Heavy rain results in 2019 Fete loss of £653.

Heavy rain on Saturday 8th June meant that the attendance at the Hollingbourne Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show on Saturday 8th June was lower than in previous years when the sun has shone. At the July Parish Council Meeting Councillors were advised that the Fete had cost the Parish Council some £653 although a number of village organisations including the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust and the Hollingbourne CP School had generated surpluses in excess of the deficit which meant that overall Hollingbourne gained financially from the event.

The Parish Council’s income for the day was £2399 with the biggest source of income being the bar which generated £923. Costs came to £3052 with the principal expense being the mobile toilets at £860.

A Summer Fete Review meeting is to be held in early September and the provisional date for the 2020 event is Saturday 6th June. Other items discussed at the June meeting are reported in brief below the pictures.

Pictured below are some pictures of the Fete which was opened by James Findlay who received his MBE for services to Hollingbourne on the very day of the Fete in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

Jim Findlay MBE and Andrew Snowdon, compere for the Fete.
One of the many stalls braving the rain.
A popular plant stall at the 2019 Fete.
The pupils of Hollingbourne CP School Maypole Dancing in a brief respite from the rain.

Other matters considered at the July Parish Council Meeting included planning applications for a care home at White Heath next to the proposed Woodcut Farm development at Junction 8 of the M20 and two houses on the former Sheds and Shelter site at the corner of Upper Street and the Pilgrim’s Way. It was decided to oppose these applications on a number of grounds including the impact on traffic. The previously reported query about the spelling of one of the names on the Village War Memorial was further discussed and members of the Barling family, who were present at the Meeting, agreed to help with the cost of the name change. It was agreed that planning for Brexit would be discussed at the September Parish Council meeting on 9th September. Minutes of the July meeting will be published in due course.