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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine Issue Number 141: October 2012 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

Exclusive to MM - Christmas and New Years Eve offers (see page 22) from Holiday Inn Express

PUBLIC MEETING Do You Love & Care About This Village ? Do You Want To Have A Say About Its Future ? Then Come Along To Minster Village Hall at 10.15am on Saturday 20th October And Give Your Views Community Led and Neighbourhood Plans

At the end of last term Minster School ran a 'Design A Crown' competition as part of their Jubilee Celebrations. The overall winner was Henry Colley, aged 6. Here’s Henry being presented with his prize. He was delighted to win an Attwells voucher and he had great fun deciding what to spend it on! E-mail : Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Electronic Copy, Podcast and Blog: Fax No: 0844 272 9875 Find us on Facebook or Twitter - search for : Minster Matters Published by: Minster Matters, Library & Neighbourhood Centre, 4A Monkton Road, Minster-in-Thanet, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4EA UK

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October 2012

Black Bins

Waste & Recycling

Blue Bins

Monday - Tuesday

We are no longer permitted to list Green collection dates

Monday - Tuesday

8 / 22 : 9 / 23 5 / 19 : 2 / 20

October November

1/ 15/ 29 : 2/ 16/ 30 12 / 26 : 13 / 27

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Amy Murray


Brenda Saker



Audio & Web


Snappy & Audio


Nora Aldous Diane Cotterill Rodney Rose



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Note: Colour price is the same for both single and/or multiple insertions (NO Discounts !!) Late payment for advertisements may mean they will be omitted from the next issue (3 months max!!) A full copy of our Terms and Conditions is available from our website The Editors accept all advertisements, articles and notices in good faith and actively encourage the support of the local traders and services. However, we cannot be held responsible for the quality of goods or services offered. Please mention the magazine when replying to advertisers. Note however that due to lack of recording space we do not copy our advertisers information to the audio CD’s. The magazine and CD are published eleven times a year, at the beginning of each month, from February to December, inclusive. Disclaimer: Views expressed herein are strictly those of their author and do not necessarily agree with those of the Editor and/or the editorial team. E.&O.E.

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 Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies) Emergencies: 999 or 112 Thanet District Council: 577 000 Community Dog Warden: 577 580 Salvation Army Hall: 825 178 Library: 821 442 Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333 (appointments only, 8.00am -10.00 am)

Patient Liaison Group: 821 200 Vets: 825 999 Post Office: 821 291 Minster School: 821 384 Village Website: Freegle: Mobility Scooter (to loan): 07914 623 287 Venues available for Hire John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec) and the All Weather Sports Pitch bookings for both the above venues via

Parish Office 821 339 Old Schools: bookings via Jacque Sings 822 053 Village Hall: 822 807 bookings via Eric James 821 744 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 £1.70 Annually (11 issues) £16.50 Costs to an overseas address are available on request, and we will be pleased to quote for this service. Our mailing details are shown elsewhere on this page.

Dates for Your Diary Copy Date for Next Issue - Friday 19th October Page

Oct 2

Salvation Army Messy Church


5/6/7 Art Show



St Mary’s Animal Service



Salvation Army Harvest Service



R.B.L. Women’s Section Meeting



W.I. Meeting


10 Mothers Union Meeting


11 Twinning Committee Meeting


13 Saturday Market


14 Psychic Fayre


14 Snowdown Colliery Band @ Salvation Army


17 Horticultural Society AGM


18 W.I. Coffee and Chat




RBL Women Poppy Appeal Supper

20 Horticultural Society Coffee Morning


27 St Nicholas Charity Day


Nov 10 Antiques Valuation Day


15 Twinning Association AGM


24 PLG Christmas Bazaar


25 Quexmas Craft fair


Church Notices


All Weather Pitch


Village Hall Bowls Group


School Page


Copy Date for Next Issue - Friday 19th October

Minster Parish Council next meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 2nd October @ 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: 821 339 fax: 825 269 Email: November Meeting Tues 6th

Pavilion Hire

Recreation Ground Suitable for parties, small weddings, children’s parties, etc. Seating for 60-70, kitchen facilities.

Ideal for all family occasions !

Bookings via Parish Council Office

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October 2012



A.J.Cliffe & Sons (Butchers) Ltd Believe it or not!



Obviously some people read my column as we have been approached by two residents offering their services to help us with the magazine. Julie was going to have made a start this month by attending the pre-print editorial meeting but this got cancelled, as I was unwell, so Amy we hope to see her next month, likewise Diane (yes another one) who has also offered her help. Thank you ladies. Mid September saw me and my Olympic Torch invited to the Kent Community of the Year Awards, where I was asked to be MC for the Brenda evening. Everyone got to take a hold of the torch whilst I was reading my script. The evening was a big success with West Malling eventually being ‘crowned’ KCOY 2012. Lots of other awards but worthy of a special mention was the one made to Blean. They were chosen by the Romanian group who helped with the judging this year, for their Diane disability centre, which so impressed our European visitors. Apart from the usual certificate and cheque they also received a Romanian flag which they intend to fly from their village hall. I gave up my chance to go to Romania this year because I was Nora selected to carry the torch, but I’ve been told I can hopefully fulfil this ambition early in 2013, so on the back of that I’m looking for school uniform to take with me. They are always in need of white shirts, white blouses, black trousers, grey skirts, and black school shoes, so if you can help me with any of these I would be most grateful, the more the better. Please either contact me and I’ll come and collect, or drop them off at the library for me. Thank you in anticipation. Now here’s something to cheer about. One of our local advertisers, Dan Searle (SDS Roofing page 23), recently won his way through to the ‘National Skills Build Competition’ in Preston, Lancs (for his plaster work in the regional heats), where he competed over 3 days to become runner-up. WELL DONE DAN, now we know where to come when we need some quality plastering!! (Do I get a discount?) Finally thank you to Julie Martin and her Rainbows, who invited me along to show them the Olympic torch, I really enjoyed my visit. Well, that’s it as always space 61, High St has beaten me yet 30% off with our Minster again and so it Junior Stylist only remains for Tel: on production of this advert me to ask the usual question: 2L/8 Where’s Zac??



Gift Vouchers Air Conditioned Free Consultations Free Refreshments Closed Mondays


HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRES As of 1st October there are new limits Trailers - Max 2.05mtr (6’8”) long - no wider than vehicle - max cap 1 cu mtr No Agricultural trailers or Horse Boxes Soil/Rubble/Hardcore - Max 90kg (190lbs) (33 bricks=90kg) per visit Tyres - Max 2 per visit - cost £5.00 Asbestos - Max 1 sack per visit - cost £5.00 NO Vans or Pickups unless this is your only vehicle If under 2mtrs in height and under 3.5 tonnes gross weight you can apply for vouchers to dump your own household waste If over these limits you may qualify for vouchers but you need to obtain an application form from: email: Phone KCC on 0845 345 0210 Text Relay 18001 0845 345 0210 or ask the staff at the Waste Recycling Centre

We are now taking orders for Christmas BUT Don’t put those Barbys away yet !!

Canterbury House, Monkton Road, Minster Tel: 01843 821288 1L/1

LINDEN VILLA I wonder if anyone can help me. I am working on my family tree, and looking to find an address in Minster, Thanet. Richard Claude Rowlinson died in 1909 in Cape Town, South Africa, but he was listed as living in Linden Villa, Minster, Thanet. Does anyone know where Linden Villa, is in Minster? If you do it might help me find his mother’s family history. Thanks for your help. Michael Rowlinson Email: Flowers by Vanessa Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, Weddings or Funerals Created with the “Personal Touch” For designs with a difference Vanessa Fairbrass (C&G qualified florist) Rose Cottage, Manor Road, St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY

01843 847 012

07934 420 837

I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury 1P/5 2P/6


(Minster Window Company)

Property Maintenance Building Work Plastering * Rendering uPVC Windows & Doors uPVC Fascia, Soffits & Guttering Repairs to existing double glazing Misted up sealed units replaced Garage Doors * Decking


Dave on

07979 525 257

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October 2012

Kent Trading Standards have received reports of unsolicited telephone calls offering a plug in energy saving device (pictured) that can reduce electricity bills. KTS believe these claims are false and the product poses a fire and electrocution risk. The initial sale of this product is thought to trigger further telephone calls selling similar products. The Fraud may develop further when a product becomes faulty and is sent back for a refund. The criminals use this opportunity to encourage payments through Money Gram and Western Union. These payments, to various individuals abroad, are apparently to facilitate the refund and are for payment of VAT and transfer charges for example. This is nothing more than a way of stealing your money. The callers will use various tactics to try and build up a relationship with the victim and in extreme cases may convince them to part with thousands of pounds. If you have responded to one of these calls please discontinue use of the product and report the matter to Kent Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06. In these circumstances it is also worth contacting your bank if you have provided the caller your debit or credit card details. 01843 845133


