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Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 108 : October 2009 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

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Kent Village of the Year 2009 WELL DONE MINSTER !!

Due in the most part to the great sell the village representatives gave to the judges it is our pleasure to tell you that Minster-in-Thanet has been bestowed the accolade of Calor Kent Village of the Year 2009 and now go forward to the represent the County in the Regional/National finals. First round judging for this is on Monday 28th September - so keep your fingers crossed. Minster was awarded a Highly Commended in the Business category, 2nd place in Sustainability and 1st in both Community Life and Communications. Paul Willins and Nora Aldous (MM) attended the award ceremony, on 1st September, in Ashford and

came home laden with a Commemorative Plaque, 4 Framed Awards, 5 Certificates, 2 Cheques totalling ÂŁ500, plus authorisation letters to collect 3 trees which are to be planted in and around the village. The Plaque has since been mounted on the post just below the Village Sign outside of the Gossip Shop, where it can easily be seen by everyone entering the village via Tothill St. Two large Village of the Year signs have also been erected, one at the top of Tothill the other in Monkton Road (near top of Sheriffs Court Lane). These will remain in place just for one year. Press interest the following week was unbelievable we had numerous radio and newspaper interviews, plus photo shoots and even interest from Isle Magazine. So well done to all concerned and thank you to the whole village as it really was a team effort, that involved us all, whether or not you actually realised it. The judges were particularly impressed with the Church, the Abbey, the All Weather Pitch, this Magazine and associated publications, plus numerous other everyday things that go to make Minster the great community that it is. AGAIN -WELL DONE !!

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Oct Friday (paid service) Monday - Tuesday 3/4 Minster Art Show 9th / 23rd October 5th/6th; 19th/20th 3/4 Old Schools - Refreshments 2nd/3rd; 16th/17th; 30th 4 Salvation Army Harvest Service 6th / 20th November 5 Salvation Army Harvest Supper Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, The Attic, Bens or Library 10 Saturday Market Copy for any issue of 10 RSPCA 50s/60s Night MINSTER - How To Find Us Minster Matters 12 RBL Women’s Section Meeting For those looking to use a Sat Nav must be received (at the very latest !!) to locate the village 13 WI Meeting by the 3rd Friday of preceding month the Library at 4A Monkton Road 14 Mothers Union regardless of date is the approximate centre of the village 15 WI Coffee & Chat www.minstermatters.org.uk and the postcode there is CT12 4EA 16 Flower Show AGM editorialteam@minstermatters.org.uk GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the village square are TR 309 647 Skype us at: editor.minstermatters 17 Simply Rod 51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E Editor-in-Chief (& Advertising) 18 St Mary’s - Connections Ray Owen (822322) 19 Thanet Deanery Meeting Useful Numbers and Contacts 21 Horticultural Society AGM Editorial Team: Thanet STD Code : 01843 All members can be reached through 25 Cliftonville Farmers Market the above email address Community Warden: 28 Pegwell Bay Reserve Guided Walk Co-Editor Amy Murray 825041 Don Bacon: 07811 271 302 31 St Nicholas Church - Charity Day Sub-Editor Brenda Saker 822846 PC Kim Burgess: 07980 683 956 (for reporting non-urgent information) Nov Sub-Editor Eve Tilbee 821545 PC Darren Reed: 07989 992 283 6 PFA Firework Display Podcaster & CD 825306 Nora Aldous Police Station: 231055 10 Pegwell Bay Reserve Volunteers Day Newshound Sue Greenstreet 823035 (for reporting crimes or non urgent information to Snappy 14 Pegwell Bay Reserve Guided Walk Diane Cotterill 822394 Thanet Police) Accounts Rodney Rose 821965 Thanet District Council: 577000 20 Wine and Wisdom (main switchboard) 21 Xmas Bazaar and Craft Fair Collection boxes for hard copy are available at both the Community Dog Warden: 577580 Dec Library and the Gossip Shop Salvation Army Hall: 825178 or send your copy via snail mail to: 9/12 Playhouse - Once Upon A Time....

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Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2009 at 7pm in the Neighbourhood Centre Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; tel: 821339 fax: 825269 Email: minsterpc@tiscali.co.uk

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Well what a month September was, firstly the Kent Village of the Year awards followed by days of radio and newspaper interviews, then the installation of a new Major at the Salvation Army and finally the huge fire in Monkton Road, it all happens in Minster !! Yellow lines are still the talk of the village, but I believe the Parish Council have asked for a Holding Order on them whilst they seek information from the school and collate traffic movements from the CCTV cameras in Monkton Road. One of our letter writers last month said something about the under used car park in Monkton Road, well I’ve personally been doing some self monitoring of this over the past month and during the working day it is far more often full to overflowing than it ever is empty ! The new East Kent Access Road Phase 2 is about to be started. This runs from the Mount Pleasant Roundabout at the top of the hill along towards Cliffsend and then down across the fields to Tubb’s Corner at Ebbsfleet, a plan of its route is shown across the centre pages of this issue. This is bound to have repercussions on traffic movements in and out of the village, for quite a long time, so please remember to leave extra time for your journeys in and out of Minster. NOW- there was no space left elsewhere in this issue, due to too much available copy, (we’ve had to leave some things out again) but I was asked to thank all of those villagers that went along and supported the “Wheels for Ralph” Fun Day in the Rec, organiser Christine Chittenden told me they raised just in excess of £1,000 on the day. So from me, thank you Minster residents you are always great at supporting worthy causes. Did anyone notice that it was my car in Poor Parking last month ? See, even I’m not immune to being pulled up for my misdemeanours - don’t know why I even parked liked that, but I’m claiming I was forced to get on the path by another inconsiderate driver, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it !! Just to round it off, here is a picture of Paul and Nora receiving the Winners award at the beginning of the month. A great evening with some great company and good grub !! The chocolate cake was delicious. That’s it, no more space. Who said thank goodness!! Oh - where’s Zac today?





