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The Website of the Westerham Town Partnership
Read more about our projects, including DPD Moorhouse plan here
Nestling in the valley of the ancient River Darent with some of Kent’s finest countryside, Westerham is a charming Market Town attractive to residents, business and visitors. Its roots can be traced back to the Vikings and the Romans.
With easy access from the M25, Gatwick and London, it abounds with cafes, pubs, restaurants and independent shops, and even has its own brewery. Its most famous residents are, amongst others, Sir Winston Churchill and General James Wolfe and their homes are open to the public. Welcome to all who wish to share our ‘Westerham experience’!
NEW! Overflow 100 space car park open permanently! More Westerham parking information (varying charges and times, including 3 hours free in the Darent car park)
More useful information (getting here, buses, taxis, train links)
Harvest Hullabaloo Saturday October 29th 3 – 5pm Start from the Apothecary opposite the Co-Op, collect your map, visit our participating high street shops and match the shop window display to the clue on your map. Children must be accompanied by an adult, dressing up competition judged at 4.30pm on The Green. Finish and prizes in The Grasshopper on The Green (upstairs) Pumpkin carving display on The Green by the Horticultural Society 5pm. Retailers are invited to dress their windows (window competition) and to wear fancy dress.
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Free Half Term Family Fun Thursday 27th October – 10.00am – 1.00pm Westerham Hall. Funded by Westerham Town Council. Come and join the fun!
Churchill Primary School Open Days: prospective children and parents are warmly invited to visit 1st November: 10.45am Headteacher’s Talk 11am Tour of the School or 8th November: 2pm Headteacher’s Talk 2.15pm Tour of the School. Read more here
Poppy Appeal Please can you spare an hour to help with the street collection for the Poppy Appeal? Dates are 4th/ 5th and 11th/ 12th November. Quiz at the Royal British Legion 12th November 7.30pm £3 per person, just come along with your team. If you would like to volunteer for street collection or order a wreath to place on the memorial on behalf of a society or individual, please contact Sharon Lord on 01959 562274.
Late Night Shopping Thursday 24th November 6 – 9pm Westerham’s Christmas Lights will be switched on by Father Christmas and the WADS Panto cast of Beauty & The Beast. Read more here
The Festival of Christmas Trees begins on the evening of Thursday 24th November to coincide with the Westerham Late Night Shopping Evening. If you would like to participate, trees can be booked in using the online form on the St Mary’s Heritage Trust website The trees need to be brought to the church on either the afternoon of Wednesday 23rd or the morning of 24th November, and will be available to pick up again on 5th December.
Moorhouse Tileworks new application: The protest photoshoot was well attended, and comments are still invited on this application, until the Planning Committee meeting, now expected to be the 24th November. Read more information and others’ comments here.
Westerham’s Foodbank: Particularly needed at this time are tinned fruit, vegetables, jams and marmalade, cooking oils, salt, pepper, sugar and fruit squashes or juices. Also needed are personal toiletries and household cleaning products. All in date and non perishable please! Leave items at The Co-Op, Wolfe Garage, St Mary’s Church or the Council Offices.
Talking Town Heritage Trail: listen on your smartphone to Westerham life in times past! Three out of the planned 20 sites on the trail are now up and running – James Wolfe aged 14 discussing his new commission with his friend Charles Warde; Grace Hamblin talking about her time as Sir Winston’s P.A., introduced by great grandson Randolph Churchill, and an elderly Alice Liddell recalling her youth. Check them out – more to come! A Westerham Town Partnership project.
LORRYwatch Volunteers wanted! Full training given. Contact the Council T: 01959562147 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chartwell Apothecary is holding a series of Tuesday Autumn Talks. Read more here.
The Westerham Club is holding Ladies nights Thursdays 6 – 10pm, throughout October. Ladies – buy one drink and get another free. If you are not a member – why not pop in and see what makes our Club so special.
Coming soon! Tapas Wine bar opening mid November light bites, oysters, charcuterie, bread and olives as well as a small cocktail list. Watch this space!
