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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 202 : May 2018 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 112)


The collection pot at Attwells in memory of Musi raised a fantastic £175 which has now gone to Louie’s Helping Hands charity. Find out how this worthwhile cause is helping a special school in Thanet. (centre pages)


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Waste & Recycling

May 2018

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May 11 / 25 | 04 / 18 June 01 / 15 / 29 | 08 / 22 Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, Library

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 Co-Editor: Ray Owen ~ 07864 345 019 Editorial Team: All members except Accounts can be reached through the email address above

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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 PCSO: Adrian Butterworth 07966 308 781 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Orbit Housing: 0800 678 1221 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 etc. (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

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Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744 Neighbourhood Centre Meeting Room: bookings via Library 03000 41 31 31 Jemima’s Tea Room (Eve & Sun) bookings via Brenda Bradley 07455 588 642 MM Subscriptions Copies of the Magazine or CD are now available on subscription to all non- residents, worldwide. Payments quoted below are in advance To a UK postal address :Single Issue £2.40 CD £2.20 Annually (11 issues) £24.00 CDs £22.00 Costs to an overseas address are available on request, and we will be pleased to quote for this service. Our mailing details are shown in the left hand column on this page.

Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 18 MAY MAY 4&5

Page Minster Show Schedule Launch



Minster Bowls Presentation Dinner



Wantsum Benefice ‘Walk the Walk’



Doctors Surgery Closed - Bank Holiday


Pygmalion, Minster Playhouse


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Patient Liaison Group Annual Spring Fayre


Twinning Association Anniversary & Ball


W.I. Meeting



Quiz Night @ The Saddler Pub



Monkton Nature Reserve Open Day



Doctors Surgery Closed - Training Day



M&M Gardening Club


26, 27,28 Art at the Abbey

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Doctors Surgery Closed - Bank Holiday



Ageless Thanet Coffee Stop


Parish Council Meeting Summary


Sarah Thorne Theatre


Kate’s Pudding Recipe


Minster Library Opening Times


What’s On at the Royal British Legion


Journalist Club


Village Hall Diary


Church Notices




Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) Bookings


All Weather Playing Surface


St Mary's Church Guided Tours


Minster Parish Council

next Meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 1 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. There is also a 15 minute period at the end of each full council meeting for the public to be able to ask questions. 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 : 5 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 2018 E - Team


Amy Semi-retired!!



MINSTER SHOW SCHEDULE LAUNCH Show Schedule launch this year will be on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May - outside Cliffe’s as usual. Friday will see us there between 3pm and 4pm and Saturday from 10am to 12noon. So come along and purchase your schedule, at just 50p, and collect grass head kits for your youngsters remember if they enter a grass head or any of the other youngsters classes in the schedule then they will be entitled to free entry to the show that afternoon!!

MOBILITY SCOOTERS AND WHEELCHAIRS Minster Matters has a small number of mobility scooters and wheelchairs that are available for short term loan to residents and members of their families. Please ring Ray on 07864 345 019 or email if you would like to borrow one of these at any time.





NORTHROP SERVICES KITCHEN & BATHROOM FITTING Tiling, Plastering & General Maintenance HOME DECORATING Interior & Exterior Local, Reliable & Experienced Contact Paul or Tracy 01843 823 646 Flowers by Vanessa

Scarecrow Entry Form We said last month we would be publishing the entry form again this month but we have now decided that as we are likely to get, at best, a couple of dozen entries then the cost of 9200 pages to give us a 4 page pullout really wasn’t cost effective, so if you wish to enter and you don’t have last month’s magazine still available then just give Ray a ring on 07864 345 019 or email him on and he’ll drop a form into you.


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Photographers for Minster Show The Show Committee are still looking for a couple of keen amateur/budding young photographers to take pictures for us on Show Day Saturday 21 July, to cover the Parade and all events and happenings on the Showground during the afternoon. There is even the possibility that we could loan you a camera for the day. We offer free entry, the kudos of having your pictures added to our website gallery and the possible inclusion of some in Minster Matters/local press. Interested? Then please either speak to Karen in Attwells or ring/email Ray on 07864 345 019 or – we’re waiting to hear from you!!

