Ightham is a small parish with some 1500 members on the Electoral Roll. It is the most westerly of the parishes in the Borough of Tonbridge and Malling and lies astride the A25 and the A227 roads and the railway line from Otford to Maidstone. It is a quiet place; many of the residents work in London and the surrounding towns.
Industry in the parish consists of farming, including some sheep and fruit farming, and an organic farm. There is a sandpit where and is still extracted and concrete blocks manufactured. There are several plant nurseries and a number of thriving house building businesses.
The parish has sports facilities in the shape of a fine recreation ground with football pitches, cricket field and tennis courts. Badminton is played in the village hall. Riding is a popular pastime and there is an extensive network of bridleways and footpaths.
The village is well cared for and there are three public houses, The George and Dragon, The Plough at Ivy Hatch and The Harrow. We also have a fully stocked farm shop.
The WI and WRVS are active and there are societies, which cater for most tastes. For the younger people there is a Scout troop and a Cub Scout pack. There is a village hall where various activities and meetings take place.
There is a thriving primary school and a playgroup which meets near the school.