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Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 118 : September 2010 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

READERS REQUIRED FOR AUDIO VERSION OF MM We are always keen to welcome volunteers to help us on our audio recording evenings, which we hold once a month up at the Holiday Inn, usually on the Tuesday evening following the magazine going to print. Qualifications are very straightforward. Just answer this simple question: Can you read out loud? Did you say “Yes”? Then you’re just the person we need !! Don’t be bashful, none of our existing team are anywhere near word perfect and we have a variety of accents between us. In fact some of our monthly out-takes have been hilarious and there’s not a month goes by when we don’t at least have a good giggle. We never take it too seriously so you could be in good company. Interested? Then please contact us as via email at: or drop a note into the library, marked for our attention, giving us just a few brief details of yourself.

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Sadly the Minster Matters Team has recently been informed that they stand to lose one of their most important members (The Co-Editor, no less!!), due to a proposed house move away from this area. How imminent this is, will obviously depend on the sale of their current property. So just in case this happens sooner rather than later, we are now putting out feelers for a very keen volunteer to take over. We need someone who is reasonably competent at using a computer (note: two fingered typists will be accepted), can work with a wide variety of software programs (although we mainly use Word and Serif), or is able to pick up new skills quite quickly (we promise we’ll give you some tuition), to come and join us in keeping this magazine as good, if not better than, it is today. A bit of artistic flair would be a bonus, but is not an absolute requirement, however it is useful, especially in “having an eye” to setting out pages or producing new advertisements to customer’s requirements. The position does, by necessity, entail some long hours, FOUND: in the Watchester Lane area, a man's cycle. If you think especially across the weekend of each month when we go to print, it might be yours contact 821543 with a description. so as well as ensuring we get it to print on time some very careful VACANCY FOR STREET CLEANSING personal pre-holiday planning is called for. OPERATIVE/GENERAL ASSISTANT This opening may better suit an insomniac who doesn’t have to be up early on a Monday morning for work!, but realistically we A vacancy has arisen for the position of are willing to consider anyone; young, old, male, female, or Street Cleansing Operative/ General Assistant anywhere in between. Oh, and you need to be able to put up with for Minster Parish Council our Editor and his quirky ways, or his last minute changes. Please note a full clean driving licence is essential So no pressure there then!! For an application form and job description please contact Kyla Lamb the Parish Clerk on 01843 821339 or email Interested in offering your services? Go on don’t be shy, we don’t bite, honest!! Applications should be submitted to the Parish Office Please email us at: by Monday 13th September 2010 or drop a note into the library, marked for our attention, giving Previous applicants who were interviewed will be considered us just a few brief details of yourself and your skills (or lack of!!). Unfortunately, there’s no financial reward, except maybe a belated Christmas dinner, but we do offer great job satisfaction!! PUBLIC FOOTPATH OPENING The footpath down the side of the new development at Heronsbrook (bottom of Prospect Road) that many fought so hard to retain, is to be officially opened on Wednesday 1st September at 11am. Members of the public are invited to attend the short ceremony, that will take place at the Monkton Road end of the path.


Gift Vouchers Air Conditioned Free Consultations Free Refreshments Closed Mondays EBBSFLEET LANE Ebbsfleet Lane, from its junction with Thorne Hill and The Lanes through to the A256 at Tubbs Corner will be closed PERMANENTLY from Wednesday 1st September, as the new East Kent Access Road is being developed across it. Access to Sandwich will then be via the A299 to its junction with the A256 at the Lord of the Manor roundabouts.

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Dates for Your Diary Sept 1 Ebbsfleet Lane Closure 1 Public Footpath Opening 3 Badminton Club restarts 6 R.B.L. Women’s Section Meeting 7 Parish Council Meeting 8 Mother’s Union Meeting 11 Saturday Market 11 Charity Cycle Ride/Walk 11 Race Night - Acol Village Hall 14 W.I. Meeting 15 Horticultural Society Meeting 16 W.I. Coffee and Chat Morning 18 Horticultural Society Autumn Show 19 RSPCA Dog Walk from The Bell 25 Sandwich Farmers Market 26 Cliftonville Farmers Market 26 S. Army - Back to Church Sunday Oct 2/3 Art Exhibition 3 Animal Service at St Mary’s Church 9 QEQM ‘Marmalade’ Concert & Disco 30 St Nicholas Church Charity Day

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Nov 3-12 India Bike Ride


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The next meeting of

Minster Parish Council will be held on:

Tuesday 7th September 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:

