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Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Newsletter Issue Number 129 : September 2011 ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)


July 31st saw the Minster Corp of the Salvation Army celebrating 125 years in the village. Guests were invited to partake of both lunch and tea, but the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the ‘Fashion Show’ with volunteers from the Community Shop parading clothes that had been donated for sale. A good time was had by all. Further pictures appear on page 17.

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10 Ride and Stride


10 Saturday Market


12 RBL Women’s Section Meeting


14 Mothers Union Meeting


17 Horticultural Society Autumn Show


23/24 Playhouse - Cabaret of Comedies

24 RBL Club - Rock Candy (Rock Group) 24/25 Salvation Army Corp Reunion

30 Art Show

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Oct 1/2 Art Show


29 St Nicholas Church Charity Day


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Minster Parish Council will be held on:

Tuesday 6th September @ 7pm in the Neighbourhood Centre Members of the public are welcome to attend and can arrange to speak to the Council through the Clerk or by requesting the Chairman before the start of the meeting. Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla Lamb and the Council Office is normally open from:9.30 am - 12 noon weekdays; tel: 821 339 fax: 825 269 Email: Following Meeting October 4th

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Flowers by Vanessa EDITORIAL Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, I started out by apologising last month for possible mistakes in the Weddings or Funerals magazine, and sure enough there were 2 glaringly obvious ones. Created with the “Personal Touch” One article lost ½ its text, (page 19 Christmas Lights), but the For designs with a difference other far more important one was that I inadvertently republished the Ray Vanessa Fairbrass June Advert for The Bell, sorry Brian, I wonder how many Dads tried (C&G qualified florist) to make a booking!! I know the landlord wasn’t at all amused, especially as I discovered it too late to be able to change it, so I Rose Cottage, Manor Road, St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY printed off 2000 copies of the correct advert which was then inserted in all magazines before we distributed them. (If you didn’t get one - it 01843 847 012 07934 420 837 Amy must have fallen out) I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury 1P/5 Just hoping we’ve got it all correct this month as that mistake cost me hours of my time printing, cutting and inserting, something I don’t wish to repeat again in a hurry. On to brighter things, I’m sure most of you have recognised that Brenda I’ve somehow managed to get my picture on the front page - you didn’t notice? Well I’m the short tubby one at the back with the bowler hat, dark suit and a walking stick. (Minster Window Company) What a great day we had at the Salvation Army, and no I’m not a Property Maintenance Salvationist, but I was coerced into taking part, as I help out, on a Monday morning, in their Community Shop. Eve Building Work After the ‘Fashion Show’ some of us were even brave enough to have our faces painted, and I made a mean impression of Macavity Plastering * Rendering with my cats face and the bowler hat, quite ‘Scary’ really. Want to see uPVC Windows & Doors it? Then take a look at MM’s Facebook Page, where you will not only uPVC Fascia, Soffits & Guttering find ‘Macavity’ but loads of other pictures from the day that we were Diane Repairs to existing double glazing unable to find space for in this issue. Misted up sealed units replaced As it’s the summer holidays there is no school page this month, but there are copious amounts of praise for ‘The Show’ and a 2 page Garage Doors * Decking spread on the life of Peter Crook who sadly passed away in July just a few days before his 74th birthday. Peter was a great character and I Nora Call on well remember him having daily ‘arguments’ on the phone with my dad about how many lettuce he should cut by lunchtime. I am sure he will be missed by all of those who knew him. R.I.P. Peter. As for the Show, I would like to personally thank all my fellow committee members for all the hard work they did to make it a 2P/6 Sue success, sorry I couldn’t do any heavy lifting, and let’s hope it continues for many, many more years to come. Sadly I’m sure none of us will A.J.Cliffe & Sons be around to celebrate the 250th, but let’s hope that there are still villagers who (Butchers) Ltd will continue to work hard to run the event long after we’ve all passed away. Put Your The MM Office opening is on hold at the moment as there has been a hiccup Thinking Caps in the delivery of the braille embosser, which is on its way, “hopefully!”, from On ! the good old US of A, but I think it must be coming via the scenic route as the Only 1 month delivery day keeps getting put back. Let’s hope we can give you a date next until we start month for our bit of a celebration. Christmas orders We’ve spread ourselves a little further since last month, having now got a Google+ page. If you are interested in having a Google+ account (they are by Canterbury House, invitation only at present) then contact me and I will send you an invite. Monkton Road, Minster Whilst speaking of the Internet, we are looking for someone, preferably a Tel: 01843 821288 1L/1 knowledgeable younger person, to come on board the MM team and take on the upkeep of our web site and everything that entails, eg a bit of simple html coding, regular monthly updates, etc. Interested? - then drop us an email with a few details about yourself, and we will get back to you. Well summer is nearly over and the kids will soon be back at school, which in turn means it will soon be Christmas again, to prove this you will already find events for that period listed within this issue, where does the time go to, I’m sure it never went this fast when I was working 6 days a week. 61, High St Elsewhere in this issue you will find an advert for the off with our Minster Art Show, which this year is open on the Friday evening and not just Saturday and Sunday, I’m sure they’d love your Tel: Junior Stylist support. The pictures and craft items are always worth 824000 on production of this advert2L/8 going to look at even if you don’t purchase any. Well space has beaten me yet again, so - ‘Where’s Zac’

