Welcome to Tenterden
An introduction to this thriving lovely Wealden town and all that it has to offer its newest residents.
The Welcome to Tenterden pack is a joint project by:
- Tenterden Rotary Club
- Tenterden Town Council
- Churches Together in Tenterden
The welcome pack is for people moving into Tenterden. Inside you will find information about Tenterden, events, clubs, societies, history, photos, council, churches & more. Keep reading for more information...
A WELCOME FROM TENTERDEN TOWN COUNCIL
"A very warm welcome to Tenterden. You are now part of a vibrant and go-ahead community which takes pride in its status as The Jewel in the Weald, values its history and looks forward confidently to the future. Our rich heritage is a colourful story which goes back to medieval times, and is detailed in this Welcome Pack. While that history is treasured, Tenterden is also developing for the future. A £3.5 million regeneration programme is underway which will see major improvements to the Recreation Ground, restoration work on our iconic Town Hall, maximising the use of community halls around the town, and investigating the potential for a local cinema. We take care of our town, with its excellent schools, green spaces and social facilities for all ages. We are proud of our energetic commercial community, with a retail scene of independent shops alongside nationally recognised chains, and a lively hospitality sector of pubs, restaurants and cafés.
Tenterden Town Council is dedicated to creating an imaginative future for the town as well as protect and preserve our heritage. We strive to communicate effectively, which means we welcome comments and suggestions from our residents. This Welcome Pack, a co-operative initiative with the Tenterden Rotary Club and Churches in Tenterden, is part of that policy. Thanks to our advertisers who have helped fund the Welcome Pack and Trevor Bingham of Arts Incorporated for the design. Please don’t hesitate to drop into the Town Hall or talk to one of our 16 town councillors. Their details can be found on our website www.tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk, which also gives full details of our decisions and consultations."
Tenterden Town Council
Town Hall, 24 High Street, Tenterden TN30 6AN
Tel: 01580 762271
Making a Difference
Tenterden Rotary Club is part of a Worldwide organisation of over 1.2 million members, all involved in local community and vocational work, fund raising, international causes, disaster relief and global health projects such as the eradication of Polio. Join Rotary and give something back to our community. We are looking to recruit energetic men and women who have a passion for service above self. If you are interested in learning more about us or coming to one of our meetings, please telephone Phil on 07949 780446 or Chris on 07799 114475. Web site www.tenterdenrotary.org.uk
Evening meetings and get togethers take place at Tenterden Club, Church Road on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm or at various hostelries in Tenterden. Everyone is welcome and you can choose to eat with us first or just come along to hear the speaker. Business Breakfast meetings are held twice a month on Friday mornings, 7.30 to 8.30am, at Silcocks Farm, St Michaels and include networking and learning opportunities.
The Town Council’s central role is to act in the interest of the whole community by making decisions and recommendations to improve quality of life and the environment. It serves as the main link between Tenterden and the district authority, Ashford Borough Council. Tenterden Town Council dates back hundreds of years, with records as far back as 1449. We have biographical information about all Mayors (or Bailiffs, before the incorporation of the town) back to 1449, and we are always happy to help with genealogy enquiries. Visit www.tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk
for a wealth of interesting facts about Tenterden. Download this useful leaflet "who does what eg street lights, toilets, potholes"
TENTERDEN'S CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
A warm welcome to you all
To find out about the Christmas churches in Tenterden, St Michaels and Smallhythe please contact one of the ministers listed below. We'd like to get to know you better, so come along to any of our services or to any of our events and activities
HISTORY OF TENTERDEN
ACTIVITIES TO SUIT ALL AGES & ABILITIES
ENTERTAINMENT, EVENTS, SOCIALISING & PLACES TO VISIT
Take a walk along the tree-lined High Street and discover a wealth of cafés, pubs and restaurants. Many are independently owned and offer homemade, bespoke fare. St Mildred’s provides an amazing backdrop to concerts held in the church throughout the year. The Town Hall and Sinden Theatre regularly host drama and musicals, with the pubs holding live music and quiz nights. Tenterden plays host to the very annual and extremely popular Folk Festival, featuring traditional music and dancing. The Christmas Market sees the town come alive with a whole weekend of seasonal entertainment. As well as the award-winning museum, there are many fascinating places well worth a visit, including the Kent & East Sussex Railway - Tenterden's Steam Railway, Smallhythe Place National Trust and Chapel Down Winery.
SHOPS & SERVICES
Tenterden is a thriving town and you will find a good range of independent shops and multiples in the High Street, along with numerous cafes, restaurants & pubs. Cafe culture abounds in Tenterden. The adjacent village of St Michaels has several a number of shops
CLUBS, SOCIETIES & BUSINESS GROUPS
A Thriving Town
There are numerous opportunities to become involved in the ‘fabric’ of Tenterden. The Rotary Club of Tenterden and Tenterden Lions are long-standing charity organisations seeking new members to assist in regular fundraising and community activities. From archery to the WI, there’s bound to be a club, group or society that will accommodate your special subject interest. For business people the Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity to meet other business people at its informal monthly meetings. Also the My Tenterden Business Directory provides business promotion via this website, social media, newsletter, and occasional Zoom networking meet ups (new!)
- Tenterden Primary Federation (Tenterden Infants School & Tenterden Junior School)
- St Michaels Primary School
- Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre
- Tenterden Schools Trust (Homewood School, Tenterden Primary Federation, St Michaels Primary, Rolvenden)
THE TENTERDEN COMMUNITY
A Caring Community
Tenterden is proud to be recognised as a caring town, and through various agencies supports a number of initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for all members of the community, from young people to senior citizens. Tenterden Social Hub offers a range of services and facilities to make life easier and more fulfilling for those 60+, disabled or vulnerable living in our community. It provides a fun, social atmosphere with activities and a freshly made 2-course lunch daily during the week. There is ample opportunity for voluntary work. Charitable groups that focus on the various needs of the community rely heavily on the generosity of volunteers, who freely give their time and energy to help others.
NEWS & UPDATES
Find out more about Tenterden here
Tenterden Town Council
- Email Newsletter
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Read back copies of the email newsletter - Back copies of Newsletter
- Tenterden Town Council Newsletter
You will receive a printed newsletter twice a year through your letterbox, there are additional news sheets that are printed throughout the year
- Church News
Parish News is a monthly booklet printed and produced by St Mildred's Church and the Church of England in Tenterden, available to pick up in the church or can be hand delivered to your house. Sign up for the daily email "Connect Up"
- St Andrews Catholic Newsletter