Welcome to the Official Web site for the Village of

Great Holland 

Old Rec Swan Tree Tunnel Manor Rd Duck


www.Greatholland.com - an invaluable resource for those that Live, Work, Visit and Play or are simply interested in life within the fantastic Village which is Great Holland.

 As with all good web sites, the content and layout will be forever changing as people submit ideas and make contributions. 

The page Contact Us(left) offers the chance to leave feedback on the site and all thoughts will be considerered in great detail !

          What's New ?              





Autumn is coming .... 


...but before reaching for that room thermostat, why not keep warm by reading the latest edition of Village Voice magazine ?

The articles contained within are almost certain to warm the spirit - and failing that, you can always use the printed version as a layer of insulation



Click on the image left.




The Great Holland Church & Village Fete 2016.

Did you miss this year's fete ?  

Were you too were busy getting Engaged and jetting off to the Caribbean....

Well fret no more - click here for a photographic extravaganza.

and for those 'more committed' who attended, re-live the moment and see if your image was captured....





Update on the Future of 
Great Holland Village Store.


* * * * * STOP PRESS * * * * *

Latest, exciting news from Roger, "we are in negotiations with a very local person who would like to run the shop and Post Office. they seem very enthusiastic about the idea. Fingers crossed, that the village will have a shop again."

* * * * * * * *

You may recall some time back that Roger Frere published an open letter to the village (click here)  on the intention of re-opening the Village Store.

Since then numerous attempts to find a tenant have resulted in failure (and cost).

Roger writes :


For the last three years we have tried tirelessly to find a tenant to take over the shop ( as a shop and Post Office). We have had at least three potential tenants but have either backed out at the last minute or just ceased communication. Certainly not because of asking for an excessive rent. 

I have to say that I have been impressed by my owners  determination to provide this essential facility to the village.  They were more than prepared to spend in excess of £40,000 on refurbishing,  updating and subsidising the rent for a number of years, just to get the shop up and running.

I actually think we have been hoodwinked to stop us opening it, by others with an ulterior motive.  However, with deep regret and personal sadness after three years it is time to look into other avenues to justify it’s existence. 

We will be asking the local council for change of use into a domestic dwelling.  I emphasise that I and my owners are not happy with this outcome but needs must. I personally feel that they have done all that they set out to do for the village.  


Unless others can come up with a plan…..Please.


Kind regards,  Roger

Email : ffp@frintonfarms.com



As stated 3 years ago.....this could be a real opportunity to save a valuable asset for Great Holland - with Community involvement !   

Don't let apathy reign : 
Why not contact Roger today ?





Small Church - Big Worship

At Great Holland Methodist Church.


A new inclusive, sensory aware, family service at Main Road, Great Holland.

Second Sunday of every month,

Interested ? Then click here for more information.

Who DoYou Think you Are ?

In an email akin to the searches on the TV programme,  Patricia contacted Greatholland.com enquiring as to whether anyone may have information relating to her Great grandmother - who was a cook at a house in
Great Holland in 1891.


In a fascinating glimpse into the lives of yester-year, Patricia's letter is attached HERE for the detectives out there to set to work.

All information gratefully received !  




Back to The Future

Joanne Aquilina emailed offering photos and an article of her 1950's style wedding at All Saints Church last year.


Click  to read the ARTICLE and again to view the PHOTOs.



 Great Holland

Memories 1943 - 1953

 Victor Spencer Wilson has kindly emailed in with a snippet of his memories growing up in Great Holland 1943 - 1953.

Click HERE to read his article -

Oh, and if YOU remember not welcoming Victor to play on the village green in the 1940's, you may wish to send in your apology. . . . !




All Change at the GHRA.


The well attended meeting on 8th Feb. saw a number of new officers being installed at the GHRA including Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Planning Officer.

Denys & Lindy Stritch have offered their continued services as Treasurer and are available to collect membership subscriptions (£2 individual membership or £4 Family).

Full details and minutes of the meeting will follow when available.




Great Holland Circa 1914

Alan Birch generously contacted Villages Voice's Linda O'Reilly, following the chance discovery of photos taken in Great Holland during the Great War.

Alan believes they may relate to the Durham Light Infantry - However if you know more information, please contact Linda (details in Village Voice) who will be delighted to pass the information on to Alan.

The photos, some of which have been published in the December / Jan 2014 edition of Village voice, are available on Flickr to view, download and enjoy.


Click HERE or on the photo to discover the entire set.



 Grt Holland Hall


Hicks Family History


Some amazing photos have been donated showing a glimpse back into the history of Great Holland and the influential Hicks family.


Gillian Disley and her husband have had the photos in their family for generations, however was keen that the images, dating back to the 1830’s, now be made available for everyone to enjoy.


The full story is available by clicking the link HERE,  where Gillian kindly provided the wonderful story which accompanies these pictures.
The photos can be viewed by clicking on the photo, left.


With croquet on the front lawn of the hall : expect to see Roger and Margaret re-enacting the scene in the summer months.


Sincere thanks go out to Gillian for her generous donation and for taking the time to pass on the heritage to future generations.





Gt Holland
SUPER FAST Broadband



Yes - It's Here !

You can now order Superfast Broadband from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).  It will cost a little more, however in return, you could receive download speeds of up to
40 Meg !

What should you do ?

1) Start by calling your current ISP and ask for a price to deliver you Superfast Broadband.