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Yet another month has gone never to be seen again, that makes me even older and getting dangerously close to my next birthday, however health wise I am now feeling much better having just about got over my recent op and I’m looking forward to being able to waffle on here for the foreseeable future at least. Sadly we may soon say goodbye to Amy as she has her house on the market and is looking to relocate away from Thanet. No doubt you’ve all read our plea on the front page, so I’m expecting a whole host of candidates stepping up to the plate and offering their services. Just hope I survive the stampede !! Nora and her youngster are doing well, she and Barry are now beginning to get young Eamonn into an earlier routine for bedtime. Sue is her usual forgetful self and attends meetings and recordings if and when she remembers. Brenda has got over her fall and is back walking Grady’s legs off, whilst you’ll find Diane out most days, with her camera snapping anything and everything. Eve ? Well we haven’t seen much of her of late, as she is always too busy working., but we don’t mind, she’s there if we need her. What’s been happening in the village lately? Well we’ve heard various mutterings on the grapevine but have so far been unable to substantiate any of them, in that 1/ We had a drugs bust where a householder was found growing certain noxious plants 2/ There have been reports of fly-tippers being caught at the High St car park 3/ Obnoxious bonfires were smoking out a whole street 4/ The age old problem of dog owners not clearing up after their pets, is still prevalent within the village 5/ And finally we’ve been told the Warden has been seen out and about (but this one is definitely only a rumour !!!!)

Did you notice the mention on the front page about Ebbsfleet Lane being closed permanently from 1st September, maybe, just maybe, this will see us no longer being plagued with outsiders using the village as a “rat run” or even as a daily extension to the company car park. We can but hope ! Sadly due to rising costs the team are considering a small increase in our advertising rates to help us keep our heads above water. This won’t happen immediately, maybe in 6 months or so, but we thought we would break it to you gently now, so as it doesn’t come as such a shock when it happens. We will make mention again closer to the time, just in case those er s who are like me and have the b e s to memory of a goldfish, forget. n Finally I’ve heard some Ill Oc great reports re the Show and to nd especially reference the Scouts e 2 u who did such an excellent job, d r2 in keeping the field tidy all day. d o They were a real credit to their ll e d f uniform and their pack leaders. e le c u Let’s hope the Show isn’t an ed cancelled for future years due to C h the irresponsible behaviour of c s the minority. Final question as e usual - Where’s Zac today ? R


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PATIENT LIAISON GROUP (MINSTER) NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2010 Pfizer Community Award Scheme As announced last month, thanks to Pfizer's kind donation, the group will now be able to purchase the following equipment : 1. Oxiometer - to enable a more accurate diagnosis for patients with breathing difficulties 2. Blood Pressure Monitors x 6 - for patients personal use at home under the guidance of their GP Once purchased, these will be presented to the surgery, on a date to be announced. Flu Vaccinations for Winter 2010/11 The Flu vaccination program for this winter will be carried out on the mornings of Saturday 9th and 16th October. Eligible patients will be advised in due course and invited to make an appointment with the surgery. Training Days The Surgery will be closed for staff training from midday onwards, on the following dates : 14th September, 21st October, 9th November Patients who need to see a doctor during these times, please contact "Doctors on Call" via the normal surgery number - 821333 Thank you. Missed Appointments During the last month, 68 ( YES! SIXTY EIGHT! ) patients failed to attend for their appointment. So that's "SIXTY EIGHT" other patients who could have had an appointment at the surgery. WHAT A WASTE OF YOUR TIME AND YOUR RESOURCES! ! PLEASE REMEMBER TO CANCEL! ! Patient Group Meeting The next meeting will be held on Monday 6th September. For further information on this, or any of the topics covered above, please contact : Jean Taylor on 845072 or Ken Self on 821200



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Minster Parish Council has been consulted by Lee Evans Planning Consultants on behalf of the Trustees of St Augustine’s Abbey. They are intending to relocate from the Abbey in Ramsgate and need to sell their assets to do this. Their initial proposals are to seek permission to demolish the Church and existing house and redevelop it with 4 detached dwellings. Copies of the draft plans are available at the Parish Office please contact the Clerk on 01843 821 339 to arrange to view the plans and make any comments which can be forwarded to the planning consultants via the Parish Office. A formal application has now been submitted to TDC so please watch for notices going up on lamp posts etc in the area.

SMALL GRANTS FOR VILLAGE GROUPS The Parish Council has set aside limited funding to allow it to offer small grants to village groups and 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 2010 to allow them to be considered by the appropriate committee of the council and those grants approved will be payable from the 1st April 2011. Please submit your application or enquiries to: Mrs. Kyla Lamb, Parish Clerk, Minster Parish Council, 4A Monkton Road, Minster CT12 4EA Email: Tel: 01843 821 339

FROM THE LIBRARY Well done to all the SPACE HOPPERS who are taking part in the library summer reading challenge. KEEP ON READING THOSE BOOKS! For the grown ups if you want to know all about the weather there will be a selection of books for the September display at Minster Library.