16-18, The Square, Birchington

Est: 1965

Smokeless Coal * Household Coal Kindling * Small Bags Logs * Calor Gas Tonne Bags of Logs £69.95 Keys * Glass * Timber - Cutting Service Rock Salt - Large Bag Wall Fires - Electric from Mobile Gas Heaters from Halogen Heaters from Ascot Dome Fireguards Traditional Coal Hods from Log Baskets from

£3.99 £119.99 £79.99 £9.99 £9.99 £12.99 £14.99

Sledges & Bump Skids ….. Is the Snow Coming ?? Fence Panels

from Concrete Posts and Gravel Boards In Stock 450 x 450 Paving Slabs Riven …. 3 Colours a metre 4” x 2” Tanalised Timber 550 Wide Vanity Units 450 Wide Vanity Units Snow Pusher Shovel Addis Ironing Board Morphy Richards Turbo Steam Iron Fat Balls tub of 50 ***FREE DELIVERY TO MINSTER ON A WEDNESDAY*** All Prices Shown Include VAT

£10.59 £11.89 £1.95 £94.99 £89.95 £7.99 £29.99 £28.99 £9.99

Tonne Bags of Ballast, Sharp and Building Sand


Tonne Bags of 10m & 20m Shingle


Tonne Bags of Cotswold Buff


Timber * Electricals * Plumbing Building Materials * Household Goods * Glass Garden Furniture * Local Delivery 3P/6

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

PATIENT LIAISON GROUP SEASONAL WINTER ‘FLU VACCINATIONS Vaccination Clinics will be held on the following days: Saturday 6th October (am) Saturday 27th October (am) By now all eligible and “at risk” patients should have received notification of their entitlement and invited to make an appointment. If however, you have not received notification or have any queries please contact the surgery on 821333. NEW SURGERY WEBSITE Minster surgery has a new interactive web site : The web site contains more comprehensive information about the surgery, also now: ALL PATIENTS CAN ORDER THEIR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS VIA THIS WEB SITE Simply follow the links to register and request your medication. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR This years Christmas Bazaar will be held on SATURDAY 24th NOVEMBER - 9.00am to 1.00pm at the “OLD SCHOOLS” in Church Street. We have already received enquiries for tables and they usually sell out very fast - especially the LARGE ONES! Prices have been held at last years price so (see our full advert on page 10) BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT ! All monies raised will go towards our main project to refurbish and reinstate “The MINOR SURGERY CLINIC” which also includes “CRYO THERAPY TREATMENT” NEW MEMBERS We are actively looking for new members to join our group. If you feel this could be of interest to you then please contact the number below or leave your details at the surgery. We look forward to meeting you! PATIENT GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in October or require further information on any of the above, then please contact : KEN SELF on 821200 RECENT DONATION - Correction In the last issue of Minster Matters (September), the photographs were headed "Minster Surgery Receives Cheque for Spirometer". This of course should have read "24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitor". Apologies from MM

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ONE YEAR ON AND LIFE’S A PEACH Greens of Minster would like to say thank you to all our customers for your great support during our first year and can hardly believe we opened our doors for the first time on 8th October 2011. We have been thrilled by the well wishes and many compliments we have received over the past year and hope that we can continue to move forward in the offerings and service we bring to you and the village. As a big thank you and to help us celebrate our first whole year of trading, all our customers shopping with us during our anniversary week (8-13 October) will be entered into our grand raffle for the chance to win a bumper hamper made up from our great range of products in store (sweets, fruit juice, flowers, fruit, veg, preserves, chocolates, etc) to the value of £50. (Winner to be announced and advertised in store week commencing 15 October.) We look forward to welcoming our regular customers as well as seeing a few new faces too. The first year (always notorious for being the hardest) has been a massive learning curve whilst we have got to know the differing seasons and the changes they bring, what has worked, has needed more work or has been slow to move. We will continue to approach our neighbouring farms directly (this year alone we have been able to offer 38 different quality local lines) and hope to build from our current 7 farm suppliers to 14 during the course of 2013. We have also been very grateful of all the feedback and heaps of invaluable advice you have offered us. Although we haven’t been able to introduce all the things we set out to in our first year and still have more to learn, on our horizons we are looking to stock flower and vegetable seeds together with gardening consumables for all those self-growers in the village, build upon our quality fruit and veg box scheme and look into introducing an over the phone payment and in store card service to allow our customers the convenience to pre-order flowers, fruit and veg boxes and bulk pet foods. We will also look to develop our existing website to allow online ordering with free local delivery. In order for us to get out and about, keep up with demand and offer even more at great local prices, we have recently introduced a new part-time member of staff (Darragh), who is just as jolly as the normal chap so should fit in well. Please join us in giving him a big warm Minster welcome when you see him. Once again thank you for giving us a lovely first year and for being so supportive and welcoming. Here’s looking forward to another exciting and challenging year. Many thanks. Caelan and Toni

CALLING ALL CAT LOVERS! Cats in crisis has had a very busy summer, lots of kittens and cats have come in, (some have gone on to new homes) and huge vet bills. We have approximately 200 cats in our care. It is possible to sponsor some of our old un-rehomeable cats or support us by monthly direct debit, please contact me for more info. If anyone is able, we would love to receive donated cat food of any type. Thank you very much for your previous support. Linda, 821132

Greens of Minster Fruit & Veg ~ Flowers & Plants ~ Sweets & Treats

(see in store for details)

Flowers for All Occasions 24-Hour Pre-Order Florist Service Available (see our portfolio for ideas)

24a Monkton Road, Minster 01843 822212

NORTHROP DECORATING SERVICES All Interior and Exterior Decorating General Maintenance, Tiling, Plastering, Kitchen and Bathroom Fitting Local and Experienced

Contact Paul or Tracy

01843 823 646



· Garden / Pond Design, Building and Refurbishments · Pond Cleaning / Maintenance / Maintenance Contracts · Child Safe Pond Covers · Filtration Specialists · Patios - Decking - Fencing - Brickwork - Arbours Tel: 07563 212 858 FREE ESTIMATES and CONSULTATIONS Email:


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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) For quotes please call:-

01843 833 707 07966 288 326 Fully Insured


B & R DECORATORS Established 16 years All types of work undertaken Exterior & Interior Domestic & Commercial Free Advice & Estimates Quality Work Assured Insurance Work Undertaken ‘No Job Too small Or BIG’ Call ‘Bernie’ on

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Teresa, Bonnie & Julie 79 High Street

Minster, Thanet

October 2012

Safeguard your nearest and dearest from the risk of fire Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is appealing to residents to make sure their homes, and those of people close to them, are safeguarded. Neighbours, friends and loved-ones may need your help to protect themselves from the outbreak of fire. Perhaps you have an elderly parent, or know someone who lives alone, or with young children, who could benefit from safety advice. Maybe your own children are now grown-up, starting a family of their own and need some tips on fire prevention. KFRS Community Safety Manager Stuart Skilton said: “We can offer people practical help to reduce the risk of fire. Maybe they need a smoke alarm fitted, advice on escape routes and what to do if a fire starts in their home. Or perhaps they need some more extra guidance to keep safe. Where needed, we offer free home fire safety visits. In addition, our dedicated team can provide a range of specialist equipment, such as fireproof bedding and smoke alarms for the hard of hearing, to help protect more vulnerable residents.” He added: “Just three breaths of toxic smoke from a fire can be lifethreatening, but we offer free safety advice and services to help minimise the risk of being harmed. By encouraging those you care about to get in touch, you will be playing a huge part in preventing a fire and may even save a life.” Tips on staying safe from fire: · Make sure you fit, and regularly test, a smoke alarm. It is the single most important piece of safety equipment in any home. · If you plan on using an open fire, make sure your chimney has been recently swept as build-ups of soot and ash can cause chimney fires. ·   When going to bed, make absolutely certain that any open fire is either out, or pushed back into the grate and a guard used to prevent sparks setting light to carpets or furniture. ·   Interior doors should always be closed when going to bed as they can dramatically reduce the spread of fire. ·   Portable heaters should be dust­free and kept well away from anything that could catch fire. ·   Candles should always be placed on a non flammable surface, be away from soft furnishing like curtains and never be left unattended. It is far safer to consider using torches instead of candles. ·   Before using an electric blanket, make sure it is under 10 years old, check it is working order and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. For further information or to learn more about the free advice and services on offer to residents contact KFRS on 0800 923 7000 or visit Chinese Food to Take Away Thai & Cantonese Cuisine

Under New Management

GARDEN SERVICES 4 YOU 01843 825 776 or 07725 819 407

Welcome you!

