Barham is a picturesque village sitting in an area known as the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located in the Elham Valley to the West of the A2 London to Dover Road, approximately seven miles South-East of Canterbury and ten miles North of Folkestone.

Welcome to the Barham Parish Council Website, for news and information on local events. Please let us have your views. 

The next full council meeting of Barham Parish Council will be held ‘virtually’ on Thursday 04 February 2021 at 7.30pm.  Read the latest AgendaThis meeting will be held using Zoom as a virtual hosting platform. Members of the public may still “attend” the meeting either online or by telephone but will need to contact the Clerk for details of the meeting link or phone number and the PIN code for access to enter. If there are members of the public “present” at the meeting there will be an adjournment of the meeting. This is the only opportunity during the meeting for residents to speak.

Our Barham Annual Electors’ meeting for 2020 has had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our Barham Annual Electors’ meeting for 2019 was held on 15 April 2019 with guest speakers presenting information about the Nailbourne Community Foundation; its objectives and grant giving for community and individuals. The Minutes include a report from the parish council Chairman, city cllr, and reports from village organisations on what they have done in the last 12 months

Village Survey – Action Plans : We undertook a survey with all households during 2016 and this has been written up into a Full document which you can view  on our Parish Plan page on this website – or read An Executive Summary document here ….. The comments residents gave us are now forming emerging Action Plans – we initially split these into two Plans – one for Children and Young People and a Village Action Plan. We will focus our work for the next five years to try and achieve these aims and residents’ aspirations. At November 2017 our Action Plans have been updated and reviewed and now read as follows: Main Action Plan ; Children and Young People Action ; and Achieved/Abandoned for now list


Barham Village Flood Plan 

Barham Parish map showing all the Public Rights of way

Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for Barham – Barham is lucky to have volunteer resident, Jane Graham, to deal with reports and alerts from Kent Police. These reports are thefts, scams, rogue traders, trading standard alerts etc. and encourage you to be aware and vigilant to the latest information and tricks that fraudsters try to adopt. Do please sign up for email alerts! Jane will send details of relevant reports for the village directly to any resident signing up for this service – these will be sent by blind copy email to those people in her neighbourhood watch email group. Send Jane both your postal address and email address (please include both postal and email addresses as Jane will collate her records by road).  Jane will also copy important notes and put them in the village hall, shop and noticeboards – so keep an eye out there. Contact Jane Graham on 01227 830 884, email 



Hosting local organisations on this website – Barham Parish Council is happy to host web pages of this website to local community organisations, subject to them giving a donation to the social fund, and being responsible for keeping their own information up to date. Contact the Clerk to learn more.


GDPR General Data Protection Regulations – Barham Parish Council’s General Privacy Notice This Privacy Notice is a notice describing how any personal data we receive will be used and what rights the data subject has.

Financial information:

Accounts and Annual Return For Year ended 31 March 2020 – Annual Return Form all sections ; (As scanned pdf documents do not comply with the Accessibility Regulations 2018 our AGAR is provided here in a pdf format – the scanned version with the ‘wet signatures’ of the Clerk and Chairman can be provided in an alternative format, on request.); Statement of Variances ; Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Accounts and Annual Return For Year ended 31 March 2019: Annual Return Form all sections ; Statement of Variances pro-forma and full detail;   Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Accounts and Annual Return For Year ended 31 March 2018: Annual Return Form all sections ; and Statement of Variances .  Notice of conclusion of Audit 

Accounts and Annual Return For Year ended 31 March 2017: Annual Return (section 2 Accounts) ; Annual Return (section 1 Annual Governance Statement ) and Section 4 Internal Audit Report ; and The Notice of Conclusion of Audit 

Accounts and Annual Return For Year ended 31 March 2016: End of year accounts for 2015-2016 ; Annual Return (section 2 Accounts) ; Annual Return (section 1 Annual Governance Statement ) and Section 4 Internal Audit Report ; Bank reconciliation for year ended 31 March 2016 Explanation of variances for year ended 31 March 2016 NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS 


 Barham Streetlights – The parish council is responsible for the maintenance of the street lights in Barham (we are one of only two parishes in the Canterbury district with own responsibility, rather than Kent County Council). Please therefore report any streetlights faults to the Clerk – where possible please give the street light number with the location of the light to ensure the fault is correctly reported – call the Clerk on 01304 365972 or email


Kent Police Non-Emergency Number

What to do in an Emergency – Kent County Council’s Resilience team have produced this booklet which you may find useful.

Visit St. John the Baptist, Barham Church Website:

Visit Barham Downs History Society Website for the history and genealogy of the Village: 


Visit Barham Website for information on the Kent Village of Barham:

Barham School site – visit

Barham Village Store’s website –

Visit Barham Horticultural Society –

Comments, Complaints and Compliments

Tell us what you think! Barham Parish Council is committed to providing a quality service to the residents of the parish, and to anyone who deals with the Parish Council. The parish council believes the views and experiences of local residents and businesses are important to us in building and supporting our community. This Comments, Complaints and Compliments scheme is an important part of our process of community involvement. Barham Parish Council is committed to listening to you and learning how we can do things better. We welcome all your suggestions and comments and would also like to know if we have done things well. To give us comments, compliments or complaints. Read our Formal Complaints Procedure

Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. They are used to confirm a council’s internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. Barham Parish Council’s Standing Orders and Financial Regulations

For The Register of Parish Councillor’s Declared Interests cut and paste the following link: