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5
AUG
Tea Dance
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Ballroom and sequence dancing. Cream teas and homemade scones available. Admission £4 per person or £3 for members of West Faversham Community Association.
When: 2pm to 4.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
5
AUG
31
AUG
EXHIBITION: A Hop, a Skip and a Jump
The Fleur Gallery, Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Free exhibition taking a hop, a skip and a jump through childhood, from Victorian times to the present day, for all the family and anyone who is still a child at heart!
When: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday, 10am to 1pm      Contact: fleurmuseum@tiscali.co.uk
5
AUG
The Vaults, Preston Street, Faversham
Meeting of writers’ group. No experience necessary, just a love of words. Read what you’ve written, prose and poetry, and join in simple writing prompts. No fee. Just drop in. The group meets on the first and third Wednesday if each month.
When: 11am to 1pm      Contact: Paula, 01795 532390

7
AUG
Faversham Townswomen’s Guild
United Church Hall, Preston Street, Faversham
The guest speaker for the August meeting of Faversham Townswomen’s Guild is Ley Liberson, on “Life in a Lifeboat”.
When: a      Contact: Mrs Lynn Faulkner, 01795 590775
7
AUG
Mini-beast Safari
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Enjoy a mini-beast hunt at Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, followed by a chance to make your own bug homes. Meet at the visitor centre. The cost is a £3 donation. To book, call 03000 414793.
When: 10am to 12 noon      Contact: 03000 414793
8
AUG
The Michael Buble Experience
Bin Ella, Standard Quay, Faversham
Bin Ella hosts a Michael Buble experience. Entry is £5 per person, and the bar asks you to reserve a place early because space is limited.
When: 7pm until close      Contact: 01795 530488 to reserve a place
9
AUG
WHAT Book Quiz
The Vaults, Preston Street, Faversham
A book quiz to launch Faversham’s new writers’ group, the White Horse Authors’ Thing (WHAT).  All are welcome, with no charge, a relaxed atmosphere and teams of any size, shape and height.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: ben.slythe@btinternet.com
11
AUG
Geocaching
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Explore Oare Gunpowder Works using satellites to find hidden clues. Meet at the visitor centre. The cost is a £3 donation. To book, call 03000 414793.
When: 11am to 12 noon and 1pm to 2pm      Contact: 03000 414793
12
AUG
Make your own Flower Crown
Anna's Country Flowers, Shottenden
A flower crown workshop presented by Anna Evans and Julie Davies. Find out how Anna started her flower farm business, enjoy home-baked goodies for elevenses, tour the flower farm and pick your own flowers to create your own flower crown. Places £45 per person.
When: 10am to 12.30pm      Contact: anna@annascountryflowers.co.uk
12
AUG
The Limes, Preston Street, Faversham
A Faversham Business Partnership event, with Helen Whately, MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, inviting all Faversham businesses to join her for an informal chat over tea. This is an opportunity to share information and tell Mrs Whately of any business concerns.
When: 2pm to 4pm      Contact: Heather@faversham.org

13
AUG
15
AUG
Arden Theatre, Leslie Smith Drive, Faversham
Following Faversham’s celebration of its Magna Carta heritage, the Arden Theatre Group performs “The Hollow Crown”. This entertainment by and about the Kings and Queens of England includes music, poetry, speeches, letters and other writings. It was devised in 1961 by John Barton for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
When: 8pm      Contact: Mary Caryer, 01795 531600

14
AUG
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Join a local forager and explore Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park with the eyes of a forager. Look at what you can and cannot eat, and hear about some tasty recipes. The cost is a £3 donation. Book on 03000 414793.
When: 10am to 12 noon (start at visitor centre)      Contact: 03000 414793

15
AUG
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
Preston Street, Faversham, Kent
Traditional town-centre market selling the best arts, crafts and food products from the Faversham area. Details at www.favershammarket.org. The market is only a short stroll from Faversham Railway Station and pay car parks. The Saturday general market will be in its usual location in Market Place and Court Street.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm       
16
AUG
Plum Day
Brogdale Farm, Faversham
Orchard walks and tractor-trailer tours, the best selection of plum varieties on display and a try-before-you-buy of the seasonal fruit. Details at brogdalecollections.co.uk.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: info@brogdalecollections.co.uk
16
AUG
Plum Day
Brogdale Farm, Faversham
Orchard walks and tractor-trailer tours, the best selection of plum varieties on display and a ‘try before you buy’ of the seasonal fruit.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: info@brogdalecollections.co.uk
16
AUG
Boot Fair for Swing the Bridge
Abbey School, London Road, Faversham
Boot Fair in aid of the Swing the Bridge campaign. Cars £5, vans/trailers £7. Food stall.
When: 8am to noon      Contact: Marion, 01795 539853
21
AUG
An Evening of Clairvoyance
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Echoes Clairvoyance presents an evening of clairvoyance at West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, with the medium Sue Wrotchford. The event starts at 7.30 sharp. Entrance is £5 per person payable on the door. Refreshments are available.
When: 7.30pm to 9.30pm      Contact: 07747 725877
21
AUG
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Another of the popular bingo-and-raffle nights at West Faversham Community Centre.
When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start      Contact: 01795 537321
23
AUG
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Alive with music and song, “The Secret Garden” promises to capture the spirit of Summer. Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful walled garden and indulge in a cream tea after the show. Adults £14, children (under 16) and students £10. Families (two adults and two children) £42. Parties of 10-plus, 10 per cent discount.
When: Performance starts at 2pm      Contact: 01795 890202

