Swim England and Otter celebrate 150 years

2019 is a year of celebration for both Otter Swimming Club and Swim England as they mark their 150th anniversaries.  One of the highlights of the year will be a unique team gala event at the London Aquatic Centre on Sunday 14 July which provides an opportunity for Masters swimmers all over the country to participate in these celebrations.

Otter has secured sole use of the main Olympic competition pool in London for a fun, informal gala which will include relay and individual swimming races. The teams will comprise many different Masters clubs including some of our traditional rivals (and friends!) such as Spencer, Barnet and Teddington.  It is a fantastic opportunity not only to race in the Olympic pool but to join in the fun and celebrate the camaraderie and longevity of masters swimming. Otter is putting together a programme to include a mixture of current and historic events which we hope will feature the plunge as well as some old English backstroke and novelty relays. 

Swim England is coordinating an “All Stars Team North” and “ All Stars Team South” so that masters swimmers from across the country can join us.  If you would like to be involved please contact:

Team South: Simon Veale (simon.veale@outlook.com)

Team North: Verity Dobbie and Nicola Latty (otter150.teamnorth@gmail.com

Any past and present Otter swimmers who would like to be involved should email us at otter150gala@gmail.com. Please save the date now!  

2019 represents a significant milestone for Otter and we would be delighted if you would celebrate with us by supporting this special event. 


Where: London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London E20 2ZQ

When: Sunday 14 July 2019.  Warm-up at 10am with racing scheduled to finish at 2pm at the latest, with socialising to follow!

Over a thousand years of membership...

A gathering of “Mature” (i.e. older) Otters, and guests took place on February 1st for their annual post-Christmas dinner. For this sesquicentennial year it was upgraded to a black tie event at the Lansdowne Club, Mayfair.

A total of well over a thousand years of membership was present, and it was attended by all four Past Presidents and the widow of Past President and Club doyen Bob Burn; also Dennis Warnford-Davis - at age 90, the longest serving Club member (joined in 1946).

The main guest (Kelvin Juba, former Otter coach and swimming luminary) was stuck in deep snow in Somerset, but this did not inhibit a convivial evening in traditional Otter-style.


"Milton" Trophies

We are very pleased to have received two new trophies donated by Otter Life Member and former Olympian, Tony Milton which will be used for Club Championships events from this year:

  • The Freddie Milton Cup - for Men’s 50m Freestyle Championship

  • The Irene Pirie Milton Cup - for Women’s 100m Individual Medley Championship

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Annual Dinner 2018

The Otter Annual Dinner will be held at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT, on Friday 20 April from 7pm to 1am. Tickets are priced at £52 which includes formal three-course meal plus table wine followed by a disco with music from our own resident DJ Talbott!

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Otter Christmas Party

We are happy to announce details for this year Christmas Party.
All are welcome from all aspects of the club including Water Polo and Swimming. Please come and join us to celebrate the festive period together!

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Get your tickets to the Otter Dinner

The 2017 Otter Dinner will be held on Friday 31 March, at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT from 7pm to 1am. Tickets are priced at £52 which includes formal three-course meal plus table wine (or soft drinks) followed by a disco.

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Sign up for the Otter Mile

There is still time sign up to the annual Otter Open Water Otter Mile Swim. If you'd like to compete or join the dinner you have until Friday 17th June to email chris.sutton@uk.bp.com to confirm your place. 

The Mile is on Friday 24th June. It is a fun open water swim open to all members in the river Thames. It is a great opportunity to get out of the pool, hopefully in some sunshine, then have dinner & drink with the Otters. It is a handicapped race so everyone has an opportunity to do well & there are fantastic Trophies on offer! Partners & friends are also welcome to watch the swim & join for dinner. Details for the event are as follows: 

7pm at Windsor Leisure Centre
Clewer Mead,
Stovell Road,

Boat departure:

Getting there:
Trains run out of Waterloo at 17:28 Arrive 18:23 and 17:58 Arrive 18:53 to Windsor and Eton Riverside Paddington 17:12 Arrive 17:58, 17:42 Arrive 18:34 and 18:12 Arrive 18:58 to Windsor and Eton Riverside but requires two changes. Or there is parking available in Windsor .

8:30/9pm at Bexley Arms Windsor (http://thebexleyarms.co.uk/), this will be a buffet of pastas etc and has been amazing in the past few years .

The cost of the swim and the meal will be £25.
Just the dinner £15
Just the swim £10
Please transfer this money to the Otter account
Sort code: 60-08-23, Account 08362998 labelling the payment with your first name +surname.

We will be able to leave our belongings in the leisure centre locker room and make use of the showers after the swim. Please bring warm clothes for putting on afterwards (particularly if you're not used to open water temperatures), the river should be warm but this is a non-wetsuit event.

Swimmers lining up for the 2015 start

Swimmers lining up for the 2015 start

Otter Dinner 2016 Booking Details

The Otter Dinner 2016 will held in the Booker and Turner Suite at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT on Friday 18 March, 7pm to 1am. Google maps link here.

Tickets are priced at £48 which includes formal three course meal plus table wine, followed by the President's speech, then disco until 1am.

We'll have our own private room with a separate quiet area and cash bar. Additional drinks can also be purchased from the main hotel bar.

This is always a great Club event for swimmers, men's and women's water polo, non-active members, parents and guests. If you haven't attended before or if you have joined Otter in the past year please do join the recent and long established crowds and come along. It's a great way to fully appreciate the club's history and achievements, and get to know your team mates away from the pool. Feel free to speak to other members or contact me directly for more details.

To reserve your place please email me and our Treasurer, Chris Eden, providing your food options, seating preferences and arrange payment to the club account as follows:

1. Email addresses: davewarren.swim@gmail.com, ottertreasurer@gmail.com

2. Food choices, select one starter, one main and one dessert (please also advise any food intolerances):


Leek and mushroom tart with red onion confit

Crème of wild mushroom soup

Home cured salmon with honey, mustard and dill

Main Course

Pan fried sea trout, potato pancake, green beans and tender stem broccoli

Grilled pork loin steaks in lemon and garlic, mash potatoes, glazed seasonal vegetable and a creamy grain mustard sauce

Corn fed chicken supreme, baked in soft herbs and filo pastry, steamed broccoli and noisette

Vegetable strudel (V)

Roast vegetable and feta tartlet (V)

Wild mushroom, leek and brie parcels (V)

Lentil and roast vegetable terrine, gratinated with goat’s cheese (V)


Strawberry and clotted cream cheese cake

Cloted Cream and Chocolate Cheese Cake

Trio of chocolate served with homemade orange marmalade

3. Seating preferences, any individuals/ groups you want to sit with?

4. Payment of £48 per person to club account, or contact Chris at the treasurer email address to arrange alternate payment:

Sort Code: 60-08-23

Account: 08362998

Please add reference of DINNER plus your name so the Treasurer can identify and confirm your payment.

5. Dress is black tie or lounge suit so dig out your tux, Otter blazer or party dress, look forward to the event and see you on Friday 18 March!

Please let Dave Warren (davewarren.swim@gmail.com) know as soon as possible if you would like to attend. The deadline for menu choices and payment is Sunday 6 March as we need to provide menu choices to the Holiday Inn the following day.