Diocese of Canterbury calls for day of prayer for Brexit and other March news in brief – UPDATED through the month.

The Diocese of Canterbury which includes All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne is supporting a day of prayer on 30th March following Brexit on 29th March. A special prayer has been published which is reproduced below.

God of hope,

in these times of changes,

unite our nation and guide our leaders with your wisdom.

Give us courage to overcome our fears,

and help us to build a future

in which all may prosper and share;

through Jesus Christ Our Lord.



The Hollingbourne Meadows Trust is helping with the planting of over 400 trees at Hollingbourne County Primary School. These include cherry, beech, oak, and pine. The website of the Meadows Trust is http://www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk/ and that of the School is http://www.hollingbourne.kent.sch.uk/


A large congregation in Hollingbourne Church on the morning of 17th March heard a presentation on the treasures of the church by Bruce Rylands of The Arts Society, formerly NADFAS.

Pictured below are Gill Brown and Andrew Brice looking a some of the church records.

Left to right Andrew Brice and Gill Brown in All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne – March 2019.


The planned day trip to Templeuve on Sunday 24th March has been cancelled due to a combination of factors including a lack of numbers and the fact that traffic jams are expected around the ports of Dover and Calais due to well publicised industrial action by French Customs Officials. Please see http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/ . This was to have been the last twinning visit to Templeuve before the scheduled day of Brexit on 29th March after which it will be necessary to obtain an International Driving Permit from the Post Office at a cost of £5.50 and to hold a Green Motor Insurance Card as well as having some health insurance to replace the EHIC card which will no longer be valid. The nearest Post Office that issues International Driving Permits is in WHS Smith in Week Street, Maidstone.


Representatives of Hollingbourne, Wychling, and Stockbury Parish Councils met with Local MBC Councillor Patrik Garten and Mrs Jamie Duffy, the MBC Waste Crime Team Manager on 19th March at the MBC Park Wood Deport to discuss fly-tipping which is a major concern across the North Downs. The four strong Waste Crime Team was established in 2018 since which time 10 fly-tipping vehicles and been seized and 46 abandoned vehicles have been collected. Fly-tipping attracts a £400 fixed penalty and the Team is currently using PIR CCTV cameras in known fly-tipping locations to catch offenders. Each camera costs £369 and sends 3 images per incident back by 4G to Park Wood. Where the cameras are installed there are also CCTV warning signs in the area. Although the MBC Crime Team staff can only police fly-tipping on public land or on the edges of private land, they can liaise with local landowners to remove rubbish and will work with the Highways Agency if rubbish is thrown from the M20 on to adjoining private property as has happened recently in the case of some Hollingbourne houses on the Ashford Road. Mr Duffy promised to have a drive against fly-tipping on the North Downs including Hollingbourne in the near future and welcomes suggestions for the location of his CCTV cameras. Please send your suggestions for suitable places to jamieduffy@maidstone.gov.uk  Please Note: A Hollingbourne Village Litter Pick Up morning has been arranged for Saturday 23rd March starting at 10.30am in Hasteds. All are welcome.


The weekly Wednesday Post Office in Christopher’s Village Shop in Eyhorne Street is not due to operate on 27th March due to staff holidays. The Post Office is operated from 10am to 1pm by the Headcorn Post Office who also provide weekly Post Office services in other villages. Although the Post Office counter will not open, the rest of Christopher’s Shop will trade as normal.


Churchwarden Jim Findlay of Broad Street has announced his intention to stand down as Churchwarden after 10 years in post at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in All Saints’ Church on 28th April.


The intermittent water leak from a manhole in the middle of Eyhorne Street near to the Village Shop (ME17 1TS) has been reported twice to South East Water (Tel 0333 000 0365) and action is promised although the matter may be referred to Southern Water. No information is available about the damp patch opposite the Fernham Homes building site in Eyhorne Street.


The second defibrillator for the Village will be installed outside of Hollingbourne CP School in April. The first one has been successfully installed outside the Village Hall. There will be briefing on the defibrillators at the Annual Parish Assembly in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th April.


The Spring 2019 Newsletter of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Mr Matthew Scott, can be downloaded at Kent-PCC-Spring-2019-Newsletter.pdf (6 downloads)


The Hollingbourne Pantomime Group AGM was held on 20th March and it was decided that the 2020 pantomime will be loosely based on the story of Frankenstein with Doctor Frankenstein being a woman whop decides to make herself a perfect man. Auditions will be held in October and the show performed in February in the Village Hall.


Doors rattled in the houses of Godfrey Meadow in the early hours of Thursday 29th March when a small earthquake affected parts of Kent. The earthquake registered 4.2 on the Richter scale. Kent has a history of earthquakes including one that damaged Hollingbourne church in 1315.


Harrietsham Pre School is moving from Harrietsham to Hollingbourne Village Hall in September. The website of Harrietsham Pre School is https://www.harrietshampreschool.co.uk/ Hollingbourne Pre School will continue to operate at the Cardwell Pavilion.


An Easter Saturday Church Open Day from 11am to 2pm is planned for the 20th April at All Saints’ Church when the church’s treasures including the recently restored Culpeper tapestry will be on display. A morning devoted to the tapestry has been provisionally arranged for 10am to midday on 15th June when Alex Seth-Smith, the conservator of the tapestry, will be in attendance.

Pictured below is part of the Culpeper Tapestry which is in the Vestry.

The Culpeper tapestry with grapes on the edge.