‘SOUNDS of Music Take 2, Rocking with Mockingbird’ in aid of Cancer Research takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday in the Memorial Hall. Tickets cost just £17.50 including a fish and chip supper but take along your own drinks and glasses. There will also be a raffle. To book call 01959 533154. AS a result of an Otford Pond Willow Resistograph Test it seems that the last, large, willow tree on the pond will have to be removed. The tree is in a bad way with a large area of decay and Tree Consultancy Limited who carried out the survey recommended the tree and stump be removed, as a matter of reasonable urgency, followed by the planting of a replacement specimen tree in a similar position. Their species suggestion would be another Weeping Willow, as they are well suited alongside water features. I am providing this information as I am sure many people, like me, can only see a large apparently healthy tree and are not aware of the damaged core which could cause branches to break off with dangerous consequences. It will take a long time for a new tree to grow to the size of the existing one but, in the interests of safety, the tree must come down. THIS is the 35th year that Girlguiding Otford will be operating their Christmas post and stamps are now on sale from Otford library during normal opening hours or in the Parish Council office every weekday morning. Christmas cards can be posted in the special post boxes located in the same places until Tuesday December 19. This special charity post service, which is one of the longest running in the country, delivers Christmas cards with the scheme’s special stamps to addresses in Otford village. Stamps cost 25p and Otford’s Brownies and Guides will collect, sort, frank and then deliver the cards over the two weekends before Christmas. This year’s chosen charities are Dreamflight, a charity taking seriously ill or disabled children on holidays of a lifetime, and Kent Wildlife Trust. Please support them by purchasing the special stamps and posting your cards early. A Tree of Light Service will be held at 7pm on Friday December 15 starting in St Bartholomew’s church followed by the switching on of the lights on the tree on The Green. All are welcome and labels to remember those who have died may be obtained from the Parish Office in the High Street or from Hospice in the Weald. Donations will support the work of the Hospice. OTFORD Heritage Centre Management Committee already have copies of several paintings of Otford in much earlier times, but need to know more about the artists and whether there are any more such paintings to be found in galleries or private collections. If this voluntary work could be of interest to you please contact Doug Cracknell, who is chair of the management committee on 01959 522325. THE 8 new Otford Heritage Trail information panels detailing key points on the Green and along the High Street, are well on the way to completion. Each panel tells the stories of the houses they stand opposite and include attractive watercolour impressions of the homes when in their prime. The fact that from an early age our local children will be able to understand the heritage of their own village is of great importance to the future. The purpose of the panels is to enhance understanding and appreciation of our local heritage, not to do it harm, and siting and visibility will therefore be critical. SAM Lee runs Pilates Classes in small group for all abilities, using small props to deliver a full body workout that builds core strength, balance and flexibility at 7.30pm, on Wednesdays in Bartholomew's Church Hall, Otford. The price is £70 for a block of 7 classes. If you are interested email firstname.lastname@example.org www.pilateswithsam.com ST Bartholomew’s church will be holding a Choir Christmas Carol Concert at 7pm on Sunday December 10, a Christmas Presentation and Nativity Play at 10am and a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight at 6.30pm on Sunday December 17 a Crib Service at 4pm, Carols followed by Midnight Choral Communion at 11.10 on Christmas Eve Sunday December 24 and Christmas Communion at 9am and an All Together Christmas Worship Service on Christmas Day Monday December 25. CATHOLIC Church of The Most Holy Trinity will be holding a Children’s Nativity service at 3.30pm, Carols by candlelight at 7.30pm and the First Mass of Christmas at 8pm on Sunday December 24 and a Christmas Day Mass on Monday December 25. OTFORD Methodist Church are holding a Who Let the Dads Out Christmas special for male carers and their primary aged children, including a bouncy castle and bacon butties, between 3.30 and 5.30pm on Saturday. Their Christmas Services include an All-Age Worship and Children’s Advent Presentation at 10.30am and Carol Service at 6.30pm on Sunday December 17, a Christingle Children’s Service at 5pm on Christmas Eve and a Christmas Day Service, where you are invited to take along a present to unwrap, at 10am on Christmas Day. REMEMBER that Otford Parish Council meet monthly in the Memorial Hall on the second Tuesday of each month and at every meeting there is a ten minute public forum to which you are invited. Their next meeting is on Monday December 11. This is your Parish and your Council and they want you to be involved so go along to their meetings and have your say. To contact the Parish Council ring 01959 524808 or visit their website http://www.otford.info/parish/council/. OTFORD and District Historical Society (ODHS) Meet at 7.30pm for mulled wine on December 13 followed at 8pm by their AGM, and a selection of films of Otford. The films date from the 1940’s and 1950’s and are kindly made available by Screen Archive South East. Membership for the year costs £10 and visitors are very welcome at £3 per meeting, there is no charge for students.