Minster Matters

Your Friendly Village Magazine

Issue Number 214 : June 2019

ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD Audio - Issue 126)

Minster Residents tackle the

London to Brighton Cycle Ride 16th June 2019

Minster residents Wendy Sherwood and Alan Gimes are joined by brother-in-law Tony Boughton from Sittingbourne

intending to complete the 54-mile London to Brighton Cycle Ride. This effort will be in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

With a combined age of over 200 years (Wendy’s age remains taboo} the trio are encouraged by the fantastic medical

treatment given to Tony in the last two years subsequent to unexpected heart problems. They all feel that the British

Heart Foundation is a very worthy cause as it funds the tremendous research work into heart disease and the techniques

to deal with it.

The team is known as The Cyclos and will join about 27000 cyclists on Father’s Day starting at Clapham Common

wending their way through the suburbs, the Sussex countryside and onwards towards the South Downs on the outskirts

of Brighton finishing on the seafront at Brighton.

The climb over the South Downs entails conquering the infamous Ditchling Beacon which has inclines up to 20%, about

1 in 5. and achieves a height of 750 feet above sea level. This will be huge test of tired legs as it comes at 45 miles into

the ride.

The team are hoping to raise a substantial amount for the Charity, mindful that 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a heart

condition sometime in our life but with the work of the British Heart Foundation the ravages of heart disease can be


If you are minded to support The Cyclos then please search for for https://www.justgiving.com/Wendy-Sherwood to read

their story and click ‘Donate’

Alternatively, please contact Wendy on 07920 832 944 or Alan on 07801 133 822

All contributions will be gratefully received towards this very good cause.


Karen needs our help!

Turn to page 22 for more info

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MINSTER - How To Find Us

For those looking to use a Sat Nav

to locate the Village

the Library at 4A Monkton Road

is the approximate Centre of the Village

and the postcode there is CT12 4EA

GPS/OS Map co-ordinates for the

Village Square are TR 309 647

51.33 N, 1.33 E or 51° 20’ N, 1° 18’ E

Useful Numbers and Contacts

Thanet STD Code : 01843

Community Warden

Aaron Kluibenschadl: 07811 271 302

PCSO: Adrian Butterworth 07966 308 781

Police: 101 (for reporting anything except emergencies)

Emergencies: 999 or 112

Thanet District Council: 577 000

Orbit Housing: 0800 678 1221

Community Dog Warden: 577 580

Salvation Army Hall: 825 178

Library: 03000 41 31 31

Doctor’s Surgery: 821 333

(appointments only, 8.00am -10.00am)

Patient Liaison Group: 821 200

Vets: 825 999

Post Office: 821 291

Minster School: 821 384

Village: www.minster-in-thanet.org.uk

Show: www.minstershow.org.uk

Freegle: http://freegle.in/thanet

Mobility Scooters & Wheelchairs etc.

(to loan): 07864 345 019

Venues available for Hire

John Spanton Pavilion (in Rec)

All Weather Sports Pitch & MUGA

bookings for all of the above venues via

Parish Office 821 339

Old Schools: bookings via

Pat Hogben 822 082

or email: oldschoolsminster@gmail.com

Village Hall: bookings via

Eric James 821 744

Neighbourhood Centre Meeting Room:

bookings via Library 03000 41 31 31

Jemima’s Tea Room (Eve & Sun) bookings

via Brenda Bradley 07455 588 624

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June 2019

Dates for Your Diary

Copy Date for Next Issue - FRIDAY 21 JUNE


1-2 Open Gardens St-Nicholas-at-Wade 17

4 Pop Up Cafe - New Inn Car Park 8

8 Minster Twinning Quiz Night 18

11 Minster WI Meeting 12

15-16 Minster Village Art 18

15-16 Minster Open Gardens 20

15-16 Twinning Photos at Old Schools 21

16 London to Brighton Cycle Ride 1

17 Strawberry Tea @ Salvation Army 8

19 M&M Gardening Club Meeting 29

23 Minster Bowls Open Day 16

26 Men’s Supper Club 18

27 Pop Up Cafe - Bell Meadow St Nicholas 8

29 Cliffsend Open Gardens 12


9 Minster WI Meeting 12

14 Psychic Fayre 29

20 Minster Show 11

Minster Surgery Hours 4

What’s On at the Royal British Legion 11

What’s On at The Saddler 15

Flag Flying Diary 21

Kate’s Pudding Recipe 21

Sarah Thorne Theatre 23

Church Notices 28

Village Hall Diary 29


Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) Bookings 30

All Weather Playing Surface 30

St Mary's Church Guided Tours 30

Minster Parish Council

next Meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 4 June @ 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.

There is also a 15 minute period at the end of each full

council meeting for the public to be able to ask questions.

Copies of the Agenda are available from the Clerk and

are posted in the Library. Clerk to the Council is Mrs Kyla

Lamb (Asst Clerk: Clare Wilsdon) and the Council Office

is normally open from:- 9.30am to 3pm weekdays;

however due to commitments that require staff leaving

the office it is better to ring first to ensure the office is


tel: 821 339 fax: 825 869

Email: clerk@minsterparishcouncil.org.uk

Next Meeting: 2 July

Meeting dates can be found at


Pavilion Hire

Recreation Ground

Suitable for parties, small weddings,

children’s parties, etc.

Seating for 60-70,

kitchen facilities.

Ideal for all family occasions!

Bookings via Parish Council Office

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June 2019



Anyone interested in having a stall at

this year’s show please contact

Karen Brazil at Attwells

or phone 07813 648 214

or email kazbraz337@gmail.com

Route 9 Bus Update

It will now go to Minster Station & Church!!

The Parish Council have just received the following from the Public

Transport Unit at KCC.

Late last year Kent County Council carried out a local consultation

on proposals to replace several subsidised bus routes in Thanet

with commercial alternatives, thus negating the need for ongoing

public subsidy of these services. These proposals identified that

Service 42 would be replaced by a diversion to Service 9, which

would be routed through the villages of Monkton and Minster.

The indicative timetable provided as part of those proposals did

show Service 9 serving Minster Church, however for reasons

relating to timekeeping, Stagecoach omitted them from the current

routing without the County Council’s knowledge.

This is not the basis on which the County Council decided to proceed with

these changes and they have been liaising with Stagecoach on this issue. They

are now in a position to advise that the route will be revised to include

Minster Church and Minster Station from the 26th May, reinstating a link to

Ramsgate from this part of the village and solving the issues relating to buses

turning right from Tothill Street into Monkton Road. Stagecoach have gained

the time needed for this revision by removing Service 9 from serving Tesco in

Westwood Cross directly. Those wanting Tesco can walk through from the

stops adjacent to and opposite the Stagecoach depot.

