OTFORD’s Annual Meeting of the Parish took place on Monday 15 with reports from all their standing committee’s plus an update on the Traffic management working party, Sustainable tourism, and Twinning. The full Parish Council next meet at 7.30 in the Memorial Hall on Monday May 13 for their Annual General Meeting and all residents are invited to go along to update themselves on all aspect of the village and it’s future. 2ND Otford Brownies’ Community Kindness Chain. Thank you to everyone who has been into Otford library and added to our Community Kindness Chain - we have been so thrilled to see it growing. ‘One good turn leads to another’ - a good turn is something you do to help someone else, just to be kind. Doing good turns is an important part of keeping the Brownie promise, and can help to make our local community an even better place to live. If you’ve done a good turn in our local community please pop in and see Lorraine in the library and write or draw what you did on a strip of paper. Join your good turn to the end of our chain and let’s see how much kindness there is in Otford. How long will our kindness chain grow? TONBRIDGE & Malling Ramblers meet at 10am on Wednesday May 1 for a 5 miles/8.1 km moderate, circular walk, from Shoreham to Romney Street finishing at approximately 1.15pm. Park in Shoreham PCP Filston Lane. (TN14 7SR, TQ518615). The walk will leave the Darent and cross the eastern wall of the Downs to enter a hidden valley. There are several steep sections to negotiate. Dogs on short leads are permissible, there will be a nibble break and a pub at the end. KENT Dahlia Society is holding a Plant Sale between 9.30am and 11.00am on Saturday May 4 in the Memorial Hall. Admission is free, refreshments will be available and they will be selling dahlias, vegetables, annuals, perennials. Everyone welcome. OTFORD Gardeners’ Society meet at 8pm on Tuesday May 7 to hear from Derek Dexter who is a very keen fuchsia grower and brings his expertise to Otford Memorial Hall in a talk and demonstration entitled 'Fuchsias My Way'. Derek is also bringing plants for sale. For details please contact the Society Secretary, Janet Finney on 01959 523760, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. OTFORD Petanque Club, who play on their terrain beside the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, is looking for new members for the start of its new season in April. It offers a friendly club environment at 2.30pm every Thursday afternoon on the Otford Recreation Ground. You are invited to go along and try it out, you will be made very welcome, contact 01959 52424. OTFORD Village Fete with theme of the 50th anniversary of Commander Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27, on the High Street Recreation Ground. The programme should be available in mid-May but in the meantime make a diary note as there will be the annual Dog Show run by Elands Veterinary Clinic with a class dedicated to Guide Dog Puppies. The aim is to raise at least £2500 so that we can name a puppy with an Otford related name. You can also keep up to date via their new website www.otfordvillagefete.org or look at their Facebook page. Whatever the weather Otford Gardeners’ Society will have a stall at the Village Fete and on sale will be ornamental and edible plants raised by their own members. OTFORD Library. Following his last sell-out talk at Otford Library, Giles Milton will be returning to the library at 7pm on June 12 to talk about his latest book D-Day, the Soldiers’ Story. Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event. Tickets cost £6 and must be booked in advance either by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 03000 41 31 31. Better still pop into the library to reserve your place and take a look at the history of Otford School exhibition. Don’t delay tickets are selling fast. HOSPICES of Hope’s Teashop in the High Street, which is now open 7 days a week, is looking for volunteers to work both in their Teashop and Gift Shop. If you could spare 3 or more hours a week to help please speak to Julie or Cornel 01959 524322 or to help with administrative tasks in their offices call 01959 525110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Teashop specialises in homemade cakes and what are reputed to be the best scones customers have ever tasted! In the front shop there is an opportunity to buy clothes, toys, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, china, glass and furniture so you can browse, and then you can enjoy refreshments whilst all the time supporting this wonderful charity which is largely staffed by volunteers. OTFORD Heritage Centre is open between 2.30 and 4.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons until mid-December offering visitors to our village the opportunity to see Otford’s continuous habitation over 4,000 years with changing displays of recent history, village life, natural history and models of Otford Palace, and the interior of an Oast House as well as many others. It is free to enter, although donations are gratefully received. If you are interested in becoming a steward then extra help is always welcome. RECYCLE your ink cartridges and toners by dropping used ones into Otford Primary School or the Parish Council office, both in the High Street as by doing so you can raise money for the school.