Friday, June 14th, 2024

Dates for your diary: Have a sing-a-long with the Axstane Players in Farningham and join Alice in Wonderland in Eynsford for afternoon tea

AXSTANE PLAYERS: A celebration of the year in song is being held at Farningham Village Hall on 31 May, and on 1, 7 & 8 June. There will be cabaret style seating and the audience is invited to bring their own drinks and nibbles. Tea and coffee is available. Tickets £8 from or telephone 07882043567.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND is being performed by the Riverside Youth Group at Eynsford Village Hall on 12,13 & 14 July. Tickets are £10 for adult, £7 concessions. An afternoon tea is also available with the tickets at £50 for two available from

FARNINGHAM CHURCH FETE is on 8 June. Anyone interested in having a stall please contact 01322 861931.

FARNINGHAM & EYNSFORD LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY.  Did you know that Kent is at the top of the league as the most haunted county? Dennis Chambers will be highlighting some of the local ones during a talk in Farningham Village Hall, on Friday, 26 April. Email: or log on to:

EYNSFORD IN BLOOM: More helpers are very welcome and if you would like to join one of the working parties, they meet at back of main village car park opposite the church at 9.30 am. The next dates are; Saturday, 6 April, Tuesdays April 23 & 30 Saturday 4 May. For more information contact Pauline Penny on 01322 864751.

EYNSFORD & FARNINGHAM DEMENTIA CAFÉ FUND RAISER. Two plays are being performed to help generate funds for this worthy cause (see below). They are Chocolate Muffins and Bothered & Bewildered. Matinee (1.30pm) and evening (6pm) performances take place on Saturday, 27 April, in Eynsford Village Hall. Tickets are £11 (£9 concessions) and the price includes a ploughmans. Contact Ferne Haxby on 07980 820216 for more information.

A DEMENTIA CAFÉ is held every second Friday of the month (not August) and welcomes anyone living with dementia, friends, relatives and carers. Contact Ferne Haxby for details on 07980820216.

FRIENDS OF FARNINGHAM is a group of volunteers who meet at the Village Hall for just an hour twice every month to help tidy the village. The group meets at the village hall at 10am on Thursdays 30 May, 27 June, 25 July, 29 August, and 26 September, and on Saturdays 11 May, 8 June, 13 July, 10 August and 7 September. Contact Cllr Carol Salmon at or Jane Grey at for more information.

COFFEE MORNING FOR BEAMS: Eynsford Baptist Church is hosting a coffee morning on 1 June for BEAMS, a Hextable charity which supports disabled children and their families. It is being held between 10.30am – noon, serving hot sausage (and vegan) rolls, sumptuous homemade cakes and goodies and coffee and tea.

TEA AND CHAT: A friendly group meets every Thursday at Farningham Village Hall and offers a supportive and enjoyable break to anyone who is lonely or perhaps just needs a little time away from their house or would like to meet some new friends, chat and share some cake and tea. For more information contact

A FARNINGHAM FRIDAY CAFÉ  is held at the Shand Hall, just behind Farningham Church, from 10am – noon every Friday. Everyone is invited to come and share a coffee or tea with old friends or new. For more information email:

RESTORATIVE MEDIATION IN PRIMARY SCHOOLSL: West Kent Mediation is a locally-based charity, and part of its work is training children in Peer Mediation to help them self-resolve minor playground disputes. The training involves working with Year five or six practising listening skills and body language. The children look at feelings and how they affect them, play team games and discuss ‘red flag’ areas. Focus is on listening to other’s views, being impartial and finding a ‘win-win’ solution to the conflict. Important life skills are developed in a fun and relaxed setting which have a very positive impact on the day to day running of a primary school. For more information call 01732 469696, email:, or email:

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