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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 191 : May 2017 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 103)

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May 05 / 19 | 12 / 26 June 02 / 16 / 30 | 09 / 23 Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, Library 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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Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 19 MAY May 6

Show Schedule Launch



Quiz Evening



W.I. Resolutions Meeting


Charity Quiz Night



PLG Spring Bazaar



Cemetery Working Party

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 & Shaun Riches: 101 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Orbit Housing: 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) All Weather Sports Pitch & MUGA bookings for the above venues via

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

or email:

Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744

Late payment for advertisements may Neighbourhood Centre Meeting Room: mean they will be omitted from the next bookings via Library 03000 41 31 31 Jemima’s Locket (Eve & Sun) bookings via issue (3 months max!!) A full copy of our Terms and Conditions are available from our website

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May 2017

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Minster Playhouse - May Play

12 & 31

23 8 & 21


Horticultural Society Meeting (Old Schools)



Rogation Walk - FORM


Abbey Patchers Biennial Quilt Show


St Nicholas Open Gardens


27-29 Jun 3&4 3

Awareness Raising Day


Twinning Association Quiz Night

24 & 31



Playhouse Charity Quiz Night

8 & 33


Twelfth Night



Minster Open Gardens



Minster Scarecrow Challenge - ENTRY FORM



Twinning Ducasse and Anniversary in France

24 & 31

Jul 8-9

Battles for Victory - Ellington Park


Kate’s Pudding Recipe


Sarah Thorne Theatre


What’s On at the Royal British Legion


Parish Council Meeting Summary


School Pages


Church Notices


Village Hall Bowls Group


Village Hall Diary


Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) Bookings


All Weather Playing Surface


St Mary's Church Guided Tours


Red Recycling Bags - now at Library and not Parish Office


Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 19 MAY

Minster Parish Council

next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 2 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: Next Meeting : 6 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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May 2017 E - Team


On Tuesday 25 April 2017 Robert and Gwendolen Heath, aged 96 and 94 respectively, celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary. They were married on the Saturday 25 April 1942 which was followed by a trip to the cinema Ray and then Gwendolen never saw Robert again for 4 years. Robert fought in the North Africa Campaign as a Desert Rat and Gwendolen worked at a munitions factory in Woolwich Arsenal, South London. Although Robert is partially blind and has a number of health problems, it never gets him down. Gwendolen is his full time carer at 94! They are both Diane amazingly independent people and don’t look their age, people are astounded when they tell them how old they are! Martyn, their son tells us that their family really enjoy all the stories they relive for them, still often telling them tales they’ve never heard before. What it was like to be a soldier abroad at those times, and conversely what it was like Diane here working in a munitions factory with bombs dropping around you, as if the job wasn’t dangerous enough! These two very unassuming people lived in South East London for all of their lives until retiring to Minster over 30 years ago. They both enjoy living in Diana Minster where they have become part of the community. Gwendolen still goes to Salvation Army meetings now and again, where she is always Kevin warmly welcomed. For as long as Martyn can remember he says there has always been a copy of Minster Matters on their table, and it would be wonderful if we could give them a mention on this momentous occasion. Martyn told us it would make two lovely people very happy. We at Minster Matters are pleased to be able to publish this for the family and we wish Robert and Gwendolen a belated ‘Happy Anniversary’.


PET FOOD Attwells Newsagents always welcome donations of pet foods for which they redistribute to Local Rescue Groups

A.J.Cliffe & Sons (Butchers) Ltd Full range of B B Q stuff Charcoal - Briquettes Disposable B B Q s

Canterbury House, Monkton Road, Minster Tel: 01843 821 288

Flowers by Vanessa Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, Weddings or Funerals Created with the “Personal Touch” For designs with a difference Vanessa Fairbrass (C&G qualified florist) Rose Cottage, Manor Road, St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY

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Farm, Jutes Lane, Minster CT12 5DL Life’s been a bit easier this month and I’ve managed to sleep most nights in my own Unit 4 Ebbsfleet Tel: 01843 825 000 bed, as Zac has been much better than he was, but he’s still very ‘wobbly’ on his pins FOR ALL YOUR GARDEN MACHINERY NEEDS * SALES * SERVICING * and has many a fall trying to get onto the sofa, but typical dog he just shrugs it off * SPARES * REPAIRS * and tries again. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW MOWER OR ANY OTHER GARDEN MACHINERY I see we’re threatened with pay parking in both of our local car parks, purportedly to help TDC balance their budget, let’s hope someone can dissuade them from DELIVERED TO YOU FULLY ASSEMBLED AND DEMONSTRATED implementing it as I believe it would be a nail in the coffin for many local businesses. VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE If TDC were to actually come out to ticket and fine a few of those who flout the yellow lines then they’d make a fair few bob without fleecing those of us who park responsibly. HUNDREDS OF PRODUCTS TO BUY AT THE CLICK OF A BUTTON Just leaves me enough room to ask - where’s Zac?

