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Welcome to September's issue of Ashford Voice

Welcome back!

What a summer it has been! We kicked-off July with the Create Music Festival, celebrated Ashford Farmers' Market's 3rd birthday, and opened a new Iron-aged themed play area in the borough! Plus, works commenced on Elwick Place which will boast a six-screen Picturehouse cinema, hotel, restaurants and cafes by December 2018.

How could September possibly live up to that? Not to worry because we have plenty of great features and news for you this month.

Excitement is building as works have begun on two significant projects - Chilmington Green (which will see 5,750 new homes created for the borough over a period of about twenty years) and Bridgefield Park which will include an adventure play area, cycle paths and orchards.

In other news, students have started their studies at the brand new Ashford College campus which opened last week.

If you often pop into town by car, you'll be pleased to hear that a brand new car park in Elwick Road has now opened - it's just a few minutes walk from Debenhams and County Square.

Calling new mums - if you're visiting the town centre, our health shop One You now has a private breastfeeding area.

Plus, those partial to a beer or two will be delighted to know that Tenterden's Old Dairy Brewery have been busy brewing up a new flavoursome range of beers!

Don't forget to check out what's going on this month in the What's On section and get in touch if you have a great local event going on near you.

Happy reading!

Our News

Latest news

Ashford College is now open!

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The new college campus opened last week

The new £26 million Ashford College campus opened its doors for the first intake of students on Tuesday 12th September.

The campus offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities including fashion and photography studios, a professional kitchen, music production studio, multi-media learning resource centre and, further down the line, workshops for motor-vehicle, bricklaying, plastering and plumbing.

The hair and beauty salon, restaurant and coffee shop is also open to the public and provides a real-life working environment for students.

Read the full story on the opening of Ashford College

Family fun day at Conningbrook Lakes

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Visitors enjoying canoeing on the lake

Hundreds of people soaked up the sunshine and visited Conningbrook Lakes Country Park for a day of family fun earlier this month.

The event celebrated 20 years of the Julie Rose Stadium, and saw more than 1,000 people attend to enjoy the range of activities on offer.

Dozens of people pushed the boat out and tried canoeing, sailing and paddle boarding on the lake, while youngsters had their face painted, enjoyed zorbing and athletics, and took part in cycling activities organised by Cycle Circle.

The Ashford Farmers’ Market stalls were busy throughout the day and the Ashford Concert Band entertained the crowds, with a large number of people stopping to enjoy the music while the sporting activities took place. 

Many joined in with the pond dipping and sweep-netting activities organised by Kent Wildlife Trust, and received free health checks and membership offers with Ashford Leisure Trust.

More Chilmington Green works commence

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Artist impression of Chilmington Green Discovery Park

Work has begun on infrastructure works for the Chilmington Green project.

Hodsons has appointed contractor Gallagher and works involve constructing a new roundabout on the A28 for the main access to the new housing development.

They recently completed work to the south side of the roundabout and have now switched the traffic onto this new section. This enables them to commence the construction to the opposite north side.

In order for them to now complete the surfacing to the roundabout and the associated finishing works it will be necessary for them to undertake some night works.

Visit the council website to find out more.

Elwick Road car park opens

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More car parking spaces are available in Ashford Town Centre as Elwick Road Car Park is now open.

Elwick Road Car Park is on the land between the Southeastern Car Park and the Elwick Place development, opposite Ashford College.

The car park is open 24/7. The charges are £1.10 for one hour and £5 for over four hours Machines accept the new £1 coin and you can use the Parkmobile services. It's also free to park in after 6pm.

There are 105 spaces available including disabled parking, motorbike parking and bicycle racks for cyclists.

Elwick Road Car Park will be open for up to three years and forms part of the exciting multi-million pound Elwick Place development, which will include a boutique cinema, family hotel, restaurants and cafes.

The car park is conveniently located just a short walk from the town centre, perfect for quickly getting to palces like Debenhams or County Square. 

