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  • Aviation


    The group covers any topic related to aviation.  Members give a yearly talk of their personal choice.  Visits to museums and other places of aviation interest.
    Possible topics for presentation/discussion include :   individuals (pilots, designers, etc), aircraft; engines; airlines; airfields; Military,civil or general aviation; materials; aerodynamics; design techniques; auxiliary equipment; instrumentation; government influence, etc.

    Aviation 300

    Contact :   Frank Matthews

    Meetings :   Friday,   3rd,   10.00 - 12.00

  • Geology


    This group studies the geological history of the Earth with relevant dates.  Topics include

    Geology 300

    • plate tectonics;
    • vulcanology;
    • sedimentation;
    • structural geology;
    • glaciology;
    • mineralogy;
    • paleontology;
    • oil and coal formation;
    • hydrology;
    • remote sensing and
    • planetary geology.

     Each topic leads to wide-ranging discussion.

    Contact :   Tove Horntvedt-Phillips

    Meetings :   Tuesday,   1st & 4th,   2.00 - 3.30


  • Psychology

    The Psychology group will cover topics both theoretically and from a personal experience.

    What motivates you?
    Which is more important: I.Q. or E.Q. (emotional intelligence) ?
    How can we improve our relationships and self development.
    We cover many areas as human behaviour is such a fascinating subject.
    ‘It’s not how low you fall but how quickly you bounce back up’ - Peanuts comic strip
    Group is shared with Knole. New Members welcome.

    Contact :   Indeg Robinson

    Venue: Otford Methodist Church

    Meetings :  Fridays,   3rd,   14-00 -16:00,




  • Science - Our Universe


    This group will study the science of the cosmos.  This will include topics such as :

    • how we know the life history of the stars,
    • how far away they are,
    • how old space is, and
    • the awesome range of astronomical objects and forces out there.


    Contact :   Stan Williams

    Meetings :   Friday,   2nd,   10.00 - 12.00


  • Science Discussion 1


    The group will explore and discuss areas of scientific interest.  Subjects are chosen by members from a wide range of possible areas, including current scientific debates as well as historical subjects to expand our knowledge of the world.  No prior scientific expertise is needed, just a keenness to participate.
    Past topics have included Viruses, Robotics, Plant Communication & Intelligence, Space X, Radiology in Medicine and Cybertechnology.  A similar range of topics will be explored in the forthcoming year

    Science Discussion Group 1:  Programme 2022

    Meeting Date

     Programme Topic


    October 4th

     The Anthropocene Epoch

    November 1st


     December 6th

     Timber Buildings


     January 10th

     Hydrogen Economy

     February 7th

     Local Green Energy Sources

    March 7th


    April 4th


    May 9th



     Seminar TBA



    Possible Future Topics
















    Contact :   Bob Ruffles

    Meetings :   Monday,   1st,   10:00-12:00, except on Public Holidays,  e.g. New Year, Easter and May Day.


  • Science Discussion 2


    This group explores topics of scientific topic interest that may be in the news, or perhaps to understand some of the bigger global and environmental issues.
    Findings can be presented to the group in any form for discussion. The research can be done individually or shared with one or more group members. Some of the more complex subjects will require participation of all group members to maximise the expertise that may exist within the group. Prior scientific knowledge is not essential, just a keenness to explore topics of interest.

    Vacancies exist in the group and if you are interested then please contact me.

    Contact :   Peter Brignall

    Meetings : 1st, Thursday,   10:00- 12:00 hrs

  • Science Open Group

    From October 2021 the Science Open Group meetings plans to run talks as Face to Face Meetings in the Otford Village Memorial Hall but if circumstances change we may run these as Zoom Webinar meetings, in which case registration to join will be required by following the link below:

    The Programme of Meetings is as follows.

    2021 - 22 PROGRAMME

    October 11th

    Missions to Mars

     Prof David Southwood

      November 8th

    Dying to be Beautiful

     Dr Kathryn Harkup

     December 13th




    January 10th


     Mike Trevethick

       February 14th



    March 14th

    Conservation of artefacts held by English Heritage

     David Thickett

    April 11th

    The Passive Eco House

     Chris Stewart

    May 9th

    Sustainable energy and food security

     Dr Howard Lee






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