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 Chairman

Goudhurst Ward

Cllr Jill Andrew

I am a semi-retired solicitor having specialised in employment law throughout my career. I have a background in representation as a former deputy leader of a London Borough and as a former elected director of the London Chamber of Commerce. Goudhurst is such a wonderful place to live and I hope I can make at least some small contribution to keeping it that way and making sure that it is continually responsive to its residents needs and aspirations.

The Garden House, Cranbrook Road, Goudhurst, TN17 1BS 07802 247291

Cllr David Boniface

David is Chairman of the Highways Committee and is a member of the Amenities, Staffing and Policy committees.

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 Chairman of the Business & Communications and Planning committees. He is also a member of the Finance, Highways, Staffing, Policy and Youth committees.

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

Cllr Philip Kirkby Vice-Chairman

Phil is Chairman of the Youth & Housing Committee and is a member of the Burial Authority, Amenities, Finance, Staffing and Policy committees.

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

Cllr Geoff Mason

Geoff has lived with his family in Goudhurst since 1997, his career has been in financial services including advising on ethical and environmental investments. Currently he is Chair of Tunbridge Wells Green Party. You’ll often see him at High Weald Swift Conservation Events around the area, a group set up by his wife Cheryl to help protect the endangered swifts that return to our village every summer and he supports Folly Wildlife by releasing rehabilitated hedgehogs back into the wild. He’s a founder member of League 2 AFC Wimbledon. Geoff was co-opted onto council in November 2022 and is on the Amenities and Finance Committees and Burial Authority

Brays Cottage, Clayhill, Goudhurst. TN17 1AU 07837 198926

Cllr Barry Noakes

Barry is a member of the Business & Communications, Planning and Policy committees. He is also a member of the Burial Authority.

Church House, High Street, Goudhurst TN17 1AJ 01580 211427

Cllr Mrs Caroline Richards

I joined Goudhurst Parish Council in 2018 and am Chair of the Burial Authority; I also sit on the Amenities, Planning and Policy committees. 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

Cllr Alison Webster

Alison is a member of the Amenities, Business, Highways, Planning, Policy and Youth committees.

East Winchet, Winchet Hill, Goudhurst, TN17 1JX 01580 211458

Kilndown Ward

Cllr David Knight also a Borough Councillor for Goudhurst & Lamberhurst

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, Business & Communications, Finance, Youth & Housing 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

Guy is a member of the Business & Communications, Highways, Staffing and Policy committees. He is also a member of the Burial Authority.

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

Curtisden Green Ward

Cllr Antony HarrisChairman

Antony is Chairman of the Finance and Policy committees. He is also a member of the Business & Communications, Highways, Policy and Planning committees.

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

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

01580 212552 07494 117313 clerk@goudhurst-pc.gov.uk

The Hop Bine, Risebridge Farm, Ranters Lane, Goudhurst TN17 1HN.

Rebecca Barden

Assistant Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council

01580 212552 assistant.clerk@goudhurst-pc.gov.uk

The Hop Bine, Risebridge Farm, Ranters Lane, Goudhurst TN17 1HN.

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