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Otford Community News - week commencing Mon 20th Aug

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  1. Kay Drake

    Kay Drake Member

    OTFORD Memorial Hall Trustees held a very successful Open Day on Saturday August 11 with a number of user groups exhibiting their wares and providing information on what use they made of the Hall. There was an opportunity for visitors to provide information on what improvements they would like to see, all of which will be analysed in order for the Hall to continue as the heart of the village and provide the facilities necessary to make this happen.

    RSPB Sevenoaks Local Group start their indoor activities after the summer break Thursday September 6. Their presentation on that day will be by John Lawrence, with the succinct title of “Water Birds”. Some UK species of birds are particularly associated with water. These include kingfishers and dippers which live alongside rivers, and lapwings and snipe which breed on floodplain meadows. Other birds such as black-throated divers feed on, and nest beside, lakes and lochs. John takes us on a journey by sight and sound. They meet at 7.15pm in the Memorial Hall, admission for group members is £2.50 and for non members £3.50. The presentation will begin promptly at 7:45pm, with a refreshment break half way. Their outdoor activities continue on Wednesday September 12 with an exploration of Rye Harbour Nature reserve led by Anne McGregor 01732 454304. Meet 10.30 at Rye Harbour. On Sunday September 23 John Waterman is leading a walk of North Foreland and Joss Bay. Meet Joss Bay car park. Text or call John on 07935 2066618 for details. There is no charge for outdoor events, but it is important you contact the leaders beforehand.

    OTFORD Methodist Church are pleased to announce that they are having another performance by the SDA Gospel choir. This was a really great event last year and they are delighted the choir can come back this Autumn. The performance starts at 7.30pm on Saturday September 29 and for tickets and info go to www.omc.org.uk or call 07948 309484.

    THERE will be an Antiques Fair on Bank Holiday Monday August 27 in the Memorial Hall with over 50 traders selling modern and antique jewellery, silver/gold/glass, militaria, vintage clothing, china, pottery, furniture, retroware, postcards and much more. There will also be refreshments available in their friendly café. Dealers, traders, children, dogs on leads are all welcome. Earlybird admission 8am, general admission 9am, entrance fee £1.50.

    OTFORD Folk Dance Club meet at 8pm every Thursday throughout the year in the church hall, High Street, opposite The Bull Public House, and on Thursday August 30 Sean Goddard and John Porlock will be calling. The cost is £1.50 which includes tea or coffee and biscuits. All kinds of mixed folk dances are on offer with a caller calling the dances to recorded music. All are welcome. Whether you have little or no knowledge, the caller will give help and your fellow dancers will also assist you. The emphasis is on friendly enjoyment rather than perfection If you would like more information ring Mary Butson, 01732 458356.

    PAUL, our Community Warden, holds his weekly surgery to discuss any problems and community issues at the School House each Tuesday between 11am and 12 noon. If you have any issues just go along and see him or he can also be contacted on 07813 713366.

    THE Gardeners’ Society are holding their Autumn Flower and Craft Show in the Memorial Hall from 2.15pm on Saturday September 1. They promise a marvelous display of late Summer flowers and harvest from the vegetable garden, with floral arrangements, preserves, cookery, photographic, art and handicraft classes. Teas will be available until 4pm and there will be a sales table. Their gardening tips for August include keep picking tomatoes and peppers to encourage more flowers and do not cut the grass too short in this dry weather!

    IF you want to keep fit why not join one of Sevenoaks District Councils organised free cycle rides which take place in Knole Park and Brands Hatch and are open to people of all abilities including families with small children. Knole Park offers a 90 minute ride at a gentle pace with breaks and traffic free paths in the stunning deer park and at Brands Hatch you can ride on the renowned racing circuit that hosted Formula 1 racing. You cycle at your own pace for up to two hours on a route that includes gentle hills. Brands Hatch Tuesday August 28 at 10.30am and 2pm, Wednesday August 29 at 10.30 and 2pm and at Knole Park Sunday September 2 and 16 at 10.30. These rides are bookable in advance by calling 01732 227000 or email communities@sevenoaks.gov.uk.

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