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Minster Matters

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Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 197 : November 2017 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM - Issue 109)

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

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Waste & Recycling

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November 03 / 17 | 10 / 24 December 01 / 15 / 29 | 08 / 22 Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, Library

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

Useful Numbers and Contacts Thanet STD Code : 01843 Community Warden Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302 PCSOs: 101 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: www.minster-in-thanet.org.uk Show: www.minstershow.org.uk Business Association: www.minsterbusinessassociation.org.uk Freegle: http://freegle.in/thanet 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

or email: oldschoolsminster@gmail.com

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 £2.00 Annually (11 issues) £20.00 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.

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Traffic Survey


Traffic Survey Minster Fireworks

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Your Time’ at The Hussar Handel - Israel in Egypt R.B.L. Branch AGM Twinning Association AGM Abbey Patchers Christmas Fair Wine & Wisdom St Mary’s Cliffsend Christmas Bazaar W.I. Annual Meeting

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Horticultural Society Meeting Village Christmas Trees P.L.G. Christmas Bazaar Psychic Fayre R.B.L. Club AGM Late Night Shopping Village Hall Christmas Bazaar Salvation Army Christmas Sale Quiz and Giggle Playhouse Pantomime - Babes In The Wood

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St Mary’s Handbell Ringers Christmas Fayre Annual Christmas Concert with Snowdown Colliery Band Live nativity at the Abbey Men’s Supper Club Christmas Dinner Community Carol Service at the Lychgate

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Last Post Dates for Christmas Community Poppy Project - Latest Count Kate’s Pudding Recipe Parish Council Meeting Summary Sarah Thorne Theatre What’s On at the Royal British Legion Village Hall Diary School Page Church Notices WHAT’S ON PAGE Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) Bookings All Weather Playing Surface St Mary's Church Guided Tours

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Minster Parish Council

next Meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 7 November @ 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: clerk@minsterparishcouncil.org.uk Next Meeting : 5 December

Minutes of all Council Meetings can be found at www.minsterpc.kentparishes.gov.uk

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Ideal for all family occasions!

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EDDIE SMITH It is with great sadness we announce the passing of well-known villager Eddie Smith (aged 79). On Wednesday 20 September Eddie lost his short but fierce battle with cancer. The funeral was held on Friday 6 October at Thanet Crematorium.



ISIDORA When we moved to Minster in 2010, none NORTHROP SERVICES of us could have known how wonderful this KITCHEN & BATHROOM FITTING community would be. Many of you know Diane Tiling, Plastering Isidora; from guides, village walks, and of & General Maintenance course her love of visiting the village pubs! HOME DECORATING On Tuesday 17 October my beautiful, brave Interior & Exterior princess left us for a better place - our hearts Diana Local, Reliable & Experienced are heavy, the pain indescribable, but our Contact Paul or Tracy wonderful memories of her will last forever. Thank you to the whole community for 01843 823 646 making Isi's time in Minster such a special one. Kevin Flowers by Vanessa Words can't express how much that meant, to Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, all of us. Weddings or Funerals Isi's celebration of life will take place soon and we hope that you'll join us in giving Created with the “Personal Touch” her the send off such a brave warrior deserved.

EDITORIAL Welcome to our November issue, just one more before we get a month’s break and do I need it? I’m sure the months are getting shorter, no sooner have we got one issue done and dusted than it’s time to start on the next. I’m just glad it’s monthly and not weekly, there just wouldn’t be enough hours in the day. We’re still actively looking for volunteers to join us to ease the pressure, so if you have any IT skills and a few hours to spare each month then please do get in touch. By the time you get to read this I’ll be a year older and I’d have had a day in London at the Olympic Park Velodrome as a birthday treat from my daughter, watching some of the London 6 Day event live, the rest I’ll have to watch on the TV, as distributing this issue put paid to me going 2 further days this year. Zac is still with us but for how much longer is an uncertainty, so every day with him is precious. Just enough space left to ask, ‘Where ‘s Zac?’

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SEASONAL WINTER ‘FLU VACCINATIONS DID YOU MISS YOURS? There is still an opportunity to have a Flu Vaccination as some additional appointments are now available and can be made in the usual way via the surgery, in person or by phone. SO DON’T DELAY - BOOK YOURS TODAY Eligible and at risk patients will have already received a reminder and been invited to make an appointment, but If you have any concerns about your eligibility please contact Reception.

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ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION SERVICE Minster Surgery has now launched this service as major initiative to help make it much easier for our patients to order and collect their prescriptions. Please see details on front cover of this issue.

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WINTER DRAWS ON! Now is the time to start preparing for those dark winter evenings and the expected cold weather. The following web sites give some very useful information to help us struggle through the coughs, colds, and minor ailments: patient.co.uk and nhs.uk/conditions. Read their tips to stay fit and well or visit their “Symptom Checker” if you don’t! MISSED APPOINTMENTS Last month was BIG improvement - thank you! Only 22 patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and 22 did not attend their nurse’s appointment. That’s the least we have had for very long time, please keep it up. So a sincere thank you to all those who either did attend, cancel or apologise in advance so others may benefit. Remember, don’t need it cancel it, forget? Get text reminder service. FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY Thank you to all those patients who take part and please continue to do so, we welcome all your comments, good or bad, because they all help us to continually improve our service to all our patients. Last month we received 254 responses to “Would you recommend our Practice” and they are as follows: Extremely likely/likely 92%; Extremely unlikely/unlikely 3%; Unsure/don’t know 5%. WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A HAND MADE DOLLS HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS? A very generous and clever patient has kindly donated a beautiful Dolls House. This is just one of many excellent prizes that can be won in our Grand Christmas Raffle with all proceeds going towards our project to purchase a Hi-Tech PC Based ECG machine. A full list of prizes can be seen on our notice board in the waiting room. The draw will of course will be made at our Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 18th November at Old Schools from 9am onwards, tables have nearly all been booked so get in quick! Please see our advert/poster included this issue for full details. SURGERY CLOSURE DAY Please note that the surgery will be closed from Midday on Thursday 30th November for staff training, please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during this time. Should you need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the NHS 111 Service via the normal surgery number 821333 where you will be transferred automatically, or you can call direct on 111, to receive non-urgent confidential health advice and information for you and your family. For Urgent/Life threatening cases please dial 999 as normal. PATIENT GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our next meeting, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact Ken Self on 821200 or Jeanne Lawrence on 821049 or email kenself@me.com.

