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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 136: May 2012 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

Jubilee Celebrations in Minster 4 page pullout inside !!!!!!


Community Warden for Minster Aaron Kluibenschadl will be giving a presentation on all aspects of the switchover at the

Neighbourhood Centre (above the library) on

Thursday 17 May at 2.00pm and again at 6.30pm come along and get all the correct information to ensure you don’t lose BBC2 on 13th June or the other ‘terrestrial’ channels on 27th This does not affect Sky, Freeview or Freesat viewers, your systems are not changing !!


Farrah Pahang and Jason Money married on the 10th April 2012 on Oludeniz Beach, The Blue Lagoon, Turkey, would like to thank all their friends and family for making it such a special day and look forward to celebrating soon with those who could not be with us. x Members of Minster W.I. planting a tree for the Jubilee



FINAL PRESENTATION 14 WEEKS OF GAS MAIN WORKS ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION Work will start on the 23 July 2012 with a road closure for 6 weeks in Tothill Street from the junction of Rose Gardens to the junction with High Street / Monkton Road, the road closure will then be removed. Work will then be for a further 4 weeks under 3 way traffic lights at the junction with High Street and Monkton Road, then will move back to complete the works from Rose Gardens to the junction with Foxborough Lane for 4 weeks under 3 way lights. Total number of weeks works planned in is 14 weeks. At all times there will be access in the road closure section for vehicle access to residents driveways, mobility scooters and pedestrians, but there will be no through route for vehicles.

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MINSTER - How To Find Us For those looking to use a Sat Nav to locate the village the Library at 4A Monkton Road is the approximate centre of the village and the postcode there is CT12 4EA GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the village square are TR 309 647 51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E

Useful Numbers and Contacts Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden: Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Community Dog Warden: 577 580 Salvation Army Hall: 825 178 Library: 821 442 Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333 (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00 am)

Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 Minster School: 821 384 Village Website: www.minster-in-thanet.org.uk Freegle: www.freeglethanet.org.uk Mobility Scooter (to loan): 07914 623 287 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) and the All Weather Sports Pitch

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R.B.L. Women’s Section Cheese and Wine



W.I. Meeting



Mothers Union


12 Saturday Market


12 Minster Show Schedule Launch


14 RBL Women’s Section Meeting


16/19 Minster Playhouse Stepping Out


17 W.I. Coffee and Chat


19 Patient Liaison Group Spring Fayre


23 Horticultural Society Meeting


26 School PFA Boot Fair


26/27 Art at the Abbey 27 Twinning Anniversary

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June 2/5 Jubilee Celebrations 3


Twinning Fun Day


16/17 Monkton Open Gardens


24 Giants Day in France


July 19 Olympic Torch Cliffsend


NEW For Sale/Wanted Adverts


Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Events


Church Notices


All Weather Pitch


Village Hall Bowls Group


Copy Date for Next Issue - Friday 18th May

Minster Parish Council next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 1st May @ 7pm

in the Neighbourhood Centre Members of the public are welcome to attend and bookings for both the above venues via can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the Parish Office 821 339 start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are Old Schools: bookings via available from the Clerk and are posted in the Jacque Sings 07891 009 088 Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via and the Council Office is normally open from:Eric James 821 744 9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; tel: 821 339 fax: 825 269 MM Subscriptions Email: clerk@minsterparishcouncil.org.uk Copies of the Magazine or CD are now Following Meeting 12th June available on subscription to all non residents, worldwide. Payments quoted below are in advance Pavilion Hire To a UK postal address :Recreation Ground Single Issue £1.60 Suitable for parties, small weddings, Annually (11 issues) £15.00 children’s parties, etc. Costs to an overseas address are Seating for 60-70, available on request, and we will be kitchen facilities. pleased to quote for this service. Our Ideal for all family occasions ! mailing details are shown elsewhere Bookings via Parish Council Office on this page. © 2012 - Minster Matters The contents of this magazine may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Minster Matters. You may not distribute, display or copy any of the contents of the pages contained in this magazine to third parties without the prior written permission of Minster Matters. All images displayed in this magazine are the property of Minster Matters unless otherwise accredited to another. Images may not be used without the prior written permission of Minster Matters or the accredited owner. Unless otherwise specified, the authors of the literary and artistic works in the pages in this magazine have asserted their moral right pursuant to Section 77 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of those works. If permission is sought and given, it is expected that all articles/images be accredited to either Minster Matters or the author of said articles/images.

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Tuesday 22nd May Morris Dancers in the Car park at 8pm Friday 25th May Max and the Killer Watts, guest starring Shannon playing live music at 8pm

Sunday 27th May Ian Shawcross and friends playing live Jazz in the garden from 1pm. Barbeque from 12

Sunday 3rd June The Vintage Corporation playing live in the garden from 1pm. Barbeque from 12


Friday 11th May ‘Junkmail’ playing live music with Keys and Strings at 8pm

Friday 8th June Bread & Butter playing live from 8pm


Friday 4th May Live Music from 8pm


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Out’ at the Minster Playhouse is in production on the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th of May.

· Monday to Friday · Including tea or coffee

We will be taking bookings for pre-show dinner each day, to sit down at 1730hrs. We will be offering a two course meal for £9.95. Booking is essential due to numbers. We will also be taking pre-orders for interval and post production drinks at the bar.

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NEW COMPUTER BUDDY AT THE LIBRARY Would you like to use a computer or do you just need a bit of help? Call into Minster Library we have a NEW COMPUTER BUDDY here on a Tuesday morning at 9.30 as well as the regular Thursday morning sessions at 10.30 The ‘buddies’ are volunteers so there is no charge, they offer individual help for the complete novice, emails, researching family trees… just come in and ask and we will try our best to help 01843 845133


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Once again thank you to all who participated in our survey. For your information, a summary of the results are posted on our notice board in the surgery and of course, we still welcome your feedback. The Practice Partners will now be considering your suggestions and looking at ways of overcoming these difficulties. In the meantime we would ask patients to only use the car park when extremely necessary, and try to use the village car parks or other on-street parking, especially on the occasions when there are “Mobile Health or Scan Units” operating in the car park.

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A date for your diary: - SATURDAY 19TH MAY @ “OLD SCHOOLS” from 9.00am Tables are selling fast - particularly “LARGE ONES” - so book yours now to avoid disappointment! Please see our separate advert on Page 27 of this issue. 24 HOUR BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR All proceeds from our fund raising this year will go towards purchasing this equipment, which has been particularly identified by Dr. Crossfield as being an important asset to the practice, as patients would normally have to attend hospital for this kind of test. Each Monitor costs approximately £1500 and that would be our minimum target, but in an ideal world we would like to be able to buy TWO! PRESCRIPTIONS/APPOINTMENTS DURING HOLIDAY PERIODS As we approach the time when everyone starts looking forward to their “Summer Holidays” please remember to submit prescription requests in good time and, if medication is required in advance, please advise the Receptionist accordingly Similarly, if you require an appointment with a particular Doctor, please ensure that it is booked well in advance to confirm their availability. PATIENT GROUP MEETING In the meantime, if you have any issues you would like to raise at our next meeting, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact : KEN SELF on 821200 or JEAN TAYLOR on 845072

