Community Projects

Shipbourne Community Projects

Shipbourne Community Projects was formed in partnership with the Parish Council in 2000 to facilitate projects to widen community ties and to increase awareness and appreciation of the historical, cultural and environmental qualities of the village.

Shipbourne & The Great War exhibition and living history event
Held in 2014


Shipbourne & The Great War exhibition and living history event 2014


On Saturday & Sunday, 2nd & 3rd August 2014, from 10am to 5pm, an exhibition was held in the village hall to pay tribute to those men who served and those who died in WWI with a living history event running alongside.

The men commemorated on Shipbourne war memorials were featured as were all those men who served that were associated with Shipbourne in some way. Any excess funds raised at the event were donated to the charity, Help for Heroes.

Shipbourne Community Projects and the Parish Council are pleased to announce that this exciting project to commemorate the centenary of the start of The Great War was partly funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

Lottery Funded - Shipbourne Community Projects

Shipbourne Community Projects and Shipbourne Parish Council would like to extend their grateful thanks to The Big Lottery Fund who have generously helped to fund the project.

First World War Centenary

Shipbourne & The Great War Event 2014 is a member of the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary Partnership Programme.

The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment

The Shipbourne Village Design Statement

The Shipbourne Village Design Statement was the first project undertaken through Shipbourne Community Projects. The outcome of the project was to sustain the quality of village life. The Design Statement sought to describe the distinctive character of the village and surrounding countryside and draw up design principles based on the community consultations, workshops and research.

Ragstone Wall  Clay Tiles

The finished Shipbourne Design Statement is a glossy, illustrated, high quality booklet of 32 pages. It illustrates and explains visual, historical and environmental qualities of the village and gives guidelines for development.

When the Design Statement was completed the principles embodied in the resulting publication were accepted and adopted by the Local Planning Authority as Supplementary Planning Guidance in February 2002. The guidance is still applicable to the planning process today.

Read more on the Shipbourne Design Statement.

To buy a copy please contact the Shipbourne Parish Clerk.

Shipbourne Design Statement - Design Features

Awards for All - Big Lottery Fund

The project was largely funded by an Awards for All grant.

Shipbourne Farmers’ Market

Shipbourne Farmers’ Market was able to obtain a grant in 2002 through Shipbourne Community Projects. It was expected that the farmers’ market would require strong community participation and the market was intended – in a village with no local shops – to economically and socially benefit the local community and boost the income of small local farmers and producers. It was designed to be a non-profit venture with any excess funds donated to farmers and farming charities in Britain and throughout the third world.

It is now a thriving weekly market that is not only a food outlet for the local community but encourages people to work together for the benefit of the village whilst fulfilling a vital social function by providing a social meeting place on a regular basis.

Since its inauguration in 2002 Shipbourne Farmers’ Market has won ‘Best Farmers Market in Kent’ four times, being runner up once. It also reached the final of Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards. In 2013 the produce from the market was turned into a gourmet dinner by the famous chefs, Albert and Michel Roux, which was key to helping raise £20,000 for the Church and agricultural charities.

The market was initially funded by grants from both Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Kent County Council.

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