Ha Ha Hat Club raises £201.76 for Barnado’s and other December news in brief.

The December meeting of the Ha Ha Hat Club on 15th December in the Dirty Habit PH raised £201.76 for Barnado’s Children’s Charity. A previous meeting of the Club organised by Tom Regan from Tilefields on 10th November raised a further £90.

Some pictures of the December event appear below.

From left to right at front Lorraine Regan, Jane Orgill, and Thomas Regan.
More local residents enjoying the event. Left to right Gill Hall, Gerry Farrell, Jill McLoone, Gil Phelan, and Mark Phelan.
Another group of members of the Ha Ha Hat Club including Greg Sharpington in the green hat and Gill Phelan in the red hat.


Theft of car in Eyhorne Street.

A car belonging to Anna Readman, the proprietor of Hollingbourne based Sugar and Spice, was stolen outside he house on Monday 18th December just after she had finished unloading it after her weekend visit to the Leeds Castle Christmas Market where her Faversham made chutneys and other products were on sale. The thief took the car to a petrol station where the car was filled and driven away without paying. Kent Police subsequently stopped the car on the M20 and a man was subsequently assisting police with their enquiries.


The All Saints’ Christingle Service Collection exceeds £500.

The collection for the Children’s Society at the Christingle Service on Christmas Eve which was attended by some 180 people totalled over £500. Jim Findlay, Churchwarden said  “This was great generosity from the congregation to help vulnerable children and young people”. A total of 50 worshippers attended the Midnight Communion Service. Both Services were conducted by the Reverend Paul Kite who was appointed the Team Vicar for Hollingbourne in 2017.

Pictured below is Christingle orange with sweets of the type given to the children at the service.

A traditional Christingle Candle as distributed in All Saints’ Hollingbourne.


The Kent Messenger Village News Correspondent.

Elizabeth Willy has resigned from her position as the Hollingbourne Correspondent of the Kent Messenger. For a number of years she has contributed the Hollingbourne section on the Village News pages in the paper which comes out on Thursdays. It is expected that the Kent Messenger will be seeking a replacement in due course. If you are interested in taking over the unpaid role, please contact Debbie Edwards at the Kent Messenger dedwards@thekmgroup.co.uk


The Station Lane Litter Bin.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has noted that the MBC Litter Bin on the corner of Station Lane and Eyhorne Street that was damaged and removed on 16th October has still not been replaced. It is hoped that Maidstone Borough Council will install a new one in 2018.


The Parish Precept 2018/9.

It was agreed at the December Parish Council Meeting that the Parish Precept for 2018/9 would stay the same as in 2017/8. The Parish Precept is part of the Council Tax bill that is set by Hollingbourne Parish Council to provide local facilities including street lighting and the Cardwell Pavilion.


This website on New Year’s Eve.

This website and other KCC websites maintained by EIS on behalf of the Kent County Council was unavailable on New Year’s Eve. This fault was reported to EIS.