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Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 98 : November 2008 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

SUPPORT YOUR NEWSLETTER Audrey and Shirley hold a Charity Dance every year, the proceeds of which they donate to a local good cause. This year they have chosen Minster Matters, which we thank them for, so please purchase a ticket (or 2, it doesn’t matter if you don’t actually go) and help raise a goodly amount for us. Tickets are available via Attwells or ourselves at £5 each and the Dance is in the Village Hall on Saturday 1st November from 7.30pm to 11pm So not a lot of time to think about it - Bring your own food and drink

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SUPPORT THE SURGERY STAFF in the EAST KENT PRACTICE OF THE YEAR Nomination Forms for this award are now available at the surgery. Last year the surgery was placed second, so they’ve a further step still to climb, which with our help in voting for them is achievable. So pop along to the surgery, pick up a form from reception, complete it and hand it back. You can vote for the whole Practice or just an individual staff member if you so wish. The award is for surgery staff only and not the doctors. Just add a note to your form stating why you think they are worthy of this award. That’s all there is to it. Closing date for completed forms is Wednesday 31st December, but don’t put it off until the last minute, or like us, you will probably forget.

What’s this all about - we hear you say !!!! See pages 4 & 10 for further details


“PEOPLES MILLIONS” in conjunction with MERIDIAN TV The Parish Council have made a bid for part of the “Peoples Millions” given away annually by Meridian TV. The bid is for £50,000 which if successful will be used for a project called “Minster Pedal Break” to enhance some of the facilities available along the Viking Cycle Trail of which Minster is a part. This will see the car park and toilets at the bottom of the High St. improved and enhanced, with landscaping to the green, some much needed surgery to the trees, new picnic benches and tables, a covered cycle rack and a complete refurbishment of the once “notorious” toilets, which will include all internal fittings and fixtures, plus the introduction of baby changing facilities in the ladies and drinking fountains, whilst the exterior will be completely refurbished and clad in black ship-lap timber to fit better within the conservation area. Hopefully this will encourage the sort of people we want, to stop off in the village and use more of our local amenities, whilst also deterring those ‘unwanted visitors’ from the past.

To do this however it is first necessary for our bid to be short listed, which is scheduled to be decided on 29th October, following which, if we are successful, our bid will be televised one evening between Monday 24th and Friday 28th November, when the public can then vote for their project of choice. If we make it to this stage then each evening of that week two different projects will be up against each other for the £50k on offer that night, and to secure it we would have to poll more votes than our opponent, so what we are asking for is that you watch Meridian News at 6pm during that week and on the evening our bid is televised, assuming we make the shortlist, we need you to phone in and give us your vote. You can call as many times as you like, but without your help we won’t be successful. So please put these dates on your calendar and sit close to your phone during that week, as we won’t know which day it will be televised.

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Dates for Your Diary Nov 1 Saturday Market Friday (paid service) Monday - Tuesday 2 Psychic Fayre 7th; 21st November 3rd/4th; 17th/18th 2 Mothers Union 5th; 19th December 8th/9th; 22nd/23rd 6 Village Hall AGM 7 PFA Firework Display Copy for any issue of MINSTER - How To Find Us 8 Xmas Bazaar & Coffee Morning Minster Matters For those looking to use a Sat Nav 10 RBL Women’s Section Meeting must be received (at the very latest !!) to locate the village by the 3rd Friday of preceding month 11 WI Annual Meeting the Library at 4A Monkton Road regardless of date is the approximate centre of the village 12 Twinning Association AGM and the postcode there is CT12 4EA 14 Wine & Wisdom - Badminton Club GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the 15 Abbey Patchers Christmas Craft Sale village square are TR 309 647 Skype us at: editor.minstermatters 51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E Editor-in-Chief (& Advertising) 17 Royal British Legion Club AGM Ray Owen (822322) 19 Horticultural Society Meeting Useful Numbers and Contacts Editorial Team: 20 WI Coffee & Chat Morning Thanet STD Code 01843 All members can be reached through the above email address Community Warden: 22 Advent Bazaar (Lord Whisky) Co-Editor Amy Murray 825041 Steve Taylor: 07811 271 302 22 S.Army Pre Christmas Sale Sub-Editor Brenda Saker 822846 PC Kim Burgess: 07980 683 956 25 Late Night Shopping Sub-Editor Eve Tilbee 821545 (for reporting non-urgent information) PC ????????: 07989 992 283 Podcaster & CD Nora Aldous 825306 29 Village Hall Christmas Bazaar Sue Greenstreet Newshound 823035 Police Station: 231055 Dec (for reporting crimes or non urgent information to Newshound Heather Epps 826406 Thanet Police) 3/6 Panto of The Opera Snappy Diane Cotterill 822394 Thanet District Council: 577000 7 Snowdown Colliery Band Collection Rose boxes for hard Accounts copy are available at the (main switchboard) Rodney 821965 Library and the Gossip Shop Community Dog Warden: 577580 16 Civic Carol Service - Lychgate or send your copy by snail mail to: 25 Christmas Lunches at S. Army Salvation Army Hall: 825178

