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I was overwhelmed at our editorial meeting this month when discussions were interrupted by Karen from Attwells carrying a large parcel and a fat envelope which she said she had come to present to me. Something which I wasn’t aware was going to happen, although all the rest of the ‘E’ team present were ‘in the know’. This was the culmination of Karen’s plea for villagers to rally around and donate towards the cost of the Olympic torch I carried in Ramsgate, a gesture I was obviously aware of, but that I never expected residents to respond to so well. However your generosity has surpassed everything I could have imagined and Karen . tells me she had to eventually refuse donations,

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As well as collecting the full cost of the torch and all the ancillary items that went with it (contents of the fat envelope), she also had enough left over to purchase two large silver photo frames (contents of the parcel) and a limited edition book that the Olympic Games Committee have had printed to commemorate the torchbearers right across the country. So, for your generosity I truly thank you all and to Karen I send two very special thank you’s, firstly for nominating me to carry the torch and secondly for this collection which I wasn’t expecting. The whole thing has been a truly amazing plethora of events that will remain with me forever. What I still can’t get my head round is just how many people want to be photographed with me and the torch.




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EDITORIAL A.J.Cliffe & Sons You may notice we’re getting short of members on the ‘E’ (Butchers) Ltd team (see lack of photo’s on left) as we’ve recently lost another Rumour has it Ray member, that being young Katie, who sadly hadn’t been with us the Sun is coming out for too long, and especially as she was getting on so well. But she So clean of those has decided to leave us, at least for now, as her health is causing BBQ’s her some concerns. We wish her well and hope that we may see AGAIN !! Enjoy the Bank Holiday Amy her back on the team in the not too distant future. Canterbury House, That being said, we are therefore, again, actively seeking Monkton Road, Minster volunteers to come and join us, to keep work loads down and Tel: 01843 821288 1L/1 moral up, by helping to get this magazine out on time. For Sale - Urban Detour buggy/pushchair Brenda Interested ? Please contact one of the team and let us know. Khaki green, good for off-roading If you’ve read the front cover this month you’ll see I’ve tried or for use as a 2nd pushchair. Includes raincover and fleece lining. my best to say my thanks to everyone who kindly “donated to the £25 ono. Contact Natalie cause” and I also make mention of the number of photo’s I’ve had on 07968 023 437 taken, not least of which some of them were with the Sisters at Diane FOR SALE the Abbey, whom I went to visit whilst the Olympics were still on (they were watching the gymnastics when I arrived and I tried to Malaga, Benalmadena, Costa Penthouse Apartment get them to run around the front lawns passing the torch to each Overlooking the Marina other as in a relay race, but they declined the offer - can’t say I Nora 2 bedrooms, fully furnished blame them as it was quite hot and sticky that day). If there is Completely re-modernised anyone else who would like a photo with the torch, be that an individual or £140,000 ono a local group then please get in contact with me and I’ll try to arrange a For further details convenient time and place for us both. Whilst I have never asked for any kind of payment from those who please ring 822401 wanted photo’s with the torch there were some people at the Show who Flowers by Vanessa insisted on giving me a donation, which in turn I am now going to pass on to Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations, Minster Matters (a worthy cause close to my heart!), so I hope that sits well Weddings or Funerals with those who were kind enough to put a few bob in the tin. Created with the “Personal Touch” On the back of carrying the torch and my position here at MM towers, For designs with a difference members of the ‘E’ team have been asked to do a bit on the radio with Vanessa Fairbrass (C&G qualified florist) Academy FM at their Thanet studio on Sunday 26th Aug around 8pm with Rose Cottage, Manor Road, Howard Evans. So if you’ve nothing better to do and you can get Academy St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY FM on your radio then listen in to hear us promoting the village and the 01843 847 012 07934 420 837 magazine. Let’s hope we don’t get too mike shy !! I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury Finally, at least as far as my editorial is concerned, I want to ask if 1P/5 there is anyone in the village who has a copy of Josh Macrae singing 2P/6 ‘Messing About On The River’ that I can borrow to record, or maybe if ysomeone can send me a MP3 copy via email, I don’t mind which. I know ‘I’m Sad’ Please note that as from this month our subscription rates have changed, (Minster Window Company) the cost of a single issue has risen to £1.70 whilst 11 copies have increased to Property Maintenance £16.50 Building Work Well, that’s it Plastering * Rendering space has beaten uPVC Windows & Doors me yet again, so uPVC Fascia, Soffits & Guttering at last I can stop Repairs to existing double glazing all this waffling Misted up sealed units replaced and say that it Garage Doors * Decking only remains for 61, High St me to ask the 30% off with our Minster usual question: Call on Junior Stylist Tel:




