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.

Re-launched in September 2020 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 was revived in 2021.

Our people

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

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


Simon Featherstone

Co-Chairman and Treasurer

Chris Sutton


Claire Croft


Carol Bent


Phil Clucas

Graham Bignell

Honorary President

Rod Shelton

Also on the Committee are Patty Chatterjee (Events Manager) and  Jenny Kelly (Family Projects and Craft Events).

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 would especially welcome anyone keen to help organise our Otford Adventures for young families.

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.