Under our umbrella

The Otford Society’s ‘umbrella’ has been devised in order that all our village clubs and societies can make use of a single common medium to easily reach every part of our community in Otford.

Anyone sharing an interest with a club will now gain easy access to up-to-date information and contacts.

The clubs and associations themselves can use the site to inform and generate fresh interest in what they do, reaching new members, generating fresh ideas.

Our Umbrella is an open marketplace where the whole community can take time to browse and shop under one roof.

Step in Under Our Umbrella and see for yourself.

Your club not listed below? Email editor@otfordsociety.org.uk with contact details and information about when and where you meet and how to join. We can also list forthcoming events on our online calendar, so do let us know when you’ve got something coming up.

Otford Road Friends

Established in early 2020 to support our community during the Covid pandemic, The Road Friends continue to be active in every road throughout Otford. They are able to assist anyone who may need a little extra help, such as collecting prescriptions or doing a little shopping.

If you’re unsure of who your local Road Friend is, get in touch.

We’re here to help you.

Clubs and Societies

Sport and recreation

Otford Lawn Tennis Club

We are looking for new members and the cost of membership has been reduced to £60 for adults, £15 for juniors, and £115 for families up to 31 March 2022. Find out more

We have a comprehensive coaching programme starting in September.
Autumn schedule 
Further details and bookings 

 

 

Shoreham and Otford Cricket Club

In its first full season after the merger between Shoreham and Otford cricket clubs which took place in 2020, the club has had an exceptionally vibrant and successful season. 

The club is always looking for new members, both senior and junior (aged 6-15).

 

Otford Sports Association

or call 01959 522727

Otford Table Tennis Club

or call 01959 565409

Otford Petanque Club

The club meets on Thursday afternoons and would welcome new members to join them at 2:30 pm for a sociable game – just come along for a trial session. Their playing area on the Recreation Ground has recently been upgraded thanks to a grant from the Parish Council.

Call Sue on 01732 760115 to find out more.

Otford Indoor Short Mat Bowling

Otford Bridge Club

https://www.bridgewebs.com/otford/

We are hoping to restart face to face bridge sessions on 23 July 2021.

Otford Allotments Association

to enquire about joining the waiting list, as all plots are currently let. Or ring the Parish Council Office, 01959 524808.

 Our website is packed with information: https://www.otfordallotments.co.uk/

Otford Trail Runners

or phone Dominic Tomlinson on 07990 745282 to find out more.

We are a friendly and supportive mixed group for all abilities and ages and enjoy weekly runs on the beautiful trails around Sevenoaks.

Local interest

Darent River Preservation Society (DRIPS)

Otford Twinning Committee

or call 01959 522360

Otford Fete Committee

or call 01959 523559

The 1940s Society

Otford Historical Society

Otford History and Heritage Newsletter

Discover Roman Otford Archaeology group

Zoom into History Group

Popular free-to view history talks. Details of upcoming talks are on our calendar.

Social

Otford Lunch Club

This friendly group of over 60s meets each Thursday from 11:45 in the Memorial Hall for a 2-course home cooked meal. The fee is nominal and we currently have spaces for local residents.

If you’re interested in joining, contact Margaret 01959 524147 or Susan 07929 440315.

Otford Oast WI

Meets on the  3rd Thursday of each month at 9.30 am in Otford Village Hall.

Anyone interested in joining or attending as a visitor should email otfordoastwi@mail.com.

Otford & District Wine Club

Call Jennifer Morton-Robertson on 01732 761359

Otford Library 'Talk Time'

The group meets every Monday morning  in the library between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. They would love to welcome new members to this very friendly group which provides a chance to relax and meet new people.

Please contact the library for more details, or just come along and be assured of a warm welcome.

Tel: 03000 413131
Email: otfordlibrary@kent.gov.uk

Arts and crafts

Embroidery Club Otford

or call 07983 581669

Otford Yarn Crafters

or call 07918 367198

Otford Art Group

Methodist Church Hall, every Tuesday 9.30 to 12.00. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available.

We are a friendly group of amateur artists who enjoy getting together each week.  We welcome beginners and more established artists. We meet each week, without a break, except at Christmas and New Year. When we feel it is Covid safe, we will have visiting tutors and a yearly art show.

Regular group updates are sent to members via email. The subscription is usually paid quarterly.  

The 1940s Society

The 1940s Society hold regular meetings at the Otford Memorial Hall, with lectures and discussions on different aspects of the 1940s.

Despite the Home Front being of particular interest to subscribers, subjects vary widely and have included lectures on French escape lines and the Russian Front. Regular film evenings are also popular with classic wartime films and propaganda shorts being shown.

Meetings are informal and friendly with refreshments and cakes always proving to be popular. Email Otford@1940.co.uk if you plan to attend a meeting. Details of upcoming meetings are in our online calendar.

The Society also produces a regular magazine which includes up to date information and news & views for those interested in 1940s issues. This magazine is no longer produced in printed form but is distributed electronically by email and is free to anyone who subscribes.

Shoreham and Otford
Cricket Club

In its first full season after the merger between Shoreham and Otford cricket clubs which took place in 2020, the club has had an exceptionally vibrant and successful season.  This is a huge achievement at a time when many village cricket clubs have seen their playing numbers dwindle and the number of recreational cricketers has fallen by 30% in the last ten years, according to the ECB. We are particularly pleased that the junior section has thrived this year, growing from 30 kids in 2020 and 67 in 2021; nearly all of the children come from the two parishes.  Further growth is planned for the coming season. 

Our senior teams performed well, finishing mid-table in divisions 3,5 and 7 and the Sunday team won most of their games.  Special thanks are owed to so many club members for making this one of our most successful seasons in recent years: Johnny Pyman, Grant Scandling, Ray Trick, Alex Hofmann, Billy Daus and of course our Chairman, Bob Stacey, supported by his wife Sue, who convinced the Committee to build a bar in the pavilion at Shoreham and then worked tirelessly, every week to make it a huge success.  Last but not least, we would like to thank our loyal sponsors, The Mount Vineyard and The Darenth, as well as welcoming new sponsors Sevenoaks Prep School and The New Beacon School.

The club is always looking for new members, both senior and junior (aged 6-15).

Email seniors: soccavailabilities@gmail.com

Email juniors: alex.hofmann@fisglobal.com  

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