Other January news in brief.

Hollingbourne’s oldest residents, Mrs Margaret Warren, celebrated her 101st birthday on Sunday 8th January. She lives in the Upper Street area close to the Vicarage and was previously active in many local activities including point to point racing. The field between the Cardwell Pavilion and the Pilgrim’s Way was once a point to point course.

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The white Vauxhall Frontera that appeared to be abandoned in the Target Lane Byway (pictured below) on 3rd December has now been removed. This now means that track which runs from Greenway Court Road to the Pilgrim’s Way is now open to walkers and other traffic although it is heavily rutted and potentially dangerous due to the activities of quad bike users and other off road vehicles that use the mud track for pleasure. The flytipping along both sides of Greenway Court Road has been reported to Maidstone Borough Council.

Christopher’s Village Shop in Eyhorne Street is liklely to close in the Spring when Christopher Rudgard is due to retire. In the absence of any anybody currently wishing to take over the shop the Parish Council has decided to investigate the possibility of providing support to a possible arrangement whereby the shop is run as a community enterprise. The Parish Clerk has been asked to seek advice from Maidstone Borough Council as to the extent of any financial support that could be given to a Community Shop. As and when this information is obtained it is intended to call a public meeting to see if there is any support for a community scheme. If the shop closes there will be no convenience shops between the Bearsted Tesco Express and Sittingbourne as the Bredgar Farm Shop is due to close at the end of January. The landlord of the Village Shop has previously indicated that he would welcome a Community Shop.

An Upper Street resident  with a dog has been attacked by a small dog on the Millennium Green which resulted in a hospital visit and six stitches. A labrador has been attacked by a French bull mastiff on the Meadows Trust land which resulted in a large vet’s bill for the owner of the labrador.

The Kent Association of Local Councils has asked the Parish Council to publicise a phishing alert from the City of London Police. For more information please go here

The price of an annual subscription to the Hollingbourne Parish Magazine will rise by one pound to six pounds from April 2017.

The Bearsted and Thurnham Society have advised Hollingbourne Parish Council that an appeal has been launched against successive refusals to develop on Woodcut Farm at Junction 8 of the M20. More to follow.

EIS who manage this website and other Kent Parish Council and School websites for KCC have advised that this and other websites will be migrating to a WordPress format at the end of January which will have a different look.

How would you spend £2000 this April? The HOKH which serves Hollingbourne is appealing to you to ‘Get Behind Heart of Kent Hospice’ by playing our Superdraw to be in with a chance of winning one of 22 cash prizes in addition to the top prize of £2000! Tickets are only £1.00 each and are available at Hospice reception, Preston Hall, Aylesford ME20 7PU or in their hospice shops or by calling  fundraising on 01622 790195 or emailing fundraising@hokh.co.uk.The draw will take place on Friday 24th March and tickets must be returned either to the Hospice by 14th March or to Heart of Kent Hospice , Spring Superdraw, Furness Gate, Peter Green Way, Furness Business Park, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2PE by 17th March.    Tickets cannot be sold to anyone under 16 years of age.

Make A Will Fortnight  20th February – 3rd March 2017.Why not take the opportunity to make or update your will during Heart of Kent Hospice’s Make A Will Fortnight.Six local, qualified solicitors based in Maidstone have pledged their time for free for anyone making or updating a Will.  Instead they are asking that you consider making a donation to the Hospice.Appointments must be booked by 17th February .For a full list of participating solicitors  please visit www.hokh.org /makeawill  or  contact HOKH 01622 790195.

A new Parish Councillor was co-opted at the January Parish Council meeting. The vacancy occurred following the resignation of Mrs Anne Bennett at the November 2016 Parish Council meeting. THe vacancy was duly advertised and only one candidate came forward. He is Simon Hulme who is a former Royal Engineers officer who moved into the village with his family at the end of 2015.

Pictured (left) below is Simon Hulme who joined the Hollingbourne Parish Council this month and (right) is the Target Lane Byway with ruts caused by off road joy riders.

Simon Hulme Parish Councillor                                                                    Target Cottage Bridleway January 2015