Fordwich Town Council

Fordwich Town Council

Welcome to Fordwich

Report on the Town Council meeting held on Wednesday 28th October at 7.30pm by Zoom

 The Fordwich Future sub-committee has met three times by zoom and are making progress on evaluating the problems we face as a town and on how best we can oppose the developments, whilst beginning to concentrate on just what we would like the town to be in 5, 10, 20 years’ time.

The Town Council met with all councillors present and representation from KCC and CCC. There was a report from the Police forum, as a result of which, anyone interested in being trained to be involved with Speedwatch should contact Geoff Connolly. People are reminded that work on listed buildings requires planning permission, not to do so is a criminal offence. People concerned about Residents’ Parking should contact Adrian McCarthy. It was reported that all departments in CCC are being required to make a 25% saving in costs to go towards a predicted deficit of £9 million. Disappointment was expressed about KCC not complying with their promise to put up signage or repair the pavement. Similarly, the lack of any road sweeping or gully clearance by CCC in the south side of the town was regretted. The electricity supply to the southern extremities of the town have been very disrupted. There are on-going talks with a range of outside agencies for support with our opposition to the developments. It is not too late to sign the petition, but so far there are just short of 200 signatures. We would love some more to really show the developers what we, as a town think!

Notes from the Mayor

It is really encouraging to see just how many have already signed the petition. Copies are available on the website. The total number gives a powerful message to developers. If, or when, their applications for building works are presented, we move to stage two and ask all who signed to write to the planners – but we are not there yet.

Kent Wildlife Trust have, along with several other organisations, been supportive of the town. They would like to include Fordwich in their national list of ‘Wilder’ towns – the smallest Wilder town! Your comments please!

The time has passed for calling an election to fill the gap on the Town council. The Council are therefore required and empowered to co-opt, in order to fill the vacancy.

Litter Picking and Town Tidy

The date of the next litter pick is Saturday 5th December, meeting at 10.00am by the church gate.

Fordwich United Charities report that the Town hall railings are due to be repainted and work undertaken in the crane room. They have also been glad to host four weddings since the easing of lockdown.

Anyone wishing to be considered as a new trustee is asked to send their request to Philip Lewis.

Power Walking? Norman Phillips of Wheatcroft, King Street. is keen to encourage people to join him.

Patrick and Fiona Heren

It is with regret that we have to inform you, that after 20+ years of living in Watergate House, Patrick and Fiona Heren are moving on to pastures new. They have been valuable members of our community, Patrick having served as a Cllr., Town Mayor, Mayor Deputy and Chairman of Fordwich United Charities. Fiona had the foresight to persuade some residents to adopt a planter to brighten up the Town. Her enthusiasm and skill as a garden designer led to her garden being approved by the N.G.S., and was opened twice a year, raising money for charity. We wish them well in their new home. They will be sorely missed. (V.Clark)

 Dates for the Diary

 Friendly First Friday Coffee Mornings will recommence once government restrictions permit.

Town Hall Curtain Project will recommence once government restrictions permit.

 Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm Fordwich Town Council Meeting in the Town Hall – or by Zoom. Please contact the clerk before 6.00pm if you wish to join the meeting.

Saturday December 5th 10am Litter Picking Details above

Monday 14th December at 7.30pm in St Marys thisismytheatre present A CHRISTMAS CAROLBook early to avoid disappointment as places are limited because of social distancing restrictions. Tickets from

19th September 2021 Fordwich Civic Service 2021

Bishop Rose has kindly agreed to be our preacher.

 And finally

Social Distancing

Please remember that there are vulnerable people around. It is the responsibility of all of us to help people feel comfortable and feel safe. Do be considerate when passing on pavements or footpaths.

 Contacting the police

In an emergency phone 999

If it less immediately important phone 101

If it is a local matter contact:


PCSO Robin Todd                         

 Councillor Contacts:

Philip Lewis:                   

Adrian McCarthy:          

Roger Green:                  

Geoff Connolly              


A 24-hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.

You can contact the Kent Together helpline at  or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24-hour service.

Kent County Council also has a page on its website answering frequently asked questions and the very latest Coronavirus information on its service updates page.


I hope just about everyone has received the note offering and requesting help during this peculiar time. It says if you want help, or can offer help please contact Chris on :07522 480284 Or email:

Seniors Helping Seniors has been able to maintain services throughout this extraordinary period.

We have local experienced carers covering Fordwich to help with elderly care in peoples’ homes.

The hourly fee £24.60 includes VAT and paying above the Living Wage to our amazing carers.

·  This information may also be useful for people seeking work/to use their care experience to help others during the crisis.

More info here or call me on my mobile 07802 229050 with any questions




Welcome to Fordwich

We are taking a break over the winter months and look forward to welcoming you again in the spring.

Entrance Fee: Adults £2.00 (Children under 14 Free)

NB: Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Town Hall is located on the banks of the River Stour and is a short ten-minute walk from Sturry Railway Station and the local bus stop.

The Town Hall usually opens its doors to visitors at Easter and then every Sunday from the beginning of May till the end of September and additionally every Wednesday during August. We are also open for Heritage Open Days when entrance is free for all. The Town Hall will also be open for special occasions.