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PATIENT LIAISON GROUP (MINSTER) MINSTER SURGERY - NEW INITIATIVES As the practice is continually looking at ways of improving the patient experience, we would like to remind you that from Monday 3rd September the surgery will not open until 0820 to enable more staff to assist with the initial telephone demand. Of course, patients will still be able to make appointments at Reception from 0820 onwards. Also, 2 additional “GP Registrars” have now joined the Practice for approximately 4 months. They are: Dr Arif Majeed and Dr Sabi-Yar Khan. This of course, will give the surgery additional resources throughout the coming months, which is traditionally a very busy winter period. SEASONAL WINTER ‘FLU VACCINATIONS Vaccination Clinics will be held on the following days: Saturday 6th OCTOBER (am) and Saturday 27th OCTOBER (am) Eligible and “at risk” patients will receive a reminder on their next “Repeat Prescription List” and be invited to make an appointment. If you have any queries please contact the surgery on 821333. NEW MEMBERS Can you spare a couple of hours a week? Would you like a direct input into new initiatives at the surgery? Would you like to help introduce new facilities at the surgery? Then we need you! We are actively seeking new members to join our group and for a “Minute Secretary” to attend our monthly meetings. If you feel either of these could be of interest to you then please contact the number below or leave your details at the surgery. We look forward to meeting you! MR ALFRED BURGESS We would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Alfred Burgess and particularly thank them all for their generous donations towards our next project. I am sure Alfred will always be fondly remembered by all that knew him. DONATION We would like to thank Minster Bowls Club and especially the winning team in their “Cutting Edge” competition, for their generosity and support. Mr Floyd Powell, the youngest member of the team, presented a cheque to Dr C Crosfield at the surgery last month, during the “Official Presentation” of the new “24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitor” which had been previously purchased by the group. (Please see photographs on centre pages of this event.) SURGERY BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURE Please note that the surgery will be closed all day on Monday 27th August. Should you need to see a Doctor during these times then please call “Doctors on Call” via the normal surgery number 821333. Or you can also call “NHS Direct” on 0845 4647 for confidential health advice and information for you and your family. Thank you. PATIENT GROUP MEETING If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in September, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact: KEN SELF on 821200

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MINSTER ABBEY BENEDICTINE NUNS WELCOME VILLAGE SCHOOL FOR “ABBEY DAYS” At the end of June, over a period of three days, almost 600 children, parents, and teachers from Minster Primary School came to spend the day with the Benedictine Nuns of Minster Abbey. “ABBEY DAYS”, was one the events to mark the 75th anniversary of the refoundation of Minster Abbey. The invitation of the sisters to Minster Primary school was planned in order to provide an opportunity for the children of the village of Minster to learn more about the important historical significance of the 7th century foundation as well as to allow the children to experience firsthand a living monastic community. The excited sounds of the youngest children as they fed the ducks and picnicked in the grounds of Parkminster was a sure sign of how much they enjoyed the Abbey experience. The teachers and sisters who planned the day together tried to incorporate various activities which would enable the children to experience life at the Abbey in the twenty-first century. Activities included a “photo-trail” where the children were instructed to explore the grounds of the monastery and discover various interesting historical effects. Whilst some children were on their investigations, others were sitting on the Abbey lawns, painting and drawing various aspects of the ancient Saxon and Norman buildings. Each group visited the chapel where the sisters welcomed the children and gave them an explanation of the place of prayer in the life of the sisters. The children were given an opportunity to ring the chapel bells, to feel the smooth texture of the ancient yew tree of which the altar is built, to learn something about some of the various symbols used in the liturgy and to personally experience the silence of the beautiful place of prayer. The time in the chapel concluded with the children singing “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”, which soon became the theme of “Abbey Days”. Cont’d o/leaf…


