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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.
    Adrian Key 1957 - 2021
    Adrian Key 1957 - 2021
    Adrian Key had only lived in Elham for 11 years but in that short time, he managed to touch many people's lives. He was the dog walker, accompanied by his faithful Midget, who always had a cheery word, a twinkle in his clear blue eyes, a positive outlook on life, with something to say about most things, from space exploration to his latest car (he changed these like people change shirts!), his last holiday, the next one he was planning, and couldn't resist the odd rant against Boris Johnson and Priti Patel.

    And yet for eight of those years, he battled against ill health, first with throat cancer, then with multiple myeloma. He never complained, remaining forever optimistic. You wouldn't have known that fate had dealt him this rotten health card.

    Travel was his passion, but Covid put paid to that in the past two years. And despite being double vaccinated and taking every care in the world, it was Covid that got him in the end. His poor weakened body, with no immunity left, just could not fight it. The end was so quick it caught everyone by surprise.

    'A lovely man, a damn fine fellow, a caring person, loved and popular, a genuine nice bloke...' These are just some of the comments I've received from the Elham community. I am deeply grateful to all of you for your kind words and offers of help. Thank you for having embraced him in this lovely village. Rest in peace Adrian. 6 June 1957 - 7 September 2021. Anne Leva


    Table Tennis for All
    Table Tennis for All
    If you would like to re-discover the joys of playing table tennis or would like to give it a go, contact Jim Clements 840295 or email It might be more enjoyable than you think!

    Short Mat Bowls Begins Again
    Short Mat Bowls Begins Again
    Short Mat Bowls will return on Monday 4 October for all ages at Elham Village Hall. There is a new time of 3.30pm until 6.00pm. Wear flat shoes or trainers Contact Maggie Tappenden 862 457

    The Rose & Crown is Open Again!
    The Rose & Crown is Open Again!
    Opening Hours:

    Mon - Sat 12:00 to 23:00 Sun 12:00 to 22:00

    Food Served:

    Mon - Thu 12:00 to 15:00 & 18:00 to 21:00 Fri 12:00 to 15:00 & 17:00 to 21:00 Sat 12:00 to 21:00 Sun 12:00 to 18:00

    Bar Menu, Restaurant Menu & Sunday Roast. Tel: 01303 840890 to book a table.


    Elham Historical Society Online Exhibition
    Elham Historical Society Online Exhibition
    To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day the EHS have placed online the information that was due to be on display at the village hall. You can access the exhibition by visiting here

    Village update
    Newsletter: Please get copy in by 13th of the month

    Village shop: Opening hours. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please do not collect your paper until 8 a.m.

    The King's Arms Open 01303 840242

    The Rose and Crown Opening 16th September 01303 840890

    The Abbot's Fireside Currently closed. New ownership

    The Cosy Tea Rooms Open 013030 840444

    The Post Office Tuesday - Thursday 9:30 - 12:30


    Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    For the latest government update click here

    Social distancing: Almost all legal restrictions have been lifted on the number of people you can meet - at home and in a public place - whether indoors or outdoors Capacity limits at private or public events no longer apply. Social distancing is still required in certain circumstances: When travellers enter the country, before border control Hospitals and care homes may use it to reduce the chance of infections There is no legal requirement to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces, but the government says it "expects and recommends" people wear them in crowded areas such as public transport. For more information click here


    click on the event for more details
    Wed 22 Sep 14:30
    The Baby Boomer Nostalgia Show
    Rhodes Minnis Village Hall - Rhodes Minnis Evening Circle
    Alan Haines talk - The Baby Boomer Nostalgia Show Part One. We meet at Rhodes Minnis Village Hall at 2-30pm and visitors will be warmly welcomed. For further details please contact Marion on 862913
    Sat 25 Sep 10:00 - 12:00
    Macmillan Coffee Morning
    St. Mary's Church - MacMillan Cancer Support
    Sun 26 Sep 13:00
    Harvest Lunch
    St. Mary's Church - Elham Friends of St. Mary's Church
    Tue 28 Sep 10:00
    The Wye Downs walk
    Wye Downs - Elham Elham Valley Walkers
    Sat 2 Oct
    Coffee morning & bulb sale
    Village Hall - Elham Gardening Society
    Wed 6 Oct 19:00
    Social, Snacks and Cinema
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Village Hall Association
    Fri 8 Oct 19:30 - 00:00
    EHS: Part 2 of Derek's Talk about Elham
    Village Hall - Elham Historical Society
    Fri 15 Oct 19:30
    Quiz Night - POSTPONED
    Village Hall - Elham Village Hall Association
    Sun 17 Oct 10:00
    Elham Valley Walkers
    East Cliff Pavilion - Elham Elham Valley Walkers
    Thu 21 Oct 19:30
    The story of Biddulph Grange
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Gardening Society
    Sat 23 Oct 10:30
    Dedication of Memorial Bench
    St. Mary's Church - Elham Valley Royal British Legion
    Sat 23 Oct 14:00 - 16:00
    Welcome to Newcomers
    Village Hall - Elham Residents' Association
    Tue 26 Oct 10:00
    Elham Valley Walkers
    Lydden Bell Pub - Elham Elham Valley Walkers
    Wed 3 Nov 19:00
    Social, Snacks and Cinema
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Village Hall Association
    Fri 5 Nov 19:30
    Bayeux Tapestry and its local connection
    Village Hall - Elham Historical Society
    Tue 9 Nov 10:00
    Elham Valley Walkers
    Breach Down - Elham Elham Valley Walkers
    Fri 12 Nov 19:00
    Annual Dinner
    Etchinghill Golf Club - Elham Gardening Society
    Thu 18 Nov 19:30
    Great plants for a small garden
    Peggy Pike VH - Elham Gardening Society
    Fri 26 Nov 19:30
    A Talk on the Wild Side
    Village Hall - Elham Village Hall Association
    Fri 10 Dec 19:30
    EHS Talk: The Walmer Lifeboat
    Village Hall - Elham Historical Society
    Sun 12 Dec 11:00 - 16:00
    Elham Farmers' Market
    The Square - Elham Farmers' Market
    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
    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
    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
    01303 840224
    Parish Council Vice Chair: Christeen Chapman
    07702 268475
    Parish Council Clerk: Claire Greenwood
    01303 840006
    Parish Council Member: Brian Swan
    Parish Council Member: Charles Kirchner
    07581 524402
    Parish Council Member: Emily Arnold-Newing
    01303 840255
    Parish Council Member: Geoff Clements
    01303 862087
    Parish Council Member: Kevin Allen
    Parish Council Member: Steve Jones
    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 840550
    Elham Gardening Society: Frances Horton
    01303 840041
    Elham Pre-School:
    01303 840325
    Elham Primary School: Dan File
    01303 840186
    Elham Valley Stores
    01303 840820
    EVH Chairman: Jan Stanyon
    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