Gel Polish on fingers and toes only £28 Book now to avoid disappointment

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Beauty Treatments available Call for details or go to (Minster based business)




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May 2017

Durlock Lodge Durlock, Minster,-in-Thanet, Kent CT12 4HD Phone 01843 821 219

18th Century quality & character Guest rooms from £65 per night Self Catering from £200 per week

PATIENT LIAISON GROUP LATEST NEWS CONCERNING OUR NEW PROJECT We have just been advised that it is likely there will be a delay in the delivery of this equipment into the UK for another couple of months. This means we will have to put the launch of our new project on hold until further notice. We will still be a “Test Location” for the new equipment, once it has been received by our supplier.

FAYRE - Saturday 13 May Discounts for longer stays SPRING Our Annual Spring Fayre will be held at the Old Schools in Church Street as usual, with free admission. Only two tables remain so book now to avoid disappointment.


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THANK YOU! Would the patients who very kindly donated the Turbo Air Fryer for our raffle please contact the surgery so that we may thank you personally. “WALK FOR LIFE” ACTIVITY PROGRAMME The surgery is now holding these events every Thursday morning at 10.30 and we are inviting people to come and join us in a walk around the local area for about an hour or so, with the aim of meeting people, becoming more active and enjoying our community. MISSED APPOINTMENTS - A DISAPPOINTING MONTH! Once again these have increased - possibly due to school holidays and Easter. 34 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and 77 failed to attend their nurse’s appointment, so again 111 wasted appointments and valuable time. Please, if you don’t need it then cancel it, by phone, text or online. “FRIENDS AND FAMILY” SURVEY Thank you to all those who take part and please continue to do so. We welcome all your comments, because any feedback - good or bad - can help us improve our service to you. A total of 190 patients responded last month with the following results: Extremely likely/likely - 94%; Extremely unlikely/unlikely - 2%; Unsure/don’t know - 4%. SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 noon on the following days for the purpose of staff training: Wednesday 24 May; Thursday 22 June; Wednesday 19 July. The surgery will also be closed all day on the following Bank Holidays: Monday 1 and Monday 29 May. Please ensure you have sufficient medication to last you during these periods, and of course, please don't forget to include all the family who may need medication and also check when their “Medication Review” is due. 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 all the family. For urgent/life threatening issues please dial 999 as normal. LIAISON 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.

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May 2017

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

New Spring Plants & Flowers Now In Stock From Our Brand New Local Nursery – Bedding Plants, Bulbs, Seeds, Shrubs and Patio/Hanging Basket Plants We Also Stock A Range Of Gardening Products We now have a brand new fridge which has enabled us to stock a wider range of our award winning local cheeses and our ever popular Kentish free range milk and cream. 24a Monkton Road, Minster 01843 822 212


Seven Super Reasons To Bowl 1.

Free Beginners Sessions.


Outdoors Summer months. Indoors Autumn & Winter period.


A gentle way to get active. Walking up the green is 30 metres. During a full game you cover about 3 miles. Besides leg muscles being developed your arms get a work out too.


Loads of socializing, either playing, or later in the Club House.


Not COMPETITIVE? Then play with your friends.


Played at a gentle pace, and it's non-contact. Suitable for people of different abilities and fitness levels.


A sport for all ages and gender, not just for the retired.

From a Bowler.

COMMUNITY POPPY PROJECT We hope you all enjoyed our efforts to decorate the village post boxes for Christmas. We are now moving on to our next project. We would like this to involve all ‘Village Crafters’.


Sunday 11 November 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the KITCHEN & BATHROOM FITTING ending of WW1 and we would like to decorate our Cemetery fencing and other areas in the village with as many knitted, crocheted or felt poppies as Tiling, Plastering we can. To this end, we need your help. We have some knitting and crochet & General Maintenance patterns available (there are also some online for free download) and would HOME DECORATING like everyone who can, to start knitting. The Poppies will need to have a Interior & Exterior length of wool attached in order for them to be secured in place. Local, Reliable & Experienced Contact Paul or Tracy We are going to need thousands of Poppies but we do have 20+ 01843 823 646 months to do this. If you are unable to help with making the Poppies, perhaps you would like to help by donating wool to us for other knitters to PAINTING & DECORATING use, you can leave donations at Attwells. By NIGEL MATHER Your Local Professional Decorator Minster Post Office sells Poppy Red DK wool and Attwells have also Bringing High Quality Decorating agreed to act as our collection point for Poppies so you can drop them in to your home (or business) anytime. We'd like to start to get some idea of how many we can expect Interior & Exterior - No Job too Small so please don't hoard them at home, help us by dropping off any you may Clean Reliable Service Free Advice & Problem Solving have at Attwells. Free estimates without obligation