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MINSTER ABBEY BENEDICTINE NUNS WELCOME VILLAGE SCHOOL FOR “ABBEY DAYS” Cont’d… Sue Jezzard of Minster school used this theme with the children to create a magnificent banner which expresses very creatively, the links of friendship between the children of Minster and the community of Minster Abbey. It is now hanging near the entrance in Parkminster Grange, to remind all the visitors of these important links. (See centre pages for photos of this.) Mother Nikola took each of the little groups of children on a tour of the Abbey. They visited the beautiful crypt, the oldest part of the monastery. They examined the shapes and textures of the ancient Saxon stones, the depths of the walls, the large Norman windows and Tudor doors, and various other interesting aspects of the structure of the buildings. She explained to the children how the events of the Anglo Saxon period and the later Norman Conquest had such a significant effect on the architecture of the Abbey buildings, the life of the community and ultimately the history of the village of Minster. The children had fun discovering about monastic life in the 21st century. Various displays of the work, prayer and life in the monastery were available for the children to explore. Some more adventurous volunteers dressed up as St. Mildred, St. Domneva and even St. Theodore of Canterbury. There were roars of laughter when our “Time travellers” moved from the 7th century to the 21st century! The children enthusiastically exchanged ideas about how life was so different in those early days of St. Mildred. There were no pot noodles or Mars bars! The sisters reported “It was good to welcome the children of our village as part of our 75th Jubilee celebrations. The last time so many children came to visit us was for the celebration of our Golden Jubilee in 1987 when the children put on a little play about the early foundation of the Abbey. We still have the banner made by many of the mothers of the children, and this was displayed recently. We are aware of just how important it is to pass on the rich history of the Abbey to the young people of our village.” Please see centre pages for photos of this experience.

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MINSTER-IN-THANET WI Although the institute does not have a formal meeting in August, many activities have continued since the July meeting. A team of four members, backed by a number of supporters, took part in the Acol Group round of East Kent Federation of WIs' Top Team Quiz at Monkton. Although doing very well for much of the 1L/3 evening, they narrowly lost out to the team from Broadstairs and St. Peter's WI who will go on to contest the final in October. A small group of members spent a very enjoyable evening having a meal and watching greyhound racing at Sittingbourne, and three members helped cater for over two hundred members at a special EKFWI tea party held at Godinton Park to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Sunshine Club visited Whitstable Castle - a lovely outing for an afternoon; the Walking Group have explored the Sandwich Bay area and also walked from Deal to Sandwich: and the monthly Games Evenings have continued as usual. DATES FOR DIARY The next meeting of Minster in Thanet WI is on Tuesday 11th September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There will be a Coffee and Chat morning on Thursday 20th September from 10am to 12noon in the Committee Room at the Village Hall. Visitors and new members always welcome.





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In between the friendly matches played this month, members are playing Tel: 01843 821 096 club competitions before the deadlines for the next round. Mobile: 07716 999 337 This is also the time of the season when the tournaments are in full flow. The Club did well in the Ramsgate one. Unfortunately our golden girls (who are top in the Thanet League with five games to go) were out played, the one exception being Serena Townsend partnered by Alan Razzell in the Mixed Pairs competition, who won the plate. In the Men’s pairs, at the quarter final stage, we had five pairs with two making the semi-finals. The final saw both the Minster teams playing each other. Alan Razzell with Bernie Skudder lost to Brian Hedges and Glynne Hibbert. Alan Griffiths, Norman Wilson and John Boldock were winners of the Triples. Minster’s very first Looking forward to the 27th September the Ladies will be “BRING YOUR OWN FOOD” pub celebrating the Club’s 75th anniversary with a friendly game All plates, napkins, cutlery and followed by a cream tea. Previous lady members who are not able ‘take-away’ menus provided to bowl these days are welcome, please contact the Club if you Come and join us for a meal of your are able to help with the catering. choice, bbq, picnic, take-away, or Glynne Hibbert your own homemade !


