Rain at last in Hollingbourne! Dog owners beware – watch out for poisoned food hidden in the long grass! Hollingbourne Outdoor Art Festival announced and other July news in brief – updated through the month. Met Office rates Hollingbourne and the North Downs a high risk for fires in the present heatwave. MBC’s latest public consultations on dog control and their new magazine. July briefing from our local MP. Report of All Saints’ Hollingbourne Parochial Church Council Kent County Council launches consultation on rural bus services – UPDATED. Operation Brock on the M20 between Hollingbourne and Ashford to be ready for Brexit in March 2019. – UPDATED Current planning applications being considered by Hollingbourne Parish Council. Leeds Castle seeks Practical Conservation Volunteers. M20 Contraflow Scheme will take two weeks to activate (with traffic problems for Hollingbourne). Parish Council vacancy may be filled by co-option. – UPDATED. Kent Police and Crime Commissioner seeks views on violent crime. MBC grants further time extension to Windmill Lane developer. Successful Royal British Legion trip to WW1 war cemeteries in France. Upper Street children’s author plans new book for grown-ups. Big Lottery fund grants £9990 to Project 100 in Hollingbourne. Traffic disruption for months to come on M20 between Hollingbourne and Ashford. Report of the June 2018 Parish Council Meeting. French newspaper suggests that Brexit may be the reason for the lack of interest in Hollingbourne’s Twinning with Templeuve. Pictures of the 2018 Hollingbourne Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show. A July newsletter from our local Borough Councillor. Former local Kleeneze agent launches new business. Maidstone Borough Council launches Annual Canvass for the Electoral Roll. Hollingbourne Cricket Club leaves Kent Village Cricket League. Hollingbourne Motorway Services to trial discount scheme for drivers who bin coffee cups. New barber shop for Eyhorne Street. M2 Junction 5 (with the A249) preferred route announced from Highways England. New number 13 bus times and other local June news in brief. – Updated through the month News update from our local MP. Local KCC Councillor to press for action on Upper Street flooding. Storms create lake in Upper Street. Hollingbourne asked to fight major development on North Downs side of Sittingbourne. June Newsletter from our Borough Councillor. New signage for approach to Great Danes roundabout at M20 Junction 8. SEW fail to show to mend road for the second time and other local news. Annual Report from local Kent County Councillor Shellina Prendergast. Dates fixed for Hollingbourne roadworks. Notice of Casual Vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Operation Brock to start on M20 between Junctions 8 and 9 next year. Downs Mail Windmill Lane photo call. Heart of Kent Hospice Volunteer Open Mornings. New Chairman of the Parish Council. An update from our local MP on issues which affect Hollingbourne – fewer trains and lorry parking on the M20 after Brexit. Lorry gets stuck at entrance to Windmill Lane Public Footpath. Bearsted Green shops saved and other local news. Forthcoming roadworks in Hollingbourne – UPDATED. Upper Street author publishes new book. New arrangements for Park and Ride from 1st June 2018. Multiple Vehicle incident in Upper Street this morning. Programme announced for Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show. No confirmation that new development will result in the loss of Eyhorne Street parking bays. MBC ignores Hollingbourne and grants planning permission for 10 x one million pound homes accessed by 3 metre wide public footpath. Tuesday’s morning traffic jam in Eyhorne Street – something must be done! Woodcut Farm News from our local MBC Councillor plus a May Newsletter. Garden Society launches Kids Club at Spring Show. Kent Police seek help in guarding the Kent frontiers! MBC Planning Committee to consider Windmill Lane Planning Application 17 months after original application. Bicknor residents come out strongly against Swanton Farm development above Hollingbourne on the North Downs. Open letter fails to stop changes to Willington Street Park and Ride from 1st June 2018. Morning traffic now means that it takes 20-30 minutes to drive through Hollingbourne. South Eastern Trains launches new Hollingbourne Timetable on 20th May. Clanking manhole and overflowing drain reported