The Website of the Westerham Town Partnership

Nestling in the valley of the ancient River Darent with some of Kent’s finest countryside, Westerham, as the Gateway to the Garden of England,  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. It has its own brewery, drawing water from our Greensand aquifer and its own winery using grapes grown on our North Downs. 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 FREE PARKING in Westerham! First 3 hours free in the Darent Carpark, and all day town-wide on Sundays. Charges frozen for 2017 and the extra spaces are now available. More Westerham parking information (varying charges and times)

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

Read more about our projects here

What’s On

Latest News

  • Sea Cadets’ Tea Dance

    Saturday 30th September 2.30 – 5pm at the Drill Hall, High Street. Come and join us for an afternoon of fun and dance, or just sit back and enjoy your traditional afternoon tea. Read More

  • Westerham Art Group

    Term starts Monday 25th September, 2 – 4pm at Russell House. We are a small, friendly group meeting for a variety of activities – drawing, watercolours, pastels and more. Our topics for the Autumn Term include Read More

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Clubs & Societies
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Clubs & Societies


  • Westerham Art Group

    Term starts Monday 25th September, 2 – 4pm at Russell House. We are a small, friendly group meeting for a variety of activities – drawing, watercolours, pastels and more. Our topics for the Autumn Term include Read More
  • Chess Club

    Tuesday 26th September 8pm at “The Grasshopper on the Green” in Westerham. An informal club where you can come along and enjoy a game of chess and a drink in a pleasant atmosphere. Read More

  • Lunch Club – Age UK

    Friday 29th September 11.30am – 1.30pm in Westerham Hall. A delicious two course lunch on the last Friday of every month Read More

  • Westerham Ramblers

    Sunday 1st October 10.45am Meet at The Green near The Castle Inn, Chiddingstone (click here for directions)
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  • U3A Coffee Mornings & Open Meetings 

    U3A_logoMonday 2nd October 10.30am Coffee Morning in the Grasshopper on The Green OR Thursday 12th October 2pm in Westerham Hall, talk by Janie Ramsay: ‘For what it’s worth – valuing antiques’ Read More

  • Westerham Fine Arts Society Talk

    Wednesday 4th October 8pm in Westerham Hall talk by Alan Read “William Powell Frith and Paintings of the Victorian Crowd”Read More

  • Fleapit Cinema

    Friday 6th October 7.30pm ‘Happy Go Lucky’ in Westerham Hall. Non members pay on the door. Read More

  • Westerham Theatre Club

    Next outing is ‘The Lie’ at the Menier Chocolate Factory on Thursday 5th October 8.00pm. Enjoy theatre at discounted prices! Membership just £5 p.a. (£8 for a couple)Read More

  • The Friday Lunch Club

    Friday 13th October 11am – 2pm in Westerham Hall, for seniors and those less able. For £5 there will be a cuppa, a two course lunch, a quiz, a raffle and another cuppa! No need to book.Read More

  • Westerham Society

    Friday 13th October 7.30pm in Westerham Hall. Talk: ‘Churchill at Chartwell’ by Kate Mail, about the new National Trust project to raise funds for acquiring and preserving collections at ChartwellRead More

  • The W.I.

    w-iWednesday 18th October 7.30pm in the Westerham Hall. ‘Jolly Hockey Sticks’ by Anna AstinRead More

  • Horticultural Society

    Saturday 28th October from 3pm on The Green. Carved Pumpkin display and fun activities for children
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  • Westerham Local Vocals

    ​New term started Wednesday 13th September 8pm in Westerham Town Council Offices. Not too late to join us to prepare for the Christmas pieces! This community-based, adult choir for people who love to sing, offers friendship, lively, non-auditioned fun, and we also aim to sing to a high standard! First session free…
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  • Scouts seek mini bus funds

    Westerham Scouts has launched a £12,000 appeal to buy a badly needed new 17 seater minibus for outings and camps. Read More


west-library-knittersKnit ‘N Natter Ladies have knitted jungle animal hand puppets for local charity Education East Africa. Photo courtesy Kevin Black. Read More


Community
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Community


  • A Keepsake for Revd Andrew Reid

    Memories are made of this – a keepsake for Revd Andrew Reid

    As many of you are now aware, Andrew has been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and will not be able to return home, as he needs specialist supervision with his breathing. He has lived in Westerham all his life and served the town and its people in many ways.  Read More

  • Westerham’s Future: ‘Which Way Westerham’ and Covers Farm Restoration

    ‘Which Way Westerham’ documents submitted to Sevenoaks District Council deal with the proposals for houses and infrastructure in Westerham. There is a separate set of documentation dealing with a scoping request by Kent County Council, which deals with the restoration of Covers Farm, which would need to be utilised as part of the proposed by-pass. 

