Hollingbourne Outdoor Art Festival announced and other July news in brief – updated through the month.

The Hollingbourne Meadows Trust is to hold an Outdoor Art Festival on 2nd September and further details are below.


Other News in brief.


The time of the last post from Eyhorne Green from Monday to Friday has been brought forward by 15 minutes to 4.45pm from 2nd July. Other local postboxes have had their times brought forward by 15 minutes including the one opposite the School and the one opposite the All Saints’ Church. The Saturday collection is not affected and post will continue to be collected from Christopher’s Village Shop in Eyhorne Street at about 1.30pm each weekday.


As from 9th July KMTV can be received on Channel 7 in more parts of Kent including parts of Bearsted and Harrietsham but not in Hollingbourne so far. This follows changes to the Bluebell Hill Freeview transmitter. More changes are expected on 19th July after which it may be necessary to re-tune local televisions. KMTV is a partnership between the Kent Messenger Group and the University of Kent. DAB radio reception continues to be poor in Hollingbourne with only a few stations being available and no BBC Radio 4. There are also problems with the internet with very low speeds in some parts of the area including along the Pilgrim’s Way and on to of the North Downs.


The Annual Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show on 9th June produced a surplus of £549.30 for the Parish Council subject to final audit. The provisional date for the 2019 event is 8th June.


The Hollingbourne Parish Council Meeting on 9th July resolved to spend £682.60 on two speed counters on the B2163 through Hollingbourne for a survey in September on speed through the village following  a local petition to reduce speed through the village. Concern was expressed about the accident on 29th June opposite the School and Councillors were advised of the road safety worries of residents. Representatives of Kent Police at the meeting suggested that local residents might like to participate in a Speed Watch programme and further information was promised.

Members were advised that during the last 19 years that official statistics only recorded 2 serious accidents in the village and only 11 minor ones. Accidents not involving injuries are unrecorded including a collision with a house in Eyhorne Street in 2017 which took 13 months to repair. Hollingbourne has a speed limit of 30mph through the village with signs at both ends of the village that request motorists at  to drive carefully as well as other road safety indicators. There is also a solar powered reactive speed sign opposite Godfrey House which was partly financed by the surplus from a Village Fete and which regularly records vehicles travelling in excess of the limit which is generally not enforced. Although there are many signs advising motorists of the speed restrictions, many drivers ignore them and Kent Police rarely prosecute.

Pictured below is the stationary vehicle that was involved in the accident on 29th June. It is understood that Kent Police attended this incident and that further action may be taken.


Eyhorne Street resident Andrea Marshall was co-opted as a Parish Councillor at the July Parish Council Meeting. Andrea has lived in Hollingbourne for 19 years and is employed in the agri-business sector. She is pictured below with Chairman Adam Ward in the Cardwell Pavilion.


Possibly the last Twinning Event between Hollingbourne and Templeuve is a visit to the French town for the Bastille Day weekend from 13th to 15th July when the Tour de France passes through the town and the World Cup Final between France and Croatia is shown on a big screen in the grounds of the Chateau Baratte in the centre of Templeuve. Although both Hollingbourne Parish Council and Templeuve Town Council are keen that the relationship, that was established in March 2013 continues, the Templeuve Twinning Committee has ceased to exist. Mr Luc Monnet, Mayor of Templeuve and Mr Patrick Robert who is charged by the Department du Nord with promoting Twinning are visiting Hollingbourne on 17th July to meet the Hollingbourne Twinning Committee in order to discuss the matter. UPDATE on 17th July – A further meeting is planned for September in Hollingbourne when a new Templeuve Chairman is expected to have been appointed. UPDATE on 31st July – Pictures of the 13th to 15th July celebrations in Templeuve are at http://www.ville-templeuve.fr/15-juillet-a-templeuve-en-pevele/

Pictured below (top) is the Chateau Baratte which is the site for the big screen for the World Cup Final and which may be last event attended by Hollingbourne visitors. (Bottom) is the Salver presented to Hollingbourne in 2013 which at the beginning of the Twinning arrangement.

Pictured left is Luc Monnet, Mayor of Templeuve and right is Mike Bedwell, Mayor of Templeuve in Templeuve Town Hall with the salver that was present to the Hollingbourne on the occasion of the signing of the Twinning Agreement in 2013. The agreement had also been previously signed in Leeds Castle a short time before.

The new Hollingbourne PCSO Daniel Genn is holding an open evening from 7pm on Friday 3rd August at the Cardwell Pavilion. More details are below.

Over 12,500 people attended the 40th Annual Leeds Classical Concert on 14th July. The date for the 2019 is 13th July and tickets are at a reduced price until 31st August.  Use code LC2019 when booking your tickets and pay from only £37 picnic or £47 seated. For more details call 0845 652 6262 to secure your tickets now. Hospitality and catering packages will go on sale later in 2018.

The Windmill PH by Richard Phillips in Eyhorne Street is not holding their Annual Hollingbourne Beer and Music Festival this July.

All Saints’ Church is to hold a Parish Vision session after the Harvest Festival Service on 7th October with members of the congregation being asked for their views on the future of the church in Hollingbourne. A subsequent session will be held on 14th October and the Parochial Church Council will consider the responses at a meeting on the morning of the 20th October. Other special services and events include a service for Pets on at 3.30pm on Sunday 16th September and a Mental Health Mates Walk and Talk at 2.30pm on Sunday 9th September. For more details please see below.

John Cobbett represented Hollingbourne Parish Council at the Mayor of Maidstone’s Garden Party in Turkey Mill on the afternoon of 25th July. The event, hosted by Councillor David Naghi, was in said of his nominated charities including Maidstone Sea Cadets, Age UK, and the Princess Trust was attended by around 200 people. Local KCC Councillor Shellina Prendergast won a tin of biscuits in the raffle.

Pictured below is part of the extensive gardens of Turkey Mill which is next to the Ashford Road and which borders on to Mote Park.


The lunar eclipse on 27th July was obscured by dense cloud and could not be seen from Hollingbourne. From 9.21pm to 10.13pm it should have been possible to see a red moon. The dense cloud was accompanied by some rain at the end of a hot day when the temperature recorded by the Eyhorne Street weather station reached 32 degrees. For more information please go to http://www.hollingbourneweather.co.uk/HOLLINGBOURNE_WEATHER/Welcome.html

Pictured below the red moon which should have been visible in Hollingbourne.

The Women’s Institute has decided not to run their popular Annual Safari Market which is normally held on a Saturday in September. Some 400 leaflets were sent out to residents a few months ago asking if they would like a Market this year and only 6 people replied. It was  then decided not to hold the event. Their principal fund raising event will be a Barn Dance in the Village Hall on Saturday 17th November. Tickets will be £8 to include a supper.


Marjorie Odgers. who worked for many years in the Hair Team hairdressers in Eyhorne Street, died on Sunday 29th July after a long illness. Although she lived for many years in Loose she actually passed away in a nursing home close to her family in Lincolnshire where the funeral is to be held on 20th August.


Finally Hollingbourne County Primary School is holding a September Social on Saturday 15th September from 2pm to 5pm and all are welcome. More details are below.