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“One wonderful old chap, who always claimed his chair by the fire of a Sunday lunchtime, had been part of the Army of Occupation after the Great War. Tom would ‘go on’ about ‘Dunkel Lager’ which I think is Dark Beer.’ Another old timer, who insisted on sitting by the dartboard, on being bought a whisky, would knock it back, remarking, “It wouldn’t fill ‘an ‘ollow tooth!” Yet another old gent, who had a cleft palate and a harelip, had volunteered in 1914 and been rejected. He commented, Can you imagine me trying to say, ‘Alt who goes there?” He was conscripted in 1916! I think most of the locals served in the Buffs, the East Kent Regiment, the old 3rd Foot. Mr Spicer was an exception to the rule, he had been in the Kent Yeomanry, and had served in Palestine. He would go on about his square-bashing, his sergeant major had made a great impression on him, “I ‘ope you’re all God fearing men, becos’ I’m God Almighty!” Mr Spicer went on to say that when they went into action, they held a spare horse by the reins because, “Them Turks were evil blighters, they would shoot the horse and not the man!” Then there were the Harnett brothers. The younger brother had served in Mesopotamia, now Iraq, and always bemoaned the fact, by the time he returned to the village the street party held for the returning heroes from France was long past. He received little sympathy from the veterans of the Western Front! I can recall him standing in the public bar, thumbs hooked into the braces of his bib overalls, saying, “I were a sniper”. At the time, in my ignorance I thought, Gordon Bennett, this country yokel, a sniper? Of course since then I have discovered marksmanship is only part of being a sniper, knowledge of the countryside and field-craft is every bit as important, which made him ideal material.



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October 2009 The elder brother, ‘Nipper’ Harnett, walked with a severe limp and always used a stick. Nipper hadn’t been wounded in action; it was a legacy of an injury sustained in a German salt mine. All the other old boys used to rib him for having been a P.O.W. but he never retaliated. I think he revelled in being the centre of attention, I can see him now, holding his ground in the middle of the pub, his eyes twinkling and his pipe gripped in his teeth at a defiant angle! One old chap hadn’t been a local lad, he was a Londoner and had retired to the village. He was an ostler in civilian life and ended the war as a sergeant major in the Royal Artillery, he was very much the ‘old soldier’, a real ‘Jack the Lad’.

A grand body of men, they were my introduction to the First World War. If I had known how my interest would grow, I probably would have hounded them for information.” John goes on to say that the first person mentioned, Tom, was an ex-council worker, a retired steamroller driver, possibly not married. He owned a car, which was quite exceptional in the early sixties and always parked his black Standard right outside the public bar window, he possibly lived some distance from the pub. John said the old chap who was rejected by the army in 1914 that his daughter, Ivy Norton or Horton was the pub cleaner. Mr Spicer lived very close to the White Horse, his grandson would pay an occasionalvisit; he was training to be a pilot with BOAC at the time. Finally I have been told by John that Mr and Mrs Harnett lived in the crossing keepers house and Mrs Harnett being employed as the official crossing keeper, this being at a time when the gates were manned and opened by hand. Many of us still remember Mrs Harnett, and as children the dread in having to ring the bell to get the gates open to cross the line with our bikes. John is looking for the Christian names of the Harnett brothers. Should anyone know of these veterans, and their surnames, please could you contact me, or leave any information for my attention at the library. It would be nice to help John, after all these years get the information he seeks. I have gleaned the following from the Kelly’s Street directories of the early sixties, and assume that Ernest Harnett was the crossing keepers husband. Ernest Harnett - 1, Station Road Frank Harnett - 84, Monkton Road George Harnett - 29, Rose Gardens. Herbert Hamett -1, Domneva Road Miss Harnett - 46, Durlock Leslie Harnett - 48, Durlock Geoffrey Spicer - 7, Augustine Road. Harold Spicer - Rose Cottage, Way Thank you Danny Day,


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October 2009 Apology from the Editor I must admit to misreading the Bowls Club report last month and not only did I get a members name wrong but I even selected the wrong gender !! My sincere apologies to Barbara White (Babs) whom I renamed Bob. However, in my defence, I’m not really sure if it was my eyes or the Bowls Captains handwriting that was the initial problem. It was especially tragic because it was the first time Babs had won a club competition and her moment of glory passed in an article that got the facts wrong. I stand corrected and have given myself a slap on the wrist (the good one!) Ray WORLD MASTERS JUDO CHAMPION Wesley Cousins from Minster, age 32, 2nd Dan Judo, competed at the World Masters Judo Championships in Atlanta, Georgia this August, where he won a 2nd place Silver Medal. Wesley has already achieved British Masters Gold in 2007 - British Sambo Wrestling 2007 - British Masters Silver 2008 & 2009. He is now in training for the 2010 World Masters which will be held in Montreal, Canada and he is going for gold. Well done, Wesley !!


