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Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 107 : September 2009 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

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Minster Matters have very recently introduced recycling points around the village for your dead batteries. You can recycle any normal D, C, AA, AAA cells, PP3’s and watch batteries, hearing aid batteries, phone batteries etc. In fact any of the small dry batteries you use in and around your home.

The scheme is run by a company called BatteryBack Ltd and they will collect free of charge from schools or civic buildings, so we have leased four containers from them, at an initial cost of £10, which we have now sited in Attwells, The Attic and Bens, as they are the three outlets in the village who sell batteries. The fourth is at the Library, where we will then have them collected from, in bulk, as BatteryBack class this as a civic building. For individual shopkeepers in the village to send their own would incur them costs, but by us centralising the main collection point at the library they will be collected from us for free. So no excuses for putting them into your domestic waste, just pop them in your pocket and drop them into a bin at one of these four places when you’re next passing.

The renovation of the late-nineteenth century churchyard gates has been executed with pride and professionalism by Mark and his staff at Broadstairs Metal Craft and they are now fully operational for the first time in about twenty years, at which time the double gates were damaged by HGVs on three separate occasions. Following the damage, the gates merely hung in a sad, neglected and in-operable state for about fifteen years. When the new paths were laid to the churchyard under a MATCH project, it was found necessary to remove the double gates for ground levelling purposes, and so they were taken away for safekeeping. Although numerous requests were made to TDC who are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the churchyard and its boundaries it wasn’t until this year that Paul Verrall, TDC’s Open Spaces Manager, was able to allocate a very small budget to this project. Although this was insufficient for the complete refurbishment, MATCH was fortunately able to step in, using funds from an on-going conservation improvement budget. And so, thanks to this partnership funding, we now have beautifully restored double gates offering vehicular access to the church when needed, and a single gate for pedestrians. This pedestrian gate is of a design which allows a double swing action that self closes. Gates of this kind would have been quite common at churchyards, schools and the like during the Victorian period, though not many are thought to have remained intact. Not surprisingly then, that these wrought iron gates (probably originally crafted in the forge opposite), are Grade 2 listed! Another worthy project, which has further enhanced our village conservation area.

Note: change of advertised venue now at Parkminster, in the Abbey Grounds (former museum site) See page 25 for further information E-mail : editorialteam@minstermatters.org.uk Skype us at: editor.minstermatters Electronic Copy, Podcast and Blog: http://www.minstermatters.org.uk Fax No: 07092 891864 Find and Read us on Facebook - search for : Minster Matters Published by: Minster Matters, c/o Library & Neighbourhood Centre, 4A Monkton Road, Minster-in-Thanet, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4EA UK


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Sept Friday (paid service) Monday - Tuesday 1 S.A. Charity Shop Meeting 11th / 25th September 7th/8th; 21st/22nd 5 Credit Crunch Super 8 W.I. Meeting 9th / 23rd 5th/6th; 19th/20th October 9 Mothers Union Meeting Dry Cell Battery Collections: Attwells, The Attic, Bens or Library 11 Blood Donor Sessions 12 Sandwich Reserve - Beachwatch Copy for any issue of MINSTER - How To Find Us 12 Saturday Market Minster Matters For those looking to use a Sat Nav 12 Sponsored Bike Ride - FoKC must be received (at the very latest !!) to locate the village 13 S.A. Service to install New Major by the 3rd Friday of preceding month the Library at 4A Monkton Road Pegwell Guided Walk 13 regardless of date is the approximate centre of the village R.B.L. Women’s Section Meeting 14 www.minstermatters.org.uk and the postcode there is CT12 4EA 16 Horticultural Society Meeting editorialteam@minstermatters.org.uk GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the 17 W.I. Coffee & Chat Morning village square are TR 309 647 Skype us at: editor.minstermatters 51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E 18 Pegwell Guided Walk Editor-in-Chief (& Advertising) 19/20 Bowls Club Finals Day Ray Owen (822322) Useful Numbers and Contacts 19 Horticultural Society Autumn Show Editorial Team: Thanet STD Code : 01843 20 RSPCA Mutt Strutt All members can be reached through the above email address Community Warden: 20 Pegwell Guided Walk 25/26 Playhouse Presents......... Don Bacon: 07811 271 302 Co-Editor Amy Murray 825041 27 Cliftonville Farmers Market Sub-Editor Brenda Saker 822846 PC Kim Burgess: 07980 683 956 Oct (for reporting non-urgent information) Sub-Editor Eve Tilbee 821545 3/4 Minster Art Show PC Darren Reed: 07989 992 283 Podcaster & CD 825306 Nora Aldous 10 RSPCA 50’s/60’s Night Police Station: 231055 Newshound Sue Greenstreet 823035 (for reporting crimes or non urgent information to 17 Charity Night, Westgate Snappy Diane Cotterill 822394 Thanet Police) 18 “Connections” for Children 5+ Accounts Rodney Rose 821965 Thanet District Council: 577000 25 Cliftonville Farmers Market Collection boxes for hard copy are available at both the (main switchboard) Dec Community Dog Warden: 577580 9/12 Library and the Gossip Shop Playhouse Presents.............. Salvation Army Hall: 825178 or send your copy via snail mail to: Minster Matters c/o Library, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster-in-Thanet CT12 4EA

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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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September 2009 EDITORIAL

