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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 180 : May 2016 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 92)



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Published by: Minster Matters, MM Office, Library & Neighbourhood Centre, 4A Monkton Road, Minster-in-Thanet, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4EA UK

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Waste & Recycling

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May 2016 Route A | Route B

06 / 20 | 13/ 27 May 13/ 27 | 06 / 20 04 / 18 | 11/ 25 June 11/ 25 | 04 / 18 Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, Bens, Library, Co-op, Doctors, School

Copy for any issue of Minster Matters must be received (at the very latest !!) by the 3rd Friday of the preceding month Copy date for next issue shown at top of ‘Diary of Dates’ on right of this page Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Editor: Ray Owen 07864 345 019 Editorial Team: All members except Accounts can be reached through the email address above

Amy Murray

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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 PCSOs Craig Raisbeck & Sean Ritchie: 101 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: 03000 41 31 31 Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333 (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00am)

Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 Minster School: 821 384 Village: Show: Business Association: Freegle: Mobility Scooters & Wheelchairs (to loan): 07864 345 019 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) and the All Weather Sports Pitch bookings for both the above venues via

Parish Office 821 339 Old Schools: bookings via Pat Hogben 822 082

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Late payment for advertisements may mean they will be omitted from the next issue (3 months max!!)

Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744 Neighbourhood Centre Meeting Room: bookings via Library 03000 41 31 31

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Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 20 MAY May 1 3 7 7 9 10 11 - 14 11 13 14 14 18 19 22 22 25 28 & 29 31

Rogation Walk W.I. Resolutions Meeting Show Schedule Launch Day Twinning Race Night R.B.L. Women’s Section Meeting Monkton Messy Church Minster Playhouse present Day of Reckoning Bowls Club - Bowl 4 Free - Introductory Session Bowls Club - Race Night P.L.G. Spring Fayre St. Nicholas Messy Church Horticultural Society Meeting Bowls Club - Bowl 4 Free - Introductory Session Bowls Club - Bowl 4 Free - Introductory Session Bowls Club - Bowl 4 Free - Introductory Session W.I. Games Evening Art At The Abbey Minster Business Assn A.G.M.

26 14 & 27 3 16 27 21 20 19 18 9 21 27 19 19 19 14 & 27 22 5

Jun 4 11 11 - 12 18 & 19 18 & 19 19

Playhouse Quiz Night R.B.L. Street Party & Parade Monkton Open Gardens Open Gardens Scarecrow Competition Twinning Anniversary and Barn Dance

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Jul 23

Minster Show


Nov 26

Twinning Coach Trip to Winchester Christmas Market


Sarah Thorne Theatre What’s On at the Royal British Legion Parish Council Minutes (Summary of Key Points) Village Hall Bowls Group Youth Club @ Pavilion School Page Church Notices Red Recycling Bags - now at Library and not Parish Office St Mary's Church Guided Tours Minster Abbey Guided Tours All Weather Playing Surface

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Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 20 MAY

Minster Parish Council

next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 3 May @ 7pm

in the Neighbourhood Centre

Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30am to 12noon weekdays; however due to commitments that require staff leaving the office it is better to ring first to ensure the office is manned tel: 821 339 fax: 825 869 Email: Following Meeting : 7 June

Minutes of all Council Meetings can be found at

Pavilion Hire

Recreation Ground Suitable for parties, small weddings, children’s parties, etc. Seating for 60-70, kitchen facilities.

Ideal for all family occasions !

Bookings via Parish Council Office

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MINSTER SHOW Do you have the date in your diary? Saturday 23 July Theme - Roald Dahl

Attwells Newsagents always welcome donations of pet foods for



is Saturday 7 May when we shall be outside Cliffe’s the Butchers from 10am to 12noon. So come and see us, purchase your copy of the Schedule at just 40p and pick up ‘Grow For The Show’ kits for your youngsters. Remember if they grow the kit and enter it in the Show on 23 July then they will be entitled to free entry to the Show that afternoon, saving you £3 per child (what a bargain!! and for so little work!!)

EDITORIAL Well obviously ‘Double Yellow Lines’ and designated ‘Bus Diane Stops’ are not recognised by a fair number of drivers in this village as being places where they aren’t supposed to park!! Be warned these areas will be monitored and drivers can expect parking fines if they are caught!! Diana The picture on our front cover shows 3 vehicles blatantly breaking the law on Friday 15 April the day the lines went down and the yellow markings weren’t even dry!! Later the same day I even witnessed another car right outside the library not only parked Kevin on the yellow lines but also with it’s nearside wheels on the pavement - poor poor parking !! Four weeks of having the High St closed is going to be a nightmare, especially for businesses in that area and for those who live in the street or at the bottom end of the village. However we can but hope that the pavement will be much improved when the work is completed - oh! and don’t you know it - we’ll have yet more yellow lines. Speaking of the High St isn’t the former Chapel opposite Singleton Close looking great, what with it’s new windows and doors, lots of people I’ve spoken to have said how nice it is to see a building being bought back to it’s former glory, I for one can’t wait to see it finished. Before I finish may I just say I’m looking forward to receiving a bumper entry for the Scarecrow Competition, so don’t let me down. Forms are in the centre of this issue. Well that seems to be about as much as I can squeeze in again, so it just leaves me to ask the usual question -”Where’s Zac?” Gel Polish on fingers and toes only £28 Book now to avoid disappointment

07976 834 250 Every Thursday and Sunday 1 hour Thai Massage sessions £30 per hour Booking essential... Many other beauty treatments available Call for details or go to (Minster based business)


