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Smarden Parish Council

Clubs and Activities

Smarden is fortunate to offer a wide range of activities and we appreciate all the hard work put in by local people to keep them thriving.  You will find an alphabetical list below.  See also the subpage entitled 'Weekly monthly activities' which gives a list of regular activities for each day of the week. 

It isn't always easy but we would urge you to get involved, try something you and, if it's not for you, try something else.  You will always find a warm welcome.

Clubs and societies

Club Summary Contact

Afternoon Club


The Afternoon Club meets at the Charter Hall at 2.00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month and we have a speaker followed by tea and a chat. See the calendar of events for our current programme. When funds are available we also organise outings and this year we have been to the pantomime in Canterbury, the Old Time Music Hall in Sheppey and Godinton House & Gardens. 

Membership is open to anyone over 50 and the subscription is £10 per year. For further information please contact us or come along to one of our meetings where you will receive a friendly welcome. 

Contact jocelyncraig@btinternet.com


Tutored classes at the Charter Hall on Tuesdays from 1.30 - 3.30 p.m.  Classes are for beginners and intermediary painters in all media including pencil, watercolour, acrylic and oils. Classes are designed to boost confidence and ability in a friendly, social atmosphere. 

Jane Ford 07932 533401

janefordartist1@btinternet.com www.janefordart.com

Baby and Toddler Group

We are a friendly group, run by parents, welcoming new members all the time. Come and join us! We meet every Tuesday morning in the term time from 9:30-11:30am in the Smarden Charter Hall.  This lovely big space is filled with a large variety of toys and play equipment suitable from babies up to age 5. Entry is just £2 per family.

This includes a soft play area for babies, reading corner, pretend-play areas, lovely wooden toys, a selection of cars, trikes and ride-ons, climbing frame, train set and toy car area with garages and road map rug.  We break half way through for a snack and drink and there is limitless tea, coffee and biscuits for mummies and daddies.

We also hire out our toys and equipment for functions held at The Charter Hall - perfect for children's parties! Get in touch to enquire about the hire of our bouncy castle, small chairs, soft play mats, ride-on toys and wooden climbing frame.




Danielle Williamson 07800 766450


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Bell ringers

Smarden Society of Bell Ringers ring regularly for Sunday services, weddings and occasionally funerals.  We have about 6 regular ringers on a Sunday with Wednesday practices attended by as many as 10, including visitors from towers in neighbouring villages.  We are always looking for new ringers to join our band.  Just come along to a practice night on Wednesday evening between 7.45pm and 9.15pm


Tower Captain  Tim Munt 01622 891724 or 07590 918994

Visiting ringers and teams should email Sheila Phyall


Choir (St Michael's Church)

St Michael's Smarden and All Saints Biddenden are a joint benefice: we share a vicar and share a choir. The choir's job to lead the congregational singing. Not all church services have music and not all services have the services of the choir. We do make a special effort to support the sung Mattins in Smarden at 1100 on the first Sunday of each month and evensong at 1800 on the second Sunday of each month. Attendance of the choir is particularly valuable at for weddings, for which a small fee is paid.

The choir is unauditioned and open to anyone who enjoys singing.  We practice for around 45 minutes at 1900 on Fridays, generally at All Saints Biddenden but at St Michael's Smarden on the Friday before Sunday's Mattins. On special occasions we will seek to recruit additional members to perform  more challenging repertoire: one Christmas we recruited a 'Festival Choir' of around 40 members to perform the Hallelujah chorus at the carol services .

If you would like to join the Church Choir, whether or not on a regular basis,  just come along to a rehearsal or contact us

Contact Bob Barnes (bobandjan.barnes@btinternet.com



We meet on the first Thursday of the month in the Smarden Charter Hall between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m. There is no tuition as such; we try to help each other and share experiences.  Anyone having problems with computers, tablets or iPads can come along, and we will try to help and advise. We can help beginners to negotiate the internet, write emails, do online shopping, play games and manage other everyday tasks. Members can  try out iPads and laptops  to help them decide whether to buy their own, and learn from the experience of others. A donation of £2 is requested. This includes tea or coffee. 

