Other July news in brief.
The funeral of Mr Pat Sandford (87) who died on 23rd June in All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne on 12th July was well attended and the church was packed. A celebration of his life at the Great Danes – Maidstone Mercure Hotel followed.
He lived in Caring Lane in Bearsted with his wife Rosemarie, who is member of the church choir, and he was an active member of the Leeds and Hollingbourne branch of the Royal Bristish Legion and the Bearsted and District Local History Society. Prior to his retirement he was a businessmen who once ran the limekilns on Bluebell Hill prior to the building of the A229.
The cherry picker that was formerly in Eyhorne Street outside of the Pavings until it was made a no parking zone has now moved to Athelstan Green following a stay in the Village Hall car park.
All Saints’ Parochial Church Council has agreed to place a Commonweealth War Graves Commission sign near the lych gate to show that the churchyard contains the graves of five servicemen who are listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Some 12000 graveyards in the UK are being asked to put up similar signs.
Sittingbourne is cut off from Hollingbourne from 20th to 27th July by the temporary closure of the B2163/C603 at Blind Mary Lane in Swanton Street which is close to Bredgar.
The Sugar Loaves in Eyhorne Street is recruiting bar staff. For more information please call Steve Thomas (Tel 880220).
Fewer housemartins have been seen in Eyhorne Street this year. They normally build the nests under the eaves of houses and arrive in April and leave in September for Africa. Their nests are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and anybody who intentionally destroys a nest can face a £5000 fine and/or and a six month jail sentence.
Janice Butler, Mary Henderson, Pam Nash, Edna Readman, and Val Williams from Hollingbourne performed with the Hazlitt Choir in the Hazlitt Theate in Maidstone at a concert on 13th July.
Hollingbourne Parish Council has arranged for the broken see saw in the Lance Memorial Playing Field children’s playground at a cost of £100.
Pictured below is the broken seesaw which is the most serious defect identified during an inspection of the playground on 30th June 2016.