May 2018


ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUND-RAISING YEAR! During the year ending March 2018 we are able to purchase over £5000 of new equipment for the surgery, equipment that would not normally be available within a GPs Practice. This would not be possible without the support of our patients and friends, so we would like to thank you all for support and encouragement. A full list of the equipment we have purchased can be seen on our notice board in the surgery. So, if there are any suggestions that you may have for further facilities or equipment you might like to see, please do not hesitate to let us know. SPRING FAYRE Our Annual Spring Fayre will take place on Saturday 12th May at Old Schools, Minster as usual, and of course, as always admission is free. Tables remain at £8 for small and £12 for large and are selling fast, with only a couple left. Book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets for our “Grand Spring Raffle” with many excellent prizes, are on sale now at the surgery and will be drawn at the Spring Fayre. MISSED APPOINTMENTS - SADLY CREEPING UP AGAIN! A slight increase in GP and nurse’s figures - 40 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and 49 did not attend their nurse’s appointment, that’s still 89 wasted appointments and time. So, please remember - Don’t need it? 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 216 patients responded last month with the following results: Extremely likely/Likely - 93% ; Extremely unlikely/Unlikely - 0% ; Unsure/Don’t know - 7%. SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS Please note that the surgery will close at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 23rd May for the purpose of staff training. BANK HOLIDAYS The surgery will be closed all day on Monday 7th and Monday 28th May. Please ensure you have sufficient medication to last you during these periods. Should you need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the NHS 111 Service via the surgery number 821333 where you will be transferred automatically, or you can call direct on 111, to receive nonurgent confidential health advice and information for all the family. For urgent/life threatening issues, dial 999 as normal. PATIENT 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 821200, Jeanne Lawrence on 821049 or email

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The Ageless Thanet Coffee Stop is coming to Minster this month! On 30th May, the Ageless Thanet Coffee Stop will be at Jemima’s Tea Shop at 12:30pm. This is an opportunity to come along and meet other people, as well as finding out more about the Ageless Thanet project. Reward Card Holders can enjoy 10% discount off the lunch menu at this event. The Ageless Thanet Reward Card entitles holders to a variety of discounts and offers available in approximately 250 businesses that are signed up to their Age-Friendly Business Scheme. The scheme enables people over the age of 50 to find independent shops and businesses around Thanet, who are actively aware of, and care about, the needs of the 50+ consumers. To find a local business that is “Age-Friendly”, look out for the Ageless Thanet logo being displayed on their window or advertised on their website/social media pages. They are also listed on the 'Ageless Thanet' app (which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play Store), the Ageless Thanet website and a printed directory (coming soon!). There is a huge variety of businesses signed up to the scheme, such as Coffee Shops, Hairdressers, Legal Firms, Local Attractions, Tradespeople and more so it is always best to check what reward they are offering via these means. You can sign up to receive one of our Reward Cards at the Coffee Stop, or if you’re not able to come along, you can apply via the Ageless Thanet website, or call 01843 210005.

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Can’t get out, always working, can’t leave the kids or just haven’t got time? We will call on you at your home in Minster, Monkton, Acol or St Nicholas with a selection of greetings cards for you to choose from. Just call Karen at Attwells on 821 363 and let us know what you require. Don’t lose your right to choose. Also don’t forget we stock office stationery, give us a ring before that trip into town, it could save you valuable time. Copier paper just £4.99. Like our Facebook page; Attwells Newsagents.

A Day to Remember Maundy Thursday 29 March 2018 I had the honour of receiving Maundy Money from Her Majesty the Queen at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on Maundy Thursday. It was a very moving service where there were 184 recipients – 92 men and 92 ladies (92 being the Queen’s age). As the Queen handed me the money the choir were singing “Zadok the Priest”. It was a very emotional moment which I will always remember. My son Peter accompanied me and after the Queen had left the Chapel we were invited to the State Apartments for lunch and were allowed to look round all of the rooms with their wonderful art collections. We left the castle at about 2pm – certainly “A Day to Remember”. Janet Walmsley

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ZAC’S MUSINGS Can you believe it, just last month I was complaining about the snow now this month I’m basking in the sunshine, I’m not moaning though as I love it !! Lots happening at our place just recently especially in the garden, right now there’s no room to get anywhere. It’s all plant pots and bits of fencing, oh and we’ve got fish swimming about on the dining table. I’m told they’re awaiting new homes but the pump thingy that is supplying them air is awful noisy so I’ll be glad when they are all gone, I like it to be just me who’s making a noise at teatime. There’s been no improvement in my health but likewise it isn’t any worse than it was, I’m still breathing, which is always a bonus and I’m still getting fed and watered, so life is whatever I make of it and right now with all this sun I’m happy to be alive.

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Fancy Bell Ringing? New Recruits Needed St Mary's Church 'Tower Bell' Ringers are looking for new recruits. Would you like to learn to ring church bells? then contact Tony on 07958 813 577 or email



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MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION The 20th Anniversary May Ball. 12 May 2018. We are thrilled to announce that we will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of being officially twinned with Armbouts Cappel on 12 May. You will have all seen the posters around the village, and in the last issue of Minster Matters, for an invitation to join us in the Rec at midday on 12 May to listen to both villages talking about the times that have been spent together, and hopefully you will have a glass with us to toast this wonderful milestone. This will be followed by the crowning of our May Queen, Maypole Dancing and Morris Dancers, which are all typical of a May event. Our French guests are bringing their band and they will also be helping us to entertain you too. Invited English and French guests will then meet at The Bowls Club for a feast of English Fayre, English wine and English cheeses, followed by the May Ball. We are pleased to say that we have been able to secure some spaces for those in the village who would like to join us from 6.30 for an evening’s dancing to ‘Just One More’ in the Bowls Club in Molineux Road. These places are limited, so for those interested, please pre book your place by contacting Barbara on 07874 214 279. The Dress Code is FORMAL/SMART and a bar is available. Please refer to the poster for the evening dancing published in this issue. A raffle will be there as always. The next quiz on 9 June will be looming very soon, so please pre-book a table with Carol on 07745 683 466 to avoid any disappointment. Again we are restricted to 120 players, so don’t miss out on a fun evening by leaving it too late to book. As a quick reminder, we have our Bingo Night on 14 July. More details next month. Thanks to all of you as always.


