Other November news in brief.

The Women’s Institute has decided to run another successful Safari Market in 2017 after a break of a year. Saturday 23rd September has been selected as the date and more details will be available in due course. The market was first started in 2009 and has grown in popularity each year with over 30 stalls or garage sales and  has attracted around a thousand visitors to the village each year.

Carole Findlay has been appointed as Editor of the Hollingbourne Parish Magazine, covering church and village news, with effect from January 2017 in succession to Jean Duffy. Carole can be contacted at the Old House, Pilgrims Way, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, ME17 1RB Tel 880244 or by e-mail at hollingbourne.parish.magazine.editor@hotmail.com

The second Summer Fete Planning meeting will be held on Monday 5th December at 8pm in the Sugar Loaves in Eyhorne Street. Ideas for the theme of the Fete which will be held on Saturday 10th June 2017 are required plus more volunteers to help with the organisation including the sports events in the Arena. For more details please contact the Parish Clerk (Tel 880526) or by e-mail pchollingbourne@gmail.com . Alternatively just turn up on the night.

The recyclcing site in Station Lane has now closed and the the site has been cleared with the exception of the concrete base. This has not stopped fly-tipping in Station Lane and South East Trains are now responsible for clearing fly-tipping in the Lane as well as the maintenance of the lights along the Lane. Any problems can be reported to South East Trains at customerservices@southeasternrailway.co.uk As Hollingbourne Station is unmanned there is limited information about train services at the Station it is possible to contact Maidstone Station on Tel 01622 680824.

The application date for the vacancy for Team Vicar for the Pilgrims Way Parishes in the North Downs Benefice has now passed and due to the low number of applicants it has been decided to readvertise the post which is based in Hollingbourne Vicarage. A revised Parish Profile is to be prepared in the hope that a better response will be received. Hollingbourne has been without a Priest in residence since the retirement of the Reverend Nigel Fry in April 2015. Since that time there has been a reorganisation of the local churches and the new Team Vicar will minister to the Parishes on the north side of the A20/M20 while the Reverend Steve Hughes will be Team Vicar for the Parishes on the south side. The Team Rector, Canon John Corbyn is based in Bearsted.

A proper culvert in the bourne has now been installed in order to drain surface water from the Godfrey Meadow development which has been built on a water meadow. It is understood that surface water is held in attenuation tanks and then released slowly with a view to reducing the risk of flooding in Eyhorne Street which was one of the concerns of Hollingbourne Parish Council and local residents when Wealden Homes applied for planning permission for 14 houses on the site in May 2014. The site’s foul water will similarly be stored on site and pumped into the Hollingbourne main system in the early hours of the morning. Southern Water are yet to upgrade the system as promised in order to prevent back flow.

What looks like a post box in Tilefields Close is not a proper post box. The real posting points are on Eyhorne Green, Christopher’s Village Shop, opposite Hollingbourne CP School, and opposite All Saints’ Church.

The “look alike” post box next to a house in Tilefields Close is pictured below.