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Church Open On behalf of the Vicar, Rev’d Bob Coles, and members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) I am pleased to be able to tell you that the church is again open, and will continue to be open every day until just after lunch. Our apologies to anyone who was unable to access the church when it was kept locked for a few days at the end of July/beginning of August, following vandalism. This was to enable Kent Police to complete their investigations, and for the PCC to ensure that the damage caused had not compromised the Health and Safety policy for the building; also to review security and put additional measures into place. Despite various “challenges” from time to time, the PCC is committed to upholding the “open church” policy that has been in place for more than 10 years, and which has benefited villagers and visitors alike. Paul Willins: Churchwarden: St Mary the Virgin, Minster

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A Warm Welcome Received for New Members of Community We would like to thank everyone, both members of The Salvation Army and people of Minster, for our warm welcome to the village. Our first introduction to village life was the Minster Show where we sensed a real community spirit and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Our first Sunday at The Salvation Army which coincided with celebrations of 125 years of The Salvation Army commencing its work in Minster was an excellent start for us to get to know people in the village. We look forward to meeting more of you as The Salvation Army begins its Annual Appeal in September, when we will be calling door-to-door to raise money for our Social Services Work in the United Kingdom, giving much needed funds in order to help some of society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people to regain their dignity, self-esteem and fulfil their God-given potential. If you see us around the village, please do stop us and say ‘Hello’. Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves

Parish Council Reminder to Householders/Tenants The Parish Council have asked us to remind householders/tenants that they are responsible for trimming back hedges, shrubs and trees that cause a nuisance/problem with overgrowth across footpaths. They also ask that those with gravel drives keep the gravel off of the roads and pavements by regularly sweeping it back onto their property. The Community Warden will be monitoring both of these aspects. The Queens Diamond Jubilee is being celebrated by an extended Bank Holiday weekend , Saturday 2nd - Tuesday 5th June 2012. The Parish Council are considering how best to celebrate the event. To help them make a decision it would be helpful to know what events are already being planned by streets / organisations / businesses in the village. If you are planning an event or if you have particularly strong views on how the occasion should be marked and are willing to help organise an event then please let the Parish Council Clerk know. Contact Kyla Lamb – Parish Clerk – Tel: 01843 821339 or email

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It is five years since the last Old Minster Photo Exhibition. We had run out of fresh material, but now we have been offered by Fred Fright the use of his unique collection of Minster Post Cards. So the new exhibition will be centred around Fred’s collection with any additional material we hope to find. So if you have any photos that have never been used in previous exhibitions we would like to have them included. Photos from before the 1980’s will be welcome, especially group photos, large or small groups formal or informal. Place them in a sealed envelope with you name, address and telephone number and leave them at the front desk of the library for Danny Day, or telephone Minster 821260. Great care will be taken of them and we can provide additional copies if you require them free of charge. The date of the exhibition is aimed for early in the New Year.

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Nearly five years ago we lost our much loved Rural Life Museum and the smaller archive items were given into the care of the Parish Council, in the hope that one day they would form the basis for a new Minster Museum. All those who hoped for this were realistic enough to realise that the former Rural Life Museum and the location would be a ‘hard act to follow’ and that if a new museum were started, the format would most certainly be totally different. There is a chance that this ambition can be fulfilled, however the first thing that needs to be assessed, is the level of interest in having a museum in Minster. Many villagers over the years have said they would be willing to assist in getting a museum started; we now call on all of you to put forward your names, and depending the interest shown, to attend an open meeting to discuss the matter, and to set up a steering committee with the aim of moving the project on. If you are interested in helping, please give your names and contact details in at the Neighbourhood Centre, for the attention of Danny Day. Or email and we will pass your details on.