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During the month of September, members of The Salvation Army and volunteers will be delivering and collecting gift envelopes in Minster, Monkton, St Nicholas, Cliffsend, Birchington, Minnis Bay, Acol, Preston, Wingham, Stourmouth, Wickhambreaux and Ickham. Please be ready to receive them and give generously. 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 helps 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 £4,500. That is why The Salvation Army needs your support. If you are able to help deliver or collect envelopes, please contact Major Denise Cooper on 01843 822 308

BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY 26th September 2010, 6 – 7pm The Salvation Army, 11 Tothill Street, Minster Were you once a member of The Salvation Army? Did you once attend The Salvation Army here in Minster? You are invited to an informal evening of music, coffee / tea and chat. Please come along with friends and family to reminisce, share memories and experiences of times spent together.

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September 2010 PUBLIC ACCESS BUT NOW PRIVATE?? Dear Editor, This might be an interesting article and worth printing. "A local farmer is trying to restrict access to Minster Marshes. This is after decades of continual use by Children, Parents, Bird Watchers, Dog Walkers, Picnickers, and the general Public. WHY? Can they do this? Can it be enforced? What will the National Footpath Association think?" I have attached two photos. The first is closest to the farm and on the road to a storage shed. In the past, people could use this path to access the railway line path. The second is the latest hand written sign and is out along the roadway, the other side of the railway line heading to the marshes. Where is this you may ask, here is my best effort at a description of the locations: From the Abbey Wall proceed along Durlock and there are large yellow metal posts, stopping vehicles, but allowing pedestrians through onto the farm. There is a footpath signpost in the farm directing people down to this point, and it is here where the printed sign is located. There are no other signs, so people walk down a concrete road. About a mile along the road there is a railway level crossing. You could either turn left along a grass roadway to Ebbsfleet Lane, or turn right and follow a hard pressed shingle and chalk road running alongside the railway line past a large nature duck pond. It is at this point that the hand written sign is situated. 'No Public Access'. There is an arrow on a stick directing you along the side of a big field to a stile, cross the railway line, along the overgrown paths and eventually you come to Rivers Court. From a concerned Resident (Name and Email address supplied)

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August was a quiet month with no meeting but we recently enjoyed a superb Strawberry Tea, organised by Marion Rose, and held in her and husband Rodney’s garden. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to us, being overcast for most of the afternoon with subsequent rain: however, it did not spoil our enjoyment of the delicious strawberries, scones with jam and cream, and cakes! Once again, our stall at the Village Show sold out of the cakes and bakes made by members, so “Thank You” to all who provided the goodies, and to all who supported us by buying them. The next meeting will be on 14th September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, when Don Wilks will be showing some of his beautiful photographs, and members are asked to bring a “Summer Photo”. Visitors and new members will be made welcome.

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To all who organised this year’s Minster Show - another excellent afternoon of entertainment as usual, and very good value for money. I was particularly impressed by the wonderful group of young people, who collected the litter, keeping the Recreation Ground clean and tidy. They continued to be cheerful and hard-working throughout even the hottest part of the day. Well done - a fantastic example to us all. (Minster resident, name and address supplied).

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Stan the Greengrocer wishes to thank all his customers for their support over the 16½ yrs he has been in the shop. He will miss you all and hopes to see many of you whilst he’s out and about in the village.

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Joyce Seath wishes to say a big thank you to the very kind gentleman who stopped to help her when she fell recently in the village. She can only tell us that he was kind enough to stop his car, get out and help her up and then take her home, whoever you are Joyce says you were wearing a blue and white striped shirt and she is really grateful for your help. AMBER’S ADVICE Strength in Quietness The dew falls silently at night when men sleep, and yet touches every plant and leaf and flower with new life and beauty.

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September 2010 Your Letters ......


The White Stag

MANNERLESS MOTORIST IN MINSTER I know you mentioned it in your last issue, but can I put out another plea for people to drive sensibly up and down Tothill Street. I have recently been subjected to verbal abuse from a driver who, even though it was not his right of way felt it would be alright for him to pull out around parked cars and directly into my path. This forced me to brake sharply, not wishing to have a head on collision!! The car travelling behind just missed going into the back of my car. He then felt justified in stopping his car and shouting obscenities at me. I would like to point out that I was travelling at 28 mph, down the hill with parked cars on opposite side of the road from me, and that I had my two young children in the car with me. I think that the issue of safety of traffic on this hill needs to be considered by our council, especially with the ongoing roadworks and the application for more houses being built along Monkton Road, increasing the amount of traffic using our village as a shortcut. I hope the person concerned in this incident feels the bigger man for his behaviour, and would be able to explain to my children why he behaved in the manner he did. I fear though that he may have a limited vocabulary!! Name supplied

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DEAR EDITOR I was interested to read in your July issue that David Harlow was the fifth generation of the Harlow family to be born in Minster. My interest is that my brother married Hazel Harlow in the 1930’s. Hazel was, I believe, born in Minster. Her father was George Harlow who was a milkman and had a dairy on the corner of Monkton and Edgar Roads. I think she had two brothers, Edgar and Eric, one of whom had a butchers shop in Tothill St. I wonder if this is the same family? Yours faithfully, Robert Gibb PS What an excellent magazine !! We have received some great background information to the WLOG picture we published a couple of issues ago and we thank those who came forward . Special thanks go to Irene Foster and Betty Harbottle for their knowledge and interesting letters.


