Pictures of the Hollingbourne Mid Summer Picnic organised by the WI and Hollingbourne Meadows Trust.

On the evening of Saturday 22nd June the Hollingbourne Women’s Institute and the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust organised a Mid Summer Picnic that was attended by over 100 villagers plus several family dogs. THe Picnic was on the Meadows Trust land near to the railway bridge in Culpeper Close. 

The WI sang Jerusalem and further entertainment was provided by Mixed Blessings and the last people left at about 2am on Sunday morning.

Sue Roberts of the Hollingbourne WI and a resident of Godfrey Meadows writes:

A huge thank you to everybody involved in the picnic for making it such a wonderful WI and Meadows Trust picnic, especially with the addition of the bird song walks from Andrew Snowdon and the lovely and talented ” Mixed Blessings”
It was lovely to see such a turn out from the village and everybody having such a great time. It demonstrated what a great community spirit there is in Hollingbourne

Below are some pictures of the event from Shaun Cardwell of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust and Sue Roberts of the Women’s Institute.

The crowd enjoying the singing of Mixed Blessings.


A view of the crowd on a sunny evening towards towards the railway line.


Andrew Snowdon with Bracken who led a bird song walk.
The WI Buffet in one of the Meadows Trust tents being supervised by Jenny Cox (front) who was celebrating her birthday, and Val Williams (rear).
Ben Williams of the Meadows Trust with local KCC Councillor Shellina Prendergast.
One of the many family dogs present enjoying the picnic.
Janice Butler of the WI enjoying an orange juice.
Two of the several firepits that kept the revellers warm as the sun went down.
Shaun Cardwell, Chairman of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust.
Two Eyhorne Street neighbours enjoying the evening.
Barbara Gibbs joining in the singing.
Another view of the revellers.
Jo Horton seriously studying a text.
A general view with some of the firepits in the foreground.
Alan Williams putting his hands up!
Sunset and the bird song walk led by Andrew Snowdon.
Keeping warm around the firepits after sunset.
The de-montage after the event using the Meadows Trust tractor.

The website of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust is and the website of the Hollingbourne WI is