Clubs & Societies
Westerham Chess Club
We meet upstairs in The Grasshopper on The Green, on the last Tuesday of the month.
The intention is to meet up regularly to, yes you’ve guessed it, play chess. At the moment there is no real plan to develop further than this, not at least until there is an idea of turn out, interest and what people would want from the club.
So why not sup a pint or a glass of wine whilst enjoying a game of chess. Please bring along a chess set if you have one.
Contact: Peter Goodwin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info at www.westerhamchessclub.
Friends of Westerham Hall
Quebec Avenue, Westerham TN16 1BH
Mark Mountjoy and Rita Wilson
Phone: 07757 733834
Westerham Lunch Club
Last Friday of the month at Westerham Hall.
Doors are open from 11.30am.
2 Course lunch served at 12pm
A great place for friends to regularly meet up or for people looking to meet new friends. You can spend a few hours catching up on news and sharing stories as well as enjoying a freshly cooked 2 course lunch followed by tea & coffee for just £4.00 per person.
The club is run by volunteers supported by Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge.
Lunches are to be booked and paid for in advance. If you would like to book a place please contact our office on 01732 454108 or email email@example.com
A drop-in club for everyone. Coffee and refreshments every Tuesday at 10am – 12.00pm in the John Fryth Room, St Mary the Virgin, The Green, Westerham, Kent TN16 1AS
St Mary’s Heritage Trust
For over 800 years, St Mary’s Church has stood at the heart of Westerham, the community it serves. Its history and that of the town are inextricably linked.
The Trust’s task is to ensure that this ancient building, both a place of worship, and a landmark of historical and architectural importance and beauty, is preserved for future generations.
Go to our website for how to support us and forthcoming events
Westerham Independent Literature Group
This is tutor-led group who enjoy taking from two to five weeks to explore by discussion each of the chosen texts. The tutor is David Matthews. We meet on Mondays at the New Westerham Hall from 10am-12 noon. For further information and to discover whether there are any places available for the coming term, please contact Margaret Robertson (Group Secretary) on 01959 564149 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Allotments in Westerham
Westerham Parish Council runs three allotment sites in Westerham – at Bloomfield, Currant Hill and Farley.
The Council lets out plots on an annual basis from 1st October to 30th September. At present the rent for a full plot is £36 and for a half plot £18. Concessionary rates are made to OAPs and any disabled plot holders. A few years ago the allotment holders believed they were the last in the line and the Parish Council was grateful to let any plot it could! With an upsurge in interest in ‘Growing Your Own’, there are now only a few vacant plots left; and there are lots of highly productive plots being gardened by a new generation of those with green fingers!
To rent one of few remaining vacant plots, please apply to the Parish Council office on 01959 562147, or email email@example.com
The Westerham Branch of the Kent Beekeepers’ Association meets monthly during the summer months at apiarys in Biggin Hill, Tatsfield, Oxted, Edenbridge, Hever, Bough Beech and Brasted.
This allows our beekeepers to continue to improve their good practice by watching the invited beekeepers and bee inspectors. It is an ideal opportunity to build knowledge and talk to fellow beekeepers.
We run training apiarys where beginners can get hands-on by handing the bees in the hives and learn how to look after bees fully supported by experienced beekeepers.
For details of meetings go to Westerham Beekeepers site.
The Bellingers at St Mary’s Church ring every Sunday and hold a practice night on Tuesday evenings.
Vistors to Westerham who are experienced ringers are always very welcome. They would also be pleased to meet any local residents who might like to learn.
The Westerham-Bonneval Association was founded over 50 years ago to foster relationships between individuals and organisations in Westerham and its twin town, Bonneval. Exchange visits are made annually, the host country organising a programme of culture and friendship.
Membership of the association costs £5 per household per annum and all members are kept in touch via a regular newsletter. For more information contact Dave Campbell 01959 565655.
Bridge at Crockham Hill (BACH)
The club, established in 1997, meets on Monday evenings (bank holidays excepted), 7.30 – 10.30 pm in the well-appointed Village Hall in Crockham Hill. Duplicate bridge is played in two sections, one for the more experienced player, and one in which those who have only recently learned bridge are given a gentle introduction to duplicate.
This is an ideal opportunity to play bridge in a friendly environment – the acronym also stands for Be Amicable (to all), Courteous (to opponents), and Harmonious (with your partner).
For further information contact Wynne Gifford: Tel: 01883 712105 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chartwell Branch The Churchill Centre (UK)
Celebrating and perpetuating through the thoughts, words, works and deeds of Westerham’s famous resident and ‘Greatest Briton’, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill. The aim of the Branch is to impress Churchill’s leadership, wisdom and experience firmly on future generations.
We hold four local meetings a year together with an additional summer event. We are proud to have as President Mr Randolph Churchill, Sir Winston’s great grandson.
For more information please contact our Chairman, Nigel Guest: email@example.com.
