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During the month of November we have seen a rise in migrants entering the UK in small vessels via

the Kent coast.

We are asking for support from the general public to remain vigilant and to keep reporting suspicious occurrences around the Kent Coastline,

in line with our current campaign

“Don’t ignore it, share it”.

Please report Emergency calls via 999

For all non-urgent calls please use 101             

Alternatively you can use the Country Eye app

The Country Eye app is very simple to use:

Step 1: Take a photo of the suspicious behaviour.

Step 2: Tell us where you are using your phone’s built-in

GPS location.

Step 3: Describe what you can see, providing as much

details as possible.

The public can be reassured that Kent Police along with their Partner Agencies are working hard to discourage migrants from using this method of entry due to the severe risk and danger to life.



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Unless otherwise shown all pictures on this website were taken by the Webmaster Robert Holden.  If you have something you would like to contribute relevant to the River Stour we would be pleased to hear from you.       

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A dip into the Minute Book of the Commissioners meetings of long ago.

Copperplate handwriting at its very best!

See here.

Minutes past

Notices to Mariners 07 and 08  Missing Fairway Buoy and recovery of ‘in river’ wreck.  See here

Fairway Buoy

This buoy is off station undergoing a bit of a winter over haul.  Other buoys - being seasonal - will remain on station over the winter, but care in navigation will be required as the winter storms move the channel around them.  It is the skippers responsibility to know where he is relative to the channel - at all times.  An Echo Sounder is essential

Notices to Mariners

Important Police Information - in these Current Times - Given our Closeness to the Continent…


to the website of the Sandwich Port and Haven.

The Sandwich Port and Haven is a Trust Port managed by the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners for the safe benefit of all Users / Stakeholders.  

Although the Port and Haven in its recognisable form has been around for over 200 years, the

activities of the Haven go back as far as Roman times.  

Sandwich - the entry port to the British Isles for 1000 years - and Richborough before that.

- by raid and by trade.

More under the HISTORY tab.

Seal pictures  with

thanks to Russ Miles.  

Site updated 11th  December 2018