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EDITORIAL As we were putting this issue together we soon realised we weren’t going to get it all into 28 pages or even 32, so this month we’ve taken the bull by the horns and added yet another 4 pages Ray to bring us to an all time new total of 36, four of which deal solely with the Jubilee Celebrations and as such have been made into a centre section pullout. Even with 36 pages we still left out a lot of copy that we received for inclusion, some of which were letters to Amy the Editor, and we apologise now if your letter hasn’t appeared in this issue. Other bits we left out were from Kent Fire Brigade on safe-guarding your nearest and dearest and Computer Help and Advice at the GAP Centre in Broadstairs, along with info from Quex on various events plus we had to really take the cutting Brenda room scissors to the article we’ve published from the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory. Had we included everything I think we’d have needed to have at least 40 pages which is a number we just don’t want to contemplate !! Eve Everyone I see asks me how training is coming on for my Olympic Torch run, and I have to admit it has been stalled by the podiatrist and my new insoles, which are very very uncomfortable. Still if I can get them fixed on my next appointment I’ll be back on track to improve my fitness before mid July. Diane We are still looking for volunteers to join our team, especially to take on the advertising role and a new position of assistant audio producer to help with our CD production for the visually impaired , also we could do with someone to co-edit alongside Katie who is getting the hang of the job quite quickly. If you think Nora you might like to join the MM crew then please get in touch with a team member, we don’t bite, least ways not very hard !! Seems we’ve some fantastic things happening in and around the village over the next few months, what with the Jubilee Katie weekend, which so far I’ve managed to steer clear of getting actively involved in (long may it stay that way), the following weekend it’s Minster Open Gardens on 9th/10th followed by Monkton Open Gardens on the 16th/17th then a month later the the Olympic Torch arrives in Thanet, followed very closely by the Annual Village Show and then the Olympic Games proper such a lot to look forward to in July. I will let you all know which section I’m “running !!” in Ramsgate as soon as they tell me, pity it’s not the Cliffsend leg. Finally let me just tell you of our new ‘Small Ads’ column which this month you’ll find on page 18 - this is for Minster residents only and is free of charge, further details at top of advert column. Space again has beaten me, so I’ve just got room to say I look forward to seeing you all out supporting the village events. Primavera (Portugal - Springtime England) Finally, usual question Primavera, Primavera, how delightful you are, Where’s Zac?? I'm sure you are the finest princess by far. With your skirts of many shades of green, your blouse of pink and edged with cream. Your eyes glow amber, like honey from the bees, your hair is golden blowing in the breeze. Your jacket is lemon, orange and purple too, your bonnet is a delicate shade of blue. With your poppy coloured mouth and peach blossom face, you really are filled with majesty and grace. As you walk you whisper, soft and low, leaving a sweet smelling fragrance wherever you may go. If a maiden so divine were to come your way, you could be forgiven for asking her to stay. I am so sorry, but this cannot be, she must make way for the Queen of Summer mustn't she. Yvonne Chapman


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OLYMPIC FEVER CATCHING ON FAST Salvation Army Begin Own Torch Relay St Paul wrote, ‘let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us’. (NIV) As preparations continue for the forthcoming Olympic Games The Salvation Army in the South East began it’s own torch relay. A Prayer Torch and Prayer Scroll are making their way around every Salvation Army centre in the South East London and Kent areas. As the torch and scroll are passed on, each centre prays for the neighbouring centre. The torch and scroll began their journey in Maidstone (Headquarters), and then travelled to Ashford, Canterbury, Herne Bay, arriving in Minster on Good Friday. They were then carried to Margate, in true Olympic style, by Corps member Roger Harding (pictured right) who ran all the way from Minster to Margate on Easter Monday. MPG CARPET CLEANING (small local family run business) The relay will culminate at The Salvation Army ‘Fiesta Day’ "WATER SHORTAGE!, DON’T WORRY!, on 15th July held at Bletchley when all the prayers for every centre the torch and WE DON’T USE ANY!!" scroll has passed through will be revealed. 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) For quotes please call:-

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Olympic Torch to Pass Through Cliffsend - Thursday 19th July 2012 The Mayor of Ramsgate will be celebrating this event with us, and the torch will be leaving at 09.47 from the bottom of the village near Foads Lane to travel around Thanet. We are the first part of the run around the Isle and we are hoping that we will be able to make it an enjoyable day for everyone. We have invited the children from Minster Primary School to join us on this memorable day, we are also making it a Summer Fair Day which will include the following two bands, a Steel Pan Band from the Your School of Music in Canterbury and the Band of the Spire Academy School in Sturry, along with fairground rides etc. We are selling pitches for the day to raise money for local charities and there are still some available. So if you wish to be actively involved please contact Cllr Beryl Harrison on 594094 for further information and pitch prices. Other Cliffsend Events: Saturday 26th May - Unveiling of new Village sign at Hugins Green, 2.00pm. Go to the Cliffsend Parish Council website at: www.cliffsendpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/ for further details or phone 594094. Monday the 4th June - Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon, Hugins Green, 10.30 pm.

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Minster - ‘A Friendly Village’ Dear Editor, I am not a resident of Minster; I am a foreigner from Ramsgate doing voluntary work on the church bells for a few months. To say the least I was very impressed with Minster not only in the village itself but also with how friendly the inhabitants are. Most days I would walk up from the church to the Gossip Shop (aptly named!!) for a coffee and the amount of people that would say “hello” to a stranger (and they don’t come any stranger than me) and make me feel welcome and part of the village. In the few months I have been here I have made quite a few friends which is so very nice. I was also impressed with the village magazine Minster Matters not many towns or villages have their own magazine, a lot of villages and towns could learn from Minster Very well done to Minster. Tony Goodman (Ramsgate) Editors note: Thank you Tony Check out Tony’s website: http://minster.bell-tower.co.uk/index.html


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Jane Holden’s enquiry, ‘Where was Lovers Lane?’ Like most villages, during the heyday of picture postcards, Minster-in-Thanet created its own ‘Lovers Lane’ This we now know as Bedlam Court Lane, a relatively new name, formerly just part of The Lanes. I believe that the picture shown at the village hall was in fact of Minster on the Isle of Sheppey, which also boasted a lovers lane, an abbey and of course a church, all well pictured on early postcards. I suspect the name was derived from the fact that courting couples used to walk the lanes. Danny Day – Minster Local History Archive


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Malcolm Smith Andy, Julia, Steve and Paul would like to say a massive thanks for your years of service, loyalty, favours and fun over the past years. (We wouldn’t have been able to play as much golf as we have if it wasn’t for you!) Have a great and happy retirement. Lots of love,The Cliffe’s P.S. Don’t be a stranger.


