OTFORD Evangelical church invite you to the induction of their new pastor, Kevin Bracken, at 3pm on Saturday at St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks. All welcome. OTFORD Heritage Centre, adjacent to Otford Parish Council offices in the High Street, has a new display outlining the history of the Otford Primary School. This includes a few class (and other) photos from the 1960s and 1970s. Maybe you will be able to spot yourself, or perhaps your children might. For those of you who attended the school, or have family who have attended, there is also a book in which you are very much invited to write any memories you might have of the School and school life. OTFORD Folk Dance Club meet at 7.30pm tonight in the Church Hall, High Street, opposite The Bull Public House, with Chris Woodward calling to recorded music. The cost is £1.50 which includes tea or coffee and biscuits. All kinds of mixed folk dances are on offer and everyone is 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 contact Mary Butson 01732 458356. THE 2017 Otford Brownies and Guides Christmas Post service raised a fantastic £404.50 from the sale of stamps. The money this year has been divided between the two charities nominated by the girls, Dreamflight and Kent Wildlife Trust. The girls and organisers would like to thank Lorraine in the Library and Sue in the Parish Office who sell the stamps, Gerry and Craig who print the stamps and posters every year and the parents who accompanied their younger members when they delivered the cards. SHROVE Tuesday this year falls on Tuesday February 13 and Otford Methodist Church will be holding a Fair Feast Quiz between 7.30 and 9.30p.m. in their halls behind the Library to celebrate it. As well as the Quiz there will be pancakes and hot and cold drinks, all for £7, with all of the proceeds going to help one of the world's poorest communities, details of which will be available on the night. Everyone will be most welcome. To reserve a place or places (tables seat 8 people) please contact Andy Collings 01959 524840, 07801 639858, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment may be made before or on the day. IF you enjoy home produce and fancy working an allotment then Otford Allotment Association now have a few vacant plots available. It is inexpensive to rent an allotment and the rewards can outweigh the cost. If you are interested please contact Roger Beasley, 01732 463072 or e-mail email@example.com. Roger will be pleased to show what is on offer with an introduction to The Otford Allotment Association. RSPB Sevenoaks Local branches next meeting starts at 7.45pm on Thursday February 1 in the Memorial hall when Andrew Cleave MBE will be presenting Natural History of the Isles of Scilly. Given the location and climate of Scilly it promises to be a most interesting presentation which you are welcome to attend. THE 1940’s Society meet at 8pm tomorrow night in the Memorial Hall when Pat and Mark Bathurst will talk about "Medway Queen, The Heroine of Dunkirk" . On May 27 1940 the Medway Queen, a seaside paddle steamer beloved of day-trippers, was ordered to the beaches of Dunkirk ‘to embark some troops that would be waiting there’. During the following days she rescued 7,000 men, and completed seven trips which was a record for a ship below the size of destroyer. Her endeavours entered legend. Pat and Mark tell her incredible story from ‘sunken wreck’ to restored ‘Dunkirk Heroine’. You are invited to go along to hear her story, entry £3 with tea, coffee and cake served during the interval. OTFORD Gardeners' Society start the 2018 season at 8pm on Tuesday February 6 in the Memorial Hall with a Buffet Supper Evening. This is an informal gathering, open to all, with some light refreshments. The new schedule of speakers, shows and events will be available and everybody is welcome. For further details contact Janet Finney on 01959 523760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. IF you are concerned about traffic through the village and its speed then Otford Parish Council would like to hear from you as they are recruiting for their Speedwatch Team. They are looking to create a list of willing volunteers and a co-ordinator to maintain the list and call out the volunteers for sessions. If you are interested then contact the office by phone 01959 524808, email email@example.com or write to 21 High Street, TN14 5PG. THIS is your final chance to get your Christmas tree recycled by Sevenoaks District Council as this free service only operates throughout January as part of their garden waste collection service. Leave your tree by the boundary of your property where you would 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 Council’s Household Waste Recycling sites. To find out locations and opening times call 03000 417373 or visit www.kent.gov.uk.