BRITAIN’S BEST DECORATED HOUSES AT CHRISTMAS I am trawling the country for people who love nothing more than decking their houses with lights and illuminated ornaments at Christmas. We are developing a documentary for Channel 4 which will be a fun and light-hearted look at this popular British Yuletide pastime. I am trying to make contact with as many parish and town councils as possible to see if: A) they run local, annual competitions and B) if there are any houses or streets in their communities that are famed for their decorations. In case you might be disposed to disseminate information among the Kent Parish Councils, I have a copy of information that I’m sending out to anyone who asks. An Englishman’s home is his castle. And some, at Christmas time, like nothing more than lighting up their castles with thousands of lights, flashing Santas and reindeer, and even synchronised music. Further details can be obtained from the Parish Office or via email

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Would you be prepared to donate a few items for Christmas Shoe Boxes? The Shoe Boxes will be distributed to children living in poverty in Africa, Asia and Europe by Smile International in December (Charity Number 1079730). Some of the children will be orphans, others live in refugee camps, but all of them live in deprivation. For the majority of children, the Christmas Shoe Box will be their only Christmas present, and it will be much appreciated and will generate lots of excitement! Smile International is a charity passionate about helping to relieve poverty through the distribution of humanitarian aid, the Christmas Shoe Boxes is one of their projects. Karen and Jenny at Attwells newsagents have kindly volunteered to act as a collection point for Shoe Boxes or donation of contents. To spread the cost, we are asking the people of Minster to donate one or two items, (If any enthusiasts would like to do a whole Shoe Box on their own, that would be great!). The contents/donations can include: * a bar of soap and a flannel * tooth brush and tooth paste * hair brush, comb, hair slides * small toys, such as a doll, car, skipping rope, ball, bag of marbles, snap or other playing card games, writing and colouring materials - (All toys can be purchased at Attwells , along with stationery packs specially -made by Karen and Jenny). Lukas Jones, For further information about the charity Smile Volunteer Shoe box helper with some of International, leaflets are available at Attwells or phone me the 300 Shoe boxes on 823319. Any items for the Shoe Boxes can be left with collected in 2010 Karen and Jenny or delivered to Mary Lord at 33 Tothill Street (leave in the front porch) or delivered to me at 101 Tothill Street, by 20th November please. In grateful anticipation, Kate Humphreys.

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Your Letters….. Sincere Thanks to Members of a Kind Society On the 22nd July I was involved in a car crash in Bedlam Court Lane. My car was written off in a head on collision, which involved me being taken to hospital in an ambulance. I would like to thank the people who looked after me whilst waiting for the ambulance. A lady named Angela held my hand and a man called Paul who was on holiday also helped. I was extremely grateful that a local paramedic named Rob who is with The London Ambulance was passing by and also helped me. I would also like to thank the two lovely Kent Ambulance ladies and the staff of the QEQM Hospital who's great sense of humour made an awful situation a lot easier. Kim Williams. Warning About Recent Cold Caller Can you put something in about people knocking on doors asking to do drives etc. ( I know you have before) A man has been going round Minster in a Hi-Vis vest asking to do drives etc. He is very persistent and won't go away easily. He came back this week calling on the same people when they had said no before. The first time he came I called the Community Warden and gave him the company name and phone numbers for him to check. He says he hasn't heard anything about them and I know nothing can be done until someone is conned. BUT they are calling on women on their own and old people. I know residents close to Attwells have had repeated visits being told how they did their drive two years ago and they didn't. So just a warning not to let people who knock at your door see too much in your house and don't let them know you live alone and DON'T have any work done before you get them checked out with a neighbour or someone else. I've got really bad vibes about these ones and feel a bit helpless about stopping them doing something bad. (Name supplied) Response from Stagecoach regarding Minster Bus Services MM Readers may remember a while back a letter from one of our village residents, Mrs Chapman, Durlock, Minster, Thanet, who contacted Stagecoach regarding fear of losing part of our important bus services. Mrs Chapman Kent CT12 4HD has since had this response: Phone 01843 821219 Dear Mrs Chapman, 18th Century Thank you for your e-mails about buses between Minster and Canterbury and I hope I have some good news for you. We have received quite a few requests to provide buses between Minster and quality & character Canterbury and from 5th September 2011 we will be revising route 622 (via Plucks Gutter and Guest rooms Wingham) which currently provides a journey from Minster to Canterbury at 0720 on Mondays to from £62 per night Fridays and a return trip at 1620 on schooldays only. Self Catering Route 622 will be renumbered 11 and will run on Mondays and Saturdays between Westwood from £200 per week Cross and Canterbury via Manston, Minster, Monkton, Wingham to Canterbury. Journeys from Discounts for longer stays. Minster Church will be at 0720 (Mondays to Fridays, 0750 (Saturdays), 0930, 1215, 1415, 1615 (Saturdays and School Holidays), 1626 (schooldays). Return journeys from Canterbury will be at 0950, 1045, 1250, 1620 (Mondays to Fridays only) and 1740. 1P/6 You will also be able to travel from Minster to Westwood Cross at 1043, 1143, 1343 Lizzy Booth MBACP (Accred) Dip Couns and 1713 returning from there at 1154, 1354 and 1554 (Saturdays and School Holidays Professional and Confidential only). Counselling Service in Minster-in-Thanet A printed public timetable will be available after the Bank Holiday and a timetable Relationship problems, Anxiety & stress, will be on our website about a week before that. We have in the past considered providing a stop for the 9 on the A253 but have been loss bereavement, low self esteem, anger management, low moods and depression. unable to find a suitable stopping place. Regards, Robert Miller, Commercial Manager, I work using CBT techniques and also Stagecoach in East Kent & East Sussex, Canterbury combine integrative methods to help I’m sure those that wish to use this service are grateful for Mrs Chapman’s persistence individuals through difficult times. in pursuing the matter and also in bringing awareness to others that may now consider Tel: 07970 912 947 using it. email:

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Thank you’s and messages.... Julie and Sue would like to thank…. everyone that donated cakes and pastries to our stall on Minster show day. We raised £314, once again many many thanks.

Cats in Crisis CIC have cats and kittens looking for loving permanent homes and have just taken in an 11year old black cat from Petts Crescent, Minster. The owner moved out and left him behind. CIC also need donations of household goods to sell on the stall and in the shop, so please when you are getting rid/throwing out think of us! Also money donations however small are also really appreciated and tins of cat food. CIC take in any needy cats, often sick and old and the staff are all volunteers, no one is paid a wage unlike other charities. All the money goes to the care of the cats. CIC have 150 cats at the moment. Please help if you can. Thank you very much. , Linda 821132 or Mary 299295.

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From those that attended…. Dear All. Can we thank every one of you for the hard work and dedication put into organising this year’s Minster Show. Without your continued efforts, the village would surely lose one of its most friendly and charming events. I grew up in a village that used to have such an annual event but, through apathy and lack of commitment it was lost. Village events such as this, are what shapes our culture and provides our memories so we should be grateful to the loyal group of people who are providing images for our children and grandchildren to place in their own memory boxes. We can all support the Show by searching our gardens and photographs for entries, taking part in the Fancy Dress parade, making models or helping provide some of the great entertainment on offer. So we say again to all those involved ‘Thank You’ and to our fellow villagers, please support all the hard work carried out on our behalf and not do as the village of Cuxton did, lose this wonderful, unique village event. John, Glenda, Danella, Russell, Alana, Theodore and of course The Allen Family Dear Karen and Committee. Thank you all for all your hard work and preparation for yet another wonderful day. It is a great tribute to you all and the village as a whole, Daryl Harding. Just wanted to say a big thank you to the organisers of the Minster Show. My family and I had a wonderful afternoon and appreciate all the hard work that went into producing such a fun event. The floats and parade were a great sight to see and set off a brilliant afternoon with lots to see in the Show Tent, laughs at the Punch and Judy Show and fun rides, games and face painting. We love being part of this community and hope that events like this prosper for many years. Gilly O’Neill, Monkton

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Minster Show 2011 Review Cont’d….. From those that attended ….. I just wanted to drop a line to say how much I enjoyed the Minster Show on Saturday. It is, by far and away, one of the best organised events I’ve been to for ages and an incredible tribute to you and your fellow committee members. I spoke with countless people on the day, all of whom said how much they looked forward to the afternoon and what an important part of the fabric of the village life it was. The fact that so many families turned out and supported the Show, really does demonstrate that the community atmosphere is as important now in Minster as it was 125 years ago. I came away wishing that I lived there. It’s incredible to think that the entire event is the result of the hard work of just 10 determined villagers, with valuable help of local people and businesses – you lot should be running the country ! Please pass on my grateful thanks to Dominique, Janet, Liz, Bernie, Sarah, Louise, Karen and everyone else for their hospitality and enthusiasm, and be sure to keep in touch to let me know of other events you have planned for the village that might benefit from some publicity on the radio. Best wishes, Pat Marsh There is always one who sees things differently To whom it may concern. I attended the Minster Show with my Mother and 6 year old Son and I am sorry to report we were more than a little disappointed, compounded by the fact we had to pay £3 each!! Since when has a child over 5 been considered an adult? I don’t see how you can justify charging ‘full’ price for a child particularly when most activities inside the ground were at an extra cost. Whilst I appreciate that you need to raise money and that you may have had to pay for the appearance of Pat Marsh, but at least charging ½ the amount for say 6-11 year olds would be more acceptable, although that said I still feel £3 for adults is too expensive. The Birchington Summer Festival is free of charge and seems to have more there and recently we went to a craft fair at Quex Park in aid of the Air Ambulance which was £1 entry and had dozens of stalls of quality products. I felt the stalls at Minster were poorly laid out and offered little more than boot fair products in some cases. In short we got very little for our £9+! The live music was good but felt a little disconnected from the rest of the stalls I’m sorry to say we would probably not attend again Name and Address withheld (not a villager) (Karen did reply to this letter directly, she gave them a breakdown of income and expenses and even offered them their money back, but so far she hasn’t had any reply)


