Ashford Voice


Welcome to April's issue of Ashford Voice

Welcome to April's issue of Ashford Voice!

Even if spring hasn’t quite sprung, here’s hoping that this month’s edition can bring a few rays of sunshine to your day with the latest news, features and information from the beautiful borough.

In this month’s issue, we’ve got the lowdown on how Jazzy Jeff, the legendary hip-hop artist known for his appearances along Will Smith in the Fresh Prince of Belair, is headlining this year’s Create Music Festival on Saturday 21st July. There’s also an eclectic, fresh mix of great local talent performing across the festival’s four stages, so make sure it’s a date you save in your diary!

As you may have already noticed, work has officially started for the £90 million expansion of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, which you can find out more about in this issue, as well as all the details about an exciting international WW1 photography exhibition  that's making its way to the town this summer.

Do you know someone who deserves to be praised for their exceptional community service or great work within the borough? Well, we have details about how you can nominate a special individual for an Ashford Civic Award; a prestigious award ceremony will take place in July to honour those who have contributed outstanding community service within the borough.

There’s also news about two new play areas being created in Ashford, our eggs-ellent town centre Easter event, and the refurbishments to St Mary’s Churchyard undertaken by the council.

Make sure you check out the What’s On page for a list of upcoming local events too.

In other news, April’s issue of Ashford Voice will be the last in its current branding and format. Exciting news is to follow in the coming weeks, but be assured you will be kept up to date with all the latest borough news! 

Our News

Latest news


Legendary Hip-Hop Star DJ Jazzy Jeff to Headline Create Festival 2018

 DJ Jazzy Jeff

Kent festival-goers have been given a Summertime boost as Create Festival announces “the magnificent” DJ Jazzy Jeff as this year’s Main Stage headliner. 

The American record producer, DJ, actor and comedian who is best known for his friendship and collaboration with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, will top the line-up at the free event in Victoria Park, Ashford, in July.

From his successes with Will Smith, to his critically acclaimed production company “A Touch of Jazz”, DJ Jazzy Jeff has won three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two NAACP Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards and an MTV Music Award.

Create Festival Organisers says, “DJ Jazzy Jeff has to be one of the most accomplished and influential Hip-Hop artists in the world. It is testimony to the growing success of Create and the amazing support we receive, that we have been able to secure such a world-renowned artist”.

Create Festival is already one of the South East’s biggest and long established free music festivals, taking place every July in Ashford’s Victoria Park. The festival has grown significantly over the last five years and now features four music stages with a packed line-up of original acts spanning from rock and pop to folk and dance. The festival also features a mix of food markets, bars, outdoor theatre, arts and crafts, and creative pyrotechnics.

The festival this year will be held on Saturday 21st July 2018, Victoria Park, Ashford. You can keep up to date will all the festival news via or follow on Facebook/ashfordcreate, Twitter @ashfordcreate and Instagram @createfestival

£90m Designer Outlet expansion drives long term growth


Work is now officially underway for the £90 million expansion of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford – one of Ashford Borough Council’s Big 8 projects, which aims to drive long term economic growth for the area.

The expansion at the Designer Outlet will create 500 new jobs for the area and will add 50 new premium retail brands, attracting 5 million visitors to Ashford per year by 2023. The improvements to local roads and pedestrian walkways surrounding the centre are part of a long term project to make roads safer and improve traffic flows.

As part of the works, planned infrastructure improvements have been scheduled to include the introduction of a signalised junction and a pedestrian crossing, which will make it easier for people to move between the International Station, the town centre and the Designer Outlet. This will include a complete re-landscape of the area. Junction 10a of the M20 will also be improved to enhance commuting time to and from the town.

The expansion of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford and infrastructure improvements were granted planning permission by Ashford Borough Council in 2015.

Victoria Park Friends Group meeting and event to promote the park

Ashford Borough Council are looking to make Victoria Park a better place to visit, with thanks to support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund*. The council have secured initial funding to develop a £3.7m restoration and improvement project, and would like residents to be involved in the development of the project.

