Folkestone Book Festival @ Quarterhouse
Nov 17 – Nov 26 all-day

Kent’s only literary festival and just over half an hour along the M20 from Hollingbourne (Junction 8). All are welcome.

Take a break from reality and enter the world of fiction at this year’s Folkestone Book Festival!

We launch this year’s programme with the author of the Girl with the Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, who will be discussing her new book New Boy, a retelling of Othello. We welcome Vince Cable, who reveals the story and the real-life experiences behind his first novel Open Arms, a political thriller set in Whitehall and the slums of Mumbai.

Writer and TED speaker Ann Morgan shares the story behind her newest book, Reading the World, a personal quest to read one book from every country on the planet in just one year! We also welcome 1960s model, journalist and author Sandra Howard, who talks about her newest work The Consequence of Love, a story of lost loves, deceits and second chances.

We explore the dark world of crime writing with two events for lovers of the macabre! Join local crime writing couple Simon Booker and Mel McGrath for Partners in Crime; a revealing look at some of history’s most notorious criminal pairings. Afterwards join crime writers Lisa Cutts, William Shaw and Julie Wassmer, who will be comparing styles and sharing the real-life stories that have inspired their stories.

                                                             For more information and ticket booking click here or call the Box Office on 01303 760 750.

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For more information and ticket booking click here or call the Box Office on 01303 760 750.


Women’s Institute Monthly Meeting for November @ Village Hall
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute. New members welcome.

Val Williams writes:-

Tuesday November 21st at 7.30pm at Hollingbourne Village Hall


Simon Ginnow is a knowledgeable warden at our well -known park who will talk us through the delights of his job there.   It is an award winning park with many varied habitats to explore, and just on our doorstep.

£3 entrance fee, just after 8pm.   Everybody welcome.


For further information about Hollingbourne WI please contact Val Williams Tel 880433

The Hollingbourne WI website is

Fortnightly visit of the Mobile Library Van. @ Village Hall Car Park
Nov 22 @ 11:55 am – 12:25 pm

Kent Council Council Libraries Department has decided to reduce the visits of the mobile library service to Hollingbourne to just one per fortnight on a Wednesday lunchtime.

The county wide service has been drastically reduced to save £150,000 a year. The date of the last weekly visit was on 30th June 2016 and the first fortnightly visit was on 20th July. The stops at Troys Mead and Church Approach have been abandoned.

For a list of the future dates pleases go to the Regular Events page at


Pictured below is the library van outside the Village Hall.


Temporary closure of Eyhorne Street. @ Godfrey House
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 24 @ 6:00 am

Temporary Road Closure – Eyhorne Street, Hollingbourne – from 23 November 2017 for up to 1 night between 19.00hrs and 06.00hrs

The road will be closed outside “Godfrey House”.

The alternative route is via A20 Ashford Road, New Cut Road, Bearsted Road, A249 Newnham Court Roundabout/Sittingbourne Road/Detling Hill/Sittingbourne Road, Oad Street, Sutton Baron Road, Wrens Road, Heart Delight Road, Bredgar Road, Primrose Lane, The Street, Swanton Street, Court Danes Shaw, Hollingbourne Hill, Upper Street and vice versa.

The closure is to enable the replacement of a manhole frame and cover to be carried out by Southern Water Services.

This bulletin contains public information and can be freely forwarded to any other road users who may be affected.  Every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, but no liability can be accepted for any changes or errors.

Road names are taken from the National Street Gazetteer on Elgin, with alternative names given where known.


  For details of roadworks, please see

KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste: keeping you up to date with what’s happening on our roads – for more information visit or·


Road Closures Co-ordinator, West & Mid Kent Division

KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste

Aylesford Highway Depot

St Michael’s Close


ME20 7BU

( 03000 41 81 81 (24-hour Contact Centre)

Fax    : 03000 422833


Thursday Night is Quiz Night. @ The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street.
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Are you Mensa or Densa? The Sugar Loaves hosts a weekly quiz night with an entry fee of £1.

