DENISE Thompson Designer Florist is holding a Christmas Workshop in the Memorial Hall at 7pm tomorrow, Friday December 14, to make a Table/mantle arrangement. The cost for the workshop is £40, everything will be provided except scissors/secateurs, take your own, and light refreshments will add to the fun. Places are always limited so call 01959 525009 now to avoid disappointment. ST BART’S church will be holding their Tree of Light Services at 7pm tomorrow, Friday December 14 in the church and on the village green. Following the service there will be refreshments in St Bartholomew’s church centre. Labels for you to write your message on are available from the Parish Council Office in the High Street during opening hours 8.30am to 12.30 Monday to Friday or phone them on 01959 524808 and they will write your card for you. Cheques for your donation need to be made out to Hospice in the Weald. The tree will remain lit until after the New Year. ST BARTHOLOMEW’S church is holding a Tree of Light service at 7pm tomorrow, Friday 14, in the church and on the village green. Following the service there will be refreshments offered in the Church Centre. If you would like labels for your message these are available from the Parish Council Office in the High Street until 12.30pm on Friday or phone and they will write your card for you. Cheques for your donation need to be made out to Hospice in the Weald. OTFORD Library is holding a Community Fun Day on Saturday December 15. From 10am until 11am there will be craft activities for children to make Christmas decorations and from 11am there will be some carol singing kindly performed by members of different choirs whose members live in the village, followed by season refreshments. At around 11.30 there will be a Christmas themed story time. All times are approximately and space is limited. Please book a place for the Craft event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. HOSPICES of Hope Gift and Teashop in the High Street will be opening on a Sunday for the first time this Sunday, December 16 at 11a.m. This is an opportunity to buy Christmas gifts, decorations, china and glass wear following which you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a light lunch in their renowned Teashop. SEVENOAKS Embroiderer’s Guild hold their last meeting of the year in the Memorial Hall from 10am on Saturday December 22. For further information contact Sylvia Grafton 01732 452117. OTFORD Village Memorial Hall will be staging a performance of Fizzlebert Stump – the boy who ran away from the Circus to join the Library at 4pm on Saturday December 29 in the Hall. This is a professional performance sponsored by The Arts Council and Applause Rural Touring Company and is especially suitable for families with children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old receiving rave reviews wherever performed. Great for children and grandchildren. Doors open at 3.30pm for 4pm, refreshments available. Tickets on sale at: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/452373 or from Denise (Florists), Otford Parish Council, High Street, Yvonne’s (Shop), Telston Lane, prices: adult £10, 5 to 16 years old £5, under 5’s free. IF you looking for a few history-related Christmas presents then 'Sevenoaks, a Past to Treasure' by Phil Clucas and Ed Thompson has recently been published. It is available at ODHS and 1940s Society meetings, or from Sevenoaks Bookshop. Price £10. If you would like further details email email@example.com for further details. Also available are other books in the 'The Past in Pictures' series (published by Hopgarden Press), 'A Guide to the Otford Mosaic', 'a Guided Walk Around Otford Palace' (both published by ODHS) and several other books of local interest. Available from Otford Heritage Centre, Sevenoaks Bookshop or enquire at a Society meeting or by email from the above address. GIRLGUIDING Otford’s Christmas post 2018. Stamps are now on sale until Friday December 21. The 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 30p and are available to purchase in 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. KENT County Council are holding a Consultation Questionnaire on their Libraries, Registration and Archives Draft Strategy running from November 21 to January 29. Paper copies are available in the Library or complete the questionnaire online at kent.gv.k/lrastrategy. KCC are seeking your views on their proposals to introduce a tiering model for their 99 libraries and are also hosting 20 consultation drop-in events across the county where you can speak to members of their LRA team. Visit their website or libraries for more information. A brief snapshot from their documentation shows their proposal to amend the current hours from 24 to 23 for Otford but for Sevenoaks from 55 to 42, and Riverhead 25 to 15. As you can see from these figures it is necessary for every resident to have their say as its once again a question of use it of lose it. Adult reader numbers in Otford are declining so unless it can be demonstrated that the Library is well used by both adult and child readers there will be every opportunity to cut opening hours yet again.