Eastling

Village

Section 5: Available Facilities

The Village Hall, completed in 1996, contains a large hall and a smaller room, with back-up provision of catering and lavatory accommodation. It is used for short-mat bowls, whist drives, snooker, classes, lectures, wedding receptions, Sunday School, sales etc. There is an adjacent car park. The building was designed bearing in mind the accessibility needs of disable people. It is becoming increasingly well used by the community.

Recently an office facility has been installed intended to be used by the Parish Council, the Parochial Church Council, the Village Hall Trustees and the Youth Group. A Computer has been provided, with access to Broadband, for use by all members of the Community.

At the (Anglican) Church of St. Mary there are regular services of worship on Sundays, major feast days, and at other times. The Parochial Church Council is currently considering ways to enhance accessibility for disabled people at the Church, and to provide lavatory and modest catering facilities.

There is a Methodist Chapel at Painters Forstal, but members of other churches must travel to Faversham, Sittingbourne or Canterbury for Roman Catholic, Congregational, Quaker, for other denominational services.

The "Carpenters' Arms" public house has a bar and restaurant, and provides a convivial social venue for eating and drinking.

A small number of residents provide bed and breakfast accommodation on an intermittent basis.

The Eastling Centre at Churchfields Farm, just south of The Street, provides outdoor activities such as a sand school for horse-riding, a livery yard and grazing for horses and ponies. It is also a venue for visitors who wish to bring their horses with them on holiday to use the existing network of bridleways.

There are limited public facilities available in the village for recreation and leisure pursuits other than walking and horse-riding on the extensive network of rural public footpaths and bridleways.

Football, cricket and rugby clubs and facilities exist in Faversham, Sittingbourne and Canterbury. Eastling Cricket Club uses the ground at Otterden but few if any of the Club members are Eastling residents. Faversham Golf Club is based at Belmont, about 3 miles northeast of Eastling village centre.

Further afield a range of facilities is available. In Faversham, Sittingbourne, Ashford and Canterbury can be found cinemas, swimming pools, theatres, restaurants, fitness clubs, and societies for history, music and drama, and a wide range of other facilities.

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