THE Trustees of Otford Memorial Hall invite all those who use the hall to go along on August 11 between 11am and 4pm to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, see the improvements they have made so far and give them your opinion on how they can continue to refurbish and develop this valuable resource so that it remains relevant to future generations. Trustees will be on-hand to explain their approach and seek your views on how they can best develop the Hall. This is not a meeting, so no speeches but an opportunity for you to express your ideas on how they might best proceed with their next tranche of improvements. Representatives from some of the local organisations and societies who make use of these facilities will be on hand to provide information on the way they use the Hall and when they say our Hall, they actually mean residents of Otford’s Hall. Otford Parish Council, although very supportive of the Hall are not its owners. The residents of Otford, own the Hall and it is held in trust with the Charities Commission. A Committee of Trustees manage the Hall and these represent local societies and local residents. So if you can spare a few moments of your time go along and support them to ensure that our Hall, which is also very much our community centre, remains a valuable Village asset. ST. BART’s church is holding a churchyard working party from 9am on Saturday (August 4) and invite you to join their regular team. Just turn up with any useful tools and give them a hand. FAMILY Fun Days are back and four weeks of action are planned throughout the school Summer holidays and they will be at Otford High Street Recreation Ground between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday August 8. The days include everything from crafts to games and sport in a friendly, safe environment, and best of all they are completely free. No booking is needed, simply turn up and have fun but children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Activities are aimed at children under the age of 12, although may not be suitable for very young children. Take waterproof clothing and sunscreen and perhaps check their website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/summerfun before setting off as the programme may be subject to change at short notice, especially if there is poor weather. OTFORD Gardeners’ Society are holding their Autumn Flower and Craft Show in the Memorial Hall from 2.15pm on Saturday September 1. They promise a marvelous display of late Summer flowers and harvest from the vegetable garden, with floral arrangements, preserves, cookery, photographic, art and handicraft classes. Teas will be available until 4pm and there will be a sales table. Their gardening tips for August include keep picking tomatoes and peppers to encourage more flowers and do not cut the grass too short in this dry weather! DON’T forget to keep your hedges and any foliage abutting a footpath or pavement trimmed as overhanging branches can cause a hazard to those with sight difficulties and those pushing wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs. It would be really appreciated if you could check your boundaries and trim any overhanging foliage hard back from the footway so as to make it easier for those who walk past. OTFORD Evening WI will hold their annual Table Top Sale on Saturday October 6 in the Memorial Halls between 9am - 12noon. You can book a table at a cost of £10 each by ringing Chris on 01959 522485. THE Citizens Advice Bureau holds a surgery every Tuesday between 10am and 12 noon in the School House, High Street. There is no need to book but if you would like to make an appointment then call 01732 454443. OTFORD Evening WI meet at 7.30pm on Thursday August 9 in the Club Room of the Memorial Hall when their speaker will be Sharon Lynn. Her subject is Medical Detection Dogs - explaining how dogs can be trained to detect illness. Visitors are very welcome and if more information is needed, please contact our President on O1959 524831. THERE will be a 5 day Summer Film and Theatre Workshop in the Memorial Hall between August 13 and 17 specialising in film and theatre for children aged 4 to 12 years. Workshops through the week include Stage Combat, Behind the Camera, Stage Technique, Film and TV Make-up, End of Week Show. For costs and to book contact Born2performstage@amal.com or call 07753 105594. OTFORD Gardeners’ Society, on behalf of the Parish Council, are organising the Annual Otford Front Garden Competition. Preliminary judging takes place throughout July and August with committee members walking round the village taking notes based on the front gardens that would take the eye of a stranger to the village without having to look over or around a hedge, wall or fence. The competition winners will be announced in September. Good luck.