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MINSTER TWINNING ASSOCIATION Bonjour Mes Amis and welcome to more exciting news from the Association! After last month’s marathon review of our successful summer events, it remains for me now to once again reiterate the position where the Twinning now stands. As has been mentioned many times in the past, every resident in Minster is a member of the Twinning. That means you can attend the monthly meetings and engage in suggestions and/or criticisms with the committee as to what and where we can improve our commitment to the village. The main focus for our sponsorship in the past, and hopefully in the future, is to help fund the Exchange trip to Armbouts-Cappel for the Year 5 children at Minster Primary. Also to host and meet the cost of breakfast for the children and teachers from Armbouts when they are over here for their part of the exchange. This is not the only sponsorship available, but in order to find out what you, the readers, and members would like, then we need your support. As was mentioned in last month’s MM, we will shortly be losing our Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. We need to fill these positions at the AGM in November in order to continue with the great work the Twinning has achieved so far and also to continue the Exchange visits for Year 5 children who benefit so much from this. I’m sure also that the village children would love to continue to see St Mildred the Nun, our very own Giant (Geant) in the village festivities next year. So, what about all you Mums and Dads with children who have recently started Year 5? Why not come along and have a say in the Exchange? Join the Committee for a year and, if its not for you, then at least you can say you gave it a shot and also took an active interest in your child’s visit to France. Being on the Committee gives you a vote; meetings are only once a month (but that could change with the next elected Committee). Give it a try, it’s not too difficult. Our next and last meeting before the AGM will be on Wednesday 7th October above the Library. So why not come along and see what we are about, then join us at the same venue on Thursday 12th November for the AGM and Election of Officers for the next successful year. If we have no Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer then poor St Mildred may have to be Mothballed and never again see the light of day, and our future village children will be left asking……..Who was St Mildred? Remember Minster does Matter A bientôt!

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MINSTER-IN-THANET WI September’s meeting was a lively and colourful one, thanks to a display of Morris Dancing from the Offcumduns who are based in Eastry. Mrs Marge Wiltcher gave a talk on the origins of Morris Dancing, with mention of literary references as early as 1303. After a video presentation of the different styles of dancing, and costumes worn, the Offcumduns (meaning: “Strangers or Incomers”) took the floor, and after their super display some of our members volunteered to “have a go”. Mention here of one of the Offcumduns - 9 year old Lizzie from Minster Mayhems, who saw our member through her paces! Readers of last month’s report in MM will recall the report on the “Celebrate Kent” exhibition - at the same time of placing the report, the results were not to hand, and we can now proudly report that out of 61 high-standard entries, Minster were very well placed; the winning entry scored 165 points, then came 2 ties at 2nd place, and 3 ties at 3rd, followed by us with 160 ½ points. We are looking forward to a busy run-up to Christmas, with another visit planned to see the filming of the Alan Titchmarsh Show; Sunshine Club outings; Dabble Day; games evenings; handicraft and crafts group meetings, and the Scrabble evening - all in addition to our monthly branch meetings and coffee and chat mornings! At the next branch meeting on Tuesday 13th October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Mr. Rob Masters will give a talk on The Joys of Christmas - new members and visitors will be made welcome. There will be a competition, for 3 muffins, the first two placed to represent Minster at the Acol Group Meeting later in the month.


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Your Letters .... Dear Editor, I have read with interest the two articles you published in the September, Minster Matters - “Yellow Lines in Monkton Road Long Overdue” and “Yellow Lines — Is it such a huge deal?” I would like to ask, how often do those correspondents use the village shops, if they used the village shops they would know the effect these yellow lines will have on all the businesses who are trying to compete with the major chain supermarkets that have thousands of car park spaces. If the pavements had not been widened, this problem would not have occurred. The car park is currently overflowing and if further parking restrictions are imposed, where can the customers park to shop. The village traders are fortunate to have the support of the majority of the village who shop locally and keep the community alive. If the yellows do go ahead, it will affect most of the traders in Minster and will gradually lead to the demise of the village life. When there is nothing left in the village and you do not have a car or need something quickly there will be nothing available. Minster is a very desirable village to live in because it offers all the amenities. Before proceeding with the lines, please check the surrounding villages where there are no shops and how these villages regret losing their community shops — please stop Minster from becoming a ghost town, instead of trying to shut the little shops down, encourage the traders by bringing a more positive attitude to the village life. Think of all the elderly people who DO NOT HAVE CARS and rely on the village. Ragini Patel

Kent Village of the Year - Thanks I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ray Owen and the Minster Matters team, together with Paul Willins and Kyla Lamb for all playing such a huge part in helping Minster to win the Kent Village of the Year award. A number of people work extremely hard for the benefit of this village but do not always receive the recognition they deserve, this being a particular example, with praise going to and being received by the Parish Council. I hope they acknowledge these background workers. (Name and address supplied) Thanks from Minster Matters - MM would like to say a special thank you to everyone who has given us donations recently, with an extra special mention to the Show Committee for their most unexpected gift.


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Friday 16th October - 8.00pm Village Hall Committee Room Drinks and crisps provided FOR ALL YOUR GARDEN MACHINERY NEEDS On the agenda is the discussion of changing the constitution so the name is officially “Minster Show” to reflect the changes in society and the * SALES * SERVICING * Show over the last 124 years. Anyone with a view on this is very * SPARES * REPAIRS * welcome at the AGM. If you cannot make it, and wish to write comments please get them to : IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW MOWER Dominique Vaughan (Chair), 28 Orchard Close, Minster. OR ANY OTHER GARDEN MACHINERY Also the addition of Cliffsend to the list of affiliated Villages. DELIVERED TO YOU FULLY ASSEMBLED Anyone interested in joining the Committee or finding out more about AND DEMONSTRATED how it is run is welcome. See you there to start having a say in next year’s Show VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE Unit 4, Ebbsfleet Lane, Minster, Ramsgate CT12 5DI Tel: 01843 825000


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Trying to TRACE - A few of us old Minster beings are looking for Michael Pollard - about his sister, Barbara - was known to live round Way. Also Linda Court or Tessa or Maurice from Monkton Road in the 50’s. If any readers know their whereabouts we would be grateful for any information via Email - mbgn.brimaur@tesco.net Thank you, Maureen, Lesley, Brenda and Brian.