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  • ‘The Local Plan’ – Issues and Options Consultation by SDC

    Residents in the Sevenoaks District are being urged to have their say on a new Local Plan which will help guide what can be built and what should be protected in the District up until 2035, in what is called the Issues and Options consultation. Read More

  • Public Toilets Consultation

    For many years there have been public toilets on Fullers Hill in Westerham. Please help the Council to assess the public’s views on this issueRead More

  • Community First Responder volunteers wanted!

    Westerham needs more volunteers based here – training takes about a year E: info@sevenoakscfrs.org if you are interested. Read More

  • Hearing Aid Clinic

    Normally 3rd Wednesday of the month 10 – 11.30am at Westerham Town Council – Council Room, Russell House, Market Square, WESTERHAM, Kent, TN16 1RB.Read More

  • Citizens’ Advice

    Wednesdays 10am – 1pm (drop in and by appointment). In Westerham Hall, Quebec Avenue.  Tel: 03000 422888

  • Churchill School Governor Recruitment

    The PCC are still seeking someone willing to serve on the Governing Body at our church school. Read More

  • Westerham’s Foodbank

    food-bankParticularly needed at this time are tinned fruit, cereals, biscuits, any tinned goods including meat or fish (not tomatoes or soup!), household cleaning products, loo rolls. Read More

  • Westerham Library

    Browse books, join a group, view the displays, use the computers, wifi and printersRead More

  • Linden Homes Development

    Parking at the Madan Road/London Road Junction

    The Town Council has been receiving a high number of complaints from residents regarding obstructive parking at the junction of Madan Road/London Road. Read More

  • Café Church Costa

    Sunday 24th September, 5.15p.m. Café Church is a monthly service held at Costa Coffee, The Green. An informal time of worship suitable for all ages

  • ellenor volunteers wanted

    Would you like to help support families in the Westerham area who are facing terminal illness? ellenor is keen to recruit volunteers for its successful charity shop in the centre of the town. Read More

  • Outdoor Gym on King George’s Field

    Now Open on King George’s Field! The installation of outside gyms has seen a huge increase over the past few years and they have become a popular and well used feature of many local parks. Read More

  • Allotments Available

    Westerham Town Council has a small number of full and half allotment plots for rent at each of their 3 sites: Bloomfield, Currant Hill and Farley Allotments. Read More

  • Barley Charity Applications invited

    Westerham Town Council invites applications for general charitable purposes for the benefit of the residents of Westerham parish. Read More

Owl GatekeeperMr 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 info@visitwesterham.org.uk


cspNews from PSCO Darling: monthly Police Engagement Meeting at Wolfe Garage. Read more here


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. 


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


Read our Town PartnershipTown Council page. Read Council Newsletters.
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.



Fundraising & Social Events
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Fundraising & Social Events


  • Sea Cadets’ Tea Dance

    Saturday 30th September 2.30 – 5pm at the Drill Hall, High Street. Come and join us for an afternoon of fun and dance, or just sit back and enjoy your traditional afternoon tea. Read More

  • Coffee Time

    Tuesday 26th September 10am in the John Fryth Room. Read More

  • Westerham Wednesdays

    Business Networking Meeting 27th September 10.30am – 12pm supported by Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce, at Westerham Brewery on Beggars Lane, Westerham. Networking and a tour by Robert Wicks.
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  • Coffee Morning for MacMillan Cancer Support

    Friday 29th September 10.30am – 12pm at The Westerham Town Council Offices Russell House, Market Square. (above the doctors surgery)Read More

  • Race Night for the Bowling Club

    Saturday 7th October 7pm in Westerham Hall. Ticket price £10 per person which includes a fish and chip supper. Bar. Prompt start at 7.30pmRead More

  • Starta Magna Carta Thearta

    Saturday 14th October 7pm in Westerham Hall. St Mary’s Heritage Trust is privileged to present this extravaganza, accompanied by a delicious two course dinner.Read More

  • National Trust at Half Term

    Are you brave enough to attempt our Petrifying Pumpkin trail at Chartwell? Or the Terrifying Tree Trail at Emmetts Garden? Discover how James Wolfe lived in the 1730s at Quebec House. Why not have a half term at home, visiting the National Trust activities around Westerham? For more detailRead More

  • NSPCC Winter Warmer

    Friday 20th October 12pm in Westerham Hall. Two course lunch and a little retail therapy. Book in advance to enjoy beautiful stalls to browse including Read More

  • Forget-Me-Not Café

    Friday 20th October 11am – 1pm in the Congregational Church HallRead More

  • Free Family Fun Session

    Wednesday 25th October 10am – 1pm in Westerham Hall. Suitable for ages up to 11 years. Fun for the kids with a bouncy castle, games and crafts. There will be a magic show for part of the session. Read More

  • Harvest Hullabaloo Trail – In Mr McGregor’s Garden!