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Minster Bowls Club. August is a strange month in many ways for the Club, with a lull before Finals Day and other tournaments going on in East Kent. The friendly games have resulted in 20 wins to 12 losses. In the Men's section (sorry Ladies no details on your successes) the Leagues finish this month. With one game to go the Club are in the No.l spot, in the East Kent League. In the Isle of Thanet (IOT) the Premier won their last game and are now in 5th place. The IOT Combination teams show a 4th for the ‘B’ team whilst the ‘A’ team are 9th. The winners achieved 59 points, our teams 52, and 33. Tournaments run by other clubs have seen quite a few of our players trying their luck. Sylvie P and Len lost out in the main competition of the Pairs, but won the Plate event. We had several getting to the quarter and semi final stages in the other events. The Isle of Thanet “Glenwood Trophy'' saw the IOT Men successors over the Ladies and the match ended with a Strawberry Tea. The reports on the health of our President Dick Stott and Ted Wilson are very encouraging. KEEP IT UP CHAPS. Those who attended the Barn Dance earlier this year and would like another enjoyable evening make a note that 8th October is the date. Thank you from the Club to all those who bought teas & cakes, plus other items from our stalls at the Show, your support was appreciated. Glynne H. ACOL VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PRESENT:

A RACE NIGHT Acol Village Hall Saturday 11th September 7.00 – 10.30pm. Including 'Bangers & Mash' Supper Tickets @ £6 per head must be bought in advance. Please ring: 01843 847705 or 01843 842764 to book.

September 2010 MINSTER SHOW 2010 The Chairman writes: Unfortunately Friday night was somewhat of a hassle with some of the youth of the village trying to get into the main marquee, drinking and shouting at the security guard. 5.45am Saturday morning, a less windy time than last year and the Coopers were there putting up the Showcase tent. They also used the motorway cone method of putting out chairs from the back of their trailer. The marquee filled up and everyone had a really good day. Races and events in the arena were all enjoyed. Then came Saturday night. The Ceilidh was ruined by young members of the community trying to get under the sides of the marquee to take drink and handbags and by 4am there was still a small group of youngsters causing problems, clearly under the influence of alcohol. 7.00am Sunday, the committee that were there were disappointed to face a rope from the marquee tying about 50 chairs to the main pole and the theft of a strimmer which had been a prize in the Grand Draw. Thank you to everyone who helped, supported or contributed on or before the day, from organising the Parade, collecting the litter or even counting race laps, without you the day wouldn’t have been so successful. MM Editor writes At the ‘wind down meeting’ the committee failed to reach a decision on the future of the Show, and they are now awaiting the response of the village at their AGM on Friday 15th October, which will be at 7.30pm in the Neighbourhood Centre. So, be sure, if you want the show to continue then come and give them your support, at that meeting. They need public support more than ever as without it they may be forced to abandon the show for future years. IT REALLY HAS GOT THAT BAD !! Such a pity that so few have to ruin something that gives pleasure to so many. Do you wish to give the committee your views before the AGM, then please write to us here at Minster Matters and we will pass them on for you. Do you have any good pictures from the Show? The Committee would love to have copies to add to their website, please email or send copies to Minster Matters, who will get them back to you, if need be, after they have been scanned. This years trophy winners and numerous other show pictures are already available. for your enjoyment. on our website at . Take a look at this years pictures - can you put names to faces - let us know via Minster Matters then we can add that information to the site. Want copies of any of them then let MM know and we’ll see what we can arrange.

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MINSTER PLAYHOUSE Minster’s own award-winning amateur drama group, the Minster Playhouse, continues its policy of improvement to its technical department. Earlier in the year, with the consent and cooperation of the Minster Village Hall Committee, the Playhouse created and installed a de-mountable lighting beam to enhance the lighting of its productions. This year’s May play, Ghostwriter, won a cup for technical excellence at the Kent Drama Awards. Over four days, two members of Minster Playhouse, Scott Steele and David Downes-Powell, have worked at the Village Hall installing two new theatrical curtain tracks to be used in future productions, replacing the noisy and heavy rollers that used to carry backcloths. Scott, and David, who are both sixty-one and no longer sylph-like, spent many hours in the Hall loft and up a gantry fixing the rails securely.

