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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’!

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Parking 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)
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woodlandWesterham to Chartwell way-marked Trail: Grand Opening 29th July meet 10.30 on The Green. The Westerham Town Partnership, the Squerryes Estate and the National Trust have collaborated to sign a way marked trail between Westerham and Chartwell. Please join a group which will be setting off from The Green, to inaugurate the trail, and celebrate successful team-work! Difficulty: intermediate/challenging, prepare for mud. Well behaved dogs welcome! See map and directions


geerMoorhouse Tileworks new application Comments required by 22nd July. (maybe extended) Following the refusal of the application last year for the redevelopment of the Moorhouse Tileworks site, a new planning application has now been submitted. Read more, including documents and objections from the Town Partnership, the Westerham Society and the Residents’ Association, here. The application can be viewed on the Tandridge District Council website, here using the reference 2016/1036 and submit your comment here .  Read the Westerham Town Partnership Traffic Report, describing and evidencing traffic issues here 

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Community
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Summertime Celebration on The Green, brought to you by The Westerham Town Partnership, on Bank Holiday Sun 28th August to launch the Talking Town Heritage Trail – listen on your smartphone to Westerham life in times past…
There will be Ceilidh Dancing, live music, town crier, kids fair,  coconut shy and some new stalls. Nigel Moore will run a fitness experience on The Green.  The event coincides with the annual exhibition of the talented Westerham Art Group which runs all weekend.
Come with friends and family and relax and enjoy the sunshine – and watch this page for more information

collegeStudent 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. http://www.collegeguardians.co.uk/…/host-families-recruitm…/


wsWesterham Society Extraordinary General Meeting Thursday 28th July 2016 at 7pm at the Westerham Town Council Office, Russell House, Market Square, Westerham

In accord with the Constitution of the Society the Committee hereby give notice of an EGM to be held on the above date. The purpose of this EGM is to propose amendments to the Constitution. Read more here


vintage busVintage Bus Running Day Sunday August 7th 10am – 5pm Free services operating between 10.00 and approx 17.00 recreating former London Transport bus routes linking Oxted and Westerham with Chart, Tatsfield, Edenbridge, Godstone, Lingfield and Merle Common using historic vehicles from the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s. Programmes: £8.00 on the day or £7.50 post free in advance, or ordered online via our website.


green poster 2016Art Group Exhibition Saturday 27th August – Monday 29th August in the John Fryth Room (adjacent to St Mary’s Church) There will be a tribute to the late Gwen Smith, who was a long term member and former secretary. She will be sorely missed in Westerham.


poppy wreathPoppy Wreaths are now being ordered for November. If you would like to place a wreath on the memorial on behalf of a society or individual, please contact Sharon Lord on 01959 562274.


teaThe 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.


housebuildingCall 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.


speed watchSpeed Watch volunteers required for Westerham Are you interested in becoming a speed watch volunteer for Westerham? Training by Kent Police provided. For further information contact the Town Council on 01959 562147 or email office@westerhamtowncouncil.gov.uk


Westerham ParkingFree 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 PartnershipTown 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 Council Offices. Anyone interested in supporting the town is welcome Read Agenda
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…


Sport
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Spring into Fitness

Spring into fitness logoWith spring around the corner, Westerham U3A is launching an initiative to get people out and about and active.  Spring into fitness is an open invitation to anyone who’d like to join the U3A and who wants to increase their fitness to take part in a series of activities – indoor and out. More about the Westerham U3A


Churches


Churches


St Mary’s Church : Vergers needed: our list of vergers for weddings and funerals is diminishing. 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.



Fundraising & Social Events
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Fundraising & Social Events


Alison BurtAlison Burt: In memory of Alison, and in aid of Hospice in The Weald, there will be a gourmet bridge lunch at Kippington Hall on Saturday 8th October 10.30am Book a table, chicago or duplicate for £85 For more information please contact Sylvia Tonge 01959 564607 or sylviatonge@gmail.com


Clubs & Societies
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Clubs & Societies


lionWesterham Theatre Club sponsored the entire Year 6 at Churchill School, on a trip to London’s Lyceum Theatre to enjoy ‘The Lion King.’ There was huge enthusiasm amongst the children and we were delighted to receive so many thank you letters. Hakuna Matata’, Churchill School, let’s hope this is one of many theatre trips in your lives!