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SCOUTS RECEIVE CHEQUE FROM LOCAL BUSINESS On Friday 23th February, Julie from The Hair of The Dog came to the Minster Scout Group AGM to present a cheque for £800. The money had been raised by their lovely customers during 2017. Our group are so very grateful to receive this money, some of which may be spent on a camp this summer. Our thanks to Julie, Gary and all their staff and customers.




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Minster Matters Reporting Road Damage (Potholes etc)

KCC inspects every road in Kent on a regular basis (ranging from monthly for high speed and major roads through to annually for minor and some rural roads), but they also rely on the public and Parishes reporting any defects that are found between these inspections. They have improved their online fault reporting tool which can be found at and which will work from any kind of device. By using this tool, the faults go directly into their highways fault management system, so they can be immediately actioned by their staff. KCC will inspect the faults and either make a temporary repair if necessary or arrange for a permanent repair to be completed as quickly as possible. Every fault is assessed against certain safety criteria and will be repaired either in 2 hours if it’s an emergency fault, within 7 days for urgent faults, or within 28 days for non-urgent faults. If the road is going to need resurfacing, KCC will call customers to let them know how quickly it will be done, but this can take a little longer for them to plan and action. Once faults have been logged, customers can track their enquiries using the unique reference number they are provided with and KCC are now providing much more detail from their contractors on the status of the repairs. Please note that KCC quality check repairs and if they have not been satisfactorily completed by their contractors, then the contractor will be called back to do it again (KCC only pay contractors for the repair once, and then only when they are happy that it meets their standards and all are guaranteed for 1 year). The online tool can be used by customers to let KCC know if any recent repairs by KCC contractors or indeed 3rd parties such as the utilities, are not up to standard. ● Online reporting remains the quickest way to let KCC know about issues and it saves having to try to describe the information over the phone which can be much more time consuming and it also frees up their Contact Centre staff to deal with more complex and emergency enquiries, so the general public are encouraged to go online if possible. If they don’t have internet access, they can always get help in any of the Kent Libraries or Gateways. 50% of all highway enquiries are already reported directly by the public using the online tool but KCC want to achieve even more, as every saved phone call means more time saved in getting the repairs investigated and repaired.

MINSTER SHOW STALLS Anybody wishing to have a stall at this year’s show on 21st July please contact Karen on 07813 648 214 or call into Attwells

May 2018 Minster Parish Council Meetings Summary of Key Points 3rd April, 2018 ● PCSO Adrian Butterworth informed the meeting that there had been 35 calls to the police from the Minster area in the last month including one burglary. There has been concern about the cold callers and rogue traders in the area and advice has been given to how to deal with such incidents. ● District Cllr. Pugh stated that he had visited the exhibition relating to the proposed development in Tothill Street and expressed concern over the road access to the site, amongst other things. ● The Clerk reported that finally the bus stop in the centre of the village has been repaired, having been leaning for some time. ● Members all agreed the use of the Pavilion and Recreation Ground for the Minster Show on 21st July, 2018. ● The Councillors debated the proposed development of 220 houses on the site to the west of Tothill Street. They agreed that letters will be sent to Southern Water, Kent Highways and the Environment Agency asking for comments. A letter will also be sent to Savills to request an extension to the consultation period as 16 days, including the Easter Holidays, is too short a time for the proper consultation with residents. (Since the meeting Savills have responded and refused to extend the consultation period.) It was agreed that the Parish Council will employ a Planning Consultant to represent the parish in this first stage of consultation. ● PCSO Butterworth asked permission to research the options for a youth/community group to graffiti the wall in the skate park in a more professional manner; it seems that in other locations this has deterred the less desirable graffiti. This was agreed. In the period of questions from the public Mr. Harris raised the matter of placing a post in Taylor Road to prevent vehicles driving over the verge and causing a rut which gathers water. It was agreed that the parish council will look into this. Mrs. Fairbrass expressed concern about the proposed emergency access from the development into Greenhill Gardens. On the same subject Mr. Watler emphasised the need to ask developers for accommodation for the elderly allowing many to downsize but stay in the village. Mr. Harris asked about social housing in the proposed new development and the Chair stated that it was to be 30%.

