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Download Scarecrow Competition
Entry Form and Rules
click the image below

Download the Community Led Plan
(click on the image)
Or click here for an online 'flipbook' version

Minster based Band on National TV -
The Allen Family Band on 'The One Show'

National Grid details on Richborough to Canterbury Link


Click the logo to see where battery compliance we have collection bins for
your dead batteries

Present Issue: No.168 : April 15 (63nd colour cover)
(available from Friday 28th March)
Next Issue due : Friday 24th April (May 15)

Copy Date for May 15 Issue : Friday 17th April

ISSN 1755-9502 (Print) : ISSN 1755-9510 (Online) : ISSN 1758-4175 (CD-ROM)

Add your location to our "Readers Map" - using the link in righthand column

Dominic Price's 2015 entry -selected for website
Please sign our Guestbook -(link in righthand column on all main pages)


The seven below are those we have chosen to use in the magazine and CD for 2015
Maisie-Louise's and Alfie's will alternate through Feb to Nov
and Becky's will appear on the Dec15/Jan16 issue
Harrison's and Eden's will alternate on the School page from Feb to Dec (not inc Sept).
Harriet's and Ellie's will alternate on the CD cover from Feb to Dec.

Click any of the images, above or below, to see larger images
Shown below are all the entries for 2014

kvoy plaque

Minster -in-Thanet - Kent Village of the Year 2009
This was the last year that Calor ran the competition in England, Scotland and Wales
Click the Plaque above to view other Pictures
Listen to our Radio interviews (Radio Kent 02-09-09) total 13mins
(or right click to download the MP3 file)

For information on borrowing the village
Mobility Scooters & Wheelchair 
click here

MM is delivered free to every home in Minster
Also: Limited availability at St Marys Church and Old Schools,
Mad Hatters (Cafe), Attwells (Newsagents), Cliffes (Butchers)
and the Library (Audio version on CD also available here).
Copies may also be obtained, in very limited numbers, outside of the village,
from St Mary Magdalene Church - Monkton,
St. Nicholas Church - St Nicholas-at-Wade,
Monkton Nature Reserve, Cliffsend Post Office,
plus both Ramsgate and Margate Tourist Information Offices

Minster Matters is, we hope, a very informative village newsletter run entirely by a small team of volunteers and aimed at keeping the community up to date with local news, events and village concerns.

Printed monthly, except for January, and consisting of between 28-32 pages (occasionally 36) at present, you’ll find everything that matters in the area from local interests and views, to services, useful numbers and contacts. With so much covered we’re sure you’ll enjoy the read!

Whilst the editorial team try very hard to uphold an unbiased and factual approach to reporting news, and covering, wherever possible, both sides of a story, we also provide the opportunity for readers to respond with their own thoughts, which we endeavour to print in the newsletter, subject of course to the usual editors approval and space being available.

The first issue of Minster Matters (hard copy) appeared at the beginning of 2000 due mainly to the efforts of the then Editor Kelvin Holdom. Kelvin built on his initial 4 pages until he moved to Devon in August 2006 when it had grown 6 fold. June 2006 saw our first online edition available and the magazine is now regularly read in the far reaches of the globe. February 2008 saw us venturing into the realms of podcasting and producing a spoken version on CD, for those less fortunate than ourselves, who have problems with their sight. July 2009 saw the magazine take the next step in it's onward development with the introduction of a full colour cover and then in December 2011 we entered the world of both Braille and large print versions when we officially opened our office in the neighbourhood centre.

Office opened officially by Marvyn Attwell on 18th December 2011

Marvyn Attwell         office opening

cake cutting         cake

no editor !!
Why do they all look so happy ???

Whilst Kelvin successfully produced the magazine with little or no help (except for his very willing band of deliverers) for quite a number of years, slowly he coerced more and more volunteers onto the team, and as at launch date of this website we had a regular group of 8 volunteers who work tirelessly each month to get it to the printers on time, and another group of approximately 30 people who took it upon themselves to go out in all weathers to deliver hard copies to all properties in the village. Further to this, since our expansion into audio versions we have another small group who have put themselves forward as readers for our CD issue, plus the editorial team has now grown to 11 and the delivery team to 35, but we are always interested in new people coming forward to help in anyway they can.

From here you can access both current and back issues, our recommended freeware and various pictures. You can also download our talking book and podcast files.

Although we deliver the magazine, free of charge, to every property in the Minster Electoral Area, all costs being covered by advertising and donations, we are also able to send it further afield on subscription, a service we are extending to our "talking book". For further details on either of these please visit the "Purchase" link on any page


All Copy, for any issue, must be with the Editors
at the very latest by the 3rd Friday of the preceding month,
regardless of the actual date.
We cannot guarantee a space for all copy received


MINSTER MATTERS are always looking to find
royalty free music to use as both
Opening and Section intro's for the
"Talking Book Issue of the Magazine"

If there are any budding composers amongst our readers, who would be interested in allowing us to use some of their work, or who are willing to write something especially for us, for free ??, then please get in touch with a member of the..

Editorial Team

Thanks go to Daryl Booth, Brenda Saker and Richard Spendlove MBE who have allowed us to use some of their music.

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