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Summers nearly over and the kids will soon be back at school, (did I hear some mums cheering!!) but Minster keeps ticking along, and by the time most of you read this we will know whether or not Ray we’ve had any success in the Kent Village of the Year competition as the awards ceremony is on Tuesday 1st. Myself and Nora will have attended on behalf of Minster Matters whilst Paul Willins was asked to represent the village as a whole because he did so much towards our entry. We’ll let you know how we got, on next month. Amy As you can see from the article on the front page MM have started a battery recycling scheme in the village and we sincerely hope you will all support our efforts and drop your batteries into one of our boxes and not into your household bin. Elsewhere in this issue you will read we are still actively seeking Brenda some office space to enable us to expand our product, to offer a limited number of LARGE PRINT magazines each month, (maybe then the next step will be to produce it in Braille !!) Blowing our own trumpet, we’ve received some excellent feedback on another of our publications, namely ‘The Minster Mine Eve of Information’, which is a loose-leaf booklet that we’ve put together, with the backing of the Parish Council, that includes just about everything anyone could wish to know about the village and local facilities on a day to day basis. It is primarily intended for prospective residents and visitors. Many businesses have individual Diane copies for customers to peruse and they are also available from the library and Colebrook Sturrock. This encourages us into yet another project, that is to produce the same booklet but in audio form as an indexed CD, or downloadable file, with each section on a separate track to give it Nora ease of use. Again this is something else we really need office space to be able to consider. On a slightly different note but still in the communications field, MM have been talking to the Parish Clerk with reference to introducing a WiFi Hotspot to the centre of the village, which if Sue our ideas go according to plan, could hopefully be offered to residents for free and at a small nominal cost to others. To prevent the misuse of this of an evening, we would only expect to make it available during the normal working day, but before any of this happens we first have to secure funding to enable us to purchase and install the necessary equipment, and we also need to get the blessing of the Parish Council,(it’s on the Sept Agenda) so we’ll keep you posted on progress via these pages. You will read further on in this issue that the Salvation Army in Minster are about to get a new Commanding Officer, Major Denise Cooper , and we at MM extend her a very warm welcome to the village and hope we may be able to be of service to her in the future. That’s it, I waffled on for long enough. Where’s Zac today?

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September 2009 Advice from PC Mick Wright, Force Watch Liaison Officer Dear all, Please see below some advice to help you enjoy a safe and crime free summer. Very many thanks, ******** Residents across the county are being advised by Kent Police to keep their belongings safe this summer, as temperatures soar. The force is reminding people to maintain home and car security in the hot weather. The increased temperatures have a direct impact on the number of burglaries due to insecurity. Chief Superintendent Matt Nix, of Kent Police’s Partnership and Crime Reduction, said: “It is easy for people to forget or get complacent about their property when they are enjoying the warmer weather. If you are in your back garden, secure windows and doors in other parts of your property. If you leave your house please check that all windows and doors are shut.” Reduce risk of burglary by: keeping doors and windows shut if you aren’t in the room, thinking about which windows you leave open in hot weather, remembering some burglars can get through small spaces so, if in doubt, shut and lock it, locking garden equipment and ladders away and securing sheds with strong padlocks. Burglars will seize any opportunity to steal and will look for doors and windows left open on hot days. Motorists are advised to ensure windows and doors are locked, Sat Nav suction marks are wiped off windscreen, and no items are left on display. ********

MM’s advice on Doorstep Callers Please be aware that we are being visited again by officials trying to sell us Electricity, and while, what they are doing is not in itself illegal, it is reported that they regularly attempt to ‘pressure’ householders into changing suppliers. One of their normal strategies is to say “you should have received a letter from us”, but we have yet to hear of anyone who has actually received this supposed correspondence. So be aware if you get ‘cold called’ you do not have to accept what they say but if you do feel obliged to ‘sign up’ then remember you have a legal right to a seven day ‘cooling off’ period, that they must inform you of, when you can cancel any agreement you may have signed. Also be aware that the ‘duster sellers’ are about again, and although they are regularly warned off by the Community Warden, they still persist in trying their luck here. After visits from such people it isn’t unknown for a spate of burglaries to follow, so again keep your wits about you and don’t become distracted by them. If you are unsure, and you see them coming to your door then don’t answer it, or if you do open the door to them just politely say “no thank you” and close the door immediately without engaging them in any further conversation.

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September 2009 Minster Bowls Club First of all, we would like to thank all of the following for supporting the club on the day of the Flower Show, by giving so generously to the raffle and tombola:Archies Fish Restaurant, Dragon Inn, Gossip Shop, The Salon and Envy hairdressers, Hilton Express Hotel, New Furamar, Pawfection, Bell Inn, Winners New Inn, The Saddler, Acorn Inn, Post Office, “The Firing Four” Ben’s Supermarket, The Attic, Field Pharmacy, Girl’s World and Morton’s Fork. Thank you to all those who bought tickets, and those who enjoyed the teas, cakes, etc. All of the money raised helps us towards paying off the loan we took out to build the Ray Razzell Pavilion, and at the same time it gives money to the Flower Show for the use of the Sports Pavilion on the day. Congratulations to the “Firing Four” who won Plate Winners the Open Day competition and the “Harris” Family “The Harris Family” winners of the Plate. Their charities were very grateful. This month is when clubs around East Kent run their tournaments, and Minster members try their skills. Our Ladies Captain, Sylvia, and Audrey won the ladies pairs, Joan and Jean achieved 3rd place in the semi-finals, we saw Maurice, Ray and Ron compete in the triples, and Ron played against Allan in the pairs, well done everyone. It is also that time when you can visit the bowls green to see the club members playing off their club competitions, with Finals Day getting ever closer. To date, against East Kent clubs in friendly matches, we have only lost 1 game in 4. In the second of our Shield matches against Tilmanstone B.C. we had a deficit of 30 shots from the away game. However, at home we won 4 of the 6 triples, by 125 shots to 82, meaning Minster retained the Shield by 13 shots overall. The Ray Razzell Competition was played on 16th August and congratulations go to Sylvia, Jill and Bob who out-played the top men’s team. The men will have to watch out again on 29th August, as this is the day the Ladies have challenged the Men. Make a date in your diary for Saturday and Sunday 19th/20th September which are the ‘Finals Day’ for the club. There is plenty of seating for visitors.

