Dear Readers and Advertisers

Well, if it isn’t one thing it is another. Everything calms down after the General Election, Christmas out of the way, the New Year heralded, some dry weather finally arrives and WALLOP – Covid 19 arrives on everyone’s doorstep. Brexit goes out of the nation’s conversation (for now anyway) and all anyone can talk about is a mystery virus that originated in China and has spread pretty much all over the World. No hand shaking and definitely no kissing and personal hygiene goes to the top of everyone’s agenda where perhaps it should always be anyway. The Government thankfully has a plan and if we all take sensible precautions, hopefully, the worst of the outbreak can be contained until the scientists come up with the appropriate vaccine then all those who need the most protection can be immunised and life can return to normal.

Remember to enter our April Wordsearch competition. There is 2 prizes this month of 2 FAMILY TICKETS (2 ADULTS AND 3 CHILDREN) TO ATTEND THE EASTER WONDERLAND AND EASTER BUNNY HUNT AT BROADDITCH FARM courtesy of BROADDTICH FARM SHOP in SOUTHFLEET. Entry deadline is 14th April 2020. The winner of the MOTHER’S DAY TREAT FOR 2 WORTH £50 courtesy of REDLIBBETS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB in the March competition was ROSANNA COOPER of NEW ASH GREEN, the missing word being MARCH.

Advertising sales deadline for May is 11th April, 2020. Call our sales office on 01474 707484 and 01322 681368 or email

One thing that won’t be normal in May is the first Bank Holiday date. The Government has moved it from Monday 4th to Friday 8th so that we can all celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. At 3pm on that day seventy five years ago, the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, announced on BBC radio that the fighting in Europe was over. There will be services, celebrations, parties, picnics and events all over our county. Look out for what is happening in your parish, village or town and support and enjoy this great occasion. The dreaded virus may cause the cancellation of the above and many other events but in difficult times heroes emerge such as Medway plasterer, Toby Newman, who is offering a free £400 re plaster of a room completely free for a fam-ily who needs a room done. He is running a competition on social media and there are no strings attached. Visit for all the information.

Carole, Sally & Colin


About Carole Gunning

Carole is one half of The Village Advertiser and together with Sally Oliver makes sure The Village Advertiser provides useful local business contacts to many households across Kent.