STAN, the barber, is retiring after 59 years or more cutting hair in Otford. To show our appreciation of his contribution to our village, which has been considerable, it has been decided to make a collection and give him a retiring gift and it is hoped that a member of the Parish Council will make the presentation. If you would like to make a donation please go along to the Parish Council Office in the High Street. There will be Open House, with drinks and nibbles, at Stan’s Barbers Shop in the High Street between 10am and 5pm on Saturday June 30 with an invitation to all to go along and wish him well. TERRY Waite to visit Otford. Terry Waite, as the international envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury during the 1980s, successfully negotiated the release of British hostages, first from Iran and then from Libya. Then, when trying to do the same in Lebanon, he was himself taken captive and held for nearly five years - most of that time in solitary confinement. To mark the completion of their reordering and redecoration project, St Bartholomew’s Church, Otford will be welcoming Terry Waite for a special evening at 6.30 on Saturday May 19 when Terry will be in conversation with former BBC broadcaster, Nick Page. This will be followed by a reception with canapés, and Terry’s books will be available to be bought and signed. Tickets for this evening cost £20 and are available now from the church office (mornings), by emailing email@example.com and from Joan Beacom 01959 524304. This event is likely to be a sell out, so please obtain a ticket in advance to avoid disappointment. OTFORD Evening WI hold their AGM tonight followed by one of Linda’s fantastic quizzes which are not to be missed. It is hoped that as many members as possible will attend and visitors are also very welcome to join them. For further information contact their President 01959 524831. SUPPORT your village football team at their Annual Community Football Match which kicks off at 6.30pm on Wednesday May 16 on the High Street Recreation Ground. Money raised will go towards West Kent Mind. Go and cheer them along whilst also supporting a worthwhile charity. MEET your Parish Council at their meeting at 7.30pm on Monday May 14 in the Club Room of the Memorial Hall and find out about the various committees that keep the village functioning. There is a 10 minute public forum at the start of the meeting for you to ask any questions or air your views. If you are interested in the activities of OPC the Minutes of the meeting are available in the Library and minutes, agendas and newsletters can be obtained via the web www.otfordpc.kentparishes.gov.uk. OTFORD and District Historical Society meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 16 in the Memorial Hall when Alan Williams will talk about ‘Through Kent to the Continent by Boat Train’. Adult subscription is £10, visitors are welcome at £3 per meeting and there is no charge for under 16’s. OTFORD Diabetes Support Group are holding the first of their walks starting from the High Street car park and walking to Shoreham with a coffee stop midway. The walk is approximately 3 miles and is fairly flat. For further details please contact Judycardinal4@gmail.com. OTFORD Oast WI meet at 9.30am in the Memorial Hall on Thursday May 17 for their AGM with Resolutions and Sales Tables. For details contact their Secretary Sharna Peyto 07860 463656. SAVE the date. Otford Primary School's PTFA Summer Fete will take place from 12 noon until 3pm on Saturday July 7 in the school grounds and buildings. You are invited to go along and join them for a fun afternoon of music and entertainment, summer shopping, a BBQ and beer tent, as well as a raffle and auction. There will also be a miniature garden competition, a large dragon bouncy castle and inflatable slide, face painting, and lots of fun games for the children to play.