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The Website of the Westerham Town Partnership
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 Trail 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.
Peter Finch R.I.P On 8th September 2016, much loved and respected member of Westerham Peter Finch passed away, in Pembury Hospital. The funeral is on 13th October 11am in St Mary’s Church. All of our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. Peter kindly recorded some of his memories of Westerham as a boy growing up which you can view here.
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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. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Poppy 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.
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 3rd October Grasshopper. 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: email@example.com to find out more.
Baby Bounce & Rhyme 9.30 – 10am every Thursday in The Library starting 8th September, no need to book.
Westerham Junior FC – The U8s are recruiting for next season u9s for team playing Saturday football. Current year four, 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…
Fundraising & Social Events
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Westerham Lunch Club 30th September 11.30am-1.30pm in Westerham Hall, Quebec Avenue TN16 1BG. £4. Contact Linda Betts Tel: 01959 561302, 07956 430768.
Westerham Fine Arts Society Wednesday 5th October 7.30pm: Talk by John Ericson – ‘Norman Rockwell – great artist or mere illustrator?’ at Westerham Hall. Bar opens 7.30p.m ~ Starts at 8 o’clock. Visitors made very welcome – £5 on the door. Read more here.
‘Matthew Ford celebrates Sinatra’ Saturday 8th October 7.30pm in aid of St Mary’s Heritage Trust – with the Michael Coates Quartet and Matthew Ford. Read more here. Buy tickets in The Cyclery or online here.
Alison Burt Bridge Lunch: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Clubs & Societies
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Fleapit Cinema Friday 7th October, doors open 7.30pm in Westerham Hall A welcome return for Alfred Hitchcock to The Fleapit. ‘Strangers on a Train’ recounts the chilling encounter of a young tennis player and a charming psychopath … Non members £4.50 on the door. Read more about the season and membership here.
‘Westerham Local Vocals’ invites new members to join our preparations for the Christmas medley, starting Wednesday 19th October 8pm in Westerham Council Chamber. Our musical tradition is to bring out the very best in this friendly, fun choir through a combination of encouragement and musical discipline. We’d love to welcome you – there is no need to be able to read music and there’s no audition for membership. Cost £40 includes 5 practice sessions (first session try-out, no obligation and no charge if you decide it’s not for you) and 2 performances. For details see www.westerhamlocalvocals.weebly.com.
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 at www.westerhamtheatreclub.weebly.com.
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 are knitting 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: Harvest Festival Service 2nd October Read more including details of Churchill School’s Christian week, arrangements for the funeral of Peter Finch who sadly died this month, Light Up a Life and Advent Carol Services in the 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.