Home Delivery Available Minimum Order £10 plus £1.20 delivery charge within 3 mile radius

Fresh coffee Speciality teas Delicious cakes Sandwiches Light lunches Bacon rolls ...and all the gossip!

Opening Hours Mon-Sat: 9.00am - 2.30pm Sunday: 9.30am - 1.30pm 2P/1


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FREE ESTIMATES Visit our website:

Tel: (01843) 824 026 2P/

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music every Friday Night See our new website

Friday 5th October An evening with New York singer Lesley Alexander with the Robert Reid Trio Friday 12th October ( jazz & blues) Pie, mash & liquor night featuring The Sideboard Men ( Chas and Dave tribute) Bookings essential for Pie & Mash Friday 19th October Live music Saturday 20th October Quiz Nite £6 per head to include food (proceeds to charity) Friday 26th October Scott Elvis ( Elvis Presley Tribute) Friday 2nd November Gone Country ( Get here early as space will be limited )

Quexmas Craft Fair 25 November 10am - 5pm 01843 842168 1L/

R & A Plumbing

Councillor Mike Roberts

Worcester accredited installer *Central Heating *Boiler changes *Unvented & vented systems *Bathrooms designed and installed *Tiling *Solar panels *Underfloor heating For efficient and friendly service please call for free estimate


Conservative Councillor for the Thanet Villages Ward

Tel: 01843 851 726 e-mail:

01843 580 133

07814 858 653 Fully insured, all work guaranteed 1L/5



Lizzy Booth MBACP (Accred) Dip Couns

Professional and Confidential

Ÿ All denture repair work carried out Counselling Service in Minster-in-Thanet by a local dental technician Going Away? At work all day? Relationship problems, Anxiety & stress, loss Dentures collected & returned to your Going into hospital? bereavement, low self esteem, anger DAILY VISITS home within 2 hours for just £30.00 management, low moods and depression. PADS offers a trustworthy and secure Ÿ Collection and return of dentures I work using CBT techniques and also service for the care of your home and pets combine integrative methods to help “All Day, Every Day”

Pet and Domiciliary Service

when you are absent Fully Insured - References on request

Please call 01843 850 165

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For all enquiries please Tel : 07967 314 935

individuals through difficult times.

Tel: 07970 912 947 email:


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A vast range of beauty treatments available right on your doorstep


Extended offer for October ! Gelish Fingers and Gelish Toes

ONLY £35 (offer excludes Gelish French polish)

'your nails will look perfect for weeks...' Book now to avoid disappointment

AMANDA 07976 834 250 ‘Have you caught the beauty bug?’ Minster based business








Members & Bona-fide Guests Only




We specialise in custom made Staircases - Doors Windows Kitchens & Conservatories Contact:

Tel: 842069 Free estimates

The Birchington Builder 33 Quex View Road New roofs or repairs

Garages & extensions

Brick walls

Simon Greenstreet (01843) 823035 email: 1P/3


Driveways in brick, slabs or concrete


All Alterations

ssoo ffaa rr i iss ££11 0000

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Lil Smith has been donated an unused/boxed 18 piece Tea Service, consisting of 6 cups, 6 saucers and 6 cake plates, to help raise funds for the Hospice. Commemorating the Millennium and depicting 6 scenes of Minster this set is in white porcelain with an 18ct gold edging to each piece. Views depicted are: Church St; Village Hall; Church; Way Bank; the Abbey and the Church interior The original owner paid around £120 for this and Lil is looking for someone to make her a reasonable but sensible offer, all of which will be given to the Hospice. To speak to Lil please ring her on 822059


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October 2012

MINSTER PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE TO MONKTON RD RESURFACING Following a letter in the September issue of Minster Matters, Minster Parish Council would like to clarify that Kent Highways undertook the re-surfacing to Monkton Road as part of its scheduled works throughout the County and the Parish Council has no involvement with the re-surfacing only that they had been notified that it would take place. The Parish Council do agree that the road chippings are a problem along the same vein as gravel from drives however it is a necessary evil as part of the ongoing maintenance of our roads. We have asked Kent Highways to carry out some more road sweeping in an attempt to clear some more of the loose chippings. And our resident roadsweeper continues to sweep up gravel and loose chippings on his rounds however we would still remind residents to keep your gravel drives maintained and swept back from the path. CLLR BOB GROVE, CHAIRMAN MINSTER PARISH COUNCIL


Durlock Lodge Durlock, Minster, Thanet, Kent CT12 4HD Phone 01843 821219

18th Century quality & character Guest rooms from £62 per night Self Catering from £200 per week Discounts for longer stays.

KENT COUNTY COUNCIL COMMUNITY TRANSPORT FUND Minster Parish Council have received information from Kent County Council for funding 1P/6 available to all Voluntary and Community Organisations and not for profit providers of community transport services in Kent. Organisations are invited to consider bidding for a share. There are two bidding ALAN JOHNSON rounds forms to be completed by 1st December 2012 or 1st April 2013. CARPENTER / JOINER Applications are welcome from both new and existing transport service or to set Specialising in : up something new. • Purpose made Staircases Any village groups interested in applying for this funding please contact • Windows / Kitchens Kyla Lamb, Clerk to Minster Parish Council on 01843 821339 for a copy of the • Doors / Floors • Fences application form. + all your carpentry requirements PLANNING APPLICATION F/TH/12/0670 REMOVAL OF Tel: 01843 821 096 CONDITIONS 14,15 AND 22 OF PLANNING PERMISSION Mobile: 07716 999 337 F/TH/07/1400 FOR THE ERECTION OF 100 DWELLINGS WITH ASSOCIATED PARKING, LANDSCAPING, INFRASTRUCTURE AND OPEN SPACE AT LAND AT MOLINEUX ROAD, THORNE ROAD AND MONKTON ROAD Followings letters sent to many residents in the village by Thanet District Council, Minster Parish Council would like to clarify the above planning application. It is a variation to the original consent for the Heronsbrook site for 100 houses which is now complete and IS NOT FOR AN ADDITIONAL 100 HOUSES. The application involves amendments to the parking and access arrangements to plots 39-43 which would close the vehicular access from Thorne Road as well as proposals to closing the Minster’s very first existing emergency vehicular access and allow pedestrian and “BRING YOUR OWN FOOD” pub cycle-only access. All plates, napkins, cutlery and Anyone wishing to look at the plans can view them on ‘take-away’ menus provided under the application reference Come and join us for a meal of your 12/0670 or contact the Clerk at the Parish Office on 01843 821339 choice, bbq, picnic, take-away, or to view a copy of the plans.


Steve & Nikki

Welcome You to The Saddler

your own homemade !

Sat 29th Sept - JED live from 8pm Fri 5th Oct - Bread 'n' Butter live from 9pm Sat 13th Oct - Ibiza Night from 8pm Halloween - Sat 27th Oct Mental Block live from 8pm


Susan Osborne Personal Travel Counsellor Tel: 01843 832829 Mobile: 07940 714683 Email: Web site: Travel Counsellors Trust Guarantees Financial Protection on Every Booking


Sky duel screen, all live Premiership games shown here… Real Ales, Darts, Pool and Poker every Monday & Wednesday… Come to The Saddler for that old 'British Pub' atmosphere and drinking experience...


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Minster Brothers make a Business Partnership Local electrician, Nik Mitchell is delighted to announce he is forming a partnership with his brother Ollie who is a qualified plumber. Nik has built an excellent reputation in the local area. With over 6 years’ experience, he has established himself as a trusted and reliable tradesman providing a high standard of work. Ollie successfully completed an apprenticeship with ‘Gavin Johnson plumbing and heating’ and has experience in all areas of plumbing and heating. Nik and Ollie are keen to run a reliable and quality family business within Minster and the surrounding areas. ‘Mitchells’ Electrical and Plumbing’ will provide a full range of Electrical & Plumbing services to homes and businesses. Nik tells MM ‘Working in Minster is very important to us; we will be offering discounts to local residents. Supporting your local business’s helps to make Minster what it is. I will be undertaking the electrical work and Ollie will be carrying out the Plumbing. We work really well as a team and plan to specialise in complete bathroom installations’. So if you need any electrical or plumbing works, no matter how big or small; from a dripping tap to a complete re-wire, call Mitchells Electrical & Plumbing for a free quotation. Check out their advert on page 11.

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THANK YOU - from Gwen Heath who unfortunately had a fall outside the Vets on Friday 7th September. Thank you to the mystery man who helped her and thank you to Karen from the vets also the nurses at the doctor’s surgery.