Find Elwick Road Car Park at TN23 1LH or see where else you can park in Ashford

Focus On

New Ashford College Campus is now open!

The new state-of-the-art £26 million campus opens its doors for the first intake of students on Tuesday 12th September.

Adjoining the Ashford Memorial Gardens and just a stone’s throw from Ashford International and the town centre’s shops, services, bars and restaurants, the college, with its distinctive chromatic atrium, is the first of Ashford Borough Council’s ‘Big 8’ projects to reach completion.

The 7,135m² campus will accommodate over 1000 students and over 100 staff. It is being constructed in two phases: The completed Phase 1 – a 4,715m² teaching facility housing the general academic, vocational and creative departments and administrative facilities, whilst Phase 1a will include a 2,391m² sustainable technologies block, providing engineering, plumbing, electrical facilities and motor sport workshops. Phase 2 is set to include facilities for Higher Education students.

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Ashford College

Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council said: “The new multi-million-pound state-of-the-art Ashford College Campus now stands proudly in a prominent position on the corner of Elwick Road with the first students starting their studies this week. This first-rate facility will educate and equip students with the necessary knowledge and employment skills needed in the future.

“This exciting project will realise a long held ambition of the council for a high quality learning facility, right in the heart of the town centre. It is the first of the Big 8 major projects to be delivered and will play a key part in our future prosperity.

“It is expected that the new college will increase skills levels and therefore lead to better employment opportunities for the residents of the borough whilst playing a pivotal role, alongside neighbouring development, in rejuvenating the town centre.”

Ashford College welcomed the Rt Hon Damian Green MP, First Secretary of State and Conservative MP for Ashford, to tour the building.

Mr. Green visited the new campus with Jo James, Chief Executive of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. They viewed the modern teaching facilities, including a multi-media learning resource centre, live music production, photography and fine art studios, teaching kitchens and hair and beauty salon – as well as an independent living facility.

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Cllr Clarkson and Hadlow College CEO Paul Hannan meet new students at the college

The tour culminated in a visit to the roof to see the solar panels which provide power to the building. The college has been designed to meet high standards in sustainability, achieving a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating, with energy efficiency and the reduction of carbon emissions paramount.

Mr. Green was hugely complimentary about the facilities and opportunities the college brings to young people in the area, saying:

“It's great to look round the new building and see not only the great modern facilities that are here for the extensive range of courses, but also to see how beneficial it will be for the town and community, being so well-placed right in the centre next to the railway station.

“Its location ensures it will be a beacon to show the opportunities provided in Ashford and for the people of Ashford, improving the educational offer we can give young people in the town and in other parts of Kent – since many people are already enroling here from a large part of East Kent.

“Also it presents great opportunities for local businesses, who will find here a pool of skilled people training to do the jobs of the future – people that we will need to fill vacancies as the town’s economy expands and prospers.”

Jo James added: “The design of the building is superb, very bright and airy and conducive to learning, which is one of the reasons it has seen such an uptake in local students wanting to come and study here.

“The courses on offer satisfy the needs of local businesses and I think the College will work closely with business community to help with local economic growth and employment. As a Chamber, we're looking forward to working with the college and making it a success for students, local businesses and the economy.”

The College, part of the Hadlow Group, harnesses strong links with over 1,500 local employers and businesses, supporting improved educational provision within the borough and enhancing the local skills base, supporting future economic growth and prosperity for residents and businesses.

Rooted in a strong business philosophy, the courses on offer – health & social care, construction crafts, electrical engineering, early years, music technology, fashion, catering & hospitality, photography, hair & beauty and motor vehicle maintenance to name a few  - are designed to meet the demands of local employers. Students also gain commercial experience in the College’s on-site facilities open to the public: a hair & beauty salon and planned fine dining restaurant.

A wide variety of courses reflecting the demands of the local economy will be offered, including Apprenticeships and Higher Education programmes, as well as support for those not currently in education, employment or training.