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At our April meeting we had Eddie Smith give us a talk on ‘Heights to Hats’. She started her working life working as a member of the cabin crew for BA but after 38 years with them, when voluntary redundancy was offered to her, she decided to go to college and she trained to be a milliner. She has now converted her garage into a workshop and makes some beautiful hats. Eddie talked to us about the process of hat making and had also brought along some of her hats to show the members. Members were reminded that our May meeting on 15th May is when we discuss and vote on this year’s resolution-‘Mental Health Matters’ but we are also going to be celebrating the Royal wedding and will be serving drinks and canapes and members are encouraged to dress appropriatelyin red, white and blue, tiaras…..even wedding dresses!!

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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB The short-mat season is now completed, it only remains for the Presentation Dinner to be held on 4th May, and then no more short-mat until October. I hope members will support this event. The outdoor green was opened last Saturday and the first friendly will be against Whitstable on Sunday 22nd April. A full list of all fixtures throughout the summer months is displayed on the Club gate, spectators are welcome at all times. With the start of the outdoor season, now is the ideal time for anyone considering taking up the game to join the Club. Free tuition is given and bowls are available to borrow whilst you consider whether to join. Anyone requiring further details should contact me on 845 638 or e-mail me on Visit our new website at


Night in aid of SSAFA, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (Britain’s oldest National Military Charity) We're holding another Quiz night at The Saddler Pub, Monkton Road, Minster, Saturday 19th May 2018, 7.30 for 8.00pm prompt start. Teams of up to 6 (but you can have fewer people in your team if you wish), entry is only £3 per head which all goes to the charity. There will also be a raffle with some great prizes too so it's sure to be an excellent night. Please book your team in with Mark on 07966 262 338 (please leave a message and number on voicemail if no answer) or alternatively pop into the Saddler and book in with Dee or Steve. You may also be able to just turn up on the night subject to available spaces. We look forward to seeing you there!'

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Kent’s rural residents encouraged to have their say on crime where they live

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Residents of rural Kent are being encouraged to have their say on how prevalent crime is where they live, and how they rate the police's response to it. The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), of which Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott is a member, is gathering the views and experiences of people across the country. The NRCN is interested in knowing about any crimes that have been committed against you, including ones not reported to the police. Mr Scott is keen that as many people from rural parts of Kent take the opportunity to share their experiences. He said: ‘I appreciate the impact that crime can have on individuals, communities and businesses, so I was concerned to read the findings of NFU Mutual’s latest report into the cost of rural crime to its customers. I would be grateful if Kent residents could complete and share the National Rural Crime Network’s latest survey: ( vey/) so that we can get a true picture of what local people feel.’  The feedback from the survey will help influence a new Rural Affairs National Strategy, due to be launched later this year.  Mr Scott added: ‘I want to reassure residents that Kent Police and I have been taking action to prevent crime and catch criminals in rural areas.

Mr & Mrs Hibbert WHO CELEBRATE 60 YEARS OF MARRIAGE My mum and dad Gwen and Glynne Hibbert are going to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on the 29/3/2018 and have lived in Minster for 50 years. I thought that they deserve a bit of recognition and celebration on their love and sheer bloody mindedness to go this far. Wendy Thank you… To the Lady who cleans the Doctors Brass Plates at our local surgery… What a nice gesture to give up her time to do this and they certainly look great gleaming in the sunshine (when we see it). If you should visit our beautiful Church, take a look at the door handle and the brasses inside…yes again the work of the same lady. Your efforts are appreciated and don’t go unnoticed. Your very own contribution to our village.


‘This includes the extra funding I have provided for SmartWater property-marking kits, diversionary schemes for young people, and continued backing for the Countryeye app which offers a convenient way for people in rural areas to share information with the police. Thanks to my modest rise in council tax, the number of specialist rural officers in Kent Police is set to double and, to make it easier to report crime, more call handlers are being recruited to staff the phones in the Force Control Room.’  In addition to PCCs and the police, the NRCN is supported by other interested bodies including the Country Land and Business Association, the National Farmers Union, Neighbourhood Watch, Crimestoppers, Historic England and the Countryside Alliance.  Mr Scott added: ‘Kent is a safe place to live, work and visit but there is always more that policing can do in partnership with these other organisations and local communities. Crime is important no matter where it takes place and, by completing the NCRN’s survey, you can help us all better understand the specific challenges you face.’