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REFLECTIONS ON MINSTER SHOW Each year brings new challenges for Minster Show and this one was no exception! The weather. Setting up on Friday in the marquee is a difficult job, it takes a dedicated team to make the inside have perfect tables ready for the entries on Saturday morning. The ground was already soft and Matt Spanton very kindly tip toed the tractor and trailer in to minimize any damage. Ed Spanton supports us by lending tractor, trailer and storage space for the Show, otherwise there would be no tables for exhibits. Roy Bailey and Matt then passed the trestles and table tops down to the team which included two 12 year olds — one of whom happened to be passing and, seeing the work required, offered to help. Step forward Charlie Hunt — our own hero of the moment! The following morning I was on the grounds at 6 am and it was sodden. There are a number of jobs that need doing and again a few are supported by about 6 people to help it happen. When the first stall to arrive was the Fun Fair I had a little sinking feeling; which was duly matched by the dent in the grass from the vehicle. Quick decisions followed and as a committee we tried to restrict the vehicle damage to the grass to make sure it had more time to dry out for the public — that's you- to be able to not have a mud bath by the marquee! Thank you, all of you who walked the extra bit carrying your many exhibits to the marquee. We appreciated it and I think the grass did too. At any rate it was drier and less muddy by the afternoon. What I had not realised, stood on the gate directing traffic, was that there were so many new people entering categories for the first time. This is your Show — thank you for making it what it was this year. Not only was the marquee full of vibrant colour, but also the Parade looked spectacular. I know I see you all getting ready at Freeman's Road, but it always still impresses me when you come into the grounds en masse; yes I sprint down to see it!! The afternoon seemed to be full of very happy smiling faces of all ages, I hope it was the Show and not just that it was the first time we had all seen the sun for some weeks. I try to chat to you on the grounds, but I'm always sure some of you go home and think about what you liked and what you might change — please come and talk to us. That is what we have an AGM for — it is not another committee meeting; it is your chance to tell all of us what you want to see happen and discuss ideas. This year it is Friday 12th October at 7.30 in the Neighbourhood Centre. We are a small number of people, and committees are not for everyone; but if you — like Charlie -think you can offer an hour or so of your time to help move heavy tables then please come to the AGM and tell us. Some of us are getting to the stage where it is plain hard work on the Friday, Saturday to change from exhibits to Ceilidh and Sunday morning to reload the tractor. The overall feedback has been really positive from what we have heard around the Village; your contribution be it an entry, running a stall, dressing up for the Parade or throwing an egg at your friend makes the Show what it is. Thank you all. Dominique Vaughan (Chair)



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Special thanks to Nik Mitchell for all the photos he took as our 'official' photographer, at the show, and thanks also to Diane (Snappy) of Minster Matters plus Becky and Lizzie all of whom added to the overall total of pictures now available for viewing on the Show website ( Printed photo’s of both the cup and medal winners are now available from Attwells, they're free !!, so if you were snapped either in the marquee or on the rostrum in the main arena then there is a good chance a copy could be waiting for you.