Paul Hannan, Hadlow Group Principal and CEO, said: “The new campus will play a very significant part in ensuring our provision complies with the highest standards.  It is a real opportunity for our students and future students to learn and train in excellent new facilities”.

Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Deputy Group Principal and Deputy CEO, added: “We are delighted to be enroling our first intake of students. The college is a symbol for the significant regeneration for the town and I’d like to pay tribute to the co-operation, help, advice and support received from the council – a superb example of sectors working together effectively to fulfil a much-needed project.”

For more information about the project visit Ashford College’s website

Ashford Leisure Trust Talented Athlete Programme 2017

Ashford Leisure Trust (ALT) hosted a special celebration event to mark the successes of local athletes enrolled in their Talented Athlete Programme.

The Talented Athlete Programme has been running since 2012 and supports local talented athletes of any age with a range of benefits including; training kit, unlimited use of the Trusts sports facilities and some financial support.

IAAF Word Athletics Championships Silver 4 x 400m relay medalist Laviai Nielsen and the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Winston Michael, attended the celebration which was held in the Nike outlet store at the McAuthur Glen Designer Outlet on 19th September.

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Laviai, Cllr Michael and the Talented Athletes

Each of the athletes were presented with a talented athlete certificate, Ashford Leisure Trust kit branded kit, a goodie bag provided by the NIKE store and a 15% discount card and free massage from Podplus Ltd.

Laviai was assisted in presenting the athletes awards by the Mayor of Ashford Cllr Winston Michael and NIKE community outreach champion Patricia Knowles.

The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Winston Michael, said:“I am honoured to be marking these awards. Ashford Leisure Trust has solely funded this programme since it was created in 2012 and has supported over 40 individual Ashford athletes. I have a vision to support young people and it is great to see so many young athletes being support by the Trust.

“I would like to wish all the athletes the very best for the future and I hope that Ashford Leisure Trust continue to support talented athletes of Ashford for many years to come.

“I would like to thank all the athletes and their parents for all their hard work and effort and Ashford Leisure Trust for organising the event.”

Find out more about the Talented Athlete Programme

 

What's in season this month?

It's harvest time and the season's produce is getting decidedly autumnal. 

With orchard fruit at its best, now is the time to enjoy local pears, apples and plums.

September is also a great month to try a different meat to what you'd usually go for and experiment with venison. 

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Venison has less fat gram per gram than a skinless chicken breast and has the highest protein and lowest cholesterol of any major meat. Deer numbers have never been higher and it's guaranteed free range and sustainable!

As a red meat you can cook it just as you would beef or lamb and it goes well with kale, spinach, savoy cabbage, celeriac or leeks, which are also in season.

You'll find a great range of recipes online and we recommend venison steak with celeriac mash and kale or, if you have a slow cooker, you could create a hearty venison casserole with leeks and barley and a side dish of savoy cabbage... delicious.

Pick up all these tasty foods at the Ashford Farmers' Market (1st Sunday of ever month).

Your Community

Breastfeeding mums welcome at One You!

Are you a new mum looking for some privacy when breastfeeding? You can now pop into Ashford's health shop, One You, to use a new dedicated space where you can feed your child in a quiet and comfortable area. 

A brand new consultation room has also been created at One You, allowing the shop to offer even more services.

You can find One You in Park Mall in Ashford Town Centre. The nearest parking is the Edinburgh Road car park.  

One You delivers a variety of free health services, support and advice including: support for smoking cessation, healthy weight management for adults and children, blood pressure checks and support and advice on a range of lifestyle issues.

You can make use of a variety of free health services, support and advice including:

  • Support for smoking cessation
  • Healthy weight management for adults and children
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Support and advice on a range of lifestyle issues

Offering a friendly and unintimidating environment, people are encouraged to visit One You to ask questions and take advantage of the free health services on offer. Visitors can either drop in unannounced or arrange a scheduled appointment.

The shop remains a firm favourite in the revitalised Park Mall, and was set up as a joint health initiative with Ashford Borough council, Kent County Council Public Health and Kent Community Health Foundation Trust (KCHFT).

