Black spaniel dog found in Upper Street and other September 2018 news in brief – Updated through the month.

A black spaniel dog was found in Upper Street on the evening on Monday 3rd September. It was cared for overnight by Pam Nash who lives on the Pilgrim’s Way and then taken to the Harrietsham Vet who have agreed to keep the dog for a week. Unless the owner comes forward the dog will be handed to the Maidstone Borough Council Dog Warden for rehoming. The male dog which is totally black is not microchipped.

Mr Mike Whiting, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste has responded to a request from Hollingbourne Parish Council for a reduction in the speed limit through the village following a petition organised by local residents. He has written to Katrina Hills of Claygate, one of the organisers of the petition, to say that the County Council is unable to support a measure to reduce speeding as “there is no pattern of personal injury crash records for the last three years that could be addressed by engineering methods”. Hollingbourne Parish Council is to consider the matter further including a possible speed survey and cooperation with Kent Police over a Speed Watch project. The speed limit through Hollingbourne is 30mph and there are many signs through the village which remind motorists of this fact but the limit is not enforced because of the lack of a regular police presence. However there have only been three accidents involving injuries in the last twenty years according to data supplied to the Parish Council. Pictured below is an upside down car in Eyhorne Street in June 2016. UPDATE – A speed survey has been arranged by the Parish Council.

An accident in Eyhorne Street in June 2016 where fortunately nobody was hurt. A number of accidents have occurred over the years on the same stretch of the B2163/C603.

Eyhorne Street residents have  been complaining about a mystery smell which may have been caused by smoke from a large bonfire or the spreading of fertiliser on local fields. No source has been positively identified.

The Fernham Homes development site next to Godfrey House has been fenced off in anticipation of  the start of construction of some 12 new houses. The Parish Council has no date for the start of works or when Eyhorne Street may be closed for the installation of services. The road through Hollingbourne was closed for a fortnight for the connection of the Godfrey Meadow development to mains services. The site entrance is pictured below.


A number of residents have registered their concern about the frequent fireworks displays at Leeds Castle which take place at around 10pm and which reportedly disturb pets and other animals as well as children. Hollingbourne Parish Council has no jurisdiction over this activity which takes place in the Parish of Leeds where the Parish Council also has not the power to restrict the shows. Any concerns about the fireworks displays and other noise problems should be sent to Maidstone Borough Council (Tel 01622-602000) or registered online at . Leeds Castle can be contacted on Tel 01622-765400 and the Chief Executive, Sir David Steel can be contacted at . This year’s big public Leeds Castle Fireworks Displays will be held on 3rd and 4th November. The Hollingbourne Fireworks Display will be on Friday 2nd November at Hollingbourne County Primary School.


The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street is organising a retro music and dance night on Saturday 22nd September in aid of the Project 100 scheme to plant hawthorn trees on the land of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. The evening includes entertainment from singer Vintage Ruby. All are invited to come in period costume and prizes are available for the best dressed.

Vintage Ruby.


Eyhorne Street is closed to through traffic on 24th September outside of Godfrey House to allow repairs to be done by Southern Water. The start date for the works which will last several days is 20th September.


The Pilgrim’s Way is closed to traffic at Thurnham from 9th September to 25th September for emergency repairs to the electricity supply. The formal closure notice is at  Public-Notice-Pilgrims-Way.doc (45 downloads)


There is no dog poo fairy in Hollingbourne! Although most dog owners pick up their dog poo in plastic bags not all take the bags home or place in the rubbish bins which are placed throughout the village or on the land of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust where there are at least three collection points. Filled poo bags have recently been seen hanging from hedges on the top of the wall on the entrance to the church yard in Church Meadow. Please dispose of your poo bags in the bins provided or take them home. There are bins on Eyhorne Green, Tanyard Green, at the end of Station Lane, opposite Hollingbourne School, and in Church Approach. Thank you!


Long term Eyhorne Street residents Sue and Dave Skinner are planning to move to Wales in October to be nearer their children. Dave has for many years done gardening and grass cutting work for the Hollingbourne Parish Council.


The sixteenth century Culpeper Needlework has now been restored and is now hanging in a showcase in the vestry of All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne. The Parochial Church Council plans to organise an open morning for public viewing in the near future with a talk about the history of the tapestry. A picture of the tapestry appears below.

The restored Culpeper tapestry in the refurbished showcase.


Maidstone Borough Council is conducting a survey about their Strategic Plan and budget spending from 2019 onwards. More details are at


Hollingbourne Parish Council has received feedback from Kent County Council on the Big Conversation earlier this year on rural transport and other services.  You can download the document at  Big-Conversation-Update..pdf (48 downloads)


The first frost of the Autumn was on the morning of 25th September just after the Autumn Equinox. Overnight the temperature just dropped marginally below freezing. More information about Hollingbourne weather is at


Hollingbourne Parish Council has received the September Report from the Kent Police Rural Liaison Team who can be contacted at . The full 15 page report can be downloaded at  Crag-Report-September.pdf (57 downloads)


Faversham and Mid Kent MP Mrs Helen Whately has distributed a September newsletter which can be viewed at


Hollingbourne Parish Council has been asked to publicise the Christmas Draw of the Heart of Kent Hospice which serves the Hollingbourne area. More details appear below.


Tickets will shortly be on sale for the Hollingbourne Pantomime Group Quiz Night in the Village Hall on 1st December. The 2019 production will be Rapunzel and will be directed by Colin Leggat. It will run from 13th to 19th February in the Village Hall.  Auditions will be held at 8pm on 24th October, 7.30pm on 31st October and at 6.30pm for children on 11th November. Reproduced below is the poster for the Quiz Night.