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September 2009 MINSTER TWINNING ASSOCIATION

Bonjour Mes Amis and welcome to more exciting news from the Association! Since last going to print with our news, we have had a busy and productive few months. The school exchange with the French children and Year 5 Pupils at our very own Minster Primary was a tremendous success and was enjoyed by all (so say the children themselves ) . On 17th May, we travelled to Armbouts-Cappel for the annual Anniversary Celebration which this year was hosted by the French. A full coach left Minster early and, as usual, our French hosts did us proud with a superb Buffet, lots of refreshments, and of course a walk round the village Boot Fair which has to be seen to be believed. Lots of praise from those who went over for the first time and who hope to enjoy a similar experience in the future. As a matter of interest to you history buffs and our older generation here in Minster, our exchange gift to the French this year was a book titled A Brush With Life and was written and sketched by Henry Tom Smith who was born and raised in The Workhouse of the hospital which used to be at the top of Tothill Street and is now Hillminster Estate. He also attended Minster Primary School. I wonder if any of you remember him or have read his book? Following that we held our third annual Fun Day on Sunday 7th June. After a wet weather start, things brightened up and although numbers were not as great as we could have wished for, it did turn out to be a very good day. Lots of congratulations from folk who attended and don’t live in Minster. So come on you Minsterites, where are you, or, where were you? Last on the calendar was the Parade of the Giants in Armbouts-Cappel and while we wanted to fill a coach and take our Minster Giant across, lack of support again thwarted our efforts. However, not to be undone, we did manage three cars and a few good folks who squeezed the Giant Nun into the cars and duly paraded her Greatness at the event. Last but not least and on a sad note, we need help. Due to other commitments, we will lose our Chairman, our Secretary and our Treasurer when the AGM takes place in November. If we cannot fill these positions, then the Twinning will cease and all assets will be frozen until Minster Parish Council takes responsibility and advises us of the due process that needs to be taken. So come on all you folks out there, we need volunteers to come along and keep this part of our village history alive and kicking. If you can help or need further info, contact, yes, Bob at the Attic, he is the current Chairman and knowing this you may be able to guess why he is committed elsewhere. The Twinning needs You, so why not give it a shot and help the School Exchange project to continue for the benefit of our Village Children. Remember Minster does Matter A bientôt!

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September 2009 Your Letters .... With regard to the following letters reference yellow lines and the peacock, and before myself or any other member of my editorial team get earache from villagers, who may or may not support either issue, may I say that regardless of where each of us stand personally on either of them, we believe it is our duty to report on both sides of any important issue such as these. Whether or not we as individuals are for or against either of them should not blur our judgement, and for that reason we believe we should try to be seen as being as unbiased as possible in our reporting. Ray - Editor

Yellow Lines in Monkton Road Long Overdue. Dear Editor. These yellow lines are long overdue, the council in their infinite wisdom laid down a new pathway, and made it so wide that it narrowed the road way for vehicles. It is virtually impossible to drive through the centre of the village unheeded with cars parked indiscriminately on both sides of the road. With yellow lines down one side within the shopping area would very much alleviate the traffic congestion, especially in the actual square, where large lorries have difficulty turning without causing damage to cars at times. We might have to find room for another car park to accommodate these vehicles, but at least we could drive through the centre of the village in safety. Rosemary Ball

Yellow Lines - Is it such a huge deal? Unsurprisingly, I have not failed to notice the “hoo-ha” surrounding the proposal for some new yellow lines in the village, but I am still unsure as to why it’s really such a huge deal. Reaping maximum exposure on the front page of August’s issue, in stunning colour, an article on the subject described the situation as “Impending doom”, which is over dramatising it slightly I feel: it’s just some yellow paint after all, and there is an often largely empty car park not 50 yards away. A good point was made in the article about people only having started to park there since the pavement was installed, but they are not going to stop now. So with the looming catastrophe - that is a great leap in the Cont’d o/leaf.......

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September 2009 Cont’d from prev. pg - Yellow Lines - Is it such a huge deal? ..population of our village approaching, something needs to be done about it. I appreciate that the owners of shops around that area are concerned about parking restrictions affecting their sales, hence the various petitions, but my signature is not on any of them, getting through that stretch from the butcher’s to the library is a nightmare at times, and I think some yellow lines would be a great help. How about some outside the fish and chip shop on the high street if they’ve half a tin left over. Michael Pointer

Peacock Problems. It was with surprise that I read the poem “There’s no need to destroy”. (featured in August’s issue of Minster Matters) I can only assume you have heard comments about the peacock in St Mildred’s Road. Your 2nd line amused me, “They make a racket but you should ignore it”. Residents living near or who can hear the peacock had no wish to have the peacock destroyed. Let me explain:The peacock’s call is horrible – it is a scream. The peacock likes to scream VERY EARLY in the morning, as early as 3:20am. I know because we have been woken at that time. “Go back to sleep” I can hear you say. There is one big problem. After his first scream, the peacock then screams every 10 – 11 minutes until around 8:30am. It’s rather difficult to go back to sleep. This isn’t for 1 day, 1 week; it’s every day for around 5 months. The peacock is a very proud bird and likes to see himself in a mirror. If there is a beautiful shiny car around, he can see his reflection. He then pecks at the car, and damages the car with dents. He isn’t very good in gardens – other peoples - but won’t stay on the path or grass, or walk between rows of vegetable. Cont’d next pg...

