September Edition 339

Dear Readers and Advertisers

Schools are back in the education business at long last. It must be better for pupils, staff and parents to have a normal, or near normal routine and a return to a timetable. But, relationships will have to be re-built and all sorts of distancing and hygiene rules will have to abided by. Education is so important that catching up and perhaps extra tuition will have to be taken seriously, and going to school might not be quite so much fun as it used to be. This however is life at the moment for everyone. Hopefully all those desperate for a holiday managed to get away somewhere and the change of scenery, food and social life amongst friends and family was restorative and made everyone fit for the British way of Covid 19 life that is ahead. With a bit of luck the outlook will improve and the New Year will see the back of most restrictions as we learn to live with the dreaded virus, as we have with many others over the years. It could be worse and we all live in hope.

Remember to enter our September Wordsearch competition. The prize this month is GIFT VOUCHERS to the value of £40 to use at THE BOATHOUSE, DANSON PARK, BEXLEYHEATH. Entry deadline is 14th September 2020. The winner of the DELICIOUS HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY AND VANILLA BUTTERCREAM CELEBRATION CAKE courtesy of PIPPA at WHITE FINCH TEA ROOMS AND BAKERY in MEOPHAM in the August competition was JENNIFER SHAPCOTT of DARTFORD, the missing word being SUNSCREEN.

Advertising sales deadline for October is September 10th, 2020. Call our sales office on 01474 707484 and 07764 183140 or email

Our loyal advertisers are still with us so please support them where and when you can. Shopping local has never been more important. The less moving about we do, the less the spread of the virus. Gatherings of people are still very restricted but won’t it be wonderful when we can all get together in our various groups, organisations and workplaces like it used to be in that way off year – 2019. Rejoicing to look forward to! Fundraising is still going on and charities need our support more than ever. The Oxfam shop in New Ash Green has reopened and real or virtual Memory Walks can be made for the Alzheimer’s Society and tea parties can be enjoyed for Breast Cancer research organisations. Sadly there will not be a Big Pink Quiz in Hartley for Breast Cancer Aware this year. Think of all that lockdown money you have saved and give generously. Your donations will be worth more than ever.

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.