MINSTER MAYHEMS The Mayhems caused mayhem as usual at Broadstairs Folk Week and thoroughly enjoyed it !! They processed and were admired. The level of their dancing has improved and was noted by many sides who have seen them develop over the last 3 years. Pete (a Molly dressed in Baby Pink) from Royal Liberty got well wrapped in ribbons in a Barbers Pole ! There should be some good pictures around somewhere. (Do you know of any - can we copy them for our website? Please forward all pictures to Minster Matters for them to add to our site for us, thank you.) The children are now on holiday but will be back practising again in September readying themselves for Hop Hoodening in Canterbury and for the Deal Festival. Anyone interested in joining please come and meet us at the Old Schools on a Friday evening, during term time, from 5.10pm to 6.15pm Dominique

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CATS These two cats are desperately looking for a home having been with us for some time now. Victor is an adult male who came to us as an injured stray. He had a burst abscess on his side which was very painful and infected. He has recovered well with antibiotics and is now desperately looking for a new home. He was very scared and grumpy when he first came to us (hence his name) but is now showing love and affection. He is still quite timid and will need a quiet loving home without young children. His estimated age is 3-4 years. Rosie is a 9 year old female who came to the centre because her owner was moving to a flat and was unable to take her. She doesn’t like other cats so is finding it very stressful being in a cattery environment. Rose is quite an independent cat who likes fuss on her terms! She has been with us now for some time and is desperate for a home. Boots is 3 years old and she came to us as her owners were moving and were unable to keep her. She has lived with dogs and children and we would like her to fine a new home with Biscuit if possible.

Biscuit is 3 years old and he came to us as his owners were moving and were unable to keep him. He has lived with dogs and children and we would like him to find a new home with Boots if possible.

Thunder is a 4 month old male who came to us as his owner had too many cats to cope with. He is very friendly and is looking for a loving home.

Tia is a five year old female who came to us following the death of her owner. She is very friendly and is looking for a loving home.

Rupert is a 4 month old male who came to us as his owner had too many cats to cope with. He is very friendly and is looking for a loving home.

May is an adult female who was abandoned in a box at the side of a busy road. She is very friendly and is looking for a loving caring owner. 3


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Em & Tee are 3 years old and they were brought to the centre with kittens by an RSPCA Inspector. They are both very friendly and we are looking for htem to be home together as they are very dependant on each other.


s nearly 3 years old and he came to the centre health of his owner. He is very friendly and of fuss and cuddles.

Diana is one of a group of Degu’s who were abandoned. They need a loving home with someone who can give them the care and attention they need.

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Lucky & Baby are a pair of 7 month old female rats who came to the centre due to a child’s allergy. They are looking for a loving home together.

RABBITS Rex is an adult silver male rabbit who was abandoned along with several other pets. He is looking for a loving home where he can have lots of cuddles.

Lilly is a female adult Lionhead who was abandoned by her owner. She is friendly and would love a family of her own.

Daisy is a 2 year old female x Lionhead who came to the Centre as her owner no longer had time to look after her. She is very friendly and is used to having lots of cuddles and attention. She does require regular grooming due to her long coat.

All information was taken from the RSPCA website and was correct at time of going to print. If contacting the Centre please be aware that some of the animals may already have been re-homed but more may have taken their place and are still looking for a good home if you can provide one.

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September 2010

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year and it is hoped to be able to enlist 50 people to commit to this, so if you’re interested please see contact details below. Even our ‘Haiti’ knitters might be able to assist in helping these orphans, please contact John for further information on this if you think you could help. Their website can be found at and it is really worth a look, or check out Sunrise Kids Nepal on Facebook, where there are some really good pictures. Ring them on 07939 872032 Or email: In need of a travel book or two then don’t forget they have these for sale, contact them on the email address or telephone number above. Below: Typical hygiene kit as given to each child by the charity

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07950 448 595 - Anita Our ‘Out of School Club’ setting supports EYFS themes and commitments and compliments your child’s learning and development whilst still offering a fantastic play environment with team building and risky play challenges to encourage social skills and confidence. We are an off site setting with an outdoor area and indoor spacing for all ages offering a very wide range of activities daily providing a great club atmosphere. We look forward to caring for your children. Spaces available from September 2010.


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Change 4 Life Family Programme Tuesday’s Peking & Cantonese Cuisine

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Computer Courses For You -Tuesdays 1.15- 3.15 Starting on Tuesday 28th September 4 Week Course - Using the Internet Safely, Understanding Family Internet Safety. Understanding Job Hunting On Line/ Jobs & Interviews, and Understanding you Childs Learning. at Minster Primary School – contact Ali Gillat for more details 01843 821384

Keeping Up With The Children Literacy & Numeracy Course Mondays 9.15 – 11.15 Starting on Monday 22nd September at St Saviour’s School Westgate. If you would like to find out more about how your child is learning at school as well as improving your own skill this is the course for you! For more information contact Vicky Biggs on 01843 831707

New Parenting course at Birchington School – Confident Parent/ Confident Child Starting in September, date& time to be confirmed For more information contact Lesley Green 01843 841046


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Here’s an event for all fans of 60’s music! The next fundraising event for QEQM Hospital League of Friends is a 60’s Party Night on Saturday 9th October at the Pfizer Social Club, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich.

