OTFORD Oast WI meet at 9.30am today (Thursday 15) in the Memorial Hall for a talk by Sarah Rogers on Nursing Through the Years: Care and Compassion at the Royal London Hospital. New members welcome, first meeting is free. For further information email email@example.com. TONBRIDGE and Malling Ramblers Group meet in the High Street Recreation Ground car park at 10am on Sunday (November 18) for a 5.5 miles/8.8 km leisurely walk from Otford to Shoreham and back aiming to finish at approximately 1pm. There is one steep climb at the start and a few stiles but views over Otford are well worth it. Dogs on leads. Nibble break. Pub at end. If you are interested contact Graham 07716 170900 or 01732 446101. LARGE crowds packed the village memorial hall last Saturday at the Traffic Public Meeting. The meeting was a great success with lots of positive feedback from the audience and the Traffic Group would like to thank all those who took part. The public consultation on the proposals is now underway and will run until midnight on Saturday December 1 – so please remember to complete the Traffic Questionnaire in this month’s Parish Newsletter or complete the questionnaire online at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L9C67T6. Details on the Traffic Proposals can be found on the Otford Parish Council website at: www.otfordpc.kentparishes.gov.uk under ‘Traffic Management’. For a paper copy of the report or more copies of the questionnaire please contact the Parish Council Office 01959 524808. GIRLGUIDING Otford’s Christmas Post 2018. Stamps go on sale on November 29 for the 36th year running and will be available 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. 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 divided between Embrace Ability, a charity working with disabled children and their families in Cambodia and for whom one of their leaders is currently volunteering in Cambodia, and Sevenoaks Community First Responders. Please support them by purchasing the special stamps and posting your cards early. Thank you. Library opening hours: Monday and Thursday 9am – 1pm, Tuesday 9am – 5pm, Wednesday Closed, Friday 1pm – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm. Parish Council Office opening hours – Monday to Friday 8am – 12.30pm. OTFORD and District Historical Society meet at 7.30pm on November 21 in the Memorial Hall to hear Imogen Corrigan give a talk entitled ‘Put that light out’ about the 93rd (Searchlight) Regiment, Royal Artillery, an all female Regiment in WW11. Refreshments will be available from 7.30pm and the talk will begin at 8pm. Visitors are very welcome at c cost of £3 and you can join the Society at the meetings. SEVENOAKS RSPB local group enjoyed an informative and entertaining talk on November 1 from Mary Braddock about her trips to Finland and Norway. A tour around the northern part of Finland into the most northerly part of Norway showing the birds of the artic with their grey, orange and yellow colour schemes that help to camouflage them in the lichen and trees in the area. A speciality of Finland are the Owls and the Northern Lights, a spectacular end to the presentation. Their next meeting at 7.45pm on Thursday December 6 in the Memorial Hall will celebrate 25 years of the Sevenoaks Local Group and they will welcome back one of their favourite speakers, Simon Ginnaw, who will be presenting My Patch (Mote Park), with the photographic competition results, wine and Christmas nibbles. Admission is £2.50 for group members and £3.50 for non-members. Outdoor meetings for the month are at Sevenoaks Nature Reserve and Bough Beech on Wednesday December 5, contact Ann McGregor 01732 454304 to book a place and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on Sunday December 9 contact John Waterman 07935 206618 to book a place. For more information see ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/sevenoaks/events. OTFORD Yarn Crafters, for lovers of yarn crafting, meet and inspire one another twice a month so if you knit, crochet, spin, weave or otherwise use yarn, why not join them to share your projects, skills and knowledge and to find help and support when your project just isn’t going right. And if you would like to learn any of the yarn crafts they would love to help you, you only have to ask. They meet on the second Tuesday of the month in the morning between 10 and 11am at the Hospice of Hope Tea Rooms in the High Street, and the fourth Tuesday of the month in the evening between 6 and 8pm in The Woodman, next meeting November 27. You are welcome to go along to either one or both meetings. You don’t need to book, there are no joining fees but they do ask that you purchase a hot or cold drink at the venue. FLU Vaccinations will be available until November 17 at Otford and Kemsing Doctors Surgeries and appointments are now available. Sessions are from 09.00 to 12.00 on the following dates: Otford Surgery Saturday November 10, Kemsing Surgery Saturday November 17. Call Otford Surgery 01959 523929 to book your appointment. MAKE a diary note that Stan, the barbers, picnic bench will be unveiled on the High Street Recreation Ground at 12 noon on Sunday November 25 and all his old customers and contributors are invited to the ceremony. Please do come along on the day to once again thank Stan for his contribution to village life. The bench is situated just behind the children’s play area, adjacent to the allotments. MEET the Maker Day in Otford Saturday December 1. Here is your chance to discover and celebrate the unique talents we are lucky enough to have within Otford’s shops. Come and meet Bill Skinner the man behind the name and see how his wonderful jewelry is created from initial design to finished piece. Pop in to see our amazing florist Denise Thompson to get a better understanding of the art of floristry. We are incredibly lucky to have such a diverse range of independent shops in our beautiful village and this is your opportunity to get a sneak peek behind the scenes. Those involved are Otford Interiors, Denise Thompson – 11am Wreath making, 2pm Christmas arrangement - Sally’s Cake Emporium, Howlers, The Studio, Hall & Co, Bill Skinner, and Mille Fleurs who are offering pre-booked 45-minute millinery tasters throughout the day. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call into the shop. Follow the event on Facebook page @Obviously Otford and visit the village on December 1, there will be signs in the windows of participating shops. Ann Bridges will be the event’s Artist in Residence, recording the day’s activities in a series of sketchbook drawings.