If there are other groups in the village who are organising something in the village for this Celebration, please could you contact us so that we can 24 High St., Minster CT12 4BU all pull together and avoid duplicating plans. MAX CARPET CLEANING MOSSY'S If you are willing to join in, please Dog Walking and Dog Sitting Service CARPET CLEANING FOR THE 21st CENTURY Local lady experienced with dogs available for leave your name and contact details A completely dry carpet cleaning service! And that means: daily and weekly walks and lots of one to one at Attwells and we will be in touch or No more damp or wet carpets! individual attention whilst you are away No danger of colour-run or shrinkage! please just start knitting. No chance of sticky residues which Competitive Rates depending on requirements can attract the dirt! Alternatively, for more information T.D.C. Boarding Licence ~ Minster Vet Inspected Lovely fresh scented deep cleaned carpets! Insured ~ References available please ring:(Upholstery and leather cleaning service available) Contact : Sarah Mather For quotes please call:Barbara: 07874 214 279 01843 833 707 24 High Street, Minster Carol: 07745 683 466 07727 684 300 01843 822 946 or 07855 871 484 Ann: 01843 822 156 On Facebook - @maxcarpetcleaning

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Minster Matters Cycle Training For Adults - on We are pleased to confirm that adult cycle training has resumed with the following local courses available: Learn to Ride You are never too old to learn! For those of you who want to start riding a bike, but have never learnt how. This course is run in an off-road, safe location at your pace. The aim is to get you riding which may require more than one session. We have a limited supply of bikes and helmets available for this course. Each course runs for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. We are now taking bookings for the following courses, which are Free of charge for a limited period: Wednesday 3 May 2017 17:00 – 18:30: The Boating Pool Café, Royal Esplanade, Ramsgate, CT11 0HE Saturday 20 May 2017 10:00 – 11:30: The Boating Pool Café, Royal Esplanade, Ramsgate, CT11 0HE Confident Road Cycling This course is aimed at those of you, who can ride a bicycle but want to gain more confidence before taking to the road. It will improve your cycling abilities and give you the skills and knowledge to share the road safely with other users. We have a limited supply of bikes and helmets available for this course. Each course runs for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. We are now taking bookings for the following courses, which are also Free of Charge for a limited period: Saturday 22 April 2017 12:00 – 14:30: The Boating Pool Café, Royal Esplanade, Ramsgate, CT11 0HE Saturday 20 May 2017 12:00 – 14:30: The Boating Pool Café, Royal Esplanade, Ramsgate, CT11 0HE To book a place or to find out more information please email Advanced Cycling For those of you cycling regularly on the road, and wanting to increase your cycle mileage, perhaps by commuting to work in the future. This intensive course will advance your cycling onto busy roads and through complex junctions including roundabouts and multi-lane systems. Each course runs for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Booking fee £20 per course. Course dates to follow. Please contact us via for more information or to express an interest.

May 2017

Young at heart village model maker helps raise thousands for patients with dolls' houses, rocking horses and a boat!! He might be in his 80s but there is no stopping expert craftsman Ron Morgan who has been using his new-found model-making skills to great effect. He has been painstakingly making a range of toys, including dolls' houses to raise money for Minster Surgery. Mr Morgan has so far made two doll’s houses, a rocking horse and is now making a fishing boat - complete with sails, a mast and nets. His models are used in the Minster Surgery Patient Liaison Group’s fundraising events. Two are held each year, a Spring Fayre and a Christmas Bazaar, and his models are always a major draw prize in the raffles. Last year, the events enabled the practice to buy £18,000 of new equipment. Ken Self, Chairman/Treasurer of the Patient Liaison Group said he felt that Mr Morgan’s contributions needed recognition. He said: “Ron has made some excellent prizes, which appeal to all ages and especially families. In conjunction with our Spring Fayre and Christmas Bazaar, we hold a Grand Raffle and display the prizes in the surgery waiting room a month or so before each event, Ron’s handy work always commands top spot and is very popular, especially at Christmas - so helping us raise more money.” But it’s in no elaborate workshop that he builds his creations, it’s simply in a small cupboard at his flat in Rivers Court, Minster, where he lives with his wife. For Mr Morgan, it’s a new hobby, and he jokingly says it keeps him out of the way when his wife is watching Coronation Street. He said: “I enjoy meeting people and socialising, especially when I visit the surgery, and I’m happy to help their fundraising ventures.” The Patient Liaison Group supports the surgery in all areas where they can and they have developed a good relationship with patients in the community. They are also able to act as intermediaries between the surgery and patients. This year, the Spring Fayre will be held on Saturday, 13 May and the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, 18 November.

May 2017

Kate’s Puddings – what’s cooking?

