NU Venture Coaches have advised Hollingbourne Parish Council that the number 13 bus will will cease to run in April 2018 due to a withdrawal of support from Kent County Council. No other buses will serve the village and the nearest bus stop is at Hollingbourne Corner on the A20. Mr Norman Kemp of Nu Venture writes :-
Just to update my visit to the Parish Council meeting last Autumn, the expiry date of the contract which we hold with Kent County Council to operate bus 13 between Hollingbourne, Leeds and Maidstone on Mondays to Fridays has been clarified and it will expire in April 2018.
Not least as a ‘good housekeeping’ exercise, the County Council undertake surveys on funded routes ahead of re-tendering to determine the shape of any future service and, in the current ‘austerity’ climate, the low usage from Hollingbourne will not escape notice.
You may like to remind members of the Parish Council and residents of my ‘use it or lose it’ plea at the meeting!
The Woodland Trust who own the Hucking Estate has launched a £750,000 appeal to buy 116 acres of adjoining land on the North Downs above Hollingbourne. More details are at https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/support-us/support-an-appeal/hucking/
All Saints Parochial Church Council are still searching for a new incumbent to replace the Reverend Nigel Fry who retired in April 2015. Despite two advertisements in the Church Times no suitable candidates have come forward for the post which also covers Boxley, Detling, Thurnham, Hucking, and Grove Green.
Hollingbourne Pantomime Group enjoyed a successful run of The Pied Piper of Hamlin in the Village Hall at the beginning of the month. The Panto Group’s AGM will be held on 8th March and it is expected that some of the profit from the show will be donated to the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust. The 2018 Pantomime is The Wizard of Oz which has been written by Glenn Bryan. A review of the Pantomime by John Munson is on the Downs Mail website at http://www.downsmail.co.uk/news_sport/News/Hollingbourne_panto_an_enjoyable_romp/