Watch out for the first lunar eclipse of 2019 and a blood red moon! Rehearsals well under way for the Hollingbourne pantomime of Rapunzel. Looking to recycle your empty crisp packets? – and other January news in brief (updated through the month). Local MP supports Mrs May’s Brexit deal that was defeated by 432 votes to 202. Hollingbourne author shortlisted for book award. New Parish Councillor co-opted in succession to the late Alan Bennett. Have your say on the appointment of the new Bishop of Dover! Keep an eye out for mud on the Eyhorne Street roadway and on the pavement! Current planning applications being considered by Hollingbourne Parish Council. Watch out for fake TV licensing e-mails! Overnight Closures on the M20 for the installation of a smart motorway. Lamb mauled in field at rear of Godfrey House. Hollingbourne MP votes with Government in Finance Bill Brexit amendment and asks questions about Operation Stack. – UPDATED. Local Ambulance Service seeks new Governor. Tickets to go on sale for Hollingbourne Pantomime of Rapunzel. Help to get on your bike (or moped)! Highways England “to consider” a quiet skim for the M20 at Hollingbourne – at last! Operation Brock trial runs for Manston but none announced for Junctions 8 to 9 on the M20. Second cat goes missing from Greenway Court Road. – UPDATED. Hollingbourne Women’s Institute announce their programme for 2019. Report of All Saints’ Hollingbourne Parochial Church Council Report of the December 2018 Parish Council Meeting. Christmas and New Year Message from our Borough Councillor. Witnesses sought for overnight damage to Hollingbourne streetlight. – UPDATED. Christmas and New Year message from our local MP. Help the Heart of Kent Hospice by saving used postage stamps! Revival of carol singing around the Christmas trees in Eyhorne Street. Today’s Mobile library visit to Hollingbourne cancelled. MP’s raise safety concerns about smart motorways such as the M20 from Hollingbourne to London. Christmas and New Year train services from Hollingbourne via Maidstone East. – Or the lack of them! Councillor to replace the late Alan Bennett to be co-opted by Hollingbourne Parish Council. Overnight vandalism in Hollingbourne. Bearsted and Thurnham Society concerned about development at M20 Junction 7. Overnight Closures on the M20 at Hollingbourne. Labrador reportedly poisoned by rat poison inside bread on Hollingbourne Green. – UPDATED. Local MP challenges Prime Minister on Kent jobs after Brexit. Ashford Road residents kept awake at night by work for Operation Brock on the M20. Plans in hand to replace historic white fingerpost at top of Hollingbourne Hill. Open letter to local KCC Councillor about likely problems with access to Woodcut Farm warehouse development site. MBC overrules local objections and grants planning permission for Bicknor development. M20 from Junction 8 to 9 to store 2,000 lorries after Brexit under KCC emergency plans. – UPDATED. Festive tea lights, singing Santas and flashing Christmas wands are all powered by lithium button batteries. Keep your children safe this Christmas! Christopher’s Village Shop celebrates 15 years of trading with Open Morning. Hollingbourne MP receives assurance from Home Secretary that local farms can recruit EU workers after Brexit. Local bus users group expresses concern about the future of the number 13 bus from Hollingbourne. Hollingbourne’s Christmas tree is now up on Tanyard Green. Christmas Fair starts seasonal celebrations in Hollingbourne. Village sign to be refurbished. Brickfields Close in the new name for the Fernham Homes development in Eyhorne Street. Update from our MBC Councillor on cars parked outside of Hollingbourne School. New Trustee for fund raising sought by Hollingbourne Meadows Trust. December 2018 Newsletter from our Borough Councillor. Notice of a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. New Templeuve twinning Chairman visits Hollingbourne. Farewell presentation at All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne. Government Review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB’s) including Hollingbourne. – Your chance to have a say! “Virtual queuing” may be the answer to Operation Brock on the M20 after Brexit. – UPDATED. Concern expressed over parking close to Hollingbourne School entrance. Possible sale of Hollingbourne Pubs may hold key to the fate of the Village Hall. Accident blocks Eyhorne Street as two cars collide outside of the School. KCC launches consultation on the future of the library service in the county. Hollingbourne author to sign books at Christmas Fair. Meadows Trust Calendar for 2019 now on sale. Have you lost a black and white cat? Lock up your garden sheds as a number have been raided recently! Vacancy for a Parish Councillor – Enquiries invited. Kent’s roads need to be ready for Brexit says local MP, Mrs Helen