Meadows Trust AGM delayed until November and other August news in brief.

The Annual General Meeting of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust has been delayed until November. The following Notice has been sent to supporters. It is understood that the accounts have been delayed in order to show the post year end purchase of additional land.


The annual Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 are not yet complete, but these will be available in October.

The Annual General Meeting of the Trust is required to be held no later than 17th September 2017, but cannot be held effectively without Accounts for the Members’ approval.

Notice is hereby given that the AGM will be held on 15th September 2017 at 7pm in The Sugar Loaves.  The AGM will be opened, and will immediately be adjourned until 3rd November 2017.

The adjourned AGM will be held in Hollingbourne Village Hall at 7pm on Friday 3rd November 2017 when members, friends and supporters are invited to attend.


Peter Lee

Company Secretary

24 August 2017


Other August News in brief.

The All Saints’ Church Barbecue on the 19th August at the Old House in Broad Street made a surplus of over £500. The event was attended by over 70 people and the Church Social Committee provided salads and puddings. Pauline Stubbs of the Social Committee has expressed the wish that next year there will be more helpers below retirement age to help with the setting up of the tables and gazebos.

The Autumn issue of Canterbury Diocesan Magazine for churches in East Kent is at

The Swale Area Ploughing Match will be held on Saturday 9th September at Greenway Court Farm in Hollingbourne. This event starts at 9.30am and lasts all day.

Mr Christopher Rudgard, proprietor of Christopher’s Shop in Eyhorne Street has written in the September Parish Magazine that the shop will close on 31st December 2017 unless somebody comes forward to carry on the business. He has disclosed that the shop sales cover the cost of the wages and goods sold but not the rent which was previously stated as £100 per week. Mr Rudgard announced last year that he wished to retire and the closure of the wshop will mean that the nearest shops will be some miles away in Bearsted, Harrietsham, and Lenham. At one point there was some local discussion about turning the shop into a Community Shop but nothing happened. It is understood that a possible ongoing arrangement is under discussion.

Previously Hollingbourne had several shops and with the possible closure of Christopher’s, the only retail outlets in Hollingbourne apart from three public houses will be a hairdressers, an osteopathic clinic, and a photographic studio at the Station. The Post Office currently operates from 10am to 2pm on Wednesdays in the Shop and the former 3 bedroomed Post Office next door  with a shop is on the market for £450,000. On the other side of the white door (in the picture below) is the 4 bedroomed Glyder House, which was once the Post Office long ago, is also currently on the market for £465,000.

Christopher’s Village Shop which may close on 31st December 2017 unless a new operator comes forward.