his month should be the one to fill our souls with optimism as the great pandemic gradually disappears into distant memory. Life returning to normal was beginning to happen as the weather brightened up, gardens got colourful and everything in field and hedgerow turned to green and if folk got the dreaded Covid, which hasn’t completely gone away, it didn’t last too long. However this message of eternal hope didn’t strike a chord in Moscow. The world has endured the worst plague for many a long day but it led to the miraculously quick development of vaccines by the brilliant appliance of science. Unfortunately you can’t vaccinate against invasions. The poor people of Ukraine are bearing the brunt of this madness as we look on helplessly. I know the good folk of North West Kent will do all they can to support them morally, financially and where possible practically. Donation and refugee housing schemes are up and running. Meanwhile we have to get on with our lives as best we can as things get more difficult as the ramifications of Moscow’s horror show affect us all. 
Remember to enter our April Word Search competition. The prize this month is A £50 GIFT VOUCHER to spend at BLUEWATER courtesy of THE VILLAGE ADVERTISER. Entry deadline is 14th April 2022. The winner of the 3 COURSE LUNCH/DINNER FOR 2 at THE GREEN MAN, LONGFIELD HILL in the March competition was CHERIE KERR of DARTFORD, the hidden sen-tence being A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET. 
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23rd April is St George’s Day. England’s patron saint who, according to mythology, slew the dragon but is never made so much fuss of as the other patron saints of the British Isles. St George was apparently a good guy and the slaying of the fire snorting beast was a metaphor for the triumph of good over evil. Let us hope that somewhere in the world a modern version of our patron saint can emerge in Eastern Europe to put an end to the tragedy that is blighting the lives of so many innocent people. Meanwhile two of our loyal advertisers, GEORGE FARRINGTON and JAKE FARRINGTON, are embarking on a VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE TRIP from JOHN O GROATS 2 LANDS END to raise money for FRIENDS OF SHELBY NEWSTEAD and RSPCA. Please support these worthwhile causes by visiting their just giving pages. 
Happy Easter 
Carole, Sally & Colin 
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