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  • Map of Elham
    © Reproduced by kind permission of the Elham Village Hall Association Ltd, Elham Circle & the artist - Graham Clarke
    Elham village is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the North Downs of Kent. This beautiful and historic village can trace its past back to the Domesday Book of 1086.
    Map of Elham
    © Reproduced by kind permission of the artist Scarlett Rickard
    Nestled between Canterbury and Folkestone, the Elham Valley is situated in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is good access by car from the M20 and A2, alternatively by train to Canterbury or Folkestone and the regular No.17 Stagecoach bus service which runs along the valley.

    There can be few places as tranquil as Kent's Elham Valley that are so easy to reach and offer such a range of activities. Enjoy a walk in the unspoiled countryside followed by a pub lunch at one of the many charming village pubs.
    Breathe in the fresh air, drink in the views and feel yourself relax.

    There's accommodation to suit every budget from B&B to self catering or luxury rooms. The location makes it a great place for an overnight stop before a channel crossing from the nearby port of Dover or the Eurotunnel terminal at Folkestone.

    The Elham Valley Way, a 21 mile promoted footpath, passes over fields and through woods and villages, it therefore provides a wondeful encounter for the long distance walker. The Way largely traverses the track of the old Canterbury – Folkestone Elham Valley Railway which closed in 1947.

    The pretty village of Elham hosts some wonderful historic houses of Kent together with welcoming pubs, and log fires in the winter.
    We're raising £1,000 to help fund the developments at St Mary's Church, Elham.
    We're raising £1,000 to help fund the developments at St Mary's Church, Elham.
    Saturday 29th February 2020 St Mary's Church, Elham has a significant funding target to enable the development of the building works to enhance the village and the community space. The Rose and Crown Darts team will be taking on the formidable 250,001 to 0 Challenge in a solid 12 hour darting marathon to raise much needed funds for the worthy cause that supports so many in our community. Please sponsor us whatever you can, or come and join us on the day, throw some arrows for 30 minutes and chuck some money in the bucket!

    George Palmer Obituary
    George Palmer Obituary
    George Palmer 1942-2020

    George's sudden death on the 12th January came as a dreadful shock to all of us. We knew that he had an ongoing heart condition after his near fatal heart attack five years ago. But, with the skill of the medics at St Thomas's Hospital and locally, and his own regular exercise in walking up to the village with Thor, we thought he had it under control.

    I gave the Tribute at George's funeral, and Georgia and Toby Dingle spoke movingly about his role in the life of their family, but the greatest testimony to his contribution to our community was the vast congregation who attended. George had planned his funeral many years ago, so the hymns were very apt for one whose whole working life was on the land, primarily as a shepherd. He was well known and respected in the East Kent farming community. As well as his regular commercial flock, he had enjoyed looking after endangered breeds at the Parsonage Farm Heritage Centre, so it was a highlight when he was able to travel to the Cotswolds last year and meet Adam Henson, the great proponent of rare breeds on the BBC's Countryfile.

    George was for many years a conscientious and meticulous member of Elham Parish Council, never voicing an opinion before researching the facts. He served as Chairman and representative to the Kent Association of Parish Councils. As a very knowledgeable Tree Warden, he enjoyed walking round the village with the representatives from the Men of the Trees when they made their annual visit.

    He contributed in so many ways to life in Elham, often anonymously, but was proud to be known as President of the Cricket Club. He and I shared an interest in both wildlife and history and spent many hours together exploring the nature reserves and old churches of East Kent. After the Elham Historical Society was formed, George was our greatest supporter, donating historic documents and objects and never missing a meeting.

    George's sister Ellen was seven years his senior and she had married Don and moved to Folkestone when he was still a schoolboy, but her young family spent the summer holidays with their grandparents and Tiny (as George was known to the family). They remained close and met up and had lunch together every week. Ellen has received many letters, which she will treasure. One, from one of George's new friends, entirely unknown to her, said: "I have always thought of George as embodying the 'spirit' of the Elham Valley and will miss my encounters with him and Thor when out walking. A great deal of tradition and wisdom and folk memory has been lost with George's passing."

    Derek Boughton


    Elham Valley Stores
    VOLUNTEERS We are looking for more volunteers who would be prepared to work, on an occasional basis, in the village store. Full training would be given. Please contact Martin Turner (01303 840804 or if you would be interested or have any questions.

    Help With The Open Gardens
    Help With The Open Gardens
    Elham Gardening Society has asked for volunteers to help during the Open Gardens weekend on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. The village will be buzzing as the Sunday is also the date of the Summer Food & Craft Festival in the Square and Church from 11am to 2pm. In the weeks leading up to the weekend scarecrows will be appearing around the village to take part in the competition organised by Elham Farmers' Market. Contact Sharon Jacob if you are able to help with the Open Gardens.

