Death of former Parish Clerk.

Ms Elaine Lawrence, of Eyhorne Street, who was the Parish Clerk for seven years up to 2014, died yesterday in the Heart of Kent Hospital in Maidstone after a long illness.

She originally came from Castle Cary in Somerset and trained as children’s nurse and for a number of years worked in a senior position at the Demelza House Children’s Hospice. Elaine was a keen dog lover and had owned a succession of labradors which she regularly took on holiday to her house in France.

She was very keen on computers and technology and instrumental in installing the first computer system for the Parish Council at the Cardwell Pavilion. Elaine was also involved in the Twinning of Hollingbourne with Templeuve en Peveule in 2013. She was 64.

UPDATE -The funeral will be at Charing Crematorium on at 2.40pm on 15th May. No flowers by request but donations are suggested to a children’s bereavement charity of which Elaine was a trustee. For more information please go to

Pictured below is Elaine at her former desk in the Parish Office in the Cardwell Pavilion.