Revival of carol singing around the Christmas trees in Eyhorne Street.

Around 50 Hollingbourne residents braved the wet weather this evening to go carol singing in Eyhorne Street. They started at the Eyhorne Green Christmas tree and progressed through the Eyhorne Street Conservation Area until they reached the Tanyard Green Christmas tree before retiring to the Sugar Loaves Public House for mulled wine and Mince pies. Up to 2015 there had been regular carols around the tree on Tanyard Green usually on the last Saturday evening before Christmas.

This year’s event was organised by Beccy Stroud with the singing led by Andrew Snowdon. A collection was organised in aid of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust and their Project 100 scheme for 100 hawthorn trees in the Meadow to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. The trees were dedicated at a special ceremony on 11th November 2018 which was attended by over 300 residents.

The Tanyard Green tree is given to Hollingbourne Parish Council by Leeds Castle and the Eyhorne Green tree is donated by the residents of Musket Lane.

Pictured below are some of the singers as they sang and progressed along Eyhorne Street.

Carol singers around the Christmas tree on Eyhorne Green in December 2018.
Eyhorne Green carol singers being led by Andrew Snowdon with spotlight in December 2018.
Carol singers in Eyhorne Mews in December 2018.
Carol singers outside the Windmill PH in Eyhorne Street in December 2018.
More of the carol singers outside the Windmill in the rain in December 2018.

Other Christmas events in Hollingbourne include the annual Christingle Service with candles in oranges at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve in All Saints’ Church. Later that evening the Midnight Communion Service starts at 11.30pm in Hollingbourne Church. Details of other forthcoming services in the North Downs Benefice are listed on the Events page of the website.

On Boxing Day at 10.30am the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust is organising a walk from the Village Hall which will end up at the Sugar Loaves PH. All are welcome.