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- WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS MONKTON NATURE RESERVE People that can spare a few hours each week to help with sorting books in the shop and some that are willing to look after plants that we will be offering for sale More people are needed for occasional Saturday working parties on the Reserve and all ages from 18 upwards are welcome to come along Building and painting are some of the many tasks that we can offer to volunteers as well all in a local and friendly environment Please telephone the Reserve directly on 01843 822 666 or 01843 843 083 Thank you

- HELP NEEDED RSPCA ISLE OF THANET BRANCH We are looking for volunteers to help in may different ways at the Centre, for fundraising and also to help cut the grass (we have a ride-on mower for this!). To find out more please visit or contact the Branch: Woodchurch Animal Centre, Queensdown Road, Woodchurch, Birchington Telephone: 01843 826 180


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Church News and Service Times

SS Ethelbert & Gertrude Catholic Parish Ramsgate and Minster Rev S. Fisher, 592071

St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services In

SEPTEMBER 2010 5th September 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Praise 6.30pm: No service this month 12th September 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion (CW) 19th September 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Morning Worship 26th 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 5th September 10.15am: Holy Communion 12th September 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) -----------------

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.

Minster Abbey 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.

19th September 10.15am: Holy Communion with Methodists

10am Sunday 3rd October St Mary’s Church, Minster

26th September 10.15am: Harvest Festival

Animal Service

Baptisms: 1st August: Thomas McAuley 1st August: Freya Wallis

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The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street, Minster Major Denise Cooper

825178 / 822308 Weekly Programme Sunday Jigsaw (Sunday School) 11.00am – 12.00pm Morning Family Service, 11am – 12pm Evening Service, 6pm – 7pm

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 7 Up (children’s club for year 3-6, ages 7-11) 6pm - 7pm

Wednesday Keep Fit, 10.15am – 11.15am Home League, 2.00pm – 3.45pm Pilates, 6.30pm-7.30pm & 7.30pm - 8.30pm (for details ring Andy on 07505399512)

Thursday Prayer Meeting and Quiet Time 9am - All are Welcome Please contact for details - not held at Hall

Friday Due to circumstances, the Youth Club for 11-16 year olds is unable to commence at this time. Please look out for notification when this may happen.

Funerals: 26th July: Brian Faulkner (71) at Minster Church and Thanet Crematorium


Weddings at Minster Parish Church:

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

31st July: Kathryn Rossiter and Alexis Caloudis 7th August: Faye Matthews and Benjamin Willis

Salvation Army telephone number for the new building is 01843 825178

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September 2010

Minster-in-Thanet WI.

Monkton Nature Reserve

NEXT MEETING Tuesday 14th September Village Hall at 7.30pm Speaker: Don Wilks ‘Autumn Surprise’ Visitors and new members welcome



Last Saturday of every month (25/9, 30/10, 27/11) 9.00am to 1.00pm Guildhall, Cattle Market Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617197 CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MKT Last Sunday of each Month (26/9, 31/10, 28/11) Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further info contact June Chadband 226033

St. Nicholas-at-Wade

CHARITY DAY will be held on Saturday, 30th October in St. Nicholas Church from 10.00am to 3.00pm Refreshments available

COFFEE AND CHAT Thursday 16th September Village Hall Committee Room 10.00am to 12.00noon All welcome

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat. Bingo - Raffles EVERY WED 2.00pm - 4.00pm All Welcome Joan Cordwell - phone 823782

Come and support the many local and national charities


Minster & Monkton Royal British Legion Women’s Section

NEXT MEETING Wednesday 15th September Village Hall 7.30pm

Monday 6th September 7.30pm Items in match box beginning with the letter “P” Bingo Speaker or Quiz

All visitors are welcome 50p

Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information Miriam Smith 822589

AUTUMN SHOW Saturday 18th September Village Hall 2.00pm to 4.30pm


Entry is open to anyone Schedule and Entry Form from Mrs. Joan Card 71a High Street

Water Colours - Oils - Pastels - Glass Wood - Pottery - Photography Refreshments available in Old Schools Exhibition sponsored by

Minster Garage (Bush Autos) Solve your Christmas Present Problem

The sun is a fascinating object to observe, but extreme care is needed to do so safely. So come along to the Reserve and watch under the guidance of experts from SEKAS Admission to the Reserve and the Solar Observation Session is only £3.00 per person A special “Observing the Moon” session will be held on October 16th from 7.00pm to 10.30pm WARNING: Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye or any optical instrument

DOG WALK Sunday 19th September, 10.30am from The Bell Inn in Minster DISTANCE: APPROX. 4 MILES (1½-2 hours)

This is a very popular walk that takes you from The Bell Inn, through the Minster countryside and back to The Bell where you can enjoy refreshments and/or a meal if you wish. Dogs are welcome in the gardens but must be kept under control For more information/sponsor forms Write: enclosing S.A.E. To RSPCA Sponsored Dog Walk, Woodchurch Animal Centre, Queensdown Road, Woodchurch, Birchington, Kent CT7 0HG Email: Telephone 01843 826180 .

