About us

The Otford Society is a non-profit making organisation whose members are the residents of Otford.

Otford is a Kent village on the river Darent two miles north of Sevenoaks and twenty-five miles south-east of London.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to preserve, as far as possible, all aspects of Otford’s character and village life and when required, to act as the voice of our community.

Recently re-launched with a new team of trustees, the Society works independently but in tandem with the Otford Parish Council.

Our objectives

Promoting the welfare, happiness and harmony of our community

Helping preserve the fabric of our heritage buildings

Maintaining and retaining the individuality of our village and its countryside

Protecting our countryside from unwanted or insensitive development

Supporting retail, hospitality and micro-businesses operating within the village

We may be a small community but we have a big voice

Our history

The Society was formed in 1973 to represent village interests during the planning of the M26.

It then went on to support and lead a great many other village projects.

The Society also ran a number of successful social events, including the traditional Summer Garden Party, which we hope to revive in 2021.

Our people

The Management Committee of the Society meets monthly to discuss and plan projects. 

Its members currently consist of the Society’s five Trustees as well as three non-trustee members.

Chairman

Rod Shelton

Vice Chairman

Simon Featherstone

Treasurer

Chris Sutton

Secretary

Carol Bent

Publications

Phil Clucas

Also  on the Committee are Marianne Bradnock (Communications), Patty Chatterjee (Events), Jenny Kelly (Family Projects) and Rebecca Rogers. Guests and project leads are regularly invited to attend and contribute ideas. 

We hope that others will feel able to join us so that we can draw on a wide pool of talent to carry forward new projects. We are very grateful to the growing pool of local volunteers who help out at large events; contact us if you’d like to be one of them.