OTFORD Folk Dance Club meet tonight Thursday May 30 in Walthamstow Hall Junior School hall with Sean Goddard & John Porlock 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 Gardener’s Society meet at 8pm on Tuesday June 4 in the Memorial Hall to hear about 'Companion Planting' the subject of a talk by Kathrine Lynn. Kathrine is very keen on the idea of choosing plants which can bring benefits to other plants in the garden and help to minimise the damage done by pests and diseases. For details please contact the Society Secretary, Janet Finney on 01959 523760, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 1940’s SOCIETY meet at 8.00pm on Friday May 31 in the Memorial Hall for a talk by Peter Nixon about The Bethnal Green Tube Shelter Incident, admission £3. Local writer Peter will explore one of the most tragic domestic disasters of the war which occurred on March 3, 1943 and was hushed up at the time. If you would like further details contact 07927 748773, website: http://www.1940.co.uk/index.html OTFORD Neighbourhood Plan was launched in Autumn 2017. Since then the steering committee, formed of local volunteers, has been researching and collating ideas for the future of our Village. This survey is the next step in the programme of public consultation. They are asking for your views, as residents of Otford, on a number of issues. The results will be used to prepare the draft plan which will then go out to a public referendum before it is formally adopted. You will see that some areas (such as sustainable tourism, traffic and travel throughout the Village) are not included because they have already been covered by other surveys and research. This survey focuses on the issues of land utilisation and development which are at the heart of the Neighbourhood Plan. You should have received a copy of the survey through your letter box, please complete and return it by 31st May 2019. It should take you no more than 8 minutes. Please answer all of the questions except for question 9 which is only relevant if you own, or would like to own, a business in Otford and post it in the collection box in the Parish Office, Otford Library, Yvonne’s, Otford Pharmacy, or the Post Office. Alternatively, you can complete the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T7J7QJN. Your contribution is vital and your responses will remain confidential. They do not ask for your name, only your postcode so that they can see whether there are differences in views between different areas in the Village. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the Chair of the Steering Committee, Peter Bradnock: email@example.com. MANY Otford folks enjoyed the Otford Patient Group Quiz last December at the Church Hall. There won't be another one in Otford until next December but fear not there will be a Quiz from 7.30pm on Friday June 14 in St Edith’s Hall, Kemsing. This event is to raise funds for a second Surgery Pod in addition to the one about to be installed at Otford Surgery. The "Pod" enables patients to check blood pressure, weight and other vital statistics immediately before their Doctor or Nurse appointment. If you would like to raise a team (up to 10 people) or just come as an individual please contact Ken Cardinal 01959 522513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. OTFORD (and Britain!) go to war – ‘on the front line 1939-1945’. Here’s how you can help. 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War and marks the 75th anniversary of the ‘D Day’ invasion of June 6 1944. ODHS are proposing a series of articles over the next few editions of their Newsletter about the ‘home front’ and the war, particularly related to Otford. They also hope there will be a number of associated exhibitions in the Heritage Centre. But they need your help. Do you have any documents, photos, artifacts etc. (other material would be welcome too) about either your, or perhaps more likely your family experiences during the war? These do not have to be related to Otford but if they are, even better. Do you perhaps have (or did you once have) an Anderson air-raid shelter in your garden? They would love to hear from you. Do you have any reminiscences or family stories about the war; about evacuation, rationing, food, Christmas at war, the ‘blitz’, ‘doodlebugs’, Air Raid Precautions, the blackout, the Home Guard etc you would be willing to share? You can write as much or as little as you wish. It might even help you write that family history you’ve been meaning to put together. They can copy any documents you might wish to share with them. Contact them at email@example.com or leave your contact details in the Heritage Centre or Parish Office. ANGELA Bishop and daughter, Suzie Galloway, as part of Art in June, are exhibiting their sculptures, paintings, and glasswork in the garden and studios at 5, Broughton Road, Otford, 01959 523203 from June 8 to 23 Angela between 1am and 5pm or by appointment June 8/9/10/13/14/15/16//20/21/22/23 and Suzie between 2 and 5pm on June 9/14/16/21/22 and between 3 and 5pm on 8/15/22. Angela is also exhibiting with The East Surrey Sculpture Society at Ightham Mote from June 2 to 30. Other Otford artists participating are Ann Bridges at 58 High Street, 07906 310021, open 10am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays 8/9 15/16 and 22/23 and Barbara Darby (bdvideos.co.uk) and Julian Cheswick, Hope Artists, 3 Spring Head Road, Kemsing T15 6QL 2pm to 7pm Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays 7/8/9, 14/15/16 and 21/22/23 June. OTFORD Fete on Bank Holiday Monday will be but a memory by the time you read this column but the organisers would like to thank all their committee, stall holders, supporters, raffle ticket sellers and everyone who contributed to make the event so successful. FAMILY Nature Event in Oxenhill Woods between 2.00pm and 4.30pm on Sunday June 9. 61acres of woodland and meadow set between Otford and Kemsing, enjoyed by walkers, dogs with their owners and of course wildlife. There will be opportunities to learn more about trees, the names of loads of wildflowers and wild orchids, Kent Wildlife Trust will be there to help with bug hunts, try leaf and bark rubbing, nature craft, drawing and painting and wildlife face painting. Entrance is from the bottom of Tudor Drive, Otford (TQ 536589) and cars can park on site, if the ground is dry. Admission is free, but there will be an opportunity for donations as well. Do go along and, hopefully, enjoy the sunshine and maybe take a picnic! There are some rustic seats on some of the paths. Organised by Otford and Kemsing Parish Councils - land management by SDC.