The Hollingbourne Meadows Trust is looking for a new Trustee who will be responsible for fund raising and for making grant applications. The vacancy has arisen following the retirement of Peter Lee after fourteen years as a Trustee and Secretary. He was one of the founders of the Trust which owns and maintains several acres of meadowland in and around the village. The Trust is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.
Yesterday evening the Trust’s Annual General Meeting was held in Hollingbourne Village Hall and it was attended by around 30 members and supporters. Chairman Shaun Cardwell paid tribute to the work of Peter Lee as well as to the other members of the Trust who had put in over 1000 hours of voluntary labour in the past year to create the Project 100 Avenue of Remembrance at the rear of Tilefields and which was formally opened on 11th November with over 300 villagers and local VIP’s present.
It was reported that the Project 100 income to date including grants was some £56,000 with expenses to date of £42,000 and that any surplus at the end of the Project would be shared by the Royal British Legion and the Trust. Mr Cardwell paid a special tribute to the contribution from the Saint George’s Players whose WW1 Revue in the Village Hall this year raised some £1800 and it was announced that a bench would be installed at the end of the Avenue with their name on it. Trees in the Avenue are still available for sponsorship in memory of a relative who served in WW1 at a cost of £295 and so far 14 have been funded.
Over the past year the Trust has been supported by the Women’s Institute with a Mid-Summer Picnic and by Lynn and Glenn Bryan with an Open Air Art Show in September and it is hoped to repeat these events in 2019 together with ongoing involvement with Hollingbourne County Primary School.
During the meeting members of the audience were invited to raise matters and concern was expressed about the lack of coverage in the local media of Project 100 and that only two of the regular dog walkers, out of dozens, were at the Meeting.
It was also announced that LIz Jordan would succeed Peter Lee as Secretary of the Trust and that the registered office would move to the Cardwell Pavilion where the Parish Council had agreed to provide a letterbox facility.
More information about the Trustee vacancy and sponsorship of trees in the Avenue of Remembrance is available from Shaun Cardwell (Tel 880199).
The website of the Trust is http://www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk/
A slideshow of some of the events of the past year is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVKZjX8d_Ug
Pictured below are the Meadows of the Trust at the rear of Tilefields on 11th November 2018 with the Avenue of Remembrance in the distance.