ST BARTS Christmas Market takes place between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday November 24 in the church centre, adjacent to the church. Stalls will include gift wrapping, cards, Christmas tree and table decorations candles, cakes, bulbs, Christmas sweets and chocolates and a herb and spice craft stall. A super Christmas raffle is also planned and tea, coffee and biscuits, stolen and mince pieces will also be on sale for you to enjoy. STAN, the barbers, picnic bench will be unveiled on the High Street Recreation Ground at 12 noon on Sunday (November 25) and all his old customers and contributors are invited to the ceremony. Please do come along on the day to once again thank Stan for his contribution to village life. The bench is situated just behind the children’s play area, adjacent to the allotments. OTFORD Patient Group is holding a Fun Quiz Night at 7.30pm on Friday November 30 in St Bartholomew’s church hall, High Street, to raise funds for a ‘Surgery Pod’. This allows patients to make simple checks at the Surgery such as body mass and blood pressure before seeing the Doctor or Nurse thus saving valuable time. The Group has nearly raised the required sum but just needs one last push. You are invited to go along, preferably making up teams of 6 to 8 people, but its open to all. There will be a cash bar but please take along your own food or nibbles. Entrance £7 per person. Contact Ken Cardinal to book a table 01959 522513 firstname.lastname@example.org. 1940’s Society meet at 8pm on Friday November 30 in the Memorial Hall for a talk by Mike Brown entitled ‘Christmas on the Home Front’. In this seasonal talk Mike will explore how Christmas was celebrated in Britain during the war years. Refreshments will be available, admission £3, all welcome. ALSO on November 30 at 7pm Denise Thompson Designer Florist is holding a Christmas Workshop in the Memorial Hall learning how to make a Christmas Wreath and on Friday December 14 there will be a Table/mantle arrangement workshop. The cost for each workshop is £40, everything will be provided except scissors/secateurs, take your own, and light refreshments will add to the fun. Places are always limited so call 01959 525009 now to avoid disappointment. OTFORD Primary School PTFA Christmas Bazaar is being held between 12 noon and 3pm on Saturday December 1 at the school on the High Street. There will be an Outdoor Christmas Market with Winter Wonderland Santa's Grotto, lots of stalls, crafts, games, raffle, a silent auction, face painting and festive food and drink. You are invited to go along and support the school and spend a lovely afternoon out. Entry £1 per adult, free entry for children. OTFORD Parish Councils Traffic Survey Group Public Meeting attracted large crowds who packed out the village hall on Saturday November 3. The meeting was a great success with lots of positive feedback from the audience and the Traffic Group would like to thank all those who took part. The public consultation on the proposals is now underway and will run until midnight on Saturday December 1 so please remember to complete the Traffic Questionnaire in this month’s Parish Newsletter or complete it online at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L9C67T6. Details on the Traffic Proposals can be found on the Otford Parish Council website at: www.otfordpc.kentparishes.gov.uk under ‘Traffic Management’. For a paper copy of the report or more copies of the questionnaire please contact the Parish Office 01959 524808. GIRLGUIDING Otford’s Christmas post 2018. Stamps go on sale on November 29 for the 36th year running and will be available until Friday December 21. The special charity post service, which is one of the longest running in the country, delivers Christmas cards with the scheme’s special stamps to addresses in Otford village. Stamps cost 30p and are available to purchase in Otford Library during normal opening hours or in the Parish Council office every weekday morning. Christmas cards can be posted in the special post boxes located in the same places. Otford’s Brownies and Guides will collect, sort, frank and then deliver the cards over the two weekends before Christmas. This year the money raised from the sale of the stamps will be divided between Embrace Ability, a charity working with disabled children and their families in Cambodia and for whom one of their leaders is currently volunteering in Cambodia, and Sevenoaks Community First Responders. Please support them by purchasing the special stamps and posting your cards early. Library opening hours: Monday and Thursday 9am – 1pm, Tuesday 9am – 5pm, Wednesday Closed, Friday 1pm – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm. Parish Council Office opening hours Monday to Friday 8am – 12.30pm. SEVENOAKS RSPB local group’s next meeting is at 7.45pm on Thursday December 6 in the Memorial Hall to celebrate 25 years of the Sevenoaks Local Group and they will welcome back one of their favourite speakers, Simon Ginnaw, who will be presenting My Patch (Mote Park), with the photographic competition results, wine and Christmas nibbles. Admission is £2.50 for group members and £3.50 for non-members. Outdoor meetings for the month are at Sevenoaks Nature Reserve and Bough Beech on Wednesday December 5, contact Ann McGregor 01732 454304 to book a place and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on Sunday December 9 contact John Waterman 07935 206618 to book a place. For more information see ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/sevenoaks/events. OTFORD Yarn Crafters held their first meeting at Hospice of Hope Tea Rooms in the High Street on Tuesday November 13 when lovers of yarn crafting met to inspire one another, share their projects, skills and knowledge and to offer help and support when projects weren’t going right. They meet twice a month so if you knit, crochet, spin, weave or otherwise use yarn, why not join them. And if you would like to learn any of the yarn crafts they would love to help you, you only have to ask. They meet on the second Tuesday of the month in the morning between 10 and 11am at the Hospice of Hope Tea Rooms in the High Street, and the fourth Tuesday of the month in the evening between 6 and 8pm in The Woodman, next meeting November 27. You are welcome to go along to either one or both meetings. You don’t need to book, there are no joining fees but they do ask that you each purchase a hot or cold drink at the venue. 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 jewelry 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 email@example.com 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.