Dear Readers and Advertisers

Another new year, another new government and another Brexit deadline and another month to take that Christmas present back as Auntie Flo always gets the size wrong. The more things change the more they stay the same is an old adage that rings truer and truer. However a new year should bring hope that things will change for the better. Less trouble and strife this year than last. More peace, prosperity and happiness for all especially in our own locality. Resolutions to take up a new hobby, get fitter, stop eating so much, get that waistline reduced, be nicer to everyone around us need not be failed aspirations. It is a shame that the year turns in winter because all of the above would be easier to get started in lovely, long bright days than in the stygian gloom of January. We can’t change the calendar however, so try to keep those pledges and have fun attempting to have a better, healthier, happier life in 2020. Happy New Year.

Remember to enter our January Wordsearch competition. The prize this month is A £50 GIFT VOUCHER FOR BLUEWATER COURTESY OF THE VILLAGE ADVERTISER. Entry deadline is 14th January 2020. The winner of the 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 in the December wordsearch competition was JOAN GARRETT of WEST KINGSDOWN, the words not in the list are FATHER CHRISTMAS.
Advertising sales deadline for February is 11th January, 2020. Call our sales office on 01474 707484 or 01322 534016 or email

Now that the festivities are over and hangovers are but distant memories, what is there to look forward to? Well, Burns Night of course. The Scots didn’t just give us Hogmanay but the Baird of Ayrshire as well. Arguably the best known poet across the World, his birthday is celebrated on all continents during the last week of this month. If you have never tried haggis, then this is the time and there is sure to be a place nearby where the bagpipes will be played and much whiskey will be poured into many glasses to toast greatest poet of them all.

Carole, Sally & Colin
wish all our advertisers and readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR


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.