Otford and District Historical Society meet at 7.30pm Thursday in the Memorial Hall, when Ed Thompson and Alan Williams will give a talk entitled 'Post-war education - the Wildernesse years. Visitors welcome at £3 per meeting. St. Bart’s Christmas Market takes place between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday in the Church Centre. Stalls will include gift wrapping, cards, Christmas tree and table decorations, candles, cakes, bulbs, sweets, chocolates, herbs and spices and a super raffle. There will be a huge snow globe, a lucky dip for the children and Santa Claus has again promised to send a deputy. Refreshments of tea, coffee, soft drinks, Christmas biscuits, Stollen and mince pies will be available. Hospices of Hope is holding a Craft Evening between 7.00 and 10.00pm on Saturday at Bessels Green Baptist Church. Make at least three Christmas crafts whilst sipping mulled wine and eating Christmas nibbles. All ages are welcome. Tickets cost £12 to include 3 crafts and refreshments, and can be bought from Amy 01959 525110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The 1940s Society meet at 8pm in the Memorial Hall on Friday November 25 when author, collector and historian Jon Mills will give a talk entitled 'Britons at War: How they dressed to fight Hitler as recorded in personal photographs'. Uniforms became the norm during World War Two whether it was a military organisation such as the ATS or the uniform of the bus conductress checking your ticket, even factory workers wore a uniform of sorts. Many of these men and women were photographed in their smart new clothing and their images preserved for future generations to view. Jon Mills will be telling the story of Britain's war effort though some of these photographs with an explanation of who they were, what they did and why they were important to Britain’s war effort. If you would like to take along your own wartime photographs Jon will be holding a Questions and Answers session during the evening where he will be happy to discuss them. Entry costs £3 and refreshments will be available. Further details can be found on the 1940s Society website www.1940.co.uk. The Guide Christmas Post Box will be in Otford Library between Tuesday November 29 and Tuesday December 20 inclusive during opening hours and a second Box will also be available in the Parish Council Office Monday to Friday between the same dates. All cards will be delivered in Otford village before Christmas by Brownies and Guides. Stamps will cost 25p each and all money will go to the girls chosen charities, “Kent Friendz” supporting children and adults with learning disabilities, and “Smokey Paws,” a not for profit organisation that will provide pet oxygen marks to Sevenoaks Fire Station to be used for cats and dogs caught up in fires. This will be the 34th year that Otford Guides have been delivering Christmas cards in the village and they would like this Christmas Post Service to continue and be really successful, so please give generously and support them by posting early. Otford Cubs urgently need help with running their Thursday pack which meets in the Scout Hut, adjacent to the station at 6.45pm. Unless a new leadership team is formed the Pack will close at Christmas which will disappoint existing Cubs and many local children. If you are willing to help please contact Jonathan 01959 524954 or email email@example.com. Full training and support will be provided and responsibilities can be shared so if you can spare some time on a regular basis to become part of the team that will ensure the Packs continuance. Otford Village Society is holding a Community Christmas Party from 7.30pm on Saturday December 3 in the Memorial Hall. This fundraising event, on behalf of the Village Hall Fund, will have local beers and wine, magic, music, wine tasting, face painting, a raffle, silent auction and a hog roast. Tickets cost £15 per adult and £7.50 per child 3-16 years and are available from Otford Parish Council Office or Otford Emporium in the High Street and Yvonne’s Store in Hale Lane. Otford Gardeners’ Society is holding a Quiz and Fun Night from 7.30pm on Tuesday December 6 in the Memorial Hall. Teams of maximum 6 people are invited to pit their wits against each other and have a fun evening into the bargain. Contact the Secretary, Janet Finney, 01959 523760, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.otford.info/gardeners for further details.