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EDITORIAL Having just returned from a much needed holiday and putting quite a few miles on our new car, I am feeling ready to edit this issue of the Magazine. I've read 3 or 4 other local area Ray newsletters/magazines whilst I've been away and I can honestly (Minster Window Company) say MM still stood out above them all, I know we aren't perfect (but we're working on it!!) however, having taken on this post I Property Maintenance get quite critical of presentations and layouts in other Building Work publications (large or small) and I now believe we can sort the Plastering * Rendering Amy wheat from the chaff so to speak. uPVC Windows & Doors We are not resting on our laurels though and even taking uPVC Fascia, Soffits & Guttering into account the present credit squeeze we will be doing our best Repairs to existing double glazing to present you with a monthly magazine that Minster can be Misted up sealed units replaced Brenda proud of. Garage Doors * Decking I am not saying that what we publish will please everyone but we will try to be honest in what we write, There are Call on controversial issues in the local area that we shouldn't ignore Eve and we won't do so, although this might not please everyone who reads it, but we are open to print both sides of a story if it comes our way. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who have answered our call for advertisers to fill our vacant spaces, and Diane although the back page is at present unspoken for, I believe we may have been lucky enough to have a new advertiser willing to take on the whole page as from the December issue. With regard to my article last month stating what we were Nora looking to fund in the future, I am extremely pleased to report PIZZA-PASTA that Thanet Press have offered us an A3 printer for free, which we should have by the time you read this magazine. Our sincere (01843) 823091 No77 High St, Minster Restaurant and Takeaway thanks to Peter Griffiths their General Manager for this very generous offer. We will put it to good use. Friday & Saturday Heather I can also report that MM have just purchased a 35mm from 5.30pm negative convertor, to enable us to produce digital images from 35mm film, as and when the need arises. To help offset the cost of this marvellous piece of equipment we will be offering this Carpet Sue service to readers at a nominal cost per image, so if you have Specialists a drawer full of old negatives that you’d like converted into digital images, Carpets that you can then get printed or even print yourselves, please let us know 39, Station Road, and we’ll give you a quote. Quantity is no object, 1 or 100. Vinyl's Birchington Finally thank you to all those people who have sent us donations they Tel: 01843 845085 Rugs are really appreciated, and we cannot thank you enough. 7, Market Street, Thats it folks !!!! Oh just one thing - Where’s Zac this month ? Laminate Floors Sandwich Blue Riband Services Ltd Tel: 01304 613010 N I C F The ‘E’ Team



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At the end of September the Community Warden organised, along with the school, a 'litter pick' at the top of Tothill in an attempt to tidy the area between the Cemetery and the former Prospect Inn. (Before you say it, we know there is an awful lot more needs clearing in and around that proximity, but most of it is on private property.) We sent along 'Snappy' to get us some pictures to publish.... and that's where the problem lies, as Snappy was unaware that if she parked in the Somerfield’s access road her vehicle could be clamped. Although there are signs warning of this they are extremely poor and some, on the day, were even facing away from the road making them unreadable. Anyhow, in her innocence she left her car for there for I5mins whilst she took the required pictures and then returned only to find a burly security guard waiting for her, with a large yellow clamp on her wheel. Both she and the Community Warden pleaded her case, but to no avail, and thus Minster Matters had to fork out £141.00 to have it

The “Litter Pick” that cost us dear !!!! removed, not something we can really afford at this time. We have written to the landowner in the hope he can perhaps help us to recover at least some of this and we'll let you know his reply. In the mean time 'BE WARNED' it can be extremely traumatic and expensive to park in that area. Snappy was in some ways actually very lucky that the guard went shopping in Somerfield’s as otherwise there would have been an additional £55 charge for him to return to remove the clamp. She did go through the appeals procedure against this fine but it was rejected by the company involved. MM informed the landowner that this article was to be published this month and they were asked if they would like to reply, but by print date no reply had been received.




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November 2008 TRAGIC VILLAGE ACCIDENT On Thursday 25th September there was an accident in Bedlam Court Lane. Andy Slade from Lincolnshire,who was the driver of a lorry delivering marble slabs to Whybrows Stonemasons, was severely injured when part of his load slipped off, pinning him beneath it. Sadly it became necessary for the attending medical team to amputate his arm in order to save his life and get him off to hospital. Everyone at Minster Matters and Minster C of E School Journalist Club would like to send Andy and his family their best wishes at this time. We also send thanks to the Medical staff and Sisters of Minster Abbey, plus the Fire, Police and Ambulance Service personnel who assisted with his care and rescue. Special Thanks........... On behalf of Andy and Nicola Slade, Colin Parker Masonry and Whybrow Stonemasons we would like to say a big thank you to all those who assisted in the unfortunate accident in Bedlam Court Lane on Thursday 25th September. Special thanks to the Sisters at Minster Abbey for their calmness and support during the incident and all their care and support to all afterwards. Also special thanks to Rob Titchener and Alan Jones for probably saving Andy’s life. Andy is now making a remarkable recovery at his home in Lincolnshire with his family. Andy says “although I obviously wish it never happened, it couldn’t have happened in a nicer place”

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November 2008 Minster Bowls Club The Winter Season is under way, bowling continues, but now it is indoors. In the pavilion there are increasing numbers of members and new faces getting to grips with the three carpets. The dark nights are getting closer, don’t leave it too late in coming down for two hours of fun and exercise. The two teams in the league have started. The first game resulted in a win on both mats, the return match at Hoverspeed resulted in an overall win 35 - 23 shots. The second team have also started with the first game at home, the result was Minster 36 and Preston Pirates 17. Overlooked in last months report on the Club Finals was to mention that HSBC sponsored both days. We were, and are very grateful to the bank and in particular the staff who gave up their own time to be present on both days. The club was honoured to see Dick Stott being presented with a special award by HSBC for all the work he has done in the village as well as the Bowls Club. We think this is the only time in his life that he was speechless. Congratulations Dick. The outdoor section were invited to play a friendly mixed sex match at Betteshanger Indoor Bowls Centre. Everyone enjoyed the game especially as it resulted in winning on three rinks by 87 shots to 69. The club also hosted a team of 9 from the Kent County Youth team. Coming from areas of Sevenoaks, Rochester, Chiddingstone and closer to

