Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer and can trace its origins back to the early 1500s. The fifth-generation independent family business produces Kentish ales of such renown that they are afforded Protected Geographical Indication.
The brewery is based in the heart of hop country, in the medieval market town of Faversham in Kent. Its ales use 95% Kentish hops, which are combined with the finest malted barley and chalk filtered mineral water from an artesian well deep beneath the brewery.
In addition to traditional favourites such as Spitfire and Bishops Finger, the brewery also produces modern beers, such as the Whitstable Bay Collection, Japanese lager Asahi and leading US craft beer Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Shepherd Neame beers have won in excess of 40 brewing awards in the last decade and quality is at the forefront of everything they brew.
The brewery operates 328 pubs and hotels across London and the South East, including 267 tenanted pubs and 54 managed pubs and hotels. The estate includes urban, rural and coastal pubs and characterful boutique hotels, with 500 bedrooms across the estate.
Shepherd Neame brews more than 70 million pints annually and exports 20% of its output to 35 countries worldwide. A Royal Warrant Holder to HRH Prince of Wales, the business provides more than 4,500 jobs in the UK.
Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive – Shepherd Neame Ltd, says: “Shepherd Neame is proud to sponsor this project, celebrating a year in the life of the town we have called home for hundreds of years”.
The Faversham Town Council is the first tier of local government, the Town Council is active in supporting and representing those who live, work and visit the town.
The Henry Oldfield Trust‘s main aim is to support programmes which reduce offending and reoffending, promote entrepreneurship amongst the young and disadvantaged, and tackle other challenges such as homelessness and addiction.
The Trust makes grants to arts/culture/heritage/science; environment/conservation/heritage; general charitable purposes; the prevention or relief of poverty; economic/community development/employment. It provides services to people with disabilities; the general public/mankind; children/young people; elderly people; other charities or voluntary bodies.
The Queenborough Fishery Trust supports with grants community organisations on the Isle of Sheppey and in and around Sittingbourne and Faversham that work to provide educational, recreational and leisure-time facilities. It also has a remit to help individuals affected by poverty, sickness or disability. Grants are awarded on application at the discretion of the trustees.
Ted Wilcox, Chairman – Queenborough Fishery Trust, says: “The QFT trustees are very pleased to be able to support Kent Creative’s latest Faversham 365 project. The first Faversham 365 was a great success, leaving a fine legacy of information about life in and around the town, and this project promises to be just as worthwhile.”
Optima has been providing quality eyecare in Faversham for more than 25 years.
Roots Kitchens Bedrooms Bathrooms is an independent family business based in Boughton-under-Blean, near Faversham. The team at Roots has been brightening up the homes of Kent since 1998. They offer a stunning range of kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, all installed by their own team of expert fitters and individually designed.
Estate agents Saxon Shore is a family business run by brother and sister team Richard Gates and Liz Jeffery. With their combined experience in estate agency, online marketing and business development they decided to build something together in Faversham. They say “We love this corner of Kent – it’s in our bones. When we were thinking of a name for the business we wanted something that was local and that showed how rooted in the area we are.Saxon Shore fitted the bill as well as being somewhere we love to wander along and draw inspiration.”
Country Brides has been in Faversham for over 20 years. The Award Winning company gives excellent service and fabulous gowns for your special day. Specialising in exclusive designer wedding gowns, vintage style and tea length, and plus size we have something for everyone.
The Faversham & District Camera Club was founded in June 1948, and is affiliated to The Kent County Photographic Association and The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
It is well known that the F.D.C.C is one of the friendliest photographic clubs in Kent, and a warm welcome is afforded to any new member, so should you be a keen photographer wishing to learn a little more about your hobby, or a complete novice, trying to understand all the jargon about digital photography, a camera club is the best place to do it.
The Faversham Traders Association was formed in 2017 by local traders for local traders. The association is growing strongly, with the aim to provide help, support and advice for all Faversham based businesses.
The best UK sourced, environmentally balanced and realistically priced garden products. From the best RHS endorsed peat free composts to great value trained fruit trees.