If you’re passionate about Victoria Park and think you could you help to make decisions about the way it is improved, managed and maintained, or want to meet like-minded people and work together to make the park a better place for everyone then you might be interested to join the newly formed Friends of Victoria Park Group for their second meeting at the Civic Centre on Friday 20th April, at 6.05pm**.

The meeting is an opportunity to share and discuss ideas about how the park could be managed and maintained, and what the local issues are and how to address them.

 Victoria Park has a pivotal role to play in connecting residents with Ashford’s history, the local area and the built, cultural and natural heritage of the site. Future plans for the park could include improving the play areas, more outdoor activities for volunteers, improvements for wildlife and refurbishment of the fountain.

 As well as the Friends meeting, a consultation event is planned in the park on Saturday 21st April. This is a fun and engaging opportunity for residents to find out about potential plans for the park as well as giving their own views and opinions on what future improvements could be. Packed full of fun activities for all ages, the event will run between 9.30am and 3.30pm near to the Hubert Fountain.

Anyone unable to attend the Friends Group meeting or the consultation event can still get involved by filling out an online survey about the park and find out more information about the project by visiting or via the Twitter and Facebook feeds, @VictoriaParkABC and Victoria Park Ashford.


Focus On

An eggs-cellent Easter party in Ashford Town Centre!

Famillies and visitors headed down to Ashford town centre on Easter Saturday to enjoy some eggs-ellent Easter activities, sponsored by

Scrummy food from Ashford Farmers’ Market regular, Janet’s Street Food, served up Caribbean jerk chicken and rice to visitors, while Simply Biltong sold cured meats and locally brewed beer and ales were available from The Curious Brewery.

More than 200 youngsters embarked on an Easter Egg Hunt around the town centre, collecting letters to crack the code and get their chocolate egg reward!

Plus, the Easter Bunny hopped around the town,  making surprise appearances and giving away chocolate egg treats.


There was a fabulous line-up of live music on the bandstand from Revelation Ashford, which saw local artists performing throughout the day, adding to the buzzing atmosphere.

Cllr Graham Galpin, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Property, said: “This year’s LoveAshford Easter Fun Day was excellent and we hope families, residents and visitors thoroughly enjoyed all the events and activities on offer. We had live music on the bandstand, fresh street food on the high street, and more than 200 children took part in the Easter egg hunt around the town centre. Thank you to everyone who came along to support Ashford and its hard working businesses.”

The Easter event was organised by and supported by local Ashford businesses. Ashford’s digital high street and supports local businesses and business owners by promoting local news stories, lifestyle blogs, offers and upcoming events in Ashford’s town centre.

For more information visit or follow them on Facebook at /LoveAshford or twitter @love_ashford

International WWI photo exhibition comes to Ashford

Ashford Borough Council will commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War with Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: 14-18, an international outdoor photographic exhibition that highlights the global nature of the conflict.

Curated by renowned photographer Michael St Maur Shiel, the exhibition tells of the healed scars of the First World War through our only remaining witness: the fields of battle themselves.

Sheil’s large-scale photographs of battlegrounds of the First World War, including those in Africa, the Middle East, and the Eastern Front, capture how time and nature have created landscapes of beauty, peace and tranquillity where there was once devastation, suffering and loss. It pays tribute to those across the sixty nations that contributed to the war effort, and explores how the world approached peace and reconciliation once the conflict had ended.


Since 2014, this exhibition has been seen by over ten million people across nine countries, and Ashford Borough Council is proud to be sponsoring it in its final year of touring. For the first time, the exhibition will feature stories from Ashford during the First World War, and visitors can learn about local men and women who supported the war effort, both overseas and at home, and discover how the borough coped with the subsequent loss and tragedy. The exhibition will be held throughout June 2018 in Memorial Gardens. Admission is free to visitors.