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Tiling, Plastering

& General Maintenance


Interior & Exterior

Local, Reliable & Experienced

Contact Paul or Tracy

01843 823 646

Flowers by Vanessa

Bouquets, Baskets,Table decorations,

Weddings or Funerals

Created with the “Personal Touch”

For designs with a difference

Vanessa Fairbrass

(C&G qualified florist)

Rose Cottage, Manor Road,

St. Nicholas at Wade CT7 0NY

01843 847 012 07934 420 837

I can deliver within Thanet & Canterbury


Unit 4 Ebbsfleet Farm, Jutes Lane, Minster CT12 5DL

Tel: 01843 825 000












Many other

Beauty Treatments


Call for details or go to


(Minster based business)

Gel Polish

on fingers and toes only £30

Book now to avoid disappointment

07976 834 250



61 High St



824 000


Gift Vouchers

Air Conditioned

Free Consultations

Free Refreshments

Closed Mondays/Tuesdays


Minster Matters


Dog Grooming Service

All Breeds Welcome

Kind Professional Service

Fully Insured

Professionally Trained

Gemma & Sandie

69 High Street, Minster,

CT12 4AB

01843 825 841


Est 1980






Free Quotations

Tel 01843 821 147



Gardening ~ Household

& Building Supplies


Find us on Facebook & Twitter

16-18 The Square, Birchington | 01843 845133 | Est 1966

Ronseal Fence Life 5ltr £6.99 - Slabs 450x450 £2.55ea

Decking 6” £2.25 mtr - Sleepers 2.4mtr £19.95 ea

4”x2” Tanalised £2.19 mtr - Waney Fence Panels from £10.99


Dulux Smooth Masonry Paint 7.5ltr £22.99

Dulux White Matt Emulsion 7ltr £15.99

Crown White Matt Emulsion 7.5ltr £13.99

Berger White Matt Emulsion 10ltr £19.99

Everbuild White or Clear Silicone £2.99

Decorators Caulk Tubes £1.49

No More Nails Interior Cartridge £3.49

3 Tread Step Ladder £27.99

6’ x 6’ Heavy Duty Trellis £19.99

6’ x 6’ Waney Fence Panels £20.99

6 x 6’ Closeboard Fence Panel 4 Back Bars £29.99

6’ x 5’ Closeboard Fence Panels 4 Back Bars £28.49

Godwins Multi-Purpose Compost 3 bags £10.00

Levington Multi-Purpose Compost 3 bags £12.99

Miracle Grow Compost 2 bags £9.00

Godwins Bark Chips 3 bags £12.00

Webb Electric 33cm Rotary Lawnmower £69.99

Webb 18” Petrol Self Propelled Lawnmower £219.99

Flymo Visimo Electric Rotary Mower £69.99

Bosch Electric Rotar 34R Mower £99.99

210 litre Water Butts £29.99

100 litre Water Butts £19.99

Evergreen Complete 4in1 360m2 £19.99

Bulk Bags 20mm Shingle £49.99

Galvanised Incinerator £19.99

8’ x 4’ 18mm O.S. Board £25.99

8’ x 4’ 11mm O.S Board £15.99

~ Builders Barrow £39.99 - Aggregates - Shingles ~


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Timber * Electricals * Plumbing * Building Materials

* Household Goods * Glass Garden Furniture * Local Delivery

June 2019


10th ANNUAL SPRING FAYRE Saturday 11th May

Thank you to everyone who came to support us at our Spring Fayre

and helped make it so successful, and especially to those who took part

in our raffle. The winner of first prize was Mr T Musgrove from

Manston, second prize was won by Margaret from Minster and third

prize by Audrey, also from Minster. All prize winners have been notified

and a full list of prizes and prize winners is displayed on our notice board

at the surgery. All proceeds from this event will go towards our new

fund-raising project, full details of which are also displayed on our notice

board. Photos of the event are published on page 19 of this magazine.


10th Annual Christmas Bazaar - Saturday 23rd November - Don't miss

it! It is always our most popular and Table bookings have already been

made so book now to avoid disappointment!


NHS England has published guidance to reduce prescribing medicines

or treatments that are readily available to buy over the counter in shops

and chemists. This means that some medications

will no longer be available on prescription, even if you are entitled to

“Free Prescriptions”. All patients effected by these changes will be

notified individually in due course. Also, if you seek advice from a doctor

for a common condition, such as a cough, cold, sore throat etc, you will

be referred to your local pharmacy, where they will be happy to help

without the need for an appointment. Obviously, if your symptoms do

not improve after a few days you should seek further advice.


Thank you! A good improvement in nurse’s appointments, but 42

patients did not attend their doctor’s appointment and 43 did not

attend their nurse’s appointment, so that’s still 85 wasted

appointments and valuable time. Remember - Don't need it - cancel

it! By text! By phone! It’s easy!


Get appointment reminders and important information sent direct to

your phone, then you will never forget!


Thank you to all those who take part and please continue to do so. We

welcome all your comments, because any feedback - good or bad - can

help us improve our service to you.

A total of 101 patients responded last month with the following results:

Extremely likely/Likely - 91%; Extremely unlikely/Unlikely – 4%;

Unsure/Don’t know - 5%.


Please note that the surgery will close at 12.00 Mid-day on the

following days for the purpose of staff training: Wednesday 5th June,

Thursday 27th June and Wednesday 24th July.

Please ensure you have sufficient medication to last you during these

periods, and of course, please don't forget to include all the family who

may need medication and also check when their Medication Review is

due. Should you need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed, please

call the NHS 111 Service direct on 111, to receive non-urgent

confidential health advice and information for all the family. For

urgent/life threatening issues, please dial 999 as normal.


If you have any issues you would like to raise at our next meeting

or require further information on any of the above, then please

contact Ken Self on 821200, Jeanne Lawrence on 821049 or email:


June 2019


I would like to draw your attention to incidents

of fraud which are getting more and more

frequent with persons calling you on the

phone. These calls are commonly directed

towards elderly persons perhaps living on their

own. They usually call claiming to be bank

staff, police officers or other officials, claiming

there has been a fraud on your account and that you will need to take

urgent action. Some of the most recent cases are where the victim is

contacted stating they owe money to the Inland Revenue in taxes

and that they will be arrested if instructions are not followed. They

are very convincing. This is not the case, it is a SCAM.

Remember the bank or Police will never

Phone you and ask for your 4 digit PIN number or your online

banking password.

Ask you to withdraw money for them

Ask you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons

Send someone to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment

card or cheque book.

If you get a call like this hang up and wait a few minutes for the line

to clear then call your bank or card issuer to alert them of the scam.

You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40 or use their

reporting tool at www.actionfraud.police.uk

Also, I would like to bring to your attention that residents in Thanet

have had calls from a number starting with 01452****** this is a

scam line that will bill your phone as soon as you answer.

If you have any concerns about this or any type of crime feel free to

speak to me when you see me out and about. Or call 101 and ask

for me to contact you.



Mobility scooters, wheelchairs, rollators, commode chairs, portable

electric hoist (note: we do not have any slings) and a few smaller

disability aids are available for loan to villagers and members of their

families. We will also consider requests from residents in our

neighbouring villages. We make no set charge for any of these but we’re

open to receiving voluntary donations to help keep the equipment


Thank you to everyone who has helped in some way to make this

venture a success, if you or someone you know needs to borrow any of

these please do get in touch, if we have it in stock you can borrow it.

Thank you in advance to anyone who offers us items or storage

space, we really do appreciate it.

Please ring/text Ray on 07864 345 019, 07914 623 287 or email

rayowen@gmail.com if you would like to borrow any of these, at any

time, or if you have something you’d like to donate. Thank you.

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In Memory of

Brian Morphew

It is with great sadness that I have to

advise that our Honorary Club

Secretary Mr Brian Morphew, passed

away in the early hours of Wednesday

8th May following a short illness.