Contact Geraldine Dyer on 01233 770213 or email dyertribe@hotmail.co.uk

Conservative Association

We hold two or three social/fundraising events a year to support the Ashford Constituency or local causes. They are very relaxed affairs where everyone is welcome and offer a chance for people to meet and enjoy a meal or drinks

Contact Martin Poile 01233 770390

Cricket Club

Our first recorded game took place in August 1771.  On that occasion the opponents were Frittenden and the game was played on the Minnis.  The club still plays cricket on the Minnis on Saturdays and Sundays.  Smarden prides itself on being a friendly and inclusive club catering for players of all abilities. Games are played, mainly against local villages, on Saturdays, whilst more competitive on Sundays  when we play in the Kent Village League division 1.   Like all good village sides, the game itself is only part of story and the standard of the teas and the quality of the local pub and beer are equally important.  The cricket club is always looking for new members, young or old, male or female so if you have played and want to “get back into it” or have moved into the area and are looking for somewhere to play and meet new friends


Contact Guy Washer  01233 840078

Dens Golf Society

We play monthly games of golf on various courses around Kent

Contact Martin Poile 0n 770390

Drop-in and Chat

The Charter Hall and Good Neighbour Scheme provide the facilities for this weekly activity which is open every Monday including Bank Holidays from 9.30 until 11.30 a.m.

You can also join a short footpath walk at 10.15 which begins and ends at the Charter Hall (except the first Monday of the month when we start with breakfast at Zion Chapel!)

The Hi Kent charity normally attends the Drop-in between 10.00 and 11.30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month (except Bank Holidays when it is the second Monday)


Contact Eric Spear on 01233 770350

Falconry Club

Wide Eyes Falconry Kids Club


077861 68755

Flower arrangers at St Michaels Church

We are a group of amateur flower arrangers who decorate our parish church on a weekly basis and come together for church festivals and weddings. We would very much welcome new members to our group - no great skill is required,  just a love of flowers and our beautiful church.  

Contact Pat Palmer pat.palmer33@btinternet.com or 01233 770557

Flyers Cycling Club

The 'club' was established following a Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride in 2013.   Rides normally start at the Flying Horse at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday afternoons. Please do not be daunted if you are less experienced as groups and routes as planned to suit all abilities.  We usually return to the pub for a well-earned pint (or two!) after our rides but this is entirely optional.

Andy Batt 01233 770451

Football Club:  Smarden Saturday Team

Our Football Clubs play on Cornes Meadow behind the Sports Pavilion.  They play in the Ashford and District League which runs from September until May plus some Cup Competitions including the Weald of Kent Charity Cup.  The Club runs pre-season training and friendly matches throughout August. We always welcome new players.





 Manager:      Graham Stocker 07906 445918

Football Club:  Troggs Sunday team

Troggs First Team and Reserves play in the Ashford Sunday League.We play on Cornes Meadow and always welcome new members.

Manager: Tim Archer 01233 771955

Football Club: Smarden Juniors

Smarden Juniors have been running since 2014 and now have three teams playing in the Ashford Youth League. We play every Saturday throughout the season and train on Thursday nights. We are always looking for new players so please contact us for more details

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Welfare Officer/Secretary


Footpath Group

Guided footpath walks take place on the second Saturday each month, starting at the bus stop by the Flying Horse at 1400. Walks usually take around 2 hours, the route is advised in the parish magazine. Dogs on leads are welcome on most routes.  Smarden has a good network of public rights of way, the aim of the footpath group is to ensure that these are walked regularly and any problems (e.g. obstructions or broken-down stiles) are dealt with.


