October 2017 Board 

  • James Freeman had confirmed that there was no requirement that additional housing is accepted as part of a neighbourhood plan.
  • There were reports from meetings of Historic Swale and FTC’s Heritage Committee by the Society’s representatives.
  • The intruder alarm system is to be upgraded
  • The Board discussed changing its publications strategy to have both a monthly and a less frequent but more substantial journal
  • The Society is moving to ensure its compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulations 

Items of interest from the Faversham Society Board of Trustees Meeting over the summer

 The formal July Board meeting was preceded by a wide-ranging discussion with James Freeman, Swale Council’s Head of Planning.  Louise Bareham, FTC Town Clerk also attended.  As a result, the formal Board meeting was shorter than usual but the time was considered well spent in pursuing the Society’s aim of constructive engagement, both formal and informal, with the Town Council and Swale.

Launch of FS Historians Group – the Board has voted to establish a Faversham Society Historians Group which will be open to any members interested in the pursuit of history.      

Environment – the Chair drew specific attention to the Mayor’s positive response to the Society’s recent letter to her (reported in July’s issue of the Nerwsletter) and the acceptance of the Society’s proposal to purchase a granite boss with the town’s coat of arms to be set at the junction of Preston Street and Market Street.

Planning – as reported elsewhere in the newsletters over this period the Board agreed various recommendations from the Planning Committee with the exception of the one concerning the barrier proposed at the Tesco site. This was adjusted in the light of the Board’s concern that a barrier located so close to Crescent Road would add to the problems of congestion which already exist because of the proximity of the exit to the traffic lights. If there is a case for a barrier the Society has requested that a barrier is designed which enhances the heritage values of the site.

Natural England draft route for the section of the England Coast Path from
Whitstable to Iwade
– that Society supports the proposals for the Faversham sections of the England Coast Path as set out in the coastal access report issued by Natural England (maps 2a, 2b and 3a) and that representation was submitted to Natural England on behalf of the Society.  For those interested the link to the coastal access report is

External Representation – vice chairs Brian Wintle-Smith and Ted Davis have attended recent meetings of the Oare Gunpowder Works Steering Group and the Heritage Committee respectively.  The Society was asked to nominate representatives to sit on the Town Council’s WW1 Commemoration activities programme – Harold Goodwin and Clive Foreman were happy to undertake this role.  We also provided volunteers to help with the census carried out in the Recreation Ground to assist the bid to the Lottery Fund.

Bequest John Cadman, who some may know from his time in Faversham some years ago, bequeathed the Society £100.

 People  Duncan Harrington has accepted the gift of a life membership from the Society.  The Board also wishes to commend John Breeze’s significant achievement in completing 2500 Faversham family records.  Simon McLachlan and Guy Felton have joined the Environment Committee and Planning Committee respectively. Welcome!

Events Tickets for the visit to Sheppey on 14 October 2017 were sold out.   The Grandparents Days at the Museum attracted the highest number of visitors during that period since 2012.  There will be a members meeting on 24 October 2017 about ‘Lorries in Faversham’ – local councilors and the local MP have been invited to participate.