25
AUG
Bookshare Faversham
The Yard Cafe, Jacob Yard, off Preston Street, Faversham
Bookshare Faversham presents an author’s talk by Brian Dillon about his book “The Great Explosion - Gunpowder, The Great War and a Disaster on the Kent Marshes”. Food and drink available to buy. Email tinahagger@gmail.com to book a place.
When: 7pm to 9.30pm      Contact: tinahagger@gmail.com
29
AUG
Organ Recital
Faversham Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, Church Road, Faversham
The fourth and final recital in the 2015 series of organ recitals at the Faversham Parish Church of St Mary of Charity is given by Kris Thomsett (Salisbury Cathedral). Retiring collection to aid the organ fund.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: directorofmusic@stmaryofcharity.org
29
AUG
Swing the Bridge 60s/70s/80s Disco
The Brents Tavern, Upper Brents, Faversham
Staff at the Brents Tavern, Faversham, put on a disco with music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and it will be impossible not to dance! Dress for the music if you dare. The event is a fundraiser for Swing the Bridge, with lots of opportunities to make a contribution to the fund.
When: From 7.30pm to closing time      Contact: Angie Simmons, 01795 532282 or angiedoesitnow@yahoo.com
29
AUG
30
AUG
Artisan Cider Festival
Brogdale Farm, Faversham
Music and an amazing range of the best local artisan ciders. Enjoy local food and entertainment over the whole weekend. Tours of the Brogdale Farm orchards will be running and the craft and produce village will be full of local products. There are plenty of activities for little festival-goers, too. Details at brogdalecollections.co.uk.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: info@brogdalecollections.co.uk
29
AUG
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
Preston Street, Faversham, Kent
Traditional town-centre market selling the best arts, crafts and food products from the Faversham area. This regular event is a week early because of Faversham Hop Festival on the first weekend of September. Details at www.favershammarket.org.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm       
31
AUG
Abbey School, London Road, Faversham
Kent Chrome and Cruisers, having outgrown its Sittingbourne location, comes to the playing fields of the Abbey School, Faversham, with Kent’s best collection of classic and custom cars and bikes.
When: 10am till late      Contact: Ian (Stumpy) Maggs, 07903 339466

31
AUG
Music at the Ship for Swing the Bridge
The Ship, Ospringe Street, Faversham
Featuring Stephen Hussey (www.stephenhussey.co.uk), lead violinist with Urban Soul Orchestra (www.urbansoulorchestra.co.uk), plus special guest artist Nico Ramsden. From 3pm. Free entry, with donations sought for the Swing the Bridge campaign.
When: From 3pm      Contact: natasha@urbansoulorchestra.co.uk
2
SEP
Tea Dance
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Ballroom and sequence dancing. Cream teas and homemade scones available. Admission £4 per person or £3 for members of West Faversham Community Association.
When: 2pm to 4.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
5
SEP
6
SEP
Faversham Hop Festival
Faversham Town Centre
Thousands will be following the hop-pickers’ trail to the ancient hopping and brewing town of Faversham for one of the biggest free street festivals in southeast England. The historic town centre offers music stages, dancers and buskers, Shepherd Neame brewery tours, a fun fair and family area, a street market and fantastic Kentish food and drink. The festival campsite and local B&Bs let visitors make a weekend of it.
When: 10am to 5.30pm both days      Contact: www.favershamhopfestival.org
5
SEP
6
SEP
Craft Fair
The Assembly Rooms, Preston Street, Faversham
Craft fair, held in conjunction with Faversham Hop Festival, with locally made handicrafts on exhibition and for sale, including jewellery, greetings cards, toys and children’s knitted items.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192
5
SEP
6
SEP
Purifier Building Pop-up Cafe
Purifier Building, Morrisons Car Park, Faversham
Peace and quiet and a nice cup of tea during the hurly-burly of Faversham Hop Festival. Enjoy homemade cakes and soft drinks in the historic Purifier Building, once part of the Faversham gasworks and now the headquarters and shipwrights’ hall for Faversham Creek Trust, which promotes regeneration of Faversham’s maritime heritage.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Debbie, 01795 227706
8
SEP
Spice Lounge, Preston Street, Faversham
Authentic North Indian meal of three courses at a fundraising event for Faversham’s Swing the Bridge campaign. Tickets for the event, at Spice Lounge, Faversham, are £20, and there is a pay bar. The restaurant has donated the cost of the meal to the campaign.
When: 7pm for 7.30pm      Contact: Marion on 01795 539853 or 07918 123123