Brian was a great servant to the club

taking on the position of Club

Secretary and doing it with great skill

and humour. He was also an active

playing member who really enjoyed

the sport and was keen to pass on his

enthusiasm to all. This was evident in

setting up a new club competition for

members who had not previously won

a singles trophy and donated the cup

as well! He was also instrumental in

setting up regular Friday afternoon

short mat sessions for the pupils of

Minster Primary School.

On a personal note, as the new Chair

of the Club, Brian was a fantastic help

to me and will be missed by all Minster

Bowls Club members & the wider

sporting community.

Brian’s funeral will take place on

12.15pm Wednesday 5th June at

Margate Crematorium.

Alan Blake

Chair Minster Bowls Club



We are again looking for 1 or 2 people (age

and gender not important) to step forward

and offer to come and read for our audio

version. This is not an onerous task, in fact

our sessions are usually very light hearted.

We do our recording at the Holiday Inn on

a Tuesday evening, monthly from 7.30pm

to around 9pm (but usually earlier). We

have 2 teams, so you would only be

expected to attend every other month and

each person normally has just 3 or 4 pages

to read. If you would be interested in

helping please contact Ray, on 07864 345

019 or email editor@minstermatters.org.uk


Minster Matters



A completely dry carpet cleaning service!

And that means: -

No more damp or wet carpets!

No danger of colour-run or shrinkage!

No chance of sticky residues which

can attract the dirt!

Lovely fresh scented deep cleaned carpets!

(Upholstery and leather cleaning service available)

For quotes please call:-

01843 833 707

07727 684 300

On Facebook - @maxcarpetcleaning

Fully Insured

Covering Thanet and surrounding area

DVSA Approved Driving Instructor

DBS checked

Lessons for beginners through to refresher

Pass Plus and Motorway tuition

Beginners special: First 4 hours £60!

Enquiries at www.in-to-gear.com

Call Richard on 07753 449 866

Find us on Facebook at IntoGearDriving


Dog Walking and Dog Sitting Service

Local lady experienced with dogs available for

occasional dog walks and lots of one to one

individual attention whilst you are away

Competitive Rates depending on requirements

T.D.C. Boarding Licence ~ Minster Vet Inspected

Insured ~ References available

Contact : Sarah Mather

24 High Street, Minster

01843 822 946 or 07855 871 484




Your Local Professional Decorator

Bringing High Quality Decorating

to your home (or business)

Interior & Exterior - No Job too Small

Clean Reliable Service

Free Advice & Problem Solving

Free estimates without obligation

Tel: 822 946

Mob: 07811 780 492

24 High St., Minster CT12 4BU

June 2019


Ready, Steady, GO : It’s nearly here

The Village of Minster’s greatest day of the year

Scrub those onions, carrots and spuds

Make sure those roses are free from all bugs

Kids get cracking, there’s plenty to make

Don’t sit down mum, ‘tis time to bake

We know you can do it, go on, impress the judge

Enter your jams and that Vanilla fudge

Why not have a go at the Floral Art

It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part

People enjoying the sight of your wares

You may think it’s not perfect, but just who really cares

Without you all we wouldn’t have a show

So get growing and creating, go on, have a go

The schedule’s on sale around local shops

So pick up one now and choose your props

The parade starts the day, so maybe try fancy dress

It’s great to see faces, full of real happiness

If you cannot take part, then please, do not fret

Just join us at the show, it’s aiming to be, the biggest yet!!




Would you like to be part of the ‘Team’ and

take photographs for us at the Show? If this

might be of interest to you please contact

Ray at web@minstershow.org.uk

or ring 07864 345 019

June 2019

Minster Matters 7

Lashes by Lydia

Knit & Talk Time

at Minster Library

Every Friday 10.30 -12.00




Qualified Lash Technician

Offering Classic Lash Extensions

Full Set £30.00 Infill £20.00

Working From Home - Minster Based

Tel: 07902 875 846


Come and joins us to share knitting and chat

Beginners welcome, experienced knitters will be happy

to support and encourage you

Knit for yourself - Knit for your family

Knit for your friends - Knit for charity

Knit for fun - Swap patterns and wool

Non knitters welcome to join in for chat and friendship

Come and go as you please tea and coffee provided




Our lawn care programmes will provide a lush, green and weed-free lawn from just

£15* per treatment.

Call today: 01622 850 440 or: 0800 0111 222

Find us online: greenthumb.co.uk

E K Handyman

All your DIY needs catered for

incl. flat packs, decorating,

kitchen and bathroom fitting,

all types of flooring.

No job too small. Free Estimates

Tel: 07778 936 451

or 01843 639 651


Tea Room and Boutique

77 High St Minster Tel 01843 319206

Come and enjoy our freshly prepared

Breakfasts, lunches and

Homemade cakes

In a comfortable friendly atmosphere

Open Monday to Friday 9.15 - 4.30

Saturday 9.15 - 3.00


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June 2019

Based in Manston Village

Reupholstery Service available

Cottage Suites, Chaise Longue,

Fireside Chairs, Dining Chairs,

Footstools, Headboards etc.

Sagging Seats, Flat Armpads,

Water Marks on Cabinets,

Tables, Chests of Drawers

Help May Be At Hand!!

I also make

Luxury Children’s Chairs

and Sofas for small breeds of

Dogs and Cats

Phone: 01843 491 452

Email: tritt1066@gmail.com

June 2019

Branching Out

Driveways, Patios

Fencing, Decking

Resin Bound Surfacing

Gary:- 07834 594 599


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( A Minster based business)

Jamie-Lee’s Pet Parlour






Part 'P'




My name is Jamie-Lee

and I am a professionally

trained Dog Groomer,

with over 5 years of

experience working in a

busy salon. I provide a

high standard of grooming

using the best salon

equipment and products.

All grooms are done to

the breed standard in a

homely relaxed one to

one environment.

All Electrical Work Undertaken

Free Quotations ~ Competitive Prices

Quality Workmanship ~ Fully Guaranteed

Call Nic 825 094 / 0771 458 0978

36 Tothill Street, Minster


Kaye Dunbar, Gold Travel Counsellor

Your personal Travel Expert

50% off your dog’s first groom

Loyalty scheme available

Tel: 07928 619 101

Email: jamieleespetparlour@gmail.com

Web: www.jlpetparlour.com

01843 8 07 910



Facebook doesn’t appeal to you?

Then try our network which is private and

dedicated to just Minster & Local Villages

Go to: https://nextdoor.co.uk

Invite Code: RVYDEW

You can now enjoy The Corner House Minster on a



Tel. 01843 823000

Minster Matters



I’m very happy to announce the

opening of my new Foot Care Clinic.

Having been a beautician for 23 years

and for the past 10 years operating

from my Salon in Minster, I’m extremely

proud of enhancing my qualifications

to become an Advanced Foot Care


It has been a personal goal of mine to

expand both my profession and the


My foot care clinic is in a private room

off of my beauty salon, giving a pleasant

environment for both treatment and

advice for all. I specialise in treating

diabetics, corns, calluses, dry skin, hard nails, ingrown toe nails and fungal

nail infections. I also retail products to support the above for home care.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both Minster and my lovely clients

for their continued support.

For all enquiries and bookings please ring 01843 826 308, Tara

10 June 2019


Opening Times

Mon - Fri 8am - 5.30pm

Sat 8am - 1pm

. Mails

. Travel Money

. Money Gram

. Cash Withdrawals/Deposits

. Motor Vehicle Licence

. Cards/gifts, wool & DIY Items



The planning for this year's Show is in full swing and we are all busy working

hard to put on a fantastic afternoon for you all.

