Author Archives: Faversham Creek Trust


What do Faversham and Venice have in common


Making better places for people to live in – a talk at the Fleur Oct 2nd 19.30

Making better places for people to live in

Tim Stonor & Harold Goodwin – two trustees on their day jobs and their relevance to Faversham.

This event is in the Fleur Hall and is jointly organised with the Faversham Creek Trust. October 2nd 19:30

Tickets available from the Fleur in Preston Street.

Tickets £5, –  for members of the Faversham Society and the Faversham Creek Trust there is a discounted price £3.

Life beyond yellow lines

The science of smart towns and cities

Tim Stonor is an architect and urban planner who advises public, private and community organisations worldwide. In the course of his career, he has pioneered the development and application of “predictive modelling” – using computer algorithms to forecast the impacts of design proposals on human behaviour patterns. His projects include the redesign of Trafalgar Square and the creation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Tim is Managing Director of the strategic consulting firm Space Syntax Limited, which he established at University College London in 1996. He is a Trustee of the Design Council, a Visiting Professor at University College London, a director of The Academy of Urbanism, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a winner of the prestigious Harvard Loeb Fellowship.

Closer to home, Tim is a trustee of the Faversham Society, a member of the Town Council’s Public Realm Group and a member of the Friends of the Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond. He is closely involved in the campaign for a 20mph limit across the town. In recent years he led a widely-supported campaign against the painting of yellow lines in the town centre. He is currently opposing the further painting of double yellow lines around the Guildhall, proposing instead a design-led scheme that includes planters and seats.

Using Tourism to Make Better Places to Live in

The aspiration of Responsible Tourism is to use tourism rather than to be used by it. Tourism can bring economic benefits, trade and jobs – there is little doubt that Faversham would not have such a rich variety of quality food and drink if we did not a attract tourists and day visitors. Overtourism is emerging as an issue in more and more destinations – what can we learn from problems elsewhere to ensure that in Faversham we maximise the positives and minimise the negatives.

Harold Goodwin has theoretically retired but he is now an Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University where he leads on Responsible Tourism in the Institute of Place Management. He is managing director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership which organises a free Responsible Tourism programme at their trade shows in Dubai, Cape Town, Sao Paulo in November – ~ 2,000 people attend at of sessions over three days at WTM London in November. He chairs the family of global and regional Responsible Tourism Awards and an annual series of conferences on Responsible Tourism in Destinations in September this year in Iceland and October in Dublin.

Harold Goodwin has lived in Faversham for forty years, refusing to move for work he was a Professor in Leeds and Manchester but he did not relocate. He is Chair of the Faversham Society and of the Faversham Sea Cadets and a founder organiser of the Faversham Food Festival. He represents the Society on Visit Faversham and Historic Swale. He is President of the Timothy Taylor Appreciation Society based in Faversham and one of the organisers of Taste Faversham.

Arthur Percival used always to repair to the Bear after his classes, for the Faversham Society lectures we plan to follow in his footsteps. We’ll repair to the Wine Vaults opposite.


Faversham Garage Sale Safari Sunday August 6th

Abbey School boats launched

Sunday saw the launch of the launch of the two boats into the Basin. A big crowd of parents, well wishers and visitors to the Nautical Festival made it a great occasion. The boats were christened in the traditional way with fizzy stuff poured on their bows before the young builders embarked on their first voyage, none having ever been in a boat before. They showed that they could learn fast..

Introduction and briefing by Alan Thorne, the project leader

The Boat Builders sitting in their boats for the first time






































































and after the young boatbuilders finished

then Designer Gavin Atkin had a row


and his wife Julie, who gave her name to the boats

and James, who organised the course

and Alan and Malcolm who lead the build

Abbey School built two boats in a week at Boatcamp to be launched on Sunday 23rd at the Nautical Festival

Alan Thorne marking out the sheets to make the kits

Joining the sheets

This is what you are going to do…

Starting the Assembly – Teamwork


Tying the joints together


Ready for filleting

Filleting the joints

Sanding smooth

Cleaning off

Painting with primer

Painting colour topcoat


designing the names



Removing the stencil

the spray team



Ready for Launching on Sunday 23rd









And now a look at a bigger boat built the traditional way



Swing Bridge Progress

The Faversham Creek Bridge Steering Group has announced that a key milestone for the replacement of the swing bridge has been achieved.

An invitation to tender for the design and construction of the replacement of the bridge has now been issued to a number of companies who have expressed an interest.

Formal bids will be evaluated by KCC after the submission deadline of 3rd July. Subject to a satisfactory contractor being identified at an affordable price, work could commence on the design phase later this year.

Chairman, KCC Councillor Mark Dance said ‘delivering this ambitious project includes complex issues, such as ownership of the bridge itself and of course funding for the bridge’s replacement. I am grateful to all members of the steering group and I am especially grateful to the community of Faversham for its fantastic fundraising efforts so far.’

As the project progresses further regular updates will be published, there will be a project web page and it is intended, that as part of the contractual arrangements, there will be a Community Liaison Officer to deal with any day to day queries.

The Faversham Creek Bridge Steering Group was setup in May 2013, and comprises representatives from: Kent County Council Highways and Economic Development; Swale Borough Council; Faversham Town Council; Faversham Creek Trust and local volunteers with expertise in engineering and project management.