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PATIENT LIAISON GROUP OUR NEW PROJECT Because of the increased demand by patients of all ages, we are looking to expand the facilities available to treat minor ear and hearing problems. To achieve this we aim to purchase: 2 x “KeelerJazz Pocket Fibre Optic Otoscopes” used to examine the ear. 2 x “Propulse G5 Ear Irrigators with Digital Timers” to decontaminate and clean the ear. Approximate cost will be £600 + vat. As two of our nursing staff have already trained to use these devices, they will be brought into service immediately they are purchased. All proceeds raised at our Spring Fayre will go towards this project. PATIENT DONATIONS We would like to thank those patients who have recently made donations, especially the Prescott Family and friends, and all donations made will be put towards our new project. Please see our notice board in the surgery for further details. FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY All practices now have to submit a monthly report to NHS England of their “Friends and Family” responses. Subsequently, these monthly figures will now be regularly published in this newsletter for your information: Last month patients responses to “would you recommend our Practice” were as follows: Extremely likely/likely – 85%; Extremely unlikely/unlikely - 7%; Unsure/don’t know - 8%. MISSED APPOINTMENTS - THANK YOU! A big decrease in GP appointments but nurses still worryingly high: 27 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointments and 63 patients did not attend their nurses appointment! That’s still 90 patients wasting valuable appointments and time, so please don't get complacent! Remember … don’t need it - cancel it! Keep forgetting - get text reminder service. SPRING FAYRE Our Annual Spring Fayre is to be held on: Saturday 14 May at “OLD SCHOOLS”. Please come and support us - and of course - “FREE ADMISSION”. Please see our poster elsewhere in this issue for further details of this event. SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00noon onwards on the following days for staff training: Wednesday 25 May; Thursday 30 June; Wednesday 20 July. Bank Holidays - Monday 2 and 30 May - closed all day. Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during these times, and of course, with holiday periods fast approaching, please don’t forget to plan ahead and include all the family requiring repeat prescriptions and please don't forget your GP’s review appointment where necessary. Should you need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the NHS 111 Service via the normal surgery number 821 333 where you will be transferred automatically, or you can call direct on 111, to receive non urgent confidential health advice and information for you and your family. For urgent/life threatening cases please dial 999 as normal. PATIENT GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our next meeting, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact either Ken Self on 821 200 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821 049 or email:

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Minster Business Association Tuesday 31 May The 3rd M.B.A. Annual General Meeting is to be held in: The Upstairs Meeting Room The Library & Neighbourhood Centre 4A Monkton Road, Minster Starting at 7.30pm (Please access building via side door) We expect to have the new (third) versions of both our Directory and Flyer available for attendees on the evening All local business owners in Minster, Monkton, Sarre, St. Nicholas, Acol, Cliffsend and Manston are invited to attend For further information email:

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9.30 to 4.30 Saturday 9.30 to 3.00 Afternoon Tea Available Daily from Noon - Booking Required

Call us on: 07487 519 937 Spring is in the air! Call us for all your decorating and gardening needs to make your home beautiful. No job too big or too small. If you would like to discuss ideas for your home or garden, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Call Deb on 07837 049 047 We look forward to talking to you!

Tell The Government To Stop Allowing Unnecessary Greenfield Development We need to build more affordable homes in the right places for local communities. By building homes on brownfield sites we can regenerate our towns and cities and help save precious countryside. To make this happen we need good planning, that gives local communities a fair say in the kind of housing that is right for them and protects the countryside. Right now, the Government is pushing through a raft of changes to the way planning works in England. These changes are eroding your right to a fair say on planning decisions that shape our towns and cities and could mean losing precious countryside forever. The Government’s continuous reforms to planning have focused on making it easier for developers to get planning permission to build homes wherever they want. The result has been an increase in planning applications in the countryside and Green Belt. Our research has shown that there is already enough land with planning permission for 650,000 new homes, so there is no need to sacrifice our countryside. Granting permission on more land in the countryside isn’t the solution to getting more homes built – getting house builders to build the permissions they have, is. We want to persuade the Government to take a sensible approach to planning that will give us the

homes we need in the right places and protect the countryside. What we want from the Government • Allow local authorities to set realistic housing targets based on local need. • Make developers build out the developments for which they already have planning permission before they can have further sites. • Make building on brownfield land a priority before building on greenfield land. • A clear commitment to a Green Belt policy that protects the countryside. Take action Please take a few moments to send a letter to your local MP, to persuade the Government to rethink their proposed changes to planning that will result in unnecessary loss of countryside. We need to act urgently as time is running out before a decision is made in the coming weeks. Send a letter to your local MP by completing the form on this webpage: Thank you, Paul Miner Planning Campaign Manager Campaign to Protect Rural England


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Saturday 7 May at 7.30pm A Day in the Lives of Frankie Abbott A Comedy by David Barry. CALL TOM ON £14.00 paid in advance/Friends, £16.00 on the doors 01843 583 162 ----------------------------------------------------------------Sunday 15 May at 7.00pm One Night of Orbison Featuring the astonishing vocals of Lars Young. £14.00 paid in advance/Friends, £16.00 on the doors --------------------------------------------------------Saturday 21 May at 7.30pm Off the Fence Theatre Company in Association with Curve Theatre, Leicester presents Girls with Balls Maxine Mills - Pet Homecare Services By Ann Richards. Directed by Gary Philpott. Recommended age guidance: 16+ (contains some adult language and Dog Walking / Cat Home Visits simulation of sexual activity) Hutched & Caged Pet Visits £14.00 paid in advance/Friends, £16.00 on the doors Locally based - references available -------------------------------------------------------Fully DBS checked Saturday 28 May at 7.30pm Thanet Male Voice Choir 07841 379 909 In Concert 01843 822 729 In aid of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. R.B.W £8 paid in advance, £10 on the doors. KENT’S WATER FEATURE SPECIALISTS -----------------------------------------------------------------AND POND BUILDING EXPERTS • Garden / Pond Design, Building and Refurbishments • Pond Cleaning / Maintenance / Maintenance Contracts • Child Safe Pond Covers • Filtration Specialists • Patios - Decking - Fencing - Brickwork - Arbours Tel: 07563 212 858 FREE ESTIMATES and CONSULTATIONS Email:

Book by calling the Box Office 01843 863 701 (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm – 24 answer phone) also go to to BOOK ON LINE. The theatre is open for all but Membership at £18 year offers good discounts on the majority of shows. THERE ARE NO BOOKING FEES AT THIS THEATRE

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(Social afternoon for older people) EVERY WED 1pm - 3pm Due to the huge success of Your Time (our social afternoon) we are moving to bigger premises on 4th May We will be at the Centenary Hall, Hardres Street,Ramsgate Upcoming Events

