Leeds Castle Flower Festival @ Leeds Castle
Sep 23 – Sep 28 all-day

The Annual Flower Festival at Leeds Castle with the theme of the “Enchanted Castle”. Normal entrance prices apply.

Local florists, flower societies, and clubs are providing the floral displays in the Castle.

For more details please go to or Tel 01622-767865

Pictured below is Leeds Castle which is between Leeds village and Hollingbourne at Junction 8 on the M20. There a large number of black swans at Leeds Castle and the black swan forms part of the Castle’s crest.


Licensing service for the new Team Vicar for Hollingbourne. @ Saint Mary the Virgin and All Saints
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

A licensing service for the Reverend Paul Kite, the new Team Vicar for the Pilgrims’ Way Parishes within the North Downs Benefice which includes Hollingbourne. Captain Graham Bibby of the Church Army will also be licensed as a Missioner by the Bishop of Dover, the Bishop in residence in the Diocese of Canterbury. Captain Bibby will be based in Grove Green and will work in the new housing developments in the Benefice including those on the Sutton Road.

The Reverend Kite will live in the Hollingbourne Vicarage with his family

Boxley Church in the North Downs Benefice.

and will minister in the parishes between Hollingbourne and Boxley including Hucking.

Representatives of other churches are invited to attend the service and there will be a reception afterwards in a marquee close to the church. All are welcome.



Maidstone Citizens’ Advice Bureau Annual General Meeting – All are welcome! @ Maidstone Town Hall
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 You are warmly invited to attend our Annual General Meeting to be held at 7pm in the Chamber of the Town Hall, High Street, Maidstone on Monday 25th September 2017.

The Deputy Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr David Naghi will Chair the meeting and our Speakers this year will be Michele Shambrook, Director of Operations and Steve Whitehead, Director of People and Equality at Citizens Advice.

Please find attached a copy of our Annual Report (below), which contains an agenda for the meeting as well as the minutes of our 2016 AGM. If you would prefer a hard copy, please let us know.

As refreshments will be served after the meeting, we would appreciate an indication of numbers likely to attend and would be grateful if the attached slip (below) could be completed and returned to the Bureau at 2 Bower Terrace on the Tonbridge Road at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely,

Bonny Malhotra

Chief Executive


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For a copy of the Annual Report please go to :  CAB-Annual-Report-2017.pdf (1 download)

If you would to attend please print off the attendance slip and send it to the CAB at 2, Bower Terrace, Tonbridge Road, Maidstone ME16 8RY


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Fortnightly visit of the Mobile Library Van. @ Village Hall Car Park
Sep 27 @ 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.


Thursday Night is Quiz Night. @ The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street.
Sep 28 @ 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.


World’s largest coffee morning with cake! @ The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street.
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The World’s largest coffee morning, a series of events in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Nurses Charity, is being held the week ending 29th September on  throughout the United Kingdom. In support of this charity, a coffee morning with cake is being held in Hollingbourne. All are welcome.

Please see below for a picture of the Sugar Loaves Public House in Eyhorne Street.

The Sugar Loaves in the Eyhorne Street Conservation Area in Hollingbourne, Kent.
25KM walk in aid of the Heart of Kent Hospice. @ Teston Bridge Country Park
Oct 1 all-day

Heart of Kent Hospice

Walk 25

Sunday 1st October

Registration from 8.30 – 10.00 a.m.

Are you up to the challenge of a 25km circular  sponsored walk through the beautiful Kent countryside to raise money for the compassionate care given by Heart of Kent Hospice.

Starting at Teston Bridge Country Park this circular walk will take you along clearly waymarked footpaths, including parts of the Greensand Way and Medway Valley Walk through the beautiful countryside around Yalding, East and West Peckham, Nettlestead Green and back along the river to the start point at Teston.  Experienced walkers can walk at their leisure and less experienced or individual walkers have the option of joining a

led group leaving at 9.30 am.

Everyone is encouraged to take part from experienced ramblers to novice wanderers – even well behaved dogs are welcome.

A 15km option is available .

Your £25.00 entry fee mainly covers the cost of organising the event and includes:

Maps and directions for marshalled route

Hot Lunch

Water Stops

Free return transport for 15km walkers

Finisher’s medal

To register visit /events or contact fundraising on 01622 790195 .

Heart of Kent Hospice 25KM Walk 2017.
Steam Day at the Wormshill and Bredgar Light Railway @ The Warren, Bredgar
Oct 1 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Steam through Warren Wood on a 2 foot gauge narrow railway. Also a museum of classic cars and a steam organ. Refreshments available.

For further information please follow the link: and

Pictured below is a train at the railway. 


Talk on the Vulcan Bomber in aid of the Kent MS Charity. @ The Kent MS Therapy Centre
Oct 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hollingbourne Parish Council has been asked to publicise this event in aid of a Kent Charity. Please see below.

William Morris, Epping Forest, and a Cream Tea Cruise – in aid of the Heart Of Kent Hospice. @ Aylesford Bulls Rugby Club,
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 7:30 pm

A fund raising event in aid of the Aylesford based Heart of Kent Hospice which serves Hollingbourne at £53 per head.

Heart of Kent Hospice Group Travel invites you to join its hassle-free coach trip.  The coach will take you directly to the award-winning  William Morris Gallery  where you can purchase morning refreshments whilst our fantastic guide provides some background on the  Arts and Crafts man  in whose former splendid Georgian home  the Gallery is housed.  You then have free time to explore the beautiful rooms that illustrate his many talents and interests from wallpaper and furniture to book publishing and politics.

Returning to the coach your guided tour will take you through Epping Forest where you will hear about the long history of this ancient hunting ground before heading into Epping where you will be spoilt for choice for lunch options .

Your tour will conclude with a 90minute inclusive ‘cream tea’ cruise in Broxbourne.

The coach leaves Aylesford Bulls rugby club ((ME20 7DS), where free parking is available , at 9 am and will arrive back at approximately 7.30 pm.

For full details or to reserve your places please visit  or contact fundraising on 01622 790195.

The Hospice is also running a Summer Draw which the Hospice has asked Hollingbourne Parish Council to publicise.

Enter the Heart of Kent Hospice Superdraw this summer for your chance to win one of the 22 cash prizes in addition to the top prize of £2000 !

For £1.00 per ticket you will be entered into the draw which takes place on 8th September .   Tickets are available at all of our shops , Hospice reception or  at Heart of Flavour café bar in King Street.

For full details of shops, prizes and other conditions please visit

Heart of Kent Hospice William Morris Day Trip poster 2017.