OTFORD Folk Dance Club meet at 7.30pm tonight in the Church Hall, High Street, opposite The Bull Public House with Sue Hastings calling to recorded music. The cost is £1.50 which includes tea or coffee and biscuits. All kinds of mixed folk dances are on offer and everyone is 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 contact May Butson 01732 458356. OTFORD Primary School is holding a Christmas Bazaar between 12 noon and 2pm on Saturday in the school on the High Street. This promises to be an opportunity to buy presents, take part in games and amusements, perhaps win the Raffle and maybe see Father Christmas. GO along at 2.30pm on Saturday to the Memorial Hall where there will be a big community meeting an opportunity, as a community, to create a formal Neighbourhood Plan. It is important that you be there. You will hear how a Neighbourhood Plan can be formed and what is involved. You can voice your views and there will be opportunities for everyone to contribute ideas. A Neighbourhood Plan is important to our community’s future. Find out why at 2.30pm on Saturday December 2 at Otford Village Memorial Hall. HOSPICES of Hope is holding a Christmas Craft Evening at 7pm on Saturday at Bessels Green Baptist Church Hall when participants have the opportunity of making Christmas presents and decorations whilst chilling out with a glass of mulled wine and delicious Christmas nibbles. All ages welcome. On Monday December 11, at the same venue there will be a Christmas Wreath Workshop. All material are supplied but take long your own secateurs and gloves. The cost for the Craft Evening is £15 to include refreshments and the Wreath Workshop is £30 to include coffee and mince pies on arrival, followed by lunch. Contact Rebekah 01959 525110 or email email@example.com. ST. Bartholomew’s church is holding a Christingle Service at 4pm on Sunday December 3, and at 6.30pm a Candlelit Advent Carol Service will be held. You are warmly invited to both these special services. The candlelight of the chandeliers provides a memorable setting for the theme of Advent as preparations are made to celebrate the birth of Jesus. GIRLGUIDING Otford’s Christmas post stamps are now on sale from 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 until Tuesday December 19. This is the 35th year the Guides have been running this special charity post service, which is one of the longest running in the country, delivering Christmas cards with the scheme’s special stamps to addresses in Otford village. Stamps cost 25p and 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 Dreamflight, a charity taking seriously ill or disabled children on holidays of a lifetime, and Kent Wildlife Trust. Please support them by purchasing the special stamps and posting your cards early OTFORD and District Historical Society want to remind you that they have a new display in the Heritage Centre about the history of Otford Primary School which includes some class photographs from the 1960s and 1970s. See if you can spot yourself, or friends. There is also a book where you are invited to write reminiscences about the school. OTFORD Heritage Centre Management Committee needs help at the present time in connection with an Art Archive, which will link the past with the present. They already have copies of several paintings of Otford in much earlier times, but need to know more about the artists and whether there are any more such paintings to be found in galleries or private collections. If this voluntary work could be of interest to you please contact Doug Cracknell, who is chair of the management committee on 01959 522325. THE 8 new Otford Heritage Trail information panels detailing key points on the Green and along the High Street, are well on the way to completion. Each panel tells the stories of the houses they stand opposite and include attractive watercolour impressions of the homes when in their prime. The fact that from an early age our local children will be able to understand the heritage of their own village is of great importance to the future. The purpose of the panels is to enhance understanding and appreciation of our local heritage, not to do it harm, and siting and visibility will therefore be critical. PILATES Classes are available from Sam Lee who runs small group classes for all abilities, using small props to deliver a full body workout that builds core strength, balance and flexibility at 7.30pm, on Wednesdays in Bartholomew's Church Hall, Otford. The price is £70 for a block of 7 classes. If you are interested email firstname.lastname@example.org www.pilateswithsam.com CANCER Research, Sevenoaks Volunteer Branch, present the ‘Sounds of Music Take 2, Rocking with Mockingbird’ at 7.30pm on Saturday December 9 in the Memorial Hall. Tickets cost just £17.50 including a fish and chip supper but take along your own drinks and glasses. There will also be a raffle. To book call 01959 533154. .