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Your Letters… Resurfacing Repercussions I read the article on keeping gravel on drives, and it being a hazard if it got onto the path and eventually onto the road. I would like to draw your attention at the deplorable way in which Monkton Road was RESURFACED RECENTLY. It was done in such haste, and with no forethought to the residents living in the road. The chippings were laid in such haste, that I had to immediately brush them off the pavement, to enable people to walk along safely. Of course it didn’t matter if they walked into the home that’s not the council’s concern. Traffic coming along did not slow down, which also caused Unisex Hairdressers the chippings to be thrown up onto the pavement. Modern Salon In all, to my mind it was a quick, cheap exercise on the council’s part in repairing the Friendly Welcome road surface. So the gravel on the drives pales into insignificance to what the council purported Affordable Prices to be resurfacing of Monkton Road. Truly shoddy workmanship. (Rosemary Ball) Mon/Wed/Sat


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

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STREETWISE offers a fantastic large play environment with full access to all toys and activities offered each day, providing a very happy, enjoyable club atmosphere. We are an offsite setting with an outdoor area. We offer a walking bus to and from Minster Primary and have fun days and picnics in the recreation ground. We look forward to caring for your children. Prospectus and Fliers available from Minster C of E Primary School Reception, or for further information please contact ANITA on 07950 448595

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Who wouldn't want to lose weight whilst eating the foods they love? Think big bowls of pasta and roast dinners, fish and chips or a curry! These are the reasons that Jo Hollands joined her local Slimming World Group and lost over 2.5 stone. Jo explained "At Slimming World you food optimise, it's very simple. You fill up on delicious filling foods and have the flexibility of still enjoying a glass of wine or something sweet. Gone are my days of calorie counting every morsel of food, depriving myself of my favourite foods.” Jo is a self-confessed foodie who has always loved cooking for friends and family. However, she says "I do not remember ever being at a weight I was happy with. I tried so many diets, but I was so miserable as I spent most of my time hungry and craving the foods I loved and thought I couldn't have. I believed that being a foodie meant I would never be the weight I wanted to be.” After having her first child Jo found she just couldn't shed the pounds. ”I gave up cooking, I felt food was my enemy! I tried to lose weight, but it wouldn’t go. So I found a local Slimming World group and dragged myself there. My first week I lost 10lb, it was the boost I needed and gave me confidence in the plan. I was no longer grumpy and hungry, and my love of food and cooking was restored." Jo now cooks again for friends and family but using food optimising. She says they never realise that the food is part of a healthy eating plan as everything is delicious! “Food Optimising is extremely flexible. Even if you don't love cooking, Slimming World has plenty of quick fix ideas and recipes to help you, all using fresh and tasty ingredients that won't blow the budget! As a Mum, I know you don't have time to spend hours in the kitchen preparing food. Being able to prepare a meal in 15 mins is often essential. “ Jo is so passionate about Slimming World she has trained to be a consultant. She told us "I am so excited about becoming a Consultant. I can’t wait to help and motivate members whilst proving together that you can eat and lose weight!" Jo is taking over the Birchington Group which meets every Wednesday at Kearns Hall Minnis Bay at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. She is also launching a new day time group in Birchington on 12th September at Church House, (Kent Gardens) Wednesdays at 9.30am. For more information please feel free to contact Jo on 07793 032 134 (See her main advert on page 20 & watch out for possible future recipes)


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IMPORTANT NHS REMINDER FOR PARENTS OF FOUR-YEAR-OLDS If you have a four-year-old starting school this autumn, are you sure all their vaccinations are up-to-date? Hundreds of children in Kent and Medway miss out on the second jab to protect them against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Now NHS Kent and Medway is reminding parents to check that children, especially those starting school this autumn, are fully vaccinated. Dr Faiza Khan, Consultant in Public Health for NHS Kent and Medway, said: “Take-up rates for MMR immunisation in Kent and Medway are higher than the national average but we would like even more children to be protected. "While between 93.1 and 95.6 per cent of children have their first MMR dose by the time they are two, the rate for the second MMR jab, given before the fifth birthday, is between 88.9 and 91.5 per cent. "This is better than the England average of 86.9 per cent but still means around 1,200 children in Kent and 350 in Medway miss out on their second MMR vaccination each year. "It may be that parents are busy and forget about this vaccination or that they do not realise how important it is. "Both doses of the vaccination are needed to give children maximum protection against these serious diseases, and reduce the risk of outbreaks. "Parents will be thinking about everything they need to do to make sure their four-year-olds are ready for that important first day at school. As part of that, we would urge them to ensure they have had all their vaccinations.” The first MMR immunisation is given within one month of the child’s first birthday. The second dose should be given between

the ages of three years and four months and five years, or before the child starts school. Parents of children whose MMR vaccinations are not up-to-date should make an appointment at their GP surgery. Even if your child has missed a vaccination, or is older than the recommended age, it is not too late to be immunised. For more information, please speak to your GP practice or health visiting team.

