Holes ready for Project 100 Hawthorn Tree memorial for the centenary of the end of WW1

The Project 100 Team has almost finished preparing the space on the land of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust behind Tilefields for the planting of 100 hawthorn trees to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. The trees will be arriving shortly and it is expected that they will be planted in early October.

The official opening will be at 2pm on Sunday 11th November with a service conducted by the Hollingbourne Team Vicar, the Reverend Paul Kite. Among the invited guests are the Mayor of Maidstone, Councillor David Naghi, and local MP Mrs Helen Whately, as well as local Councillors and others. The Hollingbourne Women’s Institute is doing the catering.

All of the trees can be sponsored in memory of a relative who died in WW1 and the first fifty will be restricted to Hollingbourne residents. The price per tree is £295 and more information is available from Shaun Cardwell (Tel 880199). It is hoped that Project 100 will also raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

The next fund raising event will be a 1940’s and 1950’s retro music and dance night in the Sugar Loaves Public House in Eyhorne Street which will feature an appearance by singer Vintage Ruby. Prizes will be given for the best dressed.

Pictured below is some of the current work on the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land.

Left to right Derek Davison, Bob Young, Ian Willy, Ben Williams, and Shaun Cardwell.
On the left is a line of holes which have been dug and are awaiting the fertiliser ready for the new planting.
Shaun Cardwell hard at work digging a hole for one of the hawthorns.

Finally a picture of Vintage Ruby who will be appearing at the Sugar Loaves on 22nd September in aid of Project 100.

Vintage Ruby.