OTFORD and District Historical Society meets at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 22 in the Memorial Hall when Jackie Howe will give a talk entitled ‘We Will Remember Them – The Otford Fallen of WW1.’ Adult subscription is £10, no charge for under 16’s, and visitors are welcome at £3 each per meeting. DESIGNER Florist, Denise Thompson, is holding an Autumn workshop at 7pm on Monday October 29 when you can make a beautiful Autumn arrangement. Everything will be provided, except scissors/secateurs, so take along your own. The cost is £40 to include some light refreshments and places are selling fast. Contact Denise on 01959 525009 to book your place or call in and see her in her High Street shop. FLU Vaccinations will be available until November 17 at Otford and Kemsing Doctors Surgeries and appointments are now available for the following groups of patients: Children aged 2 - 3 (Fluenz Nasal Spray) - children in Reception and Years 1 - 5 will be offered vaccination at school - Adults over 65: Pregnant Mothers: Carers: Those aged 6 months to 65 with long-term conditions e.g. Diabetes, BMI over 40, Organ problems, weakened Immune System: Anyone living with a person with a weakened Immune System: Anyone in a residential or nursing home: All frontline health and social care workers. Sessions are from 09.00 to 12.00 on the following dates: Otford Surgery Saturday November 10. Kemsing Surgery Saturday October 20 and November 17. Call Otford Surgery 01959 523929 to book your appointment. PUBLIC Meeting on Traffic Management Proposals Saturday November 3 in the Memorial Hall. Information on the traffic proposals will be on display from 1pm and a presentation covering the proposals will begin at 2pm, followed by a question and answer session. The presentation will include a speaker, Adrian Berendt, from the ‘20’s Plenty’ campaign for Kent. For details on the traffic proposals please visit the Parish Council website at: www.otfordpc.kentparishes.gov.uk and go to ‘Documents’ and then select ‘Traffic Management Report’. You will have an opportunity to let the Parish Council know whether you support the proposals being recommended via a Traffic Management Questionnaire. The questionnaire and other details will be included in the November edition of the Parish newsletter. HOSPICES of Hope in the High Street needs you if you can spare a little time to volunteer each week on a regular basis as they are recruiting for their friendly team in both the charity and tea shop. This is an opportunity to donate some time to a charity in a caring environment. If you can help in any way please call Julie 01959 524322 for a chat about the various opportunities available. IF you would be willing to deliver newsletters along Pilgrims Way West or Old Otford Road then the Parish Council would like to hear from you on 01959 524808. They would also like to give a big thank you to Brian F and Brian B for delivering them for so long. OTFORD Heritage Centre in the High Street is run entirely by volunteers and at this time is in desperate need of someone willing to lead the volunteer stewards, in particular by arranging the rota covering Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. If you would like to know more then please contact Cliff Ward 01959 522384. RSPB Sevenoaks Local Group report that their talk on October 4 by renowned Kent ornithologist, John Buckingham, on the “Birds and Wildlife” of Costa Rica was a great success. Costa Rica is a small country sandwiched between the Caribean and Atlantic seas, yet boasts a total of over 900 bird species. John gave the audience a feast of 150 of these birds displaying amazing colours and sizes that exist in their unique habitat. He also showed other wildlife, ranging from tiny frogs to well toothed crocodiles. Their next meeting on November 1 brings us closer to home, with Mary Braddock taking us to Finland and Norway to see the wildlife and unique views that life around the Arctic circle brings. Meeting are held in the Memorial Hall doors open at 7.15 and talks start promptly at 7.45pm with a refreshment break. Admission for group members is £2.50 and for non members £3.50. On Sunday October 28 John Waterman is leading a walk of St. Margarets at Cliffe & Samphire Hoe. Contact John on 07935 2066618 for details. There is no charge for outdoor events, but it is important you contact the leaders beforehand. REFLECTIONS. To mark the end of the ‘Otford Ring of Remembrance’ (the 39 names, citations and poppies around the pond) you are invited to an hour of reflection in which we remember the men of Otford who gave their lives in The Great War. It will be held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm at St. Bartholomew’s Parish Church on November 10, the evening before Armistice Day. There will be readings of prose and poetry from the period and recollections, both poignant and uplifting, on the lives of the Otford Fallen and the village they would have known and loved. At the end a bugler will sound ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’. Admission is free but there will be an opportunity to donate to the following charities: The British Legion, SSAFA and ABF (The Soldiers’ Charity). MEET the Maker Day in Otford Saturday December 1. Here is your chance to discover and celebrate the unique talents we are lucky enough to have within Otford’s shops. Come and meet Bill Skinner the man behind the name and see how his wonderful jewellery is created from initial design to finished piece. Pop in to see our amazing florist Denise Thompson to get a better understanding of the art of floristry. We are incredibly lucky to have such a diverse range of independent shops in our beautiful village and this is your opportunity to get a sneak peek behind the scenes. Those involved are Otford Interiors, Denise Thompson – 11am Wreath making, 2pm Christmas arrangement - Sally’s Cake Emporium, Howlers, The Studio, Hall & Co, Bill Skinner, and Mille Fleurs who are offering pre-booked 45-minute millinery tasters throughout the day. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call into the shop. Follow the event on Facebook page @Obviously Otford and visit the village on December 1, there will be signs in the windows of participating shops. Ann Bridges will be the event’s Artist in Residence, recording the day’s activities in a series of sketchbook drawings.