Prices announced for Brickfields Close and other September 2019 news in brief – Updated through the month.

Fernham Homes have announced their prices for the Ellesmere development of 12 houses in Brickfields Close to the east of Eyhorne Street. Their price list is reproduced below.

There are no “affordable” homes in the development and most of Section 106 payments paid by Fernham Homes for affordable housing and school facilities will be spent elsewhere in Maidstone. Some monies will be received by Hollingbourne Parish Council for playground equipment.

Brickfields Close House prices September 2019.

 

Over 150 people attended the celebration of the life of former Hollingbourne resident Alan Davison in the Sugar Loaves PH on 14th September. Alan died at his  home in France in the summer and the event was organised by the Davison family of Hollingbourne. It has been reported that the Sugar Loaves ran out of beer!

 

The Autumn Show of the Leeds Castle and Hollingbourne Garden Society was held in Hollingbourne Village Hall on 14th September. Chairman John Ross said “It was another very enjoyable Show with a good display of the Village children’s art too”. The Annual Supper will be held on 12th October. More information is at https://www.lchgardensociety.co.uk/#!

 

Long term Hollingbourne resident and Pantomime veteran Arthur Clarke, of the Pilgrim’s Way, has sadly had a leg removed in Pembury Hospital. Since the Hollingbourne Pantomime Group was founded over 40 years ago, he has not missed a production. It is understood that he is making a slow recovery.

 

The Harrietsham Pre School Group is now using Hollingbourne Village Hall while the Hollingbourne Pre School Group continue to occupy the Cardwell Pavilion.

 

Hospital Road will be closed to traffic on Monday 7th October. More information is at https://www.hollingbournepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/event/temporary-closure-of-hospital-road/?instance_id=2061

 

A memorial service was held in All Saints’ Church Hollingbourne on 21st September for former Hollingbourne resident Margaret Warren who died earlier this year at the age of 103. She was a member of the Leeds and Hollingbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion and held children to learn to read at Hollingbourne CP School for many years.

 

The last weekly Wednesday weekly Post Office in the Village Shop will be on 25th September. The Post Office is expected to reopen in November or when Woods of Hollingbourne start to trade. The nearest Post Office is in Bearsted and the closest cash machines are at the Junction 8 Motorway Service Area and at the Tesco Express in Bearsted. Daily newspapers will continue to be available from Christopher Rudgard at his home in Eyhorne Street.

 

The Annual All Saints’ Church Harvest Supper scheduled for 4th October in the Hollingbourne Village Hall has been cancelled. Saint Margaret’s Church in Hucking. also one of the Pilgrim’s Way Parishes group of churches, will hold their Songs of Praise and Harvest Supper at 6pm on Sunday 20th October.

 

Over 2000 people attended the opening of the ninth public house venture on the A28 of Greenway resident Martial Chaussy who runs the Dirty Habit is Upper Street. His mother from France formally opened the Pig and Sty on 21st September which has a rocking horse themed restaurant with items provided by Stevenson Brothers of Bethersden.

 

The Kent Association of Local Councils has sent Hollingbourne Parish Council two newsletters from Kent Police relating to rural crime which can be downloaded. The autumn edition of Rural Matters is at Kent-Police-Rural-Mattters-Magazine-Autumn-2019..pdf (14 downloads) . The September Crag Report is at Kent-Police-Rural-Task-Force-Crag-Report-20th-September-19.pdf (12 downloads)

 

Local MBC Councillor Patrik Garten advised the September meeting of Hollingbourne Parish Council that Maidstone borough Council is preparing for communal rubbish collections instead of individual ones if there are major traffic issues caused by Operation Brock on the M20 after Brexit. No information is yet available as to the location of a Hollingbourne rubbish collection point. Although it was not discussed the local bus service may be affected  as well as emergency services if there are traffic issues around Junction 8 of the M20 in Hollingbourne. Maidstone Borough Council’s Brexit advice is at https://www.maidstone.gov.uk/home/brexit-advice

 

The last whistle for Hollingbourne Football Club may have been blown as the Club will not be active in the 2019-20 season. Presently the Lance Memorial Playing Field is being used by the Roseacre Rangers FC. The Club has joined the list of Hollingbourne organisations which have become dormant including the Cricket Club, the Hollingbourne Society, and the Darby and Joan Club. The Royal British Legion is currently seeking new members and a Committee and more details are available from Derek Davison (Tel. 880650).

 

Progress is being made with Hollingbourne’s own garden bridge across a stream on land owned by the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust to the east of Eyhorne Street. However more volunteers are wanted to help with the task which is being organised by Ben Williams. You can contact Ben at   eyhornecottage@btinternet.com  . More information is available about the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust, a registered charity and company limited by guarantee at http://www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk/

Pictured below is Ben Williams on site just after the installation of the water pipe. 

The newly installed water pipe between the the two bridge piers which are designed to attract wildlife.