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Internet Services Dial up vs Broadband

If you are one of the small percentage of people still using a dial-up internet service, it may be time to have a rethink. Technology is moving fast and dial-up is beginning to struggle to keep up. There are many reasons to switch to broadband; her are just a few: 1. Speed I recently visited a customer who needed to use her dial-up internet service to ‘download’ a large item from the internet. After 2 hours and almost finished, she received a phone call which interrupted her connection and she had to start over again. In the end, I downloaded the item for her on my broadband service – it took 4 minutes. 2. Time Unfortunately, most websites these days are built with only broadband users in mind. With a mass of pictures and text and fancy flashing images on each page, it can make a page very ‘heavy’. Trying to squeeze such a heavy page down a little dial-up pipe is hard work and requires a lot of time consuming hanging around. Broadband’s super strength makes viewing most websites a breeze, taking just seconds. 3. Communication You can use your telephone and use the internet at the same time – particularly important if you have an emergency or safety service connected to your phone. 4. Cheaper and easier than ever Like many household utilities, broadband usually comes with a 12 or 18 month contract. Prices vary from around £6 per month to £25 per month and there are many companies to choose from including BT, Sky, O2, and Talk Talk. Set up instructions are written for ‘normal’ people these days and you don’t need an IT degree to do it. 5. Open up a new world Watch TV on your computer, play radio from around the world, video chat with your family and friends, send and receive photographs quickly and easily – all things that a dial-up service finds pretty hard, if not impossible, to do. Note – if you have a very old computer (8+ years), it may not be able to be set up with broadband, so it’s worth checking before you go ahead. Your PC must be running Windows 2000 or later, have a CD-ROM drive and a spare ‘ethernet’ port on the back. So all you dial-up people out there, be brave, go for it! Jackie Raines Home Computer Tuition


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Life Coaching will help you to: Deal with stress Be more positive

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Free consultation I offer a free (no-obligation) 30 minute consultation, so you can see if Life Coaching is for you. Contact Please contact me to find out more or to book your free consultation. Phone: 01843 826149 / 07731 999 474 Email: jennifersmithcoaching@yahoo.com Web: www.reachyourdreams.co.uk Certified Life Coach, (BSc) Psychology, RSA Counselling Skills

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JOHN C MORRIS SOLICITOR Qualified 1952 18 Alfred Road, Birchington Tel: 841442 No Steps : No Stairs No Parking Problems Come and be pampered in beautiful Minster country house surroundings at very competitive prices!! Acrylic Nails Full Set £26 Infills £19 Nail Art/Gems from £3 Eyelash Tint £8 Brow tint £6 Luxury Facial £19 Aromatherapy Massage from £16 Indian Head Massage £17 Manicure/Pedicure from £16 Body Massage from £13 Full body massage £25 Waxing from £3

MINSTER FOOTBALL CLUB 5/9 Oddfellows 3 - 3 Minster FC 12/9 Pfizer 5 - 3 Minster FC 19/9 Everybodys Inn 1 - 3 Minster FC

MPG CARPET CLEANING (small local family run business)

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) We also clean carpets - upholstery internal walls/ceilings in caravans and mobile homes. For quotes please call:-

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Vanessa Fairbrass (C&G qualified florist) Rose Cottage Manor Road St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY

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A BIRD’S EYE VIEW by “ED” THE PEACOCK Hi everyone! Thanks for all your support throughout the year and reading my new column here. It’s been a funny old year, some really great things and some not so good, but I’m here to tell the tale and that is always a bonus. My weeks events start on Monday - when I usually stroll round the marshes and then up to Watchester Lane, where I do a spot of insect eating round the plants and veggies, however I tend not to visit one garden, because I’m out of favour there. Then I make my way up to Morton’s Fork because I get some lovely titbits left over from their fabulous Sunday Carvery. Tuesday - I popped up to see Ray from “Minster Matters” for a bit of advice on editorial and political correctness before writing my column. Wednesday and Friday - I do a bit of traffic calming by sitting in the road so the lads can slow down and have a chat. “Pulled any nice birds lately Ed ?” one of them shouts - they know I only get the ugly ones! Drama in “The Gossip Shop” on Thursday, when a stranger sat in Danny Day’s chair, and then poor old Emily got her tummy stuck in the can opener whilst doing her favourite sandwich of bacon and banana (that’s hormones for you - not something us blokes have to worry about). Did notice however No.45’s nets were a bit mucky. Friday - How fantastic to see my village winning prizes for it’s beauty and community spirit - in the local paper. Aren’t we lucky to live here! Don’t know where they got that ugly bunch from in the picture, when they could have had me. Saturdays are great - I usually nip into the church before the brides arrive and get the last of the green fly off the floral arrangements and wait to see the Bride herself. Unfortunately some of the guests have such large hats that I can’t see past them (some the size of a Las Vegas Show Girl costume) - that’s when I jump into the trees before making my way home. It’s amazing what you can see going on from a roof - grey underwear on washing lines, who forgets to draw the curtains before getting out of the bath, whose roof needs attention and best of all - whose writing anonymous letters to my mate Michael. It’s all in the next issue! If you’d like to hear more of my adventures or have some gossip to add, then please write and tell me: c/o Minster Matters or c/o Michael, The Old Vicarage, Minster. Kind regards, see you round the village - ED x.