Other regular events are Fish Nights every Friday from 5pm to 9pm, a Cheese Club on Saturdays at 1pm, and Vinyl Record Nights on the first Saturday of each month.

For more information about the Sugar Loaves please go

Hollingbourne is fortunate to have three pubs and other two have steak nights on Tuesdays and the Windmill has fish and chips on Thursdays for £7.50.

For more information about the Windmill in Eyhorne Street please go to

For more information about the Dirty Habit in Upper Street on the Pilgrim’s and North Downs Way please go to

Pictured below is Steve Thomas who is the licensees of the Sugar Loaves which offers darts, pool, and bat and trap games as well as traditional pub food.


Sounds of the Sixties Night in aid of the Heart of Kent Hospice. @ Ditton Community Centre
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Heart of Kent Hospice invites you to

The Sound of the 60’s

On Friday 24th November  at 7.30 pm

Ditton Community Centre , Kiln Barn Road, Ditton, Aylesford , Kent ME20 6AH

We are pleased to announce that The Top Beats will be helping us to kick off the festive season with a bang at out Sounds of the 60’s party.  Also back by popular demand are casino tables provided by Fun Casino South East.

You must be 18 or over – bring your own food and enjoy the fully licensed bar.  Tickets are only £12.50 and you will be guaranteed a fantastic evening.

This is a ticket only event with limited space available  so book now on line at or call fundraising on 01622 790195.

Christmas Market, New Year, and other seasonal events at Leeds Castle @ Leeds Castle
Nov 25 2017 – Jan 1 2018 all-day

Leeds Castle is hosting a Christmas Market with stalls offering festive food and drink and Christmas gifts. Admission is £24.90 for adults (with concessions for children and seniors) for access to the Market and Castle Grounds but free to existing holders of an Annual Key to the Castle ticket. The market is open on selected days.

There will be a series of other events including the Traditions of Christmas, an opportunity to meet the reindeer, and a Winter Trail up to 1st January 2018 and more information is at


The dates when the market will be open are as follows:-

Saturday 2nd December.

Sunday 3rd December

Saturday 9th December

Sunday 10th December.

Saturday 16th December

Sunday 17th December


For further details please call Tel 880008.

Pictured below is Leeds Castle in the Snow.

Leeds Castle in Kent in the winter snow.



Christmas Market with Father Christmas! @ Village Hall
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The annual Christmas Market in the Village Hall. Stalls include Christmas Hamper Raffle, Children’s Toys, Christmas Cards, Christmas Gifts, Jams, Cakes, Guess the weight of the cake, and second hand books. Tea and coffee will be available.

Admission 20p (Children free). All proceeds to All Saints’ Church. For further information please contact Pauline Stubbs Tel 880238.

Pippa Joyner our local author will be signing copies of her latest book The Silver Chalice, the second book in the Anouska Chronicles.

Pictured below two Swedish visitors to Hollingbourne full of Ho Ho!


Christmas Swedes 2015

Mayor of Maidstone’s Charity Auction. @ Great Danes - Mercure Hotel,
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

The Mayor and Mayoress of Maidstone, Cllr Malcolm Greer and Mrs Brenda Greer, are pleased to invite you to their Charity Auction Dinner on Saturday, 25 November at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel.  Please find attached the invitation along with a reply slip.

Auctioneer Clive Emson will be overseeing proceedings and auction lots include: Hot Air Balloon Flights,  Framed photo of Bobby Moore and Pele signed by Pele, Tour of the Bentley Factory, A Mercedes for the Weekend, Tickets for London Zoo, A Weekend aboard the ‘Marianna’ at Farleigh, Family Ticket for Leeds Castle, Invicta Gents Watch, Jewellery gift set, Cricket Memorabilia and many more.


Greek Night at Sugar Loaves. @ The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street.
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

A special Greek night at the Sugar Loaves with Greek food and dancing. For more details Tel 880220 or visit the website at

Here are some pictures from Greece.

The Parthenon in Athens.
The theatre at Ephesus with reportedly perfect acoustics.
The temple at Delphi.
A Greek soldier guarding the presidential palace in Athens.