OTFORD Scout Group are holding their annual bonfire and firework party on Saturday November 4 at the Chalk Pit, adjacent to the station. Gates open 5.30 for a 6pm start. Refreshments will be available to buy including a BBQ and drinks. Tickets cost £15 per family of 2 adults and 2 children if bought beforehand or £18 if bought on the night or £5 per individual. Children under 5 years admitted free. Tickets can be bought from any of the Pack Leaders, from Yvonne’s in Telston Lane and from Otford Dry Cleaners on The Parade, Sevenoaks Road. YOU probably know Otford Palace. The site and buildings are a listed monument under the protection of Historic England and are currently owned by Sevenoaks District Council. The Council wishes to find a secure and self-sustaining future for the property and is looking at a range of possibilities, from turning it into residential dwellings to some form of community asset. The Archbishop's Palace Conservation Trust (Charity registration number 1173486) has been set up with the aim of acquiring the Palace site and buildings, and creating a visitor centre that will not only present the history of the Palace and its Tudor history, but also act as an interpretation centre and springboard for the Darent Valley. We believe that this would be the best use of this iconic monument. It will be a major project and the costs will exceed £1.5M over several years. We have submitted our outline proposal to Sevenoaks District Council which will be considered in the next few months. We have spoken to Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other potential funding agencies, and have their provisional support. However, our first hurdle is to convince Sevenoaks District Council that this is clearly the best future for the Archbishop's Palace. The Trust is asking for your support in persuading Sevenoaks District Council that they should transfer the land and buildings to the Archbishop's Palace Conservation Trust, either for a nominal sum or on a long lease, that will enable us to realise our vision for the benefit of the residents of Otford, of the Darent Valley and the many visitors to the area. Please write to either Peter Fleming, Leader of the Council or Michelle Lowe (at Sevenoaks District Council, Council Offices, Argyle Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1HG or email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com). The Trustees would be delighted to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.otfordpalace.org. OTFORD Surgery Patient Group is running another health event this time entitled ‘Eating for Health’. This will be held at Otford Methodist church hall from 10am on Saturday November 11 and will cover two topics, eating to keep you healthy and eating to avoid or control diabetes. There will be a welcome at 10am with refreshments and music, followed at 10.30 by a talk on Eating for long term health. At 11.30 Introducing the Diabetes Support Group, at 11.45 Diet and Diabetes rounding off at 12.30 with a Question and Answer Session. All are welcome to drop in at any or all of these sessions. A reminder that Otford Parish Council meet monthly in the Memorial Hall on the second Tuesday of each month and at every meeting there is a ten minute public forum to which you are invited. Their next meeting is on Monday November 13. This is your Parish and your Council and they want you to be involved. To contact the Parish Council ring 01959 524808 or visit their website http://www.otford.info/parish/council/. OTFORD Library is a huge asset to the village and Lorraine, our librarian, is available to help you and provide invaluable information. Local libraries are at risk from closure and it is very much a case of borrowing as many books as you can to keep their numbers up and prove what a valuable asset they are to our community. As well as lending books, providing local papers, and internet access they offer a huge diversity of activities including: Story time, every Tuesday 2.30-3.00pm, term time only. No need to book and this is a free activity. Baby Bounce and rhyme time , every Monday 11.00-11.30am throughout the year. No need to book and this is a free activity. Talk time, every Monday 11.30-12.30am. All welcome to join, sit in the library for tea/coffee, biscuits and a chat. They would love to see some new faces and Computer /IT assistance on Mondays and Saturdays 10.00am-12.00pm. It is necessary to make an advance booking for this either by phoning 03000 41 31 31 and asking to be put through to Otford library or by going into the library to book an appointment. The library has free public Wi-Fi. When people join the library they can bring their iPad/tablet or laptop, are able to connect to the internet and get help from a volunteer. Alternatively customers are welcome to use one of the public computers. There is no charge for this service. Contact Lorraine Young for further information 03000 41 41 41 email| Lorraine.email@example.com IF you would like to get involved with developing an Otford Neighbourhood Plan which would give the community direct power to produce a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area then the Parish Council would like to hear from you. A Neighbourhood Plan would allow the village to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to go ahead. Producing a Neighbourhood Plan is a massive undertaking which will need the help and support of all residents. Once the Planning Committee have determined what needs to be done they will be calling for volunteers who can contribute to the process. You can find out more about neighbourhood planning at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/neighbourhood-planning -2. There is access to the Internet at Otford Library. If you would like to support your village please contact the Parish Office 01959 524808 to register your interest. OTFORD Parish Council is seeking a volunteer to deliver their Newsletter in Station Road and Beckets Place. This only takes about an hour 10 times a year. If you are willing to undertake this please contact the Parish Office 01959 524808 between 8.30 and 12.30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.