As you may have seen the schedules are in the shops now, for all you

growers, crafters and bakers.

We have had made a change or two in our schedule this year, we've

introduced a bit of fun to the fruit and veg categories and also added a

children's cooperative.

We've also got some great things happening throughout the afternoon with

our Races, Baby Show, Show Princess and Music Showcase.

Why not enter our Parade, it is open to anyone and can be a great laugh?

So, if you are part of a group, association or just a bunch of friends give it a


If you would like a stall at the Show please contact Karen in Attwells or call

07813 648 214.



New Footcare Clinic

Treatments for Diabetics for

Corns, Calluses, Dry Skin

Hard Nails, Ingrown toe nails

& Fungal nail infections

For Booking 826308

Mondays also available

01843 826 308

70 High Street, Minster



Suppliers of quality wood for

open fires and wood burners

Barn-stored and seasoned hard wood


Contact: 01304 812 522 or 07720 727 224


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Are Independent Financial Advisers

We Are A Family Run Company Who Specialise In

Investments IHT Planning

Company & Personal Pensions

Life Insurance

Long Term Care & Health Care

Equity Release

Mortgages & Re-mortgages

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Minster CT12 4BT

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Hair by Nikki

Professional Hairdressing

brought right to your door

I am a local mobile hairdresser

with over 20 years experience

Professional Services at reasonable prices

Call: Nikki Sutherland

07834 197 794

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01843 570 553

or 07725 819 407



▪ Hedge Cutting and Pruning

▪ Lawn Care, Grass Cutting

▪ Fertilisation

▪ Moss Control, Weed Killing

▪ Fencing, Patios

▪ Patio & Decking Power Cleaning


Visit our website:


e: gardenservices4you@yahoo.co.uk

Kevin P. Smith


For all your building requirements,

extensions or loft conversions,

driveways and walls

For a visit and a free quotation

give me a call


Our May Meeting was the discussion and voting on

the Resolutions put forward by the National

Federation of WIs.

They were- ‘Don’t fear the Smear’ -Cervical screening

saves around 5,000 lives a year, yet attendance is currently at its lowest

for a decade. The NFWI urges WI members to attend routine screening,

to take action to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening

and address barriers to attendance to help eradicate cervical cancer.

‘The decline of rural bus services‘- Over the last decade there has been a

massive decline in the number of bus services, particularly of those in rural

and semi-rural areas. In order to alleviate loneliness, improve health and

wellbeing, as well as promoting sustainable development, the NFWI calls

on the Government and local authorities to increase subsidies and work

in partnership with bus companies and community transport operators to

enable an adequate provision of services’.

(At the time of submitting this article we had not had our meeting so the

result of the voting is unknown)

Dates for the diary

11th June - WI Meeting - Singing is Easy – All Welcome

9th July - WI Meeting - A talk on Safety - All Welcome


Organised by St Mary’s Church, Cliffsend

Saturday 29 June

In Aid of Church Funds and Building Fund

Refreshments Available at Various Gardens

Tickets: £3

More information nearer to the date

If anyone in Cliffsend would like to open their garden

for us

Please ring Dorothy Darby on 597 228

t: 312 010

m: 07989 578 169

Pet and Domiciliary Service

Going Away? At work all day?

Going into hospital?


PADS offers a trustworthy and secure

service for the care of your home and pets

when you are absent

Fully Insured - References on request

Please call 01843 850 165

or ring 07889 202 302


Same Day Denture Repairs

● Carried out by a local

Dental Technician

● Collected and returned

● Same day service


Contact: 07967 314 935

June 2019


We are looking for someone who is interested in sport,

particularly Cricket, Football and Golf. Preferably a car

driver willing to take trips (eg cricket match) and generally

able to take care of and be a companion to a frail elderly

gentleman in Monkton. Number of hours/days per week

to be discussed.

Please telephone 01843 822 324 for further details.

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Computers Ltd

For All Your Computer Requirements:

Repairs - Servicing & Accessories

Computers Built To Specification

Laptop Sales

For Further Advice & Help

Please Contact Us On:

01227 375 088


Visit us at 147 High St, Herne Bay



David Oakley MCFHP, MAFHP

All forms of Services and Treatments

available for Foot and Nail care

Corns, Calluses, Bunions, Hammer-toe,

Ingrown nails, Nail deformities,

Infection control for Athletes foot and

Fungal Nail infections, Verrucas,

Hard skin removal and Diabetic footcare

We provide personal and reliable treatment

in the comfort of your own home, nursing

or residential care home or hospital

Day, evening, weekend appointments

available by arrangement

Tel: 01843 866 601

Mob: 07749 999 584

We are a conservation building company that specialise

in repairing, restoring and conserving listed and period


We are passionate about the preservation of our

historic heritage and strongly believe in the use of

traditional methods and materials that have been used

for centuries. Our understanding of historic buildings

combined with the use of qualified craftsmen and

women enables us to provide a service to suit the

requirements of your building.

Lime Rendering – Timber Frame Repairs – Joinery

Landscaping - Brickwork - Carpentry - Roofing

Groundwork – Extensions and Alterations

Sash Window Restoration – Flint and Stone Work

For free advice or a no obligation quote

Please call or email Craig using the details below:



This year’s May Play

By the time that you read this, our May Play, the novel

thriller, The Final Twist, has finished its run, and been consigned to our

history of successful and much appreciated plays. It was a classic thriller

packed with intrigue, humour and an ingenious plot, which our

audiences really enjoyed right up to the dramatic climax, with its

“final twist”!

Autumn Play

Our September production this year will be Clerical Errors, a comedy

by Georgina Reid, and is about a family of vagrants that has taken over

a small disused Methodist Chapel, much to the concern of the

parishioners, who call in a Social Worker to deal with them. The play

examines a number of social issues, particularly homelessness, and

looks at this serious issue sympathetically and with wry humour. It gives

the Minister and his parishioners, as well as all of us, many soulsearching

questions. It will be directed by Sally Reynolds and will

be staged from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th September at

7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall. You can book on the box office number

which is 07501 894 381.

This autumn we will also be holding a

40 th Anniversary Adult Revue at the Hall.

It will be on Saturday 19 th October at the Village Hall, at 7.30 pm.

Tables of up to eight people.

Bring your own food and drink.

Individual or table bookings can be made on 07501 894 381.

This Revue will be supporting our Charity of the year,

the Marie Curie Cancer Support,

and Macmillan Cancer Support

both of which provided nursing care and support

for Scott and Janette Steele,

friends and fellow Playhouse members, during Scott’s last weeks.

Look out for details of this year’s Pantomime in future Prompt Corners.



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Our next quiz on Saturday 8 June is almost sold out, but why not give us a

try to see if we have any tables left, ring Roy on 01843 319 891.

Unfortunately, due to a problem at the French end we have had to

postpone our Boules match, which had been scheduled for the Saturday

22 June.

However, we will be going across to Armbouts-Cappel on Sunday 30 June

with a coach to attend their Ducasse (village fete) where we will be hosted

to a meal and entertainment. We have had a couple of cancellations so if

you are interested in joining us for just £10 per person please give Roy a

ring on 01843 319 791 for details.

