The Dirty Habit Claret Jug goes back to France.

Hollingbourne golfers were narrowly beaten 201-185 by Templeuve at the annual golf match between Hollingbourne and the twin community of Templeuve in Peveule on Monday of this week. According to match organiser Roger Graynoth, the match was played in “fantastic weather” at the Templeuve Golf Club. The prize was the Dirty Habit Claret Jug which was contributed by Martial Chaussy of the Dirty Habit PH in Upper Street to the golfers back in 2014. The next match in Kent is due to be in 2018.

This week’s golf tournament is likely to be the last twinning event for some time as it is unlikely that a Hollingbourne contingent will be attending the Templeuve Armistice Day ceremony and lunch on Saturday 11th November as it is too close to the Remembrance Day Sunday events in Hollingbourne. The last visit from France to Hollingbourne was at the Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show on 10th June when 27 came from Templeuve by coach. This was a fewer number than in previous years.

Attempts to arrange tennis and football competitions and other events between the two communities have not come to fruition and a Hollingbourne trip to Templeuve for their midsummer weekend earlier this month was cancelled due to a lack of support. In France the English speaking chairman of the Templeuve Twinning Committee, James Tosh who is a Scot, has resigned and the Hollingbourne Twinning Committee is awaiting information from France about a new chairman.

Mindful of the fact that Hollingbourne has only one seventh of the population of Templeuve where nearly 6,000 live,  Derek Davison of the Hollingbourne Twinning Committee has written to the Parish Councils of Harrietsham, Lenham, and Bearsted Parish Councils to see if they are interested in joining the Twinning arrangement. Although the Twinning agreement was signed by Hollingbourne Parish Council in 2013, the Twinning Committee is no longer supported by Hollingbourne Parish Council. It is also understood that Templeuve Town Council have reduced their support for their Twinning Committee.

Pictured below is the signing of the Twinning Agreement in March 2013 at Leeds Castle by Luc Monnet, Mayor of Templeuve (left), and by Mike Bedwell, Chairman of Hollingbourne Parish Council (right).