Hollingbourne villagers staged a surprise 70th birthday party for Christopher Rudgard, the proprietor of Christopher’s Village Shop, in the Cardwell Pavilion on the evening of Friday 19th November. The event was attended by over 50 local residents and by members of his family.
The event also celebrated the sixth anniversary of the re-opening of the village shop by Christopher who is a a long term resident of Hollingbourne. Rita Moon and Val Williams and other members of the Women’s Institute organised the party. A birthday cake was presented to Christopher by Rita Moon on behalf on his customers and fellow residents of Hollingbourne.
Another local resident who celebrated a milestone birthday in the same week was Mrs Jean Talboys of Athelstan Green who was 80. Jean is the Secretary of the Hollingbourne Parochial Church Council as well as being active in many local organisations. She was presented with a birthday cake by members of the congregation following the morning service at All Saints’ Hollingbourne on Sunday 21st November.