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September 2009 Cont’d from prev. pg - Peacock Problems He enters the garden and tramples over anything and everything. He did it to our garden. Peacocks are exotic birds, which need space to move and fly. Because of their noise they need to be away from a residential area. Wild Wood or Wingham Animal Park are ideal places. I hope when you read this you will understand why residents who hear the peacock want the bird moved to a larger area. (unsigned)

Ed the Peacock Loves Minster Since moving to Minster nearly four years ago, I have encountered many unpleasant experiences - my home has been burgled, struck by lightening and flooded, and I have also suffered the bereavement of both my partner and father. Each time I’ve got through these difficult times because of the strength and support of Minster’s fantastic community spirit. Always there is someone there to help or offer a shoulder to cry on. Although all of this has happened it was with great shock and admiration I came to see the tremendous support Ed the Peacock has received. He has been wrongly accused of many things - terrorising children, pulling flowers off of plants, when in actual fact he’s removing insects, and generally causing malicious damage - this simply isn’t true. The children really love him and local nursery groups bring their children to visit him and the many other animals and water fowl that inhabit my grounds. I moved here because the house was on a half acre plot of land plenty of room for all. For two to three weeks, ‘not months’, as some people seem to believe, he does make a louder noise than during the rest of the year, but fortunately my closest neighbours love to see and hear him in and around their gardens. There but for the Grace of God we are fortunate enough to have these senses, there are many who would like to experience these things that others find so annoying. Ironically, one of the people that is kicking up most of this complaint, is the very person who suggested he be freed from his captivity in the first place, when they were delivering the free newspaper. They have since tried to have him removed, and even told my builder to concrete him into my driveway. Cont’d o/leaf....

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September 2009 Cont’d from prev. Pg - Ed the Peacock Loves Minster On another occasion pellets have been shot at him in my garden resulting in skin being removed from the back of his legs in an attempt by someone to remove him. Ed loves Minster, sharing his food with my cats, wandering around with my ducks and swans and visiting other gardens where he is made welcome. It would be very difficult to re-home such a magnificent creature with others of his own kind as the existing peacocks will have already made their dominance known, and Ed, being put into an existing colony, would be severely harmed. I love Minster too, and again I would like to say a very big thank you for all the support we have received. Michael

Praise for Minster Construction We have had various builders over the years, doing work for us in some of our homes. So I was dreading having building work again! But we have been very impressed with our builder, who lives in the village. Yes, there is brick dust everywhere! That can’t be helped; but he has arrived bright and early every day, is very clean and tidy in his work, is always cheerful, and has done a great job for a very reasonable price. I think we are all quick to moan, ourselves included, but we want to give praise where it’s due and Richard of Minster Construction certainly deserves it. Yours sincerely, Julia & Alan Hill

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Colebrook Sturrock Report Continuing Success! Recent sales in and around the village have exceeded our expectations and your local Colebrook Sturrock office is set to beat all records! The property market has now, without doubt, taken a turn for the better with higher activity levels resulting in a regular stream of sales. We put our success down to sensible pricing, widespread quality marketing via all six Colebrook Sturrock branches throughout East Kent as well as selective newspaper and Internet advertising. However, it is without question that it is our personal service that has won over both our buyers and sellers alike. We are very proud to promote this village and are delighted with the level of interest we have received particularly from buyers from outside the area, especially London, North Kent and the Medway Towns. Just a reminder that we do not charge any ‘up-front’ fees for advertising nor do we tie sellers into a fixed term contract! We accompany all viewing's and are determined to obtain the absolute best price possible for our clients. We pride ourselves with being able to offer a wide and interesting selection of properties making us the first ‘port of call’ for discerning buyers looking for a property in the village or surrounding areas. We are members of the National Association of Estate Agents and have over 35 years experience between us so if you are considering a move in the near future please come and talk to your local village experts before selecting your estate agent! Call Debbie Coles or Darren Finch on 01843 823200 or email us at minster@colebrooksturrock.co.uk or call in to see at 71 High Street.

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RESEARCH - NAME OF JEZARD - early 1900s up till 1970s Hallo Everyone, I am researching my family roots, they at the bakery with George Foster, just pre WW2. are firmly fixed in Minster. If you know anything about Grandad and Gran left Minster but sisters remained in the name JEZARD, I would like to hear from you. My the area and they kept close contact with Vic and Grandfather and Great Grandfather owned the bakery George. The Burtons lived in Minster as well, Thomas on Church Street going back to 1800s. My Great Aunt Burton was in a newspaper cutting aged 94 of Minster ? was Edie Barnes, I believe she was a councillor, other He was my Great Grandmother’s father. Anyhow if any names would be Burton, my Grandfather’s mother and of this means anything to anyone I would love to hear Hougham my mother’s parents who lived at from you. I have many happy memories of short Greenbanks Tothill. Grandad married Molly Hougham holidays in Minster, down on the marshes, staying at and moved into 21 Monkton Road, Minster. Vic the Bell Inn and visiting Vic and Olive. Kingsland was an old friend of my Grandad, he worked Sandie email: sandratwiddy@btinternet.com

