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AUG
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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
28
AUG
Musical Bumps Free Taster Session
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
A free taster session of Musical Bumps, the music sessions for babies and toddlers, is being held at 1.30pm for babies and 2pm for toddlers. Contact 07934 921073 or canterbury.faversham@musicalbumps.com to book a place. Musical Bumps will be run alongside Tea and Tots on Friday mornings at the Alexander Centre from 11 September.
Contact: 07934 921073 / canterbury.faversham@musicalbumps.com
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
‘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       
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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
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
30
AUG
Ruby Poppy Memorial Quilting Exhibition
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Exhibition of quilts, tactile books and textiles celebrating the creative work of the late Ruby Poppy, a former chair of Faversham’s Quay Quilters, who contributed to many sewing projects over 30 years, including Faversham Library’s Tapestry Quilt.  Free entry. Tea room.
When: 11am to 4pm      Contact: bookings@thealexandercentre.com
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
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

1
SEP
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
Dunkirk Village Hall, Dunkirk
Start of an eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course, using programmes designed to help people to manage the pressure of chronic pain and extreme health conditions. The sessions are two hours.
Contact: Viv Moore (v.moore@valentinemoore.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
4
SEP
United Church Hall, Preston Street, Faversham
Monthly meeting of Faversham Townswomen’s Guild. The speaker is Anthea Bryant, with a slide-illustrated talk about the hidden history of Canterbury.
When: 2pm. to 4pm      Contact: Sally Robertson, 01795 536916

4
SEP
5
SEP
EXHIBITION: Hops and Hopping
St Barnabas Parish Centre, Boughton-under-Blean
A photographic exhibition with film and recollections of Boughton’s rich heritage of hops and hop-picking. Free admission. Refreshments available. The venue is wheelchair-accessible.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Sue Owen, 01227 750203
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
5
SEP
6
SEP
Leaveland Church, Leaveland (just off A251)
Scores of varieties of chilli plants on display in a medieval village church. The chillis are also for sale, including scary super-hots and chefs’ favourites. Sample surreal hot sauces. Chilli-themed tombola. Teas with delicious homemade cakes.
When: 10am to 5pm both days      Contact: Angela Stoddart

5
SEP
6
SEP
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: Festival 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
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

9
SEP
Belmont House, Throwley
A workshop at Belmont House, Throwley, beginning with a demonstration using flowers freshly picked from its gardens before a tour with the head gardener and the opportunity to cut your own flowers. All materials will be supplied, with plenty of time for one-to-one assistance to create something wonderful. Lunch will be provided. 
When: 11am to 2.30pm      Contact: Belmont House, 01795 890228

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
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
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
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
20
SEP
Faversham 10k
Abbey School, London Road, Faversham
The popular Faversham 10k run takes place in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Details about entering, which cannot be done on the day, are in the “Get involved” section of www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk. A 1.5k fun run starts at 10.20am. Runners for the 10k are asked to be at the start by 10.50am.
When: Morning      Contact: 07749 290791
21
SEP
RHS Classes at Brogdale
Brogdale Farm, Brogdale, Faversham
Start of RHS Level 2 theory classes run by an experienced, qualified lecturer. Can be taken to gain a qualification or just for enjoyment. Trips to gardens/nurseries included. The course runs till 30 June, 2016. Email for details and application form or meet the lecturer at Brogdale Farm, Faversham, on 5 September between 1pm and 5pm.
When: Mondays 6.30pm to 9pm and Tuesdays 10am to 2pm      Contact: kevin.tooher@outlook.com
24
SEP
The Science of Art
Welcome Centre, St. Jude’s, Tanners Street, Faversham
Start of a course run by Swale WEA for anyone interested in the how and why of artists’ techniques. It will look at colour theory, how pigments were discovered and made, conservation work and other aspects of practical art. Places must be booked by 11 September. The course is on from 10am to 12 noon on Thursdays until 12 November.
When: Thursdays, 10am to 12 noon      Contact: Mary Allman, 01795 476826
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

1
OCT
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Certified course on Emergency First Aid at Work designed to enable the first-aider in a low-risk environment to carry out appropriate first aid. For details or to book a place, contact the Alexander Centre in person, by phone on 01795 594460 or by emailing bookings@thealexandercentre.com.
When: 9.15am-4.30pm      Contact: bookings@thealexandercentre.com / 01795 594460

3
OCT
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Faversham Business Partnership and the Alexander Centre, Faversham, host a wellness fair with local experts in exercise, complementary therapies, diet, counselling and face and body treatments. This is an opportunity to pick up information, offers and promotions from the businesses and you may even get a taster with some of the therapies. 
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: heather@faversham.org

4
OCT
Start from outside the Guildhall, Market Place, Faversham
Free guided walk for members and their families and friends and for those who might wish to join the group.  The walk will probably last two to three hours (five to six miles).  Well-behaved dogs on short leads are also welcome. This circular walk starts at 10am.
Contact: Brian Caffarey, 01795 530356 or brian.caffarey1@btopenworld.com

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
17
OCT
Faversham Carnival
Faversham town centre
Faversham Carnival, with the parade starting from Whitstable Road at 6.30pm. The route is East Street, Newton Road, Station Road, Preston Street, Market Street, Market Place, Court Street, Quay Lane, Conduit Street, North Lane, South Road and Stone Street before dispersal in Stone Street/Preston Street.
When: 6.30pm to about 8.30pm      Contact: Sylvia Lawrence, 07860 276000
17
OCT
Crowning of Miss Faversham
Outside the Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
The newly selected Miss Faversham and Junior Miss Faversham and their princesses are crowned. Proceedings start at 1.30pm with the outgoing Miss Faversham, Siobhan Harman, giving a farewell speech and presenting cheques to her charities. The new Miss Faversham will be crowned by the Mayor of Faversham, Cllr Nigel Kay, and Mrs Kay.
When: 1.30pm      Contact: Sylvia Lawrence, 07860 276000
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
23
OCT
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
An evening of treats for body and soul, with a host of stalls offering all things to help you feel good about the onset of winter and prepare yourself for the party season. It may even be a good place to start your Christmas shopping! Event organised by the local Bees Knees Playgroup.
When: 7pm to 10pm      Contact: Meg.bridges@gmail.com

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
5
NOV
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
One-day course for CIEH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace, designed to ensure that all employees are aware of their own safety and the safety of customers, contractors and the public. This qualification can be tailored to business and individual needs to make the learning experience relevant.
When: 9am to 5pm      Contact: bookings@thealexandercentre.com / 01795 594460

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
19
NOV
Emily Turner Social Media Presentation
Judd’s Folly Hotel, Faversham
Faversham Business Partnership offers a chance to meet Emily Turner, one of Kent’s leading social media experts, and to find out how to advertise your business. Emily will be giving advice and facts about Facebook and other social media outlets. FBP members free. Non-members, £5 per person. Book by emailing heather@faversham.org.
When: 6pm to 8pm      Contact: heather@faversham.org
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
7
DEC
Painters Forstal Gardening Club Christmas Party
The Champion Hall, Painters Forstal
A fun-packed evening with refreshments. Cups and trophies will be presented for the summer show and the dahlia class meeting held earlier in the year.
When: 7pm to 9.30pm      Contact: 01795 537622
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
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Christmas drinks with the Mayor, hosted by Faversham Business Partnership, for members only.
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