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A BIG THANK YOU to… the lady who in the past few months has left knitted baby clothes at my house. I would like to thank her personally but with no name or phone number I have no idea who she is. Please contact me on 821221. Thank you, Gwen Soup on Wednesdays would like to thank … all the people who support us during the winter months and give grateful thanks to all the helpers, soup and cake makers ! We really do appreciate your help Mickey Says Thank You Mickey the Meerkat, on behalf of the Birchington Visually Impaired Club, would like to say ‘Thank you very much’ to all the Minster residents who kindly gave donations which raised £550 for club funds. Joyce Glover say’s thank you and bless you all. (See article on page 21 for more details of this)

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Your Letters….. Doggy Do’s As a responsible dog owner who clears up after his dog, I would like to draw attention to the unmade path at the back of the gardens of the houses in the new Cheney Road estate running at approximately right angles to Monkton Road. My twice daily dog walk is constantly spoilt by having to dodge the dollops. Not only are the offending piles there, but they always seem to be in the middle of the path & from the grouped position in the path it seems that they are all from the same source so either the dog's allowed out of the back gate to do its business unsupervised or the excrement is thrown out of the gate or over the fence. I don't think our local bobby would need to be Poirot to work out where the offending dog owners live. Maybe if you print this letter the perpetrators will be shamed into ceasing this disgusting action and giving good owners and their dogs a bad name. (name withheld)

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Minster Matters April Issue; re attack on a resident

Yes there are many residents in Minter who also despair at the increase in Anti-social behaviour in this village. Any night of the week someone, somewhere in Minster is suffering Tel: 842069 Free estimates from groups of youths, including sadly a girl or two, who have no respect for people or property. The Birchington Builder They think it is funny to kick a wall down, damage fences, gates, throw stones or break windows, 33 Quex View Road all of which costs a great deal to get repaired. Garages & New roofs These cowardly teenagers are a very small minority of the village youth so isn’t it time they or repairs extensions were named and shamed? Then we could recognize them and inform their parents of what their children get up to. They must be stopped. Brick Patios Could I suggest that the parents of the 16yr old caught are billed for the damage to the car. walls I’m sure that pretty soon the others involved would be contacted by them to pay their share of Drains Driveways in brick, the bill. slabs or concrete Our condolences to the gentleman who was attacked and pity for the car owner. All Alterations 1P/6 A Minster resident of 42yrs (name and address withheld on request)

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This month’s report is really an up date on last month’s – as our plans are really coming together for celebrations of the Anniversary and Fun Day, with some plans having “come together” and celebrations confirmed. Race night will be at 8.00pm on Saturday 21st April at The RBL Club. There is no need for Ascot apparel, but please bring funds to place your bets and Bring your bank closer to home, get cash out, pay money buy some raffle tickets. Free entry so you will feel obliged to bet freely! in as well. For more details, please ask at the counter If you want to buy in to dining with the French at the Anniversary celebrations Please visit us for all the new gift lines and helium in the Village Hall, on 27 May, please let us know. The meet and greet is planned balloons plus the new range of cards for all occasions for 12 noon, so the railway station and then the Old Schools are the places to be. 1L/8 Morton’s Fork and The Bell are involved too. QUALIFIED FOOT HEALTH Fun Day will be a laid back affair (if only you knew the great activity behind the scenes to make it that way!). Boot fair charges will be £10.00 per pitch so come PROFESSIONAL along and bring or buy or both, and have a picnic and relax and enjoy the various David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP entertainments. Local youth organisations will be helping too. Alex is doing well with the French conversation group and interest has resulted All forms of Services and Treatments in new members for Twinning as well. The Phoenix rises! The first group meeting available for Foot and Nail care has been arranged and more interest will always be welcome from those fluent in Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe, French as well as those with varying expertise (or not!). Ingrown nails, Nail deformities, Dates for your diary are:Infection control for Athletes foot and 21 April 2012:- 8.00 p m Race Night at The RBL Club Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas, 27 May 2012:- 12 noon onwards Anniversary Celebrations Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare 03 June 2012:- 12 noon onwards Fun Day with a Royal Jubilee flavour 24 June 2012:- Giants Day in France We provide personal and reliable We do need someone to be the giant please – you would be financially treatment in the comfort of your own home, nursing or residential care home or recompensed. Please volunteer as soon as possible, or at least enquire. A contingent from Twinning will be travelling over. We still wish to co-ordinate hospital those travelling over for the celebrations. Some may want to travel over later to Day, evening, weekend appointments enjoy the fun that goes on until later in the evening. It could be worth your while. available by arrangement Our next committee meeting is Thursday 12th April at 7.30pm at the Tel: 01843 866 601 RBL Club if anyone would like to attend as a visitor, prospective member, person interested in the conversation group, prospective giant, or even villager who wants Mob: 07749 999 584 2P/8 to see what we get up to or ask any questions. 821291 Along with EUROS and US DOLLARS you can now buy TURKISH LIRAS at the Post Office counter. PLUS you can also order any other currency for your holidays


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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB The New Outdoor Bowling season has started, with the sun on our backs. It was nice to see new faces joining those of past seasons on the green on the opening of the green. Are you looking for a new pastime? The following is a copy of an article by the Daily Mail, and was in the club newsletter. If you have been lucky enough to see bowls on the television you will have seen the age of those competing is not as often thought, “AN OLD MAN’S GAME.” The club had many successes in competitions last year. We are a club overtaking many of the East Kent clubs. This club is NOT only for competitions, it is for people to come and enjoy the exercise and make friends. We have in the pipe line several purely social evenings with the use of the bar. Members are allowed to book up the pavilion for weddings, birthdays, or anniversaries with excellent catering. We are open daily from 10.00am until late. To be sure of a warm greeting, call 824 082, 825 475, or Maureen the secretary 589615. COME, TRY, and make your own decision if this is the sport and 1L/3 exercise that you want.


MINSTER-IN-THANET WI President, Marion Rose, welcomed members to the April meeting and Colin Breed gave an entertaining “Royal Visits to Kent” talk and slide show. After refreshments, approval of the minutes of the March meeting was proposed and seconded. Matters arising included details of our WI’s Jubilee celebrations the planting of a flowering Prunus on the grass area by the car park; Pimm’s and nibbles at the June meeting and a team for the village “It’s a Knockout” Jubilee event. It was announced that the 15th September is the proposed date for the educational trip to Buckingham Palace. Sarah has found a tutor for a crochet class - details to follow - and it is hoped that Minster WI will soon have a website. Marion gave details of various events for which members could sign up and said she would be prepared to hold a monthly craft group at her house, if there is enough interest. She also asked for ideas on a theme for the WI’s float at this year’s Minster Show. Vice President, Sarah Eaton-Brown, will preside over next month’s Resolutions meeting on 8th May, when the refreshments will be wine and cheese AND cakes! Coffee and Chat is on 17th May from 10am to 12 noon and the Games evening on 23rd May, from 7.30 to 10pm - both events in the Village Hall committee room. After the raffle, the meeting closed at 9.45.

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MINSTER SHOW The Show Committee have agreed that, to continue the theme of the Olympics, we will for this year only, be awarding medals for the Track and Field events. We are still actively looking for stallholders to take a space on the showground, so if you or your group are interested in taking a stall at this year’s show then please contact Karen in Attwells, or ring her on 07813 648 214. (Editor: Also see the plea for bands and entertainers below.) DON’T FORGET !!….This month we have the ‘Schedule Launch’ so come along, with your children, to the Gossip Shop on Saturday 12 May between 10 and 12, to both buy your schedule and collect a free ‘Grow for the Show’ plant, for the youngsters to nurture and enter into the Show on the day. Remember each child who successfully ‘grows’ their plant and brings it to the show tent, on the morning of the show, will be entitled to free entry to the show in the afternoon, a saving for Mum and Dad of £3 per child. Plants are given out on a first come first served basis and are limited in numbers, so make sure you’re not too late getting to see us. The Schedule this year has a Special Olympics theme full coloured front cover, so a worthwhile keepsake, especially if you enter and win any of the track and field events so gaining a medal to go with it, and what’s even better is they are exactly the same price as usual at just 40p - what a bargain !!! If you can’t get to see us on 12 May then schedules will be available, following the launch, at numerous outlets around the village.