Cllr Stephen Dehnel, Ashford Borough Council’s Member Champion for the Military Covenant & Ceremonial Liaison said:

“Ashford Borough Council is proud to sponsor this evocative exhibition, which is a poignant tribute to all those who fought in the First World War or worked in support. 

“The Borough of Ashford, Kent has rich heritage and strong links to the First World War, it is important we acknowledge and commemorate the sacrifices of the millions of people who died or were injured – and all those who were left behind. We are honoured to be part of the programme and we look forward to hosting the exhibition in Ashford in June.”  

Michael St Maur Sheil said: “Many people in the UK don’t realise how many countries were involved in the conflict, so I hope that this ‘Fields of Battle’ exhibition will encourage people to reflect on the meaning of the word ‘world’ in ‘First World War’.

“We should appreciate that people from over 60 nations around the world were involved in the Great War and that, in the same way that we did in this country, they made enormous sacrifices, suffered losses, and felt the impact.”

For more information about the exhibition, or other WWI commemorative events being held throughout the year, please visit the council website:

Your Community

Calling all community-minded residents of Kennington and South Willesborough and Newtown!

Do you live in the areas of Kennington and South Willesborough and Newtown? Are you keen to play your part in improving the lives of your fellow residents by getting involved in matters that are important to your community?

These two areas will have community councils to represent them from spring 2019. Much like parish councils do in other areas, the community councils will get involved in local issues and represent the best interests of residents. 

Ashford Borough Council is looking for volunteers from those communities who can help to set up the community councils. The first elections to these two new bodies will be held in May 2019 but there is plenty of work to do before then, especially from now until October. 


For each area, Ashford Borough Council is assembling a group known as a shadow council who can inform the establishment of the community councils. The groups will include local borough councillors, representatives from existing community forums as well as local residents keen to take part.

The primary role of the shadow councils is to put everything in place so that the community councils are ready to hit the ground running from day one. Work includes budget preparation, policies and procedures, standing orders, financial regulations, complaints procedure, codes of conduct, insurance, training and parish clerk recruitment.

Anyone interested in assisting with the work of the shadow council for either area will need to be able to commit around four hours a week, unpaid, and be available to attend meetings and training. They will need to be able to understand and give feedback on items like draft budgeting, policies and procedures and financial regulations. The role will suit enthusiastic and flexible individuals, who have excellent attention to detail.

If you want to put yourself forward to assist with the shadow councils, please email no later than Friday 20 April. The first training session for the shadow councils takes place on Thursday 3 May and volunteers should be available to attend this.

Please include a brief summary of any relevant experience you have. If there are more applicants than places available, preference will be given to those who can demonstrate an interest or background in engagement with community issues and/or appropriate administrative skills. Organisational, communication and IT skills would be an advantage.

More information can be found on the Ashford Borough Council website

New play and sports facilities for Newtown Green and Bulleid Place

Two play areas in Ashford are being refurbished with new play and sports facilities ready for children and the community to enjoy.

As part of the council’s commitment to providing quality community play provisions, Newtown Green and Bulleid Place are in the process of receiving brand new play equipment and sports facilities.

Bulleid Place play area is expanding to feature various dedicated play zones for different age groups and abilities. Children can enjoy playing on a new basket swing, roundabout, climbing wall, monkey bars and pavement games. There will also be a train-themed toddler area for the little ones. 

The play area in Newtown Green will feature equipment aimed at children under eight years-old; this includes a multi-play apparatus frame, a cradle swing and a roundabout. There will also be a brand new sports wall on the green where young people can play football and basketball.

The community can also make use of a new outdoor gym located in the sports field leading up to Herbert Road. The green gym will feature exercise equipment for strength training, floor markings for running, plus cardio equipment such as cross-trainers and a bike machine. The facilities are free to use and have accessible options for wheelchair users too.

Ashford Internazionale play in the People's Cup

Ashford Internazionale club recently played in the first round of five-a-side walking football games of the People’s Cup, organised by the Football Association and supported by BBC Get Inspired.

