Fordwich Town Council

Fordwich Town Council

Welcome to Fordwich

Fordwich Town Council meets in the Town Hall on the last Wednesday of each month (with the exceptions of August and December) at 7.30pm.


Meetings are currently being held remotely. Agendas with information about this will be posted on the relevant web-site page.

The public is always welcome and are encouraged to attend meetings. The installation of a lift in June 2018 means that meetings can now be held in the Town Hall rather than the undercroft and we thank a multitude of townspeople, local businesses and visitors for their generous contributions.

Fordwich Town Council members

  • Philip Lewis (Chairman and Mayor)   01227 719303
  • Patrick Heren   01227 710470
  • Adrian McCarthy   01227 719756
  • Geoff Connolly   07738 218501
  • Roger Green   01227 713661

Clerk: Guy Foster   01227 860742

Your Canterbury City Councillors:

Lousie Harvey-Quirke               07704 948305

Georgina Glover                                 01227 711429

 Your Kent County Councillor:

Alan Marsh                                                                    01227 265112/262426


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

In an emergency call 999

If the matter is less urgent please call 101

For any local matters please contact PCSO Chris Healey on


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For information from the NHS regarding the COVID-19, please click here.


Due to an increase in attempted telephone scams and persons pretending to be from Charities going door to door, I have created a guide to help you stay safe and protect yourself from falling victim to these type of offences.


Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.

The impact of fraud on victims is not only financial. The emotional impact is significant and includes guilt, misplaced trust and diminished confidence, which can have detrimental effects on the physical and mental health of the victim, as well as increased social isolation.

Fraud can be initiated in many ways, through emails, letters, telephone calls and face to face contact. Fraudsters want money and will do and say anything they can to con victims out of it. They attempt to trick people with flashy, official looking documents, websites and technical jargon, with the sole purpose of financial gain.

Telephone Fraud

Fraudsters try to trick people out of their money by telephoning them pretending to be from a well-known company or service.

They often seem very genuine and trustworthy. Before they contact you they already know your name, your date of birth, your address and a whole host of personal information they can reel off as a way to show their sincerity.

They use well-rehearsed stories, designed to gain trust, for example pretending to be from a phone or computer service provider and claiming that there is a problem with your system that they need to fix.

Just remember:

  • Be aware. Always verify the legitimacy of a caller by contacting the company they are claiming to be from using the contact number published on utility bills or official correspondence
  • Don’t be afraid to just hang up
  • NEVER give personal information, such as your date of birth or bank details to anyone. This includes typing your PIN into the handset
  • If you are asked to make payment over the phone for something always confirm the caller’s identity first

NEVER allow an unexpected caller to talk you through processes on your computer, like downloading new software or accessing your online bank account.

You should report the scam to Action Fraud – the national fraud reporting centre.

They might get the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to investigate the scam further. You’ll usually get a police crime reference number. 

It’s easiest to report scams online – either:

It’s best to fill in the form on a computer, not a mobile or tablet. It takes about 20 minutes to fill in.

You can also report the scam by phone.

Action Fraud
Telephone: 0300 123 2040
Textphone: 0300 123 2050
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm


Charity Fraud

Many people want to donate to charity but it’s important to take some simple steps to make sure what you give gets to those you want to help. Sadly, criminals have historically exploited charitable giving by setting up fake charities and encouraging donations which are not passed onto the needy.

The following advice aims to raise awareness about safe ways to donate to charity and to ensure your money reaches those in need.

How to donate safely

It’s essential the public continues to support charities, but there are a few things to think about before donating:

  • Be careful when responding to emails or clicking links within them. Don’t click through on any links from suspicious looking emails. If you want to donate online, type in the charity’s website address from your homepage
  • Be cautious of poor grammar and spelling in documentation, including collection envelopes or clothing bags
  • If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of a request for donations, don’t hesitate to contact that charity directly. Be wary of any appeals where contact details for the charity are not provided. You can find genuine contact details for charities on their websites or on the Register of Charities, which is available on the Charity Commission website
  • If you are concerned that you may have been targeted by a fundraising scam, report it to Action Fraud and the police on 101

How can I be sure that a charity collector is genuine?