2) Make sure they offer you an FTTC service (Fibre To The Cabinet)

3) Go on line and check the price of other suppliers to make sure you're getting the best deal / package.

4) Place the order

5) They'll need to come and change the BT box inside your home for one with a new face panel (typically 2 weeks from ordering)

6) Hold on to your seat and prepare for Super Fast Internet speeds.


Thanks go out to to the keen efforts of GHRA, residents, TDC / F&WTC, Douglas Carswell M.P. and BT Open Reach in the lobbying for
Grt Holland's inclusion in the service.



Manor Farm - For Sale



At least, it was in 1929 !

Roger Frere has obtained a copy of this facinating sale catalogue from 1929, detailing the sale of Manor Farm, its contents and four cottages.


At Roger's suggestion, it has been added to the History page of the website - however to make life even easier - you can click the image, left.





2012  -  What a Year.

A fantastic Jubilee

 A record collection of Olympic Gold medals

And now, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Mr & Mrs Nicoll of Lauren Group, the Village Hall has it's Cupola reinstated !

More on this story to follow - but Click Here for more photo's recording this historic renovation.   



Jubilee Poster

Jubilicous !

Were YOU at the Great Holland Social Event of the year ?
Celebrating 60 Years of the Coronation, Roger & Margaret Frere kindly gave over their barn for a fantastic party.

Click on the picture, left - If you're not in one of the photos, odds are you'll know someone who is ! ! 





A 2012 update on John's Story !  


Charles Hickling emailed to add more information to the Photo provided by John.
 . . . . click the picture, left, to read more !


A chance visit to the website from a boy-hood resident led to John Lawrence emailing in his memories of Great Holland. 


Click on the link (left) and discover whether you too are distantly related to his clan !





Handy with a Brush ?  

The Village Hall Commity is always keen to hear from anyone willing to volunteer their time & skills to help keep one of the Village assets stay in good condition.

 Please contact Nicky or Sue

Village Hall, Manor Rd.



Linda has genrously offered to share her latest find in her quest for historic Gt Holland Post Cards.
Click on the picture left to see both the front and the message written on the back : posted in August 1925 !   







The Ship Inn

Do You Enjoy a Quiz ?   


  • Which year did John Lennon die ?
  • How old was Queen Elizabeth I when she popped her clogs ?
  • How many slices are in a standard loaf ?
  • What is the currency of Malaysia

If you know the answer to any of these (and even if you don't) - then you must come along to the next
Ship Inn pub quiz Last Sunday of every month - 8pm start.

Click the image (left) to read reports on previous nights

 Why not make it a regular feature for your social diary! 




The culmination of 1000's of hours work and the results of the Village Survey many of you completed.

Full details of the Great Holland Village Design Statement & Parish Plan launch are available on the new "Your Notice Board" page (left)

A 'soft copy' is also available in PDF format by clicking on the image, left - (with the added benefit of being able to 'zoom in' on the smaller fonted sections.)


Detectives Required !

Fiona Kean recently contacted greatholland.com 11,500 miles away at the Tauranga Heritage Museum, New Zealand.

Fiona is researching the history of the Baker Family, who emigrated from Great Holland Hall (the farm at the end of Church Lane) in the early 1900's.

Having provided a wealth of information and documents relating to the late 1800's / early 1900's, Fiona would be extremely grateful if anyone could add some colour to the family, their lives in Great Holland or indeed the people whose lives where touched by them.

Click the image, left, for a fascinating insight to life at the turn of the 19th century and the start of an International Detective Story.


Take a look at June & Eddie Forest's photos - in the Photo Album (left)


Snow Arrives in Great Holland - Click left for a selection of shots (or go into the Photo Album via the left menu.)

Click on each of the pics for a larger image.

Better Still - Click HERE to see them on the Great Holland Flickr website -  in glorious 'surround vision' (well - larger at any rate ! )

Do you have your own to share ? - send them in via the contact page below.



Missed the wonderful Harvest Display at
All Saints ? 

Select the Photo Album tab (left) and re-live the colour.


The historic Walton Lifeboat was relaunched Sat. 5th September following extensive renovation.

TV's Griff Rhys Jones was guest of honour and as tradition demands, the Boat was blessed by the
Rector of Great Holland, Peter Coley

David Masters ably undertook his role as Coxswain.  Full photos will follow - in the meantime, click on the Photo Album tab in the Main Menu (left) to view a taster. 

Further details on the project can be found at the website
James Stevens No14 .  




Curious ?


Ever wondered what goes on at Great Holland Friends - well feed your curiosity and pop along to the next meeting.

The Friends meet at the Village Hall, on the
First Thursday of each Month 2-4pm.

Take a look at the GH Friends page, in Village Life.

Great Buns



 Firm buns and tasty tarts . . . . . 

. . . were available to buy at Saturday's Home Made hour.

This monthly favourite was a must for all those who loved picking up home made cooking at ridiculously great value AND it was all for a good cause : All Saints Church.

As always, the fun started at 10am prompt - but those keen to get their hands on those buns, were prompt - as once again there was a queue !

 Why not join the excitement and come along to the next cake fest - 
1st Saturday of every month - Village Hall.
See the A-board on Main road for details.





Fantastic New Links to :




Local Weather, Tide Times, Local News, Beach Hut Rental,
Tourist Information 
Or use the 'Useful Links' button in the menu (left)


A fantastic web resource for residents and visitors alike !   


Great Expectations for Great Holland