LAST chance to pre-buy tickets for Otford Scout Group’s annual bonfire and firework party on Saturday at the Chalk Pit, adjacent to the station. Gates open 5.30 for a 6pm start. Tickets cost £15 per family of 2 adults and 2 children if bought beforehand or £18 if bought on the night or £5 per individual. Children under 5 years admitted free. Refreshments will be available including a BBQ and drinks. Tickets can be bought from any of the Pack Leaders, from Yvonne’s in Telston Lane and from Otford Dry Cleaners on The Parade, Sevenoaks Road. THE Archbishop's Palace Conservation Trust (Charity registration number 1173486) has been set up with the aim of acquiring the Otford Palace site and buildings, and creating a visitor centre that will not only present the history of the Palace and its Tudor history, but also act as an interpretation centre and springboard for the Darent Valley. The Trust believes that this would be the best use of this iconic monument. It will be a major project and the costs will exceed £1.5M over several years. The Trust has submitted their outline proposal to Sevenoaks District Council which will be considered in the next few months and spoken to Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other potential funding agencies, and have their provisional support. However, the first hurdle is to convince Sevenoaks District Council that this is clearly the best future for the Archbishop's Palace. The Trust is asking for your support in persuading Sevenoaks District Council that they should transfer the land and buildings to the Archbishop's Palace Conservation Trust, either for a nominal sum or on a long lease, that will enable their vision for the benefit of the residents of Otford, of the Darent Valley and the many visitors to the area. Please write to either Peter Fleming, Leader of the Council or Michelle Lowe (at Sevenoaks District Council, Council Offices, Argyle Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1HG or email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com). If you have any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.otfordpalace.org. EATING for health is the title of the next health event being run by Otford Surgery Patient Group. This will be held at Otford Methodist church hall from 10am on Saturday November 11 and will cover two topics, eating to keep you healthy and eating to avoid or control diabetes. There will be a welcome at 10am with refreshments and music, followed at 10.30 by a talk on Eating for long term health. At 11.30 Introducing the Diabetes Support Group, at 11.45 Diet and Diabetes rounding off at 12.30 with a Question and Answer Session. All are welcome to drop in at any or all of these sessions. A reminder that Otford Parish Council meet monthly in the Memorial Hall on the second Tuesday 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 November 13. This is your Parish and your Council and they want you to be involved. To contact the Parish Council ring 01959 524808 or visit their website http://www.otford.info/parish/council/. THE Otford Society Community Party will be held on Saturday November 25 between 6 and 11pm in the Memorial Hall, High Street and will feature live music from "Cool Groove", a talented trio who will play a range of well-known numbers guaranteed to get toes tapping. There will be an included all-you-can-eat wood-fired pizza buffet from "Odori & Sapori by Romeo" which will cater for all tastes including vegetarians and vegans and gluten-free options are available if ordered in advance. A licensed bar will sell wine, local beer, and a range of soft drinks and don't forget the legendary raffle which will again offer a host of amazing prizes. Advance tickets are available now at discounted rates of £12 per adult and £5 per child (3-16), with under 3s free, and can be purchased from the Parish Council office, Yvonne's in Telston Lane, and The Otford Emporium or through www.otfordsociety.org.uk/party On the night, ticket prices will be £15 per adult and £7.50 per child. All profits will go to the Otford Scouts & Guides and if you can't attend the party but would like to support the cause then do get in touch to buy raffle tickets. For more information, email email@example.com or call 07930 374332.