Local author has her e-book cover selected a cover of the month plus other October news in brief – Updated through the month.

Upper Street author Pippa Joyner has had the cover of her The Old Oak Tree from her Anouka Chronicles series of children’s books selected as cover of the month by Allauthor.com who promote books by lesser known authors. Pippa frequently does book signings in branches of Waterstones and at other local events. More information is at  https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/2691/

Pictured below is Pippa at a recent book signing for another of her books.


Other News in brief posted in order of being received with the latest at the bottom of the page including “Lost and Found”.

Pupils of Hollingbourne County Primary School have been helping with the planting of 100 hawthorn trees on Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1. The tree will be dedicated at a special service led by the Reverend Paul Kite at 2pm on Sunday 11th November to which all are invited.

Long term Hollingbourne resident Rosemary Stratton was admitted at the beginning of the month to the Pye Oliver ward at Maidstone Hospital where she expects to be for a little while. She is a retired ward sister and an active member of All Saint’s Church congregation.

The Sugar Loaves PH is Eyhorne Street is recruiting bar staff. For further details Tel 880220.

Plans are in hand to revive the carol singing around the Tanyard Green Village Christmas tree on the evening of 19th December. More information is to follow.

Tickets are on sale in Christopher’s Village Shop for the Hollingbourne Fireworks display at 5.45pm onwards on Friday 2nd November at Hollingbourne CP School. Tickets are £5 with concessions. Attendees are asked to park away from the event as there is very limited parking.

A number of residents have complained about the noise from motor bike and quad bike events in the field alongside Greenway Court Road. Hollingbourne Parish Council has investigated this previously and Maidstone Borough Council cannot act if it a private event and does not occur more than fourteen times a year.

The M20 at Junction 8 is closed overnight (10pm to 6am) London bound to Maidstone from 15th to 21st October inclusive and coast bound to Ashford from 15th to 17th October inclusive. Work is progressing for Operation Brock between Junctions 8 and 9 which will be used as lorry park after Brexit with the London bound side of the M20 being used for traffic in both directions. It is expected that work will shortly be underway to allow non-lorry traffic to cross the central reservation at Hollingbourne and Ashford. The end of the Customs Union and single market will mean that thousands of lorries will have to queue for Customs at Dover and Eurotunnel and further arrangements for storing vehicles on the M26 are in hand.

The Bishop of Dover, the Rt. Rev. Trevor Willmott is to retire in May 2019. He is the Bishop for the Dioicese of Canterbury which includes All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne. Pictured below on the right is the Bishop at the licensing service in Boxley in September 2017 of the Hollingbourne Team Vicar, the Rev. Paul Kite and Captain Graham Bibby of the Church Army who is the Missioner for the North Downs Benefice.

Captain Graham Bibby, the Reverend Paul Kite, and the Bishop of Dover cutting a celebratory cake at the North Downs Licensing Service at Boxley on 25th September 2017.

The Number 13 bus service between Hollingbourne and Maidstone is suspended from 16th to 20th October because of a road closure in Leeds. Buses continue to run between Maidstone and Ashford with a stop at Hollingbourne Corner on the A20. It is understood that the B2163/C603 in Leeds has been partly closed because of a major water leak and that householders are being supplied with bottled water by South East Water.

A small number of Hollingbourne residents were among the over 600,000 protesters at the People’s Vote March in London on 20th October. Although most people in Kent voted to Leave at the June 2016 Referendum, a number of residents are concerned about the impact of Brexit on Kent and traffic on Hollingbourne in particular when and if Operation Brock becomes operational. This will mean using the M20 coastbound from Junction 8 in Hollingbourne to Junction 9 in Ashford as a lorry park with the rest of the traffic in both directions sharing the London bound side with a strengthened hard shoulder being used for traffic. There is concern that the new arrangements will affect local traffic if there are any accidents.