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Lil Smith and Doreen Daw, volunteers from Minster, who have been raising funds for Pilgrims Hospice Thanet since it was first built, have been busy with their knitting needles over the last few months, knitting over 300 Easter chicks. The chicks are always very popular with the children, as hidden inside is a mouth-watering Cadburys crème egg. The eggs were kindly donated by The Co-op in Minster, along with Morrisons in Margate and Tescos in Manston. They are now on sale at Pilgrims Hospice Thanet, but you will have to be quick, as they are flying out of the basket! There is also an Easter raffle and tickets are now on sale in the reception area.

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Lil Smith said, “Over the years I had a lot of support from Pilgrims Hospice in Thanet, especially when my husband was ill. I was so impressed with the care, that I felt I had to do something to help to raise funds for Pilgrims for this wonderful work to continue” Karen Kenward, Regional Fundraising Manager said: “Lil and Doreen have been working tirelessly over the years to raise funds for Pilgrims, continuing to raise awareness in the local community for our charity. Pilgrims Hospices services are free of charge to our patients and their families; we need to raise in excess of £9 million every year. We couldn’t do this with out the support of truly amazing people like Lil and Doreen. I cannot thank them enough” 2012 is a special year for Pilgrims Hospices as we celebrate caring for the people of east Kent for 30 years having opened the first hospice in 1982 Canterbury. Today we provide palliative care for adults with a range of illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, heart failure, respiratory conditions and neurological diseases. Care is provided from the three sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in

patients' homes and via community programmes. Care is also extended to families and carers. To keep delivering care to those that need it the most, Pilgrims has to raise in excess of £9 million each year. The majority of this comes from our local community, so fundraising is very important. 80p in every pound goes directly on patient care and over 75% of our funding comes from the local community. Pilgrims Hospice, Thanet In 2012, Pilgrims Hospice Thanet is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary having been opened in 1992. It has an inpatient unit, runs a series of day programmes and offers outpatient appointments as well as visiting services in patients own homes. It also hosts the only palliative care accommodation in east Kent that is suitable for patients with dementia. Situated on the main Ramsgate to Margate road, the hospice stands within the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Hospital and is surrounded by nearly two acres of stunning natural gardens.

Cycle Ride from Paris to Barcelona in aid of Macmillan Hi, my name is Oliver Barnes and, along with my friend Zach, I have recently completed an epic cycle ride from Paris to Barcelona. We set off in the mind frame that it was just a personal challenge as we are not regular cyclists and wanted to see what we were made of. However we were soon persuaded to add a charity to the occasion as many people wanted to sponsor us. We chose Macmillan, as Zach’s gran often used to help this charity, and with no expectations of raising much money, we were astounded to see the donations rise so high and, amazingly, people are still giving. I guess this is an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who sponsored us, as we are very proud we even made it over £100, let alone well over £600 and rising. Also a huge thank you to the New Inn for allowing us to use their quiz night as a fund raiser. Now for the trip, our original plan of being in Spain in 9-11 days proved to be much more challenging than expected. However, we made it in 13 days which, I can assure you, we were not unhappy with! The fact we had made it at all was an amazing achievement for us. We put our

all into the trip, suffering from bad knees on the 4th day really sorted the men from the boys as we pushed through. We saw a lot of beautiful scenery in glorious weather, whilst catching a tan but also cycled through a snow blizzard with numb limbs, being able to see only a couple of metres in front of us at the peak of the Pyrenees. Cycling in France was absolute pleasure as many of the roads were cyclist friendly and, using the small amount of the French language I knew, we were able to communicate allowing us to meet lots of interesting people, eat some mouthwatering food and stay in many an interesting place. The trip was not short of its highs and lows in both senses. Ascending and descending two mountains on the trip, and the mental battle we faced tested our patience with each-other, but we didn’t fall out once. On arrival in Barcelona we couldn’t have been happier and a great sense of achievement overwhelmed us. Just the thought of a huge glass of sangria and we were tipsy with excitement. We can only ask ourselves now 'What's the next challenge?' If you would like to read more about

the journey I kept a diary of each day and its events on this website http://barmybikeride.blogspot.co.uk/. If anyone is feeling generous, there is still a chance to sponsor us online, or just to check our progress the website is https://www.justgiving.com/oliver-barnes Thank you, Oli.

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Following the article about how busy the cubs have been in the February issue of Minster Matters, I thought it appropriate to update your readers regarding the 1st Minster Scout Group, which has been serving young people and their families in the surrounding villages for a number of years now. It would be fair to say that the group structure has gone through considerable turmoil in these past few months. As a result I have been asked to become the Group Scout Leader, as well as an assistant leader at the cub pack. A newly formed Beaver Scout section had to close after only a few weeks of running, a disappointment to a lot of youngsters, and their families. We have also seen several leaders depart, including the two Scout troop leaders, which left us with a risk of the troop closing. However after rallying around the remaining adult leaders, and parents within the Group, I am delighted to let you know that the Scout troop will remain open, at a new venue of the Old Schools, in the heart of the village. That being said, we can never have too much help and I would like to take this moment to ask readers, if they have some spare time and an interest in helping young people, to consider becoming an adult leader in one of the group sections. Scouting is voluntary, but training is free and available to anyone who would be interested All adults working with the young people would require being CRB checked via The Scout Association. Although we currently have only Cubs and Scouts up and running, I would dearly like to restart the Beavers, which would be possible with the right amount of help. We also need a new executive committee to do some of the background tasks, such as fundraising and admin roles, which free up the uniformed section leaders to do what Scouting is all about and help young people to develop. You will see us around the village, in the near future, assisting a local business in its Community work, and as normal ‘flipping’ burgers at the Minster Show, but I hope that we will be seen at other events throughout the year as well. The Group is a registered charity, and if any local business or benefactor would like to assist our fund raising it would be more than welcome. Our section meeting times at present are as follows, both sections will resume after Easter break on 19th and 20th April respectively.


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2012 - Jubilee Year for Minster Abbey 2012 is a special year for the sisters of the Abbey. It was 75 years ago, in 1937 that nine sisters from the Benedictine monastery of St. Walburga’s Bavaria, arrived in Minster to re-establish monastic life after nearly 400 years. In the last issue we concluded part 2 of our history with the election of Mother Concordia as 5th prioress of Minster Abbey in 1984. Mother Concordia is an internationally recognized sculptress especially of religious art. Over a period of more than fifty years she produced hundreds of works of art. Most famous among them are the statue of Our Lady of Pew in Westminster Abbey, Our Lady in the Undercroft of Canterbury Cathedral, our Lady of Fifth Avenue in New York City and our Lady of Coventry, a copy of which was presented in memory of the Spanton family to the parish church of St. Mary’s Minster. 1987 was year to remember! We celebrated the Golden jubilee of our refoundation. One of the highlights of this year was the historical pageant put on by the children of Minster School. Saints, Vikings, nuns and monks, farmers and sheep all processed into St. Mary’s Church for the July celebrations. A beautiful banner made by the children and local village mothers, was presented to the sisters. On the night of the 22nd August 1987, during an electrical storm the old Abbey chapel caught fire and was destroyed. Later that year on the 18th of October a hurricane swept the south coast of Britain and left a huge amount of damage behind. St. Mary’s lost its spire and in the Abbey grounds several ancient yew trees were uprooted. Over the next few years through the great kindness of many of our friends we were able to raise funds to build the beautiful new chapel dedicated to Our Lady and St. Andrew.It was built by the Minster firm Harry Cro & Sons with a team of enthusiastic local workmen to a design by Mr. Anthony Swaine. The names of all the workers are commemorated on a stone plaque set into the outer east wall of the chapel. The wood from the felled yew trees was used to construct the base of the altar and other chapel furnishings. From the ashes of the fire and the wild winds of Kent, rose a beautiful place of prayer and praise, which is at the heart of our life.

