Westerham Town Partnership
Working together for the benefit of Westerham
Nestling in the valley of the ancient River Darent, Westerham's roots can be traced back to the Vikings and the Romans, and today has evolved into a charming market town attractive to residents, business and visitors.
With easy access from the M25, Gatwick and London, Westerham has some of Kent's finest countryside on its doorstep and is surrounded by stunning fields and woodland. It abounds with cafes, pubs, restaurants and independent shops, and even has its own brewery.
It is perhaps best known for its famous residents: amongst others, Sir Winston Churchill and General James Wolfe. Both had homes here, which are now open to the public. Welcome to all who wish to share our 'Westerham experience'!
Sir Winston Churchill's statue
'Death of a Hero'
Marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of statesman and wartime leader, Sir Winston Churchill, who lived at Chartwell, Westerham .
Churchill died 24th January 1965
State funeral in London 30th January 1965. See more.
Churchill the man: Following Sir Winston’s death on January 24 1965, his chauffeur to and from Chartwell for over forty years Frank ‘Joe’ Jenner appeared in the January 29th Evening Standard in an article titled ‘All of Us’
“Under that bluff manner, there was the greatest kindness and sympathy for people” said Mr Jenner “I like to remember Sir Winston not for the great things he did for the world and all of us during the war, but for his kindliness and thoughtfulness for ordinary people. I remember particularly some years ago when I was driving him to London and he could see that I wasn’t driving as well as usual. ‘Why these mistakes?’ he asked me. I explained to him that my little boy was seriously ill in Edenbridge Hospital. He at once told me to drop him in London and go straight back to the hospital and stay with the boy. ‘Keep me informed and make sure the little chap has anything he wants.’ When I was able to tell him that the crisis was over, I could see he was genuinely pleased to hear the news. That was typical of Sir Winston.”
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Sir Winston pictured (right) at the 1956 Gala Day with with his wife Clementine and Emma (Soames)
Pam Myhill was the Gala Queen.
Read Sir Winston's biography on the Heritage page
Visit the exhibition at Chartwell commemorating the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. "Death of a Hero" looks at the passing and impact of the country’s greatest statesman and war time leader ahead of the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death in 2015 see Press Release. Website.
Westerham Town Council has commissioned a 'clean' of Sir Winston's Statue (which will be done in warmer weather)
A PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE DEFIBRILLATOR (PAD) has been installed in the Town’s High Street, outside the Nat West Bank in a red Telephone Kiosk. Read more
Westerham Brewery. New this year is Brewery Fresh beer and 2015 will be The Year of the Hop. Read more on Local News Page.
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Happy New Year from Westerham Town Partnership! We've had a busy year and you can see some of our activities, plans and projects here.
Westerham Town Council Monthly Newsletters Read January issue: The Food Bank (read more about Westerham's Food Bank), plus Shutting the Gate on Rural Crime and The National Speed Limits - advice from the Kent Police. Domestic abuse services, free drop in centr. (For Freedom Programme see Town Council page.)
KCC Library Consultation. There is a 12 week consultation on KCC’s plans to modernise its Libraries, Registration and Archives service. Register your views Online A hard copy questionnaire in an explanatory booklet is available in county libraries. Go to Town Council page for more.
Barley Charity Westerham Town Council invites applications for general charitable purposes for the benefit of the residents of Westerham parish. The closing date for applications is 31st March 2015. Please apply in writing to the Town Clerk. See more in newsletter - Click here.
YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU! Become a Local Councillor – Make a Difference! Elections for Town and Parish Councils take place In May 2015. See more in newsletter - Click here.
Kent Police: Crime Prevention Event: 25th January 11:00am-1pm at Wolfe Garage. Mobile Police Station: Wolfe Garage 4:30 - 5:30pm on 27th January, 10th and 24th February. Go to Town Council page for more.
GP Patient Survey Go the Westerham Practice website for more.
The Airports Commission Garwick consultation closes 3rd February. Westerham Town Council is against the Gatwick second runway and has asked us to publish details of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign which the Council supports. The GACC has published a leaflet advising the public how to respond to the consultation, which can be accessed here http://www.gacc.org.uk/the-runway-issue.php
Kent Police: Public Engagement Events: PCSO Simon Humphreys will be at Wolfe Garage on 15th February 11:30am - 12:00noon, 22th February between 6:30pm and 7:00pm, 1st March 11:30am - 12:00noon, 22nd March between 11:30 and 12:00noon, and 29th March between 6:30pm and 7:00pm. Go to Town Council page for more.
Memorial Pavilion on King George V Field: Response from the consultation has been very wide ranging and imaginative. Click here for Summary of some of the most popular and achievable ideas. See also the Full Report including all the feedback. Thanks to the Westerham Town Council and the Westerham Town Partnershipwho joined forces to produce this document and who will be working together to take it forward.
Westerham residents speak out on future of shabby pavilion. Read Sevenoaks Chronicle article
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The Westerham - Bonneval Association members will be visiting Bonneval this year from 9-12 April. Visitors will be home hosted. See Local News for more information. Anyone interested in making the trip please contact the chairman Pamela Williamson 01959 572904 or 07799 601480. Visiter le site internet de Bonneval
Westerham Fine Arts Society 4th February: “The Genius of Antonio Stradivari”. This talk by Toby Faber explores the history & the central mystery of the violin’s legendary tone and beauty.
The Weight Watchers group meets at 6.30pm on Monday evenings at the Westerham Hall, Quebec Avenue, TN16 1BGIf you have any further questions please call Sue Vallender, Weight Watchers Leader, on 07736967167. see Newsletter.
Local Vocals started the new term on Wednesday January 7th 2015 at 8pm. We have tremendous fun in rehearsals and love to welcome new members. For more information contact Jo Wood at www.kentchoirsrock.co.uk. See more on Local News page
The Rotarians of Westerham are looking forward to another busy year,the first main item being the Fair on the Green on Sat May 16th. We have plenty of room for new members who are keen to help in the community and with projects the world over. Peter Stapleton will be pleased to hear from anyone interested on 01732 866 288. Go to Local News for full details and a report.
Westerham Art Group had another successful Autumn term, with a varied programme and extra tables being needed for several meetings. Go to Local News page for more information
Westerham Horticultural Society More news on Local News Page.
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Chartwell An exhibition commemorating the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. Death of a Hero, which opened on 15 November. It looks at the passing and impact of the country’s greatest statesman and war time leader ahead of the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death in 2015 see Press Release.
Emmetts Gardens Website
Quebec House Website
Homestay accommodation in Westerham
Are you interested in renting out your house or spare room during the London 2012 Games and beyond? Westerham is planning to promote the town as a base for visitors, mentioning surrounding countryside and attractions, both close by and further afield, including the London sights.
The initial promotion will be for the Olympics but there's no reason why we cannot make it a permanent feature. If you are interested, then Westerham Town Partnership would be happy to hear from you and, hopefully, to add you to the current list of accommodation.
Guidance notes for residents, who are thinking of renting out their home/room can be found here.
Please send your contact details including email, phone number, the type of property you are offering, including number of bedrooms and your area of town/general location, and anything particular potential customers may need to know, like 'car essential' - for example. Include a photo if possible.