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SALVATION ARMY STREET COLLECTION In recent weeks The Salvation Army have been out collecting money on some of the streets in Minster. This annual appeal has been to raise money for the social work of the Salvation Army in the UK including helping people battling homelessness, addiction and loneliness. We would like to say thank you to all those who donated money to this cause. Thank you! Katy & Luke Johnson (The Salvation Army, Minster)

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Old Schools, Minster Saturday 11th November 7 for 7.30pm Tickets £7.50 per person to include a cheese ploughman's Maximum of 8 per table BYO drinks, glasses and brains For tickets please contact Liz on 07968 473 689 or Kate on 07502 404 189


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DENTURE REPAIRS Pet and Domiciliary Service Going Away? At work all day? Going into hospital? DAILY VISITS PADS offers a trustworthy and secure service for the care of your home and pets when you are absent Fully Insured - References on request

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Order a weekly fruit and veg box from us today …. Much of our seasonal produce is farm fresh and locally sourced from within 10 miles. Give us a call, order online or visit us in store Hurry as our FREE delivery slots are filling up NEW…NEW…NEW…NEW…NEW…NEW…NEW Anita’s Flowers @ Greens of Minster Your Village Florists Flowers For All Occasions 07889 308 748 / 01843 822 212

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PAINTING & DECORATING By NIGEL MATHER Your Local Professional Decorator Bringing High Quality Decorating to your home (or business) Interior & Exterior - No Job too Small Clean Reliable Service Free Advice & Problem Solving Free estimates without obligation

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Last recommended Postage Dates Saturday 2 December - Africa, Middle East Wednesday 6 December - Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia) Thursday 7 December - Caribbean, Central & South America Saturday 9 December - Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand Wednesday 13 December - Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland Thursday 14 December - Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA Friday 15 December - Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland Saturday 16 December - Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg ZAC’S MUSINGS I’m hanging in there still and if I make it I’ll have had my 17th birthday just before this issue ‘hits the streets’ on 26 October and the old boy will have clocked up 70 on 27th, so we’ll both be a year older by the time you read this. Been back to the vets for a 6 monthly check and they’ve ok’d me for more pills so I must be here for a while longer yet. Think I must be going a bit senile though as I’m told I’ve started barking at my dinner for no good reason - strange! Sad news to hear one of my canine brotherhood, Bow, passed away in very sad circumstances after getting lost, but glad to hear another one who was lost, Bear, has been reunited with his family. Well that’s it for another month hopefully I’ll be back again in November.

COMMUNITY POPPY PROJECT 2018 Total received as of publication date was:

7023 Poppies 200 Cornflowers Keep up the good work !!

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MAX CARPET CLEANING CARPET CLEANING FOR THE 21st CENTURY A completely dry carpet cleaning service! And that means: No more damp or wet carpets! No danger of colour-run or shrinkage! No chance of sticky residues which can attract the dirt! Lovely fresh scented deep cleaned carpets! (Upholstery and leather cleaning service available) For quotes please call:-

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Kate’s Puddings – what’s cooking?

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Christmas seems very far away, but it’s coming! I thought you’d like to get a step ahead and make your own mincemeat, as it tastes so much better when it has matured. Home-made mincemeat, which is nothing like that anonymous brown slurry you buy, is both delicious and easy to make. I adore this recipe, it's one of Claire Macdonald's, and contains no suet, so is perfect for vegetarians.  We don't need the extra calories, and the mincemeat is so good, it doesn't need the fat. The recipe below makes a fair amount, but make it now, and you will find it goes quickly if you give it to people as preChristmas presents, or make mince pies for friends, school, church or just for fun. (Just make sure you keep some for a Christmas pudding ice cream)  It also keeps for a year, going dark and alcoholic.  I just refresh mine with more alcohol, and consider it to be "vintage". The recipe below specifies quantities of raisins, peel, sultanas and currants.  For simplicity, I generally add the lot together (2lb 10z/1.180kg) and buy bags of mixed fruit, adding extra peel to make up the difference! Kinloch Mincemeat 1lb 8oz/700g raisins 6oz/175g chopped mixed peel 12oz/350g sultanas 6oz/175g toasted flaked almonds 6 medium sized eating apples, unpeeled, cored and chopped 12oz/350g soft dark brown sugar 8oz/250g dried apricots, chopped 1tsp each of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice grated rind and juice of 2 oranges plus 2 lemons ¼ pint/150ml brandy, whisky or rum (this is a minimum!) Mix everything together well and leave in a large covered container, stirring once or twice a week for three weeks. Chop it to the size you want*, then pot and seal in jars, or put it into a couple of ice cream tubs with lids. *I prefer a fine textured mincemeat and can’t be bothered to cut everything by hand, so blitz it all in a food processor in batches until the individual pieces are about the size of chocolate chips. You can do this at any time before potting it! Feeding with extra alcohol is also a bonus…. For more decadent recipes, go to https://katespuddings.blogspot.co.uk

