THE ‘RING OF REMEMBRANCE’, a display of 39 poppies around Otford Pond, is now in place and residents and visitors are encouraged to view both the display and the adjacent commemorative plaques around the flagpole which is part of Otford’s commemoration of the centenary of The Great War Armistice in 1918. The 39 poppies are in recognition of the 39 Otford residents who lost their lives in the first world war and they will be in place from the end of May until mid-November with each of the 39 poppies bearing the name, rank, the age at which each man died and the badge of the regiment in which they served. These individual monuments are joined in symbolic unity by an encircling red rope. The Union flag will be flown above the tribute for the 158 days that it remains in place around which are printed profiles of the 39 soldiers with wild poppies being sown and, hopefully, blooming throughout the Summer and into early Autumn. This commemoration is supported by Otford Parish Council and Fine & Country Estate Agents. Parish Councillor, Phil Clucas, has developed the concept, designed and constructed the ring and made the individual commemorative poppies from ‘up-cycled’ plastic bottles. Detailed research into the histories of the servicemen was undertaken by Parish Councillor, Jackie Howe, who will also be talking to Otford and District Historical Society about the 39 soldiers at their October meeting. This display really is spectacularly outstanding and we must thank both Phil and Jackie for the enormous amount of hard work they have put into such a fitting commemoration. MY prayers were answered and the village Fete enjoyed a fine, sunny and hot, day so that all the hard work of the organisers, clubs, charities and village organisations was enjoyed by a record number of visitors. You may have seen the pictures in last weeks edition but what was omitted was mention of the commitment of the Otford Guide group who provided a multitude of cakes and innumerable cups of tea and coffee to both stall holders and the general public. The Guides provide this service once every two years and it was lovely to see the Brownies serving behind the cake stalls and the Guides helping with the continual table clearing with members of Trefoil dispending the drinks and taking the money. Providing the teas at this event involves a huge amount of time, organization and commitment by the Leaders of all the various sections, who should be applauded for the very long hours they spent in the Hall making sure visitors could enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. ART in June, Open Studios, runs from June 8 to 24, with 52 Sevenoaks and Edenbridge artists opening their studios/homes to show their work to the public. Two Otford artists are participating this year and both Barbara Darby and Julian Cheswick will be displaying their work at Hope Church, The Mill Lane Centre, Mill Lane, Sevenoaks TN14 5BX between 10am and 4pm on Saturdays 9, 16 & 23, Thursdays 14 and 21 and between 3 and 6pm on Fridays 15 & 22 and Sundays 10, 17 and 24. Visit www.artinjune.org. for more information. JOIN Otford United Junior Football Club at their Awards Event between 2pm and 6pm on Sunday June 10 outside the Eric Dilley Pavilion on the High Street Recreation Ground. They are hoping for about 500 guests, and will have sweet stands, and be selling soft drinks in the pavilion, with an outside caterer selling burgers and pulled pork rolls, alongside some games for the kids. This is a celebration that should not be missed. OTFORD United Junior Football Club is currently looking for under-13 football players to join their team for the 2018/2019 season. The team are an U12 side playing up an age group in the Ashford A League where they finished as runners up this season. Home games are played on Saturdays at Hale Lane Recreation Ground. The club is interested in hearing from current school Year 7 or 8 boys looking to play at a good standard in a successful team and for an inclusive friendly, club. They are looking for different positions but specially a goalkeeper and defender. For more details contact Paul 07747 762703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. OTFORD Evening WI meet at 7.30pm on June 14 in the Memorial Hall to hear Brian D’Arcy talk about ‘The Tower of London and its prisoners – the famous as well as the infamous’. Visitors are very welcome to join them and if you would like further information contact their President on 01959 524831. THE village green, outside St Bartholomew’s Church, is the venue for the Church Fair from 1pm on Saturday June 16. Stalls will include books, plants, cakes, crafts, white elephant, raffle, unwanted gifts, bottles, toys, soft drinks, strawberries and cream and ices. There will be children’s games and a bouncy castle for the children. The subject for this year’s art competition is ‘The World Cup’ with two categories 7-11 and under 7 and some good prizes will be awarded. All village children can enter. For more details contact Christeen Malan 01959 522654. SEVENOAKS Flower Club meet at 1.45pm on Tuesday June 12 in the Memorial Hall with demonstrator Susan Phillips featuring ‘Petals Galore’. Susan is a national demonstrator and her presentations offer a mix of traditional and contemporary designs. She is a Gold Medal winner at both Chelsea and Hampton Court with a NAFAS Gold Ribbon for gaining three first prizes at consecutive shows. There will be a raffle of flower arrangements, a sales table and refreshments. Visitors are very welcome at £5, annual membership is £37, visit www.sevenoaksflowerclub.co.uk. OTFORD Parish Council meet monthly in the Memorial Hall on the second Tuesday of each month and their next meeting is on Monday June 11 with a ten minute public forum before business begins. 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/.