In 1989 the trustees of Minster Abbey offered the old oast house and its surrounding area rent free to the parish council to be used as a rural agricultural museum. Over the next 18 years the interesting displays and activities at the museum gave great pleasure to countless local families. In 1996 the Motherhouse of St. Walburga’s in Bavaria granted independence to the community. A year later, we became a member of the English province of the international Benedictine Congregation of Subiaco. We retain close links of tradition and affection with the community of St. Walburga’s. In 1997, during the 14th centenary celebrations of St. Augustine of Canterbury we hosted a magnificent Son et Lumiere, produced by the local villagers. With images, music and sound effects the history of Minster and Thanet was brought to life! With hundreds of striped deck chairs, the abbey lawn looked like Brighton Seafront for the entire week.

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TUESDAY 5th JUNE 10.00am MINSTER ABBEY PICNIC – THE ABBEY ARE OPENING THEIR GROUNDS TO PARISHIONERS FOR A ‘PICNIC AT PARKMINSTER’ Celebrating both the Queens Jubilee and the 75th Anniversary of the Abbey

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ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - MONDAY 4 JUNE from Midday ** B-B-Q * Children’s Colouring Competition ** ** Face Painting * MILO - the Balloon Man ** ** Fancy Dress * Make a Crown Competition ** Country / Rock Duo Children’s Raffle Jelly, Ice Cream and Cakes for the Children (Note from the Editor: Why would you want to win more children in a raffle ?? Still at least you can offload them again later by swapping them for Jelly and Ice cream, which to me seems a pretty good deal !!) TWINNING FUN DAY - SUNDAY 3rd JUNE from MIDDAY Fun Day will be a lot of fun if you turn out and make it so. Local musicians will be showcasing their talents. Boot fair charges will be £10.00 per pitch from 12 noon so come along and bring or buy or both. You can bring a picnic and relax and enjoy the various entertainments, or, of course you can buy food and drink on site. Local youth organisations will be helping too.

There will be various promotional items on offer too, from wristbands to remote controlled cars in Rally for Heroes decals. Raffle tickets will also be on sale with lots of interesting prizes on offer. Visit us and help support our causes.

A Prayer for her Majesty on her Diamond Jubilee: God of time and eternity, whose Son reigns as servant, not master; we give you thanks and praise that you have blessed this Nation, the Realms and Territories with Elizabeth our beloved and glorious Queen. In this year of Jubilee, grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God and in devoted service to her lands and peoples, and those of the Commonwealth, now and all the days of her life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

the most important part is that they are raising money for a hugely worthwhile cause. In 2010 they set out to raise £10,000 for Help for Heroes and after successfully finishing the event actually achieved over £32,000. This time the whole event is much bigger, as is the target! They aim to raise at least £100,000 with the money being split between the Help for Heroes and Royal British Legion charities. Mark Ellcock from Minster, and John Marshall-Redding from Birchington will be taking part in the event in August and will be attending the Diamond Jubilee Fun Day raising much needed funds for the two charities. On display will be the very distinctive vehicles that Mark and John will be driving in the event. Mark's Phoenix Yellow BMW M3 and John's Red Mercedes G Wagon 4 X 4 will be present, decorated accordingly with the Rally for Heroes logos and various sponsors decals

Minster Parish Church, Sunday 3rd June at 11.00am. We will be joined by representatives of the Parish Council and members of the British Legion and their families. The British Legion will be parading from their Club House to join the service.

is all about a group of service and non-service personnel that intend to make a mammoth road trip around Europe. The road trip is significant in as much as the distance they will travel. 50 vehicles will leave the Top Gear Track and travel at least 5 miles for each fallen service person that has lost their life in the Afghanistan conflict. Sadly this now totals over 400 and, as such, they intend to drive over 2000 miles in recognition of those who have perished.

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SON ET LUMIERE - SATURDAY 2 JUNE The Son et Lumière is a dramatic production of sound and light. It was originally produced in1997 for the 1400th Anniversary of the arrival of St Augustine in Minster. It was then set in the grounds of the Abbey at Minster, the site where much of Minster’s turbulent history was made. The story is narrated by Bernard Hepton, better known for his roles in films such as Gandhi, starring with Michael Caine in Get Carter, the Kommandant in Colditz to name but a few. The story begins with the arrival of St Augustine in 597 and details historical events in the village of Minster up until 1997. For the Millennium celebrations it was produced again, this time in the Recreation ground where a set of the Abbey was built. An audience of some 1500 people fell silent as they watched and listened to dramatic accounts of such people as the greedy and evil Thurnor and his slaying of the two princes at Eastry Court where he then hid their dead bodies and at once a great column of light rose from the bloody spot. The dramatic event of Thurnor’s demise after the earth opened up and swallowed him resulting in “Thurnor’s leap” and centuries later, in another tale of tragedy and greed it became as we know it, “Smuggler’s Leap”. We are taken through battles with marauding Danish invaders, the Black Death, World Wars, dramatic battles in our skies over Manston, life in Minster’s Workhouse, sad times, happy times and strange times such as that of ‘Widow Wells’ who on Monday August 28th 1826 went up in her ‘splendid balloon’ from tea rooms in Minster. What happened to Widow Wells will be revealed on the night! Set to dramatic music, the Son et Lumière was created and produced by villagers in less than two months and is a breath-taking account of Minster’s unique and amazing history. The finale is a great firework extravaganza.

Call for Volunteers Do you have a talent or skill to showcase? Or would you just like to get involved? Volunteers needed to make this Jubilee celebration the best it can be. Please contact Donna Morling-Grove 825 094 or via Parish Council Office


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To celebrate the QUEENS DIAMOND JUBILEE Minster Parish Council are pleased to announce they will be holding

It's a Knockout It’s all FUN, FOAM and WATER !!! on Saturday 2nd June in the Recreation Ground To enter a team or just find out more please contact Donna Morling-Grove on 01843 825 094 or donna.mg@btopenworld.com Teams should be made up of 6 people Businesses, friends, clubs, etc. all welcome

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Quite exceptionally, the entire monastic community travelled to Canterbury for the celebrations in the ruins of St. Augustine’s monastery. In the afternoon there was a grand reunion of the Benedictine family as hundreds of monks and nuns celebrated Vespers in the Cathedral with the Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey and Cardinal Basil Hume. In the 1990s we began to work more closely with the Churches of Minster. Through the inspiration of John Couchman, Christians together in Minster and Monkton was formed. For the great Jubilee year of 2000, ‘Christians Together’ prepared a programme of Millennium celebrations, among them the great mystery plays in St. Mary’s church and the Pentecost Picnic in the abbey grounds. This cooperation between the Christian communities of Minster with the Lent meetings and joint celebrations continues to be a source of enrichment and encouragement. In 1997 Pope John Paul II invited monasteries to play a special part in working for greater dialogue between the Christian churches of east and west. Since then our community has hosted annual East/West meetings. This has brought people from Russia and Greece, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria to Minster. We are always grateful for the support of our local friends in welcoming these guests. In 1999 Mother Concordia celebrated her 75th birthday and retired as Prioress. The community elected our youngest sister, Mother Nikola as the 6th Prioress of Minster Abbey. The village community surprised Mother Concordia with a thanksgiving celebration to mark her retirement, and almost two hundred of our friends gathered in the gardens to sing “Amazing Grace” accompanied by a Scottish piper.