The People’s Cup is a national competition covering 18 different categories with the finals played at Wembley.

Ashford Internazionale were placed in a group which included Maidstone, Herne Bay and Ebbsfleet. Herne Bay ended the games as overall winners and will progress to round 2.

Ashford Internazionale are based at the Stour Centre and play there every Monday at 10am. The club is for the over 60s and members play for fun, to keep fit and for the opportunity to play friendlies against other teams in Kent. Local company Fixings Warehouse who are based in Charing sponsor the club.

Walking football is a slow-paced version of the game, designed to help people maintain an active lifestyle, as well as getting those back to playing football who had to stop due to injury. It is a non-contact sport, and anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play is penalised with the opposition getting a free kick. This seven-a-side game is played using a size 4 Futsal. 

For more information email or call 07714675744.

Your Council

The return of the Ashford Civic Awards!

In every corner of the borough there are people who are quietly remarkable. There are people who possess great strength of character, who make a substantial contribution to their community and who enrich the lives of others. There are also people who have made great personal sacrifice in order to achieve something outstanding. These people are often unrecognised and unknown – except by the people they are helping.


Ashford Borough Council held its first Civic Awards ceremony in 2012, as a fitting tribute to Her Majesty the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year, celebrating dedication to public service, while acclaiming the London Olympics. It was Ashford’s opportunity to honour local people who had helped others in a voluntary capacity, in their own way, at a local level.  

Now, six years later, the council has decided to host the Civic Awards again – to find out who today’s community ‘heroes and heroines’ are, and to make sure that they, equally, are acknowledged and get the civic recognition they deserve.

Launched on 7th March 2018, the Civic Awards are sponsored by local companies, as well as Ashford Borough Council working together with the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and reflecting the partnership approach, which delivers for the residents and the businesses of Ashford. 

The sponsors are: MJ Allen Castings & Machining, Peter Brett Associates, Chart Hills Resort, Facts & Figures Financial Planners, Hadlow College, HR GO Recruitment, ITL Group, Pillory Barn Creative, Quinn Estates, Red Alert, RIFT Group, Stanhope plc, and Wilkins Kennedy.

So, do you know someone whose actions have made a truly positive impact in the community, or to the borough as a whole? If so, nominate them and they could be heralded at the Ashford Borough Council Civic Awards in July.

We are looking for people who show caring and devotion for others; people who are shining examples of community spirit, giving selflessly of their time and their talents to support and help individuals within communities.

Anyone aged 16 or over, who is either a resident or who serves Ashford’s communities but lives outside the borough can be nominated. Essentially, the dedication of those people nominated must shine through as an example to others and their personal efforts must inspire those around them.

Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council, said “We are fortunate that Ashford is blessed with spirited people who act with tremendous dignity and who are effectively the heartbeat of their communities.

 “We want to honour community champions, those who give their time to improve the lives of others, and those who can take pride in an immense personal achievement. The Civic Awards will be a platform on which these people can shine. It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the awards.”

Find out more about the Civic Awards and how to nominate 

The latest Cleansweep Operation heads to Tenterden and Ashford

Ashford Borough’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) held their latest Operation Cleansweep last month.

Council officers and members from both Ashford Borough and Tenterden Town Councils teamed up with officers from Kent Police (including PCSO’s and Neighbourhood Watch), KCC Community Wardens and colleagues from HMRC.

Teams visited both Tenterden town centre and several sites in Ashford, including the High Street, Dover Place, Waitrose and the Skate Park. They met with local business owners and residents, identified parking issues and carried out licensing checks.


Following the event Kent Police received seven new Neighbourhood Watch scheme applications.

Cllr Brad Bradford, portfolio holder for Health, Parking and Community Safety said: “Cleansweep Operations provide us with an opportunity to team up with colleagues from other services and offer information and support to our residents and businesses.

