Malling Action Partnership will host its inaugural Harvest Festival Supper on Saturday 25 September 2010 at 7pm in the historic 15th Century Tithe Barn at the Pilsdon at Malling Community, Water Lane, West Malling [1].

The event is set to be a truly Kentish evening celebrating Local foods and refreshments provided by neighbouring community group, Spadework, and light entertainment provided by local music group, ‘Innominata’.

The revival of the traditional Harvest Festival Supper has been made possible by a number of local organisations working together – charities such as the Pilsdon at Malling Community, Spadework, and also a group of volunteers from local parishes who make up the Malling Action Partnership.

“We are increasingly conscious of the need to reduce food miles and to support our regional economy by 'eating local'. This event is a unique occasion where we can join together to celebrate the age old tradition of the Harvest Festival – giving thanks for the bounty of the land around us.

“The venue for this event could not be more fitting than the Pilsdon at Malling Community’s beautifully rustic 15th Century Tithe Barn, which in medieval times would have been used to house ‘tithes’ from local farmers – a tenth of a farm’s annual yield, which by law, had to be given to the local church.” Cally Ware, Chair of the Malling Action Partnership Local Foods Working Group

Tickets for this local event cost only £15 per person which includes a buffet-style ploughman’s supper of local cheeses (local hams are available upon request), homemade breads, pickles, salads and dressings, accompanied by a range of locally produced fruit juices. And, for those who have still got room for more, dessert will be a warming and hearty blackberry and apple crumble made from locally grown fruits. Following this feast of locally produced delights, the evening will be topped off in style by local madrigal group, Innominata, who will stage a light and entertaining musical performance themed around food and nature.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event and are available from:

  • The Beat Project Offices – St James Centre, Chapman Way, East Malling
  • The Vegetable Patch Farm Shop and Tastebuds Café – Spadework, Teston Road, Offham
  • Trudy Dean – 49 Offham Road, West Malling
  • Pilsdon at Malling Community – 27 Water Lane, West Malling
  • West Malling Parish Council Offices – The Clout Institute, West Malling (cheques only)

Guests are advised that there will be no parking available on-site except for disabled guests only. On-street parking can be found just outside the Community’s gates along Water Lane or further up on the High Street. Alternatively, guests are asked to use the free car park located just off the High Street, behind Tesco.

For more information about the Malling Action Partnership (MAP) and this event, please contact Kate Mair, MAP Project Coordinator.

Phone: 01795 478 401



  1. News from the Malling Action Partnership - Malling Harvest Festival Supper, 3 September 2010 (by email)