Calendar

Feb
27
Thu
Open Mic Thursday on the North Downs. @ The Hook and Hatchet PH,
Feb 27 all-day

The Hook and Hatchet Public House in Hucking can be reached by going up Hollingbourne Hill and then turning left and then left again past Hucking Church. Alternatively it can be reached by going up Broad Street Hill from the Pilgrim’s Way. It is also next to the Hucking Estate of the Woodland Trust which is popular with dog walkers. The PH holds a number of regular events. Please Read More for further information.

The Hook and Hatchet programme of events – October 2019.

The website of the Hook and Hatchet PH is https://www.hookandhatchetpub.co.uk/

Thursday Night is Quiz Night. @ The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street.
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Are you Mensa or Densa? The Sugar Loaves hosts a weekly quiz night with an entry fee of £1.

Other regular events are Fish Nights every Friday from 5pm to 9pm, a Cheese Club on Saturdays at 1pm, and Vinyl Record Nights on the first Saturday of each month.

For more information about the Sugar Loaves please go http://www.sugarloaveshollingbourne.co.uk/index

Hollingbourne is fortunate to have three pubs and other two have steak nights on Tuesdays and the Windmill has fish and chips on Thursdays for £7.50.

For more information about the Windmill in Eyhorne Street please go to http://www.thewindmillbyrichardphillips.co.uk/

For more information about the Dirty Habit in Upper Street on the Pilgrim’s and North Downs Way please go to http://www.elitepubs.com/the_dirtyhabit/

Pictured below is Steve Thomas who is the licensees of the Sugar Loaves which offers darts, pool, and bat and trap games as well as traditional pub food.

 

Feb
29
Sat
Saddle Up Saturday on the North Downs. @ The Hook and Hatchet PH,
Feb 29 all-day

The Hook and Hatchet Public House in Hucking can be reached by going up Hollingbourne Hill and then turning left and then left again past Hucking Church. Alternatively it can be reached by going up Broad Street Hill from the Pilgrim’s Way. It is also next to the Hucking Estate of the Woodland Trust which is popular with dog walkers. The PH holds a number of regular events. Please Read More for further information.

The Hook and Hatchet programme of events – October 2019.

The website of the Hook and Hatchet PH is https://www.hookandhatchetpub.co.uk/

Mar
3
Tue
Two Wheeled Tuesday on the North Downs. @ The Hook and Hatchet PH
Mar 3 all-day

The Hook and Hatchet Public House in Hucking can be reached by going up Hollingbourne Hill and then turning left and then left again past Hucking Church. Alternatively it can be reached by going up Broad Street Hill from the Pilgrim’s Way. It is also next to the Hucking Estate of the Woodland Trust which is popular with dog walkers. The PH holds a number of regular events. Please Read More for further information.

The Hook and Hatchet programme of events – October 2019.

The website of the Hook and Hatchet is https://www.hookandhatchetpub.co.uk/

Mar
5
Thu
@ Ashford Road Flyover
Mar 5 all-day

Road Closure – Ashford Road Flyover, Hollingbourne – 5 March 2020 (Maidstone)

Kent County Council have announced that it will be necessary to close Ashford Road Flyover, Hollingbourne from 5th March 2020 for up to 1 Day.

The road will be closed at the flyover going over access to Junction 8 of the M20.

The alternative route is straight ahead 2nd exit on roundabout.

This is to enable grass and hedge cutting works to be carried out by Kent County Council.

Open Mic Thursday on the North Downs. @ The Hook and Hatchet PH,
Mar 5 all-day

The Hook and Hatchet Public House in Hucking can be reached by going up Hollingbourne Hill and then turning left and then left again past Hucking Church. Alternatively it can be reached by going up Broad Street Hill from the Pilgrim’s Way. It is also next to the Hucking Estate of the Woodland Trust which is popular with dog walkers. The PH holds a number of regular events. Please Read More for further information.

The Hook and Hatchet programme of events – October 2019.

The website of the Hook and Hatchet PH is https://www.hookandhatchetpub.co.uk/

Thursday Night is Quiz Night. @ The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street.
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Are you Mensa or Densa? The Sugar Loaves hosts a weekly quiz night with an entry fee of £1.

Other regular events are Fish Nights every Friday from 5pm to 9pm, a Cheese Club on Saturdays at 1pm, and Vinyl Record Nights on the first Saturday of each month.

