OTFORD Oast WI meet at 9.30am this morning, Thursday July 18, in the Memorial Hall for a talk given by Alexander Stewart about Felicity Hat Hire. New members welcome, the first visit is free. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org. OPEN DAY at Otford Allotments from 10.00 until 12.00 noon on Saturday July 20 all welcome to go and walk around their lovely site which is behind the tennis courts on the High Street Recreation Ground. There will be a tasting table with a sample of produce grown on site and also their scarecrows will be coming out of hiding and hoping for your vote for the best one on the site. They look forward to welcoming you. KENT Libraries Summer Reading Challenge has been running from Saturday July 13 and finishes on Saturday September 14. This involves encouraging children aged 4-11 years to read 6 books during the holidays. Children collect stickers and other incentives along the way and get a medal and a certificate when they finish reading all 6 books .The Challenge for 2019 is called ‘Space Chase’ and has been inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Lorriane, our Librarian, would welcome all primary school aged children to go and join Otford library, if they haven’t already done so, and participate in the Summer Reading Challenge. Over the years she have seen many children thoroughly enjoy taking part in this event and as a result have developed a love of reading. Otford Art Group have kindly agreed to produce some ‘space themed’ paintings to complement the children’s summer reading challenge. The paintings will be ‘hanging from the ceiling’, so do pop into the library over the summer and take a look. 1940s Society are meeting at 8.00pm on Friday July 26 to hear Carol Harris talk about Women Artists of World War Two. Carol makes a welcome return to Otford to talk about the important role played by women war artists during the Second World War in producing a unique and influential record of life in Britain and elsewhere during the war years. Visitors are welcome at meetings for a small charge and refreshments are available. You can find out more about the 1940s Society via its website at :http://www.1940.co.uk/ where you can also subscribe to the Society free magazine. NORTH West Kent Family History Society (NWKFHS) will be holding their regular meetings in the memorial hall, joining the popular Otford and District Historical Society and 1940s Society at this venue and details of their future meetings will be printed here. You can find out more about the NWKFHS at its website at: https://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/ HOSPICES of Hope’s in the High Street have just renovated their delightful patio tea garden at the rear of their premises where 7 days a week you can enjoy morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas. Their scones are legendary and have received praise from all corners of the globe. 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. If you would like to volunteer and 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 email@example.com. ST BARTHOLOMEW’S church is holding a Spanish Pop-up Restaurant from 6.30pm on Saturday July 20 in the church centre with a suggested minimum donation of £20 per person. Tables of 6+ can be booked or they will add you to a table. Enjoy an evening of a variety of Spanish foods and good company. To book speak to Mags Southgate via the church office 01959 523185. They are also holding a Quiz Night from 7.30pm on Thursday July 25 to raise funds for Pursue (a charity set up by Harriet and Richard Bell, Charles and Stella Shee’s daughter and son-in-law) supporting community transformation in Kenya. Put together your own team of up to 6 or just go along and join a team. Tickets are £15 and include a welcome drink and supper (bar available). Sign up at persue.org.uk/quiz. ROCKDALE Senior Living is the Waitrose Green Coin Community Schemes chosen charity this month so please remember to collect your coin when you are shopping and insert it into the Rockdale box to help raise funds. This Saturday (20th) and Sunday (21st) Bennet Smith and Suzanne Healy are opening their garden, 142 Cramptons Road (TN14 5DZ), for the National Garden Scheme, 11.00 - 17.30. There will be refreshments and a plant stall. Entry is £3.50 (children free). Their garden was named Sevenoaks District 'Best Back Garden' by Coolings in Bloom last year. They would love to welcome everyone into their very small leafy oasis.