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In 2006 we opened the Bethany Wing. This addition to our guest house allows us to welcome people with disabilities and to accommodate a greater number of individual guests and groups. We celebrated the occasion with a three day welcome for our friends and benefactors, among them many of our neighbours from the village. Minster Match helped us to realize this project with a big donation of £10,000. For more than twenty five years we have been enriched by hosting yearly retreats for families of people with disabilities. Our contacts with L’Arche communities and groups like the Joyful Noise have brought us many blessings. In 2009 the newly renovated grange barn and grounds at Parkminster were opened to the public. These facilities for larger day groups continue to be in great demand. We are grateful for the assistance of many volunteers including school groups who help with the maintenance of the grounds. The wild flower meadow, natural gardens and the ponds help to create a beautiful atmosphere of prayerful serenity and peace for those who come to Parkminster. Today our community numbers 14 sisters from eight different countries. In our life together we continue to follow the inspiration of the first foundresses in the 7th century and our sisters who brought monastic life back to Minster in 1937. Our sixteen oblates are also an important part of our extended monastic family. Prayer is at the heart of our daily life, prayer in thanksgiving for God’s blessings,

for our friends and local village community, prayer for the needs of our broken world and prayer embracing the whole of God’s creation. Although we do not often go into the village, we are a hidden presence and feel very much part of the village life of Minster. We look forward to seeing many of you at our July 15th celebrations at St. Mary’s followed by a reception at Parkminster. You are all most welcome! We also look forward to welcoming the Minster school children in June!


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MINSTER PLAYHOUSE proudly announce their May Play.


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Written by Richard Harris and directed by Niki Kelly This good-natured, hilarious comedy concerns ten individuals (nine ladies and just one man) from diverse backgrounds, and with differing motivations, who attend the same weekly tap dancing class in a dingy church hall. Led by Mavis, their eternally patient instructor, and accompanied by the no-nonsense pianist, Mrs Fraser, the students (who range from hopeless to competent) strive to master the basics of dance. Despite the students at first treating the classes as social occasions, and showing little co-ordination, they later develop a level of skill and teamwork culminating in a spectacular finale. The dance routines are the background for the focus of the play, which is about the sometimes happy, sometimes sad, relationships and interactions of a group of very different people. You will go home smiling! Dates are Wednesday 16th - Saturday 19th May, at Minster Village Hall, curtain up 7.30pm. Ticket prices are £5 on 16th & 17th - £7 on 18th & 19th Box Office 01843 220208, or email minsterplayhouse@hotmail.co.uk

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We only accept 2nd hand goods for sale here and only from private individuals, no business advertising and no properties. We also accept Wanted ads. This service is for residents of Minster ONLY and there is no charge for advertising For Sale Mobility Scooter “Shop Rider” In good condition Reasonable Offer considered Please phone 823023 Mon-Fri 9 - 10am only Wanted Small piece of car window tint approx 6” x 3” Please contact Minster Matters if you can help Wanted Computer pci graphics card for twin monitors Please contact Minster Matters if you can help

New campaign to rid our streets of dogs’ mess A new campaign aimed to clean up the streets of Thanet from dogs’ mess has been launched today by Thanet District Council. The campaign, ‘There’s no such thing as a dog poo fairy’, reminds dog owners that they are responsible for their dogs’ mess and not to leave it for others to clean up. It also aims to make sure dog owners know that they can put their dog poo bags in any rubbish bin, if a dog poo bin isn’t available. As part of the campaign, the council’s Community Enforcement team and dog wardens will be taking a zero tolerance approach and offenders face a fixed penalty fine of £80 or a maximum penalty of £1,000. Cllr. Alan Poole, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: ‘This campaign is all about keeping our streets, parks and open spaces of dogs’ mess as it makes our streets and open spaces unsightly. “We know that most dog owners do clean up after their dogs but this campaign aims to target those few dog owners who don’t clean up after their dog and blight the area for everyone else. “This campaign aims to highlight that no-one else will pick it up as it’s your responsibility and leaving it for others is just not acceptable. We need residents to help us keep Thanet clean and the campaign aims to encourage residents to report any dog owners that are not clearing up after their dog. “We receive numerous complaints every year about dogs’ mess in public areas and we will take action against those dog owners that don’t clear up after their dog. We all need to look after the areas that we live in, and as it’s one of our residents’ top priorities, this campaign aims to stop irresponsible dog owners and make them change their ways! There are more than 290 dog poo bins located across Thanet in parks, open grass and foreshore areas and the council collects more than one tonne of dogs’ mess daily. Posters, leaflets and flyers with the campaign message, ‘There’s no such thing as a dog poo fairy’ will be advertised across Thanet and residents can download the poster at www.thanet.gov.uk/dogpoofairy Visit www.thanet.gov.uk/dogpoofairy for more information about the campaign.

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MINSTER LIBRARY Want to know more about quilting? Do you know a log cabin from a Cathedral or an Ohio star from a Jacob’s ladder? Tina Parker does. A professional machinist, twenty five years ago she visited a quilt exhibition at the Chapter house in the Cathedral. She found the work so exciting that when a patchwork group started in Thanet she joined immediately. She ‘patched’ at Minster Museum when it was operational and started her own group in her house. From those fairly small beginnings she moved on to running extremely popular and heavily subscribed groups in the village, for the Woman’s Institute and for Adult Education. Tina organises the quilt exhibition held every other year in Minster Church. Her own quilts are currently off on an international tour, showing in Cambridge, Malvern and France. One not on tour is the much loved quilt that she designed and made from a photograph showing a Roman floor discovered during the archaeological dig at Canterbury. Tina is most inspired by colours in the material. “I can,” she says “always find something to do with scraps. The colours give me ideas.” She also knits for relaxation and is a member of the group that meets every Friday morning in Minster Library to knit, crochet, embroider and talk over a cup of coffee. On June 3rd this group celebrates its first anniversary. All are most welcome to join the group in these free activities any Friday 10.30-12.00 but especially on Friday May 25th at 10.30 when Tina will be sharing her knowledge and showing her small quilts. Why not come along so you too know the difference between a log cabin and a Cathedral.

