GMS News 79 June 2015

Great Mongeham Annual Fête

fete_2011_-_2This year the village fête will be held in conjunction with a rose and sweet pea show on 4th July between 2 and 5 pm.


As usual the Great Mongeham Society will be running a couple of stalls, including the hoopla which has been so successful in raising funds in previous years. Once again we need plenty of prizes, big and small, so if you can make a prize donation please bring it along to the next meeting. We need a least 100.


In the photo above Val is supervising the Bowshers’ croquet stall.



Last Month’s Meeting

Roger_austin_waitsRoger waits for the business part of the meeting to be concludedDSC01294Unable to lay his hands on his own clipboard Roger was grateful to his granddaughter for lending him hers.Although Roger Austin’s allotted task was to tell us about “Life on the Show Bench” he managed to include topics ranging from grandchildren to organic farming. Roger’s passion for horticulture started at an early age when his father didn’t have time for gardening in the spring as his gamekeeping duties were paramount. Roger had to take up the baton. By the age of 16 he was exhibiting at shows and quickly picked up the expertise needed for judging. He was judging at major shows by the time he was in his thirties. Roger laced his talk with entertaining anecdotes of fellow judges and how show entrants failed to meet schedule specifications,

Roger kept our attention for the whole meeting without resorting to props or slide presentation.

June Meeting

St_Matins_early_photo_with_ivyThere is a change of venue for our next meeting. We will meet at the usual time (7.30) on Thursday, 18th June at St. Martin’s Church when the Rev. Peter Hambrook will show us around, pointing out interesting features and telling us some of the history of the church.

Great Mongeham has had a church since Saxon times. The Normans rebuilt the church with flint walls and there was a major rebuilding programme in the thirteenth century. It fell into disrepair around the time of the Civil War in the 17th century and part of the roof fell in. The Reverend Edward Penny set about restoring the church in the mid 19th century.

The ivy adorning the tower in this early 20th century photograph has long since gone. The tiles adorning the walls in Penny’s vision of a mediaeval church have been painted over, but otherwise the church has changed little since the good reverend’s time.


Lets all give a hand!

Once again we need volunteers to give stallholders a break during the afternoon of the fête. If you can give a hand please let Moyra know.

Also don’t forget the prizes.

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