It is with great sadness to let everyone using these webpages know that our Webmaster, Ray Dennis passed away at the weekend. In spite of chronic and debilitating ill health he has worked tirelessly, quietly in the background, on behalf of the villagers of Throwley for many years. He set up and ran the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, created the Throwley Village website and was our first contact to disseminate information on the village e-notice board. He was a stalwart of the Throwley Fete Committee and later the Throwley Events Association and supported the church when his health allowed. As a village we are hugely indebted to him and he is an example to us all of what it truly means to be community spirited. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife Jaqui and family at this time.
Ray's widow, Jacqui and family welcome all who would like to attend Ray's funeral service at Charing Crematorium on Thursday, 17th September at 13:20. The family have requested no flowers but instead there will be the opportunity to make a donation in Ray's memory to The Pilgrims Hospice.
Throwley lies on top of the North Downs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The landscape is mainly arable fields and woodland copses covering just over 5 square miles. The Parish has many marked footpaths enabling the countryside to be explored (see the map). The population is scattered across a number of hamlets, the largest of which is Throwley Forstal, others include Wilgate Green, Bells Forstal & Tong Green.
Within the Parish is Belmont, an elegant 18th century house with a fine collection of clocks and beautiful gardens. The estate was owned by successive generations of the Harris family, it is now held in trust.
The Parish church is St Michael & All Angels which is built of flint and contains the core of the 12th century church. the Church has a romanesque west entrance, inside are monuments to the Harris and Sondes families. The Church tower houses a ring of 8 bells which are regularly rung by the Throwley bell ringers.
Last orders were called in the village pub in 1991. The school and shops have now closed as well. However, Throwley has a very vibrant social life, with an annual fete held on the green at the Throwley Forstal, Harvest and Christmas celebrations. Other attractions include a golf course and a vineyard
On this Site you will find a list of Parish Councillors together with minutes of Parish Council meetings & other information including a map of the parish. Local news has short articles as well as photographs of village events such as the annual fete. A 'Past Times' feature gives a number of items relating to Throwley in bygone times.' Events' gives details of forthcoming events. The Forum is a means of starting a debate or asking a question, note all postings are moderated.
Photographs by Anna Zeville.