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Minster Twinning Association Bonjour mes amis and welcome to more exciting news from the Association. Now that the summer is over and we here at the Twinning have given you all a rest from hearing all our good news, we are back. After a most successful year which has seen the Minster Primary School exchange with the French at Armbouts Cappel one of the best ever and the second Minster Fun Day on the Recreation Ground building on the success of the first, we are in good strength. Also those of you who are aware of events in the village will know that Minster now has its own Giant (Geant ), presented by the good folk of Armbouts Cappel on their visit in May. This was the Anniversary celebration hosted this year by Minster and was without doubt the most successful and enjoyable in a long time with over 60 of our Twinning cousins venturing across the water to visit us. Minster Mayhem led the parade down the High Street to the Bell Inn car park where the Giant was officially handed over, after which a most enjoyable afternoon of food and entertainment was held in the Village Hall. Next and most important now on our agenda is the Annual General Meeting which takes place, yes, annually to elect volunteers to join the committee and also the association. This year’s event is Wednesday 12 November in the Neighbourhood Centre above the Library at 7.30 pm. So, if you would like to offer your services to the Twinning in any capacity, or would just like to come along and see what we achieve and do, or even if you would maybe just like to join, then be there. You know the date, you have the time. Remember............Minster Does Matter A Bientôt.

Congratulations to Minster Bowlers on their successes at the Broadstairs and St. Peters Open Bowls Tournament. Sylvia Pritchard - Ladies Singles Winner Len Cooper - Mens Singles Finalist Sylvia and Len were also the first winners of the newly introduced Joan and Ken Wood Memorial Trophy Sylvia, Len and Don Arthur(Birchington) won the Mixed Triples. MM also says a special “well done” to Sylvia and Len for their successes in the above tournament and for keeping Minster on the bowling map !!

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November 2008 MINSTER- IN- THANET WI.

October's speaker, Alan Stockwell, kept members entertained with 'showbiz' reminiscences in his humorous and interesting talk 'Puppets, Piers and Pantomimes'. Also during the month several members attended a Group Meeting hosted by Garlinge WI, where they heard two excellent speakers and were entertained by a troupe of Garlinge WI Can-Can dancers! Two lucky Minster ladies attended Cliftonville WI's birthday party, and thus enjoyed an excellent buffet supper. There will be no speakers now until next year, but meanwhile we have much to look forward to, including 'Dabble Days' to try out different crafts; our AGM; an early Christmas Dinner in November, and our Christmas Party in December. Our stall at the Christmas Fair will be themed 'Everything Chocolate'. Also, having won the Group round, our quiz team competes in the Top Team Quiz competition, and we hope to report a successful outcome in the next newsletter. In closing, we would like to say how grateful we are to all the local traders who have supported us by donating gift tokens for prizes, and urge all members to support them. Karen Brazil's article on Village Shops in October's MM makes clear what happens when local businesses are not supported - use them or lose them.

NOTICE TO CLIFFSEND RESIDENTS For some years we have donated twelve or more copies of “MINSTER MATTERS” to Cliffsend Post Office and your Parish Council, via Cllr. Mrs. B. Harrison, for the use of those that are interested in reading our newsletter. This exercise is now costing us in excess of £85 per year. Unfortunately due to the present economic climate we find we have to watch our expenses more closely, so we recently wrote to see if Cliffsend Parish Council would be prepared to make a donation to help reduce these costs. The reply we received from Cllr. Mrs. M. Fiander stated that the Parish Council were unwilling to assist and that if residents wished to read our newsletter then they should be the ones to pay for it. So please note that following this issue we will no longer be supplying free copies to anywhere in Cliffsend, but if individuals so wish, they can subscribe and have copies delivered to their home each month. Please see page 2 of this issue for details of our subscription service. We apologise, to our regular readers in Cliffsend, for having to take these steps, but our funding is very limited and we can no longer afford to bear this additional cost. MM Editorial Team

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SHAUN’S WALK FOR THE HEROES Shaun Burford, an ex serviceman from Dover, decided to walk a 153 miles of the North Downs Way in four days. His aim was to raise £5,000 for Help for Heroes. Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Club sponsored him and raised £273 with a charity darts match, which helped him exceed his target.

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P.H.A TEDDY I am the official P.H.A. Teddy and I have completed all four of the “Jakes Charity Bike Rides”. Bears like me were handed out at the Quiz to every table, as mascots. Thank you and well done to all those who took part. xx, Ted !!

In Memory of Jake On Sept 7th we held the 4th Annual Jake Philpott Memorial Bike Ride. Thank you to everyone who took part, The Saddler for providing the much needed food on our retrun and to Peter Radford for raising an amazing £700 On Sept 27th we held a Quiz Night at the Royal British Legion Club. It was a really good night and thanks to everyone who took part. Special thanks to Ian, Doreen, Min and Julie for their hard work. Thanks to A.J. Cliffe and their customers for their generous donation of £250. Over £700 was raised on the night. In total over £1600 was raised for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Thank you. Hayley, Dave and Levi.


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November 2008 CAR PARKING WARNING I would like to warn you all not to park in the road leading to the lorry park, next to Somerfield’s, at the top of the hill. I did and when I came back to my car it had been clamped. In hindsight I should have been more observant, but I don’t think the signs are very prominent and can be mistaken for advertisements ( which is what I thought) I think it would be a lot clearer to the public if there was a large fixed sign which actually read NO PARKING. I parked there for approximately 15-20 minutes while taking photos, for Minster Matters, of the school children doing a litter pick, with Steve the village warden.