Contact  Bob Barnes (bobandjan.barnes@btinternet.com) or 01233 771947

Friends of Smarden Church (FOSC)

The aim of FOSC is to help maintain the fabric of Smarden`s oldest historic building, the beautiful Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel in the heart of the village. FOSC is a registered charity (No. 1050209). Since its foundation in 1995 it has raised about £150,000 which has been spent on the fabric of the Church or is held for future needs. The last major project was to help substantially with much needed rewiring and new lights. FOSC is a secular organisation and welcomes everyone who would like to help in financial or other ways to the maintenance of Smarden Parish Church. FOSC holds a variety of fund raising events including a Pancake Party on Shrove Tuesday, Smarden Open Gardens or a Summer Party, concerts and other events in the Church. Money is also raised from annual subscriptions and legacies.


Friends of Smarden Primary (FOSP)

FOSP are Friends of Smarden Primary (PTA).  We welcome everyone including parents, relatives, community members and anyone who simply wants to get involved to help support the school. In recent years we have raised tens of thousands of pounds to provide much needed equipment and resources for the school, including amazing new playground equipment, goalposts, book bags for every reception child etc. FOSP are currently fundraising to help provide new computer and IT equipment. We also organise many fun activities such as Kids & Adult Bingo, Easter egg hunts, Halloween parties and, a firm favourite, ‘Smarden’s Got Talent’. FOSP welcomes new members/volunteers, whether you want to organise an event or simply help out on the day, you can utilize your existing skills and hobbies, and most likely acquire some new ones too!

contact Sam Dearing (FOSP Secretary)  s_speight@hotmail.com Follow us on Facebook and see http://www.smardenprimaryschool.co.uk/friends-of-smarden-primary-school-fosp/

Gardeners' Society

Smarden  Gardener's Society has been in existence for many years and currently has a membership of 60. We run a varied programme of Shows, Talks and Outings, between March and October each year plus a Plant Sale in May and a AGM and Supper in early December Extra-curricular activities include running an “After School Garden Club” at the local Primary School, helping to maintain the Church Yard and participating in many events in the village. Annual Membership is £5 per person and is open to everyone

 Jean Boorman (Chairman)  01233 770558 J.boorman007@btinternet.com

Keep Fit

Two classes at the Charter Hall.  Monday mornings from 8.45 - 9.30 a.m. (after which you may like to stay at the Hall for coffee or tea). Thursday mornings from 8.30 - 9.00 a.m.

Caroline van den Born


Keep Fit

Monday mornings on the Minnis at 9.15 a.m.  Mix of running and fitness

Sarah Frow 07970759051 sarahfrow@gmail.com



Smarden Charter Hall on Fridays 7.00 p.m. to 9.00p.m.  Suitable for all ages 15-100+.  £5 per week.

Coral Smith 07753 274913 or smithcoral@hotmail.com

Local History Society

Smarden has more than 2000 years of recorded history and the Local History Society (SLHS) brings this to life through its programme of monthly talks, the research work carried out by our volunteers at the Heritage Centre, talks on local history for Smarden and Pluckley schools, and the work done at The Kent Heritage Resource Centre, where we are in partnership with the Kent Archaeological Society helping museums and other local history societies to digitise and catalogue their collections.  Since 2007 the Charter Hall has housed the Society's extensive Smarden archives which includes documents, photographs, books, deeds, newspaper cuttings, postcards, house and family histories, census, tithe and church records and memorabilia. A small section of this archive is on display in the Dadson Room at the Charter Hall, which is open to the public on Friday mornings.  The Society is engaged in a number of projects: transcribing and digitising Smarden records held at Kent Archives, some of which date back to the 1500s; oral and house histories and research into village history, which often features in our talks programme.  We are always ready to welcome new members and volunteers!

Visit us at the Heritage Centre in the Charter Hall on Friday mornings 9.30 - 11.30 a.m. or via http://smardenheritagecentre.synthasite.com/ or find us on Facebook

Neighbourhood Watch

See Crime section of this website for full details


Ewe Swim, Luckhurst Farm, Business Unit 2, Bethersden Road, TN27 8QR: Mondays 5.45 - 6.30 p.m.  