Speaker Janet Bryant “Care of house plants” Points table: A house plant

Saturday 2nd October 10.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 3rd October 11.00am - to 4.00pm

Solar Observation Day Saturday 28th August 12.00noon to 5.00pm

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

All proceeds from the walk go towards a kennel block at the Woodchurch Animal centre and animal welfare in general MOTHERS UNION NEXT MEETING Wednesday 8th September 2.00pm in the Church We will be celebrating 25yrs since our Branch was formed Primrose will lead us in a short Service to celebrate this day SATURDAY MARKET 11th September, 10.00am to 12.00noon Old Schools Everyone Welcome

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Short Mat Bowls Sessions for September 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 !!



5th 12th 19th

6pm to 9pm 7th No Bowls 14th 6pm to 9pm 21st

7pm to 10pm No Bowls 7pm to 10pm


6pm to 9pm 28th

7pm to 10pm

Sunday 5th - Home against Staple Sunday 12th B.B.Q. 4pm at The Bell Sunday 19th Phoenix Cup Pay as you play no membership fees

The Grass Master * Landscaping * Lawn Treatment Service * Turfing * * Driveways * Fencing * Patios * Decking * * Artificial Grass * Grass Cutting * Turf Suppliers and Installers Call for a FREE QUOTE or visit

01843 823 320 or 07973 817 540

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 821 447

MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri Hire times and prices Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs Price Structure * Full Pitch : £27/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £17/hour Half Pitch : £17/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:

(Est 1935)

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

SIMON STAIT Complete Property Maintenance 01843 595 979

07727 687 538

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


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Councillor Bob Grove MONTHLY SURGERIES Bob is now holding regular surgeries every 1st Wednesday of the month in the Neighbourhood Centre at 1.15pm. All residents are welcome to attend.

Come and be pampered in beautiful Minster country house surroundings at very competitive prices!!

RC PESCUD Est 1976 Interior/Exterior Painting • Drive & Patio Cleaning Flat Pack Assembly • Loft Ladders Fitted Fencing/Gates • Lawns Cut Sheds & Greenhouse Erected or Repaired General Repairs & Maintenance

All Work Guaranteed - Fully Insured

01843 224803 / 07980 439558

Acrylic Nails Full Set £26 Infills £19 Nail Art/Gems from £3 Eyelash Tint £8 Brow tint £6 Luxury Facial £19 Aromatherapy Massage from £16 Indian Head Massage £17 Manicure/Pedicure from £16 Body Massage from £13 Full body massage £25 Waxing from £3


Property Maintenance Ltd

01843 822082 07505531585/07505532726 72 MONKTON ROAD, MINSTER


VEG IN A BOX Fresh Organic Vegetables and Eggs delivered to your door

Minster & Monkton - Thursday Evenings 2 sizes available £7 & £8.50 Your box will contain a selection of seasonable vegetables all organically grown, the majority from our own Soil Association Certified Farm at Ash

Tel: 01227 722 252 *Free Advice Pack Available *Dedicated Letting Agent *Properties Needed in Your Area *Flexible Services Available *Strict Tenant Criteria *Est 1991

Please leave your name and number and we will ring you back

GARDEN SERVICES 4 YOU 1 Church Street, Minster, Ramsgate

Landscaping and Garden Maintenance Ÿ Professional Hedge Cutting and Trimming Ÿ Weed Kill • Grass Cutting Ÿ Driveway and Patio Cleaning, Moss Removal • Fencing • General DIY Ÿ

Offices Located at: 73A High St, Minster CT12 4AB 26 The Square, Birchington, CT7 9AB

Call Andrei on 07725819407 or 01843825776

“Great website, local offices and friendly staff”



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ESTABLISHED CALLING ALL PARENTS/CARERS LOOKING FOR CHILDCARE Warm and Friendly Environment Fully Qualified Staff Before and After School Care Quality Care and Safety Provided Breakfast, Lunch and Tea Provided

OFSTED Registered Open 8.00am - 6.00pm Ages 12 months - 11 years Age Appropriate Rooms

To Find Out More And Book Your Place

01843 821 482 Molineux Road, Minster, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4PS

Over 30 years experience * New roofs * Roof Repairs * * Restoration Work * * Free Estimates* All work guaranteed *

Freephone: 0800 7 31 31 52 Mobile: 07957 42 42 47

Registered Charity 1110919

Est 1980


Free Quotations Tel 01843 821147 including Answerphone

C H A U F FE U R T A X IS W e o ffe r a c o m p le te 2 4 h r S e r v ic e to

M IN S T E R & a ll s u r r o u n d i n g v il la g e s .

