About us

Formed in 1962, the Society is a Registered Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee working to preserve the heritage and fabric of the historic town of Faversham and its surrounding parishes. Created in response to modernization and the loss of historic buildings in Faversham, the Society aims to ensure that Faversham’s individual sense of place and outstanding heritage features are not lost.

Over 50 years of growth and development have shaped the Society into a complex business with many different aspects, most of which engage directly with the general public as well as with specialist researchers and enquirers. With over 1000 members and run entirely by volunteers, the Society is one of the oldest civic societies in the UK and much of its early work has since been replicated by other civic organizations, especially our Open House event.

The steady collection and preservation of physical evidence from Faversham’s rich, historic past – archaeological discoveries reflecting many centuries of human activity, recent artefacts from everyday life, relics of Faversham’s diverse industrial and maritime past, and supporting documentary archives – endow the Society with a central role in the research and presentation of Faversham’s history to the widest audiences.


The Society aims to:

  • promote high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area;
  • educate the public in history, architecture, geography and natural history of the area;
  • and to secure the preservation, protection and improvement of features of historic or public interest.

An Overview of Faversham Society Activities

The Society’s Board, committees and volunteer teams work to develop its mission through the following outlets and projects:

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Area Served

The Society takes an active interest in Faversham and its outlying villages, an area defined by the boundaries of the following Parishes:
Badlesmere, Boughton-under-Blean, The Brents, Buckland, Davington, Doddington, Dunkirk, Eastling, Goodnestone-next-Faversham, Graveney, Hernhill, Leaveland, Luddenham, Lynsted, Newnham, Norton, Oare, Ospringe, Otterden, Preston-next-Faversham, Selling, Sheldwich, Stalisfield, Stone-by-Faversham, Teynham, Throwley and Wychling

Key people at the Faversham Society

Richard Oldfield
Mrs Jenifer Parry, MSc, RN, NDN, NP
Jacqie Hitchcock
Sir Roger Moate
Margaret Slythe
Board of Trustees
(Elected at the AGM May 2017)
Professor Harold Goodwin (Chairman)
Brian Kelsey, BA, FCA (Treasurer)
Brian Wintle Smith (Vice-chairman)
Ted Davis (Vice-chairman)
Jan West (Secretary)
Mike Frohnsdorff, MA
Anne Salmon, BA, MCD, MRTPI
Jasmine Patience (Resigned October 2017)
Graham Warner
Clive Foreman BA, ACMA
Tim Stoner
Heather Wootton
Professor Christopher Wright BSc PhD ACGI MICE CEng FIHT CMath FIMA
Dr Pat Reid
Jonathan Carey
Sir David Melville (Co-opted February 2018)
Correspondence to any of the above should be sent to the Society offices at:
10 -13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS

AGM Notice 2018

The next Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

Click here to view the AGM Notice and Nomination Papers for 2018.

Click here to access a proxy form. Please print a copy, complete and submit to the person indicated on the form by 11th May 2018.

AGM Notice and Nomination Papers

Annual Report 2017

Click here to read the latest Annual Report to members of The Faversham Society.

The Faversham Society Annual Report 2017

Articles of Association

At a General Meeting of the Faversham Society (held on 13th April 2016) Special Resolution 1 of 2016 was passed as a Special Resolution.

Click here to download the amended Articles of Association.

The Faversham Society Articles of Association