YOUR TIME started with only 6 members a few years ago and has now grown to 49 ! The aim of the afternoon is enable older people to get together, meet up have a chat and a cup of tea while also having the opportunity to join in with various activities like arts and crafts, exercise classes, quizzes, watch performances (dance and singing), flower arranging and lots more ! Here are some of the comments from the people who have attended: I love coming along and meeting people, it's the company that does it for me I like having a cup of tea and a giggle I have gained new friends as a result of coming along to Your Time Helps me get out of the house & keeps me busy I look forward to Wednesdays It is only ÂŁ2 admissions which covers the cost of tea, coffee and cake and biscuits as well as joining in with any of the activities. Limited transport is also available (charges apply) If you fancy coming along or want to know more, call Louise or Fran at Thanet Community Support Partnership 01843 597115 or check out our website

Weddings At L&L our weddings are as individual as our couples, bespoke design is all about personal service and the fine details and we are committed to getting these perfect for you, we understand that these details make your wedding unique to you. Events We transform venues and make your vision a reality whatever your budget, making every event magical. If you would like to discuss your wedding or an upcoming event, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

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Paul Onelove - Saturday 30 April Majestic 12 - Sunday 1 May Mental Block - Saturday 21 May Freshly cooked traditional pub dishes with a twist We only use the finest and freshest local produce PUB NOW OPEN ALL DAY - Food Served:Tuesday - Saturday 12 noon to 3pm & 5pm to 9pm Sundays 12 noon to 4pm Families are very welcome, children’s meals available

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May 2016 Minster Matters HM Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

Saturday 11 June Children's Street Party and Entertainment starting at 12 noon with a Parade from the Church to the Royal British Legion in Augustine Road.  The Parade will be led by the Viper Corps of Drums along with Minster Carnival Court and the Village Giants.  Augustine Road will be closed for the afternoon.  The children will be provided with food and drink and entertained by a children's entertainer and music starting at 2pm with the Richard Rascals Jazz Band. There will be competitions and prizes for: • Best Crown Hat • Drawing • Fancy Dress • Jewel Hunt • Face Painting  Each child will receive a memento of the day's celebration.  The evening will continue with a Cabaret performance by International act Micky Blue Eyes, not to be missed.  Application forms are enclosed with this month's edition of Minster Matters and are also available from Minster School, Minster Library and Minster Royal British Legion.  The party is open to all Minster Parish Children and Royal British Legion Member’s Children.  This is a FREE event.  All application forms must be returned by Tuesday 31 May.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS COMES TO QUEX PARK Christmas Market and Real Outdoor Ice Rink Quex Park will host an exciting new event on the estate this winter. ‘Spirit of Christmas’, run by Kent Events Ltd will arrive in November – and it will be the biggest event of its kind in Thanet. Spirit of Christmas will run from 26 November through until early 2017. The event will have something to attract everyone and amongst a variety of things to see and do, its main attraction will be a real outside Ice Rink – one of the biggest in the area. Kent Events Ltd already hosts the popular Gears of Change & Fought for Freedom and Bonfire & Fireworks events at Quex, and ‘Spirit of Christmas’ promises to be one of the highlights in Thanet’s event calendar. Stephen Wyatt Co-Director of Kent Events said: “We are really proud to be able to bring this new and exciting event to Thanet. We are particularly excited to be bringing a real Ice Rink and are working hard with our partners and the businesses within Quex to bring an event, that we hope, will truly capture the true Spirit of Christmas and inspire visitors”. More information on the event will be released shortly, but you can visit the event Facebook page and website: About Quex Park Established in the 19th Century by John Powell Powell and his successors, Quex Park is an historic country estate of over 1,800 acres in Birchington-on-Sea on the stunning Kent coast near Margate. Quex Park has over the years been developed as an exciting leisure & tourism destination. A landmark within the Park is the Waterloo Tower built 1819 with its extremely rare secular peal of 12 bells, to which exclusive guided tours are run on two days throughout the summer. Visitor attractions and leisure activities abound, along with bespoke retail and food & drink outlets to choose from, along with a packed and exciting annual events calendar for the whole family to enjoy. Along with the award winning Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens, Quex Park is also home to a Children’s Indoor and Outdoor Play Centre, a Craft Village, a Garden Nursery, Quex Carriages, Quex Activity Centre, Build-a-base, Farm shop and Restaurant and in the summer, a giant Maize Maze. New for 2016- Adventure Golf: Opens Summer 2016 Visit Quex Park and expect the unexpected.

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This Year’s May Play ‘Day of Reckoning’ A committee meets on a winter’s night to arrange the summer village fete. As protocol gives way to bickering and gossip, the personalities of those present emerge: busybody Ethel: Pauline, the vicar’s long-suffering wife; caregiver Graham; horsy Marjorie who is very attentive to the shy new teacher, Angela; elderly Mavis, and Sally, the brisk army wife. Six months on, the cathartic events of the fete are related with humour and pathos, and the upbeat ending affirms the enduring value of village life. Day of Reckoning, will play at the Village Hall from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 of May at 7.30pm. The Box office is open on: 07501 894 381 or email: Quiz Night We are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, to support our nominated charity, Oasis. Tables of up to eight people, £5 per head, bring your own food and drink. To book please call or email Debbie Munro 07539 295 872 Chaperones We like to have children in our pantomimes and they enjoy performing, but, like everyone else, we are subject to very strict rules about the care and safety of the children involved. This primarily involves us in providing chaperones for the children during performances. This is a simple duty and might be attractive to anyone who would enjoy the involvement with the Playhouse in this capacity. If you would be interested in chaperoning children for our productions please contact us – we look forward to hearing from you. info@minsterplayhouse,

ADULT HELP NEEDED Help Needed at Guides on a Monday Night At The Salvation Army Hall - 7pm to 9pm Please contact Pauline Ellis on 07790 579 723 or 01843 592 401


May 2016

Greens of Minster Fruit&Veg~Flowers&Plants~Sweets&Gifts ~Petfoods

• Order a weekly fruit and veg box - Prices start from just £5 quality guaranteed • Much of our seasonal produce is farm fresh and locally sourced from within 10 miles of Minster

• Shrubs, Plants and Seeds • Newly sourced local nurseries giving a wider range of plant offerings • Patio pots from just £4.95 • Local flower bouquets • Potted plants

Flower arrangements for all occasions by our qualified and experienced florist – also in store on Thursday and Friday mornings – come in for a chat: We cater for Birthdays, Weddings, Funerals - 24-Hour Pre-Order Service Available Can’t get to the shops? Then visit us online at or give us a call (Free local delivery on orders over £4.99) 24a Monkton Road, Minster 01843 822 212

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MOSSY'S A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in finding Bertie. There Dog Walking and Dog Sitting Service were so many people looking for him in the nine days he was missing. Local lady experienced with dogs available for daily and weekly walks and lots of one to one Some spent hours every day walking miles. After an early morning sighting individual attention whilst you are away between Orchard Close and Greenhill Gardens traps were set and on the Competitive Rates depending on requirements second night he was caught. He had lost a lot of weight and spent the next T.D.C. Boarding Licence ~ Minster Vet Inspected Insured ~ References available few days sleeping, but he is well on the way to recovering from his ordeal. Contact : Sarah Mather The whole village pulled together in the search for Bertie and it was very 24 High Street, Minster much appreciated. It's things like this that make Minster special. We thank 01843 822 946 or 07855 871 484 you all. Bertie's Mum and Dad Karen Brazil and Guy Mannering.