Fleapit Cinema Club
Membership of the Fleapit Cinema Club is available to all for the annual subscription, payable in advance, of:-
Family – £55 (Senior Citizens and Students £45)
Individual – £30 (Senior Citizens and Sutdents £25)
Member’s Guests are welcome at £4.00 per head, prior arrangements required if more than 4 guests at a screening
Westerham Macular Disease Support Group
Macular Disease, usually in the form called Age-Related Macular Degeneration, is an eye condition that affects half a million people in the United Kingdom with 70,000 people each year developing it. The condition can affect anyone and as it can come on very quickly with impaired central vision in the affected eye it should be dealt with promptly.
The Macular Society, formerly The Macular Disease Society, set up 25 years ago has many support groups throughout the country specifically to help and provide a wide range of support for people with macular disease.
We are interested in starting a Macular Disease Support Group in Westerham to be held in the Town Library. If you have, or know anyone with Macular Disease or wish to know more about this increasingly common eye condition, you would be welcome to join the Group.
If you feel that you could play an active part in the Support, please contact William Smith – tel: 01959 563110 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friends of Long Pond
The Long Pond was restored as a Millennium project in 2000 although there has been pond on this site for several hundred years. The River Darent, which rises in Westerham, flows through the pond and then into Round Pond (at Mill Lane) and meanders through Westerham to Brasted, Shoreham, Eynsford and Dartford.
The Friends of Long Pond is a local group of volunteers who look after the maintenance of the pond. If you would like to help, call Stuart Merrylees on 07709 620281. We generally meet half a dozen times a year and have a beer in The Wolfe afterwards.
Westerham Club, Fullers Hill
The Westerham Club is an independent club with over 100 years of history behind it. Originally left by 2 local sisters in their will to the local people of Westerham to enjoy, this tradition still lives on today with the cheapest drinks in Westerham.
Small and friendly we are a membership club, however new members are always welcome to come in, have a drink and look around. We have bands on a regular basis including the ever popular Randy and the Rockets. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for details. The Westerham Club has a pool table, dart board and the largest screen for all major sports events with a smaller screen for other events too.
The Westerham Club takes an active role in local Westerham life and sponsor the Christmas lights and Hanging baskets display.
Please phone Jackie, Dave or any of the staff on 01959 562092 for more details. Better still – why not pop in.
Poetry for Pleasure
We meet on alternate Mondays for a ‘Poetry for Pleasure’ get together. This group was formed following the popular ‘My Time’ Poetry for Pleasure group organised by Biggin Hill Library financed by Bromley Council. We are a friendly informal group all ranging in age and other interests. Our members come from a wide area and have a variety of poetry knowledge ranging from the complete beginner to the experienced person who can share their knowledge of certain poets and their works.
Everyone is welcome, for more information contact Pat West. Tel: 01959 573344 or email: email@example.com
Inner Wheel of Westerham
The Inner Wheel Club of Westerham meets for supper at the Westerham Hall on the third Tuesday monthly, except August and December. It is part of the largest women’s organisation in the world and the objects of Inner Wheel (founded in 1923) are:
- To promote true friendship.
- To encourage the ideals of personal service.
- To foster international understanding.
Enquiries to Marie-Louise Gibson 01959-562468, or June Ingram 01959-565546 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary Club of Westerham & Edenbridge
Formed by the merger of the Rotary Clubs of Edenbridge and Westerham the new Club now meets every Tuesday at 7pm at The Pavilion, courtesy of Edenbridge Rugby Club.The new club will continue with the majority of events held by the two former clubs, including the Churchill commemorative Dinner held each year in Westerham and the Senior Citizens Strawberry Tea held every June in Edenbridge. Other events will include the Westerham Fair on the Green, the Edenbridge Town Quiz and a variety of fundraising events for the benefit of local, national and international charities.
Anyone wishing to find out more about membership should contact Club Secretary Jim Burbridge on 01732 866787 or email email@example.com
Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. We are one of the UK’s largest membership organisations and recognised as custodians of Remembrance. We also run the annual Poppy Appeal.
A small group who have been meeting for at least 18 years at Westerham Hall every Sunday evening from 6-30-10.30.
Open to everyone of all faiths who is looking for a spiritual journey, but we are not a religious group.
For more information ring Robbie on 01892 723631.
Stragglers Social Club
We are a ballroom and sequence dance social club, meeting in Westerham Hall, usually on the 3rd Saturday of each month except during July and August. Membership is £50 per annum but visitors and guests are always welcome for a small fee.
We hold our annual Dinner (4 course, silver service) a Dance in March and provide a cold buffet in September.
Come and join us, keep fit and have fun! Contact Ray Debnam 01959 700788.
The Westerham Theatre Club is open to all at a cost of £5 per annum (£8 for couples and £3 for students) for which members receive alerts of outings and benefit from group prices if available. Outings are to a mix of dramatic and related arts, ranging from Musicals through Ballet and Shakespeare, striving to enjoy diversity of the highest quality. When appropriate coach transport from Westerham will be provided.