again to KCC Highways. Windmill Lane developers still looking for a site for affordable homes. M20 outside lane may be strenghtened from Junction 8 in Hollingbourne so that it can be used as a lorry park after Brexit. Volunteers and the loan of a freezer wanted for the Summer Fete on 9th June. Back on line! Police find Gloria Stringer who disappeared in Hollingbourne on New Years’s Day. The Orient Express steams through Hollingbourne. The Heart of Kent Hospice announces their Spring and Summer events programme. Mystery of the red poppies! KCC to spend an additional £2 million on repairing potholes. Hollingbourne is asked to oppose plans for 11,250 new houses that will be partly served by the B2163. March 2018 Report from the Kent Police Rural Liaison Team. April 2018 Message from our local Borough Councillor. Hollingbourne Panto Group players in rehearsals for “Dancing at Lughnasa”. Rapunzel is the Hollingbourne village pantomime for 2019. Greenway Court Road still flooded at the railway bridge. Post Brexit M20 traffic solution still awaited by Kent County Council who admit that they have “concerns”! Station Lane litter bin replaced at last! Windmill Lane housing development may depend on affordable housing being built elsewhere. Local KCC Councillor asks for road problems to be reported direct to KCC. Brexit update from our local MP. No undertaking that Government will pick up future Operation Stack policing costs. Downs Mail rates Hollingbourne Pantomime as a “wizard of a show”. No trains today to and from Hollingbourne Station because of the weather and other news. Invitation to a workshop on water supply vulnerability. Hollingbourne CP School closed because of the bad weather! Current local service update from Maidstone Borough Council – winter weather issues. Snow has also fallen in Upper Street today! Arctic weather arrives in Hollingbourne. Woodland Trust announces Hucking Estate events for 2018. March news from Hollingbourne Women’s Institute. New bellringers wanted for All Saints’ church. No KCC money for Hollingbourne Corner traffic management scheme. Open letter to MBC Parking Services about changes to the Willington Street Park and Ride. Your views are invited on possible improvements to the A20 between Hollingbourne and Harrietsham. Hollingbourne bus service to continue until September 2018. Parking problems in Upper Street today. A special message from the Bishop in Canterbury about refugees. Blue skies forecast for most of the rest of February. A February Message from our local MP. PC pledges £1000 for Junction 8 fight legal costs. Concern about the future of the Village Hall. Thief is jailed following car theft in Hollingbourne TV company invites ideas for a Hollingbourne public art project. Another Upper Street resident has book published. Planning permission granted for twelve houses next to Godfrey House. January report from our local MBC Borough Councillor. Proposals for a Hollingbourne Parish Plan. – You can help! Just a few tickets available for the Hollingbourne Pantomime – UPDATED – Preview performance added! Preview of Project 100 launch. – An Avenue of Remembrance. Campaign launched for Carers in Kent. Possible village trip to WW1 cemeteries. Are you interested? MBC to raise planning application fees by 20% and other January news in brief. – UPDATED THROUGH THE MONTH. NHS performance figures for our local hospitals. The 2016-17 Annual Report from Porchlight – the local homelessness charity. The search continues for Gloria Stringer and other Kent Police news. – UPDATED, From the archives – the “Deputy Prime Minister’s” visit to Hollingbourne. Tickets are going fast for the Hollingbourne Pantomime. Have you seen Gloria Stringer? Number 13 bus service from Hollingbourne may carry on after March 2018. Ha Ha Hat Club raises £201.76 for Barnado’s and other December news in brief. Christmas and New Year Message from the Bishop in Canterbury. Traffic lights for Hollingbourne Corner? What do you think? – UPDATED. December newsletter from our local Borough Councillor. September archaeologocial dig in Hollingbourne. Provisional date for set for the Windmill Lane planning application. Village Consultation on Volunteer Support Warden Scheme. Public meeting on Station Footpath postponed until January and other railway news. Church Parish Shares to rise ahead of inflation in 2018. First real snow fall of the winter hits Hollingbourne. No