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Entry Forms in ‘Centre Pull-out’ this month

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More entries this month! And our winner of the very first Zac Bag is Katie of Augustine Road. (See her picture here next month). In case you didn’t find him he was here, laid atop the rubbish sacks:

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MORE NEWS ON OUR ‘SPOT ZAC’ COMPETITION Here’s his picture so you know who to look for Our competition for the youngsters who attend Minster or Monkton schools or Tadpoles will start from next month (look out for him after Friday 27 May) and you should find Zac wearing his MM t-shirt, in a local business (not necessarily in the window and in a different business each month once he’s been spotted). All you will have to do is find him and submit your answer to us, at the library, stating where you saw him, your age, your school and your address. Then whoever is drawn first from our bag will be our winner. The monthly prize will be a cash award of £5, so well worth entering.



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On the evening of Tuesday 12 April, President Sarah Eaton-Brown welcomed members and guests to the WI monthly meeting. After ‘Jerusalem’ she reported on March events including the lovely birthday meal at St Augustine’s Golf Club. Secretary Liz Shervington gave out some notices and directed members to look at “the boards” for information. Then came Pru Anderton with her talk “Sunday Tea with Mrs Read” which brought to life her childhood memories of a village near Safron Waldron where she spent many happy holidays. Thank you so much Pru. Hot drinks, biscuits and chat were followed by Sarah outlining future events asking for ladies to “get baking” for the tea tent at Open Gardens in June and gathering together ‘Royal’ clothing for the WI scarecrow entry! Reminders of the Windsor Castle trip and Peony Walk came everyone’s way. Also Liz asked for help with the Co-operative entry at the Minster Show in July, together with the dressing of teddies for the WI stall! At approximately 9.35pm another lively and interesting WI evening ended at the Village Hall with a reminder that the May (Resolution) Meeting is a week earlier than usual on – TUESDAY 3 MAY at 7.30pm. DIARY DATES: MONTHLY MEETING -Tuesday 3 May, 7.30pm Village Hall Monthly Walk –see Georgette. Sunshine Club – see Glenda and Shirley Darts see Maria GAMES EVENING - Wednesday 25 May, 7.30pm - Village Hall Committee Room


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MINSTER ARMBOUTS CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION We’re all prepared for our next event on Saturday 7 May, so come along to the Royal British Legion Club for a Race Night with a difference, starting at 8pm. No entry fee. Further details can be obtained from Christine Lynch on 01843 821 471. Following the success of our Parade of Giants last September, we have had two separate requests for our Giants to appear as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The first will be on Saturday 14 May in Reading Street, Broadstairs where the residents will be crowning their May Queen and holding a Party in the Church. We hope that all 3 giants will be available and we’re looking for a couple of strong guys to help us with their construction on Friday 13 May. Please contact Malcolm Bubb on 01843 447 706 or John Quittenden, on 07733 098 294 if you can help. Minster and Monkton Royal British Legion Club is hosting a Street Party on Saturday 11 June in Augustine Road and have said they would love to have the giants in attendance, so hopefully they’ll be there too. The Association is very keen to have some Minster residents join them for the Anniversary Celebrations on Sunday 19 June at the Barn Dance that is being held at Wayborough Farm from 5 to 9pm. There are only a limited number of spaces, so please keep your eyes open for our posters, however, if you would like to book now, to avoid disappointment, please contact Jamie Thomson on 01843 822 156. You will be dancing to Contraband, a popular local Ceilidh band and the cost will be just £5 per couple. We recommend you book your place as soon as possible as these types of events are always good fun. Hot dogs and beef burgers will be available for purchase on the night. We’re very sorry, but due to the nature of the barn, we are unable to accommodate under 12s at this event. Please see poster. On Sunday 26 June Armbouts-Cappel is hosting a Giant’s Parade around their village followed by an afternoon of entertainment including food. For those wishing to stay longer, there will also be a Grand Fireworks Display. Please let Carol Bubb on 01843 447 706 know if you are interested as they are asking for numbers ASAP. As there will not be a coach this year, the Association will be subsidising private cars. To claim the subsidy we will require written confirmation of ferry bookings and paperwork will be collected at the event, thank you. Saturday 26 November: The coach is slowly filling for the Winchester Christmas Market trip, seats cost just £15 per person and you can book your place now with no money to pay until the end of August. Further details are available from Carol Bubb on 01843 447 706.



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Official Minster Matters Scarecrow Challenge Entry Form 2016 Scarecrows are to be displayed on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June 2016 (And PM : Friday 17 June for judging) Please provide the following information for each entry (BLOCK CAPITALS please) NOTE: A separate form is required for each scarecrow (you may copy this form) Forms and rules will be available from businesses displaying our poster or via our website : Name (Forename & Surname) Address (including postcode) Phone Number Mobile/Landline or both Email (optional) Age (if this is a childs entry) Confirm you have read and agreed our ‘Terms’ as set out below (simply enter YES in the box) Entry Fee (Enclosed) £3.00 per entry (delete as necessary) If emailing click option to delete