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Sometimes life is too short to make a proper pudding! This is one of those puds which, provided you have fruit and cream, look far more complicated than they are, but take far less time than you would think possible… In the time it takes to boil the caramel, the rest of the dish is easily assembled. Multitaskers, this is the pudding for you! Quick Fruit Brulée Choose 3 from: 1 pineapple 1 melon bunch of grapes 3 bananas 2 oranges peeled and cut into chunks raspberries/strawberries 2 nectarines 1oz/25g toasted almonds ½ pint double cream (scale up as necessary) small dollop of milk 3oz/35g caster sugar 2tbsps water Chop the fruit into attractive sized pieces, heap in a serving dish so the fruits are nicely mixed. Whip the cream and milk until it is nearly stiff, but not quite. Arrange in large spoonfuls on top of the fruit, adding the toasted almonds. Boil the sugar and water together until it forms a caramel, watching it until you just catch a whiff of that lovely caramel smell before it burns. Pour over the top of the cream and nuts, and make sure it goes down into the fruit as well. It will bubble and form a solid layer. Leave until the caramel has cooled. It is now ready to eat, and is best not put into a fridge. This is not a pudding that can be made long in advance as the caramel will melt again. It serves 6 or so. For more decadent recipes, go to Upcoming Events

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Our May play, David Tristram’s Inspector Drake’s Last Case, is now in rehearsal on the set, which David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP allows the cast to get a feel for the acting space and All forms of Services and Treatments for me to fine tune details. available for Foot and Nail care While I love to see our audiences laughing at our Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe, plays, it can be a problem if the play is so funny that the cast fall about in Ingrown nails, Nail deformities, rehearsal, which is a problem that we have with this offering from David Infection control for Athletes foot and Tristram. Those of you who remember the Inspector Pratt comedies by this Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas, playwright that we did in the early years of this millennium will know just how Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare funny he is. We provide personal and reliable treatment There is no doubt that laughter is the best and cheapest therapy for the in the comfort of your own home, nursing worries and stresses of everyday life, so leave the TV, leave your worries and or residential care home or hospital your common sense at the door of the Hall, and come and join us for an evening of life-enhancing laughter therapy with Minster Playhouse and Day, evening, weekend appointments available by arrangement

Tel: 01843 866 601 Mob: 07749 999 584

Wednesday, 17 May to Saturday, 20 May at the Village Hall Minster at 7.30pm Box Office now open on 07501 894 381

Minster Playhouse Charity Quiz Night In aid of We are a conservation building company that specialise in repairing, restoring and conserving listed and period properties. We are passionate about the preservation of our historic heritage and strongly believe in the use of traditional methods and materials that have been used for centuries. Our understanding of historic buildings combined with the use of qualified craftsmen and women enables us to provide a service to suit the requirements of your building. Lime Rendering – Timber Frame Repairs – Joinery Landscaping - Brickwork - Carpentry - Roofing Groundwork – Extensions and Alterations Sash Window Restoration – Flint and Stone Work For free advice or a no obligation quote Please call or email Craig using the details below:

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Saturday 3 June 2017 Minster Village Hall 7.30 pm Tables of up to 8 people, bring your own food and drink

Tickets £5 07501 894 381 Minster Playhouse is not a run-of-the-mill amateur dramatic society. We work to unusually high artistic and technical standards, and have a dedicated following of enthusiastic theatre-goers who make a point of not missing our productions. If you haven’t been to see us, make the effort and come along – we work hard to make sure that you will be pleasantly surprised. If you fancy joining in with any part of our productions we are a very open and welcoming society - the current play includes three new members – do get in touch! Thanet Mobile Clinic

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Saturday 6th May at 7.30 “TITTER YE NOT” The bare facts about Frankie Howerd. To celebrate the centenary of the birth of one of Britain’s greatest comedians, Paul Harris tours his one man play about the man and recreates the great man with eerie accuracy. To say that Frankie Howerd had an amazing career is something of an understatement. As he said himself, ‘he had more ups and downs than a whore’s drawers’. He was perfectionist who could be very difficult to work with and suffered for most of his life with depression and lack of confidence. Despite this he was loved by the public and admired by his fellow professionals. £14 paid in Advance/Friends. £16 on the doors. …................................................................................................................ Sunday 7th May at 7.30pm “I REMEMBER YOU” An Intimate Audience with Frank Ifield and friends. Australia-based Superstar Frank Ifield returns to the UK to play venues with “I Remember You – An Intimate audience with Frank Ifield and Friends”. This is a chance to meet and greet the legendary star himself and learn more about his music, his life and his amazing career. Prices: £14 Advance/Friends, £16 doors. …................................................................................................................ Saturday 13th May at 7.30pm “WHEN I WAS CLEOPATRA” An Entertainment about Reincarnation, Karma and Past lives with Janet Allen-Thompson. In When I was Cleopatra Janet will entertain you with stories from her own past lives and those of her many clients over the last twenty years. After giving up her acting career Janet became a Past Life Regression Therapist. In a life 2,000 years ago she was abducted into the desert and made to work in a place that made shoes. After 10 years and two children she escaped and returned again to her village and her family and tried to undo the damage that had been done. In this life there were many parallels. £10 paid in Advance/Friends. £12 on the doors. …................................................................................................................ Saturday 27th May at 7.30pm “The Cadillac Kings” Firm favourites on the blues, rhythm & blues & swing dance scenes, The Cadillac Kings feature five of the UK’s top blues and roots musicians. Mike Thomas, Mal Barclay, Tim Penn, Roy Webber and Paul Cuff. £13 paid in Advance/Friends. £15 on the doors. (Unreserved seating) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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MONTHLY ‘ZAC BAG’ COMPETITION As we said last month you won’t find Zac hiding in the magazine this month as we are giving him a rest, but hopefully he’ll be back around July. ‘SPOT ZAC’ COMPETITION Zac has found another hidey hole in the village and so far this month he’s not been spotted so keep a look out for him. Here’s his picture so you know who you’re looking for (He’s only about 150mm tall) - OH AND ZAC HAS ASKED US TO REMIND YOU THAT HE’S A DOG AND NOT A RABBIT!! Our competition is for the youngsters who attend Minster and Monkton schools or Tadpoles. Zac has moved on to another Minster business and the last time we saw him he looked like he was learning to fly!! All you have to do is find him and submit your answer to us, at the library, on the back of an envelope 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.