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MINSTER W.I. October was our craft and social evening. Members enjoyed making Christmas cards, painting Bondaweb, knitting and crocheting poppies for the Minster 2108 WW1 commemoration and playing darts. Nicky had asked members to bring along small hotel samples of toiletries that she made into packs that we donated to the Oasis women’s refuge in Margate. It was a lovely social evening and Zara won the limerick competition about the WI!!!! 14/11/17 12/12/17 19/12/17

WI Annual meeting-for the election of the Committee and President WI Christmas meeting/party with buffet dinner members only Carols at the Lychgate - WI to make mince pies and help with refreshments

Traffic Survey – Minster The traffic survey in July revealed that between 350 and 500 vehicles per hour were counted entering and leaving Tothill Street making total vehicles movements approaching 1000 per hour. The details were published in the Minster Matters. We are going to carry out three more surveys at different locations in the village to see the effect of the traffic on the village. The dates are 31st October and the 2nd & 9th of November. Can you help us? We would be grateful. If you can spare a few hours on any of the dates to count vehicles please email minstersfuturematters@gmail.com or leave a message on 822 559.

MINSTER POST OFFICE Opening Times 8am - 5.30pm Monday - Friday 8am - 1pm Saturday


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KENT COUNTY COUNCIL CONSULTATIONS Draft Budget Strategy 2018/19 Kent County Council is consulting on its draft budget strategy for 2018/19 and the associated council tax proposals This consultation closes on 3rd December Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/budget to take part

GIRLS WORLD BEAUTY SALON Dermalogica skin kit offers Gift Vouchers available 10% off eyelash extension treatments 10% off spray tans 10% off manicure/pedicure gel overlays 01843 826 308

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Minster Parish Council Meeting Summary of Key Points 3rd October, 2017

• The Chairman thanked Cllr. Crow-Brown for his assistance in our negotiations with the TDC Chief Executive, Madeline Homer, in relation to renewing the agency payments from TDC. This enables us to continue with a high standard of maintenance and cleanliness in the parish. Further details are awaited in relation to the car parks and public toilets but the hope is that we will take over the running of these facilities; this will be taken into account in the budget setting for next year.

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Community Warden’s report detailed how numerous vehicles have been entered in Minster over the past three weekends and items including cash, laptops, satnavs and sunglasses have been taken. A number of images of a male have been captured on CCTV systems and forwarded to the police. Investigations are ongoing. Similar crimes have been reported in St. Nicholas and Monkton over the same period. The male has also been seen to try resident’s front doors.

• The Chairman reported that she had met with Chief Inspector Adley to express her concerns at the late withdrawal of police objections at the hearing of the Licensing Committee on 8th August when McDonalds licence was extended to allow all night opening. (As opposed to just drive through). The Chief Inspector explained that the company’s legal dept. had challenged the evidence put forward in terms of proving that those involved in anti-social behaviour emanated from McDonalds. She apologised for not notifying the parish council of the withdrawal prior to the meeting and asked that residents be reminded of the importance of reporting incidents of antisocial behaviour and crime so that any future issues with the restaurant can be addressed. On line crime reporting should make this process a little easier. • It is anticipated that a new Police Community Support Officer for the villages will be in place by the end of the month and he will be an experienced officer from elsewhere in Thanet. • The local school are setting up a project to create a forest school, using some of the grounds leased to the school by the parish council. They are currently in the process of seeking grant funding to assist with this. • The Chairman reminded everyone that the annual Fireworks display is to be held on Friday 3rd November. • A complaint had been received about parking and speeding vehicles in the Butts Field Estate at peak times. The Chairman has spoken with the Headteacher and parents will be reminded yet again about the need for safe driving and considerate parking in the vicinity of the school. It was resolved that TDC should be reminded about the need to enforce yellow lines and that police/PCSO presence will be requested at peak times to act as a preventative measure.

• The Chairman expressed concerns about the huge amount of litter left around the skate park despite two litter bins being available; she asked the meeting to consider ideas as to how to tackle the problem. It was agreed that we will consider what enforcement may be available in the form of fines, that Minster Matters will include an item on this issue, we will explore the purchase of novelty waste bins to encourage their use, and that a sign will be erected about dropping litter and that the chairman will consider asking pupils at our school to design it. Surely at least one of these will work! • Sunley Estates have notified us that they are considering building a house on the open space in Hill House Drive. Residents have been canvassed for their views and they are strongly against any development on this site, as are all members of the parish council. Sunleys have been informed of the strong opposition to this suggestion. This is particularly disappointing as we have maintained this land for years and legal processes were in motion to hand the land over to the parish council in 2011, but for some reason Sunleys ceased negotiations. In addition, we have sent an application to KCC to apply for Village Green status for the open space which, if successful, would protect the land I perpetuity. • Cllr. Quittenden reported that TDC had advised a recent Thanet Assn. of Local Councils meeting that they will be closing the majority of public toilets in Thanet. Blue Flag beaches will retain the facilities but in all other cases the local authority expect retail outlets and restaurants to provide this facility. The Twinning Association still has 6 seats left on the coach trip to Brighton in January to see Holiday on Ice. • There were no questions from the public but a useful suggestion about fun bins for the skate park was made; also mention was made about the bags of rubbish left on the corner of Taylor Road. This will be investigated.

