Over 60 people attend the Hollingbourne Annual Parish Assembly.

Over 60 local residents and others attended the Hollingbourne Parish Assembly in the Village Hall yesterday evening. The event, which was organised by Hollingbourne Parish Council, featured presentations by a dozen local organisations.

Parish Council Chairman Adam Ward opened the proceedings by giving a short report on the last year and plans for the future including the redecoration of the Cardwell Pavilion, new benches at points, in the Village, and an upgrade of the facilities on the Lance Memorial Playing Field.

Presentations followed by PCSO Daniel Genn on speeding in Eyhorne Street, Annie Kemkaran- Smith on Leeds Castle’s 900th  anniversary, Shiela Wicks on the Short Mat Bowls Club which attracts players from not just Hollingbourne, and by Jeremy Hinchliffe of the First Aid Team on the newly installed de-fibrillators at the Village Hall and the School. A number of people asked Annie Kemkaran-Smith, the Curator at Leeds Castle, about the possibility of ticket concessions for local residents who are affected by the traffic and noise from Castle events. She promised to refer the matter to the senior management at the Castle.

After a break for refreshments Richard Knox Johnston from CPRE talked about the need for a Neighbourhood Plan in order to control speculative development in the area and Christine Vant from South East Water talked about their various social tariffs including one which capped water bills for households with an income of less than £16,105 pa, More information is at https://www.southeastwater.co.uk/get-help/im-struggling-to-pay-my-bill

Other local groups including the WI, the Meadows Trust, the Church, the All Saints’ bell ringers,the RBL, and the School gave short presentations and Helen Bradley-Wyatt, Head of Hollingbourne CP School, announced that the School Hall is now available for private hire and that she would like to use local trades people to work on the School when required. The presentation from All Saints’ Parish Church was given by Jim Findlay who stood down as a Churchwarden after 10 years in post at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 28th April.

The evening ended with an with an announcement by June Pockett (Tel. 880763) of Upper Street that she is to be the new Hollingbourne Helpers Coordinator and a report from John Holley of the Village Hall Committee about the status of the Village Hall because the landlords, EI Group PLC, are yet to renew the lease which expired in August 2016. He also announced that the Hall would be used daily by the Harrietsham Pre School from September which would help with the Hall’s financial position.

Pictured below are some views of the Assembly.

Left to right PC Councillor Susan Bauer, PC Chairman Adam Ward, PC Councillor Andrea Marshall and others. PC Clerk, Vicki Smith (standing by the door).
Jeremy Hichliffe of the First Aid Team drawing the very popular raffle.


The audience at the 2019 Annual Assembly. Picture Andrea Marshall.