ZAC’S MUSINGS I’m back this month to write my own column, thanks Dad for standing in whilst I was unwell. The vets have said they are pleased with my blood results since they’ve put me on a Renal diet, the numbers, whatever it is that they show, were above 20 but are now down to below 10 so they’ve now cut down on my tablets, just half of one every other day, thank goodness as I don’t enjoy taking them. Dad tries his hardest to hide them in a treat but I can always tell which one he’s ‘doctored’. I’m also on a part wet food diet which is so much easier to eat than the purely biscuit one I’ve been on for as long as I can remember, especially now I’ve got a lot less teeth!! Had a visit this month from the youngsters from Wales, a hectic noisy long weekend, but they’ve gone back home now. I know it’s absolutely lovely to see them and I enjoy the attention but it’s also so much more peaceful when they’re not here.

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Jemima’s Locket Tea Room and Gift Shop 77 High St Minster Tel 07487 519 937 We’re open 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Saturday This cigarette case was dug up recently in a garden at Hill House Drive. It has a map of the UK on the front (although the manufacturers can’t spell Channel correctly!) and as can be seen it has 4 extremely dry untipped Benson & Hedges Turkish cigarettes inside. We’ve been asked by the resident who made the find if we would put this piece in the magazine to see if anyone recognises it and would like to reclaim it. Do you recognise it, is it yours, or a relatives maybe? If you have any thoughts then please contact us here at Minster Matters as we have it in our possession at present and we’d love to reunite it with it’s owner, if at all possible. Our contact details can be found on page 2 of this issue.

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MINSTER W.I. Our April meeting was a charity fashion show which was a great success. Members had been asked to buy an outfit in a charity shop for no more than £10. Eight members took part ……one lady had three changes of outfit, one of which was a Tina Turner look alike!! Jackie was our compère and described each lady as she paraded down the ‘catwalk’. Thank you to all those brave ladies who took part, it was great fun and also meant we were supporting charities with our purchases. We then had a fashion quiz to keep members entertained. Our May meeting on Tuesday 9 May is our annual resolutions meeting. Each year we vote for or against a wide range of resolutions. This year we will be discussing and voting on two resolutions.

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better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support. 'Plastic Soup': Keep microplastic fibres out of our ocean. Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans. Forthcoming events • Minster Open Gardens 17/18 June-teas at Old Oak Cottage •

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Official Minster Matters Scarecrow Challenge Entry Form 2017 Scarecrows are to be displayed on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June 2017 (And PM : Friday 16 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 child’s entry) Confirm you have read and agreed our ‘Terms’ as set out below (simply enter YES in the box) Entry Fee (Enclosed) YES / NO £3.00 per entry (delete as necessary) If emailing click option to delete Signature (Parent/Guardian if this is a child’s 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 1 June 2017. Paper entries: Deliver or post your completed forms to the address below to arrive no later than midday on Friday 2 June 2017. 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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NOTE: Although we are running this across the same weekend as ‘Open Gardens’ you do not have to be opening your garden to be able to take part. This competition is being organised and run entirely separate to that event. However, if you are opening your garden then also entering this competition may attract further visitors to view your garden as well. Photographs of all scarecrows and relevant prize winners will be displayed on the Minster Matters website and in Attwells Newsagents. Copies of photographs will be made available to the relevant entrants on request. 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… BUT above all remember rule 14!!

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Rules of the Minster Matters Scarecrow Challenge - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June 2017: 1. All entry forms must be submitted to the ‘Minster Matters Scarecrow Challenge Committee’ at the library by Midday on

Friday 2nd June 2017 (email entries by Thursday 1st). 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 16th 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 18th 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!!!!


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Minster Parish Council Meeting Summary of Key Points

withdrawal from neighbouring authorities; back to the drawing board! There have been many complaints about the state of the site of the former fuel depot in Spitfire Way; this has been visited by TDC Enforcement Officers and the owners have been given one month to clear the site.

