A NEW book 'A History of Sevenoaks - a book for children' has been written by Otford resident Janet Davies. Recently published and reviewed by Bob Ogley in this paper, this profusely illustrated book explores the history of Sevenoaks. Written with children in mind it is an excellent survey of the history of the local town. A recent reviewer commented that it was an excellent book, perfect for school projects, and interesting for anyone living in the locality who wants to know more about their town. Children and adults alike will enjoy it. It costs £7.99 and is available from local libraries, the Sevenoaks Bookshop and other outlets. OTFORD Folk Dance Club are having a New Year’s Day dance from 7.30pm on January 1 in the Church Hall, High Street, opposite the Bull public house. Their club callers are sharing the evening so there should be an excellent variety of dances on offer and 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. COMMUNITY Warden Surgeries are held each week by our PSR Paul between 11am and 12 noon each Tuesday in the School House, High Street. Call in to see him or contact him on 07813 713366 if you have any local problem you wish to discuss. OTFORD Parish Council Office will re-open on Tuesday January 2. CHRISTMAS tree recycling is being offered by Sevenoaks District Council as part of their garden waste collection service and they will collect and recycle your real tree for free throughout January but only if the trunk is up to 90mm in diameter. Just leave your tree by the boundary of your property where you would usually put your refuse and recycling sacks by 7am on the day the Council’s Garden Waste Collection service visits your road. If your tree is too big for this service you can take it to one of Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling sites. To find out locations and opening times call 03000 417373 or visit www.kent.gov.uk. ROD Shelton would like to hear from you if you have any information on the old Otford ‘lido’ swimming pool. Do you remember it, have you swam in it, or have you any photographs showing it? If you have he would like to hear from you and can be contacted on 01959 523371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. THE NEW year is a good time to start thinking about what you would like to feature in the Otford Neighbourhood Plan. At a packed meeting on December 2 over 130 residents voted for the proposal with just three abstentions and no votes against. The advantages of having a Neighbourhood Plan were explained, together the effort that would be required from the Community to see the project through to final approval. The presentation included updates on the progress of the working parties on Traffic Management and on Sustainable Tourism, and a statement on accessibility and making Otford a dementia and elderly friendly village. At the meeting it was repeatedly stressed that the development of the Neighbourhood Plan must be a community effort and the initial Steering Committee was very pleased to receive over 30 offers of practical help. The Committee will be contacting all of those who volunteered and the members of the Steering Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting, and who supported. This project will take about 18 to 24 months to complete and throughout that time the Committee will be in regular touch with the whole of the Otford Community by every means at their disposal including the monthly Parish Newsletter, social media, the Parish website, and further village meetings. This is a transparent process to which everyone in the village is invited to contribute. It is our village and our future. CAN I wish you all a healthy, peaceful and happy New Year and thank you all for your support in supplying local information for inclusion in this column. Please continue to send me anything you would like featured in the New Year.