AnikaFit@yahoo.co.uk  07484 780328




Smarden Charter Hall: Wednesdays 5.45 – 7.00 p.m. 

Biddenden: Mondays 5.45 - 6.45 p.m. and 7.15 - 8.30 p.m; Tuesdays 9.30 - 10.45 a.m. and 11.15 -12.30 a.m.

Liz Sims  07958 708874 lizsims.pilates@gmail.com


Smarden Charter Hall - PIYO is a music-driven fusion-style workout that strengthen, stretches and tones with dynamic movements inspired by the best of Pilates and Yoga.  It includes modification and progression to challenge all abilities and ages.  Classes every Friday 8.30 a.m.-9.00 a.m. starting 20 April 2018.  More classes will follow. 

Caroline Van Den Born, Wealden Fitness 01233 770791/0777 568 3430


Smarden’s original theatre group had long since disbanded when resident Claire Hiscock suggested it should be re-established and the newly formed Smarden Players put on their first production, ‘As Good As New’ in 1981.

The Players have come a long way since those early days when the sets consisted of a few flats stapled to the curtains - thanks to the tremendous expertise available, our audiences can expect professional lighting and sound effects, beautifully painted sets and incredible attention to detail. The Players have put on a variety of productions over the years including drama, outdoor theatre, pantomime, Music Hall, murder mystery evenings and the first amateur production of Blackadder.

Smarden Players are always looking for new members so, whatever your age, if you have a desire to ‘tread the boards’, have an interest in set design, lighting, backstage or helping out in any capacity please contact us – we would love to hear from you. 

See also Youth Drama listng below

Secretary – Lea Randolph 01233 770610




See Education/Schools pages for details

Royal British Legion (Smarden Branch)

The Smarden Branch of the Royal British Legion has 50 members  and in 2017 marked the 70th Anniversary of its foundation in May 1947. Norman Cornwell is President and a founder member, Peter Cooper, is Vice President, Tony Lush Chairman, John Hardy Vice Chairman, Geoff Marchant Hon Treasurer.

Contact Brian Bristow brian@limekiln.info or 01233 770564.

Running:  Smarden Harriers

Smarden Harriers offer keep fit runs and longer runs

Keep-fit runs. A small but select group run every Sunday morning from the Flying Horse car park at 0800. The run is largely cross-country, is around 3-4 miles and takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Routes vary. Anyone is welcome to join us: at present the regular group (men and women) is 6 strong. Running regularly will help you keep fit and running with a group is a good incentive to get out of bed!

Longer runs:  During the summer we often do a longer midweek run starting at around 1830 to run to a distant hostelry and back. The Rose and Crown (Mundy Bois), Dering Arms (Pluckley), Queens Arms (Egerton Forestall) and George (Bethersden) are regular destinations.  Summer pub runs are normally on a Wednesday evening - to be confirmed on the previous Sunday morning.

Contact Bob Barnes (bobandjan.barnes@btinternet.com) or 01233 771947

Running:  Run Rural

Run Rural CIC (Community Interest Group) is Smarden's latest Club which will focus on running and fitness.  Carl Adams, Wayne Leaney and Sarah Frow will lead regular sessions every Sunday morning at 9.30 a.m. and Thursday evening at 6:45pm for a 7pm start at the Sports Pavilion.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Sessions will be run in a friendly non-competitive manner.  Dogs will be welcome on cross-country runs too. 

Wayne Leaney 07966 222028 wayne@medashsigns.com

Carl Adams 07771 932605 Carl.adams@ruralkent.org.uk

Short Mat Bowls

Smarden Short Mat Bowls Club was formed by a group of people, most of them new to bowls, in 2007 just after the Smarden Charter Hall was opened. The club meets regularly once a week for our friendly social bowling session and has always welcomed new members, both male and female, either experienced or totally new to bowls.