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MINSTER MUDDERS The Mudders would like to thank everyone for supporting their Quiz Night and ‘Just Giving’ page. Thank you also to the Legion for allowing us to hold it there. We were able to donate £2306.50 to the Margate Pilgrims Hospice.

BRONZE AWARD Back in March this year, the students of Looking Ahead who help with the running of the grounds at Minster Abbey, where they help maintain the lovely gardens , entered the Kent Wildlife Trust’s “Wildlife Garden Competition”. It was the first time they had entered and they were delighted to pick up a Bronze Award. The students have been encouraged to give wildlife a helping hand and they worked hard to achieve this by building bird boxes, bug houses and positioning bird feeders to attract an abundance of bird life. They also introduced a wild flower meadow, which has attracted very any species of insects including some rare species of butterflies and bees. They are delighted at receiving this award and will be working toward trying for a Silver Award next year!! Well done to the Looking Ahead group on gaining this Bronze Award.

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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB The indoor season is now well under way, all three league teams have been in action and have recorded victories. The weekly competition, Wednesday Pairs has started and will continue into December. On Sunday 5th November the Alf Wood Triples will be played and on Sunday 19 November the Morphew Cup, a singles competition for members who have not already won a singles title will be contested. Both tournaments will be played up to the semi-final stages. Members of the public are welcome to come along and watch. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 25 November at 7pm., and all members are urged to attend. The Friday Club from Minster Primary School will start their winter short-mat activities this month, and the 1st Minster Cubs are due to have an evening playing short=mat on Thursday 16 November. Anyone who would like to try their hand at short-mat please contact me on 845638, or by e-mail on brimaur26@gmail.com. Our Christmas Dance will be held on Friday 8th December, dancing to "One More Time" tickets are available to non-members. Again please contact me if you are interested. This is always a great evening and a lovely way to start the festive season. Brian Morphew, Hon. Secretary www.minsterbowlsclub.org.uk

The Association were saddened to hear the news of the passing of KCC Councillor Ken Gregory, who has supported us in the past. We would like to send our condolences to his family and friends. RIP. Everyone is busy planning Christmas now, so why not think of a relaxing trip where you can sit back and enjoy a coach ride to Brighton for the Ice Show on Saturday 13 January. Just 4 seats still available. Full details from Carol on 01843 447 706. Our AGM is to be held on Friday 10 November, 7.30pm in the Neighbourhood Centre, all are welcome to attend. If you have any ideas of events that you would like us to put on for you, please let us know as we’re starting to plan some already for 2018. Seven members of the Committee are joining the French for their Remembrance Day Service on Saturday 11 November when we will lay a wreath at their memorial. Normally the French would be supporting our Service on Sunday 12 November, however, their minibus driver has had to undergo an operation and they apologise for their absence on this occasion. Get well soon Paul Robelet. Proposed Events for 2018 13 January – Ice Show as above 27 January – Bingo in the Old Schools from 7pm, details to follow. March, June and September, 3 quizzes proposed, finer details to be confirmed. 12 May – Twinning Association 20th Anniversary - preparations are ongoing. September – Another Treasure Hunt has been requested. Proposed Race Night and Santa Dash for charity, both to be confirmed. Thank you to all our followers on “facebook.com/minstertwinning” and on our website – minsterarmboutstwinning.org.uk.

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Thanet Festival Choir and the Seventy Chamber Choir are joining forces in November to perform Handel’s thrilling oratorio Israel in Egypt in the beautiful setting of Holy Trinity Church Broadstairs. Israel in Egypt tells the story of the plagues of Egypt and the Exodus, as set down in the Book of Exodus and in Psalms 77, 105, and 106. Unlike most oratorios, the plot is not driven by individual passions and actions but presents and celebrates the story of the people of Israel. The Chorus, unusually, is the protagonist, driving the dramatic story forwards. In fact fully three quarters of the work consists of choral movements, some for double chorus, with the solo and duet arias playing a relatively minor - although important - role.  As one might expect from Handel, Israel in Egypt is a musically inventive and very powerful work, in which the composer made use of every choral texture in his repertoire: it is full of word painting, where the sound of the music imitates the imagery of the text, thereby enhancing the dramatic effect and sense of excitement. A truly dramatic and exciting evening is in prospect for singers and audience alike. Accompaniment will be provided by the Thanet Festival Orchestra and there will be six top-class Soloists, some of whom are regular performers with highly-regarded groups such as The Sixteen. The concert will be conducted by Clifford Lister, Music Director of both choirs. The concert takes place on Saturday 4th November, starting at 7pm. Tickets cost £15 on the door and £12 in advance, obtainable from choir members, by telephoning 01304 620560 or online via Thanet Festival Choir’s website www.thanetfestivalchoir.org (PayPal).

CHRISTMAS TREES The Christmas trees will be going up on Saturday 18 November, ready for our lights ‘Switch-On’ on Tuesday 21 November. If you can help on the Saturday please let me know. especially as the ‘magic fairies’ are busy elsewhere this year. Light twiddlers (decorators) required for 9am and installers from 10am (not before please!) Thank you Karen (Attwells)

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OFF TO OZ Goodbye and good luck to Sarah Ellis and her family who have recently made the moved to Australia. Thank you for always being there to lend a hand at all the village events and projects I am involved in. Myself and all at Attwells will miss you. Karen