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After about an hours waiting and a hefty fine of £141, my car was unclamped, and I was lucky because the person that had clamped me was shopping in Somerfield’s, so I did not have to pay the call out charge, of a further £55, for my car to be released. I must add this clamping has nothing to do with Somerfield’s. I would like to say a huge thank you to Steve the warden, and Ray Owen for all their help on the day, and to everybody who has supported me since. Diane Cotterill

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Your Letters........ Dear Editor, We were delighted, but not surprised, to read that Minster and Minster Matters received the Kent Village of the Year Communications Award. Minster has always been a strong community, where people are well informed and involved. Minster Matters has played an important part in keeping residents informed, but under the Editorship of Ray, and the support of his team, has reached new heights in the last 2 years. The achievement of preparing audio versions of each issue, and making it available as a podcast is truly inspirational, and must surely justify getting the RNIB innovative award. Its good to see that Minster and Minster Matters continues to thrive, despite the many recent difficulties that we read about with interest in my copy of MM, and that Minster, as ever, works through and overcomes. Good luck for the future, MINSTER SALVATION ARMY MONDAY CLUB Thank you to the Minster Salvation Army Monday Club for the very generous donation of £220. Their wonderful support will be a great help on my next trip to Ethiopia as an East Kent midwife for the charity, “Health for All”. K.J. Humphrys



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Remember Christmas Posting Dates SAM EASTWELL COLLECTION Attwells wish to thank everyone who gave so generously to the collection they made recently for Sam. The final sum handed to Sam’s uncle was £242.00

to ensure your loved ones receive your Cards and Gifts on time. See our complete listing on page 15 of this magazine

Thanks from Sam and Family...... Andrew, Sam’s uncle, wishes to give a big thanks to everyone who helped raise £242 for Sam. The money will go towards replacing personal belongings. Sam as well wishes to thank each and everyone who donated money. TIGER’S TIP

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November 2008

Your Letters........ It is with great sadness we tell of the death of dear FREDA BARNETT (Mother of Captain Fiona - Minster Salvation Army). Many of you will remember her ready smile and warm personality as she travelled through the village on her “buggy” stopping to chat to anyone and everyone. Freda will be sorely missed and we ask for your thoughts and prayers for Fiona and her family at this sad time. Christmas Bazaar Do come along to the Christmas Bazaar in the village hall on 29th Nov, where we will have many more of Roy Gilham’s mounted pictures, of Old Minster, for sale, proceeds to the Pilgrim Hospices. Lil Smith

79 High Street Minster, Thanet

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MacMillan Cancer Support; the final sum raised at Tony Luckham’s All Day Coffee Morning on the 26th September was £500.00 Many thanks to all helpers and contributors, Tony Thank you from Minster Matters Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, to the collection being made in Attwells on our behalf - every little helps to keep us afloat in these lean times. If you wish to donate anonymously, to our cause, then just drop your money into the jar on their counter. Thank you. STOLEN RECENTLY FROM AUGUSTINE ROAD Erde trailer identical to that shown in this picture. Reward Offered Any information please contact the Editorial Team at MM

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FIREWORKS Please to remember the 5th November gunpowder, treason and plot It’s hard NOT to remember when from October to November fireworks are going off a lot Not just that Special Day when precautions can be taken, but any time night and day people, pets, and the peace can be shaken. Little old ladies and their precious pets are affected by the noise, as the kids let off their bangers like naughty girls and boys. They seem to think its funny to make all and sundry jump, perhaps a peek at Casualty might bring them down to earth with a bump. For there but for the Grace of God any of us could end up hurt If things go wrong, as fireworks and bonfires aren’t toys, so be alert! Think of others when you enjoy your firework parties Be careful and take care of the animals and children and be “Smarties”. If you can just be sensible it can be a happy day for all So enjoy the celebrations at the very end of Fall. Myra Elson We received this poem last year but could not find the space to print it then so as promised we have ensured we didn’t leave it out again AMBER’S ADVICE

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Computer Corner This month I am asking the question: Do you have an elderly computer or laptop that you have either put into retirement or are considering doing so.? Are you loath to get rid of it, 'just in case'? The most likely reason for people to change their computer is the old one has an outdated version of Windows installed eg Win95, Win98 or WinME; and this makes them susceptible to viruses, trojans etc if used on an Internet connection, as few software programs now support these versions. That's not to say, 'you can't’, it is just more difficult to keep them secure whilst online. So, if you are considering hanging on to your old computer, as say an emergency backup, (I’ve got 4 !!) then why not make it more secure and at the same time give yourself another 'toy' to play with. Now to the uninitiated you are probably saying “what is he on about now! “ Well my suggestion is to backup all the files you might wish to keep, onto some sort of removable media or separate drive, if you haven't already transferred them to a new pc, then download a copy of Ubuntu Linux OS (operating system) to replace your aged copy of Windows. This must then be installed onto a CD and your elderly computer booted from it. To do this you will need a method of transferring files, such as a CD rewriter installed on your old machine or a USB key drive if it is USB capable, or maybe an external hard drive, or as a last resort a large pile of floppy disks (although your new computer probably won’t have a floppy disk drive – but we can offer you help to transfer these to CD at a later stage) Now onto installing the Ubuntu software onto a CD correctly. The file you download will be an ISO file, but just copying this to a CD will not work, it has to be loaded correctly by the software that is going to do the “burning” for you. Nero can burn ISO files as can many other commercial programs, but we like to use a piece of Freeware called “Deepburner” as it is so easy to use for this purpose. You can download a copy of this from our website. When you’ve backed up your files and got the new OS on a CD then is the time to get “down and dirty”. The completed operation will have loaded your computer with Ubuntu... plus a variety of other programs for Email, Web surfing and Office use, such as word processing, spreadsheets,

