Hollingwood Residents Association

August 2014 037 August 2014 043The annual HRA Summer Fair  at the Hollingwood attracted crowds of visitors with stalls, competitions, attractions, live music and – of course – HRA’s famous burgers.

HRA volunteers organise family events throughout the year and their events later this year include a Hallowe’en Party, a Christmas Market and a Christmas Party.

They also take a leading role in village matters and are currently helping to set up a toddler group and investigating ways of improving the local park. For more information, see HRA on Facebook


Lottery Funding Awarded for WW1 Project

FOSTA logoHLF logoThe Friends of St Andrew’s (F.O.S.T.A.) have been awarded £4000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for their WW1 project, “Barrow Hill: A Community Remembers.”


Some of the grant will be used to restore the war memorial plaque  which was erected in 1920 in memory of those from both Barrow Hill and Hollingwood who died in the First World War. The garden will also be restored and a re-dedication service will be held at the memorial later this year. Hollingwood village was not built until the late 1920s and the WW1 casualties who lived on Hollingwood Common are commemorated at Barrow Hill.

FOSTA have researched the lives of all of these men and will produce a Book of Remembrance as well as a village trail with plaques on the houses (which still exist) where these men lived. There will be an exhibition at St Andrew’s Church on 13th September and this will be available afterwards to other groups and venues.

The project will cost almost £7000 in total and generous donations from local people, relatives of casualties and community associations have already reached £1000.

WW1 Eve of Centenary

St Andrew’s Church at Barrow Hill was open on Sunday 3rd August for people to call in and light a candle to remember those who fought in the First World War.

A candle-lit vigil was held at 6pm the same evening and included readings, poetry, music and reflections by local community representatives, relatives of casualties and pupils of local schools. Candles were also provided for people to take part in  “Lights Out”  on 4th August.