Some of our French friends will be coming over for Open Gardens on

Saturday 15 June and we will be holding a photographic exhibition at Old

Schools over the weekend, so please do come and have a look whilst you

are walking around the village for the gardens.

We are planning further events for later in the year and we will give you

details in this magazine, so please do keep reading our column.

Looking for help from a

Retired Choir Master /

Vocal Coach

Our recently formed Amateur

Community Choir ‘Village Voices’

is looking for help to improve our

harmonies etc.

We are not necessarily looking for

someone to commit to every practice session, but we would appreciate some

professional/semi- professional help to generally improve our singing.

If you feel you might fit the bill and are willing to come along and help, we

would very much appreciate it.

We meet every Wednesday evening from 6pm to 7.30pm at the Salvation

Army Church & Community Centre, 11 Tothill St., Minster.

Initially can you please contact our Hon. Secretary, Sue Greenstreet who can

be reached at :-secretary@villagevoiceschoir.org.uk or if you prefer please

ring our PR Rep Ray Owen on 07864 345 019 and he will give you her

contact number.

07938 104 594




All aspects of

tree surgery

Reductions - Felling

Pruning - Hedge Cutting - Planting

Site Clearance - Woodchips & Logs

£5 million Insurance

01843 825 190 / 0780 127 3138

Free Quotations

June 2019

When was the last time you popped into Minster Library?

We’ve got so much to offer!

You can browse our selection of books and audio books,

hire DVD’s, use the computers, join our Knit and Natter

Group, find a local Reading Group, and bring your

children or grandchildren to Baby Bounce and Rhyme.

If you need help with computers, smart phones or iPads

we have a lovely, helpful computer buddy who can

offer a 1-1 session to get you online at a time

convenient to you.

Unable to come in during the week? Did you know you

can sign up online at kent.gov.uk/libs, where you can

download e-books, e-audio books, renew books and

access daily e-newspapers and magazines?

Opening Hours

Knit & Natter

Sunday Closed

Friday 10:30 – 12:00pm

Monday 9 – 1pm 2 – 5pm

Tuesday 9 – 1pm 2 – 5pm Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Wednesday Closed

Friday 10 – 10:20am

Thursday 9 – 1pm 2 – 5pm

Friday 9 – 5pm

Saturday 9 – 1pm

Please support your local library

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Steve & Dee

welcome you to

A welcoming friendly atmosphere

Family Friendly Garden (with a small Petting Area)

- Children & Dogs welcome ‘til 7pm

Saturday 1st June

Sunday 2ⁿd June

Friday 7th June

Saturday 8th June

June - Live Music @ 9pm unless shown otherwise

Adam Toomey

Friday 14th June

Jukebox Jams @ 4.30pm

Sunday 16th June

Brad Pittance & The Pirates

Saturday 22ⁿd June

Twisted Diva Vicky Cluskey

Friday 28th June

Ozzie & The Uglies

Storm King @ 4pm

Top Guns

Sold On Soul

Kitchen Now Open

Mon & Fri: 10.30am – 3pm Tues - Thurs 10am - 2pm Sat & Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm

Thai Nights: Thursday & Saturday from 5pm


With a choice of Beef, Lamb, Gammon or Chicken, homemade roast potatoes,

sausage meat stuffing, homemade Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and homemade cauliflower cheese

(All ingredients sourced from local butchers and greengrocers where possible - Vegetarian option available)

1 Meat - £5.95 2 Meats - £7.95 3 Meats - £9.95

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A month of joy and sadness, two months on the trot.

The sadness in hearing about the death of our Club Secretary Brian Morphew. Brian came

late in life to bowls once his cricketing days

were over.

The joy was at the presentation evening, after an

excellent meal of lamb hocks (for the lucky ones), the awards for

the winners and runners-ups were presented by the Club President.

I have posted letters to those who took part in our OPEN DAY.

This year it is on Sunday 23rd June. We have one new team

entered so far this year, so if any 4 of you would like to make a

team please contact me. This event is for people who are not

members of any bowls club and do not bowl. Dress informal.

Glynne 821221 secretary@minsterbowlsclub.org.uk

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invite you to their


Saturday 15 th & Sunday 16 th June

10am - 4pm

(Minster’s Open Gardens Weekend)

In the garden of the


Admission Free

Lots of Paintings and Craft Items

for sale

come along

to browse or buy

and enjoy a

relaxing drink in the garden

Members Snowball Draw

Friday Evenings

8.00pm to 11.00pm

You must be in the club to win

If not claimed it’s a rollover

with an extra £25 added each week

Get your ‘Lucky Number Card’ from bar staff

on presentation

of your membership card plus club sticker

Members Monday Night

Free Pool & Jukebox (Members only)

Board Games

Men’s Supper Club

Wednesday 26 th June

7pm for 7.30pm

56 Tothill Street,

Minster CT12 4AJ.

£8.50 for a BBQ,

dessert and a drink.

Come along and meet

old and new friends.

Please phone Peter to book your

place at the supper club,

on 447 692 or 07981 184 224

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Above Left:

Presentation by

Partners at Minster


Above Right: Cake

Right: PLG

Committee prior to

opening of Spring

Fayre at Old Schools


Latest arrival:

Beautiful exclusive unique

handmade 2 piece hand

bags made from animal

prints, batiks and floral


Suitable for:

Personal use/travels/gifts/birthdays & anniversary

presents, etc. £45 only

Please contact Annabel whilst stocks last on:

07934 588 580 / 07902 061 520

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Kate’s Puddings – what’s cooking?

Summer – cheesecake time! This is a fabulous one from

Delicious Magazine, and was a real hit at the Stour Festival last

year. Maybe I’ll make it again this year. Top tip - if you don't

have a deep enough tin, make the jelly layer separately in

another tin the same size and wobble it onto the top later. It

works just as well (as I discovered).

Gin and Tonic Cheesecake

8.5oz/250g Lotus Biscoff caramelised biscuits, crushed to


3oz/80g butter

2 x 9oz/280g cream cheese or soft cheese (full fat)

17oz/500g Mascarpone cheese (or just more cream cheese)

3oz/80g icing sugar

Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon

Zest of 1 lime, juice of ½ lime

Zest ½ orange


For June/ July

On all other dates we will be flying the Village flag

June 2 Union Coronation Day

Jun 8 Union HM Queen’s official


June 10 Union Duke of Edinburgh’s

birthday (98)

June 21 Kent Prince William’s

Birthday (37)

June 29 Union Armed Forces Day

July 1 Canadian Canadian Domination


July 4 Stars & Stripes USA Independence


July 14 French Bastille Day

July 17 Union Duchess of Cornwall’s

Birthday (71)

July 21 Belgian Belgium National Day

July 22 Union Prince George’s

Birthday (6)

6 sheets gelatine softened in water

2 strips pared zest and

juice of 2 lemons

2 strips pared zest and

juice 1 orange

Juice of 1 lime

4oz/100g caster sugar

6 juniper berries, bruised

4 tbsp gin

300ml tonic water

Lemon thyme to decorate

Line a deep 8 or 9” spring clip tin or a loose base cake tin with

parchment (minimum height 3”/80mm). Melt the butter in a

bowl, add the biscuit crumbs, mix well and spread them over

the base of the tin. Chill in the fridge until set.