“The partnership had a fantastic day meeting community members to find out what issues matter to them and to discuss how we might be able to help and we are very pleased to see the positive response to the promotion of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

“Our CSP members can’t be everywhere all the time so it’s important that our residents know they can feedback their concerns to us, enabling us to work with them to tackle any issues, resulting in safer and happier communities.

For further information on these operations or any other aspect of community safety you can contact the Community Safety Unit on, call 01233 3308912 or visit the council's Community Safety webpage

St Mary’s Churchyard refreshed thanks to council efforts

Ashford Borough Council’s proactive Town Centre Action Team (T-CAT), Aspire Landscape Management and the council’s Property and Projects team have been busy refreshing and refurbishing St Mary’s Churchyard in the town centre.

The project was led by Cllr Bill Barrett and Cllr Brad Bradford, who set out to make the churchyard a cleaner, more attractive and pleasant place for residents to visit.


Aspire planted spring bulbs including snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils in the churchyard which are now in bloom and adding a splash of colour to the town centre. In addition, the officers trimmed back the overgrown trees and brambles in the grounds of the churchyard to keep the area looking neat and tidy. T-CAT power-washed the block paving and cleared the overgrown weeds in the churchyard. They also spruced up the BT Phone Box by mending the slatted windows and giving it a fresh lick of paint.

New lighting was also installed on the tower of the church, beautifully lighting up the historic building and creating a focal point for the town centre. The lanterns on the entrance gate to the church were replaced with new bulbs to create an attractive and well-lit area for visitors to walk through after dark.


Cllr Bill Barrett, Lead Member for Town Centre Presentation and Safety, said: “The churchyard regeneration project was about making sure the heart of our town looks as good as it possibly can. St Mary’s Church is a beautiful heritage building which deserves to be cherished and admired.

“I would like to thank T-CAT, Aspire and the Property and Projects team for all their hard work, and I hope people enjoy visiting the church even more now the area has been improved.”

Mayor hands out Certificate of Excellence in recognition of contribution to Ashford's artistic life

The Mayor of Ashford, Winston Michael, has awarded Dr. Mark Deller a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of his unique contribution to the artistic life of Ashford.

In an afternoon tea reception in the Mayor's Parlour - attended by members of the Stour Music Festival and Ashford Choral Society Committees, Dr. Deller was presented with a framed certificate.

The Mayor commended Dr. Deller for his dedication to excellence and long service in music; notably his almost 50 years as Music Director and Conductor of Ashford Choral Society and his long term stewardship of the annual Stour Music Festival, which enjoys an international reputation in the field of Early Music.

Ashford Choral Society, which is one of the UK's oldest such societies, recently celebrated its 160th birthday and will be performing its next concert, Brahms "Requiem" at Colyer Fergusson Hall, University of Kent, on 12 May. The Mayor, who is President of the Choral Society, will be in attendance.

The next Stour Festival opens on 22 June, with a line up of two weekends of internationally acclaimed performers. Tickets for both the Brahms concert and Stour Music are available from the Gulbenkian Box Office, Tel: 01227 769075 or email
Further details can also be found on and

What's On

What's on

Want to know what festive events are happening in the borough this month? Check out our events listings below. You can also find out what's on in Tenterden every month with the TENTERDEN EVENTS DIARY


Triumphant Women at Smallhythe Place

Until 28 October
Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, TN30 7NG

With 2018 being the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote, The National Trust has decided to celebrate with several explorations of women’s history and suffrage. One of which will be through a number of exhibitions to be held at Smallhythe Place, celebrating the women of Smallhythe during the suffrage movement.

Hole Park Bluebell Festival

20 April – 3 May, 11am – 6pm
Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden, Kent, TN17 4JA
Admission £7.50 for adults and £1 for children (between 5 to 18)

Following its grand opening for Spring on 1 April, the beautiful Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden will be host to a bluebell festival between 20 April – 3 May. During this time the bluebells can be enjoyed via a circular walk which takes visitors through the woodlands and over streams to a renovated solar powered ice house.


