Successful village litter pick-up morning.

Nearly 20 people attended the Hollingbourne litter pick-up this morning which started at 10.30am at Hasteds. Parish Councillor Andrea Marshall the organiser of the event, reports on the morning below.

I am pleased to say we had an excellent response to our request for litter picking volunteers.

We covered the entrance of the village including a short section along the A20, around the Village Hall, Hasteds, Musket Lane, Athelstan Green, Station approach, the Millennium Green and Upper Street as well as many other areas.

Ben Williams of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust kindly came back with his tractor and trailer and we loaded up all of the bags of rubbish which have now been left at the entrance to the station approach to make it easier for Maidstone Borough Council to collect.

Pictured below (top) is the team of Hollingbourne litter pickers in Hasteds, (middle) is Ben Williams and Parish Councillor Andrea Marshall with the bags that were collected, and (bottom) is the pile of bags at the end of Station Lane awaiting Collection by Maidstone Borough Council.

The Hollingbourne Litter pickers in Hasteds in March 2019.
Ben Williams of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust and Parish Councillor Andrea Marshall with the pile of litter bags in March 2019.
The Pile of bags awaiting collection by Maidstone Borough Council at the end of Station Lane in March 2019.


Meanwhile a number of other Hollingbourne residents were among the hundreds or maybe thousands from Kent who went to London to march for a People’s Vote on Brexit from Park Lane to Parliament Square.  Over half the passengers on London bound trains this morning appeared to be heading to the march. Around a million people are believed to have attended the march which brought Central London to a standstill.

Pictured below are scenes from the march including a group from the Faversham and Mid Kent constituency of Mrs Helen Whately MP.

People’s Vote March London 2019.
A float featuring Mrs May at the People’s Vote march in London.
A party from the Faversham and Kent constituency of Mrs Helen Whately MP. Mrs Whately is the MP for Hollingbourne and presently supports Brexit.

Over six thousand voters in Mrs Whately’s constituency have supported a petition to scrap Brexit which was started on 20th March. To date 4.7 million have signed up and more details are at

A petition to support leaving the EU without a deal which was started on 19th March has to date attracted half a million signatures. Please see This includes so far just under a thousand residents in Faversham and Mid Kent.