don’t panic Mr. Mannering) who put in some 9,000 hours an average of 30 hours a week, followed by Mr. E.Lucas 5,500 hours, Mr. W.Sackett 4,600 and Mr.W.Petts 3,300 these hours were in addition to their normal full time Job hours. In view of the vulnerable position of the post, so near Manston, it was amazing that not one member received any sort of injury, although they had to put up with bombing, machine gun fire and disabled planes landing at the aerodrome. The photograph below appeared in ‘The East Kent Times’ on January 1st 1945 and shows the fourteen members at their post, Able 1- Minster, shortly before the post stood down. 1945 Back Row: Observers F.T.Golder (Freddie) J.W.Snaith (John) E.C.Lucas (Ethic) T.E.G.Spanton (Ted) and P.R.Golder (Percy) Centre Row: Observers J.White (Jack) R.Hammond (Ron) F.J.Winter(Fred) R.E.Chase (Ted) and N.T.Smith (Norman) Seated: Obs. W.F.Peus(Bill), Chief Obs. E.G.Butcher (Eddie), Leading Obs. J.Jezzard (Percy) and Obs. A.H.Bowden (Len) The ‘Stand Down’ dinner was held at the Bell Inn Minster. My thanks to Ron Hammond, Ken Lucas and Roy Gilham for their help with this article. Ref: ‘Forewarned is Forearmed’ by T.E .Winslow. Published 1948 Danny Day, Minster Archives

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Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services In

MAY 2010 2nd May 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm: Evensong 9th May Rogation - See below 16th May 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 23rd May 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) 30th May 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW)

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In MAY 2nd May 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 9th May Rogation - See Below 16th May 10.15am: United Service at Methodists 23rd May 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 30th May 10.15am: Family Service

SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster Rev S. Fisher, 592071 -----------------

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.

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 9th 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): 9.30am Breakfast at Chislet 10.45am Morning Prayer at Chislet 11.30am Begin Walk to St Nicholas (approximately 3.8 miles) (Toilet facilities are available at Chislet Church) 1.00pm Begin to arrive at St Nicholas Church (Toilet facilities will be available at St Nicholas-Church) 1.15pm Ploughman’s Lunch incorporating an Agape (An informal celebration of the ‘Last Supper’) 2.15pm 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) 5.00pm Walk through the Abbey Farm with a Blessing of the Fields 5.15pm Service at Minster Parish Church 6.00pm “Hot Supper” at Old Schools

Funerals: 9th March: Beryl Brandrick (83) at Thanet Crematorium 8th April: Louie Ethel Sturgess (97) at Thanet Crematorium

Baptisms at Minster Parish Church: 21st February: Madeline Read 28th March: Joseph Purchla


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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 7 Up (children’s club for year 3-6, ages 7-11) 6pm - 7pm commencing Tuesday 27th April 2010

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Friday 7 Up Club will run on a Tuesday evening from Tues 27th April 2010 and it is hoped the Youth Club will commence in June 2010 on a Friday evening for ages 11-16 year olds

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Events IS YOUR EVENT LISTED HERE ? THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR LISTINGS ON THIS PAGE. SEND DETAILS TO MM FOR INCLUSION SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MARKEKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade fort further info contact June Chadband 226033

MINSTER & MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY NEXT MEETING Wednesday 19th May Village Hall Mr Bob Ogley “Spirit of Invicta” Points table: A vase of Sweet Peas All visitors are welcome 50p Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section Monday 10th May 2010 7.30pm “A photo of an animal And You” Bingo Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information Miriam Smith 822589

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

Minster-in-Thanet WI. NEXT MEETING Tuesday 11th May Village Hall 7.30pm Resolutions Meeting & Fashion Show Visitors and New Members Welcome COFFEE AND CHAT Thursday 20th May Village Hall Committee Room 10am to 12 noon All welcome

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MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2.00pm - 4.00pm All Welcome Joan Cordwell - phone 823782 MOTHERS’ UNION Our Next Meeting is May 12th A Garden Party at 11 High Street at 2pm by kind invitation of Heather

at Minster Village Hall Sunday 27th June 10am-4pm

THE MOTHERS’ UNION DIOCESAN AGM AND ANNUAL MARKET Thursday May 20th at 10.30am at Westgate Hall, Canterbury

Lots of stalls: Tombola for Cats in Crisis; Mediums giving various readings including Tarot, Psychometry, Angel Cards, Spirit Linking & possibly Crystal Ball; Aurasoma Life Readings

SATURDAY MARKET Old School 8th May at 10-12noon. Plants, cakes, preserves, cards, Bric a Brac and Refreshments

Refreshment Bar open all day for tea, coffee, snacks & cold drinks

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Proceeds to various Animal charities & sanctuaries Further details from Kay on 01843 297665.