Wealden Pullman Sherlock Holmes Themed Evenings

21 April 7pm – 11.15pm
Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson will be on hand to help you solve a themed murder mystery aboard the Wealden Pullman dining train. This is your chance to pit your wits against the famous crime solving duo, who will unveil clues along the journey before revealing who done it on the platform of Tenterden Town Station at the end of the evening. 


The Annual Garden Workshop at Godington House & Gardens

Saturday 21 April
Godington House & Gardens, Godington Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP

Viv Hunt, Godington’s Head Gardener and green fingered guru, will be hosting a morning for anyone keen to improve their knowledge of gardening – covering a range of topics from choosing and growing annual cut flowers to how to maintain pots and keep colour in your garden all year round. A treat for aspiring gardeners of all abilities. Tickets cost £35 and booking is essential.


World Forest Org #ConservationConversation

Sunday 23 April 12pm – 4pm
The Big Cat Sanctuary, Headcorn Road, Smarden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8PJ

Join Ru Hartwell and Giles Clark as they engage in an interesting presentation about the impact of the new forests that have been built in Kenya and how they are affecting the wildlife there – in particular the Malayan Tiger. Guests will also have the opportunity to see the wild cats onsite, as well as win the chance to hand feed one of the tigers on the day. This is a ticketed event, but a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to charity. 


Ashford Choral Society present German choral masterworks

Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm
Colyer Fergusson Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB

On Saturday 12 May Ashford Choral Society, soloists and orchestra will perform a programme of three masterworks from the German choral repertoire under the baton of Dr. Mark Deller.
Soloists Claire Seaton (soprano) and Gareth Brynor John (baritone) join Ashford Choral Society to sing Brahms' powerful "Requiem". The choir will also sing Brahms' "Nänie" - a rarely heard work, setting a poem by Schiller -  and Claire Seaton will sing the "Four Last Songs" by Richard Strauss.

LoveAshford’s Royal Street Party

Saturday 19 May, 11am – 3.30pm
Park Mall Shopping Centre, Ashford

Celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by coming along to LoveAshford’s Royal Street Party! Enjoy live music and entertainment, pick up some tasty food and drink from local producers and soak up the buzzing street party vibe. Kids can get creative in arts and crafts workshops, plus play games including pin the tail on the corgi to win some fabulous prizes. This family-friendly experience is free to attend and takes place in Park Mall, Ashford Town Centre,


1940s Weekend on Kent & East Sussex Railway

19 – 20 May
Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

With live music, dancing, vintage vehicles, fashion and much more, this is a great day out for anyone that enjoys 1940s nostalgia. With train journeys departing from the station every 45 minutes, this makes for a fun, family-friendly day out. 


Shakespeare’s Globe at Chilham Castle

From Friday 25 May - Sunday 27 May
Chilham Castle, Chilham, Canterbury CT4 8DB. 

As part of Shakespeare’s Globe’s tour around the world, don’t miss your chance to see open air productions of The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew. Presented over five performances, on Sunday the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience

The Merchant of Venice, Friday 25th May, 7pm; Twelfth Night, Saturday 26th May 2pm; The Taming of the Shrew, 7pm and voters choice Sunday 1pm and 6pm. 

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County Council Services and Useful Information

Kent County Council 

24 hour helpline: 03000 247 247

Environment & waste: 03000 247 600

Highways and transport (including roadworks, potholes and street lighting): 03000 41 81 81

Kent libraries: 03000 41 31 31

Social care & health: 03000 41 61 61

Trading standards for East Kent: 03000 41 20 20

Trading standards for West Kent: 03000 412000

Emergency Services Dial 999 in an emergency only.  Dial 101 for non-emergency calls to your local police 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Kent Police non-emergencies: 101

Ashford Community Safety Unit: 01233 330891

William Harvey Hospital: 01233 633331

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