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Otford Community News - week commencing Mon 2nd April

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  1. Kay Drake

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    RSPB Sevenoaks local group meet at 7.45pm tonight in the Memorial Hall to hear Brian Nobbs talk on ‘RSPB Reserves around the country’. With over 200 reserves the RSPB supports wildlife in a wide range of habitats. Brian will look at examples from around the country and some of the work required to maintain and develop them. Group member fee £2.50, non member £3.50, more details from 01959 563530.

    SEVENOAKS Flower Club have just moved their monthly meetings to Otford. The next meeting will take place from 1.45 until 4pm on Tuesday April 10 in the Memorial Hall when they will have National Demonstrator Sandy Bailey demonstrating ‘Spring is in the Air’. Visitors are very welcome, and for this meeting there will be no guest fee charged. For further details contact Mary Evans, mary.a.evans@btinernet.com.

    A reminder that Otford Parish Council meet monthly in the Memorial Hall on the second Monday of each month and at every meeting there is a ten minute public forum to which you are invited. Their next meeting is on Monday April 9. This is your Parish and your Council and they want you to be involved so go along to their meetings and raise any questions during the public forum. To contact the Parish Council ring 01959 524808 or visit their website http://www.otford.info/parish/council/.

    ADVANCE notice is being given for the Annual Assembly of the Electors of the Parish, more commonly called the Annual Parish Meeting, which will be held at 7.30pm on Monday April 16 in the Club Room of the Memorial Hall. You are invited to go along at 7pm for refreshments before the meeting starts. This is your chance to ask questions about what is happening in the village and talk to representative from village organisations who will be present.

    OTFORD Sports Association awards the Kirsch Cup every year to a promising young local sportsperson, or a person who has made a valuable contribution to any village recreational activity and it is presented at the Annual Parish Meeting which is being held from 7pm Monday April 16 in the Club Room of the Memorial Hall.

    This year the cup will be presented to Bea Henderson, who is in Year 6 of Otford Primary School. Bea is an acrobatic gymnast who is so modest that even her classmates and children have only just found out how talented she is. She trains for a minimum of 15 hours a week, as well as keeping up her school work and has competed in her sport at regional and now international level. She will be competing in the World Championships and she is on track to represent her country in the next couple of years.
    Although her sport is not currently part of the Olympics, she is working at an Olympic standard.
    Bea was nominated by her School because of her modesty and the fact that she has kept this to herself and just got on with the training and dedication that is needed to progress in her sport while still achieving her best in her school work.

    Other nominees where Suzie Brown, age 11, who does Irish dancing and whose squad came in the world top 10 at her age group. Suzie helps the leader organise the group as well as performing. She also plays several instruments, is in a band, and is a general “go to” at school.

    Martha Booth, age 11, sprinter/athlete. She is in every team the primary school has, excels at and wins all the sprints easily and wants to be an Olympian runner.

    Henry Martin, age 13, Skippers the Otford u13 cricket team, but far more impressively excels at fencing/epee at county level.

    Laura Holmes, age 11, County chess runner up at her age group.

    Henrietta Booth who is part of the Trinity School netball team who have won their inter schools league 4 years in a row.

    Charlie Taylor, aged 10, who plays for Otford United Junior Football Team and who has scored 51 goals already this season.
    A free open tennis session is available at Otford Lawn Tennis Club from 9.30am on March 25 when you can meet some of the members, view the facilities and play some tennis. You will be invited to join their small friendly club located within the High Street Recreation Ground at Otford just past the playground on the left which offers tennis for all ranges and abilities with year-round play under floodlights. There is both social and competitive tennis and coaching for adults and juniors available. Membership rates are very competitive. If you are interested in joining please contact Alison Dykes, membership secretary, via email Alison.dykes@lwcdial.net who will provide details.

    OTFORD Society’s AGM will be held at 8pm on Thursday April 19 in the Memorial Hall when current committee of offices and trustees will stand together for re-election. Any nominations for new offices must be received in writing to chairman@otfordsociety.org.uk at least 24 hours before the meeting. Once the formal business is complete there will be reports on village projects including the Traffic Management Working Group and an outline of the Society’s fund raising plans for 2018.

    OTFORD Evening WI meet on Thursday April 12 in the Memorial Hall for their birthday meeting when they will celebrate with a hot supper and a talk by Jonathan Fryer on ‘The humorous side of being an actor’. Visitors are welcome to join and for more details contact their President 01959 524831.

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