The Hollingbourne Meadows Trust in conjunction with the Leeds and Hollingbourne branch of the Royal British Legion are planning to plant an avenue of 100 hawthorn trees in March 2018 on land belonging to the Trust in order to mark the centenary . Hawthorn trees have been chosen because of their size and because the red berries symbolise the blood spilt while the white flowers are a sign of peace. The fact that Hawthorns become gnarled and twisted also symbolised the way the troops were bound together.
At tonight’s Annual General Meeting of the Meadows Trust in the Hollingbourne Village Hall, Chairman Shaun Cardwell said that the £30,000 crowdfunded scheme would be formally launched later this month and that any surplus would be shared between the Meadows Trust and Leeds and Hollingbourne branch of the Royal British Legion.
The meeting unanimously re-elected Shaun Cardwell, David Ardley, Liz Jordan, Peter Lee, and Ben Williams as directors and trustees and approved the accounts for 2016 which had benefited from a legacy of £101,569 from the estate of Mrs Mollie Smith who lived in the Pavings. A new bridge linking two of the fields will be named after Mrs Smith. The bequest will allow the purchase of seven acres of land which had been previously rented.
Tribute was paid to Jim Findlay who stood down as a director at the end of 2016 after twelve years and Andrew Brice proposed a vote of thanks to the directors and volunteers for the work that has been done on the increasingly popular Meadows Trust land which is used by over a hundred people each day. Most of the land is to the east of Eyhorne Street with Access points via Windmill Lane, Hasteds, and Culpepper Close. An additional parcel of land is over the Channel Tunnel Rail Link tunnel to the west of Eyhorne Street next to the M20.
For more information about the Trust, a full set of the accounts, and links to their Facebook and You Tube pages please go to http://www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk/
Please see below for a preview of a flyer that will shortly be distributed to every house in Hollingbourne. In addition copies of the 2018 Meadows Trust Calendar will shortly be on sale.