OTFORD Brownies and Guides would like to thank everyone who supported their Christmas post service in December. This was the 35th consecutive year of running the post and the fantastic sum of £404.50 was raised from the sale of stamps. The money this year has been divided between the two charities nominated by the girls, Dreamflight and Kent Wildlife Trust. Thanks must also go to Lorraine in the Library and Sue in the Parish Office who sell the stamps, to Gerry and Craig who print the stamps and posters every year and to all the girls and the parents who accompanied our younger members when they delivered the cards. OTFORD Methodist Church are organising another Fair Feast Quiz for ‘All We Can’ (previously the Methodist Relief and Development Fund) that supports overseas missionary project work for the Methodists. The date is Tuesday February 13 starting at 7.30pm in their church halls on the High Street. Tickets are £7 for adults and £3.50 for students and under 18s. There will be pancakes, fillings and hot drinks. All entries, and team entries, should be sent to Andy Collings firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07801 639858 and entry fees will be paid on the door. Otford Allotment Association now have a few vacant plots available. It is inexpensive to rent an allotment and the rewards can outweigh the cost. If you are interested please contact Roger Beasley, 01732 463072 or e-mail email@example.com. Roger will be pleased to show what is on offer with an introduction to The Otford Allotment Association. RSPB Sevenoaks Local Group recently enjoyed an evening with Kent Photographer Robert Canis when he showed them splendid shots of wildlife as diverse as brown bears in Poland, Elks from within the Arctic circle to amazing close ups of Little Egret activity on the Isle of Sheppey and they look forward to welcoming him again in the future. Their next meeting starts at 7.45pm on Thursday February 1 in the Memorial hall when Andrew Cleave MBE will be presenting Natural History of the Isles of Scilly. Given the location and climate of Scilly it promises to be a most interesting presentation which you are welcome to attend. ON Friday January 26 the 1940’s Society will meet at 8pm in the Memorial Hall when Pat and Mark Bathurst will talk about "Medway Queen, The Heroine of Dunkirk" . On May 27 1940 the Medway Queen, a seaside paddle steamer beloved of day-trippers, was ordered to the beaches of Dunkirk ‘to embark some troops that would be waiting there’. During the following days she rescued 7,000 men, and completed seven trips which was a record for a ship below the size of destroyer. Her endeavours entered legend. Pat and Mark tell her incredible story from ‘sunken wreck’ to restored ‘Dunkirk Heroine’. You are invited to go along to hear her story, entry £3 with tea, coffee and cake served during the interval. IF you are interested in gardening then why not join Otford Gardeners' Society who start the 2018 season at 8pm on Tuesday February 6 in the Memorial Hall with a Buffet Supper Evening. This is an informal gathering, open to all, with some light refreshments. The new schedule of speakers, shows and events will be available and everybody is welcome. For further details contact Janet Finney on 01959 523760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. OTFORD Parish Council are recruiting for their Speedwatch Team. They are looking to create a list of willing volunteers and a co-ordinator to maintain the list and call out the volunteers for sessions. If you are interested then contact the office by phone 01959 524808, email email@example.com or write to 21 High Street, TN14 5PG. THERE is still time for Sevenoaks District Council to collect and recycle your real Christmas tree. This is a free service throughout January as part of their garden waste collection service but only if the trunk is up to 90mm in diameter. Just leave your tree by the boundary of your property where you would usually put your refuse and recycling sacks by 7am on the day the Council’s Garden Waste Collection service visits your road. If your tree is too big for this service you can take it to one of Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling sites. To find out locations and opening times call 03000 417373 or visit www.kent.gov.uk. IF you are over 60 then Otford Luncheon Club, which is held in the Memorial Hall every Thursday, offer a welcome cup of coffee or tea followed by a two course lunch with transport being arranged if required. For more information contact Margaret Nicholson 01959 524147.