For more details contact Membership Secretary – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01959 563763
The Tuesday Club (Senior Citizens Club)
Members meet in the Westerham Hall every Tuesday at 2.30 sharp, to play bingo, enjoy a cup of tea, and meet friends. Our most senior members are over 90. We play 6 Houses, and pay for a House, line or corner. Every one brings a raffle prize, so if you buy a ticket you stand a good chance of winning!
We also organise Outings for Club Members, usually about once a month.
New Members are welcome. Please contact Bob Ralph 01959 563448 or Dot Gammage 01959 562364 or come down to the Hall on a Tuesday afternoon.
University of the Third Age (U3A)
Westerham U3A is an educational charity that promotes life-long learning for those retired/no longer in full-time employment in Westerham and its surrounding area
Membership costs £20* (to 31 March 2014). Group contacts are unpaid volunteers.
Westerham is part of a network of around 800 local U3A groups in the UK, with a nationwide membership of 300,000+.
More about the U3A, our movement, meetings and activities at Westerham’s U3A website (although limited to those no longer in full time paid employment, there is no lower age limit). For more information about becoming a Westerham U3A member or if you have skills that you would like to share and might be interested in starting a new group, please email email@example.com or call 01959 562274.
Westerham Amateur Dramatic Society
From Shakespeare to pantomime, the society is known for its friendliness as well as the high standards of its productions.
We stage two productions a year in the Westerham Hall.
WADS recent productions include Chekov’s The Seagull, and we are delighted to announce the revival of WADS Youth (click here for more).
We meet on the first Monday of each Month at the Grasshopper on the Green, Westerham from 8.30pm onwards, and welcome anybody who is interested in the society and would like to come and say hello.
Please take a look at the WADS web site.
Westerham Darenth Women’s Institute
The Westerham (Darenth) Womens Institute holds meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.45pm in Westerham Hall. In addition we hold social meetings.
On the first Wednesday of each month, 2pm December – February and 7.45pm for the rest of the year, also in Westerham Hall. We have a varied programme of talks, outings, social evenings and suppers. We are welcoming new members: please feel free to come along to one of our meetings! For more information see the What’s or contact Mary Digby 01959 561279
Westerham Art Group
Meetings are held in Russell House Council chamber room, Westerham High Street on Mondays 2.00- 4.00pm. (The car park is for Council staff, doctors and surgery patients only.)
Membership £20 p.a. Annual Exhibitions.
For further information, telephone Avril Norton 01959 700648.
Westerham Fine Arts Society
The Westerham Fine Arts Society meets on the first Wednesday of every month in Westerham Hall in Quebec Av. Lectures and events cover all aspects of art and architecture, ceramics, glass, silver, furniture, tapestry, and historic houses.
The bar opens at 7.30pm and talks start at 8pm.
Please contact the Secretary Mrs Lyn Worrall on 01959 569895 There is an annual subscription subscription of £30 per annum (for 11 lectures) or £50 per couple. Guests are made most welcome – paying £4 on the door.
Westerham Horticultural Society
We have two shows a year, a Summer Show in June and the Autumn Show in September and there are other talks, visits or demonstrations as well. On presenting your current WHS membership card, you can get 10% discount on plants at Westerham Heights Garden Centre!
We are a very informal walking group with no rules other than ‘be friendly’. Our walks are free and we welcome dogs, which quite a few groups do not. We walk on alternate Sunday mornings throughout the year, with occasional extra walks to take advantage of things like lavender blooming or bluebells or Bank Holidays.
We have a refreshment break during each walk, usually at a pub but sometimes not, and we also get together for a Christmas lunch in early December each year. A number of our regulars have formed ‘sub-groups’ of their own for going to concerts or having weekends away. One couple even got married as a result of meeting through the Ramblers. New walkers are always welcome and, if you know of a walk that we might like, we’ll give it a try.
Any questions you may have are dealt with in the FAQs section of our website. You will even learn the answers to questions that are not asked at all frequently.
Contact: Richard Gadd on 07792 919727 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Westerham Society is a civic society open to everyone who shares an interest in Westerham and the surrounding countryside. In addition to hosting talks, visits and social events, the society aims to protect the beauty and character of Westerham and the surrounding countryside. It takes action on relevant issues and represents its members on matters which might impact on the welfare or development of the town.
Come along to one of our talks – new members are welcome!
Visit Westerham Society web site. Or contact Chairman Gordon Rodgers T: 01959 564140.
The members of The Wolfe Society meet once a year to celebrate the Birthday of James Wolfe, one of Westerham’s most famous sons.
For more details contact the Secretary Richard Arris, Earlylands, Crockham Hill, Kent TN8 6SR. Telephone: home 01732 860086, office 01737 223722. Email: email@example.com
Westerham & District 41 Club is a fellowship organisation open to any ex member of Round Table. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at various Pubs and Restaurants in the area. Its purpose is to promote opportunities for fellowship amongst former members of Round Table, to encourage active involvement in the community and to promote International friendship.
For further information contact Dave Campbell 01959 565655.