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Otford Community News - week commencing Mon 13th Aug

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  1. Kay Drake

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    OTFORD Girlguiding is seeking new volunteers as they need regular unit helpers to assist their uniformed leaders, particularly for Brownies and Rangers. If you would like more information about volunteering please email ggkemsingotforddistrict@gmail.com or you can see what they get up to by liking them on Facebook at Girlguiding Knole Division.

    A reminder to members of the Otford Lunch Club, which meets in the Memorial Hall on a Thursday, there will be no Club meetings throughout September.

    OTFORD Antiques Fair will be held on Bank Holiday Monday August 27 in the Memorial Hall. There will be over 50 traders selling modern and antique jewellery, silver/gold/glass, militaria, vintage clothing, china, pottery, furniture, retroware, postcards and much more. There will also be refreshments available in their friendly café. Dealers, traders, children, dogs on leads are all welcome. Earlybird admission 8am, general admission 9am, entrance fee £1.50.

    PAUL, our Community Warden, holds his weekly surgery to discuss any problems and community issues at the School House each Tuesday between 11am and 12 noon. If you have any issues just go along and see him or he can also be contacted on 07813 713366.

    OTFORD Gardeners’ Society are holding their Autumn Flower and Craft Show in the Memorial Hall from 2.15pm on Saturday September 1. They promise a marvelous display of late Summer flowers and harvest from the vegetable garden, with floral arrangements, preserves, cookery, photographic, art and handicraft classes. Teas will be available until 4pm and there will be a sales table. Their gardening tips for August include keep picking tomatoes and peppers to encourage more flowers and do not cut the grass too short in this dry weather!

    DON’T forget to keep your hedges and any foliage abutting a footpath or pavement trimmed as overhanging branches can cause a hazard to those with sight difficulties and those pushing wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs. It would be really appreciated if you could check your boundaries and trim any overhanging foliage hard back from the footway so as to make it easier for those who walk past.

    OTFORD Gardeners’ Society, on behalf of the Parish Council, are organising the Annual Otford Front Garden Competition. Preliminary judging takes place throughout July and August with committee members walking round the village taking notes based on the front gardens that would take the eye of a stranger to the village without having to look over or around a hedge, wall or fence. The competition winners will be announced in September. Good luck.

    THE Citizens Advice Bureau holds a surgery on the first Tuesday of the month between 10am and 12 noon in the School House, High Street and NOT every Tuesday as mentioned in a previous column.. There is no need to book but if you would like to make an appointment then call 01732 454443.

    IF you want to keep fit why not join one of Sevenoaks District Councils organised free cycle riders which take place in Knole Park and Brands Hatch and are open to people of all abilities including families with small children. Knole Park offers a 90 minute ride at a gentle pace with breaks and traffic free paths in the stunning deer park and at Brands Hatch you can ride on the renowned racing circuit that hosted Formula 1 racing. You cycle at your own pace for up to two hours on a route that includes gentle hills. Brands Hatch Tuesday August 28 at 10.30am and 2pm, Wednesday August 29 at 10.30 and 2pm and at Knole Park Sunday September 2 and 16 at 10.30. These rides are bookable in advance by calling 01732 227000 or email communities@sevenoaks.gov.uk.

    FRIENDS of the Earth, Sevenoaks Branch, meet on the borders of Otford and Kemsing at 8pm on the third Tuesday of each month. If you are interested in joining them contact John on 01959 524906 for more information.

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