North Downs Walk 2021
Having been forced to cancel the Cancer Research UK North Downs’ Walk last year, for the first time in its 35 year history, the Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent is determined that it will go ahead on 8 August 2021 and is planning accordingly. They already have almost 100 walkers registered but would obviously like more. The walk has, in the past, raised over £500,000 for various charities and local causes. 50% of the sponsorship money raised by each walker can go towards their own chosen charity. For further information, please visit: North Downs Walk
West Farleigh Play Area
20th July 2020
The play area is now open. People are being welcomed back and asked to adhere to social distancing rules in all areas.
All children’s play equipment has been maintained throughout lockdown and has been regularly inspected for safety.
People are being asked to maintain social distancing and if a child has a high temperature, cough, or cold, to not allow them into the play area.
At busy times, the Parish Council would request that children’s time on play equipment be limited to 20 minutes, to allow other families to enjoy the facilities too. Therefore, if the play area is busy, parents are being asked to come back later.
There is be no food or drink allowed inside the play areas, until further notice.
Families are asked to use hand sanitiser or wash their hands before and after play to help keep the play areas clean for others.
About West Farleigh
West Farleigh is a village and civil parish southwest of Maidstone in the county of Kent. The parish has a population of approximately 450 and is bounded by the civil parishes of East Farleigh, Hunton, Yalding, and over the River Medway by Wateringbury, Teston and Barming.
The village boasts three pubs; the White House, The Tickled Trout and The Good Intent. Adjacent to the church is the village cricket ground. The village is twinned with the northern German village of Ringstedt, near Bremerhaven.
The sports club runs a football section involving two senior Saturday sides, a veterans' side, and five junior sides which play their home games at Elmscroft Park, Charlton Lane. An annual tour that was once mainly between the village football teams and that of Ringstedt, but now includes many from the wider community; this has been an ongoing event, and ever flourishing, since 1988. The cricket section of the sports club runs two senior teams, mainly on Saturdays, one playing in the Kent County Village League.
The primary school, which had two classrooms, closed in 1976. One of its two teachers at the time, was Miss Whittle, the niece of Sir Frank Whittle, co-inventor of the jet engine. The village's post office and only stores closed in 1976.
All Saints church dates back to the 11th century. West Farleigh Hall dates from 1719. Both buildings are Grade I listed buildings. One of the treasures of the church is a cross, of bronze, brass and wood with emblems of the evangelists; it was buried nearby, probably by the last pre-Reformation vicar to save it from confiscation, and was not found for nearly 300 years. It is now in the British Museum but there is a painting in the chancel.
Regular emails are sent out to share news and updates of village events from the village website The Farleighs.
Also, the village's free Parish Magazine "Life-Line" is produced monthly, and distributed to all households in the village.
If you have any queries, please contact the Parish Clerk, Amanda Broadhurst
Address: c/o 16 Merivale Grove, Walderslade, Chatham, Kent, ME5 8HP