Calling all Otford Adventurers!

Hurrah! It’s almost half term! 

Hurry down to Oxenhill Shaw & Meadow for one last visit to the treasure chest before the pirates hide it away for the winter.  Take along a small treasure of your own to leave in the chest, and choose something to take away with you.

Not sure where the treasure chest is? Check out our map here

But be quick – the chest will be hidden away from Monday 4th November until Spring.

And don’t forget about the ‘Little Rabbit‘ story if you’re looking for somewhere free to go with children aged 3-7 years this half term. Make it a family expedition by downloading the story and heading off to Oxenhill Shaw & Meadow at the end of Tudor Drive. Then just see where it takes you…. 

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Otford Races postponed

ln response to growing concern about rising rates of Covid 19 locally, we have reluctantly decided to postpone the much anticipated Race Night until spring of next year. Do keep an eye on our website and social media for information about the new date and be sure to put it in your diary.

 If you have never been to Ascot and always wondered what all the fuss was about, then try Otford Races first! Entry to the event will be £5.00 per person payable on the night. Doors open at 6.45pm and the first race, one of eight, will take place at 7.15pm. There will be a cash bar and refreshments, so why not get a party together? More information about what promises to be a great evening will be published online nearer the date.

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Together again!

The Otford Society celebrated the conclusion of its first year back with the traditional garden party on September 19th. Nearly seventy village residents joined us in the lovely garden of Colet’s Well, and despite an ominous weather forecast the evening was balmy and dry. The wine and the conversation flowed, and three Otford sixth-formers passed around some much appreciated canapés. Several people left carrying fine prizes won in the raffle.

The words of appreciation have been pouring in ever since. Barbara Darby wrote, “What a wonderful garden party at Colet’s Well. So lovely to meet up with neighbours and friends who we hadn’t seen for ages. The food just kept coming, it was beautiful and served by several young ladies who just hovered around with plates of delights. Thankyou to the Otford Society for organising it and of course to Sir Michael and Lady Bett for opening their beautiful garden for the occasion.”

Rhiannon Fender said “I just wanted to thank all of the Otford Society team for putting on such a wonderful garden party event on Sunday. It was lovely being able to meet people who live in Otford whilst enjoying a beautiful setting, gorgeous food and lovely wine. I look forward to attending many more!”

And one guest spoke for everyone when she concluded, “It was so good to meet up in person again, to meet some new people and to enjoy some of life’s little pleasures.”

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Summer photo competition

Were you at the Otford Village Fete on August 30th? Or the St Bart’s summer fair on September 4th? Did you take some great pictures? If so you could be a winner in our Summer Photo Competition. The theme this time is Fetes and Fairs in Otford and the competition closes at the end of September. Full details and an entry form are on our website at www.otfordsociety.org.uk/projects#photography. For the overall winner, chosen by popular vote, there’s a £25 gift voucher to be won.

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The day may have been cool, but the welcome was warm

Thank you to all those village residents who came to meet the Otford Society team at the Village Fete last weekend. A good number of supporters signed up, tickets to our September 19 Garden Party were sold, and there were crowds around the Wheel of Fortune throughout the day. Thanks to your ongoing support and donations we will be able to continue our work for the village over the coming year.

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Come to the fair – and bring your camera!

The Otford Village Fete on Monday 30th August and St Bartholomew’s Church Fair on Saturday 4th September provide two great photo opportunities. The theme of our Summer Photo Competition is Fetes and Fairs in Otford, so get your cameras out and get snapping. Full details and an entry form are on our website at www.otfordsociety.org.uk/projects#photography, and the competition closes at the end of September. There is a £25 gift voucher to be won, a chance to support one of our wonderful local shops.

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Helpers needed for the Otford Village Fete

This year has been anything but easy, but the Fete Committee has managed to organise an exciting event this Bank Holiday Monday. In addition to the usual Dog Show there will be baby yoga and taster sessions run by Otford Lawn Tennis Club. For details of how to sign up for these and much more go to www.otfordvillagefete.org .

There will be food and drink outlets scattered around the site, and live music both inside the Players Hall and on the Recreation Ground throughout the day.

Finally, a plea for helpers. The Fete Committee works tirelessly for the benefit of residents but there is so much to do and organise on the day. If you can spare a couple of hours on Monday 30 August we would be so grateful. Whether it’s selling raffle tickets or collecting the entry money, all seated, or helping with the various activity and craft stalls, it’s all fun but without help we will struggle. Please contact Patty, Chair of the Otford Village Fete Committee, on 07769 706047 if you can help.

The Otford Village Fete has been going for more than 70 years. This photo was taken in the 1950s, and you can be sure we’ll be just as busy in 2021!

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Garden Party tickets now on sale!

Tickets for the annual Otford Society Summer Garden Party on September 19th are now on sale. The party is from 5-7pm, and will be held in the lovely garden at Colet’s Well, right in the heart of the village. A strictly limited number of tickets is available to Otford residents only at a cost of £20 a head, to include canapés, a welcome drink and some great company. To buy your ticket(s), go to https://otfordsociety.org.uk/product/garden-party-sunday-19th-september-2021. As soon as we receive your order and payment we will email confirmation details and an e-ticket, which must be shown on entry. Tickets will also be available for sale on the Otford Society stand at the Otford Village Fete on Monday 30th August.

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Otford Labyrinth

As part of Otford Adventures Phil Clucas has designed and cut a giant Labyrinth in what was the Great Tudor Courtyard of Otford Palace – now ‘lost’ beneath meadow-grass. The convoluted circular pathway leading to the mysterious ‘Wishing Stone’ will be unveiled at Sunday’s ‘Picnic at the Palace‘, when children – and ‘older children up to the age of ninety-three’ – will be able to walk the Labyrinth’s sinuous and ever-changing route.

As you journey along the path you will be tracing one of the first designs known to history, as the Labyrinth dates back at least four thousand years. During that time it has been regarded as a ‘sacred pathway’, a ‘fertility route’, a ‘processional pilgrimage’, or simply as an ‘enchanting bit of fun’… make of it what you will…!

Otford’s Labyrinth can be freely visited at any time, and will remain in place for the next couple of months (until the path finally grows-out). Until then, the Otford Society hope it will prove to be a feature that fascinates today’s ‘pilgrims’ as much as it did previous Tudor owners of the Palace.

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