Dear Readers and Advertisers 
Welcome to the month of Bank holidays. First of all we have May Day, a European festival of ancient origins marking the beginning of Summer, usually celebrated on 1st May, around halfway between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. Festivities may also be held the night before, known as May Eve. Traditions often include gathering wildflowers and green branches, weaving floral garlands, crowning a May Queen (sometimes with a male companion) and setting up a Maypole, May Tree or May Bush, around which people dance. 
Saturday 6th May the Coronation of his majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen Consort will take place at Westminster Abbey. The Service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Service will reflect the Monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry. On Sunday, 7th May, a special Coronation Concert will take place at Windsor Castle. broadcast live by the BBC. The Big Help Out will be held on Monday, 8th May 2023 and is being organised by The Together Coalition and a wide range of partners such as The Scouts, The Royal Voluntary Service and faith groups from across the United Kingdom. The Big Help Out will highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities across the nation. In tribute to His Majesty The King's public service, The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas. The aim of The Big Help Out is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation Weekend. 
Monday 29th May known as Whitsun is our final Bank Holiday in May. It is believed that the name comes from Pentecost being a day for baptisms, when participants would dress in white. 'Whitsun' is also thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word 'wit', meaning 'understanding', to celebrate the disciples being filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. 
The prize for the May wordsearch competition is a £50 VOUCHER to spend at BLUEWATER courtesy of THE VILLAGE ADVERTISER. The winner of the £50 VOUCHER to spend at BLUEWATER courtesy of THE VILLAGE ADVERTISER is GERALDINE HYATT of BOROUGH GREEN. The missing word being CRACKING. 
Advertising sales deadline for the JUNE edition is 12th May. Call 01322 911875 or email to discuss your advertising needs. 22,000 are published MONTHLY and over 17,500 are delivered by local distributors with stands in various supermarkets, shopping centres and many other pick up points around the area. Prices start from less than £29* per month. 
During the Coronation weekend there will be many events organised by local hostelries and villages commemorating this historic event, so check your local area to celebrate with friends and family. Eynsford and Farningham Parish Councils are holding a joint Village Coronation Fete on Monday 8th May at Farningham Cricket Club from11am — 3pm and are keen to work with as many community groups, businesses and residents as possible, within the three villages of Farningham, Eynsford and Lullingstone with stalls, an area for games and live entertainment throughout the day. 
Enjoy the May Celebrations! 
The Village Advertiser 
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