OTFORD COMMUNITY COLUMN REMEMBRANCE Day is being commemorated on Sunday with a service at St Bartholomew’s at 10am followed by an act of Remembrance by the War Memorial at 10.50. Traffic will be halted at the pond between 10.45 and 11.5am so if you are making a journey through the village that morning it is suggested that you avoid these times or be patient and remember why you are waiting. OTFORD Library have made a couple of changes to the time of sessions. Storytime now runs from 2.15pm-2.45pm on Tuesdays, during term time only. All pre-school children are welcome and there is no charge to attend. Also, IT assistance is now available on Tuesdays (previously Mondays) from 10.00am-12.00pm and Saturdays 10.00am-12.00pm. Advance booking is essential. If you would like to find out more contact Lorraine Young, Otford Library, 03000 413131 or email Lorraine.firstname.lastname@example.org MEMBERS of Otford Heritage Centre Management Committee, who are all volunteers, are arranging a Coffee and Cake morning at the centre from 10.30 until 12 noon on Tuesday November 21. The underlying purpose is to say 'thank you' to those volunteers who carry responsibility for every aspect of the centre's work and to give anyone interested in sharing in this work the opportunity to see whether there are ways in which they could help. There will be new displays to see, including Otford's Oldest School, which will be introduced by Alan Williams during the morning. Although everyone is welcome, and admission is free, space is limited so if you would like to go please reserve a place through Tina Freke 01959 524661 or Lorna Rowe 01959 524799. One of the ways in which the Centre needs help at the present time is in connection with an Art Archive, which will link the past with the present. They 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. SAM Lee runs small group Pilates classes 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 and if you are interested email her email@example.com www.pilateswithsam.com OTFORD Surgery Patients Group is holding an Eating For Health event at Otford Methodist church hall from 10am on Saturday. This will cover two topics, eating to keep you healthy and eating to avoid or control diabetes. There will be a welcome at 10am with refreshments and music, followed at 10.30 by a talk on Eating for long term health. At 11.30 Introducing the Diabetes Support Group, at 11.45 Diet and Diabetes rounding off at 12.30 with a Question and Answer Session. All are welcome to drop in at any or all of these sessions. A Community Party is being organised by the Otford Society on Saturday November 25 between 6 and 11pm in the Memorial Hall, High Street and will feature live music from "Cool Groove", a talented trio who will play a range of well-known numbers guaranteed to get toes tapping. There will be an included all-you-can-eat wood-fired pizza buffet from "Odori & Sapori by Romeo" which will cater for all tastes including vegetarians and vegans and gluten-free options are available if ordered in advance. A licensed bar will sell wine, local beer, and a range of soft drinks and don't forget the legendary raffle which will again offer a host of amazing prizes. Advance tickets are available now at discounted rates of £12 per adult and £5 per child (3-16), with under 3s free, and can be purchased from the Parish Council office, Yvonne's in Telston Lane, and The Otford Emporium or through www.otfordsociety.org.uk/party On the night, ticket prices will be £15 per adult and £7.50 per child. All profits will go to the Otford Scouts & Guides and if you can't attend the party but would like to support the cause then do get in touch to buy raffle tickets. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07930 374332. CONGRATULATIONS to Otford United Football Club who hosted the first competitive match in Kent with a side from overseas for 98 years. They played St Peter’s, Jersey, and it was a very competitive, well attended, game which they unluckily lost 1-0. OTFORD Evening WI meet at 7.30pm tonight in the Club Room of the Memorial Hall. As their speaker has cancelled they are holding a Quiz Night instead. Visitors are very welcome at their meetings and further details are available from their President 01959 524831.