Mr Owl – Guardian of the Gateway: The Westerham Town Partnership, which funded carved wooden work from ‘Proud to Do Business in Westerham’, thanks all involved, and would welcome any volunteer to help care for these beautiful creations and their surrounding habitat – with strimming, weeding and tidying. You can read more about our projects on our page or write in to email@example.com
Student Guardians: Would you be interested in hosting an international boarding student from Sevenoaks for weekend leaves and half terms, next school year? For a wonderful experience with a generous compensation package please contact us for further information. Visit website
News from PSCO Kingscott: crime prevention & tips to prepare for autumn weather Read August News
The Scout Tea Stall is back at Hosey Hill on Sundays between 2 and 5 pm, selling home-made cakes, teas coffees and cold drinks. All proceeds to Scout funds.
Call for Housebuilding sites: SDC asked local landowners to volunteer land and a total of 252 sites were put forward. The majority of these sites are in the Green Belt as most of the 7% of the District not in the Green Belt has already been built on. See Sevenoaks Chronicle article detailing responses from Westerham landowners. In the coming months the SD Council’s planners will carry out a detailed investigation of each site and will recommend a shorter list of sites that have the potential to be developed. The sites will be considered by Councillors and local people will be asked for their views in 2017.
Consultation funding for Hosey and Farley Commons. Over the 18 months to Autumn 2017, extensive consultations by SDC, with Heritage Lottery Funding, will be carried out with local people, in particular schools, to produce plans to increase public access and improve areas for wildlife.
Free Parking in Westerham!
* Overflow 100 space car-park open permanently! See Press Release
* 3 hours free in the Darenth Carpark
* Up to 3 hours paid on Croydon Road & Fullers Hill
* 15 minutes ‘Pop & Shop’ for just 10p in the centre
* Darenth Carpark season tickets very good value
Read our Town Partnership & Town Council page. Read Council Newsletters.
Sevenoaks District Freedom Programme – Support group for women to break the cycle of domestic violence. Read More.
Wheels to Work – low cost moped loan scheme. Read More
Westerham Town Partnership Next meeting tba Anyone interested in supporting the town is welcome Read more
Bypass (and new houses to fund it?) for Westerham – Town Meeting – Full report.
Darent Valley conservation – Kent Downs AONB has a grant of £2.1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more… Have your say: Take survey.
Westerham Valley Railway – Find out about the Disused Railway Stations
Problems on King George’s Field – If you see anything untoward please call the Police on 101 and let the Council know. More info…
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Westerham Junior Football Club are looking for any young juniors who want to get into playing football (under 6’s to under 14’s).
Get fit, learn new skills and meet new friends E: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Baby Bounce & Rhyme 9.30 – 10am every Thursday in The Library starting 8th September, no need to book.
Musical Bumps! ‘A little frog in a pond am I, hippety hippety hop!’ Westerham 9.15am. Join us for a free trial. More info…
Westerham Youth Club – St George Playing Fields More info…
Monday Morning Play Group term times 10-12pm Congregational Church hall. Just turn up or call 07919488408 for more info.
Westerham Brownies – Gillian Simpkins 07712730389. More info…
Fundraising & Social Events
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RNLI Fundraising Supper & Lecture Friday 28th October 7pm Westerham Hall. How did the famous diarist turn the 16th century navy from a corrupt and inefficient service into a powerful fighting force? The secretary of the Pepys Club, John Norton-Doyle will give a talk about Pepys and the Navy, with some references to his colourful private life.
This event is organised by the Westerham branch of the RNLI and includes a short film and dinner from The Courtyard. Tickets in advance, £25. Contact John Edwards on email@example.com
NSPCC ‘Winter Warmer’ Monday 7th November at 12pm Westerham Hall. Two course lunch and a little retail therapy. Beautiful stalls to browse and purchase from including jewellery, christmas cards home produce floral arrangements. For tickets £15 including lunch please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancer Research UK annual Christmas Fair at The Grasshopper Inn, Moorhouse on Wednesday 9th November 10am – 3pm. Tuesday 8th is the Preview Evening, 6-8.30 pm (tickets available £15 or via Eventbrite) Main Fair day is entry £3 on the door, free parking. 50 stalls selling a wide variety of local produce and gifts for all ages.
