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Welcome to the Sheldwich, Badlesmere & Leaveland Parish Council website.

The Villages of Sheldwich, Badlesmere & Leaveland lie to the south of Faversham, set in the heart of the Kent countryside on the edge of the Kent Downs.

We are an amalgamation of three parishes, Sheldwich, Badlesmere and Leaveland.  We have three lovely churches within the area, St Lawrence at Leaveland, St James and Badlesmere Church which has original box pews.

The two communities of Badlesmere & Leaveland are based around a Lees which is part of the Lees Court Estate owned by Lady Sondes.  This Lees and the one in Sheldwich is in the charge of the locals who maintain and manage the area.  Fund raising events such as fetes, a Medieval Fayre and a 10k run are held to raise money for this.  Sheldwich Lees has similar fundraising activities to keep the area neat and smart for local recreation alongside regular cricket matches.

There are two village halls, of quite different character.  Badlesmere Village Hall is of corrugated iron construction and is protected as a heritage building.  More information can be found at badlesmerelees.com about the hall and hire rates.

Sheldwich Hall is a more modern building and is also available for hire.

Badlesmere is home to the Red Lion pub which is a characterful local hostelry on the A251.  It serves food and has regular live music events.  These activities have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but service has resumed.  Check the website for the latest situation.  Red Lion Pub