BOMB ALERT: Police warned Otford residents to stay away from the village recreation ground last week after the discovery of an unexploded second world war bomb close to the football pitches. A Royal Logistics Corp bomb disposal unit was called in to deactivate the device on Tuesday. ADVANCE warning to avoid the centre of Otford on Sunday November 10 as St Bartholomew’s church will be holding the annual Remembrance Service at 10am followed by a presentation of flags adjacent to the pond. Traffic may not be halted but will obviously be disrupted and slow moving, so it is better to avoid this area if you simply need to pass through. ST BARTHOLOMEW’S church invite you to join them on Monday November 11 between 12 noon and 2pm in the church centre to enjoy delicious homemade soups and bread, with a light dessert, in very genial company. Suggested donation £5. Please sign the list on the book table at the back of the church to let them know that you are coming. Their coffee-time guests will be ‘Reflections’ a small band of church instrumentalists who will perform some simple songs with a Remembrance theme. On November 16 they are holding a Christmas Pudding workshop in the church centre at 2.30pm. Get ahead for Christmas and pause for a delicious afternoon tea in good company. Go along with a family member or friend. To book your place, or find out more, please phone Joan Beacom 01959 524304. OTFORD Methodist Church are pleased to invite you to their special Christmas events: Nativity play, 10.30am Sunday December 8, Croydon SDA Gospel Choir, 7.30pm Saturday December 14, Carol Service 6.30pm Sunday December 22, Christingle 5pm Tuesday December 24 and their Christmas Morning Service at 10.00am. They look forward to welcoming you all to these events and exploring the real reason for celebrating the Christmas story in 2019. OTFORD Heritage Centre is open between 2.30 and 4.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons until mid-December offering visitors to our village the opportunity to see Otford’s continuous habitation over 4,000 years with changing displays of recent history, village life, natural history and models of Otford Palace, and the interior of an Oast House as well as many others. It is free to enter, although donations are gratefully received. If you are interested in becoming a steward then extra help is always welcome. STOP unsafe parking on Station Road is the name of the petition residents are being asked to sign by clicking on http://chng.it/LqwMGZCB. Vehicles regularly park on Station Road on both the road and on the pavement causing an obstruction to pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. This petition is asking for your support to implement controls to present this. You are being asked to support this petition to reduce delays and improve safety for the whole community. OTFORD Tennis Club are looking for new members and welcome players of all standards. There is a clubhouse and 3 tennis courts, two of which are floodlit, and tennis is played all year round. They also have adult and junior coaching sessions provided by LTA accredited coaches. If you would like more information please contact their membership secretary, Alison Sykes 01959 522050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. OTFORD Lunch Club are looking for volunteers to join their 5 friendly teams. Might you be interested in joining them either as an individual or with a friend in which case you will be warmly welcomed. Your commitment will be for about a 4 hour period once every 5 weeks helping to serve local residents an initial cup of tea or coffee followed by a hot nutritious two course meal. To find out more please contact Margaret 01959 524147. DIAL 2 Drive are seeking volunteer drivers to take elderly/disabled people to a medical appointment or shopping just one a week. If you own a car and would like to help please contact them on 0300 777 1200 or email email@example.com.