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING Tuesday 21 November 6pm - 8pm Come along and see what your village businesses have to offer A festive evening with a lovely atmosphere. 6pm New Inn Christmas Trees ‘Switch On’ 6.05pm Minster School Choir next to Jemima’s Tea Rooms Minster Salvation Army Band Minster Handbell Ringers Morris Dancing with Wantsum Morris and the Offcumduns opposite Attwells Father Christmas in his Grotto at Norton Drive (£3 includes present & photo if required) Free nibbles, drinks and special offers Keep up to date - join Attwells on their Facebook page Sorry ‘No Street Traders’


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Introducing some of your Parish Councillors Cllr. Penny Gimes When I became Chairman of Minster Parish Council I introduced myself in a brief article in this publication. It is now the turn of some of my fellow councillors to tell you a little more about themselves. Cllr. Alan Jones I was born in Liverpool a certain number of years ago and have lived in the Centre of Minster for 22 years. I was an NHS Trauma Specialist for over 30 years. I trained at St Andrews University in Fife in Scotland and became a Whole Time Consultant in A/E. As well as this regular job, I spent 30 years as a Volunteer Doctor attending all manner of Trauma and Medical Incidents for Ambulance, Police, Fire, Lifeboat, Coastguard, and Search and Rescue in Avon, Suffolk and Kent. After retiring from this life I worked for H.M. Courts Judiciary for 10 years. During this period, I wanted to continue to help the community in which I live, so volunteered to go on the Parish Council when the was a vacancy. Through this work I hope to support the Parishioners to look after such a marvellous village and parish and to try and keep the parish flourishing for all residents. Cllr. Ray Owen I’m a Sandwich lad born and bred, 70yrs old this October. I have lived in Minster for 35 years with wife Jenny, 2 children and now have 5 grandchildren plus Zac (Minster Matters Sub Editor for Pets). I was a Chatham Dockyard Apprentice, qualified Motor Transport Fitter, and have had a variety of employers. I finally ended up at British Bakeries as a Charge Hand Fitter & took additional training there as a Computer Technician. I joined MPC as a Cllr in 1983/4 for 3 years but work commitments meant I didn't have time to do the position justice, I also did 2 years as Clerk to MPC in 2003/5. I became Editor of Minster Matters in 2006, I sit on the Show Committee, I am the Business Assn Secretary and I monitor the village CCTV on behalf of the Parish Council. I also have numerous other hobbies & interests including running a number of online mainly ‘reuse’ groups and collecting diecast models. I am involved in all manner of other activities in and around Minster. I ran in Ramsgate with the Olympic torch in 2012

November 2017 thanks to residents of Minster who nominated me. I became a Parish Councillor for a second time to try to help improve our village and the lives of our residents. Cllr. John Quittenden I was elected to Minster Parish Council in 2010 where I now serve as Chairman of the Finance committee and Chairman of Highways and Transport committee. I was born in 1944 in Mottingham and educated in main stream Secondary School then spent 5 years at a South London Technical College. I entered the motor trade in 1959 and became self-employed in 1972. I moved to Minster in 1982 when I bought Minster Garage. I still live at Minster Garage with my wife Barbara and I retired in 2014. Now my son Martin owns and runs Minster Garage still making it a family business. I love Minster dearly, and will always do my best to retain its village atmosphere, but we do live in 2017 with all the problems that brings.  I carry out volunteer work in and around the village. I look after the High Street Car Park and tidy the old Cemetery and the Highways of the village. I am also Vice Chairman of Minster Twinning Association and President of the Royal British Legion Club. Anyone can always contact me on jhquittenden@hotmail.com Cllr. Dominique Vaughan I moved to the village 20 years ago when I changed teaching jobs. I was looking for a close knit community as I wanted to be "involved in things". I was introduced to the Flower Show Committee, within about 3 months of being here, when a work colleague gave me a lift as my car was being serviced; and the Playhouse followed a couple of months later. I am still an active member of both of these village groups. My daughter considers Minster to be her home, having attended school and Rainbows, and is getting herself involved in groups as well. It may have been reluctant at first, but now it is an active choice. I became a Councillor when a co-opted position came up. I reckoned after 19 years of being here it was time to up my own game and step up. I enjoy the meetings and hearing what really matters to the people who live in and around the village. I know I work outside of the village and that does impact on my availability, I look forward to being retired and doing more in the village that I love.

November 2017 Cllr. Tony Goodman I was born in London but moved to Ramsgate in 1964. I got a job as an apprentice electrician at SEEBoard. I had various other jobs and then became a professional gliding instructor; this I did for 3 years and greatly enjoyed it. I moved on to work in schools and colleges looking after computers and then teaching IT. My hobbies include bell ringing and archery. I joined Minster Parish Council this year. Cllr. Malcolm Bubb I am 67 years old and have been married to Carol for 47 years. We have 3 sons and 7 grandchildren. We started our married life in Sturry and as the family grew, we moved to Herne Bay to a larger property. We moved to Minster in 2012, as we wanted to retire to a village community which was rich in social activities. I served 32 years in the Kent Fire Brigade, retired, then worked for 10 years for Kent Education Authority. My hobbies include gardening, reading, travelling and spending time with my grandchildren. Currently, I am Chair of the Minster Armbouts Cappel Twinning Association and also an active member of Minster Bowls Club. I joined Minster Parish Council 3 years ago to help maintain Minster as a lively, thriving village and to keep its identity as being a beautiful village and not become part of a bigger conurbation. Cllr. Susan Taylor I moved here 3 years ago from far away Ramsgate, currently work part time at TDC in the corporate income team, now in my 20th year. I am married and have one daughter who now lives in London. On arriving in Minster, TDC released the draft local plan, which as I had just moved to Greenhill Gardens was a big surprise, as the field behind was put forward for housing, this was when I started to work with the Parish Council, I helped design and deliver the leaflet for residents to complete as TDC had decided that most people could read the document (365 pages) and make comments all on line!!! I love being a Parish Cllr; we have very little power but try so hard to make the most of funds available to us and help as much as possible with any problems within the village, some decisions we make are not always welcomed by all but do we try. I also like the fact that Minster is still a village, with a fantastic community

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from litter picking by residents, to the many activities available for all to join in (quiz night, great fun). I would like to work on keeping this alive, encouraging more residents to become involved in village life i.e. enter something in the summer fair, do a float, come to more events and help keep Minster a clean and wonderful place to live. (Cllrs. Bob Grove, Danny Day and Roy Bailey also sit on Minster Parish Council.)

