Sevenoaks District Council will, during January collect any Christmas tree with a trunk of up to 90mm (3.5 inches) in diameter until Friday 3 February. Simply leave your tree by the boundary of your property (where you’d usually put your rubbish and recycling sacks) by 7am on the day our Garden Waste Collection Service visits your road. If you’re not sure when the service is scheduled for your area, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/collectiondays , search for your road, then look for your garden waste collection day. The good news is all the trees they collect are turned into environmentally friendly compost. For this reason they cannot take trees which are decorated or in pots or stands. If your tree is too big for this service, you can take it to one of Kent County Council’s (KCC) Household Waste Recycling Centres. Visit www.kent.gov.uk or call KCC on 03000 417373 for the locations and opening times. Otford and District Historical Society’s next talk is on Wednesday January 18 when the speaker will be Professor Peter Wadhams of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. He is a member of the Commission set up by the Diocese of Turin to assess scientific proposals for investigating the Holy Shroud, and will talk about this centuries old linen cloth that bears the ‘negative’ image of a crucified man. Is the Holy Shroud really the cloth that wrapped Christ’s body, or is it a medieval forgery that today’s technology simply can’t explain or replicate? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before, and yet the controversy over its authenticity still rages! Doors of Otford Memorial Hall open for tea and coffee at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Non members welcome £3. Otford Parish Council are looking to update the list of clubs, groups, societies and charities in Otford which was originally compiled and published for the Millennium and once complete this will be available, for the benefit of the whole community, on to the Parish Council website. To this end, could all village groups send Mary Evans firstname.lastname@example.org details of the title of the group/society, a contact person, email address and phone number. Alternatively this information can be dropped into the Parish Council offices in the High Street. Otford Methodist Church, next to the Library in the High Street, invite you to their 10.30am Covenant Service on Sunday for a renewal of your vows to God. All are welcome. Limited parking is available on site, due to building work, but the main High Street car park is only a few minutes walk away. Full details of their service are available from their website www.otfordmethodistchurch.org.uk or phone 01959 928752.