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ROAD CONSTRUCTION AT TOP OF THE VILLAGE The map shows the proposed route of the new road, on which work is scheduled to start at the beginning of October. Obviously this is going to cause some major traffic holdups at busy periods, so please be aware and leave plenty of time for your journeys in and out of the village.

ENVY Unisex Hairdressers Modern Salon * Friendly Welcome Affordable Prices Mon/Wed/Sat 9.00am - 1.00pm Tues 9.00am - 4.00pm Thurs/Fri 9.00am - 5.30pm 27 High Street, Minster

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MAJOR DENISE COOPER THE NEW COMMANDING OFFICER AT MINSTER SALVATION ARMY Minster Matters welcomes Major Denise Cooper to the village and we thank the Salvation Army for their very kind invitation to her Installation Service. The service and the singing were great as was the tea, that we were also invited to, later in the afternoon. The evening service saw “Joyous Noise” in great voice, whilst thinking especially of John who lay in hospital at that time. Major Denise had us all in stitches with the “who am I” quiz, that she inflicted on some of her Officers, but I feel sure they will forgive her “this time !”. I am not a very religious man, but I truly enjoyed both of the Services and I even sang along, although not too loudly, in the hope that my off key voice wasn’t heard above those who can obviously make a much better job of it. The eats were delicious and those in the kitchen make a “mean cup of tea”, so hopefully I might get invited back to sample it again sometime.

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CAJ Plumbing Services Qualified local plumber (Minster based) Professional service - No job too small

Call Chris on

07901 716 939 for a competitive quotation

TICKET PRICES In Advance On the Night £ 3 per person £ 3.50 per person £ 10 Group of 4 £ 11 Group of 4 Pre-Schooler’s free

MORRISON’S “LET’S GROW” SCHOOL VOUCHERS Our School Garden needs Your Morrison’s Vouchers closing date 25th November 09 SO NOT VERY LONG !!!

If you can help please hand them into the school office *REMEMBER* apart from the yellow vouchers you receive you should also look for additional voucher codes on your till receipts like the one shown here, then enter the code total on back of receipt as here

Pawfection Dog Grooming Service All Breeds Welcome Kind Professional Service Fully Insured Professionally Trained

Gemma & Sandie 69 High Street Minster, CT12 4AB 01843 825841





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Mick & Jan @ The Saddler We would like to thank all of our customers and everybody in the village for all the support you have given us over the past 12 years. Our special thanks to our brilliant staff, the Bat & Trap, Pool, Football and Darts teams for their loyalty and friendship to us during this time. We have made many friends and have had great times with everyone, so thank you all for making our time here such a pleasure Mick & Jan

Tarot and Readings Professional and discreet with over 20 years experience contact Eleanor or Graham

822550 for more details

October 2009 Re: June Todman (nee Jezard) Just wanted to thank you for putting message out in Minster Matters. We have had a wonderful response, my mum is now going to meet up with her old childhood friend, she has not seen her since she was about 10!! We have also made contact with others who knew my grandfather. I have had a couple of messages passed to me saying that they couldn’t contact me as they don’t have computers!! I forgot that some of this age group would not have access to email. Hopefully they have managed to contact me via others. I may be cheeky asking but, if you have room could you run my address in case there are others out there. Sandra Twiddy Jackerells Bungalow, Reeds Lane, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9DQ Tel: 01403 730121 Hello old friends in Minster. I lived at the baker’s with my mum & dad. Does anybody remember me, my name was June Jezard. I had happy days there till the war came & everything changed. My childhood friend was Dottie London. I still have photos of us playing in our garden. I would love to hear from anybody who knows her. My aunt was Edie Barnes who was a councillor & very well known. June Todman junetod@tiscali.co.uk Ian and Joan Card would like to say a very heartfelt thank you for all the kind enquiries and offers of help given during Ian’s recent illness. It is a pleasure to live in Minster. Thank you all once again. ISLE MAGAZINE (DEC 09 - FEB 10) Entries are required by TDC for the next issue of Isle Magazine. This issue covers Christmas, New Year and Valentines, so if you have something planned during this time then get your info in before closing date. Information for inclusion must be submitted by Friday 9th October. Information required is: Event title, venue address, contact name and number, email address, dates, opening times, prices and 20 words of copy about the event. All entries are completely free. Send info to Emma.Dadds@thanet.gov.uk






A well extended detached house A well presented unusual A well presented mid terraced An immaculately presented modern house situated in a small three bedroom semi detached detached cottage of charm and of character house situated on the West Cliff character situated in the village development at Cliffsend Two double bedrooms Sitting/dining room opening onto the lawned rear garden Double glazing and gas central heating. Garage and parking space £150,000

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Fitted kitchen with integral appliances. Open plan sitting/dining room Manicured lawned rear garden Garage, off road parking, gch and Double Glazing £190,000

Sitting room and dining room with feature exposed beams and fireplace,cottage style kitchen with integral appliances two double bedrooms and a single bedroom/study, pretty enclosed rear courtyard £265,000

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KENS BIKES Want your bike repaired or serviced? We collect and return - FREE in your area 24hr Turn-round A Professional Service

26/28 Eaton Road, Margate 01843 221422 inc Eve’s and Sundays Ride to Remember - Jake Philpott The 5th Annual bike ride to remember Jake Philpott took place on Sunday, 30th August. It was a great day cycling 22 miles with plenty of refreshment stops en route. Thanks to everyone that tood part and to those that bought raffle tickets or made donations. A cheque for £400 has been sent to the P.H.A.