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Your local Neighbourhood Officer is PCSO Craig Raisbeck who will see people individually on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact your neighbourhood policing team by calling 101 Come and speak to local officers about your concerns on crime and anti-social behaviour Friday 14th September 2012 10am - 12pm Thursday 11th October 2012 4pm - 6pm Please see notice board for future dates and any changes

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The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. Our local services provide practical services and support, including Dementia Cafes, Peer Support Groups and a Day Centre to provide respite care. For more information, please contact 0845 04 05 919 or email More support for dementia patients and their families NHS Kent along with Medway and Kent County Council have commissioned a number of voluntary organisations to provide Dementia Cafes and Peer Support Groups across the county. It is estimated that over 22,000 people in Kent and Medway have dementia and this figure is expected to more than double in the next 30 years. Dementia Cafes are informal meeting places where people with dementia and their families can receive practical information, as well as emotional and social support. They aim to help those affected by dementia feel part of the community and to talk to others facing similar issues on a daily basis. Peer Support Groups are small meetings which consists of patients who have recently been diagnosed with dementia and wish to support and share experiences with each other. Support groups aim to help people come to terms with their diagnosis by sharing how they feel with other patients. The groups bring people together so they are not coping alone. They also give valuable information and explain how to access the support they might need. We are planning on investing £600,000 to expand our range of services in the community so people with dementia can remain independent for as long as possible. This new investment, which will ensure that these services will now be available in all 12 districts of Kent, is part of our commitment to helping patients living with dementia to live well. We also plan to invest £3.5m by April 2014 in improving mental health hospital facilities. To help people find out more about symptoms and local services, Kent and Medway have a dedicated dementia website, please Thanet East Kent Independent Dementia Support is running a Dementia Cafe in Thanet, call 01227 730000 for venue information and meeting dates. Thanet Resource Centre is running a dementia Peer Support Group in Thanet, call 01843 294229 for more information 2L/7

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September 2012 MINSTER PLAYHOUSE Latest Production Directed by David Downes-Powell

THE PLAY - Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”

Noel Coward was this country’s most prolific and popular playwright and actor of the forties and fifties, and Blithe Spirit is one of his best-known and best-loved plays. It regularly re-appears on the London stage, the last time two years ago. The story is a love triangle - but with a difference! In this play, one of the triangle’s sides is a ghost, the shade of Charles Condomine’s dead wife, Elvira. Charles is a writer, married for the second time, and is about to start a book about a fake medium who is to be a complete charlatan. He invites a local psychic to his house to give a séance, hoping to learn the “tricks of the trade” and the jargon. However the séance goes badly wrong for Charles when it brings his dead wife back to haunt him, and she decides to capture him to herself forever. As you might expect there is a twist in the tale, which leads to an exciting finale as the ghosts set out to destroy the house, as the final curtain falls. Blithe Spirit combines dry humour and spooky surprises as the play progresses. Minster Playhouse’s reputation for exceptional plays and really special effects will be showcased in this production which combines the acting talents of its long-serving players along with a beautiful and talented newcomer playing Elvira. For this production only, the Playhouse will be employing a highly experiFed up of watching your ironing pile enced medium backstage and using real ghosts for the special effects! You don’t believe us? grow??? Come and see for yourself!