Signature (Parent/Guardian if this is a childs entry) If emailing please enter Initials & Surname Terms PAPER ENTRIES: please sign to indicate agreement of rules. Entry fee must be enclosed. EMAIL ENTRIES: the email itself will be accepted in lieu of a signature and your entry fee will be collected by the committee prior to the event, or you can drop it into the library marked FAO Minster Matters. All entrants agree to abide by the published rules of entry, as per page 2 of this document, and as displayed on our website at By entering our competition you are agreeing that the organisers may photograph your entry both for the purpose of judging and also for displaying on our website or elsewhere after the event. Please return your entry by one of the following means: Email entries: Send completed forms to: This form is specifically designed to be able to be completed online. NOTE: Email entries MUST be received by midnight on Thursday 2 June 2016. Paper entries: Deliver or post your completed forms to the address below to arrive no later than midday on Friday 3 June 2016. No late entries will be accepted for whatever reason. MM Office, c/o Minster Library & Neighbourhood Centre, 4A Monkton Road, Minster CT12 4EA If you have further questions please email: For office use only Entry accepted

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Rules of the Minster Matters Scarecrow Challenge - Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2016 1. All entry forms must be submitted to the ‘Minster Matters Scarecrow Challenge Committee’ at the library by Midday on Friday 3rd June 2016 (email entries by Thursday 2nd). NO late entries for whatever reason will be accepted. 2. All scarecrows will be judged on the following criteria: a. Reduce, reuse and recycle - where possible recycle or re-use materials. New materials used should be able to be recycled or reused. All scarecrows must be built from scratch by the entrant (no commercial creations allowed). These steps could be demonstrated by taking photographs of the process with a listing of the materials you have used. If no additional information is given beside the scarecrow, the judges will use what they can see to estimate how environmentally friendly your scarecrow is. b. Creativity and originality - judges will be looking for scarecrows with that little bit extra, it may be the materials used, the way the scarecrow has been made, how the scarecrow is displayed, or simply a fantastic idea that catches the judges eye. c.

Artistic merit - will be judged on the visual impact of your scarecrow. It may be the detail, the use of colours, and the

care with which it has been shaped or sculpted or it may simply look fantastic. The more fabulous your entry looks, the higher your score is likely to be in this category. 3. The majority of the work should be done by the child if it is a child’s entry. 4. Children’s ages will be taken into account and this information should be displayed with the scarecrow or given on the entry form (if known at that time). 5. The scarecrow can be smaller but should not be larger than: 2.5m wide x 3.0m high. 6. All scarecrows should be constructed to consider the prospect of inclement weather. 7. You can use any materials you like to build your scarecrow, there are no restrictions - with just one exception: pre-moulded or commercially available face masks ARE NOT permitted. 8. All entrants are reminded that this is a public event and all scarecrows must be made and displayed in good taste. The Committee reserve the right to withdraw any scarecrows that they deem unsuitable. Any entrant designing their scarecrow to cause deliberate offence will be disqualified and may be barred from future events. 9. Scarecrows need to be clearly labelled with their own name and entry number (Entry numbers will be provided by the committee during the week leading up to the event). 10. All scarecrows must be displayed at the front of your property and should be positioned so as it is unnecessary for anyone to access your property in order to view them. They must also be secured in a manner that they will not blow away and will not otherwise be a danger to or possibly cause injury to anyone. The ‘Minster Matters Scarecrow Challenge Committee’ will not be held responsible for any damage to Third Party property caused by the creation or insecurity of scarecrows. Owners are held solely responsible for the safety and security of their scarecrow(s). 11. There is an entry fee payable for each scarecrow. Families may enter more than one scarecrow but each scarecrow will require a separate entry form and each will incur a separate entry fee. Entry forms will be available from shops displaying our poster or via the Minster Matters website at 12. Judging will take place across the weekend starting on the evening of Friday 17th June (weather permitting) and scarecrows must remain on display over the whole of the weekend for the general public to view. There will also be a ‘Public Vote’ over the weekend and a further prize will be awarded to the winner of this category. All winners will be notified and prizes will be awarded at 6.30pm on Sunday 19th at The Bell Inn. All entrants are asked to attend if possible. The scarecrow committee and judges’ interpretation of these rules (and any decisions made by them) are absolutely final – and can’t be challenged! 13. You may take your scarecrow in after 9pm on Friday (earlier if it has been judged), if you feel it would be beneficial to do so, in order to prevent overnight weather or vandalism damage. A judges’ card will be attached to each scarecrow when it has been viewed and photographed. Scarecrows should however be replaced in the same position on Saturday by 9.30am. Saturday evening you may again take them in but not until after 5.30pm, replacing them by 9.30am on Sunday. They should remain on display until 5.30pm on Sunday. 14. Finally… The most important rule: MAKE SURE YOU ENJOY YOURSELVES!!!!

STUCK FOR IDEAS? Here are some useful web addresses. • • (lots of images of interesting characters here)

Also ‘YouTube’ has many ideas and tutorials that may help!

Scarecrows have been part of our farming heritage forever and a day. Their practical purpose in the fields is to scare birds which might otherwise eat the seeds or damage young crops. For those without Internet access here are some useful scarecrow building tips! Getting started A scarecrow is simple to make and will provide a great opportunity for the whole family or a group to share in its creation. Each one will be individual and you’ll be surprised at the personality they take on. Thinking of a name also helps to develop their character. First create a basic design and gather your material together. A traditional scarecrow was usually a crossed timber figure that was dressed and stuffed to give him volume. If you have never made a scarecrow before, you have a real treat in store. How to make a simple scarecrow What you need: Two pieces of timber, one slightly longer than the other. Nails or screws and string or wire. An old pillow case, tights or a small flour bag for the head. Needle and thread or stapler. Straw, or other material for stuffing. Clothes, from a local charity shop or from your own wardrobe! Building your scarecrow Attach the two pieces of timber together to form a cross. Make sure that the arms are not too long for a shirt or jacket to be put on later. If you are using stockings for the head, cut off the legs and put one inside the other for extra strength. Stuff it in the shape of a head. Tie the head loosely at the neck end. Paint a face on with acrylic paint or permanent marker, or stitch features with wool or thread. Slide the head onto the short end of the vertical pole, then attach to the body by tying with string or wire. An old football, gourds or cut out discs could also be used for heads. From here, use your own creativity. Drape any clothing onto the poles, stuff and tie off at the wrist, ankles and waist. Attach strands of wool, straw or other fibre under a hat. Tie gloves to the outstretched ends of the crossbar… and above all remember rule 14!!

