OTFORD Methodist church are delighted to welcome back the Croydon SDA Gospel Choir for a very special Christmas performance at 7.30pm on Saturday December 14. Refreshments will be provided in the interval. Tickets are available from the OMC web site priced at £10. For further information, please call the box office on 07948 309484. OTFORD Folk Dance Club meet on Thursday December 19 at Walthamstow Hall Junior School with Club Callers and the cost is £3. All kinds of mixed folk dances are on offer and all are welcome. Whether you have little or no knowledge, the caller will give help and your fellow dancers will also assist you. The emphasis is on friendly enjoyment rather than perfection If you would like more information ring Mary Butson 01732 458356. GIRLGUIDING Otford’s Christmas Post 2019. Stamps for Girlguiding Otford’s Christmas Post Service go on sale on November 28 for the 37th year running and will be available until Friday December 20. The special charity post service, which is one of the longest running in the country, delivers Christmas cards with the scheme’s special stamps to addresses in Otford village. Stamps cost 30p and are available to purchase in Otford library during normal opening hours or in the Parish Council office every weekday morning. Christmas cards can be posted in the special post boxes located in the same places. Otford’s Brownies and Guides will collect, sort, frank and then deliver the cards over the two weekends before Christmas. This year the money raised from the sale of the stamps will be donated to SERV Kent Bloodrunners, a charity that provides emergency courier services transporting blood products, samples and other essential items for major hospitals and hospices in Kent out of normal working hours. Please support them by purchasing the special stamps and posting your cards early. Library opening hours Monday 9am – 1pm, Tuesday 9am – 1pm, 2pm- 5pm, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 9am – 1pm, Friday 1pm – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm. Parish Council opening hours Monday to Friday 8am – 12:30pm. OTFORD Methodist Church are pleased to invite you to their special Christmas events: Nativity play, 10.30am Sunday December 8, Croydon SDA Gospel Choir, 7.30pm Saturday December 14, Carol Service 6.30pm Sunday December 22, Christingle 5pm Tuesday December 24 and their Christmas Morning Service at 10.00am. They look forward to welcoming you all to these events and exploring the real reason for celebrating the Christmas story in 2019. ST BART’S Church is holding its Christingle Service this year at 4pm on Sunday December 8 and at 7pm on Friday December 13 there will be the Tree of Light Service followed by the switching on of the lights on the tree on The Green. All are welcome and labels to remember those who have died may be obtained from the Parish Office in the High Street or from the Hospice in the Weald. Donations will support the work of the Hospice. Their Choir Christmas Concert is at 7.00pm on Sunday December 15 in the church, £7 on the door, entry for children is free and at 2.30pm on Saturday December 14 you are invited to join them in the Church Centre to sing your favourite carols and enjoy some refreshments. OTFORD Evangelical Free Church Christmas Services. There will be a Family Carol Service from 5pm to 6pm on Sunday December 22 followed by light refreshments and on Christmas Day you are invited to join them for their celebration at 10.00am. The church is located a 81 Pilgrims Way West, email email@example.com, website www.otfordefc.org.uk, telephone 07510 909035. OTFORD Parish Council December/January Newsletter has an in-depth article on the Traffic Management Plan which will be of interest to residents, especially those who have attended Parish Council meetings to ‘have their say’. You will be given the opportunity to view the details on the traffic measures and comment before the final plans are drawn up and finalised but in the meantime the plans are now available on the Parish Council website at www.otfordpc.kentparishes.gov.uk, select ‘Traffic Management’. Paper copies are available in the Parish Council Office. The traffic plans are also on display in the Heritage Centre between Monday 2 and Thursday 19 December, then 2-10 January open from 8.00am to 12.30pm and on Saturdays December 14 and 21 from 2pm to 4pm. If you wish to comment on the drawings please email: firstname.lastname@example.org - deadline for comments Friday January 10 2020. MAKE a diary note for January 18, 2020 as this is the Opening Event to show off the new refurbished main hall of Otford Village Memorial Hall. The Hall will be open from 12 noon until 4pm and you are invited to meet the Trustees, see the extent of the refurbishment and have a glass of Bucks Fizz or Orange Juice with some nibbles. This is a drop-in event and is free to Otford Residents.