Britain's Smallest Town

Welcome to Fordwich

Spring and summer is here and we are opening the doors again.  Please be aware that we are a charity and rely on wonderful volunteers to open the town hall. Although we try to update the dates below as quickly as we can we may need at times to close at short notice so please always check here before you plan a visit.

Opening times are 1:30pm – 4:00pm


  • Sunday 24th


  • Sunday 1
  • Bank Holiday Monday 2
  • Sunday 8
  • Sunday 15
  • Sunday 22
  • Sunday 29


  • Thursday Bank Holiday 2
  • Friday Bank Holiday 3
  • Saturday 4  Closed for private function
  • Sunday 12
  • Sunday 19
  • Sunday  26


  • Sunday 3
  • Sunday 10
  • Sunday 17
  • Sunday 24
  • Sunday 31


  • Sunday 7
  • Sunday 14
  • Sunday 21
  • Sunday 28
  • Bank Holiday Monday 31

We are proud to take part in Heritage Open Days 2022 and we hope to be able to open to the public on the following days,


  • Friday 9
  • Sunday 11
  • Monday 12
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday 15
  • Friday 16

Saturday 10 and 17 September closed to the public for private function

  • Sunday 18
  • Monday 19th

The usual Entry fee is £3.00 per person is waved on these days but we do encourage donations to the charity so that we can continue to open to the public.

You can either pay cash, use pay using contactless or viw a QR code using your smartphone.

When you visit you will asked to use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance and all visitors are invited to wear a face mask.

Children taking part in the Wheels of Time initiative are warmly welcome – please let the custodian know at entry so that we can give you your badge.

Fordwich Town Hall was built around 1544 with strong suggestions it may be older.

It is a much loved building in Fordwich, looked after by Fordwich United Charities and our wonderful custodians.

Our knowledgeable custodians are keen to show you around and tell you about Fordwich Town Hall’s history, its importance and connection to the building of Canterbury Cathedral.

Fordwich Town Hall is still used today and we hold town council, trustee and custodian meetings here.

Did you know that you can get married and/or have your Civil Partnership here? Head over to the Weddings tab and find out more.

Please note that we have a lift enabling us to welcome even more visitors.

Want to hire Fordwich Town Hall for your special event? Contact our Events Manager; for more information.


Welcome to Fordwich

This is where you can read the Fordwich Town News Letter published by Fordwich Town Council. This is the same pamphlet that you would have received in the letter box, should you live in Fordwich.

If you would like anything added to this news letter, please open one of them and look for the contact details.


Fordwich Town News April 2022

Fordwich Town News March 2022


Fordwich Town News June 2021

Fordwich Town News May 2021

Fordwch Town News February March 2021

Fordwich Town News April 2021 (1)

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

Welcome to Fordwich

Saturday 4th June

Gates open at 10.30am for the Fair and Town Picnic

On the Old Boatyard field (opposite the Town Hall)

12.30pm SAIL PAST

All vessels, canoes, paddleboards decorated

Valerie Hale, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, representing the Queen

Town Hall quay – Brass Band led by Stephen Barker




                                      OLDER – OVER 13 YRS.

A cake or biscuits to be made and decorated, delivered to the stall on the Fair ground by 11.00am on Saturday 4th June.

Judging will take place at 2.00pm. All entries to be auctioned, if the entrants agree!

Further details from Geoff Connolly

PLANTS TO SELL OR SWAP .. Bring to the stall your plants to sell or swap


Welcome to Fordwich

To find out how Fordwich Town Council is celebrating please read here:

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Welcome to Fordwich

Sunday 5th June at 1;00pm at the School Room.

To book a table please email or call or text 07771 880372

At 3:00pm there will be a toast for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a tree planting ceremony at 3:00pm.
This event is kindly organised by Friends of Fordwich and although there is no charge to take part, please bring your own food, drink table decorations, glasses, cutlery etc.

St Mary Church

10.30am Readings, Music and Prayers Celebrating

The 70 years of Queen Elizabeth IInd


Display of royal memorabilia celebrating the last 70 years in the Town Hall. From 1.30 am – 4.00pm

Welcome to Fordwich

All are welcome to the School Room on Saturday 4th June to view the art work from 10:00am. Join us for drinks  at 2:30pm followed by the auction at 3pm.

Bidding starts at £50.00 with all proceeds to aid those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Local artists have generously donated their pieces so do come along and support this wonderful event.

This is also an opportunity to view the stunning curtain project made to hang in the Town Hall by Fordwich residents, featuring houses and symbols of the town. We hope to see it installed this year so keep a look out for updates.

Welcome to Fordwich

COme to the School Room on Monday 27th June at 2:00pm where Stephanie Zarkis from Sustrans will hold a talk about a proposed new cycle route from Canterbury to Fordwich as part of the National Cycle Network.

Refreshments available and all are welcome.

Welcome to Fordwich

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this project is sadly suspended.

We are so excited for this amazing project to be competed, once times allow it. Volunteers throughout Fordwich are working on two quilted curtains, one for the lift door and a second for a future screen to be fitted.

Before the pandemic, we got together at the school hall in School Lane every Friday from 2.00pm until about 4.00pm and we are waiting for us to be able to get together once more.

Watch this space for news.



Welcome to Fordwich

Corona virus COVID-19 information

For all information relating to the government advise on the Corona virus (COVID-19) please click here.

For information from the NHS regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) please click here.

If you live in Fordwich or nearby and need help or can offer help please contact Chris Fris on or tel 07522 480284.

Chris, a local resident had a career as a specialist teacher of learning and behaviour in secondary schools both in Canterbury, Kent and Auckland, New Zealand.


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.


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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