Friday, July 1st, 2022

Owner of former Otford pub apologises for disruption caused by installation of new electric cables

THE OWNERS OF THE CROWN by Otford pond have offered their apologies for the inconvenience caused to the village while new electric cables for the property are installed. The disruption is due to circumstances entirely outside of their control. The Utility Company did not have sufficient capacity to connect electricity to any more premises, so The Crown have been required to pay for the installation of new cabling which will benefit not only themselves but other users in the future.  Unfortunately, having placed the order and paid some three months ago, with a request that this matter be expedited during the school holidays to cause minimal disruption, the Utility Company concerned were unable to provide details of a starting date, what disruption would be caused, or an end date.  The owners hope that the work will now progress smoothly for the benefit of everyone.

FUN RUN AND STROLL: The Otford-based Hospices of Hope is holding its annual Fun Run and Stroll in Knole Park on Sunday, 30 September. Registration is at 1.30pm before the running and strolling starts at 2.30pm.  There is a 2K or 5K option with a token prize for the fastest runners, the emphasis being on fun for all ages rather than speed as many participants opt for a leisurely afternoon walk through the beautiful deer park.  Mascot Bagpuss takes the 2K route and hopes that many families will join him.  There will be medals for all course finishers and flapjack from the Otford Tearooms afterwards.

Entrants £12.50 per adult £8 for children if bought in advance with concessions for families.  To book contact events@hpsocesofhope.co.uk or phone 01959 525110 or use their online booking facility.  If you would like to support this event but do not want to walk or run then they are always looking for volunteers to help on the day.

RSPB SEVENOAKS LOCAL GROUP: Outdoor activities continue on Wednesday 12 September with an exploration of Rye Harbour Nature reserve led by Anne McGregor 01732 454304.  Meet 10.30am at Rye Harbour. On Sunday 23 September, John Waterman is leading a walk of North Foreland and Joss Bay near Broadstairs. Meet Joss Bay car park. Text or call John on 07935 2066618 for details. There is no charge for outdoor events, but it is important you contact the leaders beforehand.

SDA GOSPEL CHOIR: After a great performance last year, the choir is returning to Otford Methodist Church on Saturday, 29 September, 7.30pm start. For tickets and information visit www.omc.org.uk or call 07948 309484.

SEVENOAKS FLOWER CLUB invites you to ‘The Materialist’, a very exciting demonstration by national demonstrator Nick Grounds at 1.45pm on Tuesday, 11 September at Otford Memorial Hall. There will be a raffle of the flower arrangements, a sales table and refreshments.  Visitor pay just £5 or annual membership is £37.  Visit thee club’s new website for details of all meetings and events: www.sevenoaksflowerclub.co.uk.

HOSPICES OF HOPE: Could you offer a few hours of your time on a regular basis to Hospices of Hope in Otford High Street? The charity is seeking volunteers to join their friendly team both in the charity shop and tea room. This is an opportunity to donate some time to a charity in a caring environment whilst helping to improve the quality of life for people in South East Europe who are suffering from a terminal, rare, or life-limiting illness.   If you can help in any way, please call Julie 01959 524322 for a chat about the various opportunities available.

OTFORD CRICKET CLUB’S 1st team finished third in the 4th Division of the Kent County Village League for 2018 and Otford 2nds were promoted from Division 7 to Division 6 on the last day of the season.  This was an outstanding overall club performance and quite an achievement for a small village like Otford.  If you are interested in playing or supporting Otford Cricket Club contact Grant Scandling by email on: grantscandling@hotmail.com.

OTFORD & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY meets at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19 September with Nick Fothergill presenting ‘Where West Meets East – Istanbul, The City’.  Adult subscription is £10 per annum, with no charge for under 16’, and visitors are welcome at £3 per meeting. 

OTFORD OAST WI meets at 9.30am on Thursday, 20 September in the Otford Memorial Hall to hear William Alexander talk about exactly what a High Sheriff does.  New members are welcome and your first visit is free. For further information email: otfordoastwi@mail.com

ST BARTS CHURCH is inviting the Otford village community to an Open Morning on Saturday November 17 to hear the outcome of the Church Hall Options Appraisal having extended the period during which the village community can submit their views to November 3. The PCC will then consider the submissions of both the church and the village at its meeting on November 17.  Please note these revised dates.  The goal is to find a long-term solution that brings benefit to both community and church, which is in line with the values of St Bart’s and, importantly, which is financially viable.

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