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Otford Community News - week commencing Mon 24th December

Discussion in 'Otford' started by Kay Drake, Jan 10, 2019. Replies: 0 | Views: 96

  1. Kay Drake

    Kay Drake Member

    OTFORD Village Memorial Hall have Fizzlebert Stump – the boy who ran away from the Circus to join the Library being performed at 4pm on Saturday December 29 in the Hall. This is a professional performance sponsored by The Arts Council and Applause Rural Touring Company and is especially suitable for families with children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old receiving rave reviews wherever performed. Great for children and grandchildren. Doors open at 3.30pm for 4pm, refreshments available. Tickets on sale at: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/452373 or from Denise (Florists), Otford Parish Council, High Street, Yvonne’s (Shop), Telston Lane, prices: adult £10, 5 to 16 years old £5, under 5’s free.

    KENT County Council have a Consultation Questionnaire on their Libraries, Registration and Archives Draft Strategy running until January 29. Paper copies are available in the Library or complete the questionnaire online at kent.gv.k/lrastrategy. KCC are seeking your views on their proposals to introduce a tiering model for their 99 libraries and are also hosting 20 consultation drop-in events across the county where you can speak to members of their LRA team. Visit their website or libraries for more information. A brief snapshot from their documentation shows their proposal to amend the current hours from 24 to 23 for Otford but for Sevenoaks from 55 to 42, and Riverhead 25 to 15. As you can see from these figures it is necessary for every resident to have their say as its once again a question of use it of lose it. Adult reader numbers in Otford are declining so unless it can be demonstrated that the Library is well used by both adult and child readers there will be every opportunity to cut opening hours yet again.

    VISITORS to Otford can now plan their time in our Heritage Village using the Visit Otford website (www.visitotford.org) which was launched in mid-November.
    The website, which was developed with the support of the Otford Sustainable Tourism Working Group, provides detailed information on the many interesting buildings and places in the Heritage Village including the Sixteenth century Archbishop’s Palace, the Grade II listed pond, St Bartholomew’s Church and the Otford Solar System – the largest scale model in the world. It also includes information on places to eat and drink and lists 13 walks around the Village.

    QR tags around the Village enable visitors to access the website with smartphones to get information on the buildings in front of them and directions for their chosen walk.
    The project to develop the website was undertaken by the Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust, on behalf of the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    OTFORD Parish Council office will be closed until 8.30am on Wednesday January 2 2019, and full details can be found on the office window. The next meeting of Otford Parish Council takes place at 7.30pm on January 14 in the Club Room of the Memorial Hall and you are welcome to attend . For those interested in all the activities of OPC the Minutes of the meetings are available in the Library and also via the web.

    PAUL, our Community Warden, holds his weekly surgery, to discuss any problems and community issues, at the School House on Tuesdays between 11am and 12 noon. He can also be contacted on 07813 713366.

    I would like to thank all contributors to this column in 2018 and wish you a Happy, and Healthy New Year. Full details of how to contact me can be found at the head of this column. This is an opportunity to advertise your local events free of charge to the whole community.

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