databases and presentations, in fact most programs you will require for normal day to day use, including a music player and a photo editing program, and all for nothing, giving the old work horse a new and more secure lease of life. Just like any new program they all take a time to get used to but most have similarities to those you have used before so don't be put off by the thought that it will all be different, it’s just like decorating your house, it might well look different at first, but you will soon get used to it and will find most programs operate extremely similar to their Microsoft counterparts so it’s relatively easy to learn their little differences without too much trouble. I know I’ve only skimped over this here but I will try adding more explicit instructions on how to backup your files etc onto CD/DVD or other external media and offer advice on what to do if you don't have access to a CD/DVD rewriter or other external drive. All of this will be available, including a copy of Ubuntu, from our website, although it may be a couple of weeks before the written instructions are there, but I’ll try to have them all available before the next issue of MM is printed. You are able to go directly to the correct page for software and instructions by typing the following into your browser address bar (not in your Google search box!!) Or failing that then follow the clickable link on our downloads page. There will also be links to other freeware programs, that we will be recommending to help accomplish 'the changeover’, if you don't already have a suitable program to be able to use. These will be in the form of CD writing software and maybe a backup program or two. GO ON, give it a go, you've nothing to lose and everything to gain and it could save another computer from going to the tip, or collecting dust in a loft – it’ll be great fun to do and something new to learn – keep the brain active – try it out !!!! Nothing ventured...Nothing gained – it might seem a daunting task but it’ll be a great new experience and even if you fail to get it to work the first time you can try again and again without the pressures of having to make it work. Remember we are always here to offer our support and we may even be able to arrange home visits to help, if this is something that might interest you, Further to that we always try to help if you ask us via the Minster Cafe Group at:




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November 2008


Last Posting Dates for Christmas International Airmail Fri 5th Dec : South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, New Zealand & Australia Wed 10th Dec : Japan, USA, Canada & Eastern Europe Fri 12th Dec : Western Europe International Surface Mail Mon 20th Oct : Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa & USA Mon 10th Nov :Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta & Iceland Mon 24th Nov : Western Europe UK Mail Thurs 18th Dec : 2nd Class Sat 20th Dec : 1st Class BFPO’s 5th Dec : UK to Op Herrick - 1st Class Airmail (BFPO’s 715, 755, 758, 764, 772 & 792) 10th Dec : UK to Operational BFPO’s (Less Op Herrick) 1st Class Airmail 15th Dec : UK to static (Non Ops) BFPOs 1st Class Airmail

MINSTER MATTERS CENTENARY It will be our 100th issue in February

Latest dates of posting parcels to BFPO over 2kg from UK to static BFPOs worldwide: 17th Oct : 492 - 494 & 655 3rd Nov : 677 3rd Dec : 200 - 490 5th Dec : 2 - 150 / 537 / 651 / 801 - 825

We wish to make it an issue to remember so do you have any memories of special events from January/February 2000 or pictures that we can perhaps borrow. We know most people wouldn’t have had a digital camera back then, but we can easily scan normal photos or we can convert your 35mm negatives and/or slides into usable digital images. If you can help please contact a member of the team details of how to do so are on page two of this issue

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November 2008

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November 2008



On Recreation ground

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Refreshments and food available

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In Advance On the night £ 2.50 per person £ 3 per person £ 8 Group of 4 £ 10 Group of 4 Pre-Schooler’s free

Where A Warm Welcome from Jan & Mick awaits you Good Food, Local Real Ales Bat & Trap (Pitch for Hire) Pool Table Sponsors of Saddlers Sunday Football Team Regular Disco’s


*SPARKLERS ARE PROHIBITED AT THIS EVENT* Advance apologies Due to the presence of the All Weather Pitch the positioning of the display will be restricted to the far end of the Rec, (as last year) running parallel to the residential area of Pett’s Crescent. We apologise in advance to residents in this vicinity and hope that any disruption will be kept to a minimum. Because of this siting it is also with regret that we inform the public that the two footpath accesses from Pett’s Crescent onto the Rec will be closed on the afternoon of the event until the display has finished for Health and Safety reasons. Access can still be gained on foot by the main entrance via St Mildred’s Road. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that the public understand the reasoning behind this. If you are travelling to this event by car, please park in one of the village car parks and make your way on foot to the Recreation Ground. For pet owners: Please ensure pets within the surrounding areas are kept indoors during the display which will last for approximately half an hour. We hope you enjoy the event and would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation. PLASTERING










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November 2008 FLOWER SHOW AGM - REPORT The Flower Show AGM on Friday 17th Oct was poorly attended by members of the public; so you missed us thanking you for your support. You also missed our request for a Minutes Secretary - Anyone interested please speak to Karen in Attwells. If anyone has any comments they think we may not have already heard - talk to Karen, or phone Dominique on 821795. Our next meeting is Friday 21st November 7.30 at the Bell. Speak to a member of the Committee if you wish to help / join or pass comments. Thank you. Dominique Vaughan

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If your friend cannot get to the library, ask about the Home Library Service. We have just received copies of the 2008 editon of 'The Island Guide' a guide to services for older people in Thanet Can't afford to buy new books? come to the library if we haven't got it here we can get it!