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Minster Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 5 April, 2016 Summary of Key Points • New Parish Councillor: Dominique Vaughan was welcomed as a new member of the Parish Council • County Council update: County Councillor Roger Latchford confirmed that the KCC budget has now been finalised confirming a 1.99% increase in council tax plus a 2% charge for looking after the elderly which is an additional charge. He also explained that his Community Grant has now been reduced to £20k to cover 6 Parish Councils. • Chairman’s Report: Bob Grove reported that Thanet District Council has discussed the possibilities of devolution, e.g. merging Thanet, Canterbury, Shepway and Dover Councils into a Unitary Authority; any change is a long way into the future. • Use of All Weather Pitch: It was agreed that the Margate Youth Team may hire the All Weather Football Pitch for future matches (not training). • Yellow Lines and Road Widening: It was acknowledged that after long delays the road improvements in the village will commence on Monday 18 April. (Note from MM Editor: Actual start date was 11 April) • New Multi Use Games Area: The Official Opening of the new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) will take place at 2pm on Monday 25 April. Sir Roger Gale, MP will be attending to officially open the new facility. • Queen’s Official Birthday Celebrations: It was agreed that the Parish Council will provide funding to support the Royal British Legion events planned to celebrate HRH the Queen’s official birthday in June including a children’s street party. There will also be funding to purchase Union Flags to be flown throughout the village on that occasion. • Queen’s Birthday: Cllr. Quittenden confirmed that the Beacon on the Church will be lit on the evening of Thursday 21 April to celebrate HRH the Queen’s birthday at approximately 7.30pm. • New Skate Park: Public voting on the three designs submitted is now closed and the majority voted for design B, submitted by Gravity Skate Parks, therefore the Parish Council supported that decision. Negotiations will commence with the company to agree a suitable start date for construction. • Chapel Windows: The Chapel windows at the Cemetery will be repaired at a cost of £4050. • Emergency Planning: Parish Councillors will be on a list available for callout in the event of an emergency event in the Parish, where a number of locations will be identified as places of safety. • Public Concerns: A Member of the public spoke to raise concerns over the area surrounding the Spitfire junction; these included debris & litter, damage to roadside furniture, an unsightly area containing vehicles and flooding. All matters will be addressed at the next Parish Council meeting. Thanet Mobile Clinic

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Bell Meadow St Nicholas-at-Wade Sunday 15 May Gates Open at 8am Cars £7 Vans £10 8am - 12noon Parking Refreshments Toilets


Friday 13 May 7 for 7.30pm £5 per person (Bring your own nibbles) To Book Call Brian or Sylvia on 821 196

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




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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB BOWL 4 FREE Introductory Sessions WEDNESDAY 11 MAY 6.00pm SUNDAY 15 MAY 10.00am THURSDAY 19 MAY 6.00pm SUNDAY 22 MAY 10.00am BOWLS – THE SPORT FOR ALL REGARDLESS OF AGE OR GENDER Call Bernie on 596 955 or Brian on 825 475

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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB Another sad month, I have to report that Trudi Lewis passed away after a brave but short fight against cancer. The Short-Mat season finished with the Hinds retaining their Division One place, the Abbots winning Division Three, and even the Monks recording a win in their final match. In the competitions the team of led by Trevor Elson won the Friday 4s. The Mixed Pairs was won by Brian and Maureen Hedges, victors in the Men's Pairs were Brian Davis and Trevor Elson. Babs White and Myrne Elson won the Ladies Pairs, and Mark Lendrum and Alan Blake won the Wednesday Pairs. The Alf Wood Trophy was won by Trevor Elson, Pam Bramley and Don Washer.. The Morphew Cup saw Trevor Elson victorious, Sylvia Davis became Ladies Champion, and Paul Churchley won the Men's Singles. The Presentation Dinner will be on Friday 6 May, and it is hoped as many members as possible will attend to support the medallists. Brian Morphew, Secretary

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Articles published on these pages are written by pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 who attend Journalist Club and write about subjects they are interested in or that they’ve been studying in class How To Keep Warm In The Cold British Weather The British weather can be very annoying, one minute it’s all nice and sunny, the next it’s pouring down with rain! In this article I’ll tell you my friend how to keep warm in this unpredictable weather. Please note: ALL advice was drawn from the NHS, for more information of how to keep warm in the winter, visit ell.aspx Cold homes have a significant impact on people's health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm. Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. The chances of these problems are higher if you're vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because of one or more of the following: You're over 65  You're on a low income (so can't afford heating)  You have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease  You are disabled Flu is a highly infectious illness that can spread rapidly. You may be eligible for a free flu jab if you're at risk of complications from flu. If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. It's a good idea to keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if you can. During the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer. Make sure you wear enough clothes to stay warm. If you're under 65 and you are healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18OC, if you're comfortable. You can also use a hot water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you're in bed. Eat well in winter Food is a vital source of energy, which helps keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can. By Ayomide Adeneye


500 Word Competition This is an amazing challenge with so much enjoyment, you see so much adventure through your reading. That’s why reading is fun, reading is wild, reading is so much more than books. In primary school we have contact books to develop your imagination. This helps you to be brave and shine bright. That is why you should read and do this competition. For third place you get books up to your own height (so it’s good if your tall) but if you’re not don’t let that stop you having fun. Second place wins you books up to Alex Jones height! And for first place you get books up to Chris Evans height. Wow! Herman Melville achieved a lot by joining the ‘Read for my School’ it sent him ahead to a bright future in writing stories for the world and this is where I hope I’ve done enough to persuade you to start today, but if I haven’t then just keep reading those books. By Amelia Forest School On Tuesdays Year 4 and Year 5 go to Forest School. Forest School is at Quex and we get to play games in the forest. The first game we played was called Tree Hug this is what we have to do: one person is blind folded and spun around three times. Then all the other people go and hug a tree. By Honey Lowery Endangered Animals A number of animals in the wild are endangered, such as: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Tigers Snow Leopards Lions Red Pandas Giant Pandas Black Rhinos Wolves Gorillas Some types of birds And lots more.

