OTFORD Oast WI next meet at 9.30am today, Thursday October 17, in the Memorial Hall to hear a talk will be given by Hugh Alford on ‘Space is Big’. New members are welcome and the first meeting is free. For further information email email@example.com. SATURDAY October 19 is the date for the WI Annual Table Top Sale in the Memorial Hall between 9am to 12 noon. Tables cost £12 and are available from Chris 01959 522485. There will be something for everyone so go along and tell friends and family not to miss out on loads of bargains. ST Bartholomew’s church and Otford Methodists are arranging for the musical ‘A Turbulent Priest’ to come to St Bartholomew’s on October 19 when Thomas Becket returns to Otford bringing King Henry II with him. 850 years after his murder in Canterbury Becket is coming back to Otford a place where it’s said he particularly enjoyed staying while Archbishop (1162-1170) in spite of the taste of the water and the songs of its nightingales which disturbed his devotions! This musical by James Cary and James Sherwood retells the medieval bromance in sketch and song between Henry and Becket that ended in more than tears. The two-man show is both funny and thought provoking. It illustrates what can happen when the worlds of political power and Christian faith collide. Messrs Cary & Sherwood are both sitcom writers for BBC TV & Radio and have collaborated previously with A Monk’s Tale and The God Particle. Following performances at the Edinburgh Fringe ‘A Turbulent Priest’ is touring the UK and coming to St Bartholomew’s Church Otford at 6.30pm on Saturday October 19. The show lasts 1hr 45 min with a short interval and will be followed by wine and canapés. Tickets £12 (main aisle) £8 (side aisle - restricted view but also projected on big screen) are available either from Box Office 01959 524304 or online from www.omc.org.uk DENISE Thompson, Designer Florist, is holding an Autumn Workshop at 7pm on Wednesday October 23 in the Memorial Hall with a chance to create your own beautiful autumn display. The cost is £40 and everything will be provided, except scissors/secateurs, and light refreshments will add to the fun. Places are always limited so call 01959 525009 to book your place quickly. OUR COUNTY Councillor Roger Gough is the new Leader of Kent County Council. Roger won a four-way battle for the Leadership against Councillors Peter Oakfield (Deputy), Mike Whiting and Nick Chard. The post is regarded as one of the top political roles in local government, heading the largest county council in the country. Roger will officially take up his new post as Leader today, October 17, and I am sure that you will all agree that he will make a fine Leader. SEVENOAKS RSPB group was given a captivating presentation by Keith Betton on October 3 detailing how peregrine falcons and red kites had been brought back from the brink of extinction in the UK. In November they will jump continents when top Kent ornithologist John Buckingham will be presenting “The Birds of South West India”. This will be in the Memorial Hall from 7.45pm on November 7. The charge for non local group members is £3.50 and £2.50 for group members. Their field trip this month is to Shellness on the Isle of Sheppey, a location that often brings surprises. This will be on Sunday October 27. Ring the leader John Waterman on 07935 206618 if you are interested in joining the trip. Details of all local group activities can be found on their web site at https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/sevenoaks other news can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/RSPBSevenoaks/. . LATEST dates for Flu vaccination which supersede those originally printed. Otford Medical Practice flu vaccination campaign for winter will be available on Saturday October 19 from 09.00 to 12.00 at Otford Surgery for all ages and Saturday October 26 09.00 to 12.00 at Otford Surgery for patients over 65. OTFORD Lunch Club, for older residents, which takes place from 11.45 every Thursday in the village Memorial Hall, 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. VITALITY Home Health, who are located in The Crown on the pond, offer a one stop shop for all things mobility wise, along with support and advice for those in the community who wish to stay living at home for as long as possible, advice on financial assistance for those paying care support and also a memory café. They are also offering Pilates Classes twice weekly at 11.00am on a Tuesday and Thursday morning at £10 per session. Each class is 45 minutes long and there are complimentary refreshments at the end. Contact them at The Crown, High Street, Otford, Kent, TN14 5PQ, Telephone 01732 755582. 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 present 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. 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.