For more information about the Sugar Loaves please go http://www.sugarloaveshollingbourne.co.uk/index

Hollingbourne is fortunate to have three pubs and other two have steak nights on Tuesdays and the Windmill has fish and chips on Thursdays for £7.50.

For more information about the Windmill in Eyhorne Street please go to http://www.thewindmillbyrichardphillips.co.uk/

For more information about the Dirty Habit in Upper Street on the Pilgrim’s and North Downs Way please go to http://www.elitepubs.com/the_dirtyhabit/

Pictured below is Steve Thomas who is the licensees of the Sugar Loaves which offers darts, pool, and bat and trap games as well as traditional pub food.

 

Mar
7
Sat
Saddle Up Saturday on the North Downs. @ The Hook and Hatchet PH,
Mar 7 all-day

The Hook and Hatchet Public House in Hucking can be reached by going up Hollingbourne Hill and then turning left and then left again past Hucking Church. Alternatively it can be reached by going up Broad Street Hill from the Pilgrim’s Way. It is also next to the Hucking Estate of the Woodland Trust which is popular with dog walkers. The PH holds a number of regular events. Please Read More for further information.

The Hook and Hatchet programme of events – October 2019.

The website of the Hook and Hatchet PH is https://www.hookandhatchetpub.co.uk/

Vinyl Record Night. @ The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street.
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Other regular events include the Cheese Club every Saturday at 1pm when customers are invited to bring along a cheese of their choice to share and a Six Round Quiz every Thursday night at 8pm with a snow ball jackpot. A weekly Friday Fish Night started in September 2017  plus a Steak Night on Wednesdays. For further information please Tel 880220.
Pictured below is the Sugar Loaves in Eyhorne Street.
The Sugar Loaves in the Eyhorne Street Conservation Area in Hollingbourne, Kent.
Mar
8
Sun
Anniversary of announcement of CTRL route on 8th March 1989. @ Eyhorne Street to Upper Street
Mar 8 all-day

This day marks the anniversary of the first route announcement for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link when the alignment through Cotuam’s Meadow was chosen instead of the three previously publicised routes through Kent including the one that would have gone through Culpepper Close. It was not until the passing of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act in 1996 that the Route was finalised. Most affected residents did not receive compensation for the blight on their homes until 2007.

At all times during the consultation and construction period of the CTRL, now known as HS1, it was made clear that only passenger trains would use the line. HS1 is currently carrying about a third of the expected passenger traffic and HS1 have previously announced that they wish to run freight trains on the line. The current passenger traffic is split between international and commuter trains which did not form part of the original plans. Unfortunately the commuter service does not stop near Hollingbourne so local residents have to continue to use the South Eastern Trains service which takes just over an hour to get to London. South Eastern Train fares from Hollingbourne and other stations in the area have been increased to part finance the rolling stock on the HS1 commuter services.

The line cost over £5 billion to build and was over budget and the 12 million passengers a year who use the line are not enough to make the line financially viable. At one time it looked as though the subsidies to the line were equivalent to £1 per passenger mile. Since the announcement of HS2 which is the proposed new high speed line from London to the North, there have been a number of visits to Hollingbourne from interested parties to see the impact of HS1 on the village.Since completion at enormous cost to the tax-payer both HS1 and the UK’s 40% interest in Eurostar, the train operator, has been sold off to foreign interests at a loss.

The campaign against the line was fought by many villages over a number of years and there was a minor victory in 1993 when the Government agreed to build a cut and cover tunnel under Eyhorne Street at the entrance to the village from the A20 instead of the planned cutting. This followed a well publicised offer by residents to fund the £5 million tunnel themselves. After raising £100 and with the benefit of international media coverage, the Government’s Transport Minister Mr Roger Freeman agreed to fund the tunnel whilst on a visit to Kent during the period of the widespread publicity about Hollingbourne’s offer.Hollingbourne Parish Council. For a report at the time in The Independent about the tunnel campaign please go to http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/jim-white-on-friday-if-they-wont-build-us-a-tunnel-well-dig-our-own-the-channel-rail-link-is-casting-2325632.html

Another long standing transport and environmental issue is the surface noise on the M20 between Junctions 8 and 9. The Highways Agency promised to resurface the motorway to bring it up to EU standards by 2005. No date has been given for this work which will improve the quality of life in Hollingbourne. The matter has been raised with local elected representatives on countless occasions over the years to no avail. A limited resurfacing on the coastbound side only was promised for 2019.

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