A CHRISTMAS Cracker, takes place in the Memorial Hall from 7.30p.m. on Saturday December. A live band will play music from the 60's to the present day, there will be a cabaret and a hot meal, but take along your own drinks and glasses. Tickets can be purchased in advance only from Vicky 07789 853679 and all proceeds will go to PHAB Club Sevenoaks, a club for adults with learning difficulties. OTFORD Neighbourhood Plan was the subject of a packed village meeting on December 2 with an overwhelming majority of those Otford residents present demonstrating their support for an Otford Neighbourhood Plan. About 130 people voted for the proposal with just three abstentions and no votes against. The advantages of having a Neighbourhood Plan were explained, together the effort that would be required from the Community to see the project through to final approval. The presentation included updates on the progress of the working parties on Traffic Management and on Sustainable Tourism, and a statement on accessibility and making Otford a dementia and elderly friendly village. As might be expected, the wide range of questions and comments covered included housing, preservation of the Green Belt, pedestrian safety and traffic through the village, community spirit and tackling loneliness, air pollution, services, the provision of public toilets, infrastructure and health facilities. All the comments have been recorded and will be taken on board by the group preparing the Neighbourhood Plan. It was repeatedly stressed that the development of the Neighbourhood Plan must be a community effort and the initial Steering Committee was very pleased to receive over 30 offers of practical help. The Committee will be contacting all of those who volunteered before the Christmas break. For now, the members of the Steering Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting, and everyone who supported it by displaying posters in their windows and distributing notices. This project will take about 18 to 24 months to complete and throughout that time the Committee will be in regular touch with the whole of the Otford Community by every means at their disposal including the monthly Parish Newsletter, social media, the Parish website, and further village meetings. This is a transparent process to which everyone in the village is invited to contribute. It is our village and our future. A new book 'A History of Sevenoaks - a book for children' has been written by Otford resident Janet Davies. Recently published and reviewed by Bob Ogley in this paper, this profusely illustrated book explores the history of Sevenoaks. Written with children in mind it is an excellent survey of the history of the local town. A recent reviewer commented that it was an excellent book, perfect for school projects, and interesting for anyone living in the locality who wants to know more about their town. Children and adults alike will enjoy it. It costs £7.99 and is available from local libraries, the Sevenoaks Bookshop and other outlets. It will make an ideal Christmas present. OTFORD Methodist Church’s Christmas Services include a Christingle Children’s Service at 5pm on Christmas Eve and a Christmas Day Service, where you are invited to take along a present to unwrap, at 10am on Christmas Day. THE Most Holy Trinity catholic church will be holding a Children’s Nativity service at 3.30pm, Carols by candlelight at 7.30pm and the First Mass of Christmas at 8pm on Sunday December 24 and a Christmas Day Mass on Monday December 25. GIRLGUIDING Otford will be delivering their Christmas post over this weekend and all monies collected by the sale of their special stamps will go to their chosen Dreamflight, a charity taking seriously ill or disabled children on holidays of a lifetime, and Kent Wildlife Trust. OTFORD Parish Council office Christmas and New Year closing times can be found on their office window in the High Street. HAPPY Christmas everyone and I would like to wish you a healthy, peaceful and happy New Year and thank you all for your support in supplying local information for inclusion in this column. Please continue to send me anything you would like featured in the New Year.