4th April, 2017 • The meeting opened with Trevor Kennett, Interim Head of Operational services at Thanet District Council, who spoke about parking in Thanet. He has 12 Parking Enforcement Officers for Thanet and deploys them to cover as wide an area as possible from early morning until late evening; they have recently been deployed in Minster. In 2016 they issued 17,000 tickets. He was asked about the marked increase in parking fees in some areas of Thanet; he explained that this was decision taken by TDC as a whole and it was his job to enforce it; however, he is aware of the danger of displacement if fees are considered excessive. • PCSO Riches reported that in the last month he has dealt with abandoned vehicles in the village and advised drivers re: the improper use of the cut through between Cheney Road and Thorne Road. Suspects have been identified in relation to a recent burglary and anti-social behaviour in Tothill Street and enquiries are ongoing. He requested more information concerning reports of suspicious behaviour in the public toilets in the High Street and in relation to possible drug dealing at a food outlet in the village. Any information should be passed to PCSO Riches or can be forwarded to the Parish Office for onward transmission. • Chairman Bob Grove reported that the police have recently done some very good work in relation to the anti-social behaviour, damage and burglary in and around Tothill Street. Names and photos have been supplied to the Police and arrests have been made. He has decided to suspend any plans for local action until the outcome of the Police enquiries. Checks are being carried out about the conditions of McDonalds licence which originally only approved drive through service overnight; it appears that some customers are being allowed to enter the premises. • District Cllr. Ken Gregory referred to the disappointing news that the Planning Inspectorate have overturned the local decision in relation to the development of 36 houses at the rear of 66, Monkton Road; Parish and District Councils put forward strong objections but these were ignored and the building will now go ahead. The plans for a Unitary Authority, aka ‘Super council’, in East Kent have been scrapped following a no vote and a

• The Chairman reminded everyone of the Parish Assembly on Tuesday 18th April. (See below). • The Assistant Clerk reported that a letter of thanks has been received from the Kent Air Ambulance Service for the donation of £1000. • The formal agreement transferring the ownership of the ‘Bumpy Track’ from Edward Spanton to the Parish Council has been signed. • It was agreed to fund the cost of reprinting the Minster Tourist Leaflet. • Cllr. Day reported that recently a meeting was hosted by Birchington Parish Council to discuss the Draft Local Plan; this was attended by representatives of a number of Parish Councils and by Sir Roger Gale, M.P. It is intended that these meetings will continue to collectively address the issues of development proposed by TDC in the Plan.

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Annual Parish Assembly 7pm on 18th April, 2017 The meeting took place at the Minster Library and Neighbourhood Centre. The meeting was opened by Chairman Bob Grove who reported on the 2016/2017 year. Cllr. John Quittenden reported on Financial Matters. Members of the public were then invited to question the Parish Council. A suggestion was made for the Parish Cemetery to have a memorial wall or small garden for plaques to be placed in memory of loved ones. This will be an agenda item at the next meeting. Thanks were offered for addressing the issue of excessive noise from helicopters. Enquiries were made regarding the Shed Project, which has been delayed for want of suitable premises; it was confirmed that further options were being investigated. No other matters were raised and the meeting closed at 7.15pm.

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MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING An enjoyable day was spent at the Craft Exhibition in Armbouts-Cappel in March. Displays ranged from paintings, sewing, knitting, woodwork and pottery decorations and were of a very high standard. There was a strong interest in the handicrafts exhibited from our village too, so thanks to the villagers who submitted their works. A contingency of Committee Members and friends supported Sturry Twinning Association when they held a Murder Mystery Night recently. A good time was had by all. Our next Quiz will be on Saturday 3 June and prebooking is essential. Those who leave it to the day may well be disappointed as numbers were at the maximum for our last quiz, so please book well in advance with Carol on 07745 683 466 to secure your place. The price is £5 (tbc) which includes the buffet and we need tables of 6-8 people to arrive at 7.30 pm for 8 pm start At present there are 8 spaces left on the coach for the Anniversary Celebrations in Armbouts-Cappel on Sunday 25 June. This promises to be a great day out for just £20 per person, which includes travel, food and entertainment. To reserve your seat, please ring Carol A.S.A.P. Thank you. Thanks as always for your continued support.


