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 eight trustees of Fordwich United Charities, all residents of the town. The current chairman is Patrick Heren

Friends of Fordwich & District

  • FFD is a voluntary social organisation which promotes community activities in and around Fordwich.
  • FFD is responsible for the old Schoolhouse in School Lane, which serves as a community centre.
  • FFD organises regular events such as lectures and get-togethers.
On a weekend in June, FFD coordinates Fordwich Open Gardens, when keen gardeners open their gardens for a small entrance fee. Teas are served, and all proceeds go to the upkeep of the Schoolhouse.

Fordwich History Society

  • FHS meets two to three times a year for lectures and discussions on matters of historical interest. Meetings are held either in the Town Hall or the Fordwich Arms.
  • The chairman is Patrick Heren and the secretary Philip Lewis.

Sturry, Fordwich & District / Aire-Sur-La-Lys Twinning Association

The objective of the Association is to bring together the communities of Sturry, Fordwich and District, and that of Aire, a medieval town a short distance from Calais. The highlight of each year is the exchange visit between families in Sturry, Fordwich and Aire which has led to longstanding friendships.
The Association’s secretary is Alan Holden (twinning@sturry.org).

Canterbury & District Angling Association

The CDAA controls the fishing in the River Stour and the neighbouring fishing lakes. The Stour fishery is licensed to the CDAA by FUC.
The secretary of CDAA is Terry Hardman.

Fordwich Footpaths Group

Fordwich has an active Footpaths / Walking group.
Click HERE to view their walking itinerary for Winter / Spring 2018
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