Special group visits are welcome and can be arranged at any time of the year.

For more information regarding Weddings, Civil Partnerships and Ceremonies, please refer to the weddings page on this website.

Kent is very fortunate to have another medieval hall to visit, the court hall in Milton Regis near Sittingbourne. This stunning hall hosts a museum an exhibition area and is lovingly cared for by highly knowledgeable and friendly volunteers keen to welcome you. For more information and opening times please click here.

A brief history of Fordwich Town Hall

The Town Hall was built circa 1544AD during the reign of King Henry VIII and is a Grade II* listed building. On the ground floor is the Town Jail, used until 1855 when three men were imprisoned for poaching the famous “Fordwich Trout”, a much-prized fish at the time. The Undercroft served as the Jailer’s quarters and was located next to the Crane House. Its crane, still visible today, was used to unload ships bringing goods of all kinds as Fordwich served as the port of Canterbury since Roman times.

The upstairs Courtroom, now also accessible via a lift in the rear garden, was used to try all criminal cases until 1886 by a body of twelve Jurats and a Judge, normally the Mayor of the Town. There is a “The Pleading Bar” where the prisoner would stand and a tiny “Jury Room” where the Jurats retired to consider their verdict on the accused. On the table, built in 1580 at a cost of 8s.0d, are the handcuffs and the baton belonging to the Town Constable as well as a “Branding Iron” used on serious criminals.

Worthy of note is the 800-year old “Muniment Chest” where all the important documents and charters were kept and could only be opened when three people were present. On the main beam hangs the “Ducking Stool” first used in 1465 for women who were accused of gossip or for being scolds. The stool was suspended on the crane, swung over the river and then “ducked” into the water! Also, on the main beam stand two Town Drums, one decorated with Coat of Arms of the Cinque Ports, of which we were members since 1050, and the other with the Coat of Arms of the Mayor of Fordwich depicting a trout on a silver platter. These were sounded to call the townsfolk to hear a proclamation or to warn them of impending danger.

Fordwich has had a Mayor since 1292. Two lists can be seen in the north-east corner of the room. One from 1292 to 1884 when Fordwich briefly lost its Town status. The other is from 1976 to the present day.

Fordwich is classified as a Town, the smallest in the country, and its ancient Town Hall is the oldest and smallest still in use from its inception to the present day and is used by the Town Council and other organisations for meetings.

The Town Hall is open to the public during Spring and Summer (April until end of September) and can be visited by paying a small entrance fee. It can also be hired for meetings and for Wedding ceremonies. For details please contact sarah.fordwichevents@gmail.






Welcome to Fordwich

Although the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich is no longer a place that offers regular worship it is nevertheless a revered place of contemplation for townsfolk and visitors alike. Please feel very welcome as you enjoy the surroundings and church.

Please also look out in the diary section of this website for forthcoming events including theatre productions, concerts and if you want to experience something truly unique – champing!

For more information about spending a cosy night at St Mary’s church please click here.


Welcome to Fordwich

The Association was founded in 1995, exists to encourage enjoyable contacts between people in our twinned communities on both sides of the Channel.  Why not join us in having some fun?

If you would like more information on the Twinning Association, please visit our website.

You can contact us by calling 01227 710413 or 07757 291 146on  or mail us on

Joining in our activities can mean meeting old friends, making new ones and developing “entente cordiale” between Sturry,Fordwich and villages. It is great fun. You do not have to be able to speak French but will certainly enjoy the” bonhomie”.

Please see events for further details or visit our website.

Twinning newsletter February 2019 2

Welcome to Fordwich

The Old School Room is situated a stone throw away from the Town Hall at School Lane and have been lovingly restored over the past few years.

Formerly a place where Fordwich children would receive their education it is today used as a meeting place for towns people to enjoy.

The Hall is available for hire at very reasonable rates. Please use the form at the bottom of this page for all enquiries.

Please see the calendar for events.

We have an appeal for an amplifier and speaker for a community venture- The ‘French’ Film evening, which happens in the School Room on the last Monday of each month. This grew out of the Twinning Association, but now stands independently.  People are constantly upgrading their technology and might be happy to give elements knowing that they would be going to a community venture rather than just to be recycled.

Welcome to Fordwich

Fordwich has a bustling allotment community and several plots lie next to the picturesque River Stour and St Mary’s church. You will find all the gardeners helpful and friendly as they enjoy spending time outdoors tending to vegetables and flowers.

Plots do sometimes become available so if you are interested, please use the form at the bottom of the page to get in touch and someone will contact you with further information.

Welcome to Fordwich

Welcome to Fordwich

Friends of Fordwich & District

is a voluntary funded social organisation and registered charity which promotes community activities in and around Fordwich. We meet every first Friday of each month at 10.30am and you are warmly invited to come and enjoy a cup of tea / coffee as we plot and plan for the next adventure.

Friends organise a variety of events including lectures, coffee mornings, health and fitness and the annual Fordwich Open Gardens usually held in June.

The newly renovated old school enjoys an award winning wildlife friendly garden.

If you have an idea for an event or would like to hire the hall for a private event, please use the form at the bottom of the page and someone will contact you.

Welcome to Fordwich

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