Congratulations to all children who completed the Summer reading Challenge at Minster Library Donald Tsang 1st Oliver Cragoe-Hills 2nd Harry Day 3rd Ruby Day Penelope Curry Aimee Munro Robert Winslow Ellorah Brown Lily Greenstreet Naomi Cowell Jessica Harrison-Lindley Ethan Page Richard Hulks Thomas Hulks Katrina Setterfield Shea Philpott Callum Philpott

Tynham Philpott Aisling Philpott Ty Coleman Susannah Grace Chloe Allen Gemma Allen Stacie Holland Emma Holland Rebecca Morrison Ayiana Morgan Amos Wollen Kyla Murray Kian Murray Bryony Jay Arianne Daw and any others who collected medals after MM deadline

Traditional Good Quality Fish & Chips

*Real Food* Eating In ? Bring your own wine no corkage charge

ARCHIES High St, Minster

Tel: (01843) 822268 Opening Times:- Mon - Sat 11.30am ‘til 9.30pm (inc Bank holidays)

(Same Owner for 30 years)

Skin Care and Associated Therapies * Unisex Salon * Late Evenings ‘til 9pm * Gift Vouchers * Semi Permanent Make-up * Dermal Fillers * Slimming Treatments * Nail Treatments * Holistic Treatments * Bio Sculpture Gel Nails * Oxygen Therapy * Dermalogica Treatments * Micro Dermabrasion * Waxing/Tinting/Make-up * Pregnancy Massage * Non-Surgical Face Lift * LED Light Therapy * Colonic Irrigation * Chiropractor * Skin Tag/Red Vein/Milia Removal *Spa Days & Exclusive Parties Open: Mon 9am - 3pm • Tues/Wed 9am - 5pm Thurs/Fri 9am - 9pm • Sat 9am - 5pm

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October 2009

The 50s/60s night Saturday 10th October Winter Gardens, Queens Hall The other big fundraiser coming up in October is the 50s/60s night. This was a great night last year dancing to One for the Road, This little Girl and Sam’s Jukebox. The tickets are £10/head and fancy dress is optional but definitely adds to the atmosphere! Anyone wanting information or tickets can ring Barbara Woodrough on 01843 297931.

39th MINSTER ART EXHIBITION VILLAGE HALL SATURDAY 3rd OCTOBER 10am - 5pm SUNDAY 4th OCTOBER 11am - 4pm If any local artists would like a chance to see their work hanging at the show, please contact Jamie Thomson on 01843 821280 for an entry form

ZAC’s MUSINGS So much to say - so little space to say it

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01843 822371 A La Carte & Buffet Menu Available Delivery Service £1.00 Delivery Charge on Every Order Minimum Order £10.00 within 3 mile radius

OPENING HOURS Sunday 12noon - 2.00pm 5.30pm - 11.00pm Monday - Wednesday 5.00pm - 11.00pm Thursday - Saturday 12noon - 2.00pm 5.00pm - 11.30pm

For all the jobs you don’t have time to do ! Interior & Exterior Home Improvements and Repairs Also Hedge Cutting , Gardening , Fencing , Patios Free estimates. No job too small. Local, Reliable and Friendly. Fully Insured.

Ring Trevor on: 01843 822541 07765 907480

Minster Village Hall every Thursday 9.30am to 10.30am All Welcome Ideal for: Ÿ Improving Fitness • Maintaining Muscle Tone Ÿ Challenging Core Stability and Co-ordination Incorporating PILATES CORE STABILITY Principles Classes £3.00 per session please contact Vikki Liepins on 07971 162 859 Wear comfortable loose clothing and soft trainer type shoes

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Short Mat Bowls Sessions for October Tuesday Sunday 6th 6pm - 9pm 4th No bowls 11th 6pm - 9pm 13th 6pm - 9pm 18th 6pm - 9pm 20th 6pm - 9pm 25th 6pm - 9pm 27th 6pm - 9pm Phoenix Cup : Sunday 18th October - Start 6pm Pay as you play - no membership fees

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 821447


The Grass Master Get your lawn in shape using our professional lawn treatment service

* Fertilisation * Weed & Moss Control * Scarification * Aeration * Grass Cutting Landscaping * Paving * Decking Turves supplied and Installed Artificial Grass Supplied and Installed

Treatments start from just £12 - its cheaper than doing it yourself! For a Free lawn analysis & quotation please call

01843 823320 or 07973 817540 www.thegrassmaster.co.uk

(Est 1935)

MINSTER SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri Hire times and prices Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs Price Structure * Full Pitch : £25/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £15/hour Half Pitch : £15/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 tel: 821339 fax:825869 email: minsterpc@tiscali.co.uk

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

EXPRESS CLEARANCE Ltd. (Registered with Environment Agency for licensed tipping)


Sheds & Garages Taken Down Call us to make an appointment for your FREE quotation:-

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SDS ROOFING PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Tiled/Slate/Kent Peg/Lead-work Velux Installation/Loft Conversions General Building Work Specialist in Int & Ext Restoration Fully Insured All Work Guaranteed

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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: www.souththanetlabour.org.uk 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 e-mail:stephenladymanmp@souththanetlabour.org.uk Web site: www.steveladyman.labour.co.uk 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.