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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB The Short-Mat season has finished, all the competitions have been completed and relevant trophies will be awarded at the Presentation Evening on Friday 5 May. Anyone who hasn't put their name down to attend please ring me on 845 638. As well as the prize-giving the election of Short-Mat Officers will take place on the same evening. In the Short Mat leagues - Hinds finished 3rd in Division 1, Abbots 4th in Division 2, and Monks 5th in Division 3 despite scoring 70 points, which was more than either of the other two teams. On the outdoor scene the green was opened on Saturday 15 April, and matches have already been played. May I remind any member, who has not already paid, that their subscriptions are due, also to anyone who would like to join; now is the ideal time, first-time bowlers are entitled to 3 free sessions with a qualified coach. Finally I am delighted to report that pupils from Minster Primary School, who have enjoyed playing Short-Mat over the Winter months, will continue to play outdoors during the Summer. Brian Morphew, Hon. Secretary

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Minster Parish Council staff work tirelessly to keep the village to the standard we are all used to seeing, but unfortunately, with government cutbacks, it is getting increasingly difficult. Minster has a small group of volunteers who look after and maintain two footpaths in the village. An even smaller group is working on the High Street car park to make it a nicer area. We are now looking to enhance the cemetery area. Do you love Minster and would like to help out? Do you have a few hours to spare per week/month? 07938 104 594 Are you aged between 15 and 100? Would you like to have volunteering listed on your University application? Are you embarking on a Duke of Edinburgh Award and require a community scheme to join? If you would like to join any of the above groups, or have another area of the village that you would like to see improved, then please contact The Clerk, Kyla Lamb at or ring 821 339.

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Minster Matters

Articles published on these pages are written by pupils from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who attend Journalist Club and write about subjects they are interested in or that they’ve been studying in class

Journalist Club At Minster Primary School two adults run a club for ks2 called Journalist club. The people who run the club are called Ray and Susan . Ray is the publisher of the Minster Matters so to make it more fun they pick a few articles to go into Minster Matters. All of the school can get involved in the Minster Matters not just ks2 because in the year ks1 and ks2 get to draw a picture about Minster Matters then colour it in. The children who go to journalist club have to give up their lunch time for the club. Journalist club starts at 12:15 so the children have to go to lunch at 12:00 to be there on time. If you are interested in this fascinating club then letters come out at the beginning of term so send the letter back early for a guaranteed place. Thank you for reading my article. By Annabelle Boucher Easter! Easter is a time were people think of Jesus. We think of Jesus because on Easter Sunday years and years ago, Jesus was left to die on a cross. We remember this on Sunday 16th April this year! At Minster Primary School we are doing an Easter garden competition, were you make your own garden at home! We are also singing Easter songs at the Church. Year R year 1 and year 2 are doing a designing hat competition with 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes! Also everybody at home gets to enjoy Easter eggs (my favourite!) By Scarlett Harding-Bennett

May 2017

Cancer Research Cancer! Who likes cancer! I doubt many people do! Unfortunately, my Nan was of the many victims of cancer! A lot of people know what it’s like to lose a loved one to cancer! Apologies if this is making you emotional. There is a way to stop cancer in its tracks! Scientists believe by 2020 a cure for cancer will be found! I believe by 2030 cancer will be as life risking as your common cold. But for this to happen, because this can happen, then you need to take part! This disease is getting weaker but still takes many lives! The most well-known cancer research charities are Macmillan, Race for Life and Cancer Research UK! Please participate in any of their bake sales, marathons, dinner parties or other charity events and we will eventually beat cancer! Innocent lives are lost to cancer! If you want this to stop then participate in the events I just listed or even sponsor somebody! Please! By Charlie Miles

DRY CLEANING & LAUNDRY Following the acquisition of Ben’s by the Southern Cooperative the facility for dry cleaning and laundry in the village was very nearly lost. However our great local newsagents

‘Attwells’ have very kindly taken over as the local agent for

‘Jilly’s Of Deal’ Dry Cleaning, Launderers, Duvets, Bed Linen, Shirts, Alterations & Repairs, Table Linen Hire

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May 2017

Church News and Service Times The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster

(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

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

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in MAY

Reverend Marcus Holden 592 071 Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate



10.15am Holy Communion (CW)


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Family Praise

Holy day of Obligation 14

each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other Catholic Services please see Minster Abbey below

10.15am Holy Communion (CW) 14

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


Rogation Walk across the Benefice

Minster Abbey


Rogation Walk across the Benefice

3.00pm Rogation Service at Monkton

5.15pm Evening reflection at Minster

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


28 4.00pm Seamark Service at Monkton School

10.30am Family Communion (CW)

Baptisms at St Mary’s Minster

Wantsum Benefice Goes Walkabout

9 April Amelia Julie Williams (6 months)

Sunday 21 May

Something new for Monkton

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!

4.00pm Sunday 28 May Monkton Primary School Hall Fourth Sunday of the month Accessible worship for all the community

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

Come and try this new service 45 minutes to learn more together about Jesus with singing, activities and prayer followed by simple food and drink.