01843 -

8 44 84 4

N.P. ELECTRICALS BS7671 QUALIFIED ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Part ‘P’ Registered Electrical installer All electrical work undertaken from a replacement socket to a full house rewire Inspection and testing service available. Free Quotations, Competitive Prices. Quality workmanship guaranteed Tel: Nic

Morling 01843 825 094

ENVY Unisex Hairdressers

Modern Salon * Friendly Welcome Affordable Prices Mon/Wed/Sat 9.00am - 1.00pm Tues 9.00am - 4.00pm Thurs/Fri 9.00am - 5.30pm

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27 High Street, Minster

292929 o r 595959

01843 821 526


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Due to the school holidays there were no selected Editors this month, however I’ve looked back over the work we have from the journalists club that we haven’t previously printed, and I’ve selected some of Kai’s Powerpoint slides as he never ever got round to writing something for us. However before I get to that can I just take this opportunity to say a huge huge thank you to all of the pupils from year 6 that came and took part on a Thursday lunchtime throughout the past year. If any of you are reading this I will miss you all, even though some of you were very cheeky at times or even managed to forget my name for most of the year !! To those of you from year 5 who have now moved up to year 6 I hope you’ll continue to come and support us. Also I‘d like to say a big thank you to Miss Wood for taking over from Miss Jackson and a special thank you for the Easter Egg, it was delicious. Thank you also to year 6 for the really great cards and the sweets that you gave me, I’m so sorry that I wasn’t at school to accept them from you in person. I must say the sweets were my favourites and therefore they didn’t last long, but being liquorice allsorts they did give me a very black tongue Ha Ha. I’m really looking forward to meeting new pupils after the holidays, so if you’re in years 5 or 6 and you would like to join the Journalists Club then please see Miss Wood and get your name on her list. After the great effort in last months magazine re Bullying I’ve been thinking that maybe we can run some more themed month’s throughout next year, so get your thinking caps on as I’m looking to you to come up with some good ideas. Continuing with our usual method of involving the whole school, or at least those who are interested, we will again be holding our usual Magazine Logo Competition around December for ALL pupils, so watch the school noticeboards for details and then get your entries in, for a chance to win a super prize (well we think they’re good!!) Finally, are any of you following “Landy” Bear on

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his adventures around the world? We have a page setup on the Minster Matters website where we would like pupils, not necessarily members of the Journalist Club, to write a bit for us each month that we can then add to the website, to show how Minster School are tracking his progress. Interested ? Then let Miss Wood know and we’ll get something organised From Ray

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THE SPORTSMAN Sandwich Road, Cliffsend 01843 852547 where a warm welcome awaits you from

STEVE & NIKKI Family Friendly Atmosphere (dogs welcome)

Great Pub Food

Sunday Roast - £5.95 (Adult) £3.95 (Child) 01304 626364

Richborough Hall , Ramsgate Rd., Sandwich CT13 9NW

NEW SUNDAY GRILL MENU ** NEW - Steak House Now Open ** Tues/Wed/Thurs 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm; Sun 6pm-9pm Thursdays -2 eat 4 - £15 for 2 courses Breakfast served Tues - Sun inc from 10am Bank Holiday - Breakfast available Sunday and Monday

Monday Night is Poker Night & Free Pool Table Monday 29th August - Bank Holiday BBQ from 2pm CHRISTMAS MENU AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER

Choice of Real Ales now available Large Beer Garden overlooking the Golf Course Large Function Room All types of function catered for Birthday Parties, Kiddies Parties,Weddings & Wakes

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

BIRCHINGTON AUTO REPAIRS LTD ACCIDENT REPAIR CENTRE MECHANICAL WORKSHOP Ÿ Insurance work Ÿ Servicing and Ÿ Resprays and all vehicle Ÿ maintenance finishing Ÿ MOT repairs Ÿ Low bake oven and Jig Ÿ Exhausts Ÿ Courtesy cars Ÿ Brakes Ÿ Valeting Ÿ Free collection and delivery Ÿ Paintless dent removal Free estimates

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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

07 2007 Hyundai Amica CDX, e/windows, 1.1 petrol, met silver 5dr hatch, one owner, cd player, a/c, pas, 13,000mls ............ £3,995

06 2006 Renault Clio Expression Black met, 25,000ml, 1.4 petrol, a/c, manual, 5dr hatch, e/windows & mirrors, rcl & pas ............ £4,995

53 2003 Citroen C3 Desire 1.4 petrol, a/con, pas, met silver, remote c/locking, 5dr hatch, cd player, service history ....... £2,895

04 2004 Ford Galaxy Zetec TDI 1.9, diesel, 6 spd manual, 7 str MPV, cd player, a/c, pas, s/h Parking Sensors, 81k ........ £7,495

53 2003 MITSUBISHI Colt Mirage, Met Silver, 3 door hatchback, petrol, manual, r/central locking, air con, p/s, 32,000mls, f/s/h .............£4,995

04 2004 Ford Focus C-Max 1.8 Zetec, petrol, manual, 52,000mls a/c, pas, elec mirrors & windows, met black, r/c/l, cd ............. £4,495

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Minster Matters Issue 118 - Sept 10  

village magazine

Minster Matters Issue 118 - Sept 10  

village magazine