12
SEP
Model Railway Exhibition
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RJ
Model railway exhibition hosted by Faversham Model Railway Club. Seventeen layouts, 11 trade stands and related society stands. Admission: adults, £4; seniors, £3; children, £2. On main bus route from town centre and railway station. On-site parking and cafe. More information at www.favershammrc.org.uk/exhibitions.
When: 10am to 4.30pm      Contact: 07931 589001
13
SEP
The Country Fair
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Family day out with activities for everyone interested in country life. Attractions include ‘The Galloping Acrobatics’, falconry, ferret racing, terrier racing, a fun dog show, great shopping and fine foods. Dogs should be kept on a lead. The house will be shut.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: 01795 890202
14
SEP
Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate Course
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Opportunity to complete the Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate Course, which is run by Swale Council. Discounted rate if booked by Faversham Business Partnership.
When: 9am to 5pm      Contact: heather@faversham.org
14
SEP
Dahlia Show and Competition
The Champion Hall, Painters Forstal, Kent ME13 0RT
Painters Forstal Gardeners’ Club stages a dahlia competition for members. There are seven classes, and staging takes place between 6.15pm and 6.45pm. Judging starts at 7pm.  If you would like to take part in this competition, telephone the chairman, Frances Moskovits, on 01795 537622, for schedule advice and information on joining the club.
When: 6.15pm to 9pm      Contact: 01795 537622
16
SEP
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
Dunkirk
Start of eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course. MBSR/MBCT programmes are designed to reduce stress and help with chronic pain from a variety of medical conditions. Details at www.vivmoore-mindfulbreath.org.
Contact: v.moore@valentinemoore.co.uk
18
SEP
The Old Brewery Store, Conduit Street, Faversham
Swing Ball celebrating the music and moves of the 1940s with the Beverley Big Band. Tickets are £20 and include supper, and there is a licensed bar. Profits from the event will support Swing the Bridge.
When: 7.30pm to midnight      Contact: jude.sach@gmail.com

18
SEP
20
SEP
Faversham Town Centre
Faversham Food Festival, from 18 to 20 September, includes produce stalls and tastings at Faversham Market and the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market, as well as special menus and activities in shops, restaurants, pubs and attractions.
When: 9am to 4pm       Contact: davidselves@selvesgroup.co.uk

18
SEP
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Another of the popular bingo-and-raffle nights at West Faversham Community Centre.
When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start      Contact: 01795 537321

19
SEP
Pear Day
Brogdale Farm, Faversham
Orchard walks and tractor-trailer tours, the best selection of pear varieties on display and a try-before-you-buy of the seasonal fruit. Details at brogdalecollections.co.uk.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: info@brogdalecollections.co.uk
19
SEP
Pear Day
Brogdale Farm, Faversham
Orchard walks and tractor-trailer tours, the best selection of pear varieties on display and try-before-you-buy of the seasonal fruit.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: info@brogdalecollections.co.uk
26
SEP
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Play the fast-and-furious British party game Beetle and enjoy a buffet. Places £3 per person.
When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start      Contact: 01795 537321

7
OCT
Tea Dance
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Ballroom and sequence dancing. Cream teas and homemade scones available. Admission £4 per person or £3 for members of West Faversham Community Association.
When: 2pm to 4.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
10
OCT
Wine and Wisdom
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Quiz night for table teams of eight people. Places £7 per person (including buffet).
When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start      Contact: 01795 537321
10
OCT
11
OCT
Wood Fest
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Two-day event for all the family, celebrating all aspects of the woodland. See why horses are still one of the most effective means of logging, and learn why wood is an efficient source of fuel. Exhibitors from the wonderful world of wood will demonstrate traditional skills and craftsmanship, and there will be live music, food stalls and craft stalls.
When: 10am to 5pm. Entry £10 a person (under-12s free)      Contact: 01795 890202
14
OCT
TALK: Under Billowing Sails
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk by Wilf Lower organised by the Faversham Branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Non-members welcome for an entry fee of £1.
When: 8pm for about 90 minutes      Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 or annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
16
OCT
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Another of the popular bingo-and-raffle nights at West Faversham Community Centre.
When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start      Contact: 01795 537321