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Peter Frederick Crook August 3rd 1937 – July 27th 2011 Peter was buried at St Mary Magdalene Church, Monkton on Tuesday August 11th close to where his parents lay at rest. Below is a ‘Reflection on Peter’s Life’ as read at his funeral by David Kemp, followed by ‘The Horse Prayer’ as read by Michael Kemp Peter Crook a Man of Town and Country Peter was born at Warehams Surrey Dock Dining Rooms in Rotherhithe, the only child of Marie and George Crook. Peter's Father had been in the First World War and among other medals won the Military Medal. These medals will go to the Regimental Museum. When he married, Peter's father was a docker and his Mother worked with her Mother and sister running the two dining rooms. They also owned a large country house in East Hanney in Berkshire. This was sold just before the war. When Peter's Grandmother, Mrs Wareham died in her fifties the business was sold. At the outbreak of the Second World War Mr and Mrs Crook together with Peter decided to leave London and move to East Hanney where they had spent many holidays. They lived in a tin building which was next to the Pub and Mr Crook worked in a local government factory. The authorities wanted to take Peter to Canada but Mrs Crook wanted them all to stay together as a family. This is where Peter becomes a Country Boy as he spent many hours at the farm of Mr and Mrs Hammond where he helped with milking the cows by hand and seeing the many other animals on the Farm especially the horses. He loved this village

and went back there many times to visit friends who he and the family had met during their stay there. I went with him twice so had to do the rounds. Peter had many memories of his life there especially in the frugal time of the war. His Dad kept his own chickens and made a small sectional Chicken House which survives today in perfect condition. It was moved from East Hanney to Eltham which became their next home, with Peter's Aunt Ivy living in the same road. Ivy never married as her boyfriend died just before the war. Peter, his Parents, Ivy and the Chicken House moved to Westgate and opened a Guest House in Cuthbert Road and eventually he went to King Ethelbert's School Birchington. The family then decided to move to Beresford Lodge at Monkton together with the Chicken House. On leaving school Peter went to work at a nursery in Birchington, now built on. He then went to work on the Farm at Sevenscore where they still had many working horses, which as you know were his greatest love. He told me many tales about the people he worked with especially Bert Cooper and his wife and daughter Mrs Grove with whom he enjoyed having a laugh with in the Chemist. Peter then went to work at Monkton Court Farms for Bert Smith. This was without doubt the highlight of his life. He worked with Tom Ovenden and Billy Andrews with the Cart Horses and he told me many stories of working with them. How wonderfully the horses were looked after and the work they did. He had a great knowledge from veterinary practices to harness, field and stable work. He worked with Boxer and was also an expert in leather work having all the tools connected with that trade. These were given to him by Mr Stace a Saddler in Birchington employed by Barrows. Another good friend of his was Fred Harrison, the Monkton Blacksmith from whom he learnt a great deal about the repair of farm equipment.

September 2011 His parents then decided to open a Greengrocers shop in Minster where the Poodle Parlour is now. They rented and then purchased the land where I now live. Peter grew salad crops, this necessitated Peter leaving Monkton Court Farms and coming home to work the land at Monkton and Minster. He also grew Bedding Plants, Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Runners Beans as well as keeping pigs and, of course, chickens in the chicken house. At this time he bought his first horse Dolly from travelling folk at Horsmonden and entered the Minster Flower Show with a decorated float. He also showed his turnouts at Regents Park and ploughed in a number of Ploughing Matches in Kent and Surrey. Peter was also filmed ploughing with his horse for the Watch with Mother Children's series Pogles Wood. After his parents deaths he sold the land in Minster and Beresford Lodge at Monkton. Now another journey for the Chicken House, this went to Staple where Peter purchased Staple Nurseries and grew excellent crops of bedding and pot plants as well as vegetables. This Nursery had five acres of land so it enabled him to have a paddock for grazing and making hay for his horse. Subsequently he bred another horse so he had two Shire horses. These were used to work the land and for show. His Aunty Ivy moved to Staple with him as she was his rock in every way as she had lived with him virtually all her life. Ivy was very calm and understood his many, sometimes difficult ways. On her death Peter sold the nursery and moved to St Mildred's Road. This big upheaval upset him and he said his world was finished. Peter did not like the way the modem world lived, and seemed to live in the past especially with the horse world. The Chicken House also came to Minster and now resides in his beautiful garden which he opened for the Church at Open Gardens Weekends. His greatest wish was to have a Cart Horse at his funeral and to be buried next to his parents and Ivy so that he could see the Farm he worked at. I have known Peter for 60 Years meeting him at the Thanet Young Farmers Club. He was a very good sincere friend and I and his many friends will miss him very much. He is now at peace with his beloved horses.

