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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’!

Parking NEW! Overflow 100 space car park open permanently! See Press Release… More Westerham parking information (varying charges and times, including 3 hours free in the Darent car park)
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OFS 16 A$Open Farm Sunday 5th June 11am – 4pm at Park Farm, Brasted Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1LL. In aid of Hospice in the Weald, attractions will include a chance to see the dairy cows being milked, new born calves, tour of the farm, either on foot or on the trailer, seeing the farm machinery, sitting on the tractor, talks by the local vet, face painting, raffle quiz. Home produced meat will be on sale, and there will be a variety of local traders so come along and browse locally sourced produce.


QueensPicnic12June2016NoCropPicnic on The Green 12th June 12pm – 4pm Join the country and the community to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday! Picnic hampers from The Courtyard, and BBQ on The Green (or BYO – all welcome 🙂 ) Large marquee, tables, music, song sheets, and good company!

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scarecrows 2016Scarecrows launch Talking Town Heritage Trail Friday 26th – Monday 29th August
Start collecting items for your costumes now! Theme: Westerham Characters past and present – living scarecrows welcome! This weekend will launch our New Talking Town Heritage Trail (plaques with QR codes for smart phones – hear our characters talking to you)


roundelThe Roundel Run, a great charity collection of motor vehicles, on its way to Biggin Hill Festival of Flight, will drive through Westerham at about 11.45am June 11th More info at Theroundelrun website 


WESTERHAM BOWLING CLUB OPEN DAY 2016_xJoin us on the Bowling Green Sunday 29th May 11am – 4pm King George V Field, Costells Meadow, Westerham TN16 1BN

Enjoy being outdoors! Enjoy the social and health benefits of belonging to an active and friendly Club!All you need is a pair of smooth soled shoes. For more info T: Club Secretary: 01959 565106 or the club: 01959 561305 www.westerhambowls.co.uk


POSTER FORMAT 2016 copyFine Arts Society Talk Wednesday 1st June 8pm George Bernard Shaw ‘Playing the Clown’ Non members very welcome for £5 on the door 


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Fleapit Cinema Club Open Day Workshop for budding projectionists and interested teckies Saturday 25th June 10am – 2pm Free brunch and refreshments.The Open Day will be informal and hands on. We’ll take everyone through what’s involved, explain the basics about projection, lenses, sound etc. and let them try the equipment for themselves. No experience required (but please book) Read More


Westerham Library Consultation on proposal to alter the opening hourslibrary to:
Tuesday Closing at 5pm instead of 6pm
Saturday Opening until 1.30pm instead of 12.30pm
Comments to Philip.downing@kent.gov.uk by 28th May


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.


MaypoleBeating the Bounds of Westerham Sunday 1st May was a lovely day. See photos and ITV Meridien News.


Alison BurtAlison Burt: It is with great sadness that the Westerham Town Partnership reports the death of Alison, after a short battle with cancer. A much valued stalwart of this website, you will be greatly missed Alison, R.I.P. The family thanks everyone, and requests that any donations made in memory of Alison’s life.


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.


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


westerham rocksWesterham Rocks Saturday 2nd July at the Kings Arms 1pm – late. In its 11th year, Westerham Rocks features the best local Rock Soul Funk and reggae bands. Tickets £20 (Under 12s £15 – no Under 5s please) from The Kings Arms 01959 562990.


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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Netball Fun adult netball sessions in May and June at Churchill Primary School, Westerham organised by the Knole Sports Partnership. 25 May, 8 June 15 June 6.30 to 7.30pm £1 per session.


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


wolfe‘Wolfe of Westerham’ Sunday 3rd July Westerham Cycling Club, Westerham Cyclery and Squerryes Estate present a Cycling Sportive comprising a 75 or 44 mile ride. Kids’ Go-Ride racing event and mountain bike trail , with music refreshments and entertainment at Squerryes Court. Read more…



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Sports Association Open Day Sunday 29th May 12 – 4pm Stalls, BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Charity Dog Show, Music from Sam Bushell, Randy & The Rockets and Biggin Hillbillies.


“Saints & Sinners” Saturday June 4th 7.30pm After their marvellous and innovative Messiah last year Merry Opera is back! This time they are presenting us with “Saints and Sinners”, which will contain Saintly Snatches from classic church music, Fickle Fragments from favourite operas, and Mischievous Moments from songs of the 20s & 30s and sometimes earlier. Tickets £15 or £12 from The Cyclery or Online (code MEM16 to get the Member’s discount).


food festivalFood Festival at Valence School Sunday 19th June 11am – 4pm Finest Kentish Produce, Street Food, Celebrity Chef, Picnic Area. Free Admission


Come Fly With Us“Come Fly With Us” Saturday July 9th from 5.30pm. Bring a picnic, enjoy a band and watch a Spitfire display – at a unique event being held in Westerham. Tickets bought in advance £17 read more here


Clubs & Societies
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Clubs & Societies


Westerham Chess Club next meeting Tuesday 21st June 7.30pm Grasshopper on The Green
Westerham Local Vocals performed at Beating of the Bounds 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. Read Newsletter..
Royal British LegionLocal News page.
Westerham Society Upcoming events calendar.
Westerham Ramblers Walks on our website.
Knit ‘N Natter Ladies are knitting jungle animal hand puppets Read More


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


Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 08.18.02Coffee Mornings run by pupils of Valence School. Thursdays 9th & 16th June Westerham Hall 10 – 11.30am. Wonderful homemade cupcakes and cookies for sale.


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…


Churches


Churches


St Mary’s Church : Volunteers needed: aspiring “Sacristans”: join the rota to set up the Worship Table (Altar) before the 10.30 Sunday service, and clear it afterwards, please can they let Alyson know. This includes setting up for communion, but not “serving” during the service. Mo would like more volunteers to help with Sunday coffee. Both ladies and gentlemen are welcome. Please contact Mo direct. The Bishop of Rochester will be in Westerham on Saturday 4th June. There will be a Morning Prayer service at 10.00am before he visits the town. Newsletter


Catholic Herald v2St John the Baptist Catholic Church: Walk of Witness Sunday 29th May 3pm.


Café Church at Costa Coffee fourth Sunday of the month 5.15pm Informal afternoon service led by Westerham Congregational Church.


National Trust


National Trust Properties – Winter Events – ChartwellQuebec House, Emmetts


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