In a Magimix, beat together the cream cheese, Mascarpone,

icing sugar, cream and lemon/lime juice. Beat until this thickens

up and becomes smooth, then add the zests (I always find they

stick to the whisk otherwise!). Pour the mixture into the tin and

level it, making sure that it goes right to the edges. Allow to

chill for at least an hour, preferably two. Now take the gelatine

and soften it in water. Warm the juices, zest parings, sugar

and juniper berries together until the sugar dissolves. Strain

off the zest and berries. Then squeeze out the soft gelatine

and tip it into the mixture, stirring until it disappears. Now add

the gin and tonic, mixing well. Wait until the gelatine has

started to cool and set, then pour it over the cheesecake. There

will be a very thick layer.

Chill for at least four hours until set.

To remove from the tin, run a knife or thin spatula around the

edge so that, when you remove the clip or push up the base,

the jelly layer does not break (nor do you lose a lot of the

cheesecake on the sides of the tin, though that’s a cook’s

bonus!). Decorate with lemon thyme sprigs.

For more fabulous recipes for every happy pudding maker go

to https://katespuddings.blogspot.co.uk

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Grilled Fish

Sea Bass Special

including Jacket Spud or Chips £7.50

King Prawns in Batter £3.50

Calamari Rings £3.90

Prawn Cocktail £4.95

Monday - Saturday 11.00am - 9.00pm


I am asking you all a huge favour. I personally need your help

as I have taken on this task as it is such a worthy cause and

Louie’s Mum and Dad are friends of mine. We shouldn’t

have to be doing this but there is no government funding and

these kids deserve a helping hand and I can’t do it without all

of my friends on here.

Many of you will have heard of Louie’s Helping Hands. They

are succeeding, with the generosity of so many people, to

build a school at Quex for the disabled children who had to

leave the Royal School for the deaf when it closed. There was

nowhere for them to go other than a school 100 miles away.

So, they decided to build their own, just ordinary people on

a mission. If you need to know more details please contact


Now we have to fill it and this is my 1st shopping list which I

hope you will all help me buy the products listed.

These are all from Argos.

De’Longhi Argento Flora 4 slice toaster Blue £29.99

De’Longhi Argento Flora Kettle Blue £29.99

4 x set of 4 Porcelain Pasta bowls super white £12.00 each

2 x 12pce Stoneware Dinner set Grey £20.00 each

2 x Amefa Vintage Kings 16pce Cutlery £19.00 each

4 x Jones Pop Sq Wall Clock Grey £17.00 each

4 x Sharpie Fine colour Burst pens £14.99 each

1 x 3 tier steamer- Stainless steel £16.50

1 x Nutribullet. Magic bullet 11pce blender £39.99

1 x Cole and Mason salt and pepper mills £8.00

1 x Tea, Coffee, Sugar stacker £18.00

5 x Sainsbury’s 4 Hare polka dot mugs £9.00 each

2 x 8 soda glasses £12.00 each

3 x pair hand towels ink blue £4.00 each

1 x 3pce Cutting set £15.00

1 x Spear Jackson 28cm corded grass trimmer 450w £33.33

1 x Curver 40ltr Touch top kitchen bin Silver £20.99

6 x Curver Mistral 25ltr swing bin Grey £6.00 each



3 x adult garden benches £45 each 3 x child’s £25.00

50 x evergreen plants/ shrubs

Stainless steel sink & mixer taps

Large blue Ccleaning roll, cleaning wipes, 2 x mop and

buckets on wheels, baby wipes, heavy duty black sacks

(Attwells £1.10 for 10) toilet paper, 4 x brooms, A4 white

paper, 6 x pen pots, pencils, Biros, 3 x Pyrex jugs, cake baking

trays, mixing spoons, plastic bowls.

If you can buy any of these please let me know so we don’t

get repeats of the Argos items. If you wish to give me the

money I will buy on your behalf or you can purchase yourself.

A lot of the last items can be bought when you go to your

usual supermarket or stores. Any items can be left at Attwells

Newsagents Minster.

I thank you in advance, I’m hoping everyone will help me

with this. There are things from less than £1 so please just

pop an extra item in your basket. If you belong to a group

maybe you could do a little fund raiser for the actual build

which is still in need to complete.

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Box Office, Fordoun Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BN T: 01843 863 701

bookings@sarahthornetheatre.co.uk - info@sarahthornetheatre.co.uk – boxoffice@sarahthornetheatre.co.uk


Patrons - Judi Dench DBE - David Suchet CBE - Julian Fellowes DL

Saturday 8 th June at 7.30pm

Lil’ Jimmy Reed with Bob Hall & Hilary Blythe.

The American Blues legend returns to Sarah Thorne on his latest world tour.

Tickets: £14 paid in advance/Friends, £16 on the doors.

Unreserved table seating.


Sunday 9 th June from 10am to 3pm

Antiques & Collectables Fayre Day

For Stall Holder Enquiries and Bookings contact the Sarah Thorne Box Office or


Free Admission, soft drinks, teas, coffee and fully licensed bar available.


Thursday 20 th , Friday 21 st , Saturday 22 nd and Sunday 23 rd June at 7.30pm

Matinee on Saturday 22 nd June at 2.30pm

The Sarah Thorne Theatre Company in association with the Broadstairs Dickens Festival present

“ Dombey and Son “

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Written and Directed by John Goodrum.

Tickets: £13 paid in advance/Friends, £15 doors. Family Ticket (2 adults/2 children) £48.

All tickets sold “unreserved” and during the Festival, tickets are also available from the

Dickens Week Information Tent.

A Community Production


Saturday 29 th June at 2.30pm

Gordon Clarkson Productions presents

“Sing As We Go” a 1940’s tribute to ENSA.

Sing as We Go is a celebration of songs and comedy of the 1940’s. It recreates as closely as possible a typical ‘ENSA’ concert

and is packed with all your favourite wartime melodies from the ‘Moonlight Becomes You’ opening, right through to the patriotic

flag waving Finale. Radio memories from Workers Playtime, The Ovalteenies, Gert and Daisy and classic ‘Crazy Gang’ sketches,

all making this a wonderful nostalgic theatre treat. The talented company includes Gordon Clarkson, Moira Pearn, Stacy Young,

Frank Tucker, Ian Douglas and Mavis Lane. All supported by the live music of The Paul Stewart Sound. So come along and

enjoy those great songs and comedy once more, and don’t forget your gas mask! Tickets: £11 paid in

advance/Friends, £13 on the doors.


Sunday 30 th June at 7pm

“The Spikedrivers” in concert.

Their music has been described as 'haunting', 'gutsy', 'tribal' and even psychedelic. Blues in Britain says, “From the first note,

Spikedrivers demand to be listened to. Ben Tyzack, Constance Redgrave and Maurice McElroy are three very talented musicians

willing to experiment and evoke unusual contemporary sounds while they continue to keep diggin’ the blues by the roots.”

Tickets: £12 paid in advance/Friends, £14 on the doors.


Book by calling the Box Office on 01843 863701

(Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm) or go to the web site www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

for details of how to book On-line.

Peter Mockeridge

Baker and Chef

Quality Outside Catering for all Occasions

Weddings, Celebrations, Office Events,

Funeral Wakes

Please contact:


07981 184 224

01843 447 692

Melrose, 56 Tothill Street, Minster


Disabled Access Vehicles

Local And National Journeys Catered For

Many Offers And Excellent Pricing

Cash, Card And Accounts Welcome


Marc Lawrence

07432 310 330

0800 047 2301


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June 2019

Down with Love

“Not a Day Goes By” Music/Theatre

Australian international performer, Brigitte Baden-Rennie will be bringing one of her award

winning shows to The Sarah Thorne Theatre on July 13th at 7.30pm.