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MINSTER PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 7th October 2008 Notes taken from the Draft Minutes • Cllr Neville declared an interest in a petition from 110 residents requesting the Council pass a vote of ‘No Confidence’ in the Chairman over personal comments he had made in respect of the proposed China Gateway development. Vice Chair took this item: Council resolved to receive the petition and on advice received from the Clerk and KALC to take no further action. Cllr Grove abstained from the vote. • The School PFA had requested permission to use the Recreation Ground and Pavilion on 7th November for their annual display. • Members were advised that PC Janes has resigned from his current duties and it was hoped a replacement officer would be in post within the month. • Acting upon guidance from KALC councillors agreed that their telephone numbers, only, be published on the village website and in the village information pack. • The Chairman reported that Minster had been successful in winning the Communications Category of the Kent Calor Village of the Year Award, receiving a cheque for £250. It was agreed that the £250 be used as part of the cost of providing additional Christmas tree lights. Cllr Mrs. Thomson abstained from the vote. • Councillors considered a request to donate a bench in memory of Mr. Waltho, formerly of Watchester Lane. The Clerk and Operations Committee to decide on positioning of this. • MATCH - reported next meeting is on 9th December • Flood Committee - it was reported that this committee was undertaking a survey of all drains and watercourses in the village and a report would be made on completion. Flood Committee Chairman, Danny Day, also reported they were not satisfied with the comments made by the case planning officer from TDC in respect of the 4D application for Watchester Lane/Glebe Court. • Note from the County Cllrs Report Minster Parkway Project - This project has appeared in a KCC report with a proposal to upgrade Minster Station. This would have additional traffic implications for the village as it would include extra car parking and cycle storage. County Cllr Hibberd said he would keep the Parish Council informed.

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Minster Matters “CARROT SPACEMAN”

November 2008

THE ANGINA MONOLOGUES Written and presented by Peter Barnett in association with the Granville Theatre

Friday 14th November 7.45pm Saturday 15th November Matinee 2.30pm plus a Gala Performance 7.45pm in aid of the Pilgrims Hospices

Exported from space to an allotment in Sevenoaks

Comedy monologues written for, and starring...women “.....witty and moving.....” “.....spirited show.....” “.....impressive power with words.....”

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Three of the actresses are from Minster. They are Laura Portanier, Kimberley Gallagher and Lesley Gallagher (who all perform locally)

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Princess Wales (H) L 0 - 1 Man of the match: Oliver Mitchell 20-Sep-08

Orb Athletic (H) L 4 - 5 Man of the match: Will West Goals/time: Joel Campbell 15, Oliver Mitchell 42, 52, Thomas Oldbury 78 13-Sep-08

Westcliff Utd (A) L 2 - 3 Man of the match: Ben Hatfield Goals/time: Ben Hatfield 40, Oliver Mitchell 80

For Match reports, fixtures and stats visit:


November 2008 1ST MINSTER GUIDES Minster & Monkton Every Monday 6.45pm-8.45pm. Sports Pavilion in the Rec Joining Fee £10.00, + Weekly Subs £2.00 Starting Age 10yrs. enquiries to Pauline Ellis 01843 592401

Royal British Legion Club A.G.M. Mon 17th Nov 8.30pm


Short Mat Bowls Sessions for November Come along to one of our sessions on a Tuesday or Sunday. We are an extremely friendly group and will lend you bowls to get you started. It’s well worth trying !! 9th 16th 23rd 30th

Sunday 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm * 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm

4th 11th 18th 25th

Tuesday 9am - 12noon 9am - 12noon 9am - 12noon 9am - 12noon

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* Phoenix Cup * 16th November

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Leaders of Phoenix up to and inc 12th Oct Brian Parker, Jean Greenfield and Brian Greenfield Pay as you play - no membership fees

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 821447 or 821660

(Est 1935)

MINSTER SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri

Hire times and prices Monday-Friday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs

Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs

* Full Pitch : £25/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £15/hour Half Pitch : £15/hour (1 five a side pitch)

MOT Preparation and Presentation Servicing all makes of vehicle Tyres, Batteries, Exhausts Air Con - servicing and repairs Free local delivery and collection

* A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA tel: 821339 fax:825869 email:


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Minster Matters Dr. Stephen Ladyman Member of Parliament for South Thanet Ash, Broadstairs, Cliffsend, East Stourmouth, Elmstone, Kingsgate, Manston, Minster, Preston, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Sholden, Staple, Wingham, Woodnesborough, Worth.

Find out more at: Contacting your MP: Dr. Stephen Ladyman: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA South Thanet Constituency Office 28, Newington Road, Ramsgate, CT12 6EE Tel: 01843 852696; Fax: 01843 852689 Web site: An MP’s Surgery is held every week Please phone for an appointment Appointments are available every Friday from 4pm in the Constituency Office, Ramsgate. Additional surgeries are held once a month on a Saturday morning in one of the villages or towns of the constituency and are advertised locally. Dr. Ladyman will visit the elderly, disabled and people without transport at their homes if preferred.