Cllr Brad Bradford, Ashford Borough Council’s portfolio holder for wellbeing, said: “The breastfeeding space is a wonderful addition to the already popular One You shop. It works for everyone – it offers a space for people who may feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in another environment and it means that those mums whose babies need a feed can continue their shopping afterwards, which in turn benefits the town centre.

“The impact of the One You shop has been terrific. This is another really innovative approach that this council has adopted. As the lead authority in the borough, we have a duty to be concerned about our residents’ wellbeing and work closely with our colleagues in health organisations.

"One You promises to be the future of healthcare provision. When it was set up it is not stretching the point to say the eyes of the NHS were firmly focused on the shop. They are pleased, as are we, that it is having such a positive effect."

Kent County Council Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said: "We are pleased the One You shop is being used by residents for a range of health support services and urge anyone who hasn't yet visited it to pop in and have a chat, it could be their healthiest ever shopping trip!"

Looking to kick-stat a healthier lifestyle? Take the One You health score quiz.

Old Dairy brew up new craft beer range

If you're partial to a refreshing cold beer, you'll be pleased to hear that The Old Dairy Brewery have been busy brewing up a new flavoursome range of beers!

Cattle Shed is Old Dairy's new craft beer range. It is available in a keg as well as 330ml bottles and cans.

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Cattle Shed is Old Dairy's new range of craft beers

With quirkier branding and a distinctive edgy style, the new Cattle Shed range showcases the talents of two recently recruited brewers from the US, who have worked tirelessly at the Tenterden brewery to perfect three exciting new beers, each with an individual twist.

The Cattle Shed range includes: 

Working Class Hero  - 4.5% Farmhouse Saisonbeer3
A continental Saison beer for the English palate.

Old Dairy have used English malt and hops but kept it traditional with the Bell Saison yeast to give it the buttery characteristics and pear drop / bubblegum aroma you would expect from a Belgium beer.
Very refreshing, and at 4.5% abv.

Foreshank Redemption – 5.5% American Pale Alebeer
A classic American pale ale

Forget the predictable over hopped “English take” on an APA, this is brewed by someone in the know! Using the American ale malt and a combination of three American hops. Just the right balance of hop and malt flavour as the beer was always intended. A crisp clean taste that allows the piney flavour with a hint of candy to come
through. The aroma is of tropical fruit as you would expect but at a
more acceptable level. 5.5% abv

Raging Bull – 9.0% Double IPAbeer2

This beer has been inspired by Old Dairy's Anglo-American connections. A huge malt base to give the strength and a solid body to the beer and not have the overpowering alcohol notes often found in DIPA’s. it's been balanced with both American hops and a very rare English hop grown just a mile from the brewery. This give it notes of lemon and tangerine with a hint of pepper in both flavour and aroma. At 9% abv, this one is pretty strong, so show it some respect!

Visit Old Dairy

Fancy visiting the brewery? Why not book in and enjoy a brewery tour which also includes the opportunity to sample some of the beers in the brewery shop! The shop is open Monday – Friday 10-4 and Saturdays 10-2, they create and sell a wide range of beers from pale ales to historic recipe beers

Find Old Dairy

Old Dairy is just minutes away from the high street in Tenterden and is housed in two old World War II Nissen buildings next to the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway.

 

 

Bridgefield Park is one step closer!

New recreation and play facilities for Bridgefield and Kingsnorth are one-step closer, as a special sod turning ceremony to mark the start of work took place at the site of Bridgefield Park.

On Wednesday 13th September The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Winston Michael, and the Chair of Kingsnorth Parish Council, Alison Breese, pushed the first spade into the ground and make a short speech to mark the occasion.

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Cllr Michael pushing the first spade into the ground

The council recently received the transfer of the 11-hectare land from housing developers Taylor Wimpey and Persimmons Homes. It is anticipated that the park will be open to the public by spring 2018.

The project is supported by Kingsnorth Parish Council and has been funded through section 106 contributions from the Park Farm South and East housing development.

Bridgefield Park will include:

  • An adventure play area featuring a large tower with zip wires, a slide, swings, play tractors and a willow tunnel 
  • A community orchard
  • Walking and cycling paths
  • An open green space and a nature conservation area

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An artist impression of Bridgefield Park

The play area will also cater for disabled children as play equipment including the seesaw and roundabout are wheelchair friendly.

The open green space, sited next to the play area, will provide residents and visitors with an informal and well-maintained place to enjoy walks, picnics and activities such as ball games.

Visitors will also be able to take scenic walks through the community orchard and the nature conservation area, abundant with pretty fauna and flora.

The project meets Priority 3 of the Corporate Plan to provide a range of leisure and sports facilities.

Cllr Mike Bennett, portfolio holder for culture, said: “The new play and outdoor facilities will provide the Bridgefield community with a pleasant and well-maintained recreation space where there will be something for everyone to enjoy. We hope it will enhance the quality of life for our local residents and provide an enjoyable space in which children can play.”

David Bradley, Senior Planning Manager for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “As a considerate housebuilder, we are committed to supporting our local communities and so were delighted to donate an enlarged area of land to Ashford Borough Council. We hope residents of all ages enjoy the new park.”

Tom Wright, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes South East, said: “We pride ourselves on helping build strong and attractive communities for people to enjoy. The transfer of land opens up green space and an exciting play area for all members of the community at Park Farm.”

Game on?

Ashford Volunteer centre have asked for donations of board games for their new initiative for socially isolated and lonely elderly people in Ashford. 

If you have any old board games you wish to donate please drop them to Berwick House on Elwick Road.

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Ashford Volunteer Centre, which is based in Berwick House in Ashford, delivers a variety of services including face to face befriending, a community car scheme, and specialised Skills for Volunteers courses. The charity also helps people to find volunteering opportunities, and supports local organisations in finding suitable volunteers.

 

Your Council

Are you registered to vote?

Ashford residents may have received an ‘annual enquiry form’ through the post where you'll be asked to check and update the information that appears on the electoral register.

You'll want to make sure you're registered to vote so you are prepared for the next local election where you will elect your borough councillor and, in some areas, a parish councillor as well.

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People who have recently moved address are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details.

Remember, no vote - no voice! Which is why it is essential you check if you are registered to vote.

Register to vote or visit the Ashford Borough Council website for more Electoral Registration information

Terence Mortimer, the Electoral Registration Officer for Ashford Borough Council, said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the borough. We are therefore asking residents to check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as they can.”

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so;  checking the form that will arrive through the post is one of the easiest ways to find out if you are already registered. There’s also lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website Your Vote Matters.”

 

More parking in Ashford

As part of the exciting multi-million pound Elwick Place development, which will include a boutique cinema, family hotel, restaurants and cafes, a new temporary car park has opened in Ashford.

Elwick Road Car Park will be open for up to three years, and is sited on the vacant land between the Southeastern Car Park and the new Elwick Place development.

The cost to park is in line with other borough car parks and no charges apply after 6pm.

Elwick Road Car Park Ashford TN23 1LH

Long stay car park

105 spaces (including disabled parking, motorbike parking and bicycle racks for commuters

Open 7am to 6pm, 24/7

Costing: £1.10 for one hour, £5 for over four hours and free after 6pm

Find out more information about the Elwick Place development or details on Ashford Car Parks.

Whether you're visiting the town centre for shopping. lunch or a walk around the park, make sure you make the most of the parking offers available. Don't forget it's free to park in the town centre after 6pm in all council-owned car parks everyday!

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Where can I park for free in Ashford and Tenterden?