Gary Heath shares his ‘Grand Tour’ of Taiwan. Come along to a slideshow/talk for a taste of Taiwanese society, history, culture and geography. Saturday 5th May, 11.00am Minster-In-Thanet Library Free tickets are available from the library. Tel: 08458 247200 www.kent.gov.uk/libs minsterthanetlibrary@kent.gov.uk


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Joyce’s Fun Day as Mickey The Meerkat On Thursday the 5th April Joyce Glover enjoyed a day dressed as Mickey the Meerkat to raise money for the Birchington Visually Impaired Club. Although support was not in abundance (the weather was rather cold) Joyce raised over £500 from kind villagers as she walked around Minster as Mickey. The money raised will help with the hire of the hall for their meetings, but mostly it will help with transport costs for driving members to the club, and for the many varied trips out that they enjoy. This is a self supporting club with funds raised by members (such as Joyce) and kind donations. The members have so far enjoyed day’s out that have included a trip on a steam train at Tenterden complete with a cream tea and a trip to the Marlowe Theatre to see ‘The Forces Sweethearts’ where they thoroughly enjoyed the music. Members have also enjoyed a helicopter ride and there is talk of a balloon ride next. They also have entertainment and informative talks at club meetings all of which have to be paid for. Pete Saunders a comedian and guitar playing singer seems to be a popular visitor. This is a fun club and the members have an enjoyable time, some of the members would be housebound and lonely without the support of this club. They are in need of volunteers so if there are any kind soul’s out there who would like to help, they need car drivers to assist with transport and people to help generally with days out and at club meetings. The club is at held at the Minnis Bay Centre and if you would like to help please phone the manager of the club Mr Tony Redding who would be very happy to hear from you. He is also eager to welcome anyone who wishes to become a member of this fun club. There are about 35 members at present. Reach Tony on :- 01304 81 33 66 or 07768 39 46 99

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SANDWICH BAY BIRD OBSERVATORY TRUST Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory (SBBOT) is an independent charity that maintains reserves around Sandwich Bay, surveys all aspects of natural history in this unique area and provides a number of clubs and educational classes for members and non-members alike. This year 2012 we celebrate 60 years as a Ringing Station, 50 years of being an accredited bird observatory and 10 years since the opening of our new modern Field Centre. Join our celebrations by taking part in any of the events, designed to give an insight into all aspects of our work, or by visiting our Field Centre during the opening hours of 10.00-16.00, 7 days a week. We are also running a photographic competition “Four Seasons in Kent” which will be shown from 12th August – 2nd September. Please visit our website for details of how to enter, or visit the exhibition and help us to select the winners! web: www.sbbot.co.uk tel: 01304 617 341 or email: sbbot@talk21.com EVENTS Breeding Birds Day, Saturday 12th May – Guided walks to find birds around Sandwich Bay will start at 10.00 and 12.00, each lasting approx 2 hours. There will be displays about local breeding birds in the Field Centre and light refreshments will be available. Orchid and Botanical Weekend, 9th – 10th June – Guided walks to find orchids and other flowers around Sandwich Bay will start at 10.00, 12.00 and 14.00, each lasting approx 2 hours. There will be displays about orchids and other local flora in the Field Centre and light refreshments will be available. Butterflies, Dragonflies, Bugs and Moths, Saturday 7th July – Guided walks to find butterflies and other bugs will start at 10.00, 12.00 and 14.00, each lasting approx 2 hours. There will be displays about all these creatures. Moths trapped the previous night will be identified and discussed at 18.00. There will be a BBQ from 12.00 onwards. SBBOT Fair, 26th – 27th August, 10.00 – 16.00 – A wide spectrum of activities and stalls including hourly guided walks around the Observatory’s reserves; numerous displays of local wildlife, moth trapping, bird ringing, beachcombing, bug hunting and BBQ. A number of local and national organisations will be present including In-Focus (binocular and telescope specialists), RSPB, RSPCA, Kent Bat Group, the Short-haired Bumblebee Reintroduction Project and Greenwich University. Plus children’s activities and the results of SBBOT’s photographic competition, “Four Seasons in Kent.” Ringing Weekend, 15th – 16th September – Learn more about this important aspect of the Observatory’s work with displays and talks including how the data is used, the importance of ringing and “A day in the life of a trainee ringer.” An opportunity to closely observe birds being held in the hand. Light refreshments will be available.



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Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services in MAY 2012 6th May 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Family Praise 6.30pm: Evensong at Monkton 13th May Rogation - see below 20th May 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Morning Worship 27th May 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Holy Communion (CW)

Mid week services at St Mary’s at 10.30am St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services in MAY 2012 6th May 6.30pm: Evensong 13th May Rogation - see below 20th May 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 27th May 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW)

Ss. Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster Rev. Marcus Holden 592071 ramsgateandminster@gmail.com 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 12.00noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin and each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey.

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The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6.00pm Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians but people of all faiths and spiritual tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’ (rule of St. Benedict) are warmly welcomed to join us in prayer, in our beautiful monastic chapel.

Rogation Sunday

Weddings at Minster Parish Church Each year we hold a Rogation Service based 31st March: Kelly Mitchell and Daniel Lewington 14th April: Claire Brongniart and Wayne Riordan

Funerals: 22nd

March: Gwendoline Burner (87) at Minster Church and Cemetery 2nd April: Mary Hall (95) at Minster Church and Thanet Crematorium 23rd April: Rev’d Raymond Houldsworth (81) at Minster Church and Thanet Crematorium

A Service of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Minster Parish Church, Sunday 3rd June at 11.00am We will be joined by representatives of the Parish Council and members of the British Legion and their families. The British Legion will be parading from their club house to join the service.


on the traditional “Blessing of the Fields.” This year our walk will be on Sunday13 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) 9.15am Continental Breakfast at Chislet (Toilet facilities available) 10.15am Morning Prayer at Chislet 11.00am Begin Walk to St Nicholas (approximately 3.8 miles). 1.00pm Begin to arrive at St Nicholas Church. ( Toilet facilities available) 1.15pm Ploughmans 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 (Approx 3 miles - shorter route if wet) Walk through Abbey Farm with a Blessing of the Fields 5.15pm Service at Minster Church 6.00pm ‘Hot Supper’ at Old Schools

The Salvation Army Minster Activities for everyone! Mondays: BUMPS & BABIES 9.30am For expectant mums, mums, grandparents, carers and friends. Pop in for tea/coffee, chat and support Friendship Club 2.15pm (Over 60’s Club) Come along and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment Tuesdays: Parent & Toddlers 9.30am Bring your Toddlers and enjoy sharing with other parents Wednesdays: Keep Fit 10.15am Home League 2.00pm-3.45pm An afternoon of sharing fun, facts, fellowship and worship SUNDAYS 10.30am Family Worship 6.00pm Worship Together Everyone Welcome For further details contact: Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves 01843 825178 or 822308

Tuesday 1st May 3.30pm-5.45pm Bring the whole family, individuals, young and old, and enjoy crafts and fun, celebration and finish with a hot family meal together. For more details and booking contact: Captain Lyn Hargreaves on 01843 825178 or 07505 171769 or Audrey 01843 821792 A registered Church and Charity 214779 & in Scotland SC009359


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MINSTER-IN-THANET WI. NEXT MEETING Tuesday 8th May, 7.30pm Village Hall “Resolutions” Visitors and new members welcome COFFEE AND CHAT Thursday 17th May, 10.00am to 12.00noon Village Hall Committee Room All welcome.

