Over 100 Hollingbourne residents and children from Hollingbourne County Primary School gathered at Hollingbourne Village War Memorial at just before 11am this morning for a brief ceremony of remembrance for those from Hollingbourne died in both World Wars. The ceremony which included a one minute’s silence was led by Captain Graham Bibby of the Church Army.
Children from Hollingbourne County Primary School read out the names of the Hollingbourne dead on the Village War Memorial as well as the payers.
Yesterday morning on Remembrance Sunday there was a brief service in All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne at 9.30am and a longer service at 11am in Saint Nicholas’ Church in Leeds which was conducted by Father Anthony from the North Downs Benefice.
Wreaths were laid at the events by representatives of the Leeds and Hollingbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion and other local organisations including Hollingbourne Parish Council. One wreath was laid by Barbara Gibbs in memory of the two British servicemen who are buried in the Templeuve Cemetery in France.
All of the local Remembrance and Armistice Day events were organised by the Leeds and Hollingbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion who held their Annual General Meeting on 5th November in the Village Hall. At the meeting it was decided to place the branch under the administration of Kent County RBL because of the lack of new members for the Committee. In the past the Branch has been Kent Branch of the Year and has raised thousands of pounds every year selling poppies.
Over the last few years Hollingbourne has lost many clubs and organisations including the Cricket and Football Clubs, the Hollingbourne Society, the Darby and Joan Club, the Scouts, the Guides, the Templeuve Twinning Association, and a Youth Club. The few remaining active societies generally rely on non-residents to keep going. During the same period the village has lost shops, a full time Post Office, a dispensing doctor’s surgery, and a Police House despite gaining a number of new houses.
Pictured below is the Armistice Day event at the Hollingbourne Village War Memorial.