KENT Dahlia Society is holding a Plant Sale between 9.30am and 11.00am on Saturday May 4 in the Memorial Halle. Saturday 4th May 2019. Admission is free, refreshments will be available and they will be selling dahlias, vegetables, annuals, perennials. Everyone welcome. RSPB Sevenoaks say that most people will be aware that now bird song is becoming more pervasive Spring is here. There is no better way to learn about birds than from their experienced leaders on their free field trips. On Wednesday May 1 Anne McGregor ( 01732 454304) is leading an exploration of Conyer Creek in expectation of nightingales and cuckoos along with other returning Spring migrants. This is followed on Sunday May 12 by John Waterman (07953 206618) taking in what the varied habitat at RSPB Pulborough Brooks has to offer. Looking forward to June, Sunday June 9 is to Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry with John and Wednesday 12 to Ashdown Forest with Anne. It is essential to contact the leaders prior to joining a field trip. The groups indoor meetings continue on May 2 with RSPB turtle dove specialist sharing on the steps being taken to halt the decline in this species. Indoor meetings are at Otford Memorial Hall. Admission is £2.50 for local group members and £3.50 for non members. The meetings start at 7:45pm. Further information on the Sevenoaks RSPB local group can be seen at:- https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/sevenoaks/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/RSPBSevenoaks/. OTFORD Folk Dance Club meet on Thursday April 18 in Walthamstow Hall Junior School hall with Carol Hewson calling. 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. 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. 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. 1ST Otford Rainbows. One their leaders will be stepping down at the end of the summer term and to ensure this popular, over-subscribed unit can keep running they are looking for new volunteers. They need at least one person who will be prepared to complete Girlguiding training to become a uniformed leader. What’s in it for me? You will make new friends, learn new skills, enhance your CV, ‘give something back’ get involved in your local community and have lots of fun! Girlguiding also gives access to a great range of benefits like free training and resources and a members scheme. If you think this could be you or you know someone that would love to do this please register interest on the Girlguiding UK website https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/ and they will be in touch to chat through the options. If you have any questions please email email@example.com. OTFORD Allotment Association is holding a Spring Social Evening at 8pm on Tuesday April 23 in the Memorial Hall. There will be a talk by Mike Abel "Biological and other non-chemical means of pest control." As well as the use of biological organisms (predators and parasites), it covers cultural, physical and non-chemical control of pests. Entry fee £3 includes refreshments. 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.