OTFORD Oast WI meet at 9.30am today, Thursday May 16, in the Memorial Hall for their Annual General Meeting. New members are very welcome with your first meeting being free. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. 15TH Otford Scout Group are holding a Sponsored Walk Sunday May 19 in aid of Hospice in the Weald and Sevenoaks Community First Responders. Last year they walked from Otford to The Thames and raised over £2000 for WaterAid and Toilet Twinning. As a group they are walking from Otford starting at Telston Lane outside Yvonne's shop to Addington Village the location of the 1st Otford Scout Troop's first ever Summer camp in 1914. The route will take them 17 miles via Sevenoaks and Ightham Mote along the Darent Valley Path, The Greensand Way and the Wealdway. Age and length of legs will dictate the distance walked, with the Beaver Scouts walking three miles, Cubs seven and Scouts and Leaders completing the full 17 miles People can either donate via the virgin money link or via their website http://otfordscouts.org.uk/ (clicking on the donate button) or any uniformed leader will be happy to take your money. All money raised will be split between the two charities. Please support your local group and give generously for these worthy causes. 1940’s SOCIETY meet at 8.00pm on Friday May 31 in the Memorial Hall for a talk by Peter Nixon about The Bethnal Green Tube Shelter Incident, admission £3. Local writer Peter will explore one of the most tragic domestic disasters of the war which occurred on March 3, 1943 and was hushed up at the time. If you would like further details contact 07927 748773. ART in June Open Studios. Several Otford artists are participating in the Sevenoaks and Eden Valley event running from June 7 to 23, www.artinjune.org. Sculptress Angela Bishop and artist Suzie Galloway, of 5 Broughton Road, 01959 523203, are offering the opportunity to view their work. Angela between 1am and 5pm or by appointment June 8/9/10/13/14/15/16/20/21/22/23 and Suzie between 2 and 5pm on June 9/14/16/21/22 and between 3 and 5pm on 8/15/22. Opening times for Ann Bridges, Julian Cheswick and Barbara Darby will feature in a future column. OTFORD Petanque Club, who play on their terrain beside the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, is looking for new members for its new season. It offers a friendly club environment at 2.30pm every Thursday afternoon. You are invited to go along and try it out, you will be made very welcome, contact 01959 52424. OTFORD Village Fete opens it’s doors at 11am on Bank Holiday Monday May 27 on the High Street Recreation Ground, entrance for 16 years and over will be £2 per person. If you are interested in the Dog Show, run by Elands Veterinary Clinic, then arrive early as registration starts at 11am with the first class of the Most Handsome Dog at 12 noon. The entry fee per dog is £5 with rosettes and prizes for the first six placed. You can also help support the Fete’s charity as there will be a class of Guide Dog Puppies at 2.30pm. The aim is to raise at least £2500 so that we can name a puppy with an Otford related name. We have two people living in Otford who now have Guide Dogs and you can read about one of them Howard, on the fete website www.otfordvillagefete.org. Throughout this month volunteers will be calling on residents to sell raffle tickets so please be generous as your donations help support so many different associations within Otford. Whatever the weather Otford Gardeners’ Society will have a stall at the Village Fete and on sale will be ornamental and edible plants raised by their own members. OTFORD Library. Following his last sell-out talk at Otford Library, Giles Milton will be returning to the library at 7pm on June 12 to talk about his latest book D-Day, the Soldiers’ Story. Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event. Tickets cost £6 and must be booked in advance either by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 03000 41 31 31. Better still pop into the library to reserve your place and take a look at the history of Otford School exhibition. Don’t delay tickets are selling fast. OTFORD and Seal Trefoil Guild are interested in enrolling new members. They meet once a month at 7.30pm on the third Thursday at Kemsing Library with outdoor meetings also arranged to visit Pubs, Teashops, Stately Homes, Theatres and Cinema’s. Please give me call if you would like more details. HOSPICES of Hope’s Teashop in the High Street, which is now open 7 days a week, is looking for volunteers to work both in their Teashop and Gift Shop. If you could spare 3 or more hours a week to help please speak to Julie or Cornel 01959 524322 or to help with administrative tasks in their offices call 01959 525110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Teashop specialises in homemade cakes and what are reputed to be the best scones customers have ever tasted! In the front shop there is an opportunity to buy clothes, toys, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, china, glass and furniture so you can browse, and then you can enjoy refreshments whilst all the time supporting this wonderful charity which is largely staffed by volunteers. OTFORD Heritage Centre is open between 2.30 and 4.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons until mid-December offering visitors to our village the opportunity to see Otford’s continuous habitation over 4,000 years with changing displays of recent history, village life, natural history and models of Otford Palace, and the interior of an Oast House as well as many others. It is free to enter, although donations are gratefully received. If you are interested in becoming a steward then extra help is always welcome. RECYCLE your ink cartridges and toners by dropping used ones into Otford Primary School or the Parish Council office, both in the High Street as by doing so you can raise money for the school.