GIRLGUIDING Otford’s Christmas Post 2019. Otford Brownies and Guides would like to thank everyone who supported their Christmas Post Service in December. This was the 37th consecutive year of running the post which raised the sum of £226.00 from the sale of stamps. This year the money has been 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. Thanks as always to Lorraine in Otford library, Sharon and Sue in the Parish Office and Yvonne’s in Telston Lane who sell the stamps for us and Gerry and Craig who print our stamps and posters. ON January 18, 2020 the Trustees of the Otford Village Memorial Hall are holding an Opening Event to show off the new refurbished main 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. OTFORD Oast WI next meet at 9.30am on Thursday January 16 in the Memorial Hall for a talk given by Helen Kendall-Tobias on Pearls and Princesses. New members are welcome and your first visit is free. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org. ST BART’S Burns Night is on January 25 with a Burns night supper in the Church Centre. You can look forward to a hearty supper, a tot of Whiskey, traditional readings, a table quiz and some Scottish themed entertainment. More details in the New Year. FAIR Feast 2020. Falling within Fairtrade Fortnight 2020, where the emphasis is again on ensuring that all farmers are paid fairly for their work, Fair Feast 2020 (pancakes, etc, and quiz) is on Shrove Tuesday "Pancake Day" February 25 in Otford Methodist Church Hall. All receipts from ticket sales and any donations will be sent to All We Can, the Methodist relief and development fund. This year, as All We Can has suggested, the money raised by Fair Feast 2020 will be used to support communities in Ethiopia which have been affected by their rapidly changing climate, making it increasingly difficult to grow crops and earn a living. All We Can are supporting vulnerable families in these communities with crops that are better adapted to the climate as well as arranging, as necessary, training in farming and business management. Tickets are £7, or £3.50 for students, and they may be bought now, although payment need not be made until the night. Tables seat 8 people, but everyone is welcome and reservations may be made for any number from one upwards. To reserve places please contact Glen Cable 01732 457842 email@example.com. SEVENOAKS District Council can collect and recycle your real Christmas tree for free throughout January. The Council will collect trees with a trunk of up to 90mm (3.5inches) in diameter with its Garden Waste Collection Service until the end of January. Simply leave your tree by the boundary of your property where you’d usually put your refuse and recycling sacks by 7am on the day the Council’s Garden Waste Collection service visits your road. If your tree is too big for this service you can take it to one of Kent County Councils Household Waste Recycling sites, call KCC 03000 417373 for locations and opening times or visit www.kent.gov.uk. OTFORD Station Foot Bridge. Network Rail are again trying to close the level crossing in order to build a 62 step footbridge. Two years ago a KCC enquiry into the closure unanimously voted to retain the level crossing instead of building a footbridge but Network Rail are making a final appeal to the Secretary of State. If you object please write to Mrs Yvonne Oddy, 3A Eagle Wing, The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN or email Yvonne.oddy@planning inspectorate.gov.uk Ref Footpath SR49, Pilgrims Way (Otford Kent) Rail Crossing Division Order 2019. OTFORD’s Traffic Management 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 January 2-10 open from 8.00am to 12.30pm. If you wish to comment on the drawings please email: firstname.lastname@example.org - deadline for comments Friday January 10 2020. THREE history groups meet regularly in the village Memorial Hall, the Otford and District Historical Society (ODHS), the 1940s Society and the North-West Kent Family History Society (NWKFHS). Meetings of all societies are open to the public. ODHS annual membership for nine meetings is £10 per adult, or £3 per meeting. The 1940s Society has six meetings per year and admission is £3 per meeting. Annual membership for the NWKFHS is £10 and visitors are asked for a contribution. Refreshments are available at all meetings. Doors open at 7.30pm and the talks generally start at 8pm. KEMSING Library was officially opened on January 1, 1970 by the then, Kent and England Cricket Captain, Colin Cowdrey. Join with them in celebrating Kemsing Library’s 50th birthday at their Launch Party on Saturday January 18 from 10a.m. Go along and meet their Special Guests Take a peek (and maybe a nibble!) at the official Birthday Cake. Enjoy a Kemsing Library ‘Through the Years’ display. Take part in the Kemsing Bake-off competition. The Kemsing Bake-off Competition - in association with the Kemsing WI and the Craft Group 3 categories: 8 – 11 yrs - chocolate chip cupcake/ cookie, 12 – 17 yrs - chocolate sponge, 18 yrs+ - sponge and/or fruit cake (with specified ingredients). Pick-up your Bake-off entry form, from Kemsing Library. Entry forms to be in by January 14 2020 THANK YOU to all past contributors. If you would like to be featured in this column details of events can be sent to me at email@example.com making sure you enter Community News in the subject heading box or call 01959 522727. This is a brilliant way of getting your event, club, organisation free publicity but copy dates are two weeks prior to publication so do please let me have your details as early as possible to ensure inclusion.