Poaching is illegal and is a selfish thing to do. In fact, it has gotten so out of hand, quite a few of the animals above only have little amounts of their species left in the wild. Sometimes people poach for fun, decorations for their homes, or medicine. Few tigers remain in the wild. Some endangered species remain in zoos and wildlife parks. By Isla T Bottle


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Church News and Service Times

(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in

Reverend Marcus Holden 592 071


Parish Office Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate Catholic Mass each Wednesday

Rogation Walk across the Benefice 3.00pm Rogation Service

8 10.15am Holy Communion (BCP)

St Mary the Virgin, Minster Reverend Richard Braddy Tel: 821 250 Sunday Services in MAY 1

Rogation Walk across the Benefice 5.15pm Evening Reflection


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

and Holy day of Obligation

10.30am Family Communion (CW) 15 10.15am United Holy Communion with Methodists

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St Mary the Virgin, Minster and each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other Catholic Services please see Minster Abbey below

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Wantsum Benefice Goes Walkabout

Lauds: 8.30am

Sunday 1 May

Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am

There is a tradition in the church of walking the Parish boundary once a year. As our four Parishes are so large we don't walk round them but walk between them!

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.

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

prayer throughout the day

Vespers 6.00pm

10.30am Family Worship


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The Abbey Chapel is open for

Mid day prayer 12.10pm

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

29 10.00am Benefice Service at Monkton There will be no Service at Minster this Sunday

Wednesday Mornings at St Mary’s 10.30am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by refreshments Holy Communion at Home is available for anyone who is unable to access Minster or Monkton Church Telephone 821 250 or 822 428

We start at Chislet at 10.00am and finish at Minster at 5.15pm with plenty of food stops along the way.

Baptism at St Mary’s Minster

Why not come and join us! For more information call the Vicar Richard, 821250

24 April Harper Skye Sutton (9months) For further details contact: Major Trevor Green 01843 822 308 or 825 178

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

A Christian Church and Registered Charity No 214779 and in Scotland SC009359

11 Tothill Street, Minster CT12 4AG Weekly Activities Monday




9.30am Bumps & Babies

9.30am Parent & Toddlers

2.00pm Home League

9.15am Prayer Group

(Term time only)

(Term time only)

2.15pm Friendship Club

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship

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Diary Dates 7 May - Race Night 19 June - Anniversary 20 Aug - Quiz Night 11 Sept - Treasure Hunt 26 Nov - Coach Trip 4 Dec - Santa Dash

The Isle Of Thanet Canine Society Dog Obedience Classes Kennel Club Good Dog Awards Newington Community Centre Princess Margaret Avenue , Ramsgate Thursday Evenings 7.00pm - Puppies and Beginners 7:40pm - Adults 8:30pm - Ringcraft (Training for the Show Ring) Fee is £4 per pup/dog per class

KNIT AND TALK TIME in MINSTER LIBRARY Beginners and non-knitters welcome Swap patterns and wool Occasional Speakers on various topics Tea & Coffee provided Every Friday 10.30 - 12noon

CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS’ MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further information Phone: 226 033

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197

Resolutions Meeting (Members Only) Tuesday 3 May 7.30pm Village Hall Games Evening Wednesday 25 May 7.30pm Village Hall Committee Room

For further details ring Ron on 07561 558 574

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section

Monday 9 May

Dane Court Grammar School Broadstairs Road Broadstairs CT10 2RT


Refreshments and dog treats can be purchased or bring your own and a favourite toy for fetch/play

NEXT MEETING THANET FARMERS’ MARKET Second Sunday of each Month 9.30am - 1.00pm


7.30pm A Favourite Childhood Memory

Bingo , Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings

Minster & Monkton Horticultural Society Next Meeting Wednesday 18 May 7.30pm Village Hall Speaker: Mr Daniel Denness ‘Basic Orchid Care’

For further information please contact Miriam Smith on 822 589

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion 61 Augustine Road EVERY WEDNESDAY 2.00pm - 4.00pm Come and join us for a game of Bingo ALL MEMBERS and bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat on 822 622

Point’s Competition A Flowering Pot Plant

Minster Playhouse Quiz Night Saturday 4 June 7.30pm Village Hall In support of our nominated charity, ‘Oasis’ Tables of up to 8 people, £5 pp, bring your own food and drink To book please call or email Debbie Munro 07539 295 872


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May 2016

Zac’s Musings

R & A Plumbing

What can I tell you this month? Ah I know, as I said last time, we had a visit from the Welsh contingent which was great until most of the humans in our house went down with a very virulent sickness bug. We had them queuing up for the bowls. Still they’re all much better now 01843 580 133 thank goodness and they’ve all now gone back 07814 858 653 to the valleys!. We have the builders in again modernising Fully insured, all work guaranteed the bathroom and toilet, what a mess they’ve been making, thank goodness they weren’t Love Your Lawn working on it when the family were ill, that could have caused problems! UK’s Largest Lawn Care Company The old boy has been No Contract : Simply pay-as-you-go peaceful putting Weed Kill * Fertilisation * Aeration very together this issue of the Moss Control * Scarification magazine, it appears Costs less than DIY everything went to plan and For a free no obligation lawn analysis & quote there were no last minute call 0 8 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 panics. Thank goodness. *Central Heating *Boiler changes *Unvented & vented systems *Bathrooms designed and installed *Tiling *Solar panels *Underfloor heating For efficient and friendly service please call for free estimate

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If your hands get dry when washing up and cleaning, add a little bicarbonate of soda to the water, it helps to soften your skin.

Holiday Inn Express on your Forthcoming marriage

The Holiday Inn Express, Minster, would like to offer all the guests, of local weddings, accommodation at our hotel for all your friends and family with 10% off our best flexible room rate. To qualify your wedding for this discount please contact Jasmine, our Sales manager, on 01843 820 250 option 3 This offer is subject to availability, and will qualify only on production of this advert. We also reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time prior to booking (not available in conjunction with any other special offers)

May 2016

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

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

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB PLAY BOWLS When: Summer; Outdoors and Indoors ~ Winter; Indoors Why: Pleasure, Healthy Exercise, Entertainment, Competitions, Fun Time with Friends Old and New ‘LEARNING TO PLAY’ IS FREE!!! Visit the club at The Bowls Green, Recreation Ground (Molineux Rd Entrance) or phone 824 082


- ASK THE LIBRARIAN Part 'P' Registration No EPP2390

All Electrical Work Undertaken Free Quotations ~ Competitive Prices Quality Workmanship ~ Fully Guaranteed

Call Nic Morling 825 094 36 Tothill Street, Minster



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May 2016

Have you made your Will?

