Exceptional Public Meeting – Wednesday 14th February

The Otford Society is refreshing the manner in which it operates. No big changes but more a tidying up on what we do and how we do it. As we have grown over recent years, it has become apparent that our current Constitution may not fully capture the essence of our present focus and activities. In light of this, we hope you will agree that these updates to the Constitution better reflect our values and goals.

To approve these proposed changes, we have to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting. This will be at 7pm on Wednesday 14th February in the Otford Village Memorial Hall. It is really important that you make the effort to attend this brief meeting (glass of wine included) so that we can ratify the revisions to the Constitution.  Your feedback in advance of the meeting is highly encouraged. It means your thoughts can then be taken on board ahead of any discussion. 

Please take the time to review the revised Constitution and forward any comments or suggestions to chairman@otfordsociety.org.uk by 10th February 2024. This will allow us to address your input and make any necessary revisions ahead of the scheduled meeting.

We really value your commitment to The Otford Society. Your contributions to this constitutional update process are important to us. If you are unable to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting, you can consider appointing a proxy to represent your views. Just let the Secretary know by email at secretary@otfordsociety.org.uk.

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Public Meeting, Monday 30th October

Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments. This is your chance to come along and have your vote on our proposed new Constitution.
There will also be a talk by Ed Thompson, a long-time well-known Otford resident. His dedicated collection of photos and early sketches has earned him the accolade of being the village archivist and historian. There is little he does not know about our past. His talks are always a fascinating insight into our earlier years.
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Santa’s Winter Palace

On four consecutive Saturdays from November 18th Santa and his elves will be once again welcoming families in the atmospheric ruins of Otford Palace. With food, drink and gifts on sale nearby, and a free present for every child, it’s not to be missed. Tickets cost £10 per child with accompanying adults, and can be bought online HERE. Full details, along with everything you need to know about our second Otford Christmas Fayre on November 18th, is being published on our Christmas page. See you there!

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“a marvellous party”!

A warm summer’s evening, stunning surroundings, fabulous canapes and delicious wine: the eighty Otford residents who came to our third annual Garden Party at Troutbeck all had a wonderful time. Exploring the lovely gardens or just sitting and chatting to old friends, it was the perfect way to spend a couple of hours. And thanks to their generosity and some great prizes, the raffle raised £200 for Phab, a charity devoted to inspiring and supporting disabled and non-disabled children, young people and adults to make more of life together.  The money raised was used to buy jigsaws, and you can see their lovely thank you note below.

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Craft Guild popup returns!

We’re back at Otford Station from 10 to 12 on Saturday, July 8th. Two local craft businesses will be displaying and selling their wares. Rhi Love It produces stylish, hand-painted upcycled furniture, unique pieces to adorn any home. And there will be a range of wonderful handmade crafts for children from Kellys Cre8tions. Whether you’re taking the train or not, do be sure to ‘pop’ down and support these wonderful local crafters.

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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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