The eight Kentish parishes of Aldington, Bilsington, Bonnington, Brabourne, Brook, Hastingleigh, Ruckinge and Smeeth together make up the Ashford electoral ward known as the Saxon Shore.

The ward was created in 2002 following an independent review of electoral boundaries. The last time that these eight parishes were united under a common banner was in the early 19th Century when, for almost 100 years, they formed part of the now long disbanded East Ashford Poor Law Union, which had its Workhouse at Willesborough on the outskirts of Ashford.
Map of Saxonshore Parishes Hastingleigh Brabourne Smeeth Aldington Bonnington Bilsington Brook Ruckinge
The ward name alludes to the Saxon Shore Way, a footpath that follows the coastline of the South East as it was about 1500 years ago, long before the North Kent Marshes or the Romney Marsh came into existence. This coastal footpath runs through four of the eight parishes in the modern-day ward. In 1980 the Saxon Shore Way was created by Kent County Council as a 163-mile public footpath.

The purpose of this Saxonshore website is to enable each of the seven parish councils that represent the eight Saxon Shore parishes to:

enhance the Council-Parishioner interface
embrace e-government in a cost-effective manner
promote their parish's activities under a common ward umbrella
The site currently provides detailed information in respect of Aldington and Bonnington Parish Council and Bilsington, Parish Council, and also provides information about their respective parishes. Summary information regarding the other five Saxon Shore parish councils and their parishes is also given.

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This site was last updated on 6th March 2014

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