The Charity Commission strongly recommends that all collectors should:

  • Be able to produce a valid local authority or police licence
  • Wear an ID badge
  • Have a sealed collection container with the charity’s registration number and name on it
  • Be able to provide that they have the charity’s permission to collect

If you are still doubtful about the collector:

  • Contact the Charity Commission – either via their helpline on 0845 300 0218 or
  • Contact your local authority or police to check whether the collector has been granted a licence or needs one to collect
  • Above all, don’t feel pressurised – send your donation to the charity direct.  This may mean going to a little more trouble, but at least you can be sure that your donation will get to where it’s intended.

Report concerns about charity fraud using the non-emergency 101 number. Use 999 if a crime is in progress or life is at risk. Or report online

Hope this guide helps you all stay safe,

Kind Regards,


PSE 59753 Adam Sackett

Welcome to Fordwich

Privacy Policy

Financial Information 2019/20

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Annual rerturn 2019-20

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Financial Information 2018/19

FTC accounts publication 2018-19

Payments over £100 for 2018-19

Financial Information 2017/18

FTC Financial Info 2017-18

External audit report 2017-18

FTC audit closure 2017-18

2020 Minutes/Agendas

Town Council Meeting Held on Wednesday 25th March

The Council could not meet in formal session and therefore could make no formal decisions. We did however agree to make the necessary payments of standard accounts. We also agreed in principle on the one piece of planning before us for 35 Fordwich Road.  We have been delighted that over 35 different people have volunteered to give help in various ways, and slowly requests for help are coming in. Some have offered to help with home schooling as teachers, others to walk dogs, chat on the phone etc. etc. There are also at least two Whatsapp groups in local areas being established and used. The website has plenty of information too. The Neighbourhood Watch have circulated lots of helpful information, and reports. ‘My Canterbury’ has a good list of open shops and their special arrangements. Sturry surgery have been in touch wanting to know who to contact for vulnerable people needing support in Fordwich. They now have Chris’s contact details.

We held a successful town tidy up on Saturday 21st March, with constant social distancing – clearing the roads in the main part of the town of litter, and making a good deal of headway by burning, detritus from the churchyard on the Fishermen’s bonfire site.

FTC minutes Sept 30th 2020

FTC Agenda Oct 2020

FTC Agenda Sept 2020

FTC minutes July 29th 2020

FTC Agenda July 2020

FTC minutes June 24th 2020

FTC Agenda June 2020

FTC minutes May 29th 2020

Fordwich annual meeting aqenda 2020

FTC Agenda May 2020

FTC minutes Feb 26th 2020

FTC Agenda Feb 2020

FTC minutes Jan 29th 2020

FTC Agenda Jan 2020


2019 Minutes/Agendas

FTC minutes Dec 4th 2019

FTC minutes Oct 30th 2019

FTC Agenda Nov 2019

FTC Agenda Oct 2019

FTC minutes Sept 25th 2019

FTC Agenda Sept 2019 (1)

There are no meetings in August


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Welcome to Fordwich

Fordwich Unitied Charities

When in 1880 the old Corporation of Fordwich was abolished as part of the sweeping reforms of English local government, it was necessary to establish a new organisation to own and manage the town’s important assets. The result was Fordwich United Charities, which managed the assets in the interests of charity and for the benefit of the town.

Fordwich United Charities’ principal assets are:

  • The Town Hall, built in 1544, still used for FTC and FUC meetings, and as a licensed wedding venue.
  • The roadway outside the Town Hall, and the Town Quay between the Town Hall and the Fordwich Arms
  • The fishing rights in the River Stour, from the A28 bridge in Sturry downstream to Plucks Gutter, a distance of 8.5 miles
  • Allotments in Fordwich.
  • Land on Romney Marsh which generates rental income.

Two types of grants are made to deserving residents of Fordwich:

  • Coal grants (for heating).
  • Book grants (for students).

There are seven trustees of Fordwich United Charities and the current Chairperson in Ms Catherine Molin.

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