Sunny Sunday Afternoon on the Bridge


Imagine visitors watching the boats in the Basin


The new footpath will be twice as wide and much safer


Thank you

We’ve done it! We’ve raised £125,000! Join us for a photo call on the Bridge tomorrow (Sunday 27 September) at 2 pm
The final payment has been made into the KCC Swing Bridge Fund, bringing the total to £125,000.

We’ll be lining the Bridge tomorrow (27 September) at 2 pm, when photographers from our local newspapers will take pictures of everyone waving and thanking Faversham for our tremendous success.

What a fantastic fundraising summer we’ve had, with 53 events, and support and donations from dozens of local businesses and thousands of people. Most are from Faversham but others hail from much further afield – as far away as Australia, Brazil and California!

Now it’s time to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to Swing the Bridge. We’ll be putting up posters like the one above all over town. If you would like one to put in your window, it will be available to download soon from our website – Swing the Bridge Literature – or email us on to request one.

We will close our fund on 30 September, as planned. Any funds raised over the target will be held separately, and will be used for Bridge related projects in the Basin. As you know, opening the Bridge is the first stage towards regenerating the Basin, bringing back maritime activity and creating a waterfront for all to enjoy. Watch this space for future developments!

As always, please do keep spreading the word and keep those donations – big or small! – coming in, in this, the final few days of our fund-raising campaign. While we’ve reached the first target, it’s certainly not the last!

Thank you for your continued support for ‘Swing the Bridge.’

The Swing the Bridge campaign team

Test your Brainpower in our Arts Quiz this Friday!

Budding Brainiacs are invited to join us this Friday in our Arts Quiz at the United Reformed Church Hall on Preston Street, Faversham.

Questionmaster Ben Saul will be putting us through our mental paces; guests should arrive at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tables are up to a maximum of 8 people, tickets are £5 per person – you are welcome to bring your own wine and nibbles.

To book, please call Marion on 01795 539853 or e-mail

As always, please do keep spreading the word and keep those donations – big or small! – coming in, in this, the final few weeks of our fund-raising campaign; it really does make a difference!

Thank you for your continued support for ‘Swing the Bridge.’

The Swing the Bridge campaign team

Swing Ball at the Old Brewery Store Friday 18th Sept

Step back in time to the 1940’s with the Beverly Big Band next week, as we invite you to take your partners at the Swing Ball on Friday 18 September. And don’t worry – if you’re hesitant about your dancing moves, the evening begins with an Introductory Lindy Hop class to get your feet moving!Swing Ball Poster new

You can find out more about the event on the Trust’s Facebook page – it promises to be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there!d095b842-59b2-46c0-90c6-2cc3402cff75

Wine Tasting at the Purifier with Clive Barlow, Master of Wine

Wine Tasting at the Purifier

Clive Barlow, well known master of Wine since 1999, will lead us through the wine tasting. He is one of only 322 Masters of Wine in the world.

Afterwards we will enjoy a Ploughman’s Supper.Bottles

An Evening with the Trust

Last night, our Patrons, the Countess Sondes and Sir David Melville, and the Chairman and Trustees, entertained a number of invited guests to a tour of the Purifier and later a reception on TSB Repertor, [Many thanks to David & Elaine Pollock]. This was to introduce the Trust, its aims, history and future, to a group of people not previously involved or fully aware of us.  An inspirational talk was given by Tim Stonor, which can be seen in full below.IMG_2452


Faversham Town Council Swing Bridge Loan Consultation

The information below has been posted on the Faversham Town Council website. It is important that if you support the replacement of the Swing Bridge, then please do comment favourably as suggested below.

Swing Bridge Loan Consultation

At a meeting on 24 August, Faversham Town Council agreed to apply to the Secretary of State for borrowing approval of a loan of £175,000. The discussion paper can be found here.

The public is invited to comment on the Town Council’s decision over the next 4 weeks, in time for the next meeting of the Town Council on 21 September. The following points should be noted:

The Town Council has not yet decided on the loan period
It will not be using any unallocated reserves
It believes this will not increase the precept, as the loan repayments should be found within the current precept request
The Town Council must also decide to borrow, once approval of the Secretary of State has been given
In the unlikely event of the funding not being required, the Town Council will not proceed to take out the loan
The loan, if taken out, will begin to be repaid in the financial year 2016/17

If you have any comments, please send them to the Town Council offices before Friday, 11 September. They can be emailed ( or posted: Deputy Town Clerk, Faversham Town Council, Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NY.

For further information, please go to Full details of the discussion paper can be found in the news link or pdf below. Alternatively, please speak to Adrienne Begent on 01795 503 286.