CHRISTMAS WILL SOON BE HERE! Would you be prepared to make a Christmas Shoebox? The Shoeboxes will be distributed to children living in poverty in Africa, Asia and Europe by Smile International in December (Charity Number 1079730). Some of the children are orphans, others live in refugee camps, but all of them live in deprivation. For the majority of children, the Christmas Shoebox will be their only Christmas present, and it will be much appreciated and will generate lots of excitement! Smile International is a charity passionate about helping to relieve suffering and poverty through the distribution of humanitarian aid; the Christmas Shoeboxes are one of their projects. For more information, please see You can make a shoebox on your own or share one with a friend or small group. Cover the shoebox (and lid separately) in wrapping paper, so the shoebox can be opened and checked. The contents should be gender and age specific, for example for a ten year old boy. Karen and Jenny at Attwells newsagents have once again kindly volunteered to act as a collection point for shoeboxes or donation of contents. Alternatively, you can deliver them to Mary Lord at 33 Tothill Street (leave in the front porch) or to me at 101 Tothill Street, by 30th November please. Contents can include: ·   a bar of soap and a flannel ·    tooth brush and tooth paste ·    hair brush, comb, hair slides ·    small toys, such as a doll, car, skipping rope, ball, bag of marbles, snap or other playing card games, stationery, writing and colouring materials – (Attwells stock many of the toys, along with stationery packs specially-made by Karen and Jenny). For further information about the Christmas shoeboxes, leaflets are available at Attwells or phone me on 823319. In grateful anticipation, Kate Humphreys


MINSTER KNIT AND TALK GROUP The knitting group are making warm garments, gloves, scarves, hats etc., to form a Christmas tree that will be displayed in the library window. This will then be given to the Salvation Army for distribution to the homeless and needy. Should anyone in the village wish to knit any of these items to help fill the tree then they can be left at the library. Donations of yarn or contributions towards its cost can also be left with the librarians. If you would like more information or maybe you’ve a wish to join the group, we get together on a Friday morning from 10 ‘til 12 in the meeting room above the library, just pop along and see us, it is very friendly and informal.

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Computer Corner (by Itsma Hobby) SCAMMERS - AGAIN NEVER, NEVER, NEVER send money to someone you don't know via WESTERN UNION or MONEY GRAM- it's as good as paying them cash - there is no comeback - YOU WILL LOSE YOUR MONEY - BE WARNED. If you've been caught and have paid for a service this way - DO NOT we repeat DO NOT then fall for the overpayment scam whereby those you've paid ring again and tell you that you've paid too much and you now need to make a second payment to recover what's owed - you will lose that payment as well !!!! Don't try to get a refund from a scammer they will NEVER repay you, if you've paid via a credit or debit card report it immediately to your card supplier, DO NOT give your card details to anyone who has phoned you !!! Sadly, any money lost is unlikely ever to be recovered and must be written off to experience, just don’t get caught again !!! We cannot stress enough that the any phone call you receive telling you there is a problem with your computer IS A SCAM, and it isn't Microsoft or their engineers phoning you, THEY DON'T DO THAT. Please, DON'T get into conversation with them about anything, just put the phone down. Don't ever allow someone you don't know to access your computer remotely, don't download anything that they may tell you that you need, this will only give them access to your computer. If sadly you have fallen foul of one of these scams you really will need the help of someone you can trust to rid your computer of the software they've used and to ensure you aren't open to further 'backdoor' intrusions by them. From my own experience of helping people with such problems I can tell you that one of their most used methods of accessing your computer is to install a very well respected program called Teamviewer. This is a legitimate program and is used widely by many individuals and companies across the globe, I even use it myself to help friends and family remotely, however it is also used by scammers to access your machine and ultimately to relieve you of your money. As an actual example - once you've allowed them to 'fix' your problems, that's not the end of it, they then have access to your computer all the while you are connected to the internet, I know as I was recently asked to check out a friends computer who unfortunately had been taken in by them and had paid them a lot of money. My friend found they couldn't access their computer because it was asking for a password that they didn't know. I suspect the scammers were waiting for my friend to try accessing the computer and then they’d ring again and offer to sort the problem for yet another payment, and so it goes on and on, getting ever more expensive!! However, I got round that problem reasonably easily and then found that Teamviewer had been loaded since the last time I'd looked at this particular machine. I immediately took steps to uninstall it and within less than 2 minutes of doing so my friend had 2 telephone calls to say there were problems on this computer and that we should allow them immediate access to fix it. What I said is unprintable, but I'm sure you'll have a good guess as to the words I might have uttered. Now

October 2012 I don't think it was just coincidence that they rang at that time, I believe they were monitoring the computer and knew instantly that their line of communication had been cut. Because of this we decided it would be best therefore if I scanned and backed up all the personal files and then wiped the whole computer and reloaded it again as though it were new, to ensure we had rid it of everything that may have been installed or altered by the scammers. Not a quick job, but at least my friend knows it is now safe to use again, and I hope they've learned not to be taken in a second time. Note from Editor: Do you think this might be something that has happened to you? If you don’t have a friend or relative on hand to help you out, I am quite willing to come and see if I can help, or at least give you some advice, just contact me via my details on page 2.

AND AGAIN It has also been brought to our notice that others in the village have fallen foul to another scam that is rife, at this time, and that is ‘bogus calls purporting to come from the Ministry of Justice’. It was reported to us that the people making these calls are very persuasive and do make you feel as though you are being pressurised into something you wouldn’t normally be involved with. Here’s a snippet we’ve copied from the Ministry of Justice’s website: Fraudsters are using the name of the Ministry of Justice and other organisations to trick members of the public into parting with large sums of money. The Ministry of Justice is warning the public to be alert after a recent increase in scams where consumers are being telephoned or emailed by people falsely claiming to be from the Ministry of Justice and other organisations. This scam usually involves fraudsters contacting a consumer and saying they are calling from the Ministry of Justice, the HM Courts, the Tribunal Service or another high profile organisation. They tell the victim they could be owed money – usually like a repayment of a bank charge, payment protection insurance, or a court settlement. They then ask for an upfront payment from the consumer so that they can send the money owed to them. These callers are con-men and have no connection with the Ministry of Justice or any of the other organisations they name – like HM Courts or the Tribunals Service.

So please don’t get involved in conversations from unsolicited phone calls, be polite and say “no thank you we have no need of your services” and then put the phone down. Don’t engage in any further conversation as they will pressurise you into believing they can help and all that will happen is they will ultimately relieve you of a goodly amount of your savings! Just remember, if you’ve been pressured into giving out your bank or card details, then don’t delay, as soon as you’ve finished the call immediately ring your bank or card company and ask to speak to their fraud office, the sooner you do so the more likely you are to retain your hard earned money. Ray, Editor

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EMAIL SPAM AND HOAXES Check out hoaxes and scams at any of the websites below, especially those 'DON'T DELETE' or 'YOU MUST PASS THIS ON' type emails. who also offer a monthly newsletter and/or We still get them and apart from being extremely annoying they have usually been forwarded over and over again with an ever increasing list of other peoples email addresses. PLEASE if you are forwarding an email for whatever reason, don’t send it with all the previous respondents email addresses still visible, remove them first. These sorts of lists encourage spam !! If you're sending an email to any number of people the best way of ensuring you aren't sending a long list of email addresses to them all is to actually send the email to yourself, or the most important person in the list, and put everyone else in the BCC box (Blind Carbon Copy) not the CC (Carbon Copy) box. If you don't have a BCC box showing then it hasn't been 'turned on' but it should be quite easy to do and should only need doing once. · In Windows Mail or Outlook Express just go to the 'View' menu and select 'All Headers' to turn on the BCC option. · In Outlook, open a new email go to 'Options' menu select BCC or depending on which version you’re using select 'Options' then 'Fields or Show Fields' then BCC. · In Thunderbird just open a new email and click in the 'To' field then select BCC. · Using Incredimail? Then open a new email, click the 'View' menu and select BCC. If you're using an email client other than those listed above then do a quick Google search to find how to turn on your BCC option. Most web based email services, such as Hotmail or Yahoo Mail, will normally have the BCC option available, if not then look for it in ‘settings’.

