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Otford Community News - week commencing Mon 3rd September

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  1. Kay Drake

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    RSPB Sevenoaks Local Group start their indoor activities after the summer break at 7.15 tonight in the Memorial Hall for a presentation by John Lawrence entitled ‘Water Birds’. Some UK species of birds are particularly associated with water. These include kingfishers and dippers which live alongside rivers, and lapwings and snipe which breed on floodplain meadows. Other birds such as black-throated divers feed on, and nest beside, lakes and lochs. John takes us on a journey by sight and sound. They meet at 7.15pm in the Memorial Hall, admission for group members is £2.50 and for non members £3.50. The presentation will begin promptly at 7:45pm, with a refreshment break half way. Their outdoor activities continue on Wednesday September 12 with an exploration of Rye Harbour Nature reserve led by Anne McGregor 01732 454304. Meet 10.30 at Rye Harbour. On Sunday September 23 John Waterman is leading a walk of North Foreland and Joss Bay. Meet Joss Bay car park. Text or call John on 07935 2066618 for details. There is no charge for outdoor events, but it is important you contact the leaders beforehand.

    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 September 10. 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/.

    SDA Gospel Choir are returning to Otford Methodist Church in the Autumn after their really great event last year. The performance starts at 7.30pm on Saturday September 29. For tickets and information visit www.omc.org.uk or call 07948 309484.

    SEVENOAKS Flower Club meet at 1.45pm on Tuesday to watch an exciting demonstration entitled ‘The Materialist’ by national demonstrator Nick. There will be a raffle of the flower arrangements, a sales table and refreshments. Visitor pay just £5 or annual membership is £37. Visit their new website for details of all meetings and events www.sevenoaksflowerclub.co.uk.

    COULD you offer a few hours of your time on a regular basis to Hospices of Hope in the High Street as they are seeking volunteers to join their friendly team both in the charity shop and tea room. This is an opportunity to donate some time to a charity in a caring environment whilst helping to improve the quality of life for people in South East Europe who are suffering from a terminal, rare, or life-limiting illness. If you can help in any way please call Julie 01959 524322 for a chat about the various opportunities available.

    ST BARTS church have been carrying out a ‘Church Hall Options Appraisal’ as a recent survey has shown that the fabric of the Hall needs some major work which will cost at least £30,000, and potentially much more, even before any interior refurbishment is taken into account. The consultation has been in two phases, a period of 40 days from June 24 when church members could put forward comments and suggestions and then an analysis by a team who presented their initial findings at an open morning on Saturday September 1. They will now be inviting members of the village community to put forward their views, and these will be collated for an open morning on Saturday October 6. The PCC will then consider the submissions of both the church and the village at its meeting on October 17. You can make your comments via the church website or email churchhallconsultation@StBartholomews.co.uk, or write down your comments and put them in the suggestions box in the main entrance of the church. The goal is to find a long-term solution that brings benefit to both community and church, which is in line with the values of St Bart’s and, importantly, which is financially viable.

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