New community social afternoons to launch at the Hussar Hotel next month “Your Time at the Hussar” will bring people together and promote social inclusion A brand new weekly social afternoon aimed at Thanet’s older 65s in on its way. “Your Time at the Hussar” will be officially launched at 12pm on Friday 3rd November and will take place each Friday afternoon from then on, at the historic Garlinge hotel. “Your Time” has been set up by the Thanet Community Support Partnership (TCSP) – a project led by the Thanet Volunteer Bureau – in response to a study commissioned jointly by the British Red Cross and the Co-op in 2016, which revealed parts of Thanet to be among the top 39 loneliest places to live in Britain. The concept of “Your Time” is very simple: we want to bring people together. It cannot be emphasised enough how much of a positive impact a simple weekly social afternoon, rooted at the centre of the community, can have on one’s life. When the Hussar Hotel said we could hold Your Time on their premises, we knew it was a great opportunity to address loneliness among older people living on the Isle. The Friday afternoons will include tea and coffee, and a traditional fish and chip lunch, at reasonable prices – and pool and darts absolutely free of charge. We have been asked whether you have to be over 65 to come along, and our answer is ‘not at all’! We’re looking forward to welcoming anyone who wants to come along. You can find out more about Your Time at the Hussar by calling Chris at the Thanet Volunteer Bureau on 01843 609336, emailing chris.scutt@thanetvolunteerbureau.co.uk, or by following the Thanet Community Support Partnership on Facebook and Twitter, via @ThanetCommunity.


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Father and Son’s Barber Shop opens in Minster Some of you may know that on the Tuesday 26 September, a new barber shop opened in Minster called Father and Son’s. The man who owns the place, Spencer, is brilliant at cutting hair, he’s also really friendly. He cut my hair long before the barber shop opened and I couldn’t wait for him to open up here. It is where O’Shea’s restaurant used to be. When it finally opened, I went there on a Saturday morning and I was amazed at how great it was. The waiting room had lovely furniture, great wallpaper, several newspapers, magazines and a nice cosy fire place. I do advise going there; however it’s barbers for boys only. They play music, great songs. Also, like I said there are enough magazines and newspapers to entertain you while you’re waiting. If none of this catches your attention, if you think you already go to a better barber shop, then think again, because every Friday night (He might do it some Saturday afternoons as well) there is FREE beer. Yes, you can get free beer. Can your current barbers supply you with all of these things? Charlie Miles

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Autumn Revue On Saturday 14 October the Playhouse held a David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP Revue at the Village Hall, in aid of our charity for this All forms of Services and Treatments year, Taylor Made Dreams. We are glad to say that the available for Foot and Nail care Revue sold out and a very enjoyable evening was had by the one hundred and twenty people who attended, Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe, while the evening raised a considerable sum for our charity. Ingrown nails, Nail deformities, Pantomime Infection control for Athletes foot and Our Pantomime for this year which is Babes in the Wood, is being Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas, directed again by Dominique Vaughan, and is now fully into rehearsal. Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare If you are over thirty you were probably brought up with “Panto at We provide personal and reliable treatment Christmas” as a part of your young life. You will remember the pleasure, as a in the comfort of your own home, nursing child, of being able to take a small but loud part in a performance, of having or residential care home or hospital adults coming out with silly, childish jokes, and enjoying “slapstick” humour. Like all our Pantomimes this year’s production is suitable for all the Day, evening, weekend appointments family, being good clean fun with jokes and comedy for all ages. available by arrangement It will run from Wednesday 29 November to Saturday 2 December with Tel: 01843 866 601 performances each night at 7.30, and with two matinees on Saturday at Mob: 07749 999 584 10.30am and 2.30 pm. Tickets are £8 per adult and £4 for sixteens-and-under. Do bring your children or grandchildren along to join the fun! The Box Office is open now so if you want to make an early individual or block booking to obtain a better seat, leave a message on 07501 894 381 or email on info@minsterplayhouse.co.uk. We are a conservation building company that specialise Please note that tickets for the matinees sell out quickly. in repairing, restoring and conserving listed and period If you haven’t been to one of our Pantomimes before, they are properties. cheerful, funny, cheer the hero, boo the baddie, proper village pantos in a We are passionate about the preservation of our relaxed setting– do come along and enjoy a brief but happy break from real historic heritage and strongly believe in the use of traditional methods and materials that have been used life! for centuries. Our understanding of historic buildings Minster Playhouse is not a run-of-the-mill amateur dramatic society. We work combined with the use of qualified craftsmen and to unusually high artistic and technical standards, and have a dedicated women enables us to provide a service to suit the requirements of your building. 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 – Lime Rendering – Timber Frame Repairs – Joinery Landscaping - Brickwork - Carpentry - Roofing we work hard to make sure that you will be pleasantly surprised Groundwork – Extensions and Alterations www.minsterplayhouse.co.uk info@minsterplayhouse.co.uk Sash Window Restoration – Flint and Stone Work For free advice or a no obligation quote Please call or email Craig using the details below:

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Sunday 19th Saturday 25th Sat 25th - Sat 2nd Dec

Private Party

Training Session (am & pm)

Psychic Fayre Christmas Bazaar

Minster Playhouse - Pantomime Minster Playhouse - Pantomime

The White Stag Monkton 01843 823 760 Village Pub and Restaurant


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November 2017


P.HUMES General Builder All types of work undertaken Free Estimates

Our services include: Hedge Cutting, Gardening, Fencing, Patios and Sheds Also Decorating and Home Repairs

Carpentry, Brickwork, Plastering, Tiling & Block Paving Decorating ~ Fitted Kitchens Bathrooms Fitted ~ Maintenance Work

Tel: 01843 822 990 Mob: 07715 234 185


Free estimates, no job too small. Local, reliable and friendly

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

Sarre: 840 627 Mobile: 07790 231 519

TGF Property Maintenance is a Minster based family run business established in 2003

We are now an Orthopaedic Referral Centre Quality Service at affordable rates

AMBER’S ADVICE Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.

Home: 01843 822 541 Mobile: 07765 907 480 Email: info@tgfrancis.co.uk

TIGER’ TIP To decorate a chocolate beautifully, lay a piece of lace or fancy doily over the cake and sprinkle icing sugar over the top

Tothill Street, Minster 01843 820 250 * Christmas & New Year Special for Minster Residents * We are again offering accommodation @ £35.00 per room / per night for any number of nights during the period 15th to 30th December inclusive NEW YEARS EVE ONLY - SPECIAL OFFER @ just £49 per room To take advantage of either of these very special promotions, contact Jasmine (our booking coordinator) Tel : 01843 820 250 These offers are subject to availability and will qualify only on production of this advert. We also reserve the right to withdraw these offers at any time prior to booking (not available in conjunction with any other special offers)


Minster Matters

November 2017

Church News and Service Times The Catholic Parish of

(CW = contemporary language BCP = traditional language)

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

St Mary Magdalene Monkton Sunday Services in NOVEMBER

Ramsgate and Minster 5

Reverend Marcus Holden

10.15am Holy Communion (CW) 5

592 071

12 10.15am Remembrance Service

10.30am All-age Worship

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

6.30pm Sung Evensong

19 10.15am Holy Communion (CW)



4.00pm Seamark Service at Monkton School

For other Catholic Services please


see Minster Abbey below

1 October Isaac Bertie Reeves (6 mnths)

Minster Abbey

1 October Penelope Mande Vie Iverson (1yr)


A season to remember…

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.45am Parish Remembrance Service

Baptisms at St Mary’s Minster

in Minster Abbey

9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

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


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

The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day

Funerals at St Mary’s Minster

All Souls Service Thursday 2 November 7.30pm @ St Mary's

27 September Roy Gilham (Thanet Crematorium)

This is a special time to come and

Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am

remember a loved one who is no longer with us. We remember all those who

Mid day prayer 12.10pm

have passed away recently. You are

Vespers 6.00pm

very welcome to join us and if you

Community Carol Service

would like to have someone

Compline 7.50pm

remembered please contact

(followed by Silent Prayer)

Richard our Vicar (821250)

All our visitors, not only Christians

Parish Remembrance Service

but people of all faiths and spiritual

Sunday 13 November

tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’

at the


Tuesday 19 December

10.45am @ St Mary's


Please come and join the Royal British

(rule of St. Benedict) are warmly

Legion, the Minster community, St

welcomed to join us in prayer,

Mary's Church family and the Salvation

followed by

Army as we pay our respects at our


in our beautiful monastic chapel.

annual Service of Remembrance.

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army Church & Community Centre

Lieutenants Luke & Katy Johnson 01843 822308 or 825178 Luke.Johnson@salvationarmy.org.uk Katy.Johnson@salvationarmy.org.uk

11 Tothill Street, Minster CT12 4AG

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

Weekly Activities Monday




9.30am Bumps & Babies

9.30am Parent & Toddlers

2.00pm Home League

(Term time only)

(Term time only)

9.15am Prayer Group 10.30am - 2.30pm AgeUK Outreach

2.15pm Friendship Club

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship

November 2017

Minster Matters


What’s On…


MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion 61 Augustine Road EVERY WEDNESDAY 2.00pm - 4.00pm Come and join us for a game of Bingo ALL MEMBERS and bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat on 822 622 KNIT AND TALK TIME in MINSTER LIBRARY Beginners and non-knitters welcome Swap patterns and wool Occasional Speakers on various topics Tea & Coffee provided Every Friday 10.30 - 12noon THANET FARMERS’ MARKET Second Sunday of each Month 9.30am - 1.00pm NEW VENUE!! St Georges School Westwood Road, Broadstairs info@thanetfarmersmarket.co.uk

Minster & Monkton Horticultural Society Next Meeting Wednesday 15 November 7.30pm Village Hall Speaker Roger Thompson on ‘Bees and Honey’ Points competition a plate of honey biscuits

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR ST. MARY’S CHURCH CLIFFSEND SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 11.00AM - 3.00PM Men’s Supper Club Meeting Wednesday 13 December 7 for 7.30pm Old Schools, Church St., Minster Christmas Dinner and Pudding for £8.50 which includes a glass of wine or beer Further drinks available for a donation Come along and meet new friends, it is informal and welcoming

CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS’ MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further information Phone: 226 033 k.chadband@btinternet.com