To Let - Calis Turkey Newly furnished 4 bed villa sleeps 8-10 with pool and air conditioning. Only 7 minutes from the beach, making this an ideal holiday destination especially due to the current great exchange rate on the Turkish Lira. Please call Jackie on

570706 or 07711 564 281 for price and availability I also offer Reiki or Hypnotherapy classes in the UK and Turkey. Prices: £135.00 UK or £310.00 inc Bed and Breakfast in Turkey

October 2009 Remembrance & Thank you’s Thanks - We at Tag Pet Rescue had our Open Day on Sunday. The day went well and we would like to say thank you to John at the Salvation Army, Minster, and Sister Benedict. They very kindly lent us some tables for the various stalls that day. The day went so well and we could not have done it without all the help from so many kind and generous people. Thank you from Marvyn Attwell for those who helped him in Ben’s Supermarket on the 11th September whilst he was again having a “funny”. Marvyn says “I remember Janet Johnson and Ben himself being there, but I would also like to thank all the others whose help was given to me”. ALEXANDER FOWLER 14th December 1928 Alex passed away at QEQM on 31st August 09. Marguerite and Family would like to thank Friends, Neighbours and especially the District Nurses for all the care, sympathy and condolences received, and also for all the kind donations to charities.



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Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services In

OCTOBER 4th October 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Animal Service 6.30pm: Evensong 11th October 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion (CW) 18th October 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 25th October 9am: Holy Cmmunion (BCP) 10am: Holy Communion (CW) Mid week service at St Mary’s Wednesdays 10.30am

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In OCTOBER 4th October 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 11th October 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP)

SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster Rev S. Fisher, 592071 ethelbert@fastmail.fm www.rc.net/southwark/ramsgate ----------------Parish Office: SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate, CT11 7DS ----------------Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12 noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin For other services in Minster please see Minster Abbey entry.

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Baptisms at Minster Parish Church: 30th August@ Bethany Pope-Bance Rebecca Croft Jack Lavender

The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street, Minster Major Denise Cooper 823830

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

www.minsterabbeynuns.org The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 7.30am Mass 8.15am, Sunday 10am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6pm Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians but people of all faiths and spiritual tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’ (rule of St. Benedict) are warmly welcomed to join us in prayer, in our beautiful monastic chapel.

18th October 11am: Holy Communion at Methodists 25th October 10.15am: Family Service


All animals and their responsible owners welcome !

Monday Baby Group (Parents & Babies up to 12 months), 9.30am to 12.30pm 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 Prayer Meeting and Quiet Time 9am - All are Welcome

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: 29th August Claudia Irvin & Harry Mee 5th September Smantha Richardson & Stuart Daniels

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

Funerals: 7th September Joyce May Hendon (89) at Thanet Crematorium

Salvation Army telephone number for the new building is 01843 825178 For more information please visit the website www.salvationarmy.org.uk/minster


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Minster Matters Events

ART SHOW WEEKEND 3rd & 4th October The Old Schools will be open for Refreshments All Welcome

Cliftonville Farmers Market The Oval Lawns 10.00am - 1.00pm Sun: 25th Oct 29th Nov; 20th Dec

Contact: June Chadband 01843 226 033 k.chadband@btinternet.com

MOTHERS UNION Next Meeting 14th October - 2pm St Mary’s Church Speaker to be arranged THANET DEANERY MEETING Holy Trinity, Broadstairs 19th October 10am Spkrs:Debbie & Edna Tupper on their vist to Rwanda Bring your own picnic - drinks provided SATURDAY MARKET October 10th 10.00am - 12.00noon Old Schools All the usual stalls Do come and join us for a Cuppa and a Chat

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BADMINTON CLUB Wine & Wisdom Village Hall Friday 20th November 7pm for 7.30pm start Pit your wits against Minster’s finest Only £5 each, up to tables of 8 please Some wine and nibbles will be provided but please bring your own glasses plus additional beverages and food if required To book or join a table please contact

Gail on 823402 Please be aware: Messages left with offspring rarely get through A donation will be made to the Kent Air Ambulance Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section Monay 12th October 7.30pm Dress a doll as a guy

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2pm - 4pm

All Welcome For further info phone Joan Cordwell on 823782

STEAM TRAINS www.uksteam.info Listed Journeys that may come via Minster Mon 21st Dec : 60163 Tornado White Cliffs Christmas Luncheon Special Times and routes can be found on the uk steam website


Friday 16th October Bangers & Mash Night 7.30pm Bingo Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information Miriam Smith 822589

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market Minster-in-Thanet WI. NEXT MEETING TUESDAY 13th OCTOBER 7.30pm VILLAGE HALL Speaker - Rob Masters “The Joys of Christmas” Visitors and new members welcome COFFEE AND CHAT THURSDAY 15th OCTOBER Village Hall Committee Room 10am to 12noon Further details - 597287 All are welcome to the Coffee and Chat. The morning is open to the men as well as the ladies

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday 21st October 7.30pm Village Hall Please note that anyone wishing to present a resolution at this meeting must submit it in writing to the Secretary, 9 High Street Minster at least a week before the meeting The AGM will be followed by a talk on “Paddlers, Waders and Swimmers” (birds of water) by Don Wilks CHARITY DAY St. NICHOLAS CHURCH St. Nicholas-at-Wade SATURDAY 31st OCTOBER 2009 10am to 3pm Christmas cards and Gifts on sale Ploughman’s Lunches and Refreshments available