MINSTER & MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY NEXT MEETING Wednesday 23rd May, 7.30pm Village Hall Mr Vickers “A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Show” Points competition: A stem of a flowering shrub. Visitors 50p


NEXT MEETING Wednesday 9th May, 2.00pm in St Mary’s Church SATURDAY MARKET 12th May, 10am to 12noon in Old Schools. Home made cakes and preserves, plants, bric-a-brac, cards for birthdays and other occasions. Everyone welcome

MINSTER & MONKTON ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMEN’S SECTION NEXT MEETING Monday 14th May, 7.30pm “Make a Diamond Jubilee Poster” CHEESE AND WINE Friday 4th May, £3.00

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Raffle prizes needed for all meetings. For further information Miriam Smith 822589 MINSTER ART & CRAFT GROUP Present

Art at the Abbey 10.00am - 4.30pm Free Admission At Parkminster, Minster Abbey, Minster, Ramsgate


Ladies come and join us for a game of Bingo EVERY WED. 2.00pm - 4.00pm

BOOT FAIR on Saturday 26th May Minster Primary School, Molineux Road

All Welcome Phone Pat - 822622 or Maureen - 823434

Gates open 8.00am for sellers, Public admitted from 8.30am Entry fee for public is by Donation

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market

Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197 info@sandwichtowncouncil.gov.uk CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further info contact June Chadband 226033 k.chadband@btinternet.com

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS Sunday 27th May, 12.00noon onwards The Olds Schools and Village Hall Cash prizes in raffle Bingo, Dancing, Music FUN DAY AT THE REC Sunday 3 June, 12.00noon onwards Boot fair £10 per pitch Refreshments for young and old Fun for All, Music, Stalls, Raffle etc GIANTS’ DAY IN ARMBOUTS CAPPEL Sunday 24th June Have a lovely day in France and as a representative of Minster be entertained in style. The Giants’ parade should not be missed - let us know if you intend to go and we can arrange special treatment. Fireworks later in the evening.

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£5 per car - £6 per van No Traders or Caterers please Refreshments available plus Bacon Rolls You can just turn up on the day or to avoid disappointment and to secure your pitch please send money in an envelope with your name and car registration number on it into the school office.

THE NEW INN 1st Monday of the month is QUIZ NIGHT Max.6 per team. £2 or £5 with food

PSYCHIC FAYRE Sunday 1st July, 10.00am to 4.00pm Village Hall, Minster Lots of stalls, including Tombola for Cats in Crisis Lots of readings available at £8 Aromotherapy & Reflexology Tea Bar open all day for light refreshments All profits to non-Government aided Animal Sanctuaries Entrance £1 - children Free Come early to book your readings and come back for it later WE NEED YOU SO MAKE SURE YOU COME!! Details from Kay at 01843 297 665

MINSTER HEALTHY WALK meets at Minster School on Thursday mornings (term time only) at 9.00am for a 9.15am start The walk is suitable for all ages and is a gentle pace as well as buggy friendly It lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, afterwards we have refreshments at Minster Library If you are interested in joining our walk please contact Michelle Mannering 01843 841082

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Don’t forget to put the dates in your diary! We have a couple of new gardens open this year, and a welcome return of Field House garden; plus the school allotment and memorial garden will be open, so there will be a lot going on. The village hall will be open for refreshments, as usual, and there will be various stalls and activities in the gardens. All profit is divided between the village hall and the church. If you want to know more, please contact Davina on 821446 or Heather on 821585 KENT WILDLIFE TRUST

TOUR DE FISH CYCLE RIDE Sunday 1st July 2012 The Challenge - 70mls Romney to Reculver The Cruise - 17mls Pegwell Bay to Reculver And for the less energetic - Why not come along and enjoy the fun while you wait for your companions, at our free family fun event between 10am and 4pm at Reculver. With family activities, craft stalls, rock pooling and much more there is no better way to spend your day. For more details and an entry form please contact Julie Clare on 07799 750531 or julie.clare@kentwildlife.org.uk

Tel: 824082 or 825475 Would like to welcome new members, Beginners, Learners or Players Open all 12 months of the year, from 10.00am daily onwards SUMMER Roll ups, Club games, Local Friendly games League Matches and Club Competitions WINTER Short Mat bowling, Club games, Friendly games, Club competitions, East Kent SM League

Keep History Dancing! Learn and participate in traditional and new Maypole and Morris dances. Perform them at Broadstairs, Deal, Rochester, Minster, Tenterden and other festivals during the year Visit: www.minstermayhems.org Phone: Dominique on 01843 821 795 MINSTER OLD SCHOOLS FRIDAYS IN TERM TIME 5-6

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

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Minster Matters Editors this month are Livvy McGuirk and Jade Hockey

Spring Time Hooray, Hooray its spring time today. There are lots of leaves on the trees. Let’s play, let’s play its spring time today. Flowers blooming every day, changing colours in every way. People screaming saying Hooray, Playing with a ball in the spring time’s rain. Now it’s night time snug in bed, Saying good night while the wind is whistling a Lullaby in your head. By Grace, Emily and Georgina Easter is Fun! Easter is fun And cool So yummy are easter eggs Terry the easter bunny Easter is funny Remember what it is about I love easter By Gabby Elks Rapids Song Rapids rapids they go so fast swish swish swish swish Along they go, along they go, along they go, swish swish swish I say here we go yeah, here we go, here we go, here we go, here we go. Then then they go swoosh swoosh swish swish along they go. By Annabelle Fleming Riddles Guess what I am talking about, the answer will be underneath the riddle. Here it is: I am a vegetable . . . I am green and in the shape of a sphere . . . Most people hate me . . . My initials are B.S . . . What am I????? By Jade Hockey

May 2012 Pen Licence Today I got my pen licence, so did Luke (one of my friends). We are so happy and keep talking about what piece of writing we got it for. I thought I got it on our charity persuasion and so did Luke. To get your pen licence you have to write a really good, really neat piece of writing with all capital letters in the right places and the right sized letters. I AM REALLY HAPPY I HAVE MY PEN LICENCE !!!!! By Emily Wallis My Holiday in Awesome Austria! On the of March I and my family set of to Gatwick airport to catch a flight to Innsbruck which is an airport in Austria. Unfortunately we left my little brother Danny at home with my grandma and granddad because he is 1 year old which is too young to ski so he won’t be able to do much. By Martha Mumby 4th

Easter Easter is good because of the bunnies All full of yummy chocolate Stuffed from all the sweet treats There are lots of colourful flowers Easter eggs are hiding under bushes Rampages to find ther next clue By Emily Wallis Easter Journalist Club Easter is fun and cool Sometimes I get scared of the easer bunny even though its only a toblerone rabbit I could just eat toblerone but I’m too scared I’d become a chocolate monster By Danielle Allen Lunchboxes They are really good because they hold your lunch. That is important because you need food to live. They come in many different sizes and colours. By Livvy McGuirk Center Parcs Center Parcs is the best the place that you don’t really rest. Everybody should go why not book on the phone. Never is there a chance where you will be bored. Take a go on the rapid it goes really fast. Every day you will have fun in Center Parcs so book soon. Right now everyone clap your hands to get going with the poem. Pretend you’re an explorer going through the forest in Center Parcs you can go on a bike ride. A lot of fun you will have on all the activities for you to enjoy. Remember your holiday at Center Parcs by taking pictures of all the amazing wonders. Can you go on amazing slides of course you can and don’t forget rides. So type in the Center Parcs website and look around different locations are to be found on the website. By Annabelle Fleming and Ebony O’ Reilly

Answer: Brussels Sprout

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