  • Free parking on Sundays and Bank Holidays at the Edinburgh Road multi-story car park in Ashford (TN24 8LG)
  • Free parking on Sunday and Bank Holidays at the Flour Mills car park in Ashford (TN24 8PA)
  • Free after 3pm in Edinburgh Road car park every day of the week Monday to Saturday
  • Free after 3pm in Station Road, Ashford on Sundays and Bank Holidays (TN23 1PP)
  • Free parking on Sunday and Bank Holidays at the Bridewell Lane car park in Tenterden (TN30 6EY)
  • Also park for free in pay and display parking bays in the High Street, North Street and Bank Street after 6pm from Monday to Saturday. In addition, parking is free all day on Sundays.

 

Works progressing on Elwick Place

Construction work on Elwick Place, the two-hectare development zone in the heart of Ashford town centre, are progressing and we have a new time lapse video where you can watch the work unfold!

The works in Ashford will see the transformation of derelict land into a vibrant new leisure quarter for the town with a six-screen Picturehouse cinema, hotel and series of restaurants and cafes, complete with a new 282-space car park.

The Elwick Place development is due to open in December 2018.

 

 

What's On

What's On

Want to know what’s 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

Got a great event or a  meeting you want to promote? Email us at Voice@ashford.gov.uk to have it listed here.

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Day out with Thomas

23rd - 24th September
Kent and East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, TN30 6HE

Head down to the Kent & East Sussex Railway to spend the day with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and some of his favourite friends. All trains will be hauled by Thomas himself, so hop on and travel behind Thomas as many times as you like between Tenterden and Rolvenden Stations. There will also be face painting, balloon modelling, live story re-enactments for children to enjoy. Tickets cost £18 for adults, for children (18 months to 15 years) tickets cost 13:50, and family tickets are £15. Find out more or book tickets online.

Plant Health Workshop

23rd September, 9.30am - 12pm
Godinton House,  Godinton Lane, Ashford, TN23 3BP

Join plant expert Viv Hunt to learn how to get the best from your plants. The workshop will involve advice on making compost, using fertilisers, watering, and dealing with pests and diseases. The session costs £25 which includes homemade refreshments. Booking is required, so make sure you reserve your spot!

The life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Revelation Ashford, Churchyard, Ashford, TN23 1QG
29th September, 7.45pm - 10.30pm

Gerald Dickens, the great great grandson of author Charles Dickens, presents The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Inspired by the RSC’s 8-hour production of Nicholas Nickleby, Gerald’s version packs the plot into just 90 minutes.Travelling with Nicholas across the country you meet some of Charles Dickens’ greatest characters, including Wackford Squeers, Smike, Vincent Crummles and Newman Noggs. Tickets cost £10 and are available online or at the door. Come dressed in Victorian attire and receive a free glass of wine or a soft drink!

Charing Family Colour Run

1st October, 10am
Clewards Meadow, Market Place, Charing, Ashford, TN27 0LR

Take part in a Family Colour Run and choose between a 2.5 km or 5km course around the village of Charing. You can walk, skip or dance your way around the course whilst being covered in colour! You will receive a finisher’s medal and then can enjoy some food and drink at the event village at Clewards Meadow. Your entry fee includes one pack of colour powder and you (and spectators) can purchase more on the day. 

Tenterden folk festival 25th celebrations

Festival lasts from 5th October - 8th October

Have fun at four days worth of local folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions in and around Tenterden. There will also be barn dancing, raffles and street performances. Book your tickets today.

Pensioners Treat travel card

Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, TN30 6HE

If you're over 60, take advantage of the special £13 TravelCard from the Kent and East Sussex Railway. The train travels 21 miles on a round trip through scenic countryside between Tenterden and Bodiam. Why not pre-order a delicious cream tea or ploughman’s lunch to enjoy during the trip, and if you’d like to take your grandchildren along there is a children’s munch box option too.