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The Horse Prayer I'm only a horse dear master, but my heart is warm and true and I'm willing to work my hardest for the pleasure of pleasing you. Good corn and hay and water are all that I wish to ask, and a warm dry bed to rest on when I've finished my daily task. Don't strike me in careless anger if I'm slow to understand but encourage my drooping spirits with a gentle voice and hand. And finally oh master, when I am old and feeble and my long life's work is done, Don't sell me to cruel owners to be slaved till my last breath, but grant me the untold blessing of a quick and painless death. That as you have always found me a loyal and faithful friend, my years of faithful service may be crowned by a peaceful end. I plead in the name of the Saviour, who cares when sparrows fall ... who was born in a lowly stable and who knows and loves us all. (Note from Editor: We are reliably informed that ‘The Chicken House’ has now moved to ‘St Nicholas at Wade’)


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MINSTER BOWLS CLUB. Credit to the ladies for out shining the men this month. Maureen Hedges – Champion of Champions. Sylvia Arnold Margate singles, followed up by Ramsgate singles winner. Len Cooper and Sylvia Pritchard winners of the Ramsgate mixed pairs, with Brian and Maureen Hedges a creditable third in the same competition. With a month to go, the Indoor Short Mat season starts on 1st October. The pre-season meeting will be on Friday 23rd September and for those who would like to try this sport, why not come along to the meeting and receive a warm welcome A taster session can be arranged with tuition and equipment at no cost If you cannot attend on the 23rd but would like to have a trial run please phone Glynne on 821 221 or Colin on 822 057 Zac’s Musings ‘No night flights - no airport’ - is that a good thing or a bad thing, I ask myself - for me a good thing (I hate loud noises)- for those who need the work - probably not so good



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MINSTER ARMBOUTS CAPPEL TWINNING ASSOCIATION We held our committee meeting a week late, but still got lots decided. We are planning a Race Night towards the end of October and probably a Quiz in November so remember your diaries for confirmed dates in the next issue of Minster Matters. We are also hoping to have Fun Day to coincide with the Royal Jubilee next year on Sunday 4 June. We do have less positive news:- our Chair has given us advanced notice that he will not be standing for office at our AGM this year, so if there is anyone out there who feels they could take on this duty of village promotion and sharing with the French please contact us.


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MINSTER PARISH COUNCIL UPDATE 1. Planning/Development a. Plans had been received from Sunley Homes confirming the areas of land to be transferred and have been passed to the Council’s solicitor. b. The Parish Council are concerned that the terms of the 106 agreement were still not being adhered to on the H2B site and are pressing for legal action. However the part of the funds allocated to the local school were about to be released and the School had identified the works to be undertaken. c. Application No. TH/11/0573 – 30 Tothill Street – listed building consent for internal and external alterations (no objections were raised) d. DO/10/954 Site A processing facilities on the Richborough Hall, Ramsgate Road – noted that KCC had approved the application e. Royal British Legion –The works have now been started f. The deep cleanse of the all weather pitch had been carried out last week and the TG3 grooming machine has been delivered and the groundsman has received appropriate training. g. The repairs to the skate park have now been carried out. 2. Events a. Queen’s Golden Jubilee - notices of the event been prepared and posted on the Village notice boards. Arrangements were in hand to circulate information to the local businesses. There is a national initiative to celebrate the event by lighting beacons throughout the country on a time phased basis and on information and forms received from the KALC which would allow the Council to take part in this beacon lighting event. The Council agreed to participate in this event. b. Annual Firework Display - confirmed that the Council supported the application for £1000 from the KCC Community Fund to allow for the firework display to go ahead. 3. Services a. Interactive speed signs – the funds for the installation of interactive signs in Tothill Street and Monkton Road have been allocated and it was expected that they will be installed in September. b. A meeting has been arranged with Kent Highways on to discuss possible future arrangement whereby the Parish Council would carry on the grass cutting throughout the village and Kent Highway Services would pay the Parish Council for carrying out the work on their behalf. c. It is agreed the siting of 2 dog bins will be erected next week, a further one will be erected when the ones ordered from TDC are received. d. Bus route 9A to Canterbury – a meeting to take place with Stagecoach to discuss if this service can stop in the area of the Co-op garage. 4. Date of Next Meeting - 6th September 2011 Minutes of all meetings can be found at the Parish Council website