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Ronnie & Teresa Welcome you all Birchington Groups Church House, Kent Gardens Wednesday 9.30am (Opening 12th September) Kearns Hall, Grenham Bay Avenue, Minnis Bay Wednesdays 5.30pm & 7.30pm Tel: Jo 07793 032 134

“I am delighted to be back doing what I love the most, when Irish Eyes are smiling the whole World smiles with you, thank you to everyone for your help and support”

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Church News and Service Times St. Mary’s the Virgin, Minster Rev. Bob Coles, 821250 Sunday Services in SEPTEMBER 2nd September 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Praise Service 6.30pm: No Service this month (See Monkton) 9th September 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Family Communion (CW) 16th September 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Morning Worship 23rd September 9.00am: Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am: Holy Communion (CW) 30th September 10am Harvest Festival

Mid-week Services restart on Wednesday 5th September

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.

Baptisms at Minster Parish Church

2nd September 6.30pm: Evensong

15th July: Macey & Mitchell Pask 5th August: Phoebe Stinton

16th September 10.15am: Holy Communion at Methodists 23rd September 10.15am: Holy Communion(CW) 30th September 10.15am: Harvest Festival

The Salvation Army Minster Mondays: Friendship Club 2.15pm (Over 60s Club) Come along and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment Wednesdays: Home League 2.00pm-3.45pm An afternoon of sharing fun, facts, fellowship and worship

St Mary Magdalene, Monkton Sunday Services in SEPTEMBER

9th September 10.15am: Holy Communion (BCP)


SUNDAYS 10.30am Family Worship Mornings only during August Everyone Welcome For further details contact: Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves 01843 825178 or 822308

The Salvation Army 11 Tothill Street Minster A Christian Church and a registered charity no.214779 & in Scotland SC009359

Weddings at Minster Parish Church 27th July: Katie Wratton and Neil Reeves th 28 July: Hannah Taylor and Michael Crutchley 28th July: Natalie Cass and Mark Lyon th 11 August: Angela Damiral and James Hall

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MINSTER IN-THANET WI NEXT MEETING Tuesday 11th September 7.30pm Village Hall

COFFEE & CHAT Thursday 20th September 10.00am to 12.00noon Committee Room Village Hall

NEXT MEETING Monday 10th 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

ABBEY PATCHERS EVENING GROUP restarts September 6th, 7.30pm at Old Schools, Minster Looking forward to seeing new members MINSTER & MONKTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AUTUMN SHOW Wednesday 18th September 7.30pm Village Hall Entries according to the 2012 handbook. All entries should be handed in to Joan Card at 71a High Street by Monday 16th September Members - look in your garden for flowers or vegetables, or indoors for a pot plant or have a go at the home economics

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


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

Tina Parker Telephone 822233

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

SANDWICH FARMERS’ MKT Last Saturday of each Month Guildhall, Cattle Market

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

MINSTER CHANGE RINGERS St Mary’s Church Ringing Practice on Wednesdays 19:30 to 21:00 find us on the web at: and for further information email:

MINSTER HEALTHY WALK meets at Minster School on Thursday mornings (term time only) at 9.00am for a 9.15am start

NEXT MEETING Wednesday 12th September, 2.00pm at St Mary’s Church

The walk is suitable for all ages and is a gentle pace as well as buggy friendly


It lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, afterwards we have refreshments at Minster Library If you are interested in joining our walk please contact Michelle Mannering 01843 841082

8th September 10.00am ‘til 12.00noon Old Schools All the usual stalls Please come and support us All Welcome

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Events / Sports

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

New Season starts Monday 3rd September For further information contact: Eric on 821744



Saturday 15th September, 7.30pm St Mary’s Church, Minster

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

Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection at the end to help defray costs. Minster Sings is an opportunity for singers of any age to come together to participate in some of the great choral repertoire. Minster Sings has been bringing singers from all across Thanet and beyond together for a few short rehearsals followed by a free evening concert for many years. September’s concert marks the seventh outing for Minster Sings. This year the programme consists of two choral works: Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F and Pergolesi’s beautiful Magnificat. The Choir will be accompanied by a small professional string group. Stuart McIntosh is the conductor. If you are interested and would like more information contact Iona or Stuart McIntosh on 01843-825696 for more details.

