Welcome to Newenden

Newenden is the smallest village in Kent, and also the first village in Kent, as you travel across the 18th-century bridge over River Rother. It rests on memories of grander days, when its port, market and sixteen inns were an important part of the regional economy. Today it is just a small, friendly village, but the tradition of enterprise remains strong.

The village lies entirely within the High Weald AONB and the central, oldest part of the village is a conservation area in its own right. Around us we have some of the most beautiful rural landscape in the South-East, so why not come and visit? Explore the village through our website, and then in person - you are always very welcome to Newenden!


The village now has a Public Access Defibrillator. This machine can save people with a cardiac arrest, in certain circumstances. The machine is fully automated and can be operated by anybody - it talks you through the process and monitors the patient's heart to deliver a shock if and when it would be helpful.

Obviously, you should always call 999 as well if somebody has a heart attack. But if there is a delay before the professionals arrive, you may be able to save somebody's life with this device.

The PAD is located inside the White Hart pub, near the main entrance. It is therefore available at all times during pub opening hours. When the pub is closed, you will have to wake up Ivan!

What's on

31 August (Bank Holiday Monday)

The annual Car Boot Sale on the cricket ground starts at 7.30 am.

To book a pitch (cars £10, large vans £15), please contact Chris Turnbull on 01797 252708 or Ingrid Nilson on 01797 252030.

If you can join the team from Newenden Cricket Club and help on the day from 6 am, please contact Ingrid asap!

Afterwards, the Friends of Saint Peter's Church will hold a barbecue, to be followed by the Sponsored Duck Race. Sponsor a duck for £2 to have the chance of winning the £100 cash prize! Ducks are available from The Lime Wharf Café at Bodiam Boating Station across the bridge. The race will be held approx 2.30 pm on the Rother, and The Friends will then stage a game of Creag on the cricket ground, recreating the game played in 1301 at Newenden... For more information, please contact Alan Seal on 07970 134611.

8 September

Next Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Any items for thee agenda? Please talk to one of the Councillors, have a chat with the Chairman at the monthly surgery (first Wed of every month, 7-9pm at the White Hart - and see below), or drop us a line via the e-mail address at the bottom of this page.

Ashford Community Governance Review

Ashford Borough Council is currently conducting a Community Governance Review of the whole borough. The first stage of the consultation closed on 29 May 2015, and the first draft recommendations were published on 1 August. They do not propose any changes for Newenden.

You can find information about this on Ashford's website. You can also download the Terms of Reference here (PDF format, 670kB) and the May submission from Newenden PC here (PDF format, 85kB).

Newenden Facebook group

A group for Newenden and Newenders has been set up on FB - click here to join.

More news

Any Newenden news items for the website? Drop us a line (address below) and we'll put it on the website and twitter feed!