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

SEPTEMBER 2011 4th September 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Praise Service 6.30pm: No service this month (see Monkton)

11th September 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Family Communion (CW) 18th September 9am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10am: Harvest Festival 25th September Special Service at St Nicholas* Mid week services at St Mary’s restart on Wednesday 7th September at 10.30am St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services In SEPTEMBER 2011 4th September 6.30pm: Evensong

11th September 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP) 18th September 10.15am: Holy Communion with Methodists 25th September Special Service at St Nicholas* Funerals

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

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

* Group Celebration. On 25th September there will be a special Group Holy Communion Service at St Nicholas Church at 10.30am.

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This will be marking the 50th Anniversary of Peter Gausden’s ordination as a Priest; and both Bob Coles’ and Hugh Bird’s 25th Anniversary of their ordination as Priests. So we will be celebrating 100 years of Priestly Ministry!

Weddings at Minster Parish Church:

Drinks and refreshments will be served after the service.

23rd July: Chemain Mendez and Trevor Mayo 6th August: Lisa Wilson and David Bing

All are most welcome.

27th July: Jean Hogben (86) at Thanet Crematorium 11st August: Peter Crook (73) at Monkton Church

Baptisms at Minster Parish Church:

Please note that this will be the only service in the Wantsum Group that day.


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Clubs & Events

MINSTER-IN-THANET WI. NEXT MEETING Friday 9th September, 7.30pm Village Hall Members and guests welcome. MINSTER & MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AUTUMN SHOW Saturday 17th September, 2pm Village Hall Open to anyone to enter.


Monday 12th September, 7.30pm “Make something to sell at the Christmas Fayre” Speaker or Quiz Raffle prizes needed for all meetings For further information Miriam Smith 822589

MINSTER & MONKTON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB Royal British Legion Club Augustine Road Come and join us for a “Cuppa” and Chat, Bingo and Raffles EVERY WEDNESDAY 2.00pm - 4.00pm All Welcome Joan Cordwell - 823782 CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MKT Last Sunday of each Month Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade for further info contact June Chadband 226033 SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market

Further information from Melanie Clarkson 01304 617 197

NEXT MEETING Wednesday 14th September 2pm at St Mary’s Church SATURDAY MARKET 10th September, 10am - 5pm in The Old Schools Open All Day for Refreshments Everyone welcome New Members always welcome


CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday 19th November 0900 - 1300 Old Schools, Hall, Minster Only £6 small or £8 large Table

TAG OPEN DAY on Sunday 4th September 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. TAG Pet Rescue Lydden Farm, Valley Rd Margate Kent CT9 4LF There will be lots of fun stalls, cakes, bric-a-brac, BBQ, refreshments, etc. Entrance to the fun day is free and for adults to meet the animals 50p from 11.00 a.m. Stalls are available at £10.00.


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All proceeds towards local fund raising projects

on Saturday 10th September Please help to maintain our Beautiful Old Church by supporting the Friends of Kent Churches and taking part in the Annual Ride and Stride Sponsorship Forms are available from Heather Bosence on 821125 or they are available at St Mary’s Church.

CORPS REUNION Sat/Sun 24/25th September Leaders for weekend Former officers of Minster Majors Stephen & Christine Perkins Saturday 4pm Tea Followed by rehearsals and MUSICAL CELEBRATION 6.30pm Sunday Worship 11am & 6pm

ROCK CANDY on Saturday 24th September from – All fans of the band ‘Rock Candy’ will be pleased to know there is another gig booked at the Minster branch of the Royal British Legion

ST. NICHOLAS-AT-WADE CHARITY DAY at St. Nicholas-at-Wade Church Saturday, 29th October 10am. - 3pm. Christmas Cards and Gifts on sale Ploughman’s Lunches and Refreshments available. Please support the many deserving charities.

