About Us

View from St Mary's
View from St Marys Church Goudhurst

Our Vision

‘To ensure Goudhurst remains a vibrant community of hilltop settlements that are safe, balanced and sustainable with good local services, employment and business opportunity ’

Our Mission

To deliver services to our community that meet the needs of all our residents and visitors

  • Our Objectives
    • Deliver all services provided by the Parish Council within an annual budget
    • Provide governance and control over all areas of our activities to ensure we meet all legal requirements
    • Maintain all assets in our community ensuring they continue to meet the needs of the community and our legal obligations
    • Review all planning applications proposed within the Parish and ensure a our views are delivered to Tunbridge Wells in support of there decision process
    • To work with Highways England and KCC to monitor and develop strategies to moderate and mitigate traffic concerns  and reduce the impact of traffic on our community
    • To continue to improve communication within and across the Parish.
    • To promote Goudhurst as a destination and base ensuring the future viability of our community, our high street and local businesses

Your Parish Councillors

Your Parish Council has twelve members. Below is a brief profile and contact details.

Anthony Harris


Phil Kirkby

Vice Chair

Caroline Richards

Vice Chair

Goudhurst Ward

Cllr Barry Noakes

Church House, High Street, Goudhurst TN17 1AJ 01580 211427 also a Borough Councillor for Goudhurst & Lamberhurst

Cllr David Boniface

Chestnuts Beresford Road, Goudhurst TN17 1DN 01580 211430

Cllr Craig Broom

Craig has lived in the Parish for 34 years. Craig joined the Parish Council in 2019 having previously been involved in writing of the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Plan. Craig is on the Youth, High Street and Business/Communications committees.

Gill House, Cranbrook Road, Goudhurst TN17 2PA, 01580 211316

Cllr Alan Foster

1 Wallfield Gardens, Balcombes Lane, Goudhurst TN17 1AT, 01580 211070

Cllr Mrs Caroline Richards

I joined Goudhurst Parish Council in 2018 and am Chair of the Burial Board and Footpaths Committees; I also sit on the Planning Committee. I have lived in Goudhurst since 1992 when I moved here with my husband and three very young sons. Over the years, I have been involved in various charity and volunteering roles. I am a keen long-distance runner and greatly enjoy our footpath trails. This gives me the added motivation to keep the network of footpaths across the parish clear and well-marked and I hope thereby to encourage more of us out into our breathtakingly beautiful countryside.

Cherry Gardens Farm, Jarvis Lane, Goudhurst TN17 2NP 01580 211933 Vice-Chairman

Cllr Philip Kirkby

2 Grand View, North Road Goudhurst TN17 1AS 01580 211037 Vice-Chairman

Cllr Jayne Russell 

I have lived in Goudhurst for over fourteen years and feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful community. Prior to becoming a mum, I spent many years working as a management accountant in London.

My two boys attended Goudhurst & Kilndown Primary during which time I was involved with the PTFA. I undertook many fundraising and charitable projects for the school, and surrounding community, which I still continue to do today. I am Chair of Trustees of Goudhurst Village Pre-School and Chair of Goudhurst Readycall. I work as a childminder and teaching assistant at Goudhurst & Kilndown Primary School.

I am passionate about promoting the needs and wishes of all in our parish, from the very young, to the very old. I want to act on their behalf so their voices can be heard.

2 Clay Cottages, Clayhill, Goudhurst TN17 1BE 01580 212624

Cllr Alison Webster

Kilndown Ward

Cllr Christopher Ditton

Chris was born in Hawkhurst and spent most of his life living and working in and around Cranbrook before moving to Kilndown in 2007, giving him a well-rounded knowledge of the Parish. Chris joined the Parish Council in 2017 and Chairs the Amenities Committee. He also sits on the Planning, Business/Communications and High Street Committees as well as being a trustee of The Millennium Green, Village Hall and Quarry Centre in Kilndown.

Mouseden, Scotney Castle Estate, Lamberhurst, TN3 8JD 01892 891475

Cllr David Knight

In the Parish Elections in 2019, I was nominated for the Kilndown ward and was delighted to have been elected onto the Parish Council.

I am currently working on the Amenities, Highways, Business & Communications, Youth and Policy & Staffing committees as well as representing the Parish Council in Kilndown at the Village Hall, Quarry Centre and The Millennium Green.

Priors Heath Farm, Priors Heath, Goudhurst TN17 2RG 01580 890089 https://www.david-knight.org

Cllr Guy Sutton

Evanden Farm, Church Road, Kilndown TN17 2RT 01892 890332

Curtisden Green Ward

Antony Harris, GPC Chair

Cllr Antony Harris

The Oast House, Curtisden Green, Cranbrook TN17 1LL 01580 211329 Chairman

Borough & County Councillors

Cllr Dr Linda Hall

High Meadows, Curtisden Green, Cranbrook TN17 1LA 01580 213468 County Councillor

Cllr Seán Holden

Kent County Council County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XQ 07717 853571

Clerks to Goudhurst Parish Council

Mrs Claire Reed

Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council

The Hop Bine, Risebridge Farm, Ranters Lane, Goudhurst TN17 1HN. 01580 212552 clerk@goudhurst-pc.gov.uk

Anthony Farnfield MBE

Deputy Clerk and Finance Officer to Goudhurst Parish Council

The Hop Bine, Risebridge Farm, Ranters Lane, Goudhurst TN17 1HN. 01580 212552 deputy.clerk@goudhurst-pc.gov.uk

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