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Otford Community News - week commencing Mon 23rd September

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  1. Kay Drake

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    ON Friday September 27 the 1940s Society will present 'Sword, Jelly and Gold', the unknown story of D-Day. Well-known historian and TV presenter Andy Robertshaw who was adviser for two Steven Speilberg films (including 'The War Horse') and who appears regularly in television documentary programmes will provide unusual insights into the events surrounding D-Day. This meeting will be held in the main Memorial Hall. Admission £3. Refreshments will be available during the interval doors open 7.30pm.

    ST Bartholomews church and Otford Methodist are arranging for the musical ‘A Turbulent Priest’ to come to St Bartholomews on October 19 when Thomas Becket returns to Otford bringing King Henry II with him. 850 years after his murder in Canterbury Becket is coming back to Otford a place where it’s said he particularly enjoyed staying while Archbishop (1162-1170) in spite of the taste of the water and the songs of its nightingales which disturbed his devotions! This musical by James Cary and James Sherwood retells the medieval bromance in sketch and song between Henry and Becket that ended in more than tears. The two-man show is both funny and thought provoking. It illustrates what can happen when the worlds of political power and Christian faith collide. Messrs Cary & Sherwood are both sitcom writers for BBC TV & Radio and have collaborated previously with A Monk’s Tale and The God Particle.
    Following performances at the Edinburgh Fringe ‘A Turbulent Priest’ is touring the UK and coming to St Bartholomew’s Church Otford at 6.30pm on Saturday October 19. The show lasts 1hr 45 min with a short interval and will be followed by wine and canapés. Tickets £12 (main aisle) £8 (side aisle - restricted view but also projected on big screen) are available either from Box Office 01959 524304 or online from www.omc.org.uk

    OTFORD Gardeners’ Society meet at 8pm on Tuesday October 1 in the Memorial Hall for a talk 'From Bramleys to Cut Flowers' by Bek Bibby of Blooming Green Flowers. Bek is one of an enterprising duo who have a cut flower business in the middle of a Kent fruit farm and offer a bespoke service for wedding flowers and have a pick your own flowers business. Her talk includes a practical demonstration of how to make a bouquet. For details please contact the Society Secretary, Janet Finney on 01959 523760, e-mail gardeners@otford.net.

    STOP unsafe parking on Station Road is the name of the petition residents are being asked to sign by clicking on http://chng.it/LqwMGZCB. Vehicles regularly park on Station Road on both the road and on the pavement causing an obstruction to pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. This petition is asking for your support to implement controls to present this. You are being asked to support this petition to reduce delays and improve safety for the whole community.

    OTFORD Tennis Club are looking for new members and welcome players of all standards. There is a clubhouse and 3 tennis courts, two of which are floodlit, and tennis is played all year round. They also have adult and junior coaching sessions provided by LTA accredited coaches. If you would like more information please contact their membership secretary, Alison Sykes 01959 522050 or email enquiries@otfordtennis.org.uk.

    THREE history groups meet regularly in the village Memorial Hall. The Otford and District Historical Society (ODHS), the 1940s Society and the North-West Kent Family History Society (NWKFHS). Meetings of all societies are open to the public. ODHS annual membership from September to May for nine meetings is £10 per adult, or £3 per meeting. The 1940s Society has six meetings per year and admission is £3 per meeting. Annual membership for the NWKFHS is £10 and visitors are asked for a contribution. Refreshments are available at all meetings. Doors open at 7.30pm and the talks generally start at 8pm.

    OTFORD Lunch Club, for older residents, takes place from 11.45 every Thursday in the village Memorial Hall, High Street. The Club is a welcoming place for local residents to go along and socialise with friends, old and news. It is run by a dedicated teams of volunteers and members enjoy a welcoming cup of coffee or tea followed by a hot nutritious two course meal each week and it may be possible to arrange transport. To find out more please contact Margaret Nicholson 01959 524147.

    DIAL 2 Drive are seeking volunteer drivers to take elderly/disabled people to a medical appointment or shopping just one a week. If you own a car and would like to help please contact them on 0300 777 1200 or email driving@imago.commuity.

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