Hollingbourne marked Remembrance Day today with a service in All Saints’ Church which was followed by a wreath laying at the village war memorial in Eyhorne Street. Among the attendees at the service and at the wreath laying were 18 visitors from Hollingbourne’s twin community of Templeuve en Pevele near Lille. Presiding over the ceremony at the war memorial was Authorised Lay Minister Derek Bilborough.
The service in the almost packed church was attended by representatives and standard bearers of the Leeds and Hollingbourne branch of the Royal British Legion, the Templeuve War Veteran’s Association, and the local Scouts and Cub Scouts.
Parish Councillor Alan Bennett read out the names of the Hollingbourne dead from two World Wars and wreaths were laid at the memorial in the church on behalf of local organisations including All Saints’ Parochial Church Council. Another of the wreaths was a knitted one produced by the members of Hollingbourne WI who also produced button hole editions that were worn by their members who attended the service.
The ceremony at the war memorial followed the church service and the day ended with a lunch for 50 in the Village Hall which was organised by Barbara Gibbs of the Hollingbourne Twinning association. The French guests had stayed overnight in Maidstone and had yesterday visited the Battle of Beritain memorial at Capel le Ferne, Canterbury Cathedral, and Leeds Castle.
Pictured below (top left) the standard bearers in church just before the start of the service, (top right) the standard bearers at the Hollingbourne war memorial with James Tosh (second right) of the Templeuve Twinning Association, (bottom left) the various wreaths at the Hollingbourne war memorial including one laid by the children of Hollingbourne CP School on 11th November, and (bottom right) the French guests at the Village Hall lunch.