“The World, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh.”

The Community of Romney Marsh

Romney Marsh has many local communities based around the various villages that make up the Marsh. But the uniqueness and history of Romney Marsh and the closeness of these villages, both geographical and culturally, means that the Marsh has its own vibrant community. Find out more by clicking on the appropriate link.

                                      Index Icon Coastal Communities 2150: Community Vision and Action Plan for Romney Marsh

Coastal Communities 2150: Community Vision and Action Plan for Romney Marsh

Coastal Communities 2150 (CC2150) is a project part-funded by ERDF through the INTERREG IVA 2 Seas Programme. It has been developed to address environmental change, through engaging communities or sectors at long-term risk and supporting locally developed  reponses. CC2150 unites people and organisations across the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, with the aim of helping communities develop local visions and action plans to decrease their vulnerability and increase resilience to future climate and coastal
change.

Why 2150? Although 2150 is a long way away from now, the impacts of the decisions we make today will be felt far into the future. Consider our railways and sewage systems; decisions and actions that were taken more than a century ago are still influencing our lives today. 2150 was chosen to inspire long-term thinking and planning to influence our actions today. Regardless of the
long term impacts, some effects of climate and coastal change are already being felt by residents around our coastlines. We also know that the social, economic and environmental costs of acting now to address change are far less than if we take a purely reactive position. 

Coastal communities in Kent face the prospect of new risks and opportunities as a result of a changing environment. Effects that might be experienced include more frequent extreme weather, rising sea levels, higher storm surges, increased rates of coastal erosion, hotter and drier summers, warmer and wetter winters and higher annual ocean temperatures. The CC150 project in Kent is supporting the communities of the Isle of Sheppey, Margate and Cliftonville and Romney Marsh to broadly evaluate the positive and negative implications of these changes, and develop relevant resilience measures to maximise the opportunities and minimise any risks in preparation for short- and long-term change. 

Why Romney Marsh? Romney Marsh has witnessed change ever since it was claimed from the sea over 1000 years ago and the environment will continue to change, bringing new challenges and prospects for people who live, work and visit on the Marsh. With more frequent extreme weather, hotter drier summers, warmer wetter winters and sea-level rise comes risks and opportunities for residents, wildlife and businesses unique to the area.
For more information, please see pdf Icon Community Vision and Action Plan for Romney Marsh


Community Chest - £95,000

The Community Chest is a Shepway District Council funding scheme that allocates grants to community groups and charities delivering projects for the benefit of Shepway residents.The 2016-17  Community Chest is now open for applications and the deadline for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 1 August 2016. Please note that applications received after this time, cannot be considered.

One amount of up to £50,000 and smaller grants between £1,000 - £5,000 are available.

Projects must not start before the grant has been awarded and the grant must be claimed within 12 months.
The grant and the funding is paid retrospectively (ie. evidence of the expenditure must be provided in order to claim the grant).

For more information on Community Chest, including a pdf version of the application form, and information on other sources of funding, please visit the Shepway District Council Community Funding website.

Community Wardens

Community wardens are out between 7.30am and 10pm every day. They:

  • can tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour (such as graffiti, littering, fly tipping and vandalism)
  • can take names and addresses and control traffic
  • are a reassuring uniformed presence
  • are fully trained to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme before starting their work
  • encourage communities to work together and make things better for everyone
  • work closely with Kent Police and other professional authorities
  • talk with local people, offering information and advice
  • take part in local community activities.

Community Wardens do not make arrests.

There are three Community Wardens based on Romney Marsh:

Dymchurch       Jon Lodge    Telephone Icon 07969 583915    Email Icon email
Lydd                  Paul Croft     Telephone Icon 07969 583917    Email Icon​ email
New Romney    Gareth Roberts   Telephone Icon 07773 396751   Email Icon​ email


Lydd Partnership The Lydd Partnership is a membership organisation consisting of private, public, community and voluntary representatives. The Partnership is responsible to its members for identifying, developing and delivering beneficial improvements to the Lydd Parish area, including Dungeness, Greatstone, Lydd town and Lydd-on-Sea. It works in partnership with other organisations from all sections of the community.

For more information the Partnership, please visit the Lydd Partnership website.


Romney Resource Centre

Romney Resource Centre is a registered charity and a community based "one stop shop" for information, advice and guidance, training and education resources for businesses and individuals within the Romney Marsh. Established in 1994 the Centre has developed to provide an impressive, broad and effective curriculum of educational and learning opportunities through ICT, NVQ and Skills for Life programmes. The Centre offers short courses and nationally recognised qualifications in all programme areas. Their community and business training activities enables us to support a range of participants aged 11 to 80 years at all levels of personal and professional development. Website Icon  find out more


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