Shepherdswell (also Sibertswold) is a village in Kent, England, UK. It is notable for the East Kent Railway whose terminus is sited there.This was originally one of Colonel Stephens’ lines & ran to Wingham. The section as far as Eythorne is now run by a preservation society. The village social life centres round the local church and the village hall, which is host to a number of events including regular charity jumble sales and a pre-school playgroup.
Shepherdswell is also home the “Shepherdswell Spartans Football Club”. Football has been played in the village of Shepherdswell for at least 98 years. Originally the team was called Shepherdswell FC and played from about 1908 until 1965, the name of the next major club in the village was the Whitehall Spartans who played for most of the 1970s they would become responsible for the name of today’s current team. In 1983/84 a team managed by Jim Osborne was formed again and named after their then sponsors A1 Taxis which entered the Dover District Sunday League. By the start of the next season their name had reverted to something more recognisable as the main team in the village – Shepherdswell Spartans was born. They took the name Spartans from the local pub The Whitehall Inn which was their social base until the pub was shutdown in 1989. Today the team is still going strong and has their social base as The Bricklayers Arms where they can be found on a Sunday afternoon either toasting their victories or drowning their sorrows in defeat. SOURCE: www.shepherdswellspartansfc.co.uk
As well as a Sunday League football team, Shepherdswell is home to a well run, family friendly cricket team known simply as “Shepherdswell C.C.” The team plays “friendly” village fixtures from May to September each year against other teams from all over the county of Kent.
Both the football and cricket teams can be seen playing on the picturesque Shepherdswell Recreation Ground (“The Rec'”) and during the months of August and September lucky sports fans will be able to watch football in the morning (10:30 am kick off) followed by cricket in the afternoon (13:30 pm start).
Currently the village has a thriving “pub” scene with two very different, but equally pleasant establishments to choose from. The Bell, by the village green near to the church and the Bricklayers Arms along Eythorne Road. Additionally the village has a mini-supermarket and Post Office.