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 (Adrienne.begent@favershamtc.co.uk) or posted: Deputy Town Clerk, Faversham Town Council, Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NY.

For further information, please go to http://www.faversham.towncouncil.gov.uk. 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.



We are on track to £125k but keep it up



It may be past the summer solstice, but there are still plenty of events coming up in aid of Swing the Bridge! From live music to wine-tasting, brain-challenging quizzes and family fun events – we’ve something we know you’ll enjoy, as we keep our fund-raising barometer in town climbing.

60s 70s 80s Disco Evening: Sat 29th August   Brents Tavern 8pm

Stephen Hussey (lead violinist from Urban Soul Orchestra) plus Special Guest Artist Nico Ramsden.    Bank Holiday Mon, 31 August, Ship Inn, Ospringe, from 3pm –  Entry by donation.

Battle of the Brains: Quiz at the Brents Tavern, Fri 4 September, 7.30 start, tables of 8, seats £5 each: ring Toni on 07880322157 to reserve your place

The Creek Trust at the Hop Festival: 5/6 September – the Creek Trust stall in Abbey Street and a Tea Room at the Purifier Building where there will also be an Art Show by local artist Derek Cox of a series of original ink paintings of Faversham registered boats.

If you would like to help with either, contact Debbie on 01795 227706)

Curry Supper Spice Lounge, Tues 8 September, 7:30 for 8 pm; £20 / head for a special authentic North Indian meal. Buy tickets at the restaurant or call Marion, 07918 123123

Wine Tasting, with Ploughman’s: Sat 12 September, £20 a head – place and time tbc!

1940s Swing Band: 18 September 7.30pm, Old Brewery Store; tickets £20 including supper. Tickets at Sweet Scene, and details and booking online here.

Concert at the Assembly Room: Sat 26 September

Family Fun Day: Sun 27 September, 11 am – 5 pm, at Brogdale. All manner of fun for kids and grandchildren

Finally, just to let you know – the money coming in is really pushing us towards our target – but we can’t stop now! We have banked over £75,000 and sent most of that to KCC, and we have promises from various Trusts and charities which bring us up to over £100,000 – so we are doing brilliantly; but these last few weeks will be absolutely crucial – so keep up the good work.

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

The Swing the Bridge campaign team



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Swing the Bridge fund total now £75,000

The Swing the Bridge fund thermometer in Faversham Town Square, has been upgraded to show total receipts of £75,000.DSC_0223

Many thanks are due to all those who have contributed or helped to raise funds. This is an astounding result for just four months actual fundraising, and confirms that we are on course to achieving the full amount required to secure a Swing Bridge, rather than a fixed one, provided we keep up the pace, till the end of September, just eight weeks away.

So, if you are thinking about it, now is the time to put hand in pocket or pen to cheque and make your contribution, no matter how small, as every little bit helps. The easiest way is to use the on-line GIVEY fund at the head of this page. Don’t forget that Gift Aid is worth 25% on top, so sign a Gift Aid form.


Swale Smack & Barge Match Saturday 8th




Members and supporters of Faversham Creek Trust enjoyed a social evening at the Purifier Building headquarters on Saturday night, with musical entertainment provided by the Fleur Singers and local band Kingsize Jones.

Chairman Prof. Chris Wright took people on tours round the building which is nearing completion after three years very hard work by the volunteers.


Referring to the Swing Bridge Fund, Chris said ‘It’s not an exact science to say exactly how much more we need to raise with just two months to go, but we are well on track to raise the necessary £125,000 by the end of September, with solid support from the local community and lots of events on our calendar. We just have to keep focussed and keep on raising the money’.

Many thanks to all who came and for the generous donations to the Swing bridge Fund, which totalled over £400 but included 3 very generous donations.


There will be a Boot Fair on 16 August at Abbey School (from 8am – noon), cars £5, vans/trailers £7. And a special authentic North Indian dinner at the Spice Lounge restaurant on Tue 8 September for £20 a head, book via Marion on 07918 123123 and marionb8@btinternet.com