Village Societies and Clubs

Shipbourne Cricket Club
In the summer months there are usually two teams representing Shipbourne on Saturdays and one team on Sundays.
Contact TBA.

Shipbourne Women’s Institute
The W.I. has a good programme of speakers and activities. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month in the Village Hall, from 2 – 4pm all year round.

Shipbourne Housing Trust – Lady Vane Close
Shipbourne Housing Trust was founded as a Friendly Society in 1953 under the patronage of the late Mr Peter Cazalet. Sixteen one and two bedroom flats were built at Lady Vane Close to provide retirement accommodation for the elderly of the village although, over the years, some tenancies have been taken by retired people from outside the village. The Trust has always endeavoured to foster a community environment and today the Close is a place of mutual help and friendship.
It is administered by a committee of management that keeps in close contact with the tenants. Each flat is modern and very well appointed and the committee is constantly updating and reviewing ideas for improvements. All this has been made possible by the dedicated voluntary work of the committee, thus minimising management expenses.
Lady Vane Close is an important part of our Shipbourne community and whilst parishioners are willing to give their energetic support to manage it, the Close will continue to prosper and provide accommodation at realistic rents for those approaching, and over, retirement age. Further details are available from John Playle, Hon. Secretary 810562

Ightham Scout Group
Shipbourne comes under Ightham in terms of Scouting.
Cubs (7-10) and Scouts (10-14). Girls and boys.
Contact [email protected]

Kent Adult Education provides courses for individuals and bespoke courses for businesses in areas such as creative skills, health, sport, leisure and self development. The courses range from those that help to develop a hobby, for example painting and drawing, sculpture, pottery, silversmithing and embroidery, to running, yoga, Pilates and dance. More unusual courses offered include canoeing and climbing. There is also a wide range of language courses including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese Mandarin and Russian.

Plaxtol Local History Group aims to help us all to understand and enjoy the history of Plaxtol and the surrounding areas through lectures, outings, special projects, publications and occasional exhibitions. Each year, it organises 8 or 9 lectures on topics of local interest, held in Plaxtol Memorial Hall. Both members and non-members are welcome. For more information, see the Group’s website at or telephone Vanessa Dussek on 01732 810489

Shipbourne Rights of Way Group was formed in 1987, just a week before the Storm. Today is still exists as a village Group.

In Shipbourne there are some fifteen miles of footpaths and bridleways. These are mainly rural routes that can become muddy or obstructed. The RoW Group’s objective is to ensure that these paths are kept open, signed and clear of obstruction and litter. Any immediate problems are dealt with by members of the Group ‘on the ground’; larger or more difficult problems are reported to the landowner or to Kent County Council for resolution.

The worst parts of many rights of way have been improved in recent years and the Group also annually undertakes a strategic review of the path network, trying to identify any aspect that needs attention and considers whether the network still meets today’s demands.

RoW Group Members are:

Alan Bristow, John Playle, Godfrey Haslehurst, Susan Bowles, Nick Ward and Curtis Galbraith.

Plaxtol Players
An active and enthusiastic amateur dramatic society.
Contact Jane Williams on 01732 833751

Plaxtol and Shipbourne Tennis Club
There are two all weather courts situated on the Green. Annual subscriptions are available. Junior members receive free coaching on Monday evenings during the summer term.

Plaxtol Youth Group
Meets alternate Fridays 19.30 – 21.00 in Plaxtol Memorial Hall. Everyone welcome between 11 and 15 years.
Contact Carol Crossley on 01732 810801

Tonbridge Swimming Pool
A large open and indoor pool with children’s’ pool – 01732 367449

Poult Wood Golf Course
A public 9 & 18 hole course in north Tonbridge – 01732 366180

Angel Leisure Centre, Tonbridge 01732 359966
Gym, badminton courts and various classes.

Tonbridge and Malling Conservative Association – Shipbourne Branch
We support our local Association (Tonbridge & Malling) and hold one social event each year. Being a member also gives an introduction to events arranged by the Association and other branches. We welcome anyone who would like to be involved with our branch’s activities. If you are interested, please contact Alan Bristow on 832316. Committee members are: Alan Bristow, John Playle, Valerie Dagger and Nick Ward.

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