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20
JAN
28
JAN
Faversham Streetscapes
Fleur Gallery, Preston Street, Faversham
Exhibition showing 50 years of conservation and change in Faversham streetscapes, with Tony Swaine’s architect’s record drawings from 1964 and 1970, together with Robin Warren’s contemporary photographic portraits of the same buildings.
When: Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 10am-1pm      Contact: 01795 534542
27
JAN
Oare String Orchestra Concert
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
OSO welcomes one of England’s finest viola players, Martin Outram, for the premiere of a new viola concerto by Peter Aviss. The concert also features a Handel concerto grosso, Warlock’s Capriol Suite,  Suk’s Meditation on St Wenceslas, and Nielsen’s Little Suite for Strings.  Tickets £12 at the door (accompanied schoolchildren free).  Season tickets for three concerts will also be available for £30.
When: 7.30pm to 9.30pm      Contact: Patti Whaley
28
JAN
Model Railway Show
Teynham Village Hall, Belle Friday Close, Teynham, Kent ME9 9TU
The winter show of the Kent Area Group - G Scale Society features five large-scale tracks with both electric and live steam power. Local trader Kent Garden Railways will be present and there will also be a secondhand sales stall. Light refreshments all day. This is planned as a friendly event offering a chance to see what large-scale modelling has to offer and maybe gain some ideas for the garden. Admission £2.50 adults, £1 children.
When: 11am to 4pm      Contact: gscalekent.co..uk
1
FEB
Faversham Bird Classes
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
Learn about the birds you can find in Kent, while meeting like-minded people.  Part of a series of interactive evening talks/workshops.  The cost is £10 per session, and includes handouts and refreshments.
When: 7pm to 9pm      Contact: Simon Ginnaw (07783 354337 / info@simonginnaw.com)
3
FEB
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
Preston Street, Faversham
Town-centre market selling the best arts, crafts and food products from the Faversham area. Faversham is renowned for the range and quality of its food and drink products and boasts a growing industry of arts and crafts. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
3
FEB
Faversham Society History Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
An event, with displays and talks, for anyone interested in history and archaeology, including those researching their house, family history or buildings and detectorists. Details at www.favershamsociety.info.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: Harold Goodwin, 01795 532737
8
FEB
10
FEB
The Arden Theatre, Leslie Smith Drive, Faversham
‘The Year of the Hiker’ written in 1963 by John B. Keane, tells the moving story of a man, nicknamed ‘The Hiker’, who goes out for a pack of cigarettes and disappears for 20 years. His wife has to endure the shame of being left (this being early 1960s) and to bring up their children in difficult times.
When: 7.45pm      Contact: 07905 329731

11
FEB
Faversham Six-a-side Football
Abbey School, Faversham
Leisure Leagues starts a new six-a-side league at Abbey School, running to 13 May. Details for teams are at www.leisureleagues.net.
When: 5.30pm to 8pm      
11
FEB
Starting from Standard Quay, Faversham
In the run-up to the ‘Say No to Throwaway Plastic’ week for Faversham (18 to 24 February), this creek clean-up, organised by Swale Friends of the Earth will draw attention to the harm that rubbish, especially plastic, can do to landscapes and biodiversity.
When: 10am to 12 noon      Contact: swalefoe@yahoo.co.uk