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

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Info: Richard Braddy | 821250 |

Lieutenants Luke & Katy Johnson 01843 822308 or 825178

11 Tothill Street, Minster CT12 4AG

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

Weekly Activities Monday




9.30am Bumps & Babies

9.30am Parent & Toddlers

2.00pm Home League

(Term time only)

(Term time only)

9.15am Prayer Group 10.30am - 2.30pm AgeUK Outreach

2.15pm Friendship Club

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship


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May 2017

May 2017

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What’s On…


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 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 THANET FARMERS’ MARKET Second Sunday of each Month 9.30am - 1.00pm NEW VENUE!! St Georges School Westwood Road, Broadstairs 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

Minster & Monkton Horticultural Society Next Meeting Wednesday 17 May 7.30pm Mike Burdock speaking on ‘Floral Clocks’ Points Competition A vase of Spring Flowers NOTE: This Meeting will be held at ‘Old Schools’ MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION Diary Dates 3 Jun - Quiz Night 25 Jun - Ducasse

Next Meeting Tuesday 9 May 7.30pm Village Hall Resolutions Meeting Forthcoming Events

Minster Open Gardens 17/18 June Teas at Old Oak Cottage Strawberry Tea 5 July - members only Wildwood visit to see the Bears in June/July Minster Flower Show 22 July Adopt a Teddy tombola September trip to Chatham Dockyard


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May 2017

R & A Plumbing *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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Quest Antiques Kent TGF Property Maintenance is a Minster based family run business established in 2003

Free advice, guidance and valuations Friendly, local and experienced Pocket watches, old silver and interesting items always wanted Cash payments available

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Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

Consider replacing plain fabrics with patterned upholstery. Patterns help hide dust, dirt, and stains.

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 2017



Friday 12 May 7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)

Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington To book a table phone 01843 842 346 Please bring your own drink, glasses and refreshments £5.00 per person - maximum 8 per table

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May 2017

Booking the Multi Use Games Area The MUGA will be open for public use most of the time. It is available for Minster School to use for sports activities and also for clubs, groups and individuals to book for tennis, volleyball and netball. Bookings i.e. when the MUGA is unavailable to the public will be published weekly on the board next to the main information sign at the entrance gate. To make a booking please contact the Parish Clerk. Email: Tel: 01843 821 339 Please book at least 48 hours in advance




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

FREE for TWO places available


To Find Out More And Book Your Place

Now taking bookings - Office hrs 0900 - 1200 Mon - Fri

01843 821 482

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.

Molineux Road, Minster, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4PS Registered Charity 1110919

Have you made your Will? 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.

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:

Affiliated to the Society of Will Writers. Age nt of Ae gis Wealth Ltd www.a e

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 RESIDENTS Introducing your local Gas Safety Registered plumbing and heating engineers

CPS Heating & Plumbing 01843 589 076

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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


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

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)


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CAR & VAN SALES TEL: 01843 869 600 MOT Test Centre All Makes Servicing All Vehicle Maintenance Tyre Centre Car Sales Recovery Service

1.4lt petrol, manual, 3 door hatchback, met grey, cloth interior, 65k miles, as with all our cars this comes with new MOT and Full Service All for …….. £3195

08 2008 Nissan Note Accenta, Auto MPV, 1.6lt petrol, automatic,

59 2009 Citroen C3 Picasso Exclusive, 1.6lt HDi diesel, manual,

one owner from new, low mileage only 63k with full serv hist, A/C, elect windows, cloth interior, PAS, RCL, integrated bluetooth handsfree phone system. All for …… £3895

LOW MILEAGE 48k with serv hist, 5 door hatch, met black, lots of extras All for only……..

06 2006 Renault Clio Dynamique, 1.4lt petrol, manual, 3 door hatch, met grey, cloth int, one previous owner, low mileage 51k with service history All for only……




07 2007 Peugeot 207,

VW Beetle 1200, 1975 1600cc

63 2013 Nissan Micra,

This vehicle has previously undergone extensive renovation works and has now been put up for sale, so please call for further information.

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

1.0lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, 40940mls with serv hist, £20 road tax, low insurance group, 74.3mpg extra urban All for …

08 2008 Peugeot 308,

57 2007 VW Passat SE TDi,

63 2013 Ford KA Edge,

09 2009 Fiat 500 Pop,

1.9lt diesel, manual, 4 door saloon, 80k miles with service history, met silver, A/C, R/C/L, cloth interior and lots more All for only ...

1.2lt petrol, manual, 21k miles, 3 door hatch, £30 road tax, low insurance group, 64.2 mpg extra urban All for …

1.2lt petrol, manual, met silver, LOW MILEAGE 31k with service history, one previous owner, cloth int, this is a very economical car, road tax only £30 per year All for only...



1.6lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatchback, met silver, large boot space, 54k miles, RCL, A/C, one previous owner All for ...




63 2013 Peugeot 107 Active,



57 2007 Vauxhall Movano Camper Van, 2-berth, lovely clean interior, equipped with toilet, fridge freezer, cooker, electric hook up and lots more All for ……


All our cars come with Warranty, Full Service, Full MOT, HPI Check and Valet 1 CARLTON AVENUE, BROADSTAIRS, KENT CT10 1AB

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Minster Matters Issue 191 May 17  

village magazine

Minster Matters Issue 191 May 17  

village magazine