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THE LLEWELLYN SCHOOL & NURSERY 11 Cliffe Avenue, Margate CT9 5DU Supported by Louie’s Helping Hands Charity Who are we? The Llewellyn School is a unique independent school which is non - profit and set up as a community interest company. We offer holistic therapies for children with multi-sensory impairments including communication needs, medical, physical and cognitive difficulties. Highly specialist trained staff provide a nurturing and safe educational environment to enhance and develop individual learning and personal needs. The Llewellyn school provides a total communication environment including signed, oral, auditory, written and visual aids depending on the particular needs and abilities of the pupils. Our specialist team consists of Teacher of the deaf, Health care assistant, and a therapy assistant who can work with children and their therapy plans written by Physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, SENCO and highly experienced SEN Teaching Assistants. The School is also supported by Curriculum and Quality consultant. The school is committed to on-going continued professional development for all staff. Who do we support? We can support children with: ● Complex medical needs ● Cognitive and learning difficulties ● Severe learning difficulties ● Communication difficulties ● Hearing Impairment ● Visual Impairment ● Multi- sensory impairment ● Physical disabilities What do we offer? We support them by offering: Communication Development: A total communication environment encompassing: ● British Sign Language (BSL) ● Intensive Interaction ● Object Cues & Objects of Reference ● Touch cues

May 2018 ● Co-active/ body signs ● Tactile signing ● PECS ● Communicate in Print Physical Development: ● Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy ● Swimming Sessions ● Sensory Programme ● Horse riding ● Soft play ● Beach School ● Sensory Cooking Sessions ● Gardening Creative Development: ● Group sessions with specialist art and music teachers ● Music workshops ● Sensory Cooking Sessions ● Links with local theatre, art galleries and community groups Personal, Social and Emotional Development: ● Many opportunities for local community visits

May 2018 Pupils can have access to twice weekly swimming sessions, multi-sensory Music and Art, cooking, gardening and small animal therapy and if suitable access to soft play and horse riding sessions. The Llewellyn School will be the hub of the community where inclusion is paramount. In the grounds, we will be holding fetes for the whole community to come together and enjoy and for the opportunity for the unique children to be integrated in the community. All children with disabilities are entitled to have their equipment funded by the NHS, however any additional equipment the children need will either be funded by the school or purchased through our local registered charity Louie’s Helping Hands (Registered Charity No 1167225) Louie’s Helping Hands also supports the therapies mentioned below by obtaining grants and through fundraising events. How these Activities help .... Sensory Art Interaction Sessions Sensory art interaction can help children develop their social skills. The benefits of art therapy in these types of situations can help people that are withdrawn or shy, or who have a difficult time functioning with social situations. For some this can improve sensory, processing disorders. Children are able to explore with messy play and for some this is a great improvement for children who are tactile defensive.

Benefits of the Art sessions are • Learn & explore different techniques and skills • Learn to work as an individual as well as part of a small team, take turns and share • Developing communication skills through a variety of methods such as BSL • Develop a positive attitude, respect & keeping safe • Making new friends and developing existing relationships • Take part in competitions and exhibitions, celebrate achievements • Gallery and other inspirational visits including natural parks and the coastline • Functional skills are embedded using BSL, Symbols & Authentic Resources.

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Music Sessions Music Motivates, Music is a Multi-Sensory Experience, Music is Processed in Both Hemispheres of the Brain, Music is Non-verbal, Music Helps You Bond, Music is Powerful!

Swimming Session The benefit of these sessions is to promote active movement. The buoyancy assists in postural support to allow the sense of independence and freedom. The relaxation of muscles improves circulation, and strengthening, allowing a variety of fundamental motor skills to be performed. Swimming sessions also provide opportunities for social interaction and play, which can facilitate language development and improve self-esteem, self-awareness and a sense of accomplishment. Horse Riding We are lucky enough to have fantastic riding schools in Thanet. With the freedom of movement, gaining confidence, building relationships, receiving life enhancing physiotherapy and achieving individual goals. Medical professionals recognise that there are significant therapeutic benefits for the rider.


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MINSTER COUCH TO 5K GROUP STARTING FRIDAY 4th MAY at 6.30 FOR 10 WEEKS. ANYONE INTERESTED? Keep reading… Have you ever wanted to do a bit of exercise but don't want to do it on your own? Have you watched all the people running around the village and thought that you would like to be able to do that but can’t? Have you ever tried to get friends/family interested in joining you but can’t? All of the above applied to me. UNTIL. Myself, my daughters and granddaughter joined Weight Watchers and thought that we should do some exercise to help the weight loss along. Then it was suggested that we start the NHS couch to 5k. Well at 65+ and never run in my life, not even for a bus, I thought they were joking. Apparently not!! But after 5 months I had lost 2 stone in weight and was running 5k (just over 3 miles). This is not a lecture to anyone, it just shows that if I can do it, then anyone can. Google NHS couch to 5k and read it. Then when you say, I can’t do that, put the kettle on and have a cup of coffee. Then go back and read it again. This time substitute the word run for jog. If you still feel that it’s not for you, have another coffee and think about it. Then go back and read it again. This time substitute the word run with walking as fast as I possibly can. Now anyone can do that.

