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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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ptaChurchill School Summer Fair Saturday 2nd July 11am – 2pm BBQ, cold refreshments, entertainment circle, popcorn and candy floss, ice lollies. BEER TENT & PIMS Table, football zorbing, liv music, free magician, bouncy castle, bouncy slide, balloon pop, grab a grape, 3 x tombolas, raffle, hook-a-duck, pirate hook toss, coconut shy, over the rainbow, green lantern, find the bear, beat the goalie…many more. Parent voucher available for £5 (worth £8)

Wolfe of Westerham‘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: this will be started by Dame Kelly Holmes, MBE, DBE. Please sign up in advance, there will be no entries on the day. At Squerryes, there will be Kids’ Go-Ride racing event and mountain bike trail , with music, refreshments and entertainment at Squerryes Court. Read more…

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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!


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Summertime Celebration on The Green, brought to you by The Westerham Town Partnership, on Bank Holiday Sun 28th August.
There will be Ceilidh Dancing, live music, town crier, kids fair,  coconut shy and some new stalls. Nigel Moore will run an outdoor gym.  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

WS flyer - July 4th v2-page0001Westerham Society American Independence Day picnic, Monday 4th July 6pm  Come and celebrate the 4th July in this informal and enjoyable yearly fixture. Bring your own picnic and take the opportunity to invite friends and family and enjoy the Green.


WS flyer Penshurst Place v1-page0001Westerham Society Visit to Penshurst Place and Gardens on 12th July 2016 1:45:pm Following on from last year’s lovely visit to Titsey, we have booked a similar guided tour to Penshurst. The house and gardens at Penshurst have a fabulous reputation not only for their gardens but the incredible room collections in the House. The scale of the Palace style house at Penshurst is quite something along with the history and nobility who visited in previous centuries. The tour lasts at least two and a half hours and includes guided tours of the house and gardens with a mid afternoon break for a cream tea. The House, once the property of King Henry VIII, was left to his son King Edward VI and granted to the current owners ancestor Sir William Sidney in 1552. The Sidney family have been in continuous occupation for more than 460 years since. The family welcome visitors to discover the charm of Penshurst in the State Rooms, Gardens, Parkland and beyond. We require a maximum of 45 participants for this exclusive access to Penshurst Place. Westerham Society members have first option to apply and, depending on the uptake, the opportunity will be opened to guests. Tickets cost £22.50 per person for members and £27.50 for guests. E: box-office@westerhamsociety.org.uk


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.


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.


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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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


gwenSt Mary’s Church : Gwen Smith: 1935 – 2016 Westerham lost one of its well-loved residents, and St Mary’s a member of its congregation whose association with the church dated back to her childhood. For Gwen was born in Fiddlers Cottage, went to the then St Mary’s School and to Sunday School, at one time being a Sunday School teacher. Although she left Westerham when she trained as a dietician, she always kept in touch with the church. Her work took her to Canada, where she met Bill and brought him back to Westerham, where they have lived since then. A talented artist, her work, particularly of the town and its surrounds is well known to all of us and she was a prime mover in the Art Group. Its annual August Bank Holiday weekend show, held in the John Fryth Room, will not be the same without her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and the family. Bill, whose mobility is severely limited, would very much appreciate visits from anyone who knows him at this sad time. Newsletter


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



Fundraising & Social Events
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Fundraising & Social Events


Rev Come FlySaturday 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 £14, £10 for seniors and children and £40 family (for two adults and 3 children under 16). Read More


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


Westerham Amateur Dramatic Society (WADS) is now working on this year’s Panto: Beauty and the Beast. Read more
Westerham 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 tba Grasshopper on The Green
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


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…


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