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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. 


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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 legal.support@ashford.gov.uk 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  Ashfordwf@gmail.com or call 07714675744.

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