West Farleigh

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West Farleigh
All Saints Church, West Farleigh.JPG
All Saints Church
West Farleigh is located in Kent
West Farleigh
West Farleigh
West Farleigh shown within Kent
Population 474 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TQ715534
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Maidstone
Postcode district ME15 0xx
Dialling code 01622
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′01″N 0°27′14″E / 51.2502°N 0.4540°E / 51.2502; 0.4540Coordinates: 51°15′01″N 0°27′14″E / 51.2502°N 0.4540°E / 51.2502; 0.4540

West Farleigh is a village and civil parish {{convert|4|mi}] southwest of Maidstone in the county of Kent. The parish has a population of approximately 450, and is bounded by the civil parishes of East Farleigh, Hunton, Yalding, and over the River Medway by Wateringbury, Teston and Barming. The village boasts three pubs; the White House, The Tickled Trout and The Good Intent. Adjacent to the church is the village cricket ground. The village is twinned with the northern German village of Ringstedt, near Bremerhaven.

The sports club[2] runs a football section involving two senior Saturday sides, a veterans' side, and five junior sides which plays their home games at Elmscroft Park, Charlton Lane. An annual tour that was once mainly between the village football teams and that of Ringstedt, but now includes many from the wider community; this has been an ongoing event, and ever flourishing, since 1988. The cricket section of the sports club runs two senior teams, mainly on Saturdays, one playing in the Kent County Village League.

The primary school, that had one classroom, closed in 1976. One of its two teachers at the time, was Miss Whittle, the daughter of Sir Frank Whittle, co-inventor of the jet engine. The village's post office and only stores closed in 1986.

All Saints church dates back to the 11th century. West Farleigh Hall dates from 1719. Both buildings are Grade I listed buildings.[3][4] One of the treasures of the church is a cross, of bronze, brass and wood with emblems of the evangelists; it was buried nearby, probably by the last pre-Reformation vicar to save it from confiscation, and was not found for nearly 300 years. It is now in the British Museum but there is a painting in the chancel.

A monthly newsletter is sent out from the village website Farleigh Events.[5] Our aim is to share news from the village and up coming events in our monthly newsletter. To subscribe follow this link [6] and we'll keep you up to date on village news.

Also, the village's free Parish Magazine "Life-Line"[7] is produced monthly, and distributed to all households in the village.