OTFORD OAST WI meet at 9.30pm this morning in the memorial hall to hear a talk by Patrick Cheung on Recyling in Sevenoaks. New members are always welcome and their first meeting is free. If you would like further details please email firstname.lastname@example.org. OPEN Allotment Day is on Saturday between 10am and 12 noon when Otford Allotment Associations grounds, alongside the High Street Recreation Ground, are open to all. There is easy pedestrian access between Otford Builders Merchants and Otford Methodist Church, High Street. Everyone is welcome to go along to see what is being grown and to participate in judging their Scarecrow Competition. The winner will be the one which gets the majority vote so go along and make your choice. IT’S the time of year when all the leaves and foliage of hedges are growing rampantly and, if your property is adjacent to a footpath or pavement, this can cause a hazard to those with sight difficulties and for those pushing wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs. So it would be really appreciated if you could have a look around your garden and trim any overhanging foliage back to the boundary line so as to make it easier for those who walk past. ADVANCE notice: Otford Evening WI will be holding their annual Table Top Sale on Saturday October 6 in the Memorial Halls between 9am - 12noon. You can book a table at a cost of £10 each by ringing Chris on 01959 522485. STAN the Barbers picnic bench is on order and when it is delivered will be sited on the High Street Recreation ground for the benefit of all village, and visiting, children. Full details of it’s handover will be printed in a future edition but in the meantime Stan, and his family, would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and for their generosity in donating to his retirement present. 1940s Society meet at 8pm on Friday July 27 in the memorial hall when Alan Williams will give a talk entitled ‘If War Should Come’. Alan will explore examples of British film production and show a selection of British documentary and feature-film extracts from British cinema between 1936 and the early 1940s. From the mid 1930s British commercial film producers, the documentary film movement and the government sought to predict and explain to the British cinema-going public what impact war would make to life in Britain. Films and film extracts to be shown this evening include, 'Things to Come’ (1936), ‘If War Should Come’ (1939), ‘The Front Line, Dover’ (1940), 'Miss Grant Goes to the Door (1940) and 'London Can Take it' (1940). Meetings begin at 8pm and tea, coffee and cake are available during the evening. Admission £3. All are welcome to the informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking evenings. Arrive early to get a good seat. You can find out more about the Society and see the programme on the web site: http://www.1940.co.uk/ THERE is still time for your children to join Kent Libraries Summer Reading Challenge which runs from July 14 until September 15. Each year Kent libraries run a Summer Reading Challenge. This involves encouraging children aged 4-11 to read 6 books during the school holidays, collecting stickers along the way and finishing by getting a medal and a certificate. This year the theme is ‘Mischief Makers’ celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic. Otford Library would welcome all primary school aged children to go along and join the library, if they have not already done so, and participate in this annual Summer Reading Challenge which, over the years, many children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this event and, as a result, have developed a love of reading. Do pop into the library and Librarian, Lorraine, will be happy to tell you all about it and join you up. DO something amazing and help give girls in our local community more opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure by volunteering to help Girlguiding. Girlguiding Otford are looking for new volunteers and have immediate vacancies for regular unit helpers to assist their uniformed leaders, particularly for Brownies and Rangers. A unit administrator is also urgently needed for the Seal St Lawrence Brownies. If you need more information please email email@example.com, or you can register your interest at www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested or call 0800 169 5901. You can also see what they get up to by liking them on Facebook at Girlguiding Knole Division. VOLUNTEER drivers are still being sought by Dial 2 Drive. If you own a car and could take an elderly/disabled person to a medical appointment or shopping just one a week they would like to hear from you. The role is flexible, it could be daily, once a week or once a month, all depending on the time the driver can offer. Please contact them on 0300 777 1200 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help. TONBRIDGE & Malling Ramblers will be starting their walk on Sunday July 29 in Otford High Street Recreation Car Park at 10am and walking to Shoreham and back, a distance of 5.5 miles. They aim to finish at 1pm after a leisurely circular walk with one steep climb at the start and a few stiles but the views over Otford are well worth it. Dogs are welcome but on short leads and there will be a nibble break and a pub at the end. If you are interested in joining them contact Graham 07716 170900 or 01732 446101.