As well as the regular social bowling session members can also play in friendly matches against other local clubs. For the more competitive players we enter one or more teams in the South East Kent Short Mat Bowls League and we have also had some success at county level.

If you would like to have a go at playing bowls or just wish to visit the club or contact us via our website



Sports Association

Smarden Sports and Leisure Association (SSA) is a registered charity, run by elected trustees, that acts as an umbrella organisation to represent the interests of: football, cricket, tennis and development activities such as running and cycling in the village of Smarden.

Established around 15 years ago the primary aim of the association was to raise money to build a new pavilion at Cornes Meadow. This objective was achieved and the new pavilion opened on the 3rd June 2017.

The pavilion is open to any individuals or organisations that wish to use it and usage charges have been set at a rate that will not discourage anyone from using it.  The SSA continues to raise money through village events such as: The Beer Festival, The Duck Race and The Bonfire Night Festivities to subsidise the on-going running cost of the pavilion so no one, especially children, is discouraged from using it.

Guy Washer 01233 840078 guy.washer1@gmail.com

St Michael's Guild

St Michael's Guild looks after, and raises funds for, the Church linen and Eucharistic artefacts (e.g. altar cloths and altar frontals and linens required for communion etc). The Guild organises the rota for the brass cleaning in church and the annual Lent Lunches, money from which is donated to a local charity. The Guild also runs the Pew Cushion Project; a group of ladies who like to sew to make new pew cushions for the church. The Guild holds fundraising sales once or twice a year, usually consisting of home-made cakes, craft and produce stalls. The Guild is always looking for new members who would like to get involved. If you like to bake or enjoying making things, please get in touch with us. You do not have to be a regular churchgoer, or a churchgoer at all, to be involved in the group, all that is required is a desire to get involved and raise money for the church and to have a bit of fun along the way.   For Guild contact details, please see the parish magazine, copies of which can be found in St. Michael’s Church

http://www.sbcofe.org/churches/smarden  or contact Fran Hackett 01233 770594


Children's group swimming lessons; one-to-one lessons for children or adults; open adult swim sessions and deep water aqua aerobics

Ewe Swim 01233 770685 or follow us on Facebook

Tai Chi and Qigong

Classes at the Charter Hall from September 28th, Fridays 10.30 - 11.45am Suitable for all - beginners, seniors, all ages & fitness levels welcome. Tai chi & Qigong are deeply relaxing, calming and energising and a joy to learn, while improving your health & fitness.  This year focuses on special tai chi relaxation exercises to develop and practise tai chi principles, Sun style tai chi and some yang style movements, all a moving meditation, healing and restorative -  very easy, gentle and smoothly flowing movement harmonising with the breath. For health and spiritual development, to open and cleanse meridians, calm the mind, release stress and energise the whole system. We practise outdoors when fine. We end with a short, seated meditation when time.  Patient, enthusiastic, experienced, qualified teacher & a relaxed and friendly class. Handouts,  ongoing support and guidance. Wear loose, comfy top and trousers and flat shoes.  Classes £8 per class or £40 for 6.


01233  770423   flowingqi9@gmail.com 

Mobile: 07946 484770


The tennis court is available to book via the Post Office at £2 per hour.  We hope that it will be resurfaced when we have achieved the funding. If anyone would be interested in forming a Tennis Club please contact the Sports Association (details above)

Visit Smarden Post Office or 01233 770201

Women's Institute

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

Smarden WI meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in Charter Hall.  As well as a regular monthly speaker we have a full programme of outings, walks, workshops, a Drama Group,  a Book Group and other activities and, and play a full part in supporting local initiatives.




At the Charter Hall on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 – 8.30 p.m. 

Caelia Butcher for details  caeliasb@gmail.com

07933 030071

Youth Drama

East Sutton Community Youth Theatre runs a drama workshop at the Charter Hall  during school term on Tuesdays from 5.00 - 6.15 p.m. for ages 6 to 11 years. 

See also Players listing above

Mike Dyer-Ball www.escyt.co.uk   07885790781