A PIECE OF WORK WRITTEN IN THE SKIES In flight aboard Air New Zealand jet to Singapore on route to New Zealand Sun’s bright glare shines in through the window, a blanket of cloud, duvet style Now hides the land below for miles and miles 10 hours, 20 minutes we’ve been in the air Well, well, well, we are almost there Ahead now a mattress is tinged with gold I’m sure angels sleep on these pillows, as over their wings, the blankets fold Been a wonderful flight, everything just right One usually sees clouds from earth, floating in skies of sometimes blue Here in the Heavens we see clouds from a different view A feeling of what, perhaps Heaven is like I see soft fluffy cuddly comforters, of purest white Yvonne

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Recipe courtesy of Jo at Slimming World Pastitsio This is a sort of Greek lasagne, but without all the layering so it’s less fussy to prepare! This is a real autumn warmer that is easy to prepare and all the family enjoy! Plus my version does not involve labouring over a white sauce! Serves 6 For those of you Food Optimising at Slimming World, just 2 syns per portion 500g Extra lean mince beef 350g Macaroni 1 Onion, finely chopped 1 Carrot, Finely Chopped 1 Red pepper, chopped into small pieces 1 Clove of garlic, crushed 1 Heaped tbs Tomato Puree 2 x 400g can Chopped Tomatoes 400ml freshly boiled water 1 x Beef stock cube 1 x tsp ground cinnamon 2 x tsp dried oregano Salt & pepper Fry Light 350g fat free plain Greek yogurt 2 Eggs ½ tsp nutmeg 50g Parmesan cheese, grated 1. Spray a large wide pan with fry light and add the carrot, onion and pepper on a medium to high heat, keep stirring to prevent it sticking, for about 8 minutes. Add the minced beef, breaking it up as you stir it in. Once the beef has browned, add garlic, cinnamon and tomato paste and keep it all moving for 1-2 minutes. 2. Add canned tomatoes, water and stock cube and mix well. Bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the oregano. Leave it to thicken on the hob for about 35-45mins. Stirring occasionally. 3. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni according to packed instructions to al dente (it will cook further in the oven so slightly under cooked is better than over cooked!). 4. Whisk your eggs and beat into the yogurt. Season lightly and add nutmeg. When ready, mix the drained macaroni into your meat mixture until combined well and all the pasta is covered in sauce, then pour into a large/deep baking dish. Spoon over the egg and yogurt mix and spread it evenly over the top then sprinkle on the parmesan. Bake in a pre-heated oven (175°c) for 4560mins, until golden on top. Serve with salad. "Computers". If you find your dongle won't dangle and your pixel is mega no more, and your hard drive is soft around edges, and your confidence down on the floor, take up your mouse and be master, yell out loud as you boast, my dot com's as good as the next man's and my forward slash better than most, so here's to the next one who crashes, be it through commerce, or lust, never, well hardly ever, let your dongle dangle in dust! Sent in by Ron Howe, Rivers Court


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Jake’s Bike Ride wonder if they all looked this fit when they got back

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MINSTER IN THANET WI Marion Rose, the President, welcomed members and guests to September’s meeting on the 11th at 7.30. After Jerusalem she congratulated and thanked all who took part in the Minster Flower Show. The Synchronized Swimming float took 3rd prize and the Co-operative Event also came 3rd - 2 bronze medals for Minster WI Team GB! The home baking stall raised £159.20. Congratulations to our Top Team Quiz who did very well in July, only just losing to Broadstairs & St Peters WI. Marion Bullard introduced the evening’s speakers and thanked them for stepping in to replace the booked speaker at short notice. Dean Martin and Paul Palmer then gave the meeting a very interesting description of their work with Thanet LeisureForce and all it has to offer. Matters Arising: Among many items, Marion announced that the Dabble Day has been fixed for 3rd November, the Birthday Dinner, in February 2013 could be held at a different venue and, starting on the 25th September, she is offering a 6 week craft course at her house. Discussion followed about various forthcoming events including the “alternative trip” to the Buckingham Palace event. With regard to the Christmas Party on the 11th December, Marion queried whether entertainment was on the programme and was assured, by members of the Committee that it was! Marion also pointed out that the Institute’s Annual Meeting is on 13th November when Committee members and officials will be elected. She also pointed out that there has been a change to the length of time officials etc can serve. The Minutes of July’s meeting were approved and signed, then the raffle and a highly amusing poem brought the Meeting to a close. Saturday 15th September saw a coach load of members and guests transported to London for a tour of Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s diamonds. Thanks to Liz for organising such an enjoyable and informative trip. October’s monthly meeting is on the 9th with Eileen Booker’s talk on “Crafts for Christmas” all welcome. October's Coffee and Chat is 10 am to 12 noon on the 18th and the Games Evening is 7.30 to 10 pm on the 24th both in Village Hall Committee Room.

THE 8th ANNUAL BIKE RIDE IN MEMORY OF JAKE PHILPOTT Sunday 26th August 2012 This was the 8th time we have asked family and friends to join us on the 22 mile (25 mile! still being debated) bike ride in memory of Jake. From Minster, through Birchington, Reculver, Marshside to Grove Ferry, Preston, Plucks Gutter and Monkton then back to Minster, visiting many watering holes along the way, this was very important as we are always hearing "you should get plenty of fluids" so we did. As usual we were not let down with nearly 40 people joining us at the Royal British Legion Club at 11am on Sunday morning. As we set off I think a few people said a prayer for good weather, as we have had all kinds in the past ,wind, rain and even hail, it worked because the grey clouds disappeared and the weather was glorious all day, even the sea wall from Minnis Bay to Reculver was bearable. This year we had our first tandem riders and they made it round safely and were by no means slow (as we had all expected... well done). Once again we want to thank all those who took part and made it such a wonderful day, and a lovely way for us to remember Jake, as a family, with all our friends too. Thanks must go to (Mum) Cynthia, Doreen and Sue for preparing curry and lasagne, which awaited us on our return to the Legion, and (Dad) Malc and Min as first aid and taxi if needed on route (fortunately not needed for either). Hope to see you all again next year (and any new faces who would like to join us) on a great day out. ** Make memories that live on forever, then forever we live on** THANKYOU XX


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October 2012 (Taken from the BGF website) The Bee Guardian Foundation is a unique educational conservation organisation that connects knowledge to actions. By raising awareness about the importance of the 20,000+ different bee species worldwide (and over 250+ that exist in the UK), the Bee Guardian Foundation enables and empowers individuals, communities and organisations, to become "Bee Guardians", a new figure in conservation, created by the Bee Guardian Foundation. Ends… Could Minster become a Bee Guardian Community? Gloucester is the first ‘Bee Guardian City in the UK’ and there are residents amongst us who would like to see Minster become the first ‘Bee Guardian Village in the UK’. What does this mean – well as we see it, it is basically the creation and future management of habitats and feeding areas for all varieties of bees, butterflies and other such insects. Prospective sites for planting ‘flowering’ trees, sowing both ‘native wild flower’ and ‘urban pictorial’ seed mixes have already been looked at in the village, with plot sizes varying from a few square feet to ½ acre and beyond, but this would obviously be a long term project as costs and budget constraints might determine what could be achieved year upon year, although it is believed there are other funding streams that could be tapped into. Jessie Jowers CEO of the BGF visited Minster on Monday 17th September and went away very impressed with what we had to offer. The Parish Council are due to discuss this at their October meeting, so we cannot expand too much on what is or isn’t likely to happen until they have debated it and we know what if any support they may offer. Various local landowners have already been approached with a view to giving over unkempt areas to the project and as we go to press the feedback is very positive. Not least, a huge brown-field site behind the Holiday Inn has been offered with a view of improving its visual aspect, and it is felt that this area could be managed without too much financial input, which seems promising, and may be a good starting point. The success of such a project across the village could require more man management than the Parish Council would be able to offer, so it may be that local volunteers, individuals and/or groups would be approached to see if they were willing to become involved. We here at Minster Matters would like to start the ball rolling in this area and ask that if you as an individual, or a group you run or are a member of, might be interested in getting involved, then please let us know.

On top of the above, MM have just learned the following:

‘The Conservation Volunteers (Reclaiming Green Spaces Since 1959)’ Following a recent visit to Minster, Sophie Walkden of TCV has confirmed their willingness to supply (for free) ‘trees for bees’ to be planted, at a variety of the sites she was shown, across the village. These would obviously be native varieties suitable for the local soil conditions and of a benefit to the bees.