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

MINSTER A.W. SPORTS PITCH Now taking bookings - Office hrs 9am-12noon Mon-Fri Hire times and prices from 1st April 2012 Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak) 09:00hrs to 21:00hrs 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs Price Structure * Full Pitch : £34/hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £23hour Half Pitch : £23/hour (1 five a side pitch) * A 10% discount will be given to Minster clubs and residents booking the ‘Full Pitch’ option only. To book this facility please contact Kyla Lamb, at the Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA t: 821339 f: 825869 e: MINSTER VILLAGE HALL BOWLS GROUP

Short Mat Bowls Sessions for 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 !!




6pm to 9pm

Tues 4th

7pm to 10pm


6pm to 9pm Wed 12th

7pm to 10pm


6pm to 9pm Tues 18th

7pm to 10pm


6pm to 9pm Tues 25th

7pm to 10pm

Sunday 16th September - Phoenix Cup. Start 6pm Pay as you play - no membership fees

The Friendly Bowls Club Contact: 821447


Minster Matters

September 2012

Important changes to Council Tax - Your chance to have your say before it changes Dear Sir or Madam, Changes to Council Tax may affect local residents….please share your views with us I am writing to all parish and town councils to inform you that from April 2013 there will be some major changes to Council Tax and Council Tax benefit that may affect local residents. The Council is carrying out a consultation about the proposed changes and we would like to hear your view. The government has said that support for Council Tax will be localised from April 2013. This means that Thanet District Council needs to design and operate its own Council Tax Support scheme and that Council Tax Benefit in its current form will no longer exist from 1st April 2013. The amount of financial grant the Council will receive from the government to fund a new scheme will be approximately 10-15% less than it currently receives; this means that the Council needs to consider how to reduce the level of help it gives to residents on low income.

The government has also announced that local authorities are able to make changes to Council Tax from April 2013. From this date we are able to change discounts and exemptions given to certain properties for Council Tax purposes. These changes mainly affect empty properties and “second homes”. The Council is asking for views on the proposed changes, the consultation period runs until 17th September 2012. You can go online at to find out more about the changes, view the proposal and the Equality Impact Assessment in full or to participate in the consultation. Paper copies of the consultation can be requested from the central information line on 01227 862310 between 9am and 5pm. This information line has been set up as a partnership between Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council and Thanet District Council. Yours faithfully Dr Sue McGonigal Chief Executive, Thanet District Council

Dear Thanet resident Mathew Munson, Front of House Co-ordinator, East Kent Services has asked that the following information be circulated as widely as possible. On 23 July, East Kent Councils (Canterbury, Dover & Thanet) launched the official public consultation on their proposed local Council Tax Support scheme, to replace Council Tax Benefit (which the government are abolishing). The new scheme must be in place by 1 April 2013. Its brief was to design a local scheme to cater for a significant drop in government funding, whilst ensuring that pensioners’ benefits are fully protected; as legislation will prescribe this. Below are the links to the individual consultations, which outline the proposals. The links are: The consultation will run from Monday, 23 July until Monday, 17 September 2012. Should you have any queries, a central 'information line' has been set up, which will deal with requests for paper copies of the forms/questionnaire and respond to enquiries about what is being

proposed. The number is (01227) 862310 and this will be open 9am to 5pm weekdays for the duration of the consultation period. Matthew hopes that as many people as possible across East Kent will give their views through the consultation documents, as it's an important discussion being held locally; he is more than happy to come to your organisations and present this as a ten-minute 'slot' should you wish, to either clients or staff (or a combination of the two). Matthew and Bev Hussey (Operations Manager for EK Services / Gateway) will be organising a mini Partner Forum later in the year, to talk about the benefit changes across the board and will email out with details of this in due course. Kind regards Anne Charman Community Engagement Officer for Thanet Communications and Community Engagement Kent County Council Room 2.65, Sessions House County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XQ Telephone: 01622 696389 Mobile: 07717 665893

Minster Matters

September 2012


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Minster Matters Issue 140 Sept 12  

Village Magazine

Minster Matters Issue 140 Sept 12  

Village Magazine