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Welcome to Fordwich

Town and parish councils are the first level of local government. They provide communities with a democratic voice and a structure for taking community action.

Welcome to Fordwich

Fordwich Town Council members

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


Georgina Glover                     Louise Harvey-Quirke             Alan Marsh

Welcome to Fordwich

Fordwich Town Council meetings take place 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. If you wish to take part, please contact the town clerk.
Guy Foster   01227 860742

Council meetings are important; this is where decision are made for the Town. The chairman is in charge of the meeting, and the clerk supports the council as it discusses business. The meeting is the council team in action. Council meetings and committee meetings are formal events, not social occasions. They have a clear purpose – to make decisions – and are not just talking shops. Furthermore, they are public events; the meetings must be advertised and the press and public have a right to observe how the council operates. The same approach should be adopted for sub-committees. Exceptions are when sensitive issues are discussed (such as legal, contractual or staffing matters) and then the council can agree to exclude the press and public for just that item of business.

It may seem strange, but local electors/residents do not have the right to speak at any parish council meeting, including the annual council meeting, but many councils set aside a period, often before the meeting starts, to allow for public comments and questions.

Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Town Council are controlled by law, namely the Local Government Act 1972.

Welcome to Fordwich

FTC exemption cert 20-21

FTC AGAR 20-21



Financial Information 2019/20

exercise_of_public_rights_2019-20 notice

Annual return 2019-20

exemption cert 2019-20


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


2021 Minutes and Agendas

FTC Agenda 28 July 2021

FTC minutes June 30th 2021

FTC Agenda 30 June 2021

FTC minutes May 24th 2021

Annual FTC meeting minutes 2021

FTC minutes Apr 28th 2021

FTC Agenda 24 May 2021

Fordwich annual meeting aqenda 2021

FTC Agenda 28 April 2021

FTC minutes Mar 31st 2021

FTC Agenda 31 March 2021

FTC minutes Feb 24th 2021

FTC Agenda Feb 24 2021

FTC minutes Jan 27th 2021

FTC Agenda Jan 27 2021

FTC minutes Jan 13th 2021

FTC Agenda Jan 13 2021


2020 Minutes/Agendas

Town Council Meeting Held on Wednesday 25th March 2020

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 Agenda Jan 13 2021

FTC minutes Nov 25th 2020

FTC minutes Oct 28th 2020

FTC Agenda Nov 2020

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 Town Council next meets at the Town Hall on Wednesday 29th September 7.30pm at the Town Hall

Please ensure that you wear a face covering. Hand sanitisers are available onsite.


Welcome to Fordwich

Fordwich Town Council clerk is Guy Foster.

Tel 01227 860742

The Town Clerk provides the ‘engine’ of an effective Council.  The Clerk is the professional advisor to the Council on matters of policy, and the executor of Council policy, i.e. in carrying out the instructions of the Council.

  • The Clerk must always obey the lawful and proper instructions of the Town Council
  • The Clerk must comply with all the standing orders and known policies of the Town Council
  • The Clerk is expected to co-operate fully with the Chair of the Town Council
  • The Clerk will obviously assist individual Town Councillors but the Clerk must never place the interests of individual Councillors above duty to the Town Council as a whole
  • The Clerk must not be instructed by any individual Town Councillor and in particular the Clerk must not be induced to disregard statutory duties

The Clerk also acts as an Executive Officer and uses statutory executive powers to take any appropriate executive action required for routine council administration that requires no policy decision.  This power includes all urgent safety work.  The Clerk may seek information, draw up proposals, or present ideas or suggestions to the Town Council or its Committees, Working Parties or the Chair.

As the official administrator, the Clerk performs all routine administration without specific instructions from the Town Council. This includes statutory duties such as service and issue of statutory notifications, attending meetings, and acting as a representative of the Town Council. The Clerk will arrange insurance, keep and file records, record interests and standing orders, prepare and distribute agendas, prepare minutes and press reports, examine reports and other data, present information, deal with all routine correspondence, and perform all other office work.

The Clerk also takes on the administration of finance, working with auditors and providing annual accounts, and other routine financial matters without specific instructions from the Town Council, to include preparing budgets and accounts, orders, receipts, invoices, cheques, VAT returns, and audit returns. The Clerk will monitor and balance accounts, present reports, make purchases and complete all other routine financial functions.  Many matters are delegated to the Clerk, who can make decisions on them working within established Council policies and lines of authority.  The day-to-day management of services is the responsibility of the Clerk.  Both Councillors and the Clerk must work within the law.

Within the framework of policies decided by Councillors, either at full Council or Committees level, the Clerk, often in consultation with the Chair, will take many decisions every working day.