    Saturday 28th October 3.30 – 5pm Fun for 3 – 11 year olds! Collect your map from the ‘Potting Shed’ on The Green, dressing up parade, and activities tentRead More

  • Christmas Fair for Cancer Research

    Wednesday 8th November 10am – 3pm at The Grasshopper Inn, Moorhouse, Westerham Road, Westerham, TN16 2EU Read More

  • Fireworks at Westerham Valley

    Friday 10th November leave King George’s Field at 5.30pm to follow the torchlit guides to Westerham Valley – the Brewery and Winery at Beggars Lane

     

     

     

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  • KSS Air Ambulance Fund Raising Evening

    Saturday 11th November  8.30 – 11.30pm in memory, and in honour of Jack, at The Westerham Sports Club. Live band and food with a really good raffle. Tickets are £5 each and are available on the door, you can also make a donation at the JustGiving page

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  • Poppy Wreath for Remembrance Sunday

    If you would like to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday , as an individual or on behalf of an organisation, please contact Sharon Lord on 01959 562274 email sharonlord@btinternet.com

  • Late Night Shopping

    Friday 1st December from 6pmRead More


National Trust


  • Chartwell

    chRTWELL(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.Read More

  • Quebec House

    quebecExplore this fascinating house, the childhood home of General James Wolfe. Discover the dramatic battle that won Canada for the British and learn of Wolfe’s tragic death, in our exhibition. Read More

  • Emmetts Garden

    emmetts(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.
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  • National Trust at Half Term

    Are you brave enough to attempt our Petrifying Pumpkin trail at Chartwell? Or the Terrifying Tree Trail at Emmetts Garden? Discover how James Wolfe lived in the 1730s at Quebec House. Why not have a half term at home, visiting the National Trust activities around Westerham? For more detailRead More


Sport
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Young People
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Young People


  • Sea Cadets’ Tea Dance

    Saturday 30th September 2.30 – 5pm at the Drill Hall, High Street. Come and join us for an afternoon of fun and dance, or just sit back and enjoy your traditional afternoon tea. Read More

  • Churchill School Governor Recruitment

    The PCC are still seeking someone willing to serve on the Governing Body at our church school. Read More

  • RAF Air Cadets

    Are you aged between 12 (school year 8) and 17? Are you interested in making new friends? Are you interested in Aviation? Then the Royal Air Force Air Cadets at Biggin Hill could be for you.Read More

  • Parent & Toddler Group

    A voluntary run playgroup for families with babies and preschool aged children. Every Monday 10.00-12.00 drop in during term time, to the Congregational Church Hall, on Fullers Hill. Read More

  • Scouts seek mini bus funds

    Westerham Scouts has launched a £12,000 appeal to buy a badly needed new 17 seater minibus for outings and camps. Read More


babyBaby 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 Hall on Fridays Toddlers: 9.30am Babies: 10.30am. 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


  • A Keepsake for Revd Andrew Reid

    Memories are made of this – a keepsake for Revd Andrew Reid

    As many of you are now aware, Andrew has been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and will not be able to return home, as he needs specialist supervision with his breathing. He has lived in Westerham all his life and served the town and its people in many ways.  Read More

  • St Mary’s Church

    st-marysIn this week’s NewsletterHarvest Festival will take place on Sunday 1st October.  This year the cash collection from both services will go to Tearfund and produce brought to the church will go to Westerham Foodbank.  So please bring along any gifts to either our 8am or 10.30 services.
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  • Congregational Church

    congegationalCafé Costa Sunday 29th October 5.15pm An informal time of worship led by the Congregational Church, suitable for all ages, all are welcome.
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  • St John The Baptist Catholic Church

    catholica-churchSee more at Westerham Catholic website

  • Starta Magna Carta Thearta

    Saturday 14th October 7pm in Westerham Hall. St Mary’s Heritage Trust is privileged to present this extravaganza, accompanied by a delicious two course dinner.Read More

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


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