Other September News in Brief.

The Sugar Loaves Public House which is currently undergoing a renaissance under new landlord Steve Thomas has launched an afternoon tea service. Other initiatives include a Steak Night on 20th September and a “Cake Off” at 11am on 30th September in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. For more information please Tel 880220.

The website of the Sugar Loaves is http://www.sugarloaveshollingbourne.co.uk/index . Regular events at the Sugar Loaves include a Thursday night quiz at 8.30pm (£1 to enter) and a weekly cheese club. The menu price for the Steak Night is £22 per couple. The nearby Windmill PH also has a a regular Steak Night on Tuesdays where the price is £28 including a carafe of wine. The Windmill also offers Fish and Chips on Thursdays for £5.

Also under new ownership is the Hook and Hatchet at Hucking where there have launched a series of initiatives including Saddle Up Saturdays, Classic Car Sundays, Two Wheel Tuesdays, and Wine Down Wednesdays. There are also live music and open mike nights at this historic inn which adjoins the Woodland Trust estate at Hucking. The pub is popular with walkers and the new owners have made the place dog friendly. A campsite has been opened and a new shower block will shortly be finished. There are also facilities for customers who arrive on horseback. The website for the Hook and Hacket is http://www.hookandhatchetpub.co.uk . Other Hollingbourne pubs include the Michelin listed Windmill in Eyhorne Street, the Dirty Habit in Upper Street, the Parkgate Inn on the A20, and the Ringlestone to the right of the top of Hollingbourne Hill.

The failure of the Station Lane lights has been reported to South Eastern Trains. This lane can be dangerous after dark and the Hollingbourne Parish Council considers the failure of the lights to be a serious matter. The new street lights installed at the expense of Hollingbourne Parish Council with a grant from Kent County Council organised by Councillor Jenny Whittle appear to be working satisfactorily and are brighter than the old ones which often failed.

Maidstone Borough Council has asked Hollingbourne Parish Council to take over responsibility for the recycling point at the end of Station Lane but attempts to find out who has ownership of the site have so far proved fruitless. Enquiries to borth Network Rail and South Eastern Trains have produced blanks with each of the companies referring the Parish Council to the other one. The Parish Council has resolved not to take over responsibility for the site until at least the situation is clarified.

All Saints’ Parochial Church Council has decided to make the 11am service on the first Sunday of each month a Morning Worship service instead of it being a Family Service because do few children have attended over the past year. There will also be a Morning Worship service at 9.30am on the fourth Sunday of each month and Sung Eucharists at 9.30am on the second and third Sundays of each month as at present.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has selected Saturday 10th June as the date of the 2017 Annual Village Fete and Exemption Show . More information to follow.

Stone Hair and Beauty in Eyhorne Street have launched a new website at http://www.stonehairandbeauty.co.uk/home.html The salon which was formerly known as Boniface and previously known as Hair Team is now owned by Sara Stone.

Pictured below is Sara Stone from Bearsted who now owns the salon which welcomes ladies, gentlemen, and children.