Dear Readers and Advertisers

One, amongst many things, you can say about Christmas is that it is on the same date every year, although not on the same day. This year the great celebration takes place on a Wednesday which gives two bank holidays in a week but makes for a rather awkward Friday for most working people. Hopefully management will be generous and call the whole thing a long weekend. By Christmas we will have a new government and who knows what the election will bring. An end to the Brexit saga and parliamentary shenanigans would be a great Christmas present for all. The Christmas period is a great one for families and especially children. Nativity plays are performed and wondrous looks are recorded on camera as surprise presents are opened on the 25th. Precious moments of innocence captured for eternity. In a troubled world we always need bouts of unalloyed joy. Make the most of this wonderful season of goodwill. You won’t get another until December 2020.

Remember to enter our December Wordsearch competition. The prize this month is a Bumper Christmas Hamper for a family of 6, Turkey and trimmings courtesy of Istead Rise Butchers, fruit and vegetables courtesy of Broadditch Farm Shop and chocolates, biscuits, Christmas pudding, brandy butter and much more courtesy of us here at The Village Advertiser. Entry deadline is 14th December 2019. The winners of the 2 HOLLY DOOR WREATHS courtesy of WILD VIOLET are ELIZABETH CLOKE of LONGFIELD and DANNY LOVE of NEW ASH GREEN. The secret message is AUTUMN IS A SECOND SPRING WHEN EVERY LEAF IS A FLOWER.

Advertising sales deadline for January is 11th December, 2019. Call our sales office on 01474 707484 and 01322 534016 or email

This month is of course the season of Christmas fairs, markets and carol singing be it in school, church or com-munity hall. There is bound to be one near you whether in town or village. Look around locally and you will be amazed at how much you can buy and enjoy without making your carbon footprint large. Why jump in the car when you can possibly walk or bus a much lesser distance to fulfil your every seasonal need. A glance through these pages will show you that our loyal advertisers are more than ready to provide the perfect Christmas

Carole, Sally & Colin
wish all our Advertisers and Readers a HAPPY CHRISTMAS


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.