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  • to deliver Chilham Village Square’s long-term regeneration and environmental improvement project
  • to improve the chances of success with funding applications.

Project Aims

  • to deliver a quality, environmental improvement and refurbishment scheme (‘the scheme’) for Chilham village square (‘the square’) that benefits all parishioners, as well as visitors.

Community Benefits

  • to promote the sustainable physical, social and economic revitalisation of the whole parish by encouraging tourism: in particular, by unlocking the key i.e. the potential of the square as a unique and beautiful medieval open space
  • to improve the competitiveness of Chilham village in difficult economic circumstances; promote local businesses, employment and associated activities.


  • to work with key stakeholders, other relevant statutory bodies and partners, using professional expertise and projectmanagement.
  • researching, applying for and obtaining grantfunding to deliver the project
  • overseeing and steering the project and reporting regularly to CPC.
Meet Our

Ben Glancy

Ben has lived in the parish his whole life. He has served as a parish councillor and has been a director of CFDB since 2010. He is a sustainability consultant and has been providing energy and control systems to the construction industry for over fifteen years. Ben enjoys historical re-enactments and running with Stanley, his Northern Inuit dog


Peter Higgs

Peter was born and raised in the neighbouring village of Selling.  He and his family have run Chilham Shop for the past 34 years along with a small plant nursery in Selling.  He became involved in Chilham Post Office in 2008, with the aim for keeping it open and took over as Sub Post Master in June 2011. Peter is Chairman of Chilham Tourism and Retail Group, Perry Wood Winkle Club (A small charity raising money to help local good causes) and Chair of Selling Church Fete committee. He is fully committed to the social and economic well-being of the local community.

Helen Kirwan

Helen is a Barrister at Law who has lived in Chilham since 1986. She is a Director and former Chairman (2002-2007) of the Chilham Environmental Protection Society (CEPS) and a founder member since 1990.  She practised law for nearly 20 years before embarking on a career as a professional artist. She took a Fine Art degree in 2000 and an MFA in 2003. She has a studio in Chilham and Brussels and lectures in contemporary art criticism and theory.

Nick Lester-Davis

Nick has been a resident of Chilham Parish for 11 years and is a councillor on Chilham Parish Council. Until recently he worked in local government in London, as a senior director responsible for a wide range of Londonwide services, primarily in transport, planning, innovation and the voluntary sector. He is now a consultant in the transport sector. Nick has had a significant involvement in voluntary activities, having previously chaired the National Consumer Congress and the London Cycling Campaign. More recently he has been involved with governance of European Community research into traffic and transport and in training future transport planners.


Paul Lulham

Paul has been a resident of Chilham for two years, having been born and brought up in Sussex.  After leaving university, he completed Kent County Council’s Graduate Management and went on to work in the Council’s Planning team.  He currently works for a planning consultancy firm in Maidstone.  Paul is the Chairman of Chilham Parish Council and his interests include swimming and long walks with his Springer Spaniel, Dolly.

Andy McLean

Andy MacLean has lived in Old Wives Lees since 1997 and has played an active part in village life as treasurer and latterly secretary to the Chilham Tourism and Retail Group.  After a lifetime spent in the logistics and overseas exhibitions industry, he has a wealth of experience in the organisation of events and is a member of the Chilham Chase and Chill Committee having also been part of the organising group for the Globe Theatre production at the Castle in 2016.

He is a published author and jazz musician playing in several bands in Kent and London.


Alistair Ralph

Alistair “Ali” Ralph was bought up and educated in Faversham arriving in Chilham Parish in 1984.  Ali has spent a life in sales culminating in 34 years working in the frozen food division of Unilever from which he retired in 2006.  Since moving to the parish, Ali has enjoyed playing an active role in community events such as the “The Chilham Chase, “The May Fayre” and various events held in Chilham Park.

He has been involved in several committees including the Sports Hall, Chilham Village Hall, a Church Flower Festival and served for 16 years as a Parish Councillor, finally standing down in 2015.  He has worked as a volunteer for the Canterbury Dogs Trust from whom he has adopted a number of characterful rescue dogs over the years.