Brigitte is the founder of The Mosaic Cat, based in Broadstairs, well known for creating and

producing 5 star narrative cabaret and intimate theatre. With funding from Ageless Thanet,

Brigitte recently brought “Merry Melodies” to St Peters, Birchington and Minster with fellow

performers Jamie Moore and Patricia Mahoney.

“Not a Day goes By” is a scripted tongue in cheek narration of personal, contemporary and

historical tales that exposes love in its differing forms; romantic, possessive and destructive.

Interwoven with an eclectic mix of songs from writers such as Sondheim, Cole Porter and

Carole King backed by the fabulous Mosaic Cat band. More information can be found at

www.themosaiccat.com or www.brigittebadenrennie.com

Special discount ticket price of £11 to members of Ageless Thanet (£14 at

the door). Bookable in advance on line or Theatre Box Office.

01843 863 701 www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk/how-to-book

June 2019

New Parish Councillors

When I first joined Minster Parish Council I knew very little

about my fellow councillors, so when I became Chairman,

about 2 years ago, I decided that we should tell the residents

of this parish a little bit about us and why we had become

councillors. I, along with most of my fellow councillors, wrote

a brief profile about ourselves. The profiles were published in

this magazine and many people welcomed them. They have

since been added to the website for future reference.


At the recent elections we gained 5 new councillors so it’s time

for an update. I’ll let them introduce themselves to you: -

Cllr. Roy Burden

I moved to Minster 5 years ago from Canterbury, having retired

from a career in the travel industry, working mainly for Thomas

Cook, but also for a couple of independent agencies and then

my last 5 years in the travel and tourism department of Mid

Kent College in Gillingham.

Moving to a new location and retiring at the same time meant

I have had the time to involve myself in village activities, mainly

as a way to get to know people. I am now Vice Chairman and

Treasurer of Minster Twinning Association, Show Secretary for

Minster and Monkton Horticultural Association and attend the

Village Art Club, I am also a member of Minster Bowls Club.

Becoming a Parish Councillor seems a natural progression

within the village, where I intend to give my best to ensure that

this lovely village continues to put the community first in all its



Cllr. Susan Sharp

I came to live in Thanet in 1975 at the age of thirteen when

my parents moved here from south east London to open a bed

& breakfast establishment in Cliftonville.

I left school at eighteen and worked in public service for the

next twenty-five years. I decided on a career change in 2006

and set up my own gardening business.

I moved to Minster in 2001 with my husband Andy. He had

previously lived in Minster from 1958 until 1977, his mother’s

family being from Minster.

Having lived in Minster for the last eighteen years we have

made many friends and you may well have seen us (in our

yellow Hi-Vis jackets) walking our two dogs around the village

most days. We both love the village, the friendly people and

the community spirit.

I put myself forward for the Parish Council in the hope that I

might bring a fresh perspective and give something back to the



Cllr. Derek Crow-Brown

I was born in Margate having joined the Royal Air Force at the

age of 16 serving for 38 years in a variety of roles, finishing my

career at the RAF Fire School Manston in 2013. I have lived in

the parish since 2005 moving with my family to Minster in

2013. Since leaving the RAF, I have been proud to have served

as a District Councillor for four years, responsible to the five

parish councils in the Villages ward. I was the Armed Forces

Champion for Thanet, responsible coordinating any welfare

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and housing needs for military veterans. I was proud to have

served as a cabinet member for Corporate Governance, giving

me a huge insight into how local government works.

There is no doubt that Minster is held in very high esteem by

the other parish and town councils in Thanet, especially for the

highly efficient running of the parish council and its excellent

community spirit, making the village a highly desirable place to

live. I will endeavour to assist local residents as best as possible.


Cllr. Leanne McCarthy

Born in Gillingham, my family moved to Monkton when I was

3. I attended Monkton school and enjoyed growing up in such

a great village. I trained to become a hairdresser at Thanet

College for 3 years, I then got a job in a Minster Salon, Later I

took over the business and at 23 opened my own salon. I loved

being part of the village and moved here in 2010. I got married

in 2011. After 6 years I closed my salon doors and became a

mobile hairdresser, I enjoy being out in the village every day.

Wanting to do more in the Community I joined the Minster

Show Committee in 2014 and have loved being part of such

an amazing event in the village and hope to continue for many

years. I have developed a love of gardening and enjoy spending

time growing my own plants and veg and pottering in my

garden. I also enjoy baking and making celebration cakes for

friends and family. Seeing Minster growing over the last 9 years

has made me want to help preserve the sense of community

we have here and to keep it the wonderful village that it is.


Cllr. Jack Whybrow

Some of you may remember me from back in 2014 when I was

first co-opted to the council at just 18 years old! I set up the

Minster Youth Forum in April 2014 and organised the Fun Day

at Minster Recreation Ground in June 2015 which had an

amazing turnout! After taking a few years off from the council

to complete my apprenticeship and begin a new journey in

starting my own electrical business I decided that I would get

back into local politics! Being a representative of the

community of Minster is such a rewarding position to be in,

helping to improve the quality of life for our local residents,

tackling local issues that affect our community and protecting

the future of a rural village.

I would like to think that in time we can look into re-opening

a sustainable youth club for the village that we can ensure

keeps its doors open and helps to engage the young people of

this village into the community.


The remaining councillors are Danny Day, John Quittenden,

Alan Jones, Susan Taylor, Ray Owen and myself. Contact

details of all Councillors are on our website at

www.minsterpc.kentparishes.gov.uk or via the Parish Office.

We welcome contact to suggest anything we could do to

improve the parish or to alert us to any problems that we need

to tackle. Everyone is also welcome to our monthly meetings,

(details on page 2 of this magazine) when the last 15 minutes

are devoted to questions and suggestions from the public.

Penny Gimes, Chairman.

26 Minster Matters June 2019

Minster Parish Council Meeting

Summary of May Meeting

The May meeting began with the election of the

Chairman and Vice Chairman for the forthcoming year;

councillors proposed Penny Gimes as Chairman and

Danny Day as Vice Chairman. Both accepted the

nominations and were duly elected.

The Chairman opened by welcoming the five new

parish councillors to their first meeting and thanked

them for stepping up to represent their community.

(There will be more information about these councillors

later in this magazine.)

The next step was to agree membership of the five

committees of the council and the new councillors

volunteered to join a number of them.

PCSO Adrian Butterworth reported that there had been

65 calls to the Police in the last month, a significant

increase on previous months. However, he assured the

meeting that only two of these were crimes, both being

theft from motor vehicles; one was a number plate and

the other a catalytic converter. A number of the other

calls related to fly tipping on the old top road and Marsh

Farm Road, also various domestic, road traffic and

missing person reports.

He has been continuing to address complaints about

nuisance motor cyclists and some have been identified

and spoken to.

KCC Councillor Dawson spoke of the county council’s

efforts to improve support for parents of children with

special educational needs. She also explained a planned

initiative called Headstart, aimed at improving

emotional resilience in 10-16 year olds. She was

thanked for her assistance in addressing the concerns

about the altered bus routes in the village.