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PATIENT LIAISON GROUP (MINSTER) NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic Thankfully, new cases have fallen considerably during the summer, but with the end of the holidays and everyone back at school or work, we should still be on our guard to help prevent the risk and spread of further infection, especially as we are approaching the period for seasonal flu to strike. So here are a couple of timely reminders: 1. Should flu strike, stay at home, rest, drink plenty and take Paracetamol, Aspirin or Ibruprofen to reduce the symptoms 2. If symptoms worsen seek advice from the National Pandemic Flu Service on 08001 513 513 : www.nhs.com or www.direct.gov.uk/swineflu Minster Surgery Flu Day The annual flu vaccinations will be carried out on Saturday 10th October. Those patients who are normally eligible to receive the vaccination (i.e. : aged over 65 or in certain risk groups) should contact the surgery to make an appointment. Members of this group will be available if you wish to speak to us about any suggestions or concerns you may have. It will also be a great opportunity for you to check your blood pressure using the machine in the waiting room. Christmas Craft Fair and Bazaar See advert on page 10 of this issue Your Opinions Count We are continually looking for ways to improve our services to you, so have if you have any comments you wish to make please feel free to contact us. For further information please contact: Jean Taylor on 845072 or Ken Self on 821200

IT’S PANTO TIME AGAIN MINSTER PLAYHOUSE at the VILLAGE HALL Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th Dec - 7.30pm Saturday Matinee - 2.30pm “Once Upon a time..” written by Paul Barron & Sarah Dyson. This is a traditional family Panto with all the usual suspects - Princes, Princesses, baddies and helpful(?) friends, with loads of audience participation! Get your boos, hisses and cheers ready. Tickets £6 / £5 concessions from Terry Wood 01843 220208. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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What’s on.. SANDWICH & PEGWELL BAY NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE VOLUNTEER WELCOME DAYS 2009 Come along to meet the wardens and join in conservation. Great family time too. Under 16’s accompanied by a responsible adult at all times please. No need to dress up, but do wear sensible footwear. Nibbles and drinks provided. No experience or skills required. Call 07889 822412 or 07747 608292 for more details www.kentwildlifetrust.co.uk 10.00 am on Tuesday 10 November (approx 5hrs) Chalk Grassland Management Help maintain the habitat for Orchids, butterflies and wild flowers and insects generally Meet at the Pegwell Bay Country Park car park GUIDED WALKS 2009 No charge made but donations always welcome About 2hrs duration on mostly level ground Call 07889 822412 or 07747 608292 for more details 9 a m on Wednesday 28 October Autumn Migration Bird Watch

ALTURNERTIVE 2 “Alturnertive2” offers visitors to Margate a chance to to see another innovative new show by the newlyformed artist-led group, Alturnertive. The show, due to open on Friday 25th September at the Harbour Arm Gallery, will display the work of some of Kent’s most talented emerging artists and art students. Some of these artists have exhibited widely, whereas for some this will be their first chance to show their work outside of their art school. Curator of Alturnertive2, Caron Ottewell, feels that, “there are many fantastic places in Kent for established artists to exhibit their work, but there is a lack of opportunities for artists not at that stage of their career. It is so important to create opportunities for newly graduated and emerging artists, to stop the county’s best new talent moving away from the area.”


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SIMPLY ROD a Rod Stewart Revival

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Saturday 17th October Westgate Pavilion, Sea Road, Westgate “A Spectacular Show which turns back the clock and re-lives an era of music as popular today as it was more than 30 years ago”. Featuring ITV X-Factor 2006 Star Ben Mills and his Band. Supported by: The Band “JUST LIKE YOU” Featuring BBC Eastenders Star, AARON SIDWELL & Teen Pop Star MICHAEL HINCH

Open Friday – Sunday 11am- 4pm 25th September - 11th October Admission Free

Alturnertive is an artist-led group aiming to run exhibitions and support artists and art students in Kent. If you would like to be kept updated please Age Limits: Children under 5 years of age are not admitted, email alturnertiveshows@googlemail.com 14+(Under 14's must be accompanied by a full paying adult or telephone 07971 822038 over 18, a maximum of 4 children per adult) www.demelza.org.uk Visit: www.charitynightlive.com for further details. TICKETS available from the venue, www.charitynightlive.com or tel: 0203 287 316

The Life of the Lamb A small book by Yvonne Chapman of Rivers Court Available from Attwells at £1-99 Profits from all sales will go to the Minster School Garden and assist with the purchase of seeds, bulbs etc. Thanks go to Ben Whelan for his help in printing this book

‘CONNECTIONS’: ST. MARY’S CHURCH SUNDAY SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN AGED 5+. Our programme of sessions begins on Sunday 18th October at 10 o’clock in the Old Schools. This term we will be working together on a piece of craft work based on the Nativity. As we work, we will explore the stories associated with the birth of Jesus. Our time together will also include prayers, songs, quizzes and discussion. If you would like to receive further information, including an enrolment form and details of our Child Protection Policy then please contact Pat Hogben, on 822082; or Sally Willins, on 822428. In the run-up to the start of ‘Connections’ we offer the following with children in mind: Sun 27th Sept: Harvest Festival in church at 10 am. Sun 4th Oct: Animal Service in church at 10 am. Sun 11th Oct: Family Communion in church at 10 am.

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