17
OCT
18
OCT
National Apple Festival
Brogdale Farm, Faversham
Display of about 400 apple varieties and a try-before-you-buy. Tractor-trailer and walking tours of the orchards, and craft and produce stalls offering unique gift ideas. Enjoy live music and local food and take a miniature train ride to see the farm from a new angle. Children can get crafty and have their faces painted. Details at brogdalecollections.co.uk.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: info@brogdalecollections.co.uk
17
OCT
Craft Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Locally made handicrafts on exhibition and for sale, including Christmas crackers, greetings cards, jewellery and children’s knitted items.  Also including a collectables and antiques stall.
When: 10am to 3.30pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192
22
OCT
Controlling Credit within your Business
The Phoenix Tavern, Abbey Street, Faversham
Faversham Business Partnership presents an informative and insightful talk about controlling credit within your business by Pierre Haincourt, from Credit Limits International.
When: 6pm to 8pm      Contact: heather@faversham.org
24
OCT
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Playing Field, Abbey Place, Faversham
Lantern procession leading to a full-scale light-sculpture performance revealing Faversham Abbey’s location and size with dramatic stage lighting effects, live medieval plainsong, ambient soundscape, and refreshments.
When: 7pm to 9pm      Contact: info@creek-creative.org / 01795 535515

25
OCT
Hallowe’en at Belmont
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Tricks and treats for all the family, including a spooky trail around the gardens, pumpkin carving and a scary workshop. Fancy dress is most welcome. The tearoom will be open from 12 noon for soup, cream teas and homemade cakes. Entry £5 per child (adults and children under three are free of charge).
When: 12 noon to 3pm      Contact: 01795 890202
28
OCT
St Peter’s Church, Church Road, Oare, Kent ME13 0QB
The Lithuanian sculptor Aleksandras Alekjevas gives an illustrated talk, “Unrevealed Iconography: The bronze Icons of the Old Believers”, about icons of the Old Believers, a persecuted Orthodox sect. Entry £3 on the door.
When: 7.15pm for one hour       Contact: ann.j.welch@gmail.com

29
OCT
Heart Rhythms
St Peter’s Church, Church Road, Oare, Kent ME13 0QB
Bill Lewis, the celebrated Medway poet and storyteller, reads from his latest work, with musical interludes by members of Oare String Orchestra. Wine-and-nibbles intermission included in the £6 entry fee.
When: 7.30pm for about an hour and 40 minutes      Contact: ann.j.welch@gmail.com
4
NOV
Tea Dance
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Ballroom and sequence dancing. Cream teas and homemade scones available. Admission £4 per person or £3 for members of West Faversham Community Association.
When: 2pm to 4.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
11
NOV
TALK: The Medway Queen
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk by Mark Bathurst organised by the Faversham Branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Non-members welcome for an entry fee of £1.
When: 8pm for about 90 minutes      Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 or annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
13
NOV
Flower Arranging Demonstration by Robin White
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Faversham Flower Club hosts its annual Christmas flower arranging demonstration with the ever-popular Robin White. Tickets are available from the club treasurer.
When: 7pm for 7.30pm start (till 9.30pm)      Contact: Tickets, 01795 536450
14
NOV
Race Night
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Have a flutter on filmed races at the West Faversham Community Centre.
When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start      Contact: 01795 537321
20
NOV
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Another of the popular bingo-and-raffle nights at West Faversham Community Centre.
When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start      Contact: 01795 537321
2
DEC
Tea Dance
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
Ballroom and sequence dancing. Cream teas and homemade scones available. Admission £4 per person or £3 for members of West Faversham Community Association.
When: 2pm to 4.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
5
DEC
Christmas Craft Fair
Gatefield Hall, Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Everything you need for Christmas, with stalls offering stocking fillers, presents, crackers, greetings cards, jewellery and children’s knitted items. Just the place to do your Christmas shopping.
When: 10am to 3.30pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192
9
DEC
Christmas Wreath Making Workshops
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Make a Christmas door wreath for your home. No floristry experience needed and all floral materials will be supplied. Attenders must take secateurs and should wear warm, layered clothing. Coffee and homemade mince pies served on arrival. Places £25, including tuition, materials and refreshments. Book on 01795 890228. Deposit required.
When: 11am to 1pm      Contact: 01795 890202
10
DEC
FBP Christmas Social Meeting
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Christmas drinks and social for Faversham Business Partnership members.
When: Noon to 2pm      Contact: heather@faversham.org
16
DEC
Christmas Table Arrangement Workshop
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Create a contemporary flower arrangement with local florist Julie Davies. The arrangement will incorporate lots of garden greenery and leaves. Take some candles to complete your design. All other materials and equipment are supplied. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be available to get you in the Christmas spirit. Places £45.
When: 10am to 12.30pm      Contact: 01795 890202
18
DEC
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7RH
A Christmas special of the popular, monthly bingo night at West Faversham Community Centre.
When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start      Contact: 01795 537321