The Parish Council email address has changed to: [email protected]
Parish Council Elections 2024
Maidstone Borough Council has now moved to all out elections every four years, this means that the Parish Council is due to be contested on Thursday 2nd May 2024.
If anyone would like to know more about the role the Parish Council has within the Community, then do please get in touch with the Parish Clerk ([email protected]) who will be able to assist you further.
Nomination Papers can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission website and Electoral Services have requested that they are printed off on yellow paper to distinguish them from the Borough Ward papers. Please ensure that you include the Local Government Act 1972 pages 2 to 7, as these are part of the nomination paper.
To download a copy, please use the following link: Nomination papers
If any residents are interested in being elected to become a Parish Councillor in West Farleigh, nomination papers would need to be submitted to Maidstone Borough Council by hand. Please attend Maidstone House Reception (NOT THE LINK) between the the hours of 10am and 4pm, any day from Monday 25 March 2024 up to and including Friday 5 April 2024.
As there are 22 Wards and 35 Parishes up for election this year, the Borough Council will be running a booking system to help with the flow and reduce the waiting time. It would be in your best interest to make an appointment with the Electoral Services Team.
Please call 01622 602007 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.
Transition period for XL Bully owners begins
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced that further legislation to ban XL Bully type dogs has come into effect today (14 November), as the transition period for owners to apply for an exemption scheme begins.
During the transition period, which runs from now until 31 January 2024, owners who wish to keep their dogs must apply to an exemption scheme. Applications for exemption certificates are now open.
After the transition period, owners without a Certificate of Exemption could receive a criminal record and an unlimited fine if they are found to be in possession of an XL Bully type.
During the transition period, owners who no longer wish to keep their dogs and who arrange for a vet to euthanise them may apply for compensation towards this. Owners and their vets will need to complete a form in order to make a claim
Parish.UK Network Website
It has come to the attention of Parish Clerks in the country that a website has been set up by Parish.UK Network, which implies it is working in conjunction with Parish Councils. The information on the website is inaccurate and is not linked in anyway to Local Government offices. It has been reported that, in some areas, the site requests users to sign up to their directory, which can entail costs, thinking that the money will go to their local Parish Council. This is not the case and we would ask that the site is not accessed (and no payments made) to protect residents in the village.
Parish.UK Network is a fraudulent website, which is being investigated by the National Trading Standards E-Crime Team.
This website is the only one used by the Parish Council and all information is kept as up to date as possible. If you have any concerns, then please contact the Parish Clerk ([email protected])
About West Farleigh
West Farleigh is a village and civil parish southwest of Maidstone in the county of Kent. The parish has a population of approximately 450 and is bounded by the civil parishes of East Farleigh, Hunton, Yalding, and over the River Medway by Wateringbury, Teston and Barming.
The village boasts three pubs; the White House, The Tickled Trout and The Good Intent. Adjacent to the church is the village cricket ground. The village is twinned with the northern German village of Ringstedt, near Bremerhaven.
The sports club runs a football section involving two senior Saturday sides, a veterans' side, and five junior sides which play their home games at Elmscroft Park, Charlton Lane. An annual tour that was once mainly between the village football teams and that of Ringstedt, but now includes many from the wider community; this has been an ongoing event, and ever flourishing, since 1988. The cricket section of the sports club runs two senior teams, mainly on Saturdays, one playing in the Kent County Village League.
The primary school, which had two classrooms, closed in 1976. One of its two teachers at the time, was Miss Whittle, the niece of Sir Frank Whittle, co-inventor of the jet engine. The village's post office and only stores closed in 1976.
All Saints church dates back to the 11th century. West Farleigh Hall dates from 1719. Both buildings are Grade I listed buildings. One of the treasures of the church is a cross, of bronze, brass and wood with emblems of the evangelists; it was buried nearby, probably by the last pre-Reformation vicar to save it from confiscation, and was not found for nearly 300 years. It is now in the British Museum but there is a painting in the chancel.
Regular emails are sent out to share news and updates of village events from the village website The Farleighs.
Also, the village's free Parish Magazine "Life-Line" is produced monthly, and distributed to all households in the village.
If you have any queries, please contact the Parish Clerk, Amanda Broadhurst
Email: [email protected]