assurance as yet that the Village Hall lease will be renewed – UPDATED. Kent Police launch online reporting for crimes and non-injury road traffic accidents. Maidstone Road in Lenham to be closed for 18 months from January. No automatic bus pass renewals for the over 60’s and others in March 2018. Up goes the Hollingbourne Christmas Tree! Maidstone approves planning application for development at Woodcut Farm. Merry Christmas from Mrs Helen Whately – MP for Hollingbourne. The 40’s and 50’s is the theme for the 2018 Village Fete. Response still awaited to KCC request for Government confirmation of no regular need for Operation Stack after Brexit. Advent appeal from the Bishop of Dover. November Newsletter from our Borough Councillor. Calling all grandparents! How are you? Hare coursing in Hollingbourne? Have you lost anything on Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land? Parish Council to write to EI Group PLC regarding Village Hall lease renewal. A sunny autumn morning in Hollingbourne. Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Support Warden? No Operation Stack lorry park on the M20 could mean traffic problems for Hollingbourne. New members wanted for the 2018 Summer Fete Committee! Hollingbourne fireworks raises £955 for the village! Tickets now on sale for 40th pantomime from Hollingbourne Pantomime Group! Have your say about Kent Policing! Packed Sugar Loaves for send off of Shula Lee from the Hollingbourne Village Shop. July invitation follows successful November Templeuve visit. Woodcut Farm development application to be considered by MBC on 30th November. Good news about Christopher’s Village Shop! Hollingbourne hoard now on show in Maidstone Museum. Hollingbourne Twinning Committee to visit Templeuve to lay wreaths on UK graves. Lights out in Hollingbourne hair salon since the end of October – UPDATED. 100 hawthorn trees to be planted to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. Still no route or funding for Leeds to Langley bypass after several decades! Fernham Homes site clearance begins before planning permission granted – UPDATED Former Eyhorne Street hairdressers launch new business. Godfrey House makes the front page of The Times property section. – UPATED. News from our local MP – Development likely to go ahead at Junction 8. Have your say at a public meeting about the long promised east of Maidstone relief road! Help for military veterans day to be held in Headcorn. Proposed boundary changes may mean new constituency for Hollingbourne. New planning application for development at Woodcut Farm at Junction 8 of the M20. Police appeal for witnesses to assault on football referee in Hollingbourne. KCC to press for fluid freight movements and no Operation Stack after Brexit. October newsletter from local Borough Councillor Patrik Garten. Do you remember the Hurricane of 1987? Have you any pictures to share? Local MP presses for more lorry parks for Kent. Leeds Castle offer Hollingbourne woods for sale. Possible trip to Templeuve on 11th November. Are you interested? “Light up a life” and other news from the Heart of Kent Hospice. Village Hall hustings speaker becomes UKIP leader. New Vicar ready for first church service in Hollingbourne. Packed church for licensing of new Team Vicar for Hollingbourne. Broad Street Art Afternoon raises £463.25 for local charities. Gordon Bristow scoops Chrysanthemum class in Autumn Show. Hundreds visit Hollingbourne for Safari Market. Provisional date set for Windmill Lane Planning Application. – UPDATED. Deaths of Mrs Yvonne Evans and Mr Leslie Brooks. Death of Ann Liddicoat. Parish Council to stop publishing draft minutes plus other village news – UPDATED. Photographs wanted for the 2018 Meadows Trust Calendar. Queen Charlotte’s Ball comes to Leeds Castle. No plan as yet from KCC for Operation Stack on the M20 after Brexit with no Customs Union. Draft drought plan from South Easter Water – A public consultation. Appeal to new and old residents of Hollingbourne from Friends of Hollingbourne’s Historic Church. Village Hall Committee seeks Community Asset listing for the Village Hall. – UPDATED. The Annual Return for the Hollingbourne Parish Council’s Accounts for the year ended March 2017. UK Brexit negotiator concedes that there will be traffic delays at Dover (and on the M20). Current local public consultations on M2 Junction 5 and the local flood risk strategy.