Welcome to Fordwich

Governance of the Town happens on the town, city and council levels. Each has their own set of responsibilities:


KCC – Kent County Council

  • Roads and Highways
  • Traffic Enforcement (moving traffic)

CCC – Canterbury City Council

  • Bin Collections
  • Council Tax
  • Environmental issues
  • Licences and permissions
  • Traffic enforcement (stationary, e.g. parking)
  • Car parking
  • Enforcement of public spaces; footpaths, green spaces, recreation ground
  • Housing
  • Planning applications

FTC – Fordwich Town Council

Management of public spaces; footpaths, green spaces, recreation ground

Planning applications (statutory consultee)


Welcome to Fordwich

Welcome to the page where Fordwich Town News is published. This is the same pamphlet that is delivered to you in your letter box if you live in Fordwich.

This news is published by Fordwich Town Council, usually once per month. If you would like to add anything to the pamphlet, please open the latest one to see who and how to contact.

Fordwich Town News July 2021

Fordwich Town News June 2021

Fordwich Town News May 2021

Fordwich Town News April 2021

Fordwich Town News February March 2021 

Fordwich Town News February 2021

Fordwich Town News January 2021

Fordwich Town News December 2020

Fordwich Town News November 2020

Fordwich Town News October 2020

December 2020 missed bin collection update





Where we are today.

Fordwich is, as it has been almost since time immemorial, a small rural town, set on the river Stour just 2 miles down stream from Canterbury. The cluster of houses, church, Town Hall and two pubs represent a glimpse of the continuity and antiquity of English History. Woodland to the North, South and East and meadows and woodland to the West along with the River Stour itself give the setting.

It is not a place without problems. The road network which owes its origins to either the Romans or even the pre-Roman settlers, has become a rat run for people circumnavigating their way around Canterbury to the Isle of Thanet. Roads that have never had to deal with more than cart, horse or pedestrian are being lined with cars that far out number the space available.

Since Town Council meetings resumed by Zoom in May and society has begun to creep out of Lock-down four potential situations have risen; 1.  The change of use of the Old Timberyard on Moat Lane from light industrial to residential – with permission to build up to six houses. 2. The Council has been approached by developers for their opinion of a development of up to 45 houses on a 3.6 hectare site out of the 21 hectare of the Old Nursery or Plantation – the entrance being off the bottom of Well Lane.. 3. The riverbank, the river itself and the area around the Bretts site has seen a great increase in use and abuse. 4. The Bretts estate, we have heard, is planning on closure and there is the possibility of more housing being planned in that area. 5. Slightly further afield in Sturry the A28 bypass as proposed will open the door to up to 1000 houses. 6. Westbere Council is seeking to have the Two Fields site- just across the railway line from Bretts designated as a ‘Village Green’.

The Fordwich Town Council considers that the time is now right to bring these matters to the attention of the population of Fordwich and to seek as wide a range of opinions as possible.

Having met with the developers of the of the Old Nursery site the Town Councillors discussed the matter and agreed to oppose any development on the site on the following grounds;

  1. it was not in the Canterbury City Council Local Plan dated 2017.
  2. When the site first came on to the market in 2019 the Council was told that any development on that site would not receive the Council’s backing because it is not in the Local plan and is in a Conservation area.
  3. the practical problems of developing the site – access, drainage etc. would make it unfeasible.
  4. A development of 45 houses so far off any connection to sustainable transport – bus services and trains – would bring up to 90 more cars onto the road and work contrary to Canterbury City Council’s Climate Change Emergency planning guidelines.
  5. The significant potential for negative ecological impact, given that for over 15 years, the site has become a natural wildlife haven for flora and fauna as well as insects, reptiles, animals and birds.

Fordwich Town’s next steps:

  1. The Town Council wished to bring these challenges to the attention of the Town’s population. What do you think ?
  2. The Town Council’s view is that we should be doing two things:
  1. Researching and preparing our arguments to oppose any planning application for housing on the Old Nursery site. The Town Council needs to provide some feedback to the developers by mid-September and so we wish to hear from residents
  2. Thinking about what the Town should be like in 10 or 20 years time, and particularly how to enhance the strengths and manage the current and growing challenges, particularly of land use, traffic flows, parking, litter and antisocial behaviour.

To these ends, we would welcome your thought and ideas, and particularly from any residents of the Town with some skills and/or experience in ecology, transport, development, fund raising, etc

Please respond via email to: or letter to; Christmas House, High Street, Fordwich CT2 0DX

Date of the Town’s First Meeting to consider the potential development and the future of Fordwich. Wednesday Sept 9th 7.30pm in St Mary’s, following Social Distancing regulations.


 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              

Sue Thompson              



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




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