ST BARTHOLOMEW’S church is holding a Christmas Pudding workshop in the church centre at 2.30pm on November 16. Get ahead for Christmas and pause for a delicious afternoon tea in good company. Go along with a family member or friend. To book your place, or find out more, please phone Joan Beacom 01959 524304. OTFORD Oast WI next meet at 9.30am on Thursday November 21 in the Memorial Hall for a talk by John Halligan on ‘How Charing got its Cross’. New members are welcome and the first visit is free. For further information email email@example.com . OTFORD Methodist church are delighted to welcome back the Croydon SDA Gospel Choir for a very special Christmas performance at 7.30pm on Saturday December 14. Refreshments will be provided in the interval. Tickets are available from the OMC web site priced at £10 or from the Sunday morning box office. You are advised not to delay in buying tickets as this is a really popular event and was in high demand last time they visited. For further information please call the box office on 07948 309484. NORTH West Kent Family History Society meet at 7.30pm, when refreshments will be available, on Thursday November 14 in the Memorial Hall for a talk at 8pm 'From Cradle to Grave: creating the Welfare State in 1940s Britain' by Alan Williams.. Alan will consider the, sometimes surprising, origins of the British Welfare State. Refreshments will be available. GO along to see the Christmas lights at Bat & Ball Station. The Mayor will officially switch on the lights on December 3 between 4 and 5.30pm. There will be carol singing by a local school choir and everyone can make a decoration to put on the Christmas tree. Hot chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas biscuits and mince pies will be on offer to help you get into the Christmas spirit. There’s no need to book – just turn up with friends and family and enjoy this festive event. GIRLGUIDING Otford’s Christmas Post 2019. Stamps for Girlguiding Otford’s Christmas Post Service go on sale on November 28 for the 37th year running and will be available until Friday December 20. 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. Otford’s Brownies and Guides will collect, sort, frank and then deliver the cards over the two weekends before Christmas. This year the money raised from the sale of the stamps will be donated to SERV Kent Bloodrunners, a charity that provides emergency courier services transporting blood products, samples and other essential items for major hospitals and hospices in Kent out of normal working hours. Please support them by purchasing the special stamps and posting your cards early. Library opening hours Monday 9am – 1pm, Tuesday 9am – 1pm, 2pm- 5pm, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 9am – 1pm, Friday 1pm – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm. Parish Council opening hours Monday to Friday 8am – 12:30pm. OTFORD Library. Now on display is an exhibition entitled 'Doodlebugs and Barrage Balloons in Otford. The Battle of the V1s in summer 1944'. This exhibition, the first in the run-up to the VE Day 75 commemorations to be held in 2020 to mark the end of the Second World War, looks at the role played by Otford on the 'home front' 75 years ago in the summer of 1944 during the V1 attacks. The exhibition is derived from the recent talk given to ODHS by Alan Williams and is sponsored by the 1940s Society who are grateful to Kent Library Services for hosting the exhibition. If you have any family memories of the war please let us them know by email. STOP unsafe parking on Station Road is the name of the petition residents are being asked to sign by clicking on http://chng.it/LqwMGZCB. Vehicles regularly park on Station Road on both the road and on the pavement causing an obstruction to pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. This petition is asking for your support to implement controls to prevent this. You are being asked to support this petition to reduce delays and improve safety for the whole community. OTFORD Tennis Club are looking for new members and welcome players of all standards. There is a clubhouse and 3 tennis courts, two of which are floodlit, and tennis is played all year round. They also have adult and junior coaching sessions provided by LTA accredited coaches. If you would like more information please contact their membership secretary, Alison Sykes 01959 522050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. OTFORD Lunch Club are looking for volunteers to join their 5 friendly teams. Might you be interested in joining them either as an individual or with a friend in which case you will be warmly welcomed. Your commitment will be for about a 4 hour period once every 5 weeks helping to serve local residents an initial cup of tea or coffee followed by a hot nutritious two course meal. To find out more please contact Margaret 01959 524147. DIAL 2 Drive are seeking volunteer drivers to take elderly/disabled people to a medical appointment or shopping just one a week. If you own a car and would like to help please contact them on 0300 777 1200 or email email@example.com.