World Environment Day Saturday 5th June 2010 A Green Fayre is being held at Broadstairs library Fair trade goods will be on sale and locally sourced products The Fayre will run from 10.00am - 4.00pm

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Minster Matters Editor AGAIN !! this month Ray due to School Holidays

May 2010 LES MISERABLE’S Last week I was in a show called les Miserable’s it is about a woman called Fantine who has a child Cosette (that was me) and had her at young age so in those times (Victorian age) so they wouldn’t approve so she had to work to keep her, she worked at a factory and got fired so she became a prostitute but soon died. There is also a man called Jaen valJeane who is in prison who stole a loaf of bread but soon becomes good and saves the Suffering Cosette , she grows up and gets married. By Rosie Malloy

ANIMAL CROSSING This game is all about life, Animal Crossing is on DS, wii and GameCube, this is were you can: own a house, have animal friends, shop for clothes and furniture, go to other people’s town, you can do lots more but animal crossing isn’t just about making friends and JUSTIN BIEBER going shopping you have to take care of your village J ustin Bieber Is the BEST!!! but most of all have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He has written a lot of songs such as; By Rosie Malloy Love me EASTER EVERYONE AMAZING SWEETS TREATS EGGS RABBITS

Set a Place at your Table, Common Denominator , One less Lonely Girl, Favorite Girl, Where are you now?, Never let you Go, One Time and Someday

By Helen Birch

My most favourite song is One Time. He is very popular and has sold quite a lot of albums. He is 15 years old and he lives in FESTIVAL OF SONG America. By Keeley Allen On Thursday 25th February 2010 the Minster Church of

England Primary School choir went to The Winter Gardens in Margate to do a concert with the theme “School of Rock”. We did 11 songs in total and below you will find a list of them: Rockin all over the world The Final Countdown God gave rock n roll to ya Sweet child o mine Black or White Rockin Robin Since you’ve been gone Livin on a prayer I love rock n roll We will rock you I can’t seem to remember the 11th song so I won’t be able to tell you what it was. Anyway, we all sang our hearts out and there were 17 schools in total. I can’t remember all of them, believe me, it would be impossible. If you attended I hope you enjoyed the show.

by Libby Thomson My Cat Boris My cat Boris acts as the cat of the house. He loves attacking Geezer and Dexter (two of my other cats). He hides under the chair, pouncing out at people’s feet. He also jumps on my dad’s back from the floor, he is one energetic cat! When he sees Arthur, my snake, come out from under his home, he pounces, head first, at the glass! After that, he just paws the glass. by Scott

Lots of children in Minster have been constantly talking about this majestic site online “Moshi Monsters!” Rosie myself has it, and find it very fascinating .These are just some of the occupying activities online in this game: Make your own house, dress your monster, feed it , earn Rox(coins) to buy new stuff for your home, clothes for your pet and food!, there are interactive games on certain places on the map, and can meet up with friends and have a quick chitty chat. You can also choose your own monster to play with.... Membership is even better you can go, and do fabulous things on Moshi Monsters that non-members can’t!! How exciting is that ah?! by Rosie Lawrence

In September we are going to Sandwich Technology School. We all found out which school we are going to on Monday the 1st of March 2010. We are so happy that we are going to Sandwich because our friends are going there. At Sandwich there are loads of teachers and there are loads of clubs. There are lots of different subjects at Sandwich which are: Freedom, Communications, Creative and DT, Performing Arts, Hair and Beauty, Humanities, ICT, Business Studies, Intervention Group, Mathematics, P.E Health and Leisure, Science and Technology. By Emma Holland and Rosie Malloy

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May 2010

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Minster Matters Issue 114 May 10  

village magazine

Minster Matters Issue 114 May 10  

village magazine