North Downs Benefice Appeal for refugees in Syria and Iraq. @ All Saints Church
Apr 2 – May 13 all-day

For Refugees in Syria & Iraq Spring 2017


Around Christmas 2013, Samara, a Christian Mum from Brighton saw reports of Syrian refugee children in snow covered camps wearing flip flops and summer clothes in the snow These were the clothes they had been wearing when they fled their homes from IS and they had nothing else.  Samara was moved to tears by this and set up Samaras Aid appeal in October 2014 with all the logistics it entails using aid partners in Syria and Iraq to get practical aid from the UK to the refugees that really needs it.  Samaras approach is for us to give what we can-sharing the good clothes, shoes, money and other essentials that we have with those that have nothing.

Following the last 2 years of successful aid collections in Bearsted of clothes, shoes and bedding for refugees in Iraq, we would like your help again this Easter and Spring period.  Last year Bearsted residents, coordinated by Jacqui Elliott, sent 149 banana boxes of aid donations plus 21 bags of bedding and 6 wheelchairs. As you are aware from the media, there continues to be a massive need for aid and you can make a practical difference to the refugees fleeing from IS and the Assad regime in both Syria and Iraq.

From 2nd April until 13th May in Bearsted and Hollingbourne, we will be collecting excellent condition 2nd hand and new clothes for summer and winter, shoes, bedding, wheelchairs, and crutches and new hygiene care items.

Samara is also now supporting 3 Emergency Hospitals and small medical facilities in Syria therefore medical equipment and donations towards the new hospitals are much needed. Many hospitals in Syria have been destroyed in the Syrian war and one of Samaras hospitals has been attacked by IS. Samaras’ emergency hospitals and mobile hospital partnering with Dr A and his medical teams offer hope and life to the people of Syria living in a war zone.

Please see the Samara Aid flyer for more information on practical things that you can donate, knowing that the aid organised by Samara and sent from Bearsted the last 2 years has been given to the refugees in need in Iraq and Syria.   Since 2014, Samara has now sent 69 lorries and containers of aid to Iraq and Syria.  Aid has been delivered to the people of Aleppo earlier in February too after taking 2 months to organise.  To see photos of the aid delivered last year, visit

For those of you that can knit, handmade blankets and knitted clothes in bright colours are also needed – please would someone help finish some squares for a blanket partly made up last year.

Holy Cross Church – Classic and New Way, St Mary’s Church Thurnham, Bearsted Methodist Church, St Peters Catholic Church along with Thurnham and Roseacre schools will be promoting this Appeal in addition to being in the Bearsted Parish Magazine.  We are hoping for other churches to join in too.

Jacqui already has confirmation of 4 storage areas for donations this year however we would appreciate volunteers for the sorting and boxing of donations days on 29th April and 13th May and transport to the boxed aid to Samaras’ Worthing warehouse around 10th June.

Samaras Aid Appeal values are Christian Love, Action, Unity and Sharing – we can make a difference to desperate refugees in need by working together!

Samaras Aid Appeal is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity number 1171707)

Items for collection from Hollingbourne should be left at the back of All Saints’ Church or in the kitchen if it is open. More details are available from Jim Findlay (Churchwarden) Tel 880244.

The Hucking Bluebell Trail. @ Hucking Estate of the Woodland Trust
Apr 8 – May 14 all-day

A special Bluebell trail on the Hucking Estate of the Woodland Trust which can be reached by driving up Hollingbourne Hill and then turning left and then left again at the signpost to Hucking and St. Margaret’s Church. The free public car park is on the left just before the church. All are welcome and there is no charge.

The Trail can be reached by leaving the car park and entering the wood. The nearby Hook and Hatchet Public House in Church Road can easily be reached for food and drink. Dogs are welcome.

There will be a guided walk at 11am on 30th April around the Estate. For more information please go to

For more informationabout the Woodland Trust please go to and

Pictured below are some of the Bluebells photographed in April 2016.

A selection of views of Hollingbourne.[6]


North Downs Benefice Combined Church Service. @ Boxley Parish Church
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

A combined church service for the North Downs Benefice which includes All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne. All are welcome.

Pictured below is Boxley Parish Church.