Minster Matters Plea For Office Space Here at Minster Matters we have a very real need for some secure office space, preferably close to the village centre. It doesn’t need to be a large area but we do require space to setup our 2 computers, 3 printers and our CD duplicator, plus we need space for 2 desks (which we have), and maybe enough space to be able to record our audio files once a month. Our reason for this move, away from the cramped space under my stairs, is that we wish to expand our monthly offerings to also include a limited number of copies of the magazine in “LARGE” print format, that we can produce “in-house” with our own equipment. We would preferably like access to the Internet for emails etc, but could work without this temporarily. Our main problem, as I see it, is that we are unable to afford costly rents, because we already run the magazine on a shoestring budget, but we could perhaps come to some arrangement with any potential landlord, especially where costs would be involved in supplying Internet access. We have repeatedly asked about the vacant office above the library, but KCC Libraries, for some reason best known to them, seem unwilling to even talk to us about it. The Parish Council, with the Clerk’s permission, are kindly storing our desks and one printer at present, which we thank them for, whilst the rest of our equipment is spread amongst the editorial team in their

own homes, which isn’t at all convenient. We would truly appreciate any offer of help and we thank you for having read our plea. Whilst writing on this subject we would also like to take this opportunity to thank James Galbraith formerly of County Finance for the 2 desks and the laser printer, also Thanet Press and Photogriffin for the two A3 inkjets. Ray Owen - Editor AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MINSTER Do You Qualify? Does Minster Parish Council Have Your Details? Now the new housing development is underway in Monkton Road, do you wish to be considered for Affordable Housing on the site? You must qualify for Affordable Housing by being on the Council Housing Register (or transfer register of a Registered Social Landlord) and 1/ Ordinarily a resident in the Parish of Minster 2/ Whose family is ordinarily resident in the Parish of Minster 3/ Employed in the Parish of Minster 4/ Whose family are employed in the Parish of Minster Residents from the surrounding area who qualify for Affordable Housing may also add their details to the list and will be considered, should there still be available properties, after those who previously applied and qualified from points 1-4 above have been allocated Please contact:

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The 2009 Summer Reading Challenge is the 11th annual challenge. Children all over the UK are about to embark on a fantastical adventure and become a Quest Seeker. The theme is all about the power of the imagination. It will take young readers into a mysterious and wondrous land where they can discover the joy of reading and nurture a life-long love affair with books. It also promotes the library as a place of wonder and excitement, where librarians can offer children invaluable advice and guidance to help them through their quest. Minster Library from 11th July come and join in! Stickers to collect, new books to read ..............

Young Minster Bowling Ace, Jessica Silvester, is looking for your help !! Here is Jessica’s story. My name is Jessica Silvester and I am seventeen years of age. I live in Minster with my mother and brother and have been tenpin bowling since I was eight. I attended Minster Primary School and Sandwich Technology School. I bowl in leagues at Bugsy’s in Cliftonville in order to gain experience and compete at an adult level. I have completed three years in the Junior England Training Scheme in Sheffield. In addition to this I receive instruction from my coach Richard Lambkin. For the past six years I have competed for Kent on more than ten occasions, this year making the under- 18’s, under-24’s and adult ladies teams. I am writing to enquire if any of your readers would be able to help me with some form of sponsorship or funding. On the 21st June I travelled to Crewe in order to compete in the Triple Crown Trials for a place in the England team after finishing in the top 20 under 19 girls in the country. I finished in the top six, qualifying for a place in the England squad. I am extremely honoured to have been given the opportunity to represent my country at the Junior Triple Crown, which is being held in Stirling, Scotland from 27th to 30th August 2009 The problem with bowling is that it is self-funded

and despite working part-time between my studies, I am unable to cover the cost even with the help and support from my mother. This year alone we have spent in excess of £3500 competing in various tournaments. I must participate in at least seven major tournaments each year, and finish in the top twenty in order to compete in the Triple Crown trials. In addition to this I take part in nine tournaments qualifying for Kent. The main issue is not so much covering the entry fees but the cost of travel and overnight accommodation. The tournaments take place at various locations across the country which involves a lot of travelling. I am extremely dedicated to my sport and feel I still have a lot to achieve. In order to do this I need to compete in more tournaments in the future which will require further funding. If you do require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact me. I would welcome any opportunity to speak further about this. If you’d like to help, you can contact Jessica on 825037 or by email at:jessicasilvester844@googlemail.com If you would just like to give, even a small amount, anonymously, then Attwells have a collection tin for Jess on their counter

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September 2009 SALVATION ARMY BELIEF IN ACTION ANNUAL APPEAL 2009

During the month of September members of the Salvation Army and volunteers deliver gift envelopes and knock on doors in Minster, Monkton, St Nicholas, Cliffsend, Birchington, Preston, Wingham, Stourmouth, Wickhambuex and Ichham collecting donations for the Salvation Army Annual Appeal to support its work in this Country. The Salvation Army is a Christian Church which seeks to put its faith into action in the community. Many of the people whom The Salvation Army help, feel they have no place in our society. Poverty, family breakdown, homelessness, drug abuse and even old age can set people apart and leave them feeling marginalised, but The Salvation Army believes that people's lives can be changed for the better, no matter how big their problems appear. That is why they offer practical help including residential centres for families at risk, homeless people, people struggling with addictions and older people as well as a variety of community programmes. Next to the government The Salvation Army is the biggest provider of social services in the UK. Whilst love and friendship are freely given, running the services takes time, expertise and money. Our local target is £4,000. That is why The Salvation Army needs your support. If you are able to help please contact Major Val Hope on 01843 823830.

MAJOR DENISE COOPER TO BE THE NEW COMMANDING OFFICER AT MINSTER SALVATION ARMY There is an open invitation to attend the installation meeting at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 13th September in the Minster Salvation Army Hall. Following the meeting it is hoped as many people as possible will stay on for a cup of tea in the Community Hall to greet Denise. Later on in the day ‘Joyful Noise’ invites everyone to tea at 4.30 p.m. so that there is an opportunity to meet Major Denise in an informal way. At 6.00 p.m. Denise will lead her first meeting at Minster Salvation Army. All are welcome to attend.

