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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!  More Westerham parking information (varying charges and times, including 3 hours free in the Darent car park)

Useful InfoMore useful information (getting here, buses, taxis, train links)

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WSCeleb_A5_Fin4_NoCropsFront“Summertime Celebration” Bank Holiday Sunday 28th August from 11am on The Green, brought to you by The Westerham Town Partnership, to launch the Talking Town Heritage Trail – listen on your smartphone to Westerham life in times past…
Ceilidh Dancing; live music; town crier; kids fair;  coconut shy; new stalls and MoorEnergy will run a fitness experience on The Green. Visit the Westerham Art Group exhibition in the John Fryth Room, which runs all weekend. St Mary’s Church will be joining in with a stall, a quiz and tours in the Church, and singing at 4pm. Download flyer here
Come with friends and family and relax and enjoy the sunshine – and watch this page for more information.


geerMoorhouse Tileworks new application: Appeal for More Objections from Westerham by 31st August 2016 Read more here 

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Gallery SignWelcome to Hartley Gallery & Gifts at Yew Tree Cottage on The Green. Alan Hartley will sell mainly his own pieces and art/home related gifts. In October he plans to introduce 2 bi-weekly events:
Art 4 Kids… A 1 hour art lesson at 10.00am on Saturday mornings for ages 4-11
Drink & Draw… a relaxed wind down art lesson for adults after a long Wednesday at work… bring your own bottle!


tsAnd farewell to Taylor-Smith Antiques. Ashton has been a stalwart presence in the High Street since 1985, when there were 16 galleries and shops selling antiques, making Westerham an ‘antiques destination of choice.’ Ashton will continue to develop his ‘first love’ career, interior design, and fans can stay in touch with on-line enquiries via his website www.taylor-smith.com


Owl GatekeeperMr Owl – Guardian of the Gateway: ‘If you go a-visiting in Westerham today….’ you may find Westerham’s newest resident, Mr Owl, who has taken up residence on the footpath between the car-park and the entrance to St Mary’s Church. Sculpted by Alasdair Craig, of Sussex Chainsaw Ltd, from a fallen beech, donated by The Squerryes Estate, Mr Owl will be joined in town over the coming months, by some friends…keep a watch out for them!

The Westerham Town Partnership, which funded the 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 info@visitwesterham.org.uk


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. Visit 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.


cspNews from PSCO Kingscott: crime prevention & tips to prepare for autumn weather Read August News


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 31st August 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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waymarker3Westerham 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


Churches


Churches


St Mary’s Church : Sunday 28th August Summer Celebration event: Messy Church type activities at St Mary’s stall on The Green, a quiz, a treasure hunt around the church, visits to the Tower and the church and why being part of it is important to us, are all planned. Plus Sing Songs of Praise at 4pm (requests in advance welcome). 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


ch‘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  on line here


Alison BurtAlison 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 sylviatonge@gmail.com


rnliRNLI Fundraising Supper & Lecture Friday 28th October 7pm 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 grosvenor.house@hotmail.com


Clubs & Societies
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Clubs & Societies


bruges ‘Uncovering the treasures of Bruges’ talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton Wednesday 7th September 7.30pm Join the Fine Arts Society in Westerham Hall – visitors very welcome, £5 on the door. Read more


U3A_logo‘Exciting Life Around the World’ talk by Tom Way Thursday 8th September 2pm is the U3A’s next Open Meeting in Westerham Hall. Tom is an award winning fine art wildlife photographer. Among the various competitions he has won, his biggest success to date is being awarded the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2015, with his image ‘Dragon Duel’.


hever‘Hever Castle’ talk by Alison Palmer Friday 16th September, 7.30pm is Westerham Society’s next event in Westerham Hall.  Alison and her team will share some fascinating historical stories from the annals of Hever Castle history. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Boleyn, originally ‘Bullen’, family. Anne Boleyn the second queen of King Henry VIII of England spent her early youth there, after her father, Thomas Boleyn had inherited it in 1505. It later came into the possession of King Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. We know Henry owned Penshurst Place and other stately homes in parts of Kent. How often did he visit Hever? Did he meet Anne at Hever or in the Royal Courts? Was there another Boleyn romance for Henry with Anne’s sister ? All will be revealed. Members FOC, guests £5 on the door

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.50.57Westerham Horticultural Autumn Show Saturday 17th September at Churchill School. Staging: 8.00am to 11.30am. Judging: 11.45am Show open to the public: 2.00pm. Presentation of awards: 3.30pm. For details click here


rotaryThe 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


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.


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 19th. 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 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 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


cratThe Library is offering a free summer craft morning run by our lovely volunteer on Tuesday 30 August 11.00 – 12.00 Suitable for 4 to 11 year olds.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential. For further details phone 03000 41 31 31 or email westerhamlibrary@kent.gov.uk.


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.


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 

chRTWELLChartwell (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


quebecQuebec 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

emmettsEmmetts 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.

buggyStaff 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.


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