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November 2008 THE SALVATION ARMY Tothill St, Minster OUR HOUSE Pre Christmas Sale 22 November - 9.30am Stalls and Games!! Pantry - Nursery - Bathroom - Kitchen - Bric-a-Brac - Jewellery - Cakes - Crafts - plus Teas and Lunches CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH An open invitation is offered to anyone who might be alone or lonely on Christmas Day to join others for Christmas Day Lunch. Transport can be provided. If you know of anyone who would like to attend or if you would like to help please contact: Audrey Hards on 821792 or Roger Harding on 821543

RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum (Registered Charity no. 298229)

VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO HELP RUN BUSY MUSEUM SHOP ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY 10.00am to 1.30pm or 1.30pm to 5pm once or twice a month Full Training given – no pay! – no expenses! just a worthwhile job working with interesting people and amazing exhibits! Interested? Want to know more? Ring Peter on 01843 – 821940

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November 2008 Church News and Service Times

St Mildred’s Catholic Church

St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster

9, St Mildred’s Road, 821340

Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services In

*Services at St Mildred’s Church

NOVEMBER 2nd November 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm: “Always Remembered” 9th November 9am: no service this week 10.45am: Remembrance Service 16th November 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 23rd November 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) 30th November 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CS) Mid week service at St Mary’s Wednesdays 10.30am

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In NOVEMBER 2nd November 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 9th November 10.15am: Rememberance Service 16th November 10.15am: Holy Communion with Methodists 23rd November 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 30th November 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW)

An opportunity for us to remember our departed loved ones at a special service at St Mary’s, Minster at 6.30pm on Sunday 2nd November, “All Souls.” All welcome.

Wednesday: 12 noon, Mass *PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING

Mass each Wednesday in Parish Church at 12 noon. All other Masses to be held at Minster Abbey until further notice. For further information please contact: Fr. Stephen Fisher, St Ethelbert’s Church, Ramsgate (01843) 592071.


The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street, Minster

Captain Fiona Barnett 822308 Salvation Army Hall 825178

Weekly Programme All events take place in the New Salvation Army Church, Youth and Community Centre Sunday Jigsaw (Sunday School) 11.00am – 12.00pm Morning Family Service, 11am – 12pm Evening Service, 6pm – 7pm

Minster Abbey Sundays: 10 a.m* Mass Weekdays: 8.15 a.m. Mass Daily: Chapel open all day for private prayer Compline (night prayer) 7.50 p.m. *Changed from 8.30am to 10am until further notice.

Minster Abbey

The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 7.30am Mass 8.15am, Sunday 8.30am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6pm Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer)

Monday Baby Group (Mum’s and babies under 6 months), 10am – 11.30am Friendship Club (Over 50’s), 2.15pm – 3.30pm Tuesday Parents and Tots, 9.30am – 11.30am Wednesday Keep Fit, 10.15am – 11.15am Home League (Ladies over 50), 2.00pm – 3.45pm Pilates, 6.30pm-7.30pm & 7.30pm - 8.30pm (for details ring Becky on 0788 7560957) Thursday 13+ Youth Club (13-17 year olds), 7.30pm - 9pm

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

Friday 7up Youth Club (7-10 year olds), 5.30pm – 6.30pm Adventurers Youth Club (10 – 12 year olds), 7pm – 8.30pm

Weddings at Minster Parish Church:

Saturday There are events happening on most Saturdays please see other pages of Minster Matters for details.

11th October: Katie Shewry & Matt Spanton

Baptisms at Minster Parish Church: 21st September: Louie Sutton

Salvation Army telephone number for the new building is 01843 825178 For more information please visit the website


Minster Matters Minster-in-Thanet (Evening) WI

NEXT MEETING Tuesday 11th November Village Hall - 7.30 pm This is our Annual Meeting Please come along and support your WI and new committee. New members and visitors will be made very welcome.

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET 4th Saturday of every month 9am to 1pm Guildhall, Cattle Market Next date: 22nd Nov

Village Hall Committee Room Thursday 20th November from 10-12am Everyone welcome For further information call Ann on 821152

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section

Minster and Monkton Horticultural Society

Mon 10th November, 7.30pm A.G.M.

NEXT MEETING Wednesday 19th November VILLAGE HALL 7.30pm Mr Laurie Manser will be talking on “Perennial Plants”. All are welcome, visitors 50p Free refreshments at half time.

Bingo Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR and COFFEE MORNING Saturday 8th November Old Schools 9.30am to 11.30am. Gifts-plants-books-cakes -groceries and a tombola. Why not come along, have a browse, a cuppa and a chat. All are welcome.

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MINSTER - LATE NIGHT SHOPPING Tuesday 25th November 6pm Miss Minster will turn on the lights Come along for a browse and a bargain Minster School singing outside the Gossip Shop Minster Mayhems dancing in Norton Drive Visit Santa in his Grotto

SATURDAY MARKET Please note early date 1st November - 10am - 12noon in the Old Schools We will be supporting Pudsey Bear (Children in Need) Please come along and support us

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EAST KENT UNIT FOR BREAST SCREENING Please join us for Dinner & Jazz North Foreland Golf Club Thursday 27th November 2008 Music by Dr Jazz & his Disneyland Stompers 7.00pm for 7.30pm Tickets £20 To include 3 Course Dinner For further information telephone 01843 865370.

MINSTER SENIORS Royal British Legion Club Ladies and Gents Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2pm - 4pm.

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With Christmas in mind

Christmas Craft Sale

Saturday 22nd November 9am until 12noon Old Schools Admission free but donations for “Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary” are most welcome Books for all ages and tastes Collectibles, Gifts for Christmas Christmas Cards and Wrapping

Old Schools Saturday 15th November 9.00am to 2.00pm Refreshments & Tombola Proceeds to Air Ambulance

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School Page Editors this month were:Susannah Grace & Phoebe Johnson Joke Q: What do you call two robbers ? A: A pair of knickers by Nathan Munday Golden Stars At break times we now have golden stars which the teacher on duty decides which class have lined up the best. The class which have the most amount of stars at the end of the week win an extra 10 minutes on the adventure playground at afternoon break. We have a chart which the teachers tick which class got the star that break time that day, it outside Mr Curry’s classroom. The Golden Star system helps classes to stand in line and not mess about because they want to win the Golden Star for that break. You can win a star at morning, lunch and afternoon break but not the break you have when you come in in the morning at 8:15. If you cheer when you get the star the teacher will take it away because you did not stay quiet after you got the star. By Susannah Grace Riddles I follow you everywhere, I’m scared of the dark, I do your every movement. What am I?