District Councillors were at a briefing for new

councillors at TDC but Cllr. Pugh sent a written report.

He thanked the villages for re-electing him and

undertook to do his best to represent them. He also

congratulated the new parish councillors particularly

Cllr. Crow-Brown, whom he said had worked tirelessly

for the villages for the last 4 years. He assured the

meeting that he is taking an active interest in a number

of planning applications in Minster and Monkton.

The Chairman thanked councillors and staff (and their

families) for their work in painting the parish office,

which was much improved by their efforts.

She highlighted a new project at Monkton Nature

Reserve called the Nature Shed; this is aimed at

providing a place for people of all ages to meet and

participate in rewarding activities.

In company with the Parish Clerk she had recently

attended a parish forum, which is an opportunity for

parish and town councils to meet with TDC. There had

been some useful inputs from Iain Livingstone on the

complexities of S.106 agreements in the planning

process, and from Ms. Glaiser on the work of the TDC

Enforcement Teams together with an update on the

council’s financial pressures.

She highlighted some points from these presentations: -

Section 106 agreements are a way of ensuring developers

make a contribution to mitigate the impacts of a

development. They only apply to developments of 10 or

more units, or 15 if affordable housing is on site.

There are 11 enforcements officers in Thanet who deal

with a range of parking offences including parking on

pavements where there are yellow lines, bus stops/taxi

ranks, zigzags outside schools, in disabled bays, etc. They

issued 27,000 penalty notices in the year ending April

2019. It was useful to note that although disabled drivers

are allowed to park on yellow lines for up to 3 hours, they

commit an offence if they park opposite or within 10

metres of a junction.

In relation to TDC Finances the council receives 56% less

government funding compared to 2010, down from £13.3m

to £5.8m. The overall budget is now 28% lower, despite

the rise in council tax of 11%.

The Clerk reported that KCC Highways had agreed to carry

out work in Molineux Road to remove a tree that has grown

to an excessive size, blocking the pavement and

obstructing a nearby driveway. New trees would be planted

and footpaths & dropped kerbs would be repaired and


Cllr Taylor, Chairman of the Planning Committee, gave a

summary of recent and current planning

applications/decisions in and around the parish. A debate

then took place concerning the application on reserved

matters in relation to 66 Monkton Road, Minster.

Cllr. Burden reported on the Twinning Association,

mentioning a quiz night on 8 th June, a visit on the day of

the Open Gardens when a photographic exhibition will be

held in the Old School Hall and a boules match in France

on 22 nd June.

In the period of questions from the public a request was

made for 20 mph speed limits to be imposed in the village;

Cllr. Quittenden agreed to look into this matter. It was

suggested that the parish council consider supporting the

Nature Shed Project mentioned earlier and it was agreed

that contact would be made with the project organisers to

find out more. The issue of low flying helicopters was

raised and a request was made to write to Polar Helicopters

to remind them of regulations. It was asked why CCTV

footage cannot be used to enforce parking restrictions; it

was explained that enforcement officers are obliged by law

to observe a vehicle personally for 5 minutes before issuing

a penalty notice. Finally, concern was again raised about

the need to address the prevention of fly-tipping on the old

top road; the cost of clearing must exceed the cost of

preventative measures. It was agreed that we would yet

again raise the matter with KCC but to date they had been

reluctant to deal with the matter.

June 2019

Minster Matters 27




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28 Minster Matters June 2019

Church News and Service Times

The Catholic Parish of

Ramsgate and Minster

Reverend Marcus Holden

592 071

Saints Ethelbert & Gertrude Church

72 Hereson Road, Ramsgate

Holy day of Obligation

each Sunday at 10.00am

in Minster Abbey

For other Catholic Services please

see Minster Abbey below

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.

St Mary Magdalene Monkton

Sunday Services in


2 10.15am Holy Communion (CW)

9 6.00pm Songs of Praise

16 10.15am Holy Communion

23 4.00pm Songs of Praise at St Nicholasat-Wade

for the Seamarsh

Group Ministry

30 10.30am Benefice Service


at St Mary’s Minster

25 April

Jennifer Munns & David Roberts


at St Mary’s Minster

3 March

Evelyn Beeching

7 April

Skylar-Grace Henry

12 May

Steven Bennett

Olivia Mae Sanders-Biggs

Georgia Farley


at St Mary’s Minster

No funerals at St Mary’s this month

Minster Corps, The Salvation Army

Church & Community Centre

11 Tothill Street, Minster CT12 4AG

(BCP = traditional language)

St Mary the Virgin, Minster

Reverend Richard Braddy

Tel: 821 250

Sunday Services in


2 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.30am All-age Worship

6.30pm Sung Evensong

9 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.30am All-age Worship with Holy


16 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.30am All-age Worship

23 9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.30am All-age Worship with Holy


4.00pm Songs of Praise at St Nicholasat-Wade

for the Seamarsh

Group Ministry

30 10.30am Benefice Service at Monkton -

no Services at Minster today

A group for children and young people –

‘Connections’ – meets during Services

on the 2 nd & 4 th Sundays

Holy Communion at Home

is available for anyone

who is unable to access

Minster or Monkton Church

Telephone 821 250 or 822 428

Wednesday Mornings

at St Mary’s Minster

10.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

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2.00pm Home League

Sunday - 10.30am Family Worship


9.15am Prayer Group

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Bonsai Trees


Sunday 14 July

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Angel Cards and Psychometry Readings

Tombola for Cats in Crisis

Tea bar open all day

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Come early & book your readings

All profits to be sent to

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Enquiries to Kay on 01843 297 665

Minster Art & Craft Group

We meet at the Old Schools every Monday morning from 9.00am to 12.30pm.

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Tai Chi

VH Bowls Group

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W.I. Darts (pm)

Ladies Badminton

Active 4 Life & Pilates

Star Dance Academy

Tea Dance

(not 14 th or 21 st )

Dance Classes

VH Bowls Group (not 16 th )

Arts & Crafts (am)

Wednesday 5 th

Saturday 8 th

Tuesday 11 th

Wednesday 12 th

Thursday 13 th

Scottish Country Dancers

Minster WI

VH Bowls Group

Thanet Quilters (am & pm)

HGV Driver Training

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VH Committee (eve)


Minster Matters

Booking the Multi Use Games Area

The MUGA will be open for public use most

of the time. It is available for Minster

School to use for sports activities and also

for clubs, groups and individuals to book

for tennis, volleyball and netball.

Bookings i.e. when the MUGA is

unavailable to the public

will be published weekly on the board next

to the main information sign at the

entrance gate.

To make a booking please contact the

Parish Clerk.

Email: clerk@minsterparishcouncil.org.uk

Tel: 01843 821 339

Please book at least 48 hours in advance


Now taking bookings - Office hrs 0900 - 1200 Mon - Fri

Hire Times and Prices


09:00hrs to 12:00hrs (Off-Peak)

Saturday & Sunday

Price Structure

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* Full Pitch : £43 hour Off-Peak Full Pitch : £30 hour

Half Pitch : £30 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 the Parish Clerk,

Parish Office, 4A Monkton Rd, Minster CT12 4EA

01843 821 339

June 2019




TDC now require payment for replacements

(unless they can be repaired)

See their website here:


or ring

Customer Services on 01843 577 115

Minster Day Nursery

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Guided Tours

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