Dear Readers and Advertisers

Lockdown, a word not in most people’s vocabulary not so long ago, appears to be coming to an end. Social distancing, a brand new 2020 expression, has been easing and there is no doubt more to come But, that ancient word ‘holiday’ is back on most folks lips. Travel restrictions are being railed back and families, who have been so confined for so long, will be able to pack their buckets and spades and to head off to the beach either at home or abroad. Other parts of normal life such as club activity, regular worship, theatre or concert going, may take a little longer to return to our diaries but, hopefully, social lives will be back in nearly full swing by the Autumn. Business life has picked up and it is with great joy that this magazine was able to recommence hard print publication and lines of distribution, thereby fulfilling the need of our loyal advertisers to remind readers that they are still operating and ready to welcome you back with open arms. Shopping local has become more important than ever and those shops and businesses that have kept going through the pandemic deserve our grateful thanks and support. Of great relief to parents and children will be the resumption of proper schooling in Septem-ber. Let us all hope and pray that the new school year resumes without a hitch and our valued young people catch up on their lessons and learning as quickly as possible. After they have had a nice holiday of course!

Remember to enter our August Wordsearch competition. The prize this month is A DELICIOUS HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY AND VANILLA BUTTERCREAM CELEBRATION CAKE courtesy of PIPPA at WHITE FINCH TEA ROOM AND BAKERY in MEOPHAM. Entry deadline is 14th August. The winner of the BBQ PACK courtesy of LONGFIELD VILLAGE BUTCHERS, HIGH STREET, LONGFIELD in the July competition was SARAH BRADBURY of FARNINGHAM, the missing word being FAMILY WEDDING.

Advertising sales deadline for September is August 10th, 2020. Call our sales office on 01474 707484 and 01322 681368 or email thevillageadvertiser@aol.co.uk

It looks like face coverings are to become the new norm for the foreseeable future, following the latest Govern-ment edict. It will be interesting to see how imaginative people are in designing fetching ones in all sorts of bright colours or perhaps being adorned with advertising logos. No doubt the great British sense of humour will come to the fore to help us get used to this tiresome, but possibly necessary, infringement of our personal freedom.

Carole, Sally & Colin