The answer is: Your Shadow

I skate on my belly. I live in a really cold place, There are different types of me, I’m a really fast swimmer. What am I? The answer is: A Penguin

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November 2008 Harvest Festival In this year’s harvest festival, we sang a chorus from a new song called vegetable number five. You may have heard of the song called mambo number five. It was haled the 26th September 2008. It was year 6’s first time sitting in the stands. By Phoebe Johnson.

School Maths Challenge On Wednesday 24th September 2008, 4 children from Year 6 (1 boy and 1 girl from each class) went to Hartsdown Technology College to do a maths challenge. Michael Prentis and I were chosen from Orange Class and Maria Loftus and Harry Holden from Silver Class! Mrs.Kirke-Laird took the 4 of us in her car and when we arrived there were lots of other schools competing there. There was a laptop set up for every school there and there was a little island and you had to find your way around by answering lots of maths problems to warm up our brains! There were 3 rounds: the 1st round was like mental maths questions and you were given a little egg shape thing with buttons on it. The questions came up on a big overhead projector and a multiple choice of answers and the buttons had A, B, C, D, E and F on them so you could press what button you thought was the answer. If you pressed the F button it meant you didn’t know the answer and you were not allowed to take part in that question. We pressed F once! Round 2 was a puzzle round where we were given different shapes to fit into 1 big shape. We answered 5 shapes. The last round was a computer round where there was a pyramid with lots of different floors and you had to solve maths problems and we got to floor 6 before we had to pack up. Then it was the prizes ... St Gregory’s came 1st... We came... 6th out of the 13 schools taking part! We did well though... By Georgia Jefferson

On Tuesday the 7th October 2008 we all brought in Blue What am I thinking about? bags that were sent home that we had to fill up with our old Second-Hand clothing and shoes. The Bags 2 School What am I thinking about? A boy, a girl? charity is for 3rd world countries that cannot provide Am I thinking about everyone here? their own clothes and shoes. Over the past 2 years of Am I thinking about the state of the world? doing Bags 2 School, we have raised over £1000 so far. What is thought if you can’t share it? Money is raised for our school to buy us better things. It’s just a message in your head Have you brought in your bag yet? That repeats and repeats By Georgia Jefferson Until you’re dead.

November 2008 The Tuesday challenge

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Welcome year R !!! Year R, joined school on Monday 29th September. A lot of them cried as their parents left, others just said goodbye. In year R they do fun learning and find out what the school is about. So here are some rules to help them.

On Tuesday the 7th of October year 6 had a special treat. As you may have heard, Key-Stage 1 do a Tuesday Challenge and year 6 were allowed to participate with this weeks challenge .This week we did a dancing competition and there were five different categories all 1. Respect everyone in our school, including teachers. in the names of fruit and veg. The groups were: Apples, 2. Keep our hands and feet to ourselves. Tomatoes, Bananas, Pears and Strawberries. We each 3. Don’t say bad words. got split up into groups and made up a dance which we 4. Respect the play equipment. had to show to the rest of our group who then had to 5. Walk quietly around school. vote for their favourite. After break all the winning 6. Don’t rip books. groups had to perform their dances to the infants. Then 7. Don’t talk when an adult is talking. we had to vote our favourite group from them. The winning fruit group was apples and year 6 hope to do Our New Zones lots more Recently Minster CEP School have had a new playground added, they have added part of the recreation By Charlotte and Georgia ground to do this. In our new discovery zone we have had huts, sandpit, benches, tables and lots more. We have Year 6 have done their Kent test! Recently some children have taken the Kent test also had new equipment bought for us that are things like French skipping, cats cradle, table tennis, 4 in a row and on the 18th and 19th of September. It was scary hula hoops. We also have named all of our other and hard work! This was a time for making playgrounds, the big playground is now called the Active decisions for year 6 and parents and Secondary zone, the little playground is now named the Creative zone and finally the side playground is now called the schools will be visited over the next few weeks. calm zone. To create our new zones you may have The most important thing is everyone finds the realised we have had the hedge that broke up the big right place for them and that they are happy in playground and the little playground has removed so that we could mix with KS1. their new school next September. By Charlotte S and Susannah NOVEMBER POEM Nuts and berries collected by squirrels Orange, gold and red leaves on the ground Very colourful fireworks flashing brightly Words to find: Early evening’s dark and chilly Pencil Teacher Pupils Reading Write Books Clubs Learning Playground Misty mornings with dew covered grass Bonfires and smoky smells in the air Friend School Maths Sport Everyone wearing gloves and scarves on cold mornings Red berries for the birds to eat WORD SEARCH by Kirsty Sheerin and Ellie Rogers

Show time for charity On the of October Thanet Stage School of dance and drama did a show called Charity Show Time. There was lots of other schools involved but Thanet Stage School were the most experienced in dancing. The charity was for a little boy because his heart is not working properly. In June next year Thanet Stage School will be doing a show called Children of Broadway Show Time. There will be extracts from Mamma Mia, High School Musical 3 and lots more. This show will be at the Winter Gardens in Margate. By Charlotte Silver 5th


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