⭐ CONGRATULATIONS Christine Winch. You're our Ashford Applause Champion!⭐ 🧡 Christine is part of a volunteer team in Bethersden; each week the team takes nominations from people in the village to receive either a food box, a meal voucher from a local pub, or a wellbeing gift. 🧡 Since the start of April, Christine and her family spend every Tuesday morning in the Bethersden Scout and Guide Hut where they make up to 70 boxes of food and gifts a week. What’s more, Christine came up with the idea of delivering a gift bag filled with tea, cake and bunting, to elderly residents in the village so they could enjoy and celebrate Victory in Europe Day at home. The team delivered a total of 120 bags to the community that day. Read more about Christine's amazing community work by clicking the link in our bio
Wow! Today we are thrilled to announce that we've received an incredible donation to our VERA fund, taking us over the £10,000 total we set out to achieve. This donation was made by the Countryside Properties Community Fund, who have also been active in the area by supporting one of Ashford's family foodbanks. Thank you @countrysideprop for supporting our community through this extraordinary time; your donation will make a huge difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents who are still having to face the effects of the pandemic on a daily basis. Read more about VERA and the ways in which the fund is helping throughout Ashford by clicking the link in our bio
Have you spotted one of these yet? 👀 Following messages from residents about issues they’ve been having with dog fouling in certain areas we’ve launched the #doitforyourdog campaign to encourage those few who don’t clean up their pet's mess to think again. Given the current circumstances, it’s more important than ever to keep our outside spaces clean and pleasant. If keeping your community spaces clean and tidy isn’t an incentive enough, those caught failing to pick up their pets could receive an on the spot fine! Don’t worry the spray isn’t toxic and won’t damage animals, humans or the environment however not picking up after your pet can have deadly consequences, so make sure you bag it and bin it! #keepashfordclean #keepkentclean #keepbritiantidy #dogfouling
⭐ CONGRATULATIONS goes to Shane Deacon! Our third Ashford Applause Champion! ⭐ Shane has a full time job at Canterbury Hospital but he still finds the time to go out of his way to help his neighbour and her family during this uncertain time. - Shane’s neighbour and friend, Maria Batcheller, nominated Shane for the award. She said: “I am heavily pregnant and my other half works full time which means it is very hard for us to get the supplies we need from the shops. Shane doesn’t like to see me going to the shops and risking myself and my baby. He asks for my shopping list and gets it all for us, with no bother at all. He has a fiancé and 4 kids at home but he is still looking out for others and their needs. He definitely deserves this award!