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At the heart of the Cinque Port Town of Sandwich is the 16th century Guildhall, the focal point of both ancient traditions and modern activities. The Courtroom, although no longer a court of law, remains the scene of traditional ceremonies such as Mayor Making, and is a popular wedding venue. 

The Sandwich Guildhall Museum was refreshed and revitalised with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant in early 2017 and now houses a rich and varied display of exhibits, including the Sandwich Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest dating from 1300.

The Town Clerk’s Office is sited within the Guildhall as are the Sandwich Archives.

The 16 elected members of Sandwich Town Council meet monthly in the Guildhall Council Chamber. 

These pages hope to show some of the work of Sandwich Town Council and the key role the Guildhall has in Sandwich today.

Toll Bridge Technical Issues

Due to the ongoing electrical issues with the Toll Bridge a Shuttle service will be in place from this morning as per the timetable and route below.
The bus will pick up and drop off just around the corner from Willowbank on the Ramsgate Road a little bit back from the roundabout.

Outbound - Ramsgate Road (turn at roundabout near to bridge), Monks Way, A256 Sandwich Bypass, Ash Road, Strand Street, High Street and Guildhall.
Inbound - Guildhall, Harnet Street, Strand Street, Ash Road, A256 Sandwich Bypass, Monks Way and Ramsgate Road.
It is anticipated that these issues could take up to twenty one days, however, we will keep our website updated.

Toll Bridge Update from Kent County Council

Kent County Council (KCC) have this afternoon confirmed that work is ongoing to get the toll bridge operational once again. The over-run buffer has been released to stop the bridge opening too far, the proximity sensors have been renewed and the secondary hydraulic unit has been serviced. New hydraulic filters are due to be delivered from Holland today and work to fit them will commence as soon as they are on site.

A brand new secondary hydraulic unit has been ordered to ensure that KCC have a reliable means of operating the bridge and also a back-up solution for The Open next summer and the intervening period. The complex and specialist nature of this piece of equipment means that it will take round a month to be built and delivered.

KCC have further confirmed that a site meeting is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning after which KCC should be able to provide a more detailed update and a timeframe for the bridge operation to recommence.

With regards to the longer term, KCC have advised that detailed inspections of the structure and associated mechanical and electrical equipment are scheduled to start next week and are likely to be ongoing, on and off site, for a fortnight. Once KCC are in receipt of the inspection reports, KCC will be able to gauge the extent of the larger scale work required following The Open.

A further update will follow tomorrow following the schedule site meeting.

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