About Us

The Canterbury Farmers’ Club was formed in January 1793 and may well be the oldest farmers’ club in the country.

Its objectives are to stimulate understanding and discussion between those with an interest in agriculture or rural affairs. Today it has a membership of around 350 from a wide area in Kent, and whilst the majority earn their livelihood from farming the land, there is a significant proportion of members who are involved in the allied professions (the law, land agency, agronomy, education, accountancy, etc).

Club Meetings

Monthly Club meetings are currently held at Macknade, Selling Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XF and begin with a presentation from a guest speaker or perhaps a debate on topics of current relevance to members, followed by a seated supper.

Attendance of these popular meetings ranges from 50 to 100, and guests of members are always welcome.

Farmers in Kent, come along to the Canterbury Farmers' Club for some insightful speakers & events, together with support from your local peers.

If you would like more information please contact the Secretary – Chris Hildyard by visiting the Contact Us page. If you would like to join the club you will find full details on the Membership page on this website.

Our Committee

Committee members serve for a Term of three years, some of whom then accept nominations to enter the honorary process of becoming Junior Vice Chairman, Vice Chairman, Chairman and finally returning to the committee for a final year afterwards to provide the committee and the new Chair counsel. The honorary roles of Secretary and Treasurer tend to be much longer commitments, with some past Secretaries serving for more than 30 years!

The future of the Club relies entirely on the generous time and commitment of its committee, and if you would like to lend a helping hand, please do get in touch with the Secretary Chris Hildyard via the Contact Us page for further details.

Tom Gore - Canterbury Farmers' Club Chairman

Chairman

Tom Gore

Tom Is a Mixed Farmer from North Kent. He farms on the north Downs and both Medway and Thames estuary, focusing on Combinable crops, Hay production for the Horse market, suckler cows and Stewardship. Tom is passionate about farming and the countryside.

Will King - Canterbury Farmers' Club Vice-Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Will King

Will has been a rural business consultant and chartered surveyor for 8 years. Starting his career up in Shrewsbury, he moved down to Canterbury in 2020. Outside of work, Will serves as an Officer in the Army Reserve and enjoys embarking on adventures with his wife Katharine.

Chris Hildyard - Canterbury Farmers' Club Secretary

Secretary

Chris Hildyard

Originally from East Yorkshire, Chris moved to Canterbury in 2007 for work, initially for a graduate accountant position with agricultural accountancy specialists Chavereys, before qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor with George Webb Finn a local firm of Chartered Surveyors and Valuers. He is passionate about the countryside and fieldsports.

Katrina Devenport - Canterbury Farmers' Club Treasurer

Treasurer

Katrina Devenport

Katrina grew up on a mixed farm in Kent and trained as a Farm Secretary. She has a keen interest in the outdoors, walking, photography and is a Cub Scout Leader.

Anne Helbling

Junior Vice-Chairman

Gareth Fulton

2023 Returning Past Chairman

Brightling & Co

Independent Examiner

Sophie Evans

3rd Year

Joe Forknall

2nd Year

Antony Rudgard-Redsell

2nd Year

Allan Buckwell

2nd Year

Anthony Ellis

1st Year

Arthur Leigh-Pemberton

1st Year

Trevor Bradley

1s Year

Who we Support

The Club is a proud and keen supporter of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust and the Canterbury Young Farmers' Club.

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) logo
Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust logo
Canterbury Young Farmers' Club logo