Minster Brothers Earn Chief Scout Silver Award Minster brothers were awarded the Chief Scout Silver Award by the Assistant District Commissioner Cubs Rikki watched by Akela Wolves 1st Garlinge Cub Pack. They have gained and worked towards a variety of badges to earn the top award given to Cub Scouts. They have camped on Brownsea Island, slept overnight on HMS Cavalier, been to Gilwell Fundays. They have gained many badges including Athletes, Bookreader, First Aid, IT, Swimmers. The brothers have now moved on to Scouts where they are hoping to continue their adventure and learn new skills. (Picture on front cover)

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at Old Schools, Church Street, Minster-in-Thanet CT12 4BX Tea, Coffee & Light Refreshments Available Are you thinking of Selling? Or would you like to know more about the History and Current Auction Value of your possessions? Currently we have a Good Demand from our Buyers for Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art, Coins and Medals, Silver and Jewellery, Clocks and Watches, who now pay handsomely for good examples - as illustrations show 19th Century French Musical Automaton, 9.75ins high Sold to a Collector for £3,500

Chinese Celadon Green Jade Figure, 2.125ins high (Qianlong Period) Sold to a Chinese Buyer for £27,500

Please come and meet our Specialists, TONY PRATT and TINA RACKHAM who will be available between 9.30am & 12.30pm to give Advice and Valuations Cost is £2 per item or £5 for three items All proceeds to Kent Air Ambulance Trust Goods may be left with us for our Forthcoming Auction on 11th & 12th December Home Visits also available by Appointment For further information contact Chris Wacker at The Canterbury Auction Galleries 01227 763 337 or Debbie Coles at Colebrook Sturrock 01843 823 200


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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB CLUB BOWLERS HOLD A NEW RECORD (In the voice of Winston Churchill) Never in the history of the Bernard Annand Competition has one club with eight different players in back to back years won this competition. Well done to those shown in the photo, apologies to last years winners, for not including a photo last year. We might be a village club with no Kent County Badged players, but this years successes go before us. In the East Kent Mixed League we hope our nearest rivals don’t get the 4 points they need to win this league. With their last game they could knock us off the top position. Our Ladies require only two points and they will win their League. As you read this we are starting the Winter indoor bowling season. New members are very welcome, this is a club where you can play every day of the week, and each evening if competitions or league games are not in progress. Mum’s and Dad’s, why not encourage your teenagers to come straight after school, before tea or homework during the dark Winter period? Everything is here ready for them. ‘Frank Sinatra’ and ‘Dean Martin’ entertained 100 guests one August evening with their songs and music. More evening entertainment is planned to take us through the Winter. Well done Sylvia Arnold for the two musical evenings you organised. (Glynne Hibbert).

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Kent Trading Standards has been receiving reports of scam puppy sellers. One consumer saw an advert for Bulldog puppies on a classified advertising website. The seller asked the consumer to send £625 via Western Union. A few days later the consumer received another call from someone saying they were a pet courier service and asked for £1,500 for insurance. Kent Trading Standards advises that most sellers are genuine but there are some who use unscrupulous trading tactics to part people with their hard earned cash. A few simple rules to remember which can help protect you from being conned; ● Always ask questions of the seller, how they sell items and what their procedures are for payment and delivery. ● Always ask for the sellers name and address, if they are genuine they will not mind giving this information. ● Never agree to pay money by Western Union or Money Gram, money transferred in this way is untraceable. ● Always ask family and friends for their opinions before you buy. ● A simple internet search on the trader or trading practices can often identify any potential pitfalls or offer tips on how to trade safely. To report any concerns you have or for details of Buy With Confidence traders call Trading Standards via Citizen Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506. You can also visit for a list of traders.

Put jabs on the student checklist It’s a busy time for students preparing to leave home for the start of the academic year, but NHS Kent and Medway is urging them to check that their childhood vaccinations were completed as outbreaks of mumps and measles frequently occur at universities and colleges. MMR is a vaccination given in two doses, usually before the age of five. If students had only one dose – or missed out altogether – they will not be protected against measles, mumps and rubella. Although statistics in Kent and Medway show no recent increase, elsewhere in the country there was a marked increase in the number of laboratory confirmed cases of measles and mumps between April and June. Nationally, there were 930 laboratory confirmed cases of mumps, compared to 468 between January and March. Most were in young adults born between 1980 and 1994, a period when some children did not receive a second dose of MMR. There were also 667 confirmed cases of measles during this quarter, compared to 295 in the previous quarter, with 81 per cent of the cases in children and adolescents. Dr Faiza Khan, Consultant in Public Health Medicine for NHS Kent and Medway said: “Measles and mumps are serious illnesses that can spread rapidly in colleges and universities and can be very unpleasant. Occasionally, patients develop complications including pneumonia and deafness. “The best protection is two doses of the MMR vaccine so we would urge young people – or their parents – to check that they have had all their vaccinations and if not, to make an

October 2012 appointment at their GP practice to complete them. If they do not have time to visit their GP before they leave home, they should still contact their surgery to find out if their vaccinations are up-to-date. If they need the MMR vaccine, they should arrange this when they register with a doctor at their university or college”. For further information, contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit MEASLES: Starts like a bad cough and develops into a fever and rash. Rarely, complications include inflammation of the brain, fits and pneumonia. MUMPS: Glands around the face, neck or jaw swell up. Occasionally, complications can include swelling of testes, brain inflammation and deafness.

WE WERE THERE! Like many others we were disappointed at not obtaining tickets for the Olympics. One of our daughters suggested the Paralympics. Why not? - Children £5.00 OAP’s cheap - we applied and received tickets for Athletics August 31st Having seen some of the games on the 30th I began to look forward to the Athletics. Arriving at Stratford two policemen with huge smiles shook hands with Olivia 7 and James 5, congratulating them on their gold medals (won at a school event), they were delighted. Entering the Olympic Park the excitement could be felt. Crowds of people going to different venues. Approaching the stadium we could hear the cheering, (we were late), 60 thousand people make a lot of noise! We were taken to our seats, what a view. The Long Jump in progress, early rounds of the Shot taking place, athletes getting ready for the 200 metres. The atmosphere electric when GBR came up on the board. The athletes were ready, the gun went off and the cheers began. Flags flying in abundance were being waved - children standing and shouting for R. JONES GBR. (Adults don’t admit they were just as loud!). The noise unbelievable, we were enjoying every minute. Later the Club Throw took place, children were happy to watch the remote controlled car move across the grass to an official. They placed the club in the car and returned it to the correct area. What a brilliant idea!! While waiting for a medal ceremony a “Stand Up” Mexican Wave started around the stadium, which I will never forget, “Oh Cool” said the lad behind me. Hannah Cockcroft completed the 100 metres qualifying with a Paralympic record, how everyone cheered. “We’ve Won” shouted Olivia, jumping up and down in her seat. We were not watching people with disabilities, we were seeing athletes determined to qualify for the next round. Our session had ended, the vast number of people staying to take photo’s of the arena and the fantastic Olympic Flame. We joined thousands of others and wandered around the park, seeing the buildings and flowers so familiar on T.V. The volunteers were superb - always ready to help. Recycle bins were all around the park and to many people’s amazement not one piece of litter was seen on the ground. The bins were well used! Lord Coe and his team “Got it right”. It was fantastic and a day to remember. We, like all those who attended can say those five words “We were there in 2012”. What an experience. (Name Supplied)

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THE SCANDALNIGHT AUTUMN SEASON HAS ARRIVED!! Friday 12th October, 7.30pm The Battle of the Trees by Christine Cooper Friday 9th November, 7.30pm Lands of Mystery and Desire by Sarah Rundle Friday 14th December, 7.30pm The King & The Corpse by TUUP & Sheema Mukherjee Please spread the word, bring your friends and reserve your seat (there are only 50!) to avoid disappointment.

2a Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Kent, CT9 2LB 7:30pm (bar opens 7pm) Tickets £6 (£5 concessions) Advance booking/reservation recommended Ticket Reservation: 01843 221791

Safari ends on a sinister note Foul deeds at Powell-Cotton Museum: A group of weird and wacky Edwardian explorers are planning a race to be the first to discover the elusive Oumegoolies bird. But the race is ruined when a ghastly murder takes place. Join the party in the authentic surroundings of the Museum. Sharpen your sleuthing skills as you mingle amongst them. Question and cross examine the shady characters in this mysterious and exciting evening of promenade theatre and detective work. Get in the mood – come in Edwardian/Safari dress. Prizes for best costume and winning detective team Tickets: £20 to include a glass of wine on arrival and cheeseboard supper. Licensed bar available on the night. Book early to avoid disappointment A Perfectly Dreadful Murder Co production Powell-Cotton Museum,Quex Park, Birchington, CT7 0BH 01843 842168

Tour the Three Tower Trails at Quex Park Over 250 members of the public visited the Powell-Cotton Museum as part of the Heritage Open Day. Guided tours of the Round Tower were fully booked on both days with visitors enthusing over the interesting stories and anecdotes surrounding this and the other iconic towers at Quex Park. The Round built was built on a mound of earth beneath which, the story goes, was buried the wife of an ancient British warrior. Known locally as the White Lady, the ghost of Quex is said to be seen walking amongst the trees alongside the roadway. Built in 1814 by John Powell Powell, a keen yachtsman, the Round Tower once had a flagpole and mast for signalling ships. Following the success and obvious interest in the Quex Park Towers the Powell-Cotton Museum is launching the inaugural Three Tower Tour on Saturday 17th November from 10.15am – 12.30pm. The Tour will consist of a 40 minute talk about the Waterloo Tower, Round Tower and Clock Tower within Quex Park followed by a guided stroll around the Park to visit each of the structures. Tim Baker, the structural engineer who worked on restoring all three towers on Quex Park has a wealth of information surrounding the restoration of each whilst the Quex Park Archivist, Hazel Basford will talk about the personal stories surrounding the family who built and enjoyed the towers and about how we use the structures today. Pre-booking essential (limited spaces) £ 10.00 per adult £ 8.50 concessions and children. Contact us on 01843 842168


