THE lease is signed. The Archbishops Palace Conservation Trust and Sevenoaks District Council are delighted to announce that the 99 year lease of the Archbishop’s Palace site and buildings was completed on September 19. This means that the Trust can now start to make progress with many aspects of the project – including seeking funding for the work needed to create the interpretation centre and exhibition spaces in the North West Tower, and the renovation of the Gatehouse which, in the longer term, will become a secure educational study centre. They are planning a joint celebration to mark the signing with SDC in October. The date will be announced shortly. Purcell Architects have completed a detailed feasibility study which will provide the foundations of more detailed plans. The study will also be the basis for funding applications which can be prepared and submitted now that the lease is signed. Sections of the study on the Palace will be published on their website as soon as practical. This and other recent news stories on the progress of the project can be found on the Palace website at https://otfordpalace.org/blog/ 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 October 14. 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/. OTFORD Oast WI next meet at 9.30am on Thursday October 17 in the Memorial Hall to hear a talk will be given by Hugh Alford on ‘Space is Big’. New members are welcome and the first meeting is free. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org. ST Bartholomew’s church and Otford Methodists are arranging for the musical ‘A Turbulent Priest’ to come to St Bartholomew’s on October 19 when Thomas Becket returns to Otford bringing King Henry II with him. 850 years after his murder in Canterbury Becket is coming back to Otford a place where it’s said he particularly enjoyed staying while Archbishop (1162-1170) in spite of the taste of the water and the songs of its nightingales which disturbed his devotions! This musical by James Cary and James Sherwood retells the medieval bromance in sketch and song between Henry and Becket that ended in more than tears. The two-man show is both funny and thought provoking. It illustrates what can happen when the worlds of political power and Christian faith collide. Messrs Cary & Sherwood are both sitcom writers for BBC TV & Radio and have collaborated previously with A Monk’s Tale and The God Particle. Following performances at the Edinburgh Fringe ‘A Turbulent Priest’ is touring the UK and coming to St Bartholomew’s Church Otford at 6.30pm on Saturday October 19. The show lasts 1hr 45 min with a short interval and will be followed by wine and canapés. Tickets £12 (main aisle) £8 (side aisle - restricted view but also projected on big screen) are available either from Box Office 01959 524304 or online from www.omc.org.uk STOP unsafe parking on Station Road is the name of the petition residents are being asked to sign by clicking on http://chng.it/LqwMGZCB. Vehicles regularly park on Station Road on both the road and on the pavement causing an obstruction to pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. This petition is asking for your support to implement controls to present this. You are being asked to support this petition to reduce delays and improve safety for the whole community. OTFORD Tennis Club are looking for new members and welcome players of all standards. There is a clubhouse and 3 tennis courts, two of which are floodlit, and tennis is played all year round. They also have adult and junior coaching sessions provided by LTA accredited coaches. If you would like more information please contact their membership secretary, Alison Sykes 01959 522050 or email email@example.com. OTFORD Lunch Club, for older residents, takes place from 11.45 every Thursday in the village Memorial Hall, High Street. The Club is a welcoming place for local residents to go along and socialise with friends, old and news. It is run by a dedicated teams of volunteers and members enjoy a welcoming cup of coffee or tea followed by a hot nutritious two course meal each week and it may be possible to arrange transport. To find out more please contact Margaret Nicholson 01959 524147. DIAL 2 Drive are seeking volunteer drivers to take elderly/disabled people to a medical appointment or shopping just one a week. If you own a car and would like to help please contact them on 0300 777 1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.