If anyone is interested in joining me every Monday and Friday evening to give it a try, then please do. The starting point will be on Tothill Street at the junction with Orchard Close. We will follow the NHS couch to 5k app which can be downloaded onto any smartphone. If you do not own a smartphone you can still join in. The app is timed so we will all start together and at the half way point turn around and head back. We should all end up back at the starting point together. Some will be a lot faster than others but that is not a problem. Just joining in will give you exercise, have some fun and meet people. Everyone welcome – all shapes, all sizes, all sexes, all ages. Children are welcome but must have a responsible adult with them. The route will offer a safe place for people to exercise and meet as a group. Please note: you will be responsible for your own health and safety as I am not a trained trainer just someone who wants people to join together to run (jog). Please wear sensible suitable well-fitting trainers. GIVE IT A GO AND SEE HOW YOU GET ON. IF YOU DONT TRY IT YOU WILL NEVER KNOW IF YOU CAN DO IT. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DID SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME???? Make it Friday 4th May at 6.30

The annual Rogation Walk between our four churches has a new look! This year each church will host a different aspect of ‘celebration’: the four all-age elements designed to create a unified day.

Four aspects which will combine to offer a combined day of worship, wonder and celebration!

At Chislet we’ll meet to share breakfast (9.15am) and then get set for the day (10am) with songs and scripture. At St. Nicholas we’ll share lunch (1.15pm) and remember Jesus in the simple action of breaking bread and pouring wine.

Pamphlets outlining the schedule for the day will shortly be available from the four churches – or email Sally Willins on for a copy; and as it would really help to know numbers for catering purposes, please pass that information to Sally or Rev’d Richard Braddy (01843 821250) by Sunday 29th April.

At Monkton Methodist Church (3.15pm) we’ll go slightly ‘Messy Church’ with creative prayers and sustain ourselves with cakes and tea/coffee/juice!

Anyone is welcome to join in the whole day – or join and leave at any point.

And at Minster as we give thanks for our benefice day (5pm) and enjoy a hot supper (6pm), we’ll take away a token which will remind us of our continuing walk in God’s wonderful world.

Breakfast, lunch, cakes, supper and all drinks will be provided, but a collection to offset costs will be taken.

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Saturday 5th May at 7.30pm “Thanet Male Voice Choir” in concert. In aid of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund A light mix of popular songs and perennial male voice choir favourites from the world of musicals, opera and operetta. Tickets: £8 paid in advance/Friends, £10 on the doors. “unreserved seating” . Sunday 6th May at 6pm “Daniel Roberts” – piano recital. Programme to include music by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninov. Visit Tickets: £10 advance/Friends, £12 on the doors

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Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm “The Golden Age of Musical Satire” with Peter Gill. Peter Gill takes the funniest songs of the last hundred years and throws them together in his one man and a piano show. The show will appeal to anyone old enough to have developed a sense of humour – whether they are hearing the songs for the first time or the hundred and first time. Tickets: £12 in advance/Friends, £14 on the doors Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm “Julie Felix” in concert For over 50 years, Julie Felix, international folk artist, has been captivating audiences world wide. What more can one say! Tickets: £14 in advance/Friends, £16 on the doors. Saturday 26th May at 7.30pm “Beverley Big Band” Founded more than 20 years ago by Jane Beverley, The Beverley Big Band is Kent’s Premier Swing Dance Band recreating the sound of The Big Band Era of the mid 1930’s to late 1940’s. Their extensive repertoire of music made popular by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and other great band leaders of their time are guaranteed to excite and enthral you. Tickets: £10 in advance/Friends, £12 doors. Unreserved table seating.

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Kate’s Puddings – what’s cooking? After all the miserable weather we’ve had, I thought we needed a few sunshine vitamins to cheer ourselves up, and where better than in a delicious sponge cake? Garden rhubarb can be quite sharp, so it must be healthy! This recipe is best made with rhubarb curd (see my blog for details) but you could also just poach rhubarb in a little jam sugar until soft, then drain off any excess juice, cool it and mix with cream. Orange and Rhubarb Sponge Cake 4 large fresh eggs 8oz/225g buttery spread (or softened butter) The zest of a large orange 1 heaped tsp baking powder

8oz/225g caster sugar 8oz/225g sieved self raising flour 2tsps orange essence

Filling: ½ pint double cream, whipped, combined with: approx 3 tbsps of rhubarb curd (preferably home made!) Topping: icing sugar (approx. 4oz/110g) plus orange juice (about half an orange) Preheat oven to 180 deg C, and line two 8” loose bottom sandwich tins with parchment (or spray with a “cake release” agent), and grease the sides. In a food processor or Kenwood, first beat the sugar and butter/spread together to get air into the mix. Next add the eggs, one by one, beating well (if the mixture starts to split, add a tablespoon of flour). Lastly, add the rest of the flour, zest and essence and beat until pale and fluffy. Divide between the tins and cook for 15-25 minutes (depending on the heat of your oven) until risen and golden brown. To test, they should have come away from the edges slightly, and if you put a (heated) knife or skewer into the middle, it will come out clean.


