Otford Superstar!

Last night at our Annual General Meeting we were delighted to present our latest community superstar award to Mr Shafi, our local pharmacist. The first person to nominate him summed up his invaluable contribution to our village: “The Otford pharmacy stayed open all through Covid, and Mr Shafi was aways happy and available to give advice. This is now still the case as people sometimes find it difficult to get a quick appointment with their GP surgery. As a village we are very lucky to have a local chemist with a truly caring man.” He was presented with a certificate by our chairman, Rod Shelton, ‘in recognition of the considerate and unselfish work you do for our whole community’, and a lovely plant.

The well-attended AGM heard full reports on the year’s activities from the Chairman, Vice-Chairman Simon Featherstone and Treasurer Chris Sutton, as well as a look ahead to events planned for the rest of 2023. The evening concluded with a fascinating talk from Dr Chris Gardner, Head of Science and Partnerships at the South East Rivers Trust. He outlined the challenges facing the Darent River, one of only 250 chalk streams worldwide; and the encouraging long-term plans to protect it and restore biodiversity in the river catchment of the Darent Valley.

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Annual Summer Garden Party, June 25th

Tickets are now available for this wonderful event, the highlight of our summer calendar. We are delighted to be holding it from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Sunday June 25th in the stunning garden of one of Otford’s hidden gems, Troutbeck, and are immensely grateful to the owners for making it available to Otford residents. It’s bound to be another hugely successful midsummer occasion. Tickets cost £20 and include a welcome drink and delicious canapes. Purchase tickets online here.

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Great Village Coronation BBQ

A big thank you to all the organisations and volunteers who helped make this another hugely successful and enjoyable community event on Monday. The weather defied all the forecasts and around 800 people of all ages came together to enjoy the food and listen to some great live entertainment. Our village churches turned on teas and provided activities for the children, the scouts cooked up a storm, and The Bull ran a busy beer tent. It was a day to remember for us all.

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We’re back at the Fete!

Yes, once more we’re going to be at the Otford Village Fete between 11 and 4 on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May. Do come by and get to know our Trustees and committee members, find out what we’ve been up to over the past year, and sign up to join or to help. The ever-popular Wheel of Fortune will be spinning as usual with a chance to win a bottle or sweets. Our stand will be right opposite the entrance, so you can’t miss us!

The Fete Committee is delighted to announce that there will be several new attractions this year including a Giant Jenga, an arcade of games. They’ve also booked Captain Fantastic, voted the UK’s Number One Children’s Entertainment Company, who will be performing three separate shows during the afternoon. On the food front the range on offer has been extended to include a Brooklyn Deli van inspired by the cuisine of the USA and a cocktail van; so why not try their Alabama Slammer for a truly American experience!

Elands Veterinary Clinic will be running the very popular and always oversubscribed dog show, with some amazing prizes for the winning entry in each class. Be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

Entry fee is £3 for adults and children under the age of 11 get in free. Lots more information can be found at www.otfordvillagefete.org

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Annual General Meeting, 24 May

Notice is given that our AGM will be held in the Otford Memorial Hall Club Room at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 24th May. Do put the date in your diary now and plan to come along and have your say on issues that are important to our village. Doors open at 7pm when refreshments will be served. Dr Chris Gardner from the South East Rivers Trust will be giving a talk on “The River with a Bright Future”. Reports from officers and an agenda are available here ahead of the meeting. And our popular Otford Superstar award will be presented! Who will it be this time…..?

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