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Captain Tom has gone! Sadly, the grand old man who took 99 years to become an overnight success, died of the dreaded Covid 19 early February. But what a success he was. Challenged by his family to raise £1000 for the NHS by walking round his garden, Captain Sir Tom Moore ended up raising over £39 million for NHS charities. His heroic efforts made around the celebration of his centenary inspired so many others to take up walking challenges the world over, including Kent’s brave 5 year old Tony Hudgel. Little Tony on his prosthetic legs, followed Captain Tom’s example and raised £1 million on his own. Captain Tom provided a beacon of hope and kept peoples spirits up through 2020 both at home and overseas. Over 140,000 birthday cards were sent to his home in Bedfordshire when he reached his 100, including of course one from the Queen. His mantelpiece wasn’t big enough to house that many cards so they hired the village hall instead. Her Majesty knighted Captain Tom at a unique, socially distanced ceremony at Windsor Castle to honour his stupendous fund raising efforts. Captain Tom later said this was the highlight of all the hundreds of tributes paid to him. The memory of Captain Tom will stay with us for a long time and will help to sustain us through what we hope is the final phase of this blasted pandemic. 
Remember to enter our March Wordsearch competition. The prize this month is A BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET OF FLOWERS courtesy of FLORAL EXPLOSION in LONGFIELD. Entry deadline is 14th March. The winner of the AFTERNOON TEA BOX FOR 2 WITH A BOX OF MIXED HAND MADE CHOCOLATES AND HANDMADE HOLLOW CHOCOLATE HEARTS WITH HANDMADE CHOCOLATES INSIDE courtesy of STRAWBERRY ROSE of SEVENOAKS in the February competition was LESLEY TIDMAN of EYNSFORD, the missing word being VALENTINES DAY CARD. 
Advertising sales deadline for April is March 10th, 2021. Call our sales office on 01474 707484 and 01322 911875 or email 
“Have you had your jab yet”, is the cry ringing around the country. It has to be said that to get the volumes of folk through the vaccine hub, hospital, GPs and pharmacy doors in such a relatively short space of time, has been a great feat of organisation and commitment. As this nasty, devilish virus mutates the vaccines will have to be tweaked, just like the flu ones are every year, but our brilliant scientists appear to be up to the challenge. This ought to be cause for celebration this month just like St David’s Day (1st) and St Patrick’s Day (17th) but most all in these most trying of times for Mums – Mothers Day. This comes exactly one month after St Valen-tine’s Day on the 14th. So, with the red roses faded and the chocs all eaten, let us fill up the vases again and find that special something for our Mums – they deserve it. 
Carole, Sally & Colin 
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