OTFORD Folk Dance Club meet at 7.30pm tonight in the Church Hall, High Street, when Sue Hastings will be calling to recorded music. In 2019 the Club will not be meeting on January 3 and from January 10 will be temporarily re-locating to Walthamstow Hall Junior School Hall due to the uncertainty of the future of the Church Hall. Existing and new members will be made very welcome at their new venue and there is plenty of free parking available. ON November 30 at 8pm in the Memorial Hall the 1940’s Society will be enjoying a seasonal talk by well-known historian Mike Brown entitled ‘Christmas on the Home Front’. Mike will explore how Christmas was celebrated in Britain during the war years. OTFORD Patient Group is holding a Fun Quiz Night at 7.30pm tomorrow (Friday November 30) in St Bartholomew’s church hall, High Street, to raise funds for a ‘Surgery Pod’. This allows patients to make simple checks at the Surgery such as body mass and blood pressure before seeing the Doctor or Nurse thus saving valuable time. The Group has nearly raised the required sum but just needs one last push. You are invited to go along, preferably making up teams of 6 to 8 people, but its open to all. There will be a cash bar but please take along your own food or nibbles. Entrance £7 per person. Contact Ken Cardinal to book a table 01959 522513 firstname.lastname@example.org. DENISE Thompson Designer Florist is holding a Christmas Workshop in the Memorial Hall at 7pm tomorrow, November 30, learning how to make a Christmas Wreath and on Friday December 14 there will be a Table/mantle arrangement workshop. The cost for each workshop is £40, everything will be provided except scissors/secateurs, take your own, and light refreshments will add to the fun. Places are always limited so call 01959 525009 now to avoid disappointment. OTFORD Traffic Survey – Deadline Saturday December 1. Have you completed your Traffic Questionnaire? Don’t forget to have your say on the proposals to slow down traffic and improve pedestrian safety. Only 3 days to go to complete the Traffic Questionnaire which will only take a few minutes of your time. Questionnaires are available online at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L9C67T6 or, if you would prefer a paper copy of this, or the report, these are available from the Otford Parish Council Offices, High Street, 01959 524808, between 08.30am and 12 noon today and tomorrow. Details of the Traffic Proposals can be found on the Otford Parish Council website at: www.otfordpc.kentparishes.gov.uk under ‘Traffic Management.’ OTFORD Gardeners’ Society meet at 7.30pm on December 4 in the Memorial Hall for their annual Quiz and Fun Night which has become a firm fixture in their calendar. Teams of a maximum of 6 are invited to pit their wits against each other and have a fun evening into the bargain. Please note the earlier start time for this meeting. For details of all events please contact the Society Secretary, Janet Finney on 01959 523760, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.otford.info/gardeners OTFORD Primary School PTFA Christmas Bazaar is being held between 12 noon and 3pm on Saturday December 1 at the school on the High Street. There will be an Outdoor Christmas Market with Winter Wonderland Santa's Grotto, lots of stalls, crafts, games, raffle, a silent auction, face painting and festive food and drink. You are invited to go along and support the school and spend a lovely afternoon out. Entry £1 per adult, free entry for children. OTFORD & District meet at 7.30pm on December 12 in the Memorial Hall for their last meeting this year their AGM, with mulled wine, following by The History of Otford Village School by Alan Williams. Non-members of the Society are very welcome to attend but cannot vote in any committee elections IF you looking for a few history-related Christmas presents then 'Sevenoaks, a Past to Treasure' by Phil Clucas and Ed Thompson has recently been published. It is available at ODHS and 1940s Society meetings, or from Sevenoaks Bookshop. Price £10. If you would like further details email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Also available are other books in the 'The Past in Pictures' series (published by Hopgarden Press), 'A Guide to the Otford Mosaic', 'a Guided Walk Around Otford Palace' (both published by ODHS) and several other books of local interest. Available from Otford Heritage Centre, Sevenoaks Bookshop or enquire at a Society meeting or by email from the above address. MEET the Maker Day in Otford Saturday December 1. Here is your chance to discover and celebrate the unique talents we are lucky enough to have within Otford’s shops. Come and meet Bill Skinner the man behind the name and see how his wonderful jewelry is created from initial design to finished piece. Pop in to see our amazing florist Denise Thompson to get a better understanding of the art of floristry. We are incredibly lucky to have such a diverse range of independent shops in our beautiful village and this is your opportunity to get a sneak peek behind the scenes. Those involved are Otford Interiors, Denise Thompson – 11am Wreath making, 2pm Christmas arrangement - Sally’s Cake Emporium, Howlers, The Studio, Hall & Co, Bill Skinner, and Mille Fleurs who are offering pre-booked 45-minute millinery tasters throughout the day. To book, email email@example.com or call into the shop. Follow the event on Facebook page @Obviously Otford and visit the village on December 1, there will be signs in the windows of participating shops. Ann Bridges will be the event’s Artist in Residence, recording the day’s activities in a series of sketchbook drawings. GIRLGUIDING Otford’s Christmas post 2018. Stamps go on sale on November 29 for the 36th year running and will be available until Friday December 21. The special charity post service, which is one of the longest running in the country, delivers Christmas cards with the scheme’s special stamps to addresses in Otford village. Stamps cost 30p and are available to purchase in Otford Library during normal opening hours or in the Parish Council office every weekday morning. Christmas cards can be posted in the special post boxes located in the same places. Otford’s Brownies and Guides will collect, sort, frank and then deliver the cards over the two weekends before Christmas. This year the money raised from the sale of the stamps will be divided between Embrace Ability, a charity working with disabled children and their families in Cambodia and for whom one of their leaders is currently volunteering in Cambodia, and Sevenoaks Community First Responders. Please support them by purchasing the special stamps and posting your cards early. Library opening hours: Monday and Thursday 9am – 1pm, Tuesday 9am – 5pm, Wednesday Closed, Friday 1pm – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm. Parish Council Office opening hours Monday to Friday 8am – 12.30pm. SEVENOAKS RSPB local group’s next meeting is at 7.45pm on Thursday December 6 in the Memorial Hall to celebrate 25 years of the Sevenoaks Local Group and they will welcome back one of their favourite speakers, Simon Ginnaw, who will be presenting My Patch (Mote Park), with the photographic competition results, wine and Christmas nibbles. Admission is £2.50 for group members and £3.50 for non-members. Outdoor meetings for the month are at Sevenoaks Nature Reserve and Bough Beech on Wednesday December 5, contact Ann McGregor 01732 454304 to book a place and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on Sunday December 9 contact John Waterman 07935 206618 to book a place. For more information see ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/sevenoaks/events.