SALVATION ARMY CHARITY SHOP Progress is being made towards the opening. Major building work will commence soon to enable the fitting out to follow. The next meeting for volunteers will be on Tuesday 1st September at 7p.m. at the Salvation Army Community Hall, Tothill Street. Even if you have not attended a previous session you are welcome to come with no obligation. Find out if helping with the shop is for you.


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MINSTER PARISH COUNCIL - CO-OPTION TO COUNCIL Following the recent resignation of Councillor Mrs. Audrey Pickering, applications are now invited from residents wishing to be considered for co-option to the Parish Council. If you wish to be considered please send your application to Ms. Kyla Lamb, Clerk to the Council, setting out your personal details and experience, plus any involvement you may have had serving the community, and why you would like to be considered for co-option to the Council. Applications should be addressed to the Clerk to the Council, Parish Office, 4A Monkton Road, Minster CT12 4EA to be received no later than 17th September 2009. A panel of council members will interview all applicants and a recommendation will then be made to Council on the person to be appointed. Kyla Lamb, Clerk to the Council, August 2009

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Audrey Pickering Audrey has been a long time resident of the village and raised her family here. She has always very active within the community and served on the Parish Council for 34 years, only relinquishing her seat when ill health visited her. Residents will know that Audrey also represented the village on Thanet District Council and worked tirelessly for the good of Minster. She was supported by her late husband Harry, who also sat on both the Parish and District Council, and indeed Harry was, for a period, Leader of the District Council. Both of them ensured that Minster was not left out of the considerations by TDC, an example of which would be the involvement they both had with the setting up of the Rural Life Museum and the Pavilion In addition to her Council work Audrey has been very prominent within the village and supported many organizations, particularly the Salvation Army and the School where she allocated much of her TDC allowance. She has always been well respected, her door has always been open to residents to discuss problems, particularly in the housing area, and she pursued these concerns at TDC strenuously.

SMALL GRANTS FOR VILLAGE GROUPS The Parish Council has set aside limited funding to allow it to offer small grants to village groups/organisations. If any group is interested in applying for a grant they should request an application form from the Parish Council at the address shown below. All applications are required to be submitted by 30 September 2009 to allow them to be considered by the appropriate committee of the council and those grants approved will be payable from the 1st April 2010 Please submit your application or enquiries to: Mrs. Kyla Lamb, Parish Clerk, Minster Parish Council, 4A Monkton Road, Minster CT12 4EA E mail: minsterpc@tiscali.co.uk

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September 2009 ESSENTIAL RAILWAY RENEWAL AT MINSTER

Network Rail has commissioned Balfour Beatty to carry out essential track renewal work in your area. As part of a national programme to improve and maintain the rail network, jointed rail will be replaced with continuous welded rail. This work will have the added benefit of reducing the level of noise currently experienced from passing trains. Wherever possible, we do try to carry out noisy engineering work during daylight hours. However for safety reasons, we often have to work throughout the night, as well as at weekends to take advantage of train free periods.

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Work will involve removing the old track by crane, excavating the track bed and then replacing the rail and components using a special track laying machine. The contractors will be using some noisy equipment and there will also be lights and generators on site. Wherever possible silenced equipment and noise barriers will be used. Site personnel will be briefed to ensure that they cause the least possible disturbance when working close to residential properties. Should you have any enquiries regarding this work you can contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 11 41 41.

Monkton A most unusual detached house, originally the village Post Office and Store, and now tastefully converted to provide an exceptionally spacious family home. The accommodation comprises 4 bedrooms, 1 with en suite shower room, family bathroom, kitchen, utility room, dining room, sitting room plus 2 further reception rooms, cellar and store. To the rear is a delightful garden with workshop, the property needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated. Available as a chain free purchase. £395,000

Colebrook Sturrock 71 High St, Minster t: 01843 823200 e: minster@colebrooksturrock.co.uk w: www.colebrooksturrock.com

Meanwhile I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience you may be caused during this essential work. Nick Gray - Community Relations Manager - Network Rail

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

822550 for more details

ZAC’s MUSINGS "If your dog thinks you're the greatest person in the world, don't seek a second opinion."


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

26/28 Eaton Road, Margate 01843 221422 inc Eve’s and Sundays (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

10/12 Cuthbert Road, Westgate-on-Sea

01843 831882 Email: completelyou@aol.com

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)

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Love Your Lawn

September 2009

Sponsored Mutt Strutt Sunday 20th September Meeting at The Bell Inn, Minster at 10.30am

UK’s Largest Lawn Care Company No Contract : Simply pay-as-you-go Weed Kill * Fertilisation * Aeration Moss Control * Scarification Costs less than DIY www.greenthumb.co.uk For a free no obligation lawn analysis & quote call

0800 0111 222

Peking & Cantonese Cuisine

Chinese Restaurant

The walk takes place from the Bell Inn at Minster. We collect from 10.30 and move off at 11.00. The walk is about 4 miles and finishes back at the Bell where we can if we wish have refreshments or a meal. The Bell is a dog friendly pub and weather permitting we can use the garden. Sponsor forms can be obtained from the East Kent Animal Centre, Queensdown Road, Woodchurch, Birchington, Kent CT7 0HG or on our website: www.rspcakent.org.uk

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.

& Take Away

FITNESS CLASSES

2 Monkton Road, Minster

Eastern & Coastal Kent NHS Active 4 Life

01843 822371

Minster Village Hall every Thursday 9.30am to 10.30am

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

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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MINSTER BADMINTON CLUB has vacancies for new adult members with Playing Experience. New season starts Thursday, 3rd September For information contact: Eric on 821744 or Carol on 822176.

MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP

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

1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th

Tuesday 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm 6pm - 9pm

Sunday 6th 6pm - 9pm 13th 6pm - 9pm 20th 6pm - 9pm 27th 6pm - 9pm

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!

Phoenix Cup Sunday 13th September - Start 6pm

For a Free lawn analysis & quotation please call

Note: Tuesday mornings now cancelled

01843 823320 or 07973 817540

Pay as you play - no membership fees

www.thegrassmaster.co.uk

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 821447

MINSTER SPORTS PITCH

(Est 1935)

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

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

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

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)

HOUSE, GARDEN AND BUILDING WASTE REMOVED - FAST

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

01843 825 599 / 07748 409 806 63 High Street, Minster CT12 4AB

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

September 2009 Remembrance & Thank you’s

Val Davis Thank you to all friends and neighbours for their kind thoughts and cards on the sad death of my dear wife Val; a loving wife, mother, and a grandmother. Bless you all. Mervin Davis, Brockmans Close

Kenneth Jones Mavis and family would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, cards and flowers on the sad loss of Kenneth Jones who passed away on 1st August. Sadly missed by all.

Peggy Longford Formerly of Minster passed away on 19th July after 10 months at Highfield, Birchington.

Peggy Marsh Minster Bowls club would like to say goodbye to Peggy Marsh who passed away. The Thanet Bowls Club and Minster can always look at the Honours boards to remember Peggy and Bill, at the same time saying thank you for what you gave the sport and our clubs.

MINSTER AND MONKTON ROYAL BRITISH LEGION 61 Augustine Road, Tel 821471

LIVE MUSIC - QUIZ NIGHTS - RACE NIGHTS AVAILABLE TO BOOK FOR FUNCTIONS WEDDING RECEPTIONS- BIRTHDAY PARTIES ETC BAR, STAGE AND DANCE FLOOR IN THE MAIN AREA 2 FURTHER ROOMS AND A SNOOKER ROOM FOOD AVAILABLE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY LUNCHTIMES COME ALONG AND SEE FOR YOURSELF WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER


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

SEPTEMBER 6th September 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm: Evensong 13th September 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion (CW) 20th September 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 27th September 9am: no service 10am: Harvest Festival Mid week service at St Mary’s Wednesdays 10.30am

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In SEPTEMBER 6th September 10.15am: Holy Communion 13th September 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 20th September 10.15am: Holy Communion with Methodists 27th September 10.15am: Harvest Festival Baptisms at Minster Parish Church: 19th July: Thomas Landi 26th July: Archie Nassif 26th July: Harry Parker 2nd August: Reagan and Ella Hicking 16th August: Harry Sackett-Allen 16th August: Tommy and Amelia Cowburn Weddings at Minster Parish Church: 17th July: Katherine King and Geoffrey Rosenwould 1st August: Dionne Jeffryes and Daniel May 8th August: Anna Coles and Andrew Whannell 8th August: Zoe Foster and Robin Rae

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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The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street, Minster Majors Richard and Val Hope 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.

Christians Together Minster September 15, 2009

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

Picnic and sharing 6.30pm At Parkminster (Minster Abbey) Join us for a picnic and an informal sharing by local people - who will talk about God in their daily lives:- Lenten meeting follow up

Please bring a picnic supper Families with Children Welcome! Sharing in the Upper Room from 7.15 Christians Together Welcome All! Believers and Unbelievers Alike

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

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

Minster Mayhems

www.uksteam.info Listed Journeys that may come via Minster

New dancers and musicians welcome

Sun 6th Sept : 70013 Oliver Cromwell - The Spitfire

The Old Schools Fridays 5.15pm - 6.30pm in term-time

Thurs 10th Sept : 34067 Tangmere - Cathedrals Express Mon 21st Dec : 60163 Tornado - White Cliffs Christmas Luncheon Special Times and routes can be found on the uksteam website

MOTHERS UNION Next Meeting 9th September - 2pm 92 Monkton Road Speaker to be arranged New Members always welcome 39th MINSTER ART EXHIBITION MINSTER 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 Thanet 821280 for an entry form. SATURDAY MARKET September 12th 10.00am - 12.00noon Old Schools Plants, cakes, preserves and Bric-a-Brac. Everyone welcome

Cliftonville Farmers Market The Oval Lawns 10.00am - 1.00pm Sun: 27th Sept; 25th Oct 29th Nov; 20th Dec Contact: June Chadband 01843 226 033 k.chadband@btinternet.com

Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section Monday 14th September 7.30pm ‘A Potato Lady’ Bingo, Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings

Phone 821795

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 MINSTER AND MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY NEXT MEETING Wed 16th Sept Village Hall - 7.30pm Heather Willis will give an illustrated talk on “Spring and Autumn in Scotland” All are welcome, visitors 50p

For further information Miriam Smith 822589

Sat 19th Sept Autumn Show Village Hall 2pm to 4.30pm

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MARKET

All residents of Minster, Monkton, Acol, Sarre and St. Nicholas can enter. Schedules can be obtained from Mrs. Card at 71a High Street and must be submitted to the same address by Thursday 14th September. Have a go, enter some flowers, pot plant or vegetables Entry to the show is 50p

Last Saturday of every month 9am to 4pm Guildhall, Cattle Market

Minster-in-Thanet WI NEXT MEETING Tuesday, 8th September 7.30 pm Village Hall Speaker: Mrs. P. Daniels ‘Morris dancing’ Visitors and new members welcome COFFEE AND CHAT Thursday, 17th September, 10 am - 12 noon Village Hall Committee Room For further information ring 597287