Marchers processing down Piccadilly on 20th October 2018 in support of a People’s Vote on Brexit.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has received a copy of the Section 106 Agreement for the development of a warehousing complex at Woodcut Farm at Junction 8 of the M20. The Agreement provides £10,000 for the planting of trees in the vicinity of the development. The agreement also provides for subsidising a bus service to the site for 15 years at the rate of £12,000pa. The development at the London end of Operation Brock was unsuccessfully opposed by Kent County Council, local Parish Councils, Leeds Castle, CPRE, thousands of local residents, and Mrs Helen Whately MP. The Section 106 Agreement can be downloaded at  Junction-8-17_502331_OUT-S106_Agreement-4346089.pdf (64 downloads)

Lost and Found – A bracelet has been found in Eyhorne Street and is presently being held in Christopher’s Village Shop awaiting a claimant.

No further progress has been made with the renewal of the Village Hall lease which expired in August 2016. EI Group PLC, the landlords of the Windmill and Sugar Loaves public houses as well as the Village Hall have so far declined to discuss the matter pending the development of 10 houses alongside the Windmill Lane Public Footpath which will require an easement from EI as they own part of the Lane. Earlier this year EI indicated that a new lease would be offered but nothing has happened to date. Despite local opposition planning permission was granted for the 10 detached houses in April but so far there has been no sign of any works. Work has started on the Fernham Homes site between Godfrey House and Claygate.

The 100,000th page view of the Hollingbourne Village website has just occurred since Kent County Council changed the format to WordPress in February 2017. This is the third format to be used after the site was launched in the Autumn of 2009. Using data previously supplied but no longer available each visitor  normally visits 2.5 pages which suggests that there have been some 40,000 visitors over the past 21 months or nearly 2000 a month. The busiest day was at the end of April when there were 642 page views following national media reports about local resident Dudley Wright of Snagbrook House. The website hosting is a free service from Kent County Council and Hollingbourne Parish Council has had little or no say in the design of the site.

Long term Hollingbourne resident Dudley Wright who was the produced the most page views in one day since the Hollingbourne website was launched.

Update – Horseshoes Lane Junction with B2163 – Leeds/Langley where there are severe traffic delays. The permit for the three way lights at the junction of Horseshoes Lane and the B2163 has again been extended as they are still unable to locate a route for the water main. The lights will be on site until 09/11/18. It is likely South East Water will need to close Horseshoes Lane to complete the installation. No closure order has been applied for yet advance warning signs will be up on site. This item is an extract from the Facebook page of Leeds KCC Councillor Gary Cooke.

South Eastern Trains appear to improving the footpath outside the station main entrance which eventually leads across the fields at the rear of Eyhorne street to Jack’s Alley. The new footpath on the down platform which was to replace the rail foot crossing continues to be locked up.

The Leeds Castle Foundation, a registered charity and company limited by guarantee announced in the Kent Messenger of 25th October that they were seeking two new Trustees with expertise in marketing and finance following a down turn in visitor numbers. The Castle is the largest local employer and traffic jams caused by events at the Castle are sometimes a source of local concern. None of the existing Trustees come from the Leeds or Hollingbourne areas and the closing date of 30th October made it very difficult for any local representation to join the Board of Trustees. Writing in the October Hollingbourne Church and Village News, CEO Sir David Steel reports that they have launched an Annual Review which is to “promote a greater understanding of the charity and what it does, both generally and most particularly for the local community“. The Annual Review is at https://leeds-castle.com/Leeds+Castle+Foundation/Leeds+Castle+Annual+Review . He also writes that the “Annual Review starts that process of engagement …”

All tickets for the WI Barn Dance in the Village Hall on Saturday 17th November have now been sold.

All Saints’ Church Christmas Cards are now on sale. Please see below for further information.



One with a Christmas greeting
the other left blank for your own message



Only £4.00 per pack of 10


Cards are sold after Sunday services
or contact Val Lurcock on 880694