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Tip the cakes out of the tins onto a wire rack and leave to cool. When cool, whip the cream and stir in the curd (so that it is still streaky). Spread the whipped cream thickly over one of the cakes, then top it with the second one. It’s a good idea to put the cake on the plate at this stage. Now sieve approx. 4oz of icing sugar into a bowl and add enough orange juice to make a gloopy mass which, when poured onto the cake will come slightly over the edges but not make a dash for the plate. If you want to be decorative, cut a few little segments from the remaining half orange and arrange them on the icing. Having failed on this a few times, my top tip is to leave this bit until the icing has stopped moving! Email:

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MINSTER PLAYHOUSE PROMPT CORNER I am indebted to a Minster Villager, Mr. Jerzy Tomczak, on two counts; first, he demonstrated that at least one person reads Prompt Corner, and second he corrected an error that I made in good faith in the last edition. I had said that Bernard Shaw is the first and only person ever to win both the Nobel Prize for literature, and an Oscar. He pointed out that that is only half-right. Shaw was the first with that distinction, but very recently there has been a second; Bob Dylan, who won the Nobel Prize for literature last year and had an Oscar for best original song with “Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys in 2000. So now you know (and so do I!).

– our May Play 2018 Plays like Pygmalion, written for the professional London theatre of the Edwardian era, relied upon a large, well-trained, and efficient backstage crew, as well as a sizeable offstage area for set and prop storage. Arnold Ridley (Private Godfrey in Dad’s Army) wrote The Ghost Train, which needed a team of fourteen men just for the train effect! These days manpower is very expensive and even London theatres find it difficult to put on plays like The Importance of being Earnest, which has four acts with full scene changes for each Act, or Pygmalion which has five Acts with scene changes for each. Amateur and professional travelling troupes have of necessity to cut their coat according to their cloth and play to minimal sets, but the costuming for these period plays is a considerable task for our wardrobe department, who have been working flat out since rehearsals started, and I have got used to living in a house that resembles an Oxfam shop. I am more excited about this play than any other that I have directed. The cast are excellent and delivering the drama with panache and the comedy with a light, sure touch that is a joy to watch. Please come along and support us while having a good night out. Pygmalion runs from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th of May at the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. The Box Office is now open on 07501 894 381, Tickets are £8.00. Am Dram is fun! If you would like to try it out, come and say hello. It is not just acting – lighting and sound are fascinating hobbies and we always need and welcome new people, because 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.


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Posts from our budding village reporters, courtesy of Minster Primary School pupils. FLORA THE READING DOG In Term one we had a special guest in assembly. She was like a sausage but she was adorable. She had a long wiggly tail. It gives children help to encourage reading, you read to Flora the dog. The lucky people get to read to her. You had to speak clear to her. Sky and Riley YR4 INTERNET SAFETY The Internet is a wonderful thing but you have to be careful for many reasons such as: Hackers Viruses Cyber-Bullying Comments So how can we stay safe? Well a few ways are that we could put parental locks on all of our devices, ask a parent’s permission to do anything online and not give out any personal information online. We hope this article has taught you something about staying safe online. Enjoy! By Riley Olive and Annabelle Boucher JOURNALIST CLUB At journalist club we write reports to go into the Minster Matters we can work together but some of us prefer to work on our own. There are lots of things to write about like Romans, Saxons and the Stone Age, so we have a lot of options for us to do. A lot of people come. This can take quite a while to do. We come once a week on a Thursday. We would love more people from Minster School to join. It is a lot of fun. Riley Olive MINSTER CEP SCHOOL. Minster school is great fun I love it so much I’m in year three so I’ve three years left at primary school. Oh no I like primary school it is fun. I will miss my primary school friends but I still have a long time to go. Today I made a new friend her name is Phoebe. My teacher’s name is Miss Gilbert and my TA is Miss Williamson they are really nice but when some children are naughty in my class Miss Gilbert and Miss Williamson can get a bit angry. Lily Furmage ART Art is easy if you love it. You can make wacky things as well as cool things. I made a car with googly eyes on it, so you see you can make anything at all. ART is fun. Painting your toes is also a form of art. Lauren J SCIENCE Humans are endoskeletons, crabs are exoskeletons and jellyfish are hydrostatic that means it has no bones. Endoskeleton means that you can’t see the bones because they’re inside. exoskeleton means they have a shell. Humans have around 200 bones in their bodies. Daisy