The Westerham Theatre Club was formed to organise outings (at advantageous group rates) to interesting plays and shows locally and in London, to meet like-minded people, discuss and review, to make friends and have fun! We come from all over town, and welcome friends and neighbours to join our growing ranks – members can choose from a wide variety of bookings on offer. Read more about shows on offer at  www.westerhamtheatreclub.weebly.com


skinnersWesterham Fine Arts Society Talk Wednesday 3rd August 7.30pm Westerham Hall:  “The SKINNERS LIVERY Co” – its links to the East India Co and its Kentish Connections. Talk given by Hugh & Penny Carson. Visitors made very welcome – £5 on the door. This is an EXTRA MEETING to prepare for our Tour of Skinners on 5th September



art gp 3Westerham Art Group Our members have braved this summer’s varied weather, drawing and painting locally at Chevening Village and Church; Henden Manor Farm; Apple Tree Cottage; Squerryes Court and finally Eureka, Westerham Hill a lovely garden in the NGS Open Gardens Scheme. We are grateful to all our welcoming hosts and would be pleased to hear from anyone able to open their garden to us next summer.

Our pleasant summer has been overshadowed by the loss of Gwen Smith, who had been a member since the group began. She was a talented watercolour painter, raising considerable amounts of money over the years, for charity, with her lovely paintings and cards of local scenes. She always had a welcoming word for new members and was an excellent and efficient  secretary. She will be sadly missed by us all ; our Summer Exhibition will pay tribute to her.

The autumn term will begin on September 26th. If you are interested in knowing more about the group please contact Avril Norton 01959 700648


Westerham Business Breakfast Club next meeting Friday 2nd September Tickets £15 including breakfast, speaker tba 
Westerham Chess Club next meeting 16th August 7.30pm Grasshopper on The Green – bring your own set if poss
Westerham Local Vocals performed at Beating of the Bounds and 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 SocietyWebsite. See Show Schedules 2016
Royal British LegionLocal News page.
Westerham Society Upcoming events calendar.
Westerham Ramblers Walks on our website.
west-library-knittersKnit ‘N Natter Ladies are knitting jungle animal hand puppets for local charity Education East Africa. Photo courtesy Kevin Black  Read More

Young People
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Young People


funFREE SUMMER FAMILY FUN SESSIONS Funded by Westerham Town Council THURSDAY MORNINGS in August – 10.30am – 1.30pm KING GEORGE V FIELD, WESTERHAM  The sessions will be on Thursday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August 2016. There will be inflatable fun at each session including a Magician on the 4th, Circus Skills on the 18th and African Drumming 25th. If the weather is wet all sessions will be held in the Westerham Sports Association building on King George’s Field.


sc2Westerham Sea Cadets are recruiting. Parade Times are 7 – 9pm at Westerham Drill Hall: Cadets: Every Tuesday and Thursday; Juniors: Every Thursday only; Band Practice Fridays 7 – 9pm. Read more here


winniesWinnies Pre-School to close at the end of the summer term. Read More.


Westerham Junior FC – The U8s are recruiting for next season u9s for team playing Saturday football. Current year three, please contact 07904 435 628. Our u9s for next season are looking for sponsors, lovely set up, we will advertise your company.
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…


National Trust


National Trust Properties 

ntQuebec House  Saturday 30th July After conservation work the Coach House at Quebec House is re-opening on Saturday 30th July. Drop by to find out about the work that has been going on, explore our exhibition or even treat yourself to a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Quebec House is open Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm from the 30th July. Currently open weekends only. Call 01732 868381 for details Visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quebechouse


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