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MINSTER FOOTBALL CLUB 100 years of FOOTBALL 1911 - 2011 Minster FC will be celebrating 100 years of football this season and they need your help to do so. Can you help on the Committee or do you have memorabilia that you are willing to loan/give them. If so please contact the club manager: Robin Rae on 01843 826 276 or 07809 241 740 Your support and involvement will be much appreciated

MINSTER BADMINTON CLUB has vacancies for new adult members with Playing Experience

New season starts Thursday, 1st September in the village hall For information contact: Eric on 821744 or Carol on 822176

MINSTER BOWLS CLUB. Would like to welcome new members, Beginners, Learners or Players. Open all 12 months of the year, from daily onwards. SUMMER Roll ups, Club games, Local Friendly games, League Matches and Club Competitions. WINTER Short mat bowling, Club games, Friendly games, Club competitions. Isle of Thanet League. 1L/2

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 : £31/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £20/hour Half Pitch : £20/hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA t: 821339 f: 825869 e:

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September 2011 where no delivery date is given and the item doesn’t arrive 30 days after placing your order

When you buy something the law gives you certain rights that protect you if it’s faulty. You may also have extra rights depending These rights only apply if you buy from a trader based in the on where you buy the item and how you pay for it. Find out what European Union (EU). If the trader is based outside of the EU, you your rights are and who can help if things go wrong. will need to check with the trader to see which country’s law applies. Your consumer rights How you pay and your rights When you buy an item from a trader (eg a shop or online shop) the law says the item must be: If you pay for something using a credit agreement, credit card or Visa or Maestro debit card, you may have additional rights if: of satisfactory quality – last for the time you would expect it to and be free of any defects there’s a fault with the item or service fit for purpose – fit for the use described and any specific use you the trader has gone out of business made clear to the trader as described – match the description on packaging or what the If you paid for something costing between £100 and £30,000 using trader told you a credit card or credit agreement, you can make a claim from your finance company. If an item doesn’t meet any of these rights, it is faulty and you will usually have the right to a: If you’ve paid using Visa, Mastercard or Maestro, you may be able to claim your money back through their ‘chargeback’ scheme. You repair / replacement / refund will need to contact the card company to make a claim. These rights apply to most items you buy from a shop, including Pricing and your rights sale items. You may have additional rights to these if you have a warranty. The price of any item you buy should be clearly priced. If an item has been wrongly priced by mistake, you don’t have the right to If the trader makes a fault known to you and you buy the item, you buy it at that price. For example if a coat is priced at £29, but is can’t return it unless you discover a different fault. actually £299 when you get to the till. You have fewer rights if you buy your item from a private seller, eg If you are unhappy with the correct price, you don’t have to buy the in an online auction or from a newspaper advert. The items only item. have to match the description given by the seller and be theirs to sell. If you need to make a complaint You also have rights if you buy a service or sign up to a contract, eg If you need to complain about something you’ve bought, always go if you a hire a builder or join a gym. back to the trader. Also check any warranty you have to see what protection it gives you, eg for accidental damage. Returning items to a shop Keep your receipts You will need 'proof of purchase' to return faulty items to a shop

If you don’t hear back from the trader or don’t agree with their response, you should make a complaint in writing.

You can also get advice on disputes from Consumer Direct, the You will need some ‘proof of purchase’ to return faulty items to a government funded consumer advice service. shop such as: If there’s a problem with an item or service a receipt / a bank statement / the shop’s packaging a witness – someone who saw you buy it If there’s a problem with something you’ve bought, you should tell the trader as soon as possible. You can complain face-to-face, over If there is nothing wrong with the item, you don’t have the legal the phone or in writing. right to return it. Some shops may let you return the item if you provide the proof of purchase that the shop wants, eg a receipt. Before you complain: Check the shop’s returns policy before you buy. make sure you can prove you bought the item or service from the Your right to change your mind trader, eg with a receipt, invoice or bank statement You usually have seven working days to cancel your order and ask find out if the trader has a complaints procedure you need to for your money back if you buy something: follow, eg a form you need to fill in online collect all the documents that will support your complaint such online / over the phone / by mail order (eg from a catalogue) as quotes, photos of the fault and emails between you and the trader on your doorstep (eg when a salesman visits your home) You don’t have this right if your item is:

When you complain:

personalised or made to order / perishable, eg food or flowers a newspaper or magazine / a financial product (eg a loan) a CD, DVD or computer software where the security seal has been broken

quote a reference, account or order number if you have one describe the items or service you bought say what the problem is – what happened and when it happened say how you want the trader to sort it out – check your rights to see what the trader needs to do If an item isn’t delivered on time explain any actions you've already taken – including who you spoke to and what happened If you buy something online, over the phone or by mail order, you give the trader a deadline for replying, eg 14 days have the right to cancel the order and get your money back: keep a copy of any letters, emails etc for your records when an item doesn’t arrive on the given delivery date

Contact Consumer Direct

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Minster Matters Issue 129 Sept 11  

Village magazine

Minster Matters Issue 129 Sept 11  

Village magazine