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Tothill Street, Minster 01843 820 250 * Christmas & New Year Specials for Minster Residents * (availability for these offers is very limited) Do you have family or friends wishing to visit over the festive period but you know you don’t have a spare room? Then let us help: 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 Anne (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)

TIGER’S TIP This month is when we get lots of flies - Uh! Bay leaves in the larder will discourage flies and last for a year or more. Leave them on the branch and then use them for cooking when needed

AMBER’S ADVICE The heights by great men reached and kept. Were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night - Longfellow

YOGA CLASSES Minster Village Hall Wednesday Mornings A gentle form of yoga, adapting the poses to the individual, and using the breath to bring a sense of peace and wellbeing to the body and mind For further information: Sarah Shaw 01843 826423

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SDS ROOFING PARKING SURVEY FOR THANET PROPERTY MAINTENANCE 1L/5 Thanet District Council is carrying out a major review of parking provision across the district and is inviting local people, businesses and visitors to have their say on Tiled/Slate/Kent Peg/Lead-work local parking facilities and to identify their priorities for parking in the future. Velux Installation/Loft Conversions The survey, which can be completed online or by hard copy, includes questions General Building Work on the type of parking people use and how satisfied they are with the facilities Specialist in Int & Ext Restoration currently provided. It also asks how they think the service should pay for its running Fully Insured costs, where the money raised should be spent and whether they have taken up the free All Work Guaranteed parking schemes in the area. The feedback from this consultation will then be used, alongside other research on 01843 825 599 / 07748 409 806 the parking service, to help draft a parking policy for the council. This will identify 63 High Street, Minster CT12 4AB key priority areas and will be used to help shape how resources in the service are targeted in the future. To take part please visit Skin Care and Associated Therapies Hard copy surveys can be collected from the Thanet Visitor Information Centre * Unisex Salon * Late Evenings ‘til 9pm * Gift Vouchers * Semi Permanent Make-up (in Droit House, Margate), Thanet’s Gateway Plus (Cecil Street, Margate), Ramsgate * Slimming Treatments * Dermal Fillers District Office (York Street) or from any Thanet library. * Nail Treatments * Holistic Treatments * Bio Sculpture Gel Nails * Oxygen Therapy You can also request a copy by e-mailing or * Dermalogica Treatments * Micro Dermabrasion calling 01843 577470. * Waxing/Tinting/Make-up * Pregnancy Massage * Non-Surgical Face Lift * LED Light Therapy All surveys must be completed and returned by no later than Monday 15 * Colonic Irrigation * Chiropractor October and can be posted back free of charge to: Driven by you, FREEPOST SEA * Skin Tag/Red Vein/Milia Removal *Spa Days & Exclusive Parties Open: Mon 9am - 3pm • Tues/Wed 9am - 5pm 8273, Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Margate CT9 1XZ. DO YOU HAVE A ‘NO JUNK MAIL’ NOTICE ON YOUR DOOR ? We often get emails, notes or phone calls from residents who don’t receive copies of the magazine (we’ve had 2 this month!), which most put down to the fact they’ve got a ‘No Junk Mail’ notice on their letterbox. PLEASE if you have such a notice on your letterbox, or you are considering putting one on, but you still want us to deliver this magazine to you, then make sure the notice says that it doesn’t include Minster Matters, that way our volunteers will know whether or not to pop one through your door. If you don’t make this clear then please don’t blame us if you don’t receive a regular copy.

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NO ‘NOTICE’ BUT STILL NO MINSTER MATTERS DELIVERED ? If you don’t have a notice but you still don’t receive a regular copy then please drop us a line, either by sending us a note via the library or by email, then we’ll try to correct the oversight, as we don’t miss anyone on purpose. We believe we cover all properties (residential and commercial) within the village, by that we mean out as far as Sheriffs Court Lane, to the top of Tothill Street plus Alland Grange Lane, Pouces Cottages and the former married quarters at Manston, all of Way and Wayborough, Thorne, Ebbsfleet Lane and St Augustine’s Golf Club. If your home or business falls within that area and you don’t receive a regular copy then please let us know and we’ll endeavour to ensure you get one. Moving away from the village but would still like to receive a printed copy (or an Audio CD) ? Then we also offer a very reasonable subscription service (at present this is below actual cost) 2P/6 2L/7

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KCC BUDGET CONSULTATION KCC have recently launched a public consultation on its 2013/14 budget proposals. If you would like to have your say on these proposals, further information can be found at: Closing date for responses is Thursday 1st November

MINSTER ARMBOUTS CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION We are all back from our summer holidays ready to go! Look out for our table at the Christmas Bazaar in November. Also we hope to hold our AGM on 15 November so please turn out and support us. New members always needed and welcomed. Our next meeting is to be 11 October, Royal British Legion Club, at 7.30.

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LIBRARY HOMEWORK CLUB Just a reminder to parents that the library offers HOMEWORK HELP on a Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.45pm for any children aged 8 and over


THE SPORTSMAN CLIFFSEND 01843 852547 Under New Management Birchington Groups Church House, Kent Gardens Wednesday 9.30am (Opening 12th September) Kearns Hall, Grenham Bay Avenue, Minnis Bay Wednesdays 5.30pm & 7.30pm Tel: Jo 07793 032 134

Ronnie and Teresa Would like to thank everyone in the village for there support and it has been brilliant meeting everyone We are loving living in the village

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Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services In OCTOBER 7th October 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Animal Service 6.30pm: Evensong 14th October 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Family Communion (CW) 21st October 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Morning Worship 28th October 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Holy Communion (CW)

Mid-week Services at St Mary’s Wednesdays at 10.30am St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In OCTOBER 7th October 10.15am: Holy Communion (CW) 14th October 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 21st October 10.15am: Holy Communion at Methodists 28th October 10.15am: Family Service

Baptisms at Minster Parish Church 19th August: Maci and Nevaeh Towers 2nd September: Luca Keatley-Figgins

Ss. Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster Rev Marcus Holden 592071 --------Parish Office: Ss Ethelbert & Gertrude Church 72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate, CT11 7DS ----------------Catholic Mass each Wednesday and Holyday of Obligation at 12.00noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin and each Sunday at 10.00am in Minster Abbey For other services in Minster please see Minster Abbey entry.

Minster Abbey The Abbey Chapel is open for prayer throughout the day Lauds: 8.30am Mass 9.00am, Sunday 10.00am Mid day prayer 12.10pm Vespers 6.00pm Compline 7.50pm (followed by Silent Prayer) All our visitors, not only Christians but people of all faiths and spiritual tradition, all who ‘truly seek God’ (rule of St. Benedict) are warmly welcomed to join us in prayer, in our beautiful monastic chapel.

Funerals 20th August: Trudy Southby (89) at Minster Parish Church and Cemetery 10th September: George Wallace (65) at Thanet Crematorium


The Salvation Army Minster Mondays: Friendship Club 2.15pm (Over 60s Club) Come along and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment Wednesdays: Home League 2.00pm-3.45pm An afternoon of sharing fun, facts, fellowship and worship SUNDAYS 10.30am Family Worship Mornings only during August Everyone Welcome For further details contact: Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves 01843 825178 or 822308

The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street Minster A Christian Church and a Registered Charity No. 214779 & in Scotland SC009359

10am Sunday 7th October St Mary’s Church, Minster

Animal Service All animals and their responsible owners

Weddings at Minster Parish Church 18th August: Catherine McLeavy and Ben Setterfield 25th August: Clare Mirams and Alex Forbes 31st August: Cheryl Catland and Jonathan Ward 8th September: Louise Burrows and Steven Kemp 8th September: Mary Rumball and Sean Brewer

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Tuesday 2nd October 3.30pm - 5.45pm Come along as a family and enjoy time together doing crafts, singing and share a meal together A Christian Church and a Registered Charity No. 214779 & in Scotland SC009359


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You are invited to The Salvation Army Tothill Street Sunday 7th October 10.30am

Harvest Come along, and bring your parents and friends to celebrate this great time of year and Harvest Meal at 4.30pm followed by Worship at 6.00pm Contact Captain Lyn Hargreaves on 822308 or 825178 Tickets £3 for meal

Snowdown Colliery Band in Concert at The Salvation Army Tothill Street, Minster Sunday 14th October 2.30pm Including afternoon tea Event in aid of The Salvation Army’s Big Collection helping thousands of people in need Donation Tickets £5 Contact: Audrey 821792 or Captain Lyn 822308 / 825178 A Christian Church & Registered Charity 214779 & in Scotland SC009359

Tel: 824082 or 825475 Would like to welcome new members, Beginners, Learners or Players Open all 12 months of the year, from 10.00am daily onwards SUMMER Roll ups, Club games, Local Friendly games League Matches and Club Competitions WINTER Short Mat bowling, Club games, Friendly games, Club competitions, East Kent SM League

Keep History Dancing! Learn and participate in traditional and new Maypole and Morris dances. Perform them at Broadstairs, Deal, Rochester, Minster, Tenterden and other festivals during the year Visit: Phone: Dominique on 01843 821 795 MINSTER OLD SCHOOLS FRIDAYS IN TERM TIME 5-6

MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri Hire times and prices from 1st April 2012 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 : £34/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £23hour Half Pitch : £23/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 t: 821339 f: 825869 e: MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP

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

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October 2012 What’s On… Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section

MINSTER IN-THANET WI NEXT MEETING Tuesday 9th October 7.30pm Village Hall Eileen Booker will be talking on “Crafts for Christmas” COFFEE & CHAT Thursday 18th October 10.00am to 12.00noon Committee Room Village Hall All welcome

NEXT MEETING Monday 8th October Make 6 Halloween Biscuits POPPY APPEAL SUPPER Friday 19th October 4.50pm SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOW DUE these must be paid by 30th December or you will no longer be able to use the Legion Club as all cards have to be sent back to Headquarters Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information Miriam Smith 822589


PSYCHIC FAYRE Sunday 14th October 10.00am ‘til 4.00pm Village Hall, Minster Lots of stalls including Tombola for Cats in Crisis Lots of readings available at £8 Aromatherapy & Reflexology Tea Bar open all day for light refreshments All profits to non-Government aided Animal Sanctuaries Entrance £1 - children Free Come early to book your readings and come back for it later WE NEED YOU SO MAKE SURE YOU COME!! Details from Kay on 01843 297 665

ST. NICHOLAS-AT-WADE CHURCH Minster & Monkton Horticultural Society ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday 17th October Village Hall - 7.30pm Please attend as the future of the Society could be decided This will be followed by a Social Evening. AUTUMN COFFEE MORNING Saturday 20th October Old Schools 9.30am to 11.30am Plants Cakes and Savouries Books , Jigsaws, Gifts and a Tombola All welcome come along for tea and a chat SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market

Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197 CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further info contact June Chadband 226033

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a game of Bingo EVERY WED. 2.00pm - 4.00pm ALL MEMBERS & Bona-fide guests welcome Phone Pat - 822622 or Maureen - 823434

CHARITY DAY Saturday 27th October 10.00am to 3.00pm Christmas Cards and Gifts on sale Refreshments- Ploughman’s Lunches


Next Meeting Wednesday 10th October 2.00pm in St Mary’s Church Diocesan President Di Sabel will be coming to talk to the Meeting and a new member will be admitted If you are interested in the work of the Mothers Union you are very welcome to attend Saturday Market 13th October 10.00am – 12.00noon Old Schools Usual Stalls – All welcome Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October Old Schools Refreshments available whilst the Art Show is open in the Village Hall Greetings cards will be available to purchase on Saturday only.

Ringing Practice on Wednesdays 19:30 to 21:00 find us on the web at: and for further information email:

MINSTER HEALTHY WALK meets at Minster School on Thursday mornings (term time only) at 9.00am for a 9.15am start The walk is suitable for all ages and is a gentle pace as well as buggy friendly It lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, afterwards we have refreshments at Minster Library If you are interested in joining our walk please contact Michelle Mannering 01843 841082


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Editors this month Natasha Ellis and Amber Gibbs · · · · · · ·

Questions to make you think! What is your favourite number? What is your favourite word? What is your favourite month? What’s your favourite memory? What is your favourite program? What is your favourite game? Who is your favourite pop star? By Annabelle Fleming

What’s been going on! Journalist club is back and we have new people in it. Miss Wood sadly left but Mrs Murray has taken over her place and we are all writing in the Minster Matters again! There has been a lot going on this year for Minster like the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic torch, the Olympics and the Paralympics! Also I was ten! By Grace L2L(learning to learn) values Independence Independence is when someone is doing something by themselves with no help. Engagement Engagement means when you are into something that you do. Aspiration Aspiration is when you want to do something a lot and you are determined to do it. Resilience Resilience means that you keep going on and try again when things go wrong. By Amber Gibbs

How to look after kittens When you first get kittens you should put them in a quiet and nice environment so they can play alone and be safe. Next you get a cats litter tray (or a tray) and give them enough food and water to last a day and night. Do not worry if he or she does not eat it’s just because they are scared. By Bryony Jay

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YR6 In year 6 it is really fun because: You can become a head of house You can become a prefect. You get to go to Hindleap You can go to Dover castle You WILL be the oldest year in the school You get to have a reading buddy from YR1 You learn about world war WWII When you go into year 6 make the most of primary school soon you will be leaving and you WILL miss all. By Annabelle Fleming, Beatice Cocks and Grace

Changes in Minster!!! Minster has changed over the years. Not long ago there was no kebab shop now there is one. They have also got 2 hotels up at the top of the village. The latest thing that not all people like is McDonald’s, I do We have 2 Chinese’s, we have a fish and chip shop, we have a school, we have a shop called Londis some people call it Ben’s. I think that the changes in Minster are great. By Ebony O’Reilly BFF Do you know what BFF’s are? BFF’s are for playing with and to be there for you! You also should treat each other the same. The most important thing is having fun and caring for each other! BFF stands for best friends forever By Jessica

Paralympics Hello my name is Cassie I’m going to write about the Paralympics. First I’m going to tell you about swimming. Did you see Ellie Simmonds, she was amazing, she got like 10 gold and loads of silver and bronze. I’m proud to say we are British. She must of trained of trained really hard and have had tons of pain. My granddad says no pain no gain. Next is running, I remember it when the man ran with no legs he was last, then came first. I think he broke the world record. Cassie Yoofoo

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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 2L/6 01843 590 111

695 sq ft office space available in converted 19th Century Farm Barn


Greensole Yard, Greensole Lane, Manston Road, Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 5FG (Located through Manston Golf Centre Car Park)

M.O.T. TEST CENTRE Free vehicle collection and delivery from your home or work anywhere in Thanet ACCIDENT REPAIR CENTRE Ÿ Insurance work Ÿ Resprays and all vehicle finishing Ÿ Low bake oven and Jig Ÿ Courtesy cars Ÿ Valeting Ÿ Paintless dent removal Free estimates

MECHANICAL WORKSHOP Ÿ Servicing and Ÿ maintenance Ÿ MOT repairs Ÿ Exhausts Ÿ Brakes Ÿ Free collection and delivery

TYRE CENTRE Ÿ Branded tyres Ÿ Budget tyres Ÿ Punctures Ÿ Balancing Ÿ Fitting Ÿ 4 wheel alignment Ranging from £18 inc VAT, fitting & balancing Example 155/70 x 13

08, 2008, Toyota Yaris VVT-I TR, 1.0lt petrol, 3 door hatch, manual, 1 owner from new 11k mls, service history, CD player, electric mirrors, r/c/l, pas, cloth int, abs, met paint,A/C, airbags, flexible seating and boot space options £5995

56 2006 Suzuki SX4, 1.6lt petrol, manual, met black, elec windows and mirrors, cloth int, CD player, air con, PAS, serv hist, excellent cond throughout, 39k mls from new, r/c/l, £170 per yr road tax, £4195

56, 2006, Mini Cooper, Park Lane Special Edtn,1.6lt petrol, elec windows & mirrors, pas, air bags, digital a/c, 47k mls, with main dealer serv hist. Very rare ltd edtn model £7495

04 2004 Audi Avant A4 Sport Tdi Est, 1.9lt 130BHP auto, full leather, roof bars, climate control, sat nav, f/s/h, factory fitted detachable tow bar, 2 owners

53 2003 Peugeot 307SW S Auto Estate, 1.6lt auto, 62,000 mls, cloth int, elec windows & mirrors, A/C, PAS, R/C/L, met paint, large boot space or optional 6 or 7 seating spaces, panoramic glass roof £3495

08 reg 2008 Peugeot 308 SE Hdi, 2.0lt diesel, 6 spd manual, 5 door hatch, elec windows, powerfold mirrors, MP3 player, r/c/l, CD player, panoramic roof panel, all for


56 2007 Ford KA Style, petrol, manual, cd player, central locking, metallic silver, 50,000mls


04, 2004, Suzuki Jimny JLX, 1.3lt petrol, manual, 2 or 4 wheel drive, metallic blue, electric mirrors & windows, central locking, CD player, cloth interior, 41,000 mls genuine, A very well kept, low mileage example all for…. £5495 £4895

All cars come with Warranty, Full Service, Full MOT, HPI Check and Valet


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Minster Matters Issue 141  

village magazine

Minster Matters Issue 141  

village magazine