FRIENDS OF KENT CHURCHES ANNUAL CYCLE RIDE/WALK Saturday 12th September 2009 The Old Schools will be open for refreshments

The South East (Kent) Get Together-Make Music-Hike-Walk Group Actively seeking new members, so if you would like to get together and have some fun making music, hiking or walking then please do join us No experience required but ideas and enthusiasm most welcome To find out more go to our website: www.meetup.com/South-East-Get-TogetherMakeMusic-Hike-Walk or ring Diane on 07717 453 106


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Notes and Events 1st MINSTER BROWNIES Minster Pavilion 5.00pm - 6.30pm Monday evenings Girls aged 7-11 years old are welcome. It is £1.50 per session and £10.00 Joining fee. If you are interested please call Jackie Cooper (Brown Owl) on (01843) 822970.

1st MINSTER SCOUTS Note New Venue now at Parkminster (formerly Minster Museum) in the Abbey Grounds Starts Friday 11th Sept - 6.30pm to 8.30pm in term time Boys and Girls from 10 to 14. This new troop is starting with no money, and almost no equipment. They are looking for equipment, money and manpower. The District Scouts would love for Minster to have it’s own Beaver colony so if you feel that you could offer an hour or two each week to help start one, you would be welcomed with open arms. For further info contact Barbara or Richard on 581014 or email: barbara@grahamhorne.co.uk

MINSTER PLAYHOUSE NEXT UP…… Two Evenings of one act’s 25th & 26th September These evenings sell out quickly. Book early to avoid disappointment! TABLES OF 8-10 £5 A HEAD TO BOOK CALL OLLIE ON 01843 232749. TO FOLLOW....... Minster Playhouse Presents ‘Once Upon A Time’ a Panto with lots of Panto favourites Dec 9 -12th Check out our website for all info www. minsterplayhouse.com

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What’s on..

SUPPORTING DEMELZA HOUSE CHARITY NIGHT LIVE PRESENTS:

SANDWICH & PEGWELL BAY NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE VOLUNTEER WELCOME DAYS 2009

SIMPLY ROD a Rod Stewart Revival

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

BEACHWATCH 10.00 am on Saturday 12 September Help tidy up the coastline Record the litter washed up by the tide. Gloves and bin liners provided, and no toll fee for helpers!

GUIDED WALKS 2009 No charge made but donations always welcome About 2 HOURS duration on mostly level ground Call 07889 822412 or 07747 608292 for more details 5 p m on Sunday 13 September Waders and other Migratory Birds 9 a m on Friday 18 September Autumn Migration Bird Watch 2 p m on Sunday 20 September Scattering Seeds FAMILY event involving dispersal of seeds and An opportunity to make “helicopters” if the weather is fine Wear you sturdy shoes or wellies for this event

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”. The Show Features ITV X-Factor 2006 Star Ben Mills and his Band. Supported by: The Band “JUST LIKE YOU” Featuring BBC EASTENDERS STAR, AARON SIDWELL, who played the character Steven Beale (Nasty Steven). Aaron is an accomplished singer, and with his band, come and see the other side of him. Teen Pop Star MICHAEL HINCH a Solo Artiste from Colchester. Seeing Michael live is an experience of its own with his catchy upbeat pop songs to powerful ballads, the energetic stage presence and audience interaction. We may still have other acts, depending on who confirms The main reason for the event is to help raise money and awareness for Demelza House Children’s Hospice. The Charity has been very supportive, and will be present on the night, for more information please see http://www.demelza.org.uk/ Age Limits: Children under 5 years of age are not admitted, 14+(Under 14's must be accompanied by a full paying adult over 18, a maximum of 4 children per adult). Visit: http://www.charitynightlive.com for further details. TICKETS available from Venue, www.charitynightlive.com or telephone 02032873161.

‘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 6th Sept: Family Praise in church at 10 am. Sun 4th Oct: Animal Service in church at 10 am. Sun 13th Sept: Family Communion in church at 10 am. Sun 11th Oct: Family Communion in church at 10 am. Sun 27th Sept: Harvest Festival in church at 10 am.

A. Harris & Son GARDEN SERVICES Mowing * Tree Work Painting * Fencing * Hedges Trellis & Wooden Planters made to order call Andrew on 07745 824 232 10% Discount for over 60’s and on

GIVE BLOOD

The Life of the Lamb

Next Session in Minster Village Hall

A small book by Yvonne Chapman of Rivers Court

Friday 11th Sept 13.30 - 16.00 17.00 - 19.30

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.


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Minster Day Nursery and Out Of School Club CALLING ALL PARENTS/CARERS LOOKING FOR CHILDCARE Warm and Friendly Environment

OFSTED Registered

Fully Qualified Staff

Open 8.00am - 6.00pm

Before and After School Care

Ages 12 months - 11 years

Quality Care and Safety Provided

Age Appropriate Rooms

Breakfast, Lunch and Tea Provided

To Find Out More And Book Your Place

01843 821482 Molineux Road, Minster, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4PS www.minsterdaynursery.co.uk enquiries@minsterdaynursery.co.uk Registered Charity 1110919 01304 626364

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Reliable qualified Electricians All aspects of wiring undertaken BURGLAR ALARMS TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS TV AERIAL’S-SKY SATELLITE *Reasonable rates* Free estimates* Discount for OAP’S* Julie Beaney, Minster 01843/823466 Gary Hake, Canterbury 01227 472612

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Seeds, Bird Food, Batteries, Watch Straps & Much More !!

Gift Vouchers Air Conditioned Free Consultations Free Refreshments Closed Mondays

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