Tapathon for Children in Need Sunday 20th November 1pm at Churchill School. This is an opportunity for everyone (young & old, children & adults) to get together, have some fun and raise some money for a deserving charity. Who knows – we might even help to break the Guinness World Record! If you enjoy tap dancing (no great experience needed – its just a bit of fun) Contact E: Emily@dancefirst.co.uk or T: 07734543464
Clubs & Societies
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Fleapit Cinema Matinée Sunday 30th October, doors open 2.30pm in Westerham Hall. In 1935 a group of elderly British women, whom the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British sensibilities with their love of Italian art and culture. Non members £4.50 on the door. Read more about the season and membership here.
“The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Fabergé” Westerham Fine Arts Talk on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 7.30pm in Westerham Hall. Tony Faber wrote in his book about Fabergé that of the fifty fabulous eggs he created – eight remain missing! Non members £5 on the door.
U3A Coffee Morning Monday 7th November 10.30am in The Grasshopper on The Green. Read more.
Westerham Society’s Annual Sir Winston Churchill Dinner at Chartwell 30th November 2016 7:30pm The Society will hold its annual Sir Winston S. Churchill memorial dinner at the Mulberry Room in Chartwell. Author of “Churchill’s Legacy Two Speeches to Save the World”, speaker Alan Watson, Baron Watson of Richmond is a broadcaster, Liberal Democrat politician and leadership communications consultant. Tickets by invitation to members.
The Rotary Club of Edenbridge and Westerham Town Quiz Westerham clubs, societies and groups are invited to enter the 2016/17 knockout competition, starting with qualifying rounds in which teams play against one another on a head to head basis in groups of three or four. Read More
Westerham Theatre Club is offering membership for the price of just £5 (£8 for a couple) extended to the end of 2017. Take advantage of group rates, meet like-minded people, make friends and have fun! Read more about shows on offer on their website.
Westerham Art Group The autumn term began on September 19th. If you are interested in knowing more about the group please contact Avril Norton 01959 700648.
Westerham Business Breakfast Club next meeting 25th November Tickets £15 including breakfast, speaker tba
Westerham Chess Club next meeting tba Grasshopper on The Green – bring your own set if poss
Westerham Local Vocals is now preparing for a wedding performance. We will be recruiting mid October ready to start a new set for the winter Read more…
Westerham Fine Arts – Website.
Westerham Theatre Club welcomes new members. Read More.
Westerham Darenth WI – In this WI centenary year they would like to welcome even more new members. Read more… New Programme. More members needed, see Local News.
Westerham Horticultural Society – Website. See Show Schedules 2016
Royal British Legion – Local News page.
Westerham Society Upcoming events calendar.
Westerham Ramblers Walks on our website.
Knit ‘N Natter Ladies have knitted jungle animal hand puppets for local charity Education East Africa. Photo courtesy Kevin Black. Read More
National Trust Properties
Chartwell (opening times vary) was the much-loved Churchill family home from 1922 and the place from which Sir Winston drew inspiration until the end of his life. Lots of activities in the grounds, including Winnie The Pooh’s search for honey trail; house visits by timed ticket: for more detail see the website
Quebec House (open Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm from the 30th July) Explore this fascinating house, the childhood home of General James Wolfe. Discover the dramatic battle that won America for the British and learn of Wolfe’s tragic death, in our exhibition. Bringing history to life, experience life as it was in Wolfe’s time: for events see the website
Emmetts Garden (open daily from 10am – 5pm) is an Edwardian estate that was owned by Frederic Lubbock, becoming both a plantsman’s passion and a much-loved family home. Outdoor activities including Winnie the Pooh’s trail: for more details see the website.
Staff were delighted to take delivery in August 2016 of a new Visitor Buggy due to the kind generosity of SANTA, otherwise known as Sevenoaks Area National Trust Association.
Westerham to Chartwell way-marked Walking Trail: The Westerham Town Partnership, the Squerryes Estate and the National Trust collaborated to sign a way-marked trail between Westerham and Chartwell. The trail covers about two miles, and takes about an hour. Difficulty: intermediate, two steep hills, prepare for some mud. More info, see map and directions.
St Mary’s Church: Just an ordinary week in the life of St Mary’s! Newsletter
St Mary’s Heritage Trust Talk & AGM Saturday 29th October 3pm Alethea Mitchell will share with us the results of her extensive research into Westerham’s Foundling Hospital in the 18th century. The talk will be followed by refreshments, and then the AGM. Newsletter
Café Church at Costa Coffee fourth Sunday of the month 5.15pm (not July or August) Informal afternoon service led by Westerham Congregational Church.