OTFORD Art group have done some wonderful paintings of famous characters from children’s books. These were shown to children at the last Library story time and are now displayed in the children’s section of the library. They are really colourful and cheerful and make this section of the Library very child friendly so do go along and see them. Thanks must go to the Art Group for all their excellent work. OTFORD Library advise that their story time sessions now have a different time, which is 2.15pm-2.45pm ( term time only). OTFORD Heritage centre is run entirely by volunteers and one of its present great needs is for someone to lead the volunteer stewards, in particular by arranging the rota covering Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. If this is of interest to you, or you would like to know what other vacancies there are at this time, please ring Doug Cracknell, the chair of the management committee, 01959 522325. SEVENOAKS RSPB local group will be holding their AGM followed by a talk by Alan Loweth on "Broadwater Warren, how to make a nature reserve" at 7.34pm on Thursday May 3 in the Memorial Hall. Alan is Volunteer Co-ordinator at the RSPB's Wealden Office, and will describe how this post-war conifer plantation is being returned to its original heathland habitat, for the benefit of species such as nightjar and woodlark. For further information contact Jean Nobbs 01959 563530 or email email@example.com. OTFORD’s Annual Meeting of the Parish took place last Monday and parishioners were appraised of all the various activities carried out by Committees of the Parish Council. Sevenoaks District Cllr. Lowe told the audience about the functioning of the District Council, its achievements and aspirations and Rod Shelton talked about the Heritage Noticeboards and had a stand on which were depicted drawings of some of the remarkable old houses in the village. Full details of this appear in the next edition of the Parish Council Newsletter. There were also presentations on the Village Plan, Traffic Management and Solutions, the Heritage Centre and forthcoming nature events. SEVENOAKS Embroiderer’s Guild hold their next meeting in the Memorial Hall on Saturday April 28. The morning sessions starts at 10am and the afternoon one starts at 2pm and ends with tea and cakes at about 4pm. For further information contact Sylvia Grafton 01732 452117. OTFORD Diabetes Support Group is holding their first meeting at 12.15 on Friday May 4 at Otford Medical Practice Surgery. Everyone is welcome. They are also planning to arrange walks of varying lengths for anyone who would like to join them. The first is at 10am on Friday May 18 meeting in the High Street car park for a walk to Shoreham with a coffee stop mid-way. This walk is approximately 3 miles on fairly flat terrain. For further details please contact Judycardinal4@gmail.com. ST Bartholomew’s church is holding its annual service to commemorate departed loved ones at 3.00pm on Sunday May 6. All welcome to attend. OTFORD Gardeners’ Society meet at 8pm on Tuesday May 2 in the Memorial Hall when Russell Bowes, Garden Historian will talk about the ‘Dig for Victory campaign. Admission, which includes refreshments, is £1 for visitors. For details of all events please contact the Society Secretary, Janet Finney on 01959 523760, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.otford.info/gardeners. FINALLY, on the subject of litter, please ensure that any items that have spilled out of sacks you leave for the Dustbin collection, or have been spread by vermin attacking your sacks, are cleared up as they blow about, get lodged in grass and bushes on the verges and generally spoil the look of our beautiful village. If in doubt please pick up and dispose of sensibly.