ST BARTHOLOMEW’S church will be holding a Tree of Light Service at 7pm tomorrow 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. ST Bartholomew’s church will be holding a Crib Service at 4pm on Sunday. OTFORD Methodist Church’s Christmas Services include an All-Age Worship and Children’s Advent Presentation at 10.30am and Carol Service at 6.30pm on Sunday, 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. OTFORD and District Historical Society (ODHS) meet at 7.30pm for mulled wine on Wednesday 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. THE Most Holy Trinity catholic church 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. ON Saturday December 2 a Community Meeting was held in the Memorial Hall to discuss the formulation of Neighbourhood Plan. This meeting was attended by over 130 residents and was chaired by Otford Parish Council. Attendees heard about how a Neighbourhood Plan can be formed and what is involved and were invited to contribute their suggestions and ideas. A wide range of community issues were raised and a good number the audience voiced their willingness to join the proposed Steering Group. This subject will receive wide coverage in the next edition of the Parish Council Newsletter and in this column in the future. 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. OTFORD Parish Council office in the High Street will be closed from Tuesday December 19, re-opening after Christmas on Wednesday December 27. It will then close again until after the New Year until Tuesday January 2. Full details will be posted on the office window.