Public Examination period for the Parish Council’s Accounts. @ Cardwell Pavilion
May 1 – May 31 all-day

The Accounts of Hollingbourne Parish Council for the year ended 31st March 2017 are available for public inspection upon application to the Parish Clerk.

The following notice is to beplaced on display at points around the village and appears in the May Parish Magazine.

Hollingbourne Parish Council

Public Examination of the Parish Council’s Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017.

 The Accounts will be available for inspection upon application to the Parish Clerk at the Parish Office at the Cardwell Pavilion (Tel 880526) by appointment from 1st May to 31st May 2017.

The Accounts from previous years may also be obtained from the Clerk upon request.

A copy of the Internal Audit Report for 2014/5 can be downloaded here

Copies of the Annual Returns for 2015/6 can be downloaded here , here , and here


For details of the Accounts of the All Saints’ Hollingbourne Parochial Church Council please go to

Maypole Dancing by pupils of Hollingbourne County Primary School @ All Saint's Church Approach
May 2 all-day

A celebration of May Day with an exhibition of Maypole Dancing by the pupils of Hollingbourne County Primary School.

Hollingbourne County Primary School will be dancing at the following venues and at the times listed below:-


Monday 1st May, 9.30 am – at the Church Approach, Hollingbourne, and

Saturday, 10th June (afternoon) – at the Hollingbourne Fete.

For further information please contact the School Tel 880270 or visit the website via Useful Links.

Pictured  below is a previous display of Maypole Dancing in Church Walk by children from Hollingbourne County Primary School.


Royal British Legion Meeting @ Village hall
May 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The monthly meeting of the Leeds and Hollingbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion. New members welcome.

Please see Site Pages for more information or call Derek Davison Tel 880650

Election for Kent County Council @ Cardwell Pavilion
May 4 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Kent County Councillor Jenny Whittle is not standing for reelection in the part of Kent which includes Hollingbourne. This election will be a County Councillor for the next four years.

The nominated candidates in alphabetical order are as follows:-

Derek Roy Eagle Green

Mark John McGiffin UKIP

Malcolm Mackay Labour

Shellina Prendergast Conservative

Paul John Wilby Liberal Democrat

Please see below for the formal election notice appears below:-


Kent County Council


Election of County Councillors


for the Electoral Divisions listed below


Electoral Divisions Number of County Councillors to be elected Electoral Divisions Number of County Councillors to be elected
Maidstone Central Two Maidstone Rural South One
Maidstone North East One Maidstone Rural West One
Maidstone Rural East One Maidstone South One
Maidstone Rural North One Maidstone South East One




  1. Nomination papers may be obtained from the Deputy Returning Officer, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ on any weekday (excluding bank holidays) between 10am and 4pm, who will, at the request of an elector prepare a nomination paper for signature.


  1. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Deputy Returning Officer, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ on any weekday (excluding bank holidays) from the date of this notice, between 10am and 4pm but not later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.


  1. If the election is contested then a poll will take place on Thursday, 4th May 2017.


  1. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Thursday 13 April. Applications can be made online:


  1. Electors and their proxies should take note that applications to vote by post must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Tuesday, 18th April 2017 if they are to be effective for this election. This includes electors or their proxies who wish to make alterations to their existing arrangements on a permanent basis or who wish to make a separate application for their ballot paper to be sent to a different address for this particular election.


  1. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on grounds of unforeseen physical incapacity or for unforeseen work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Thursday, 4th May 2017. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.


  1. All applications and notices regarding absent voting must be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ.


  1. For further information on any matter covered by this notice please telephone the Electoral Services Helpline on 01622 602007.




The Funeral of Mr Henry Colley. @ Vinters Park Crematorium
May 4 @ 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

The funeral of Mr Henry Colley, a long time resident of Athelstan Green, who was very much involved with the Hollingbourne Society for many years and was the last President.

Heart Of Kent Hospice Concert of Favourite Music. @ Invicta Grammar School
May 6 all-day
Motors by the Moat. @ Leeds Castle
May 6 – May 7 all-day

A weekend featuring hundreds of classic and vintage cars from around the world. For more information please go to

Pictured below are some of the cars at the 2016 event.