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197 info@sandwichtowncouncil.gov.uk

Booking Essential For more details or to book phone Peter Mockeridge on 447 692 or 07981 184 224

MINSTER ARMBOUTS-CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION Diary Dates 13 January – Ice Show 27 January – Bingo in the Old Schools 3 Quizzes – March, June and September. 12 May – 20th Anniversary September – Treasure Hunt

Annual Meeting Tuesday 14 November 7.30pm Village Hall Election of President and Committee www.minsterthanetwi.org.uk

PSYCHIC FAYRE Sunday 19 November Village Hall 10.00am - 4.00pm Lots of Stalls Mediums giving Tarot, Spirit, Angel Cards and Psychometry Readings Tombola for Cats in Crisis Tea bar open all day at reasonable prices £1 entrance, children free Come early & book your readings All profits to be sent to Animal Sanctuaries Enquiries to Kay on 01843 297 665

The Isle Of Thanet Canine Society Dog Obedience Classes Kennel Club Good Dog Awards Newington Community Centre Princess Margaret Avenue , Ramsgate Thursday Evenings 7.00pm - Puppies and Beginners 7:40pm - Adults 8:30pm - Ringcraft (Training for the Show Ring) Fee is £4 per pup/dog per class Refreshments and dog treats can be purchased or bring your own and a favourite toy for fetch/play For further details ring Ron on 07561 558 574

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November 2017

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





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

FREE for TWO places available


To Find Out More And Book Your Place

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

01843 821 482

Hire Times and Prices

Molineux Road, Minster, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4PS minsterdaynursery@gmail.com Registered Charity 1110919

Monday-Friday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) Saturday & Sunday

15:00hrs to 21:00hrs

09:00hrs to 21:00hrs

Price Structure * Full Pitch : £42 hour

Off-Peak Full Pitch : £29 hour

Half Pitch : £29 hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA

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

Call Martin Isaac 01304 812077 for details. Powers of Attorney also arranged. Home appointments available. Affiliated to the Society of Will Writers. Age nt of Ae gis Wealth Ltd www.a e giswealth.co.uk

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

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

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

CPS Heating & Plumbing 01843 589 076

32 Ozengell Place Eurokent Business Park Ramsgate CT12 6PB

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

November 2017 Est 1980


Free Quotations Tel 01843 821 147 including Answerphone


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

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SIMON STAIT Complete Property Maintenance

01843 595 979

07727 687 538

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

16 High Street, Minster, CT12 4BU

If you are looking for a new Dentist and take your dental care seriously come in and see us. We do implants, Invisalign, dentures and cosmetic work. All children welcome. Give Sharon a ring on

01843 825 444 Please visit our website and read our blog at www.abbeydc.co.uk for details of all the services available Angelene Burton BChD (Pretoria) Graeme Van De Merwe BDS BSc (Hons)


PLUMBING & HEATING For a free quote contact

01843049 221 702 07725 067 07979 890 151 07469 247 822 jayson.5@hotmail.co.uk gosling16@hotmail.co.uk

Roger holds regular advice surgeries. For appointments and advice on urgent problems:

Ring: 01843 848 588 (a.m. from l0.00) Web: www.rogergale.co.uk Email: galerj@parliament.uk Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS, London, SW1A 0AA

CAR & VAN SALES TEL: 01843 869 600

08 2008 Peugeot 207 Sport, Hard Top Convertible,

09 2009 Vauxhall Insignia Sri,

1.6lt petrol, manual, red met, 62k miles, A/C. Electric convertible roof for summer and a draft free hardtop the winter all for

16v, manual, 5 door hatch, met grey, alloy wheels, 94k miles with service history. All for ……

N Reg 1975 VW Beetle 1200, This Vehicle has previously undergone extensive renovation works and a recent new MOT and service and has now been put up for sale, a lovely clean car and is priced at £5395

58 2008 Mini Clubman Cooper Estate,

1.0lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, met purple, 50k with service history, one previous owner, Zero road tax, low insurance All for only……



53 2003 Mini Cooper,

62 2012 Vauxhall Agila,

1.6lt petrol, AUTO, 3 door hatch, LOW MILEAGE 55k with service history, met silver all for All for ……

1.2lt petrol, manual, 5 door hatch, 21k mls with service history, silver, r/c/l, p/s, cheap road tax, low insurance All for …


1.3lt diesel, manual, 5 door hatch, met silver, lots of storage and boot space, a very versatile vehicle All for ...



12 2012 Peugeot 208 Active,

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


12 2012 Fiat Qubo,

1.6lt petrol, manual, white, 56k miles, cloth int, A/C, and lots more All for …

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





MOT Test Centre All Makes Servicing All Vehicle Maintenance Tyre Centre Car Sales Recovery Service


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


13 2013 Vauxhall Zafira Exclusive CDTi MPV, 1.7lt diesel, 7 SEATER,

60 2010 Vauxhall Meriva SE CDTi Auto, 1.7lt diesel, 5 door hatch,

white, one owner from new, 72k miles with service history All for …

58k miles, service history, 2 previous owners, met grey, Parrot hands free phone kit, All for only...



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

TEL: 01843 869 600 EMAIL: enquiries@birchingtonautos.co.uk

Insurance Approved Accident Repair Centre 14 PATRICIA WAY, PYSONS ROAD IND. EST., BROADSTAIRS CT10 2LF

TEL: 01843 862491 www.broadstairsaccidentrepairs.com

Full body repairs

Dent removal

Car resprays

Vehicle restoration

4 wheel alignment

Aluminium repairs

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Minster Matters - Issue197 - November17  

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