Once upon a November time a certain guy was creeping around the Houses of Parliament looking, with his mates, to blow the whole place up. If Mr Fawkes and his fellow conspirators had succeeded then the subsequent course of our island history may have been completely different. Since the 17th century the 5th November has led folk to light bonfires and explode fireworks to celebrate the fact the plotters failed to ignite their gunpowder. As usual there will be no problem finding a bonfire party near you. It is best to attend the many well regulated public spectacles such as those at New Ash Green and Wrotham, Gravesend or Dartford. They are much safer than home or neighbourly events because of course all explosives have danger attached to them as Guy Fawkes knew only too well long ago. The Parliamentary Review is an important publication that this year featured Langafel Primary School in Longfield, in an article that outlined the amazing improvements that have been achieved there. Go to www.theparliamentaryreview.co.uk/organisations/langafel-ce-primary-school for all the details. Langafel are starting Christmas early with their Fair that takes place on Saturday, 30th November.

Remember to enter our November Wordsearch competition. The prizes this month are 2 HOLLY DOOR WREATHS courtesy of WILD VIOLET which will be delivered first week of December. Entry deadline is 14th November. The four winners of the 4 PAIRS OF EVENING TICKETS FOR THE BROADWITCH HAUNTFEST 2019 courtesy of BROADDITCH FARM, MANOR FARM, SOUTHFLEET in the October competition was SUE GOUSEY of CRAYFORD, DONNA MARIE CASS of HARTLEY, BILL LAWRENCE of NEW ASH GREEN and SUZANNE BENNETT of NORTHUMBERLAND HEATH, the missing word being SCREAM.

Advertising sales deadline for December is 11th November, 2019. Call our sales office on 01474 707484 and 01322 534016 or email thevillageadvertiser@aol.co.uk

Whilst we have been enjoying a pretty good summer, certain thespians have been eschewing the sun and fresh air and have been busy behind closed doors rehearsing productions for our delight during the dark winter months. Hartley Players are some of those and they present ‘Entertaining Angels’, a sharp edged comedy with probing wit on 20th/23rd November, 2019 at the Village Hall, Ash Road at 8pm. The box office is now open at thelittleboxoffice.com/hartleyplayers/ or call 0845 260 2545 for more information. Any profit from the show will go to the Hartley Carer’s Cafe. Craving to put on shows, but suffering presently from a lack of performers and help behind the scenes, is New Ash Green’s Act One Drama Group. If you would like to join in the fun, visit www.actonedrama.info.They would love to hear from you. There are lots of advantages in supporting local events, shows and shops and there is always lots going on in our area. For instance, H & M Quality Foods, the farm shop at Hawley Garden Centre, has just been voted Shop of the Year in the Dartford Business Awards 2019. Many congratulations to them. Indulge in a little digging and you will be amazed at what you will find right on your doorstep.

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.