OTFORD Folk Dance Club next meet at 8pm tonight Thursday January 30 at Walthamstow Hall Junior School with Colin Butson calling. All kinds of mixed folk dances are 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. OTFORD Traffic Plans public consultation was extended by two weeks finishing on Sunday January 26. The consultation was an opportunity for you to view the detail on the traffic measures and comment before the final plans are drawn up and finalised. The consultation period was extended as a result of some villagers being unaware of this project although it has been extensively advertised both in this column, on the web, and in the Parish Council monthly Newsletter. Notices have also been posted through letter boxes throughout the village in an attempt to keep everyone up-to-date on the Parish Councils future traffic plans. The Parish Council office is open 8.30 to 12.00 noon Monday to Friday and can be contacted at 21 High Street, 01959 524808, email@example.com. ON Friday January 31 the 1940’s Society meet in the Memorial Hall, doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, for a talk by Ian Thomson, entitled Bletchley Park and the breaking of the German codes in World War Two. Refreshments will be available during the interval. Visitor admission to the meeting is £3. OTFORD Village Society intend to disband at their AGM on April 30 unless 3 new committee members come forward. For the past 3.5 years the present committee has responded to issues of the day providing input where appropriate, managed finance and other administrative matters and raised funds through events for local organisations. During this time there have been numerous appeals for new support to allow the Society to do more unfortunately with no response. The 4 committee members have therefore concluded that they no longer wish to continue with just keeping the Society going and intend to resign en-masse. If there are people in the village who are prepared to take over the running of the Society including becoming Trustees please email firstname.lastname@example.org. OTFORD Petanque Club play every Thursday afternoon at 2.30pm on the terrain adjacent to the football pavilion on the High Street Recreation Ground. There is room for more members and they are offering a first year without a subscription. If you have never played before you may surprise yourself. They have spare sets of balls which can be loaned. If you are interested and would like more information please call Peter Wickenden 01959 524242. IF Petanque is not your thing have you ever thought of trying Morris Dancing. Invicta Morris was formed in 1976 and their kit colours of red and white and their prancing horse emblem are taken from the Kentish coat of arms. Based in the Sevenoaks area during the Summer months they dance at a variety of events, mainly in Kent and on Summer evenings often dance outside local village pubs. You are welcome to go along to their practice night, to try with no obligation, every Monday at 8.30pm in St Bartholomew’s Church Hall opposite The Bull PH in the High Street from September through to April, Call 01959 522227 or 01959 522201 for more information. DIAL 2 Drive are continually seeking volunteer drivers to take an elderly/disabled people to a medical appointment or shopping just once a week. If you own a car and could help please contact them on 0300 777 1200 email@example.com. DIARY date: Saturday June 6. The Field of the Cloth of Gold event 'Not waving but drowning' (with apologies to Stevie Smith!) The re-enactment of the visit of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon to Otford on their way to the Field of the Cloth of Gold has sparked the community’s imagination. The play (being written and performed by the Kemsing Players) is taking shape nicely, the Morris dancing has expanded into a ‘Day of Dance’ with up to five Morris sides, there will be Tudor Music played by an early music consort, we are hoping to include a Mummers Play, there will be activities for children of all ages, and so it grows. The invitations to the various chairs of parish councils and mayors in the Darent Valley have been accepted with enthusiasm. DIARY DATE: The original play written to form part of the celebrations of the visit of Henry VIII to Otford 500 years ago is complete and now we are looking for actors, entertainers and technicians to bring it to life. It's a lighthearted, irreverent look at what might really have happened. Read throughs of the play will take place at St Bartholomew's Church Hall in the High Street at 7.30pm on Friday February 7 and Thursday February 13. Please go long if you would like to be involved in any capacity. The result is Nick Rushby is drowning in a sea of event management and seriously needs some assistance to share the load. There are a number of sub-projects (such as arranging the stage, security, sound systems, etc) that could be handled by an enthusiastic individual. Please contact him to let him know what you can do to help firstname.lastname@example.org 07968 721 958. YOU have until tomorrow, January 31, for Sevenoaks District Council to collect and recycle your real Christmas tree for free. The Council will collect trees with a trunk of up to 90mm (3.5inches) in diameter with its Garden Waste Collection Service until the end of January. Simply leave your tree by the boundary of your property where you’d 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 Councils Household Waste Recycling sites, call KCC 03000 417373 for locations and opening times or visit www.kent.gov.uk.