    Summer Food & Craft Festival
    Summer Food & Craft Festival
    We're planning our Summer Market for Sunday 14 June, 11am - 2pm, in the Square and St Mary's Church, so please save the date. It will coincide with Elham Open Gardens so promises to be a festive weekend. And our Scarecrow Competition is back by popular demand. We hope you'll feel inspired to join in - more details in the next newsletter.

    click on the event for more details
    Sat 22 Feb 10:00 - 16:00
    Fur Feather and Exotics Exhibition
    Boughton-Under-Blean Village Hall - Rhodes Minnis Lord Whisky
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    Sat 22 Feb 10:30 - 12:30
    Pancake Brunch
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Friends of St. Mary's Church
    Sat 22 Feb 19:30
    EVHA Not BORED Games Night
    Village Hall - Elham Village Hall Association
    Fri 28 Feb 19:00
    Etchinghill Village Hall - Rhodes Minnis Cat Sanctuary
    Fri 28 Feb 19:30
    Elham Women - Part 1 (1217 - 1914)
    Village Hall - Elham Historical Society
    Sat 29 Feb
    We're raising £1,000 for St.Mary'sChurch
    Rose & Crown - Elham Rose & Crown
    Mon 2 Mar 14:00
    Royal British Legion Talk
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Valley Royal British Legion
    Mon 2 Mar 19:30 - 21:00
    Ordinary meeting of the Parish Council
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Parish Council
    Wed 11 Mar 19:00
    ERA Meeting
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Thu 12 Mar 12:30 - 14:00
    Friendship Lunch
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Thu 12 Mar 14:30
    My Adventure in Nepal
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Circle
    Sat 14 Mar 13:00 - 16:00
    ERA Recycling Conference
    Village Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Sun 15 Mar 10:15
    Elham Valley Walkers Circular Walk
    Elham Valley Stores - Elham Elham Valley Walkers
    Thu 19 Mar 19:30
    Why a Chemical-free Garden is Better
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Gardening Society
    Fri 20 Mar 19:30
    March Quiz
    Village Hall - Elham Village Hall Association
    Fri 27 Mar 19:30
    Down North on the Labrador
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Historical Society
    Thu 2 Apr 19:30
    The Royal Fleet Auxiliary
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Valley Royal British Legion
    Sat 4 Apr 10:00 - 12:00
    Spring Show and Coffee Morning
    Village Hall - Elham Gardening Society
    Sat 4 Apr 19:30
    The Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir
    Barham Village Hall - Public
    Thu 9 Apr 12:30 - 14:00
    Friendship Lunch
    St. Mary's Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Fri 24 Apr 19:30
    Village Hall - Elham Historical Society
    Contact Name & email
    Non emergency Police
    07977 982185
    KCCCommunity Warden: Gary Harrison
    NHS Direct
    01227 766877
    Kent & Canterbury Hosp.
    01233 633331
    William Harvey Ashford
    01303 840213
    Elham Surgery
    01303 232300
    Hawkinge Health Centre
    01303 862425
    Lyminge Pharmacy
    01303 840577
    Bourne Physiotherapy: Julie Perkins
    01227 832322
    Bourne Vet Practice
    01303 273203
    Manor Vet Clinic
    01303 253524
    Member of Parliament: Damian Collins MP
    07584 304301
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: David Godfrey
    07887 918458
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: Jennie Hollingsbee
    07968 406702
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: Phillip Martin
    07956 110887
    Shepway Dist. Councillor: Stuart Peall
    01233 670561
    Kent County Councillor: Miss Susan Carey
    01303 840215
    Parish Council Chairman: Kevin Lamb
    07581 524402
    Parish Council Vice Chairman: Emily Arnold-Newing
    07702 268475
    Parish Council Clerk: Claire Greenwood
    01303 840006
    Parish Council Member: Brian Swan
    01303 840820
    Parish Council Member: Clive Stanyon
    01303 840255
    Parish Council Member: Geoff Clements
    01303 840872
    Parish Council Member: Ken Percival
    01303 862087
    Parish Council Member: Kevin Allen
    Parish Council Member: Kevin Scott
    07956 110887
    Parish Council Member: Stuart Peall
    01303 840566
    Abbot's Fireside
    01303 840242
    King's Arms
    01303 840890
    Rose & Crown
    01303 840344
    The Cosy Tea Rooms
    01303 840304
    Church Matters: Mary Morgan
    01303 840219
    Church: St Mary the Virgin vicar: Jane Weeks
    01303 862820
    Dog & Puppy Training
    01303 840485
    Elham Circle: Judith Ridley
    01303 840550
    Elham Gardening Society: Frances Horton
    01303 840041
    Elham Pre-School:
    01303 840325
    Elham Primary School: Dan File
    01303 840186
    Elham Valley Stores
    01303 840606
    EVH Chairman: Tony Rossi
    01303 840647
    EVHA: Pat Holmes
    01303 840336
    Ladies' Walking Group: Andrée Sladden
    01303 862180
    Lyminge Library
    01303 261500
    Methodist Church: Kevin Taylor
    01303 840485
    Sports Centre
    01303 840009
    Sports Club: John Holmes
    01303 840538
    St. Mary's Church Hall: Bridget Johnson
    01303 840544
    Sunday School
    01303 862467
    Village Hall: Maggie Tappenden
    01303 840295
    Newsletter Editor: Renee Bull
    01303 840007
    Newsletter Distribution: Pauline & Barry Flanagan