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Smarden


Smarden is a vibrant, caring community with plenty to offer. As a village there are many local organisations and activities which builds upon its already strong community spirit.

Thought by many to be the most beautiful village in Kent, Smarden was awarded Village of the Year for the South East of England in 2008 and prior to this won many awards as the Best Kept Village in Kent.

Much of the village centre is a designated conservation area and the parish has 155 listed buildings. Rich in 14th and 15th century buildings which were part of the weaving industry, Smarden has an interesting history. The 14th/15th century church is known as the “Barn of Kent” because of its wide scissor-beamed roof unsupported by pillars.

In 1576 Queen Elizabeth I confirmed a Charter granted by Edward III in 1332 for a weekly market to be held in Smarden each Monday and for an annual fair of 5 days at Michaelmas.

The village offers a Post Office, Butcher’s Shop, Gallery and Vintage Fusion bric-a-brac shop as well as 3 separate pubs – The Bell being a particular favourite haunt for the Young Farmers! There is a Primary School and Pre-school, a Toddler Group, and a Youth Club as well as offering a range of Adult Learning opportunities.

Smarden has a modern Charter Hall, opened in 2007 and a fantastic Sports Pavilion opened in June 2017, as well as playing fields. Sporting clubs in Smarden are popular and include a cricket club, a tennis club, an adult football club as well as a junior football club.

Other groups include the WI, St Michael’s Guild, Bell Ringers, Gardeners Society, the Smarden Players and an Over 60’s group.


Smarden directory

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Smarden Youth Drama Group

The East Sutton Community Youth Theatre runs a drama workshop at the Charter Hall during ...
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Smarden WI

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance ...
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St Michael’s Guild

The Guild organises the rota for the brass cleaning in church and the annual Lent ...
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Smarden Short Mat Bowls

The club meets regularly once a week for a friendly social bowling session and always ...
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Smarden Gardeners’ Society

Having run for many years, the Smarden Gardeners' Society is still going strong and currently ...
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Flower Arranging at St Michael’s Church

A group of amateur flower arrangers who decorate St Michael's Church on a weekly basis ...
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Wide Eyes Falconry and Kids Club

The Wide Eyes Falconry Kids Club was set up in 2015 is run by owner ...
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Smarden Drop in and Chat Group

The Charter Hall and Good Neighbour Scheme provide the facilities for this weekly activity which ...
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Smarden Computer Club

The Computer Club meet on the first Thursday of the month in the Smarden Charter ...
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Smarden Society of Bell Ringers

The Smarden Society of Bell Ringers have about 6 regular ringers on a Sunday with ...
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The Smarden Afternoon Club

The Afternoon Club at Smarden meets at the Charter Hall at 2.00 p.m. on the ...
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Smarden Runners

Smarden Runners

Sporting Smarden is keen to further expand and promote running in the village. This could ...
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Cricket Clubs

Smarden Cricket Club

'The Minnis' was once the ground to the country house known as 'Gilletts', a large ...
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The Bell

Built in the 1500s during the reign of Henry VIII, The Bell Inn in Smarden ...
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The Big Cat Sanctuary

The Big Cat Sanctuary is set in the heart of the countryside at Smarden, in ...
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The Chequers Inn

The Chequers Inn

The Spalding Family are the hospitable Innkeepers ready to welcome you to their historic Inn ...
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The Flying Horse

This charming little pub is full character, with its old oak beams and its rustic ...
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West End House Gallery

West End House Gallery

West End House is a contemporary gallery in the beautiful village of Smarden showing a ...
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