Minster Day Nursery and Out Of School Club

If you don’t have a plan for what happens to your estate… The Government has! Make a Will now and be sure your family’s future is secure. For a friendly local and affordable Will Writing Service:

Call Martin Isaac 01304 812077 for details. Powers of Attorney also arranged. Home appointments available.


15hrs FREE per week during term time for 3 and 4yr olds Warm and Friendly Environment OFSTED Registered Fully Qualified Staff Open 7.30am - 6.00pm Before and After School Care Ages 6 months - 11 years Quality Care and Safety Provided Age Appropriate Rooms Breakfast, 2 course HOT Lunch and HOT Tea Provided Morning and Afternoon Healthy Snacks

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* Landscaping * Lawn Treatment Service * Turfing *


* Driveways * Fencing * Patios * Decking * * Artificial Grass * Grass Cutting * Turf Suppliers and Installers

Call for a FREE QUOTE or visit


Property Maintenance Ltd

01843 822 082 07505 531 585/07505 532 726

01843 823 320 or 07973 817 540 MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 0900 - 1200 Mon - Fri Hire times and prices Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs Price Structure * Full Pitch : £40 hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £28 hour Half Pitch : £28 hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA t: 821 339 f: 825 869 e:

MINSTER RESIDENTS Introducing your local Gas Safety Registered plumbing and heating engineers

CPS Heating & Plumbing 01843 589 076

32 Ozengell Place Eurokent Business Park Ramsgate CT12 6PB

Boilers & Gas Appliances Annual Servicing & Repairs Central Heating Design & Installation Complete Bathroom Design & Installation All work Guaranteed Fully Insured & Qualified Gas Safety Register No 203531

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Free Quotations Tel 01843 821 147 including Answerphone

Over 30 years experience * New Roofs * * Roof Repairs * * Restoration Work * * Free Estimates * * All work guaranteed *

Freephone: 0800 7 31 31 52 Mobile: 07957 42 42 47

Reliable qualified Electricians All aspects of wiring undertaken BURGLAR ALARMS TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS TV AERIALS - SKY SATELLITE * Reasonable rates * Free estimates * * Discount for OAP’S * Julie Beaney, Minster 01843 823 466 Gary Hake, Canterbury 01227 472 612


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From a leaky tap to a leaky roof - I’ve got it covered!! No job too big - no job too small For all your building or plumbing jobs, inside or out. Professional workmanship with quality materials and competitive prices. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laminate Floors, Flat-packs assembled, Ceilings & Walls, Painting & Decorating, Custom Radiator Covers, Staircases, Doors, Roofs, Locks, Sheds erected, Decking, Outside Taps, Fascias and Soffits, Guttering, Fencing, Windows, Washing Machines installed & Pipes boxed in. Fully Insured, Reliable Craftsman. Free Estimates and Consultations

COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE & RAILWAY MUSEUM Lot’s to see and do A worthwhile journey to visit this hidden gem Featuring N Gauge layouts of the original Elham Valley Line and the UK Terminal layout from the original Channel Tunnel Exhibition Centre. Static Displays, Ride on Model Railway, Tea Rooms, Country Walks, Crafts, Free Parking Open Weekends inc Bank Holidays from April - November 10am to 5pm £2.50 adults, £1.50 children/concessions

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01843 590 111

695 sq ft office space available in converted 19th Century Farm Barn


Greensole Yard, Greensole Lane, Manston Road, Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 5FG (Located through Manston Golf Centre Car Park)

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

Ring: 01843 848 588 (a.m. from l0.00) Fax: 01843 844 856 (24-hour) Page: 07623 978 479 (24-hour) Web: Email: Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS, London, SW1A 0AA

CAR & VAN SALES TEL: 01843 869 600


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07 2007 Vauxhall Agila MPV,

60 2010 Mitsubishi Warrior,

1.6lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, MPV, RCL, Climate control, Caffe Latte Met, ½ leather int, 57,000mls low mileage, one owner from new with service history All for …… £3695

1.0lt petrol, manual, low mileage 52k miles with service history, high driving position easy to get in and out, cloth interior, PAS, CD player, economical All for only…….. £2995

L200 Double cab, 4x4, 2.5lt diesel, truckman top, met silver, leather int, lots of extras, recent full serv, cambelt & MOT, 120,000mls, drives beautifully Price shown is plus VAT



63 2013 Nissan Micra,


Coming Soon, Volkswagen Beetle 1200, 1975 1600cc. This


10 2010 Hyundai i10 Classic, 1.2lt petrol, 5 door hatch, 5 speed manual, 3,500mls with serv hist, one previous owner, A/C, PAS, CD player with aux plug, £30 per year road tax, over 60mpg All for …….. £4695

vehicle has previously undergone extensive renovation works and is coming to us next month. For Sale so please call for price and further £2995 information.

1.4lt petrol, 5 door hatchback, manual, 53k miles with serv hist, so low mileage and only one owner from new, central locking, P/S, CD player All for ……

57 2007 Vauxhall Movano,

58 2008 Nissan Micra 25,

60 2010 Suzuki Alto SZ4,

1.2lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatchback, 1 previous owner from new, only 30,00mls, elect windows, r/c/l, PAS, met paint and lots more All for only ...

59 2009 Seat Ibiza S,

High top MWB 2 berth camper van, modern grey int, drive away awning so will sleep 4 people, fridge freezer, combined sink, double gas hob, toilet, 12v lighting, 240v sockets, outstanding condition, all for only £19995

1.2lt petrol, manual, one owner from new with service history, 3 door hatch, red, low mileage 25k only, R/C/L, A/C, P/S, MP3 and cloth interior All for …

996cc petrol, maual, black, 53k miles with serv hist, one owner from new, low emissions so only £20 road tax, R/C/L, A/C, P/S, elect windows, cloth interior All for only...




02 2002 Ford Fiesta,

1.0lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, A/C, PAS, 54,000mls, serv hist, 70+mpg, low insurance, £20 road tax All for …


11 2011 Citroen C1 VT,

1.2lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, black metallic, fsh, cloth int, r/c/l, elec front windows, PAS, only 51k miles, £30 per year road tax, bluetooth phone integration system All for …… £5995




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Minster Matters - Issue 180 - May 16  

Village magazine

Minster Matters - Issue 180 - May 16  

Village magazine