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Kemsing Library celebrates 50th birthday with a bake-off, a talk by a famous author, a family fun day and a nostalgic display

Kemsing Library will be celebrating its 50th birthday with a series of events starting on Saturday 18 January. The Library at Dippers Close, Kemsing (TN15 6QD) was officially opened on 1 January 1970 by the then Kent and England Cricket Captain, Colin Cowdrey.

The staff are inviting residents to attend a free to enter 50th celebration launch party on 18 January when there will be special guests, a birthday cake, and a chance to enjoy a Kemsing Library ‘Through the Years’ display.

There is also an opportunity to take part in a Kemsing Bake-off Competition which has been organised in association with the Kemsing WI and the Craft Group.

There are 3 categories:

8 – 11yrs – chocolate chip cupcake/ cookie

12 – 17yrs – chocolate sponge

18yrs+ – sponge and/or fruit cake (with specified ingredients)

If you would like to join in, you can pick-up a Bake-off entry form from Kemsing Library. Please make sure you return your entry form by 14 January 2020.

The celebrations continue on Thursday 23 January (2pm start) with a talk by best selling author Lara Maiklem about her BBC Radio 4 book of the week and Sunday Times Best Seller book Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames.

The talk has been arranged in association with The Kemsing Heritage Centre and Sevenoaks Museum and has already sold out.

On Saturday 25 January, a family orientated craft event is being held at the Library between 10am-11.30am. Attractions include making Bookworm Bookmarks, Balloon Art and playing Birthday Pong. Cost of entry is £1 per child and booking is essential.

For more details about all of these events please contact Kemsing Library on 03000 41 31 31 or pick up a leaflet from Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Otford, Riverhead or Seal Library. Or email:

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