May 2018 MINSTER PARK Last year Minster introduced a new playground for its residents. The park has many things to amuse children whilst they’re playing such as: A zip wire, swings, a slide and toadstools these are all 100% child friendly. Another feature of this new area is exercise equipment for the older children or some adults. Don’t worry if none of these things so far interest you because there is one more piece of equipment for the more sporty people, a basketball court that you not only can play basketball on it but also football. Thank you for reading this article. By Annabelle Boucher SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT! In this article it’ll tell you about how important the environment is and how we can save it because it is sadly being destroyed. The trees in the world are being cut down so we need to stop that but we also need wood for homes and fires etc. in order to make sure we can survive as well as keep ourselves warm we can cut down the trees but replant them as soon as you can. Our power is a main issue in the world especially when wasted so we need to sort that out. In order to stop this being a problem we could: create a schedule for your lights, use candles or have regular switch off nights. Waste pollutes our ocean and hurts our animals with things such as penguins getting their heads stuck in bottle containers so how can we help? We can help by using recycling bins and reusing our waste. Thank you for taking time to read this article I hope it makes you more aware of our society. By Annabelle Boucher SCIENCE In Minster school we do a number of science projects about different things like the human body, plants and animals. We learn the names of our organs such as lungs, intestines and heart. There are three kinds of skeletons; endoskeletons, exoskeletons and hydrostatic. An endo is inside the body and an exo is outside the body A hydrostatic has no bones at all only a pouch for water. Vertebrates have back bones and invertebrates don’t. By Lauren SPORTS! There are lots of different types of sport. There’s Badminton, Basketball, Tennis, Hockey, Golf and Rugby they’re all here. It’s important that you stay as healthy as you can. Sport plays an important part in our health system. BE HEALTHY! Amelie Maycock YEAR 4 In year 4 so far, we have been learning about the Stone Age. They ate raw animals and fresh vegetables. Now we are learning about the Ancient Greeks who lived a long time ago. Right now, we are learning about the Minotaur who lived in a labyrinth and stank of raw guts. We are making pots out of clay and pottery then we will be painting our pots. by Sky

Minster Matters

May 2018


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Minster Matters

May 2018

Church News and Service Times The Catholic Parish of

(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

Ramsgate and Minster Reverend Marcus Holden


Rogation Walk across Benefice 3.15pm service at Monkton Methodist Church

592 071


Rogation Walk across the Benefice 5.30pm evening reflection at Minster


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate Holy day of Obligation each Sunday at 10.00am



Holy Communion (BCP)



Holy Communion

10.30am All-age Worship with Holy Communion

in Minster Abbey For other Catholic Services please


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

see Minster Abbey below

10.30am All-age Worship 27

Minster Abbey


Seamark Service - meet at the Church this month


9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am All-age Worship with Holy Communion

The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 8.30am

Wantsum Benefice Walk the Walk!

Mid day prayer 12.10pm

A group for children and young people ‘Connections’ meet during services on each Sunday

Vespers 6.00pm

except the 1st Sunday of the month when we all worship together.

Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am

Sunday 6 May

Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians

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!

Holy Communion at Home is available for anyone who is unable to access Minster or Monkton Church Telephone 821 250 or 822 428

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.

We start at Chislet at 10.00am and finish at Minster at 5.30pm with plenty of food stops along the way.

Wednesday Mornings at St Mary’s Minster 10.30am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by refreshments

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

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

Lieutenants Luke & Katy Johnson 01843 822308 or 825178

11 Tothill Street, Minster CT12 4AG

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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

Minster Matters

May 2018


What’s On…


2018 Dates for your Diaries

“Mental Health Matters” Tuesday 15 May 7.30pm Village Hall New members and visitors always welcome Secretary: Dorothy 01843 844839

Twinning Anniversary 12 May Monkton Open Gardens 9 / 10 June


Minster Open Gardens 16 / 17 June

NEXT MEETING KNIT AND TALK TIME in MINSTER LIBRARY Beginners and non-knitters welcome Swap patterns and wool Tea & Coffee provided Every Friday 10.30 - 12noon

Scarecrow Challenge 16 / 17 June

Wednesday 23 May Village Hall 7.30pm

Minster Show 21 July

Hillary Newman “The Lazy Gardener”

Minster Late Night Shopping Tuesday 20 November (Prov)

Minster Art & Craft Group We meet at the Old Schools every Monday morning from 9.00am to 12.30pm. We are a friendly and sociable non-teaching group ranging from artists to all types of crafters, all of whom are ready to give help and advice if requested. The charge per week is £2.00 to cover the hall etc and includes refreshments. You are welcome to come along for a free morning session to see what we are doing. Any queries - call Ann on 01843 821 152

VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS FOR MAY - Enquiries: Eric James 01843 821 744 AM




VH Bowls (not 8th or 15th)

W.I. Darts (not 8th or 29th)

Dance Classes (not 11th)

Minster Arts & Crafts (am)

Tai Chi (not 28th) Keep Fit & Yoga (not 8th) Ladies Badminton (not 9th) Active 4 Life & Pilates (not 10th) Tea Dance (not 11th)

(not 11th) VH Bowls Group (not 6th) M.B.C. A.G.M. (Eve)

Thursday 3rd Friday 4th Sat 5th - Sun 13th

Minster Playhouse Minster Playhouse - May Play

Tuesday 15th

Minster W.I.

Wednesday 16th

VH Bowls Group

Saturday 19th

Cats in Crisis Quiz Night

Wednesday 23rd

M&M Gardeners Club

Thursday 24th

Private Meeting

Saturday 26th

Carnival Court Dance

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Minster Matters

May 2018

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




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Minster Matters - Issue 202 - May 18  

village magazine

Minster Matters - Issue 202 - May 18  

village magazine