Whately. – UPDATED. Suggestions wanted for the name of the road serving the Fernham Homes development. – UPDATED. More pictures of Hollingbourne’s Remembrance Sunday in November 2018. Hollingbourne marks the centenary of the end of World War One. Autumn news from South Eastern Trains who serve Hollingbourne Station. Leeds Castle fireworks noise complaint receives little sympathy from Maidstone Borough Council. Watch out for twigs and branches on the Pilgrim’s Way! Last five tickets available for Saturday night WW1 Revue in the Village Hall! Leeds Castle shares fireworks and pop music with Eyhorne Street residents in their houses. – UPDATED. Local author has her e-book cover selected a cover of the month plus other October news in brief – Updated through the month. Donations welcome for All Saints’ Christmas Fair in the Village Hall. Hollingbourne bus service to be relaunched as part of “feeder service” from June 2019. Hollingbourne author hits the road in the Rockies! Have you seen this cat? Upcoming closures on the M20 J3-5 smart motorway scheme. Corrections to All Saints’ Church Service dates in November 2018 Church and Village News. Local MP presses Prime Minister for the best Brexit deal for Hollingbourne. November 2018 Newsletter from our Borough Councillor. Presentation to Derek and Paula Bilborough. Death of Parish Councillor Alan Bennett. Mystery of locked Station Footpath. Project 100 trees ready for dedication on Remembrance Sunday on 11th November. Maidstone Museum launches competition for young artists. Church publishes Christmas cards featuring the newly restored Culpeper tapestry. Black spaniel dog found in Upper Street and other September 2018 news in brief – Updated through the month. FOI request by the The Guardian reveals a two week delay with Operation Brock after Brexit. Tickets going fast for WW1 revue in aid of Project 100. Work starts on preparing the M20 at Hollingbourne for Operation Brock after Brexit. October 2018 newsletter from our Borough Councillor. Pictures of the newly restored Culpeper Tapestry in Hollingbourne Church. Storm Bronagh brings down Meadows Trust tree. You are invited To have your say on Britain’s future outside the EU! Autumn Newsletter from our local MP. Report of the External Auditor on the Hollingbourne Parish Council Accounts for 20017/8. The first September Social at Hollingbourne CP School brings out the sun and the crowds. Holes ready for Project 100 Hawthorn Tree memorial for the centenary of the end of WW1 Pictures of the Leeds Castle and Hollingbourne Garden Society Autumn Show. KM reports that Operation Brock from Hollingbourne to Ashford may not be ready in time for Brexit. EU post Brexit advice may affect Hollingbourne with traffic problems because of Cross Channel Customs Controls. – UPDATED Upper Street Children’s Author publishes her second book for grown ups. MBC wants suggestions for new Nature Reserves within the Borough. Launch of Festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the North Downs Way through Kent including Hollingbourne. Do you recognise this house and lake used in a 1963 film? Sunshine brings out art lovers in aid of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust. September 2018 Newsletter from our Borough Councillor. Update on Project to plant 100 trees in Hollingbourne to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. Have you seen Christopher Fisher? – UPDATED. A special message of thanks from the Nash family. Have you seen Bill Nash? – UPDATED. Local MP supports development of commercial lorry parks across Kent. How safe do you feel in Hollingbourne? Planning permission formally granted for 10 houses alongside Windmill Lane. Maidstone Borough Council and Community Involvement. – Have your say! New signage for Ashford Road at Hollingbourne Corner to reduce speed. A request from South East Water to save water during the present heatwave. MBC grants further time extension to Windmill Lane developer – UPDATED. BBC News reports that the M20 between Junctions 8 and 9 could be be used as a lorry park for years after Brexit. Hollingbourne author publishes new book. Benenden Hospital seeks volunteers. Hollingbourne Outdoor Art Festival announced and other July news in brief – updated through the month. A Summer message from our local MP about Brexit, Operation Stack, and new schools in Bearsted. Do you use the Willington Street Park and Ride service to get into Maidstone? August Newsletter from our Borough Councillor Patrik Garten. Rain at last in Hollingbourne! Dog owners beware – watch out for poisoned food hidden in the long grass! 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. 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 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. 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. 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.