15
FEB
Bird Class
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
Learn about the birds you can find in Kent, while meeting like-minded people.  Part of a series of interactive evening talks/workshops at the Fleur de Lis Hall.  The cost is £10 per session, and includes handouts and refreshments.
When: 7pm to 9pm      Contact: Simon Ginnaw, 07783 354337 or info@simonginnaw.com
15
FEB
Shepherd Neame Conservation and Heritage
The Faversham Society’s Fleur Hall, off Gatefield Lane, Faversham
Jonathan Neame speaks about the unique heritage of the Shepherd Neame brewery site and proposals to enhance it as a visitor attraction. Tickets are £5 (£3 for Faversham Society members) from the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, Preston Street, Faversham.
When: 7.30pm to 9pm      
22
FEB
Bird Class
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
Learn about the birds you can find in Kent, while meeting like-minded people. Part of a series of interactive evening talks/workshops at the Fleur de Lis Hall.  The cost is £10 per session, and includes handouts and refreshments.
When: 7pm to 9pm      Contact: Simon Ginnaw, 07783 354337 or info@simonginnaw.com
7
MAR
TALK: Canterbury Cathedral
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk with slides by Lenny Clark, organised by the Faversham branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Non-members welcome at £1 per person.
When: 8pm, for about 1hr 30mins       Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
8
MAR
The Alexander Centre, Faversham
The ever-popular Faversham Mission Band performs in aid of Faversham Carnival.
When: 7pm      Contact: 07860 276000

17
MAR
United Church Hall, Preston Street, Faversham
Quiz organised by the Faversham branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Teams of eight or six at £7 per person. Ploughman’s supper provided, but take your own drink.
When: 7.30pm, for about 2hrs 30mins      Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk

18
MAR
Royal Cinema, Market Place, Faversham ME13 7AG
An afternoon of black-and-white and colour films from the archives on Thames sailing barges. Proceeds from the event are to be shared between two charities, the Thames Sailing Barge Trust and the Faversham Creek Trust.
When: Doors open, 2.30pm. Films start 3pm, ending 5.30pm      Contact: Sue Akhurst, 01795 530141

18
APR
Wednesday Beginners Photography Course
19.Preston, Preston Street, Faversham
Start of a morning course for those who always use their cameras on auto, but wish to get in control and create beautiful and strong images. The course (five Wednesday mornings and a Saturday morning location walk) covers all the technical and creative basics you will need to start confidently using your camera on manual. Details and booking at loveyourcamera.co.uk.
When: Five Wednesday mornings and one Saturday morning      Contact: hello@loveyourcamera.co.uk
24
JUN
Faversham Open Gardens and Garden Market Day
Faversham
Visit 30-plus private and community gardens, many within walking distance of each other, in the charming historic town of Faversham. Market Place will have a special garden market, with plant stalls, vintage gardenalia, and local crafts and food. Entry to gardens by ticket-handbook (£6 each or £10 for two). There is a children’s competition and there’s free entry for children under 12.
When: 10am to 5pm (market closes at 4pm)      Contact: Faversham Society, 10-13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS
14
JUL
15
JUL
Faversham Creek, Town Wharf, Town Green and Front Brents Green, Faversham
Festival featuring many traditional vessels moored in Faversham Creek, including Thames sailing barges, Dutch barges, tugs, smacks and gaffers. Vessels will be ‘dressed overall, making a colourful display, and some owners may invite you on board.  On Town Wharf, home of the Sea Cadets’ medieval building, TS Hazard, there will be stalls, exhibitions, music and a beer tent.
When: 10am to 6pm      Contact: 01795 537030 (subject to change)

8
SEP
Miss Faversham Selection Dance
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Selection of the new Miss Faversham and Junior Miss Faversham to represent the town for a year from October 2018. Further details on Facebook from June 2018.
When: 1pm to 11pm      Contact: See Faversham Carnival on Facebook
10
OCT
TALK: Don’t Sneeze at the Microphone
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk by Wilf Lower on entertainment’s journey from the music hall to television. Organised by the Faversham branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Non-members welcome at £1 per person.
When: 8pm, for about 1hr 30mins       Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
13
OCT
Faversham town centre
Carnival parade, starting at 6.30pm. Floats line up from 4pm at Jubilee Way, off Whitstable Road, Faversham, with judging starting at 5pm, and the parade moves into position in Whitstable Road at 6pm, ready for a 6.30pm start.
When: 6.30pm start      Contact: See Faversham Carnival on Facebook

14
NOV
TALK: Wandering in Flanders Fields
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton about the towns and First World War cemeteries of Flanders. Organised by the Faversham branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Non-members welcome at £1 per person.
When: 8pm, for about 1hr 30mins       Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk