OTFORD Parish Council meet at 7pm for refreshments before a 7.30pm start on Monday May 13 in the Memorial Hall for their Annual General Meeting and all residents are cordially invited to attend. If you would like to update yourself on the workings of the Council and all aspects of the village and its future then this is the meeting for you. KENT Dahlia Society is holding a Plant Sale between 9.30am and 11.00am on Saturday May 4 in the Memorial Hall. Admission is free, refreshments will be available and they will be selling dahlias, vegetables, annuals, perennials. Everyone welcome. OTFORD Gardeners’ Society meet at 8pm on Tuesday May 7 to hear from Derek Dexter who is a very keen fuchsia grower and brings his expertise to Otford Memorial Hall in a talk and demonstration entitled 'Fuchsias My Way'. Derek is also bringing plants for sale. For details please contact the Society Secretary, Janet Finney on 01959 523760, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. OTFORD Petanque Club, who play on their terrain beside the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, is looking for new members for its new season. It offers a friendly club environment at 2.30pm every Thursday afternoon on the Otford Recreation Ground. You are invited to go along and try it out, you will be made very welcome, contact 01959 52424. OTFORD Village Fete Committee are gearing up for the Bank Holiday Fete on Monday May 27 on the High Street Recreation Ground. The theme this year is the 50th anniversary of Commander Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon and the programme should be available by mid-May. In the meantime make a diary note as there will be the annual Dog Show run by Elands Veterinary Clinic with a class dedicated to Guide Dog Puppies. The aim is to raise at least £2500 so that we can name a puppy with an Otford related name. You can also keep up to date via their new website www.otfordvillagefete.org or look at their Facebook page. Whatever the weather Otford Gardeners’ Society will have a stall at the Village Fete and on sale will be ornamental and edible plants raised by their own members. OTFORD Library. Following his last sell-out talk at Otford Library, Giles Milton will be returning to the library at 7pm on June 12 to talk about his latest book D-Day, the Soldiers’ Story. Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event. Tickets cost £6 and must be booked in advance either by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 03000 41 31 31. Better still pop into the library to reserve your place and take a look at the history of Otford School exhibition. Don’t delay tickets are selling fast. OTFORD and Seal Trefoil Guild are interested in enrolling new members. They meet once a month at 7.30pm on the third Thursday at Kemsing Library with outdoor meetings also arranged to visit Pubs, Teashops, Stately Homes, Theatres and Cinema’s. Please give me call if you would like more details. HOSPICES of Hope’s Teashop in the High Street, which is now open 7 days a week, is looking for volunteers to work both in their Teashop and Gift Shop. If you could spare 3 or more hours a week to help please speak to Julie or Cornel 01959 524322 or to help with administrative tasks in their offices call 01959 525110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Teashop specialises in homemade cakes and what are reputed to be the best scones customers have ever tasted! In the front shop there is an opportunity to buy clothes, toys, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, china, glass and furniture so you can browse, and then you can enjoy refreshments whilst all the time supporting this wonderful charity which is largely staffed by volunteers. OTFORD Heritage Centre is open between 2.30 and 4.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons until mid-December offering visitors to our village the opportunity to see Otford’s continuous habitation over 4,000 years with changing displays of recent history, village life, natural history and models of Otford Palace, and the interior of an Oast House as well as many others. It is free to enter, although donations are gratefully received. If you are interested in becoming a steward then extra help is always welcome. RECYCLE your ink cartridges and toners by dropping used ones into Otford Primary School or the Parish Council office, both in the High Street as by doing so you can raise money for the school. I hope the good weather continues and that you have an enjoyable Bank Holiday.