Antiques, Vintage and Brocante Fair

Pluckley Village Hall,  Station Road, Ashford, TN23 1PP
October 7th 10am - 5.30pm and October 8th 10am - 4pm

Enjoy jazzy tunes from Miss Holiday Swing as you browse the interesting stalls at the vintage fair. You will also find many different stalls from antiques, furniture to painted furniture and vintage goods. For further information contact judith.pool@hotmail.co.uk

Great Train Robbery play

14th October, 7.30pm 
Godmersham and Crundale Village Hall, 4 Purr Wood, Godmersham, Ashford, CT4 7DS
 

Scratchworks Theatre Company's fun, fast and fierce family show comes to Godmersham. Prepare for a raucous heist adventure with live music; tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children. For more information and to book call 07964 735878 or email gcvhenquiries@gmail.com

Ashford Farmers' Market

1st October, 10am - 2pm
Lower High Street, Ashford Town Centre, Ashford

Snap up seasonal treats at Ashford Farmers' Market, listen to live local music and soak up the buzzing atmosphere. Plenty of tasty treats will be on offer from local traders including fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, artisan goods, cakes and locally sourced meats. 

Love to sing? Join the Ashford Choral Society

Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9pm from September to May
Brake Hall, The Ashford School, East Hill, Ashford, TN24 8PB (free parking is available in East Hill opposite the school)

If you love to sing and would like to do more, now is your chance to improve your vocal skills, learn and perform many choral songs, and make new friends in an established and welcoming musical community. No audition is required. Under 25s can join for free, and for those over 25 the annual subscription is £90 (working out at just £3 a week!) If you are interested, email the Secretary, Virginia Brown, call 01233 660559 or come along to one of the first rehearsals.

Ashford Barber Shop Harmony Club Variety Show

18th November. 7.30pm
Singleton Village Hall, Hoxton Close Ashford TN23 5LB

Enjoy a fun evening of singing from the Ashford Barber Shop in aid of the Pilgrims Hospices. The show will also include comedy, music and dance. The East Kent Chorus will be performing several songs.

Games Club

Berwick House, Elwick Road, Ashford
2nd & 4th Friday of every month, 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Ashford Volunteer Centre has started a new games club which is open to over 50s looking to meet new people, make more friends and play some games. Sessions cost £2  and includes refreshments. For more information contact Lorraine Burley on 01233 665535.

Can you lend a hand?

If you want to meet people, enjoy the great outdoors, learn about conservation and keep fit whilst doing it, why not become a volunteer at the The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership. The organisation are looking for enthusiastic people to join their team. They meet Wednesdays to do tasks in the Ashford area and Thursdays for tasks from Canterbury to Sandwich. There are also opportunities to help at events and educational sessions, such as Westgate Parks. For more information call 03000 410900 or email kentishstour@kent.gov.uk to become part of our team!

Kent Association for the Blind volunteers required

KAB Ashford are looking for flexible, reliable and friendly volunteers who are willing to use their own vehicle to visit and transport our service users, as well as to collect and deliver equipment. The KAB are currently looking for befrienders – people who visit our sight impaired clients at home to help with light paperwork and to reduce their isolation 

If you would like to help out and give something back to the community, contact Chenice Clarke on 01227 763366 or email chenice.clarke@kab.org.uk.

 

Contact Us

Contact Us

 

Contact Us

Contact Ashford Voice

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Phone: 01233 330719

Write: Ashford Voice, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL

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Want to make a payment over the phone? Phone 01233 330625

Main switchboard: 01233 331111

Open times:  All face-to-face enquiries should come to the Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford

24 hour payment line: 01233 330625

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Write: Tenterden Town Hall, Town Hall, 24 High Street, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6AN

Telephone: 01233 331111 

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Email: tcat@ashford.gov.uk Twitter: @ashfordcouncil #tcastashford

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County Council Services and Useful Information

Kent County Council

Websitewww.kent.gov.uk/ 

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

Leisure & Tourism Stour Centre 01233 663503 Julie Rose Stadium 01233 613131 Kingsnorth Recreation Centre 01233 503846 Pitchside & Courtside 01233 896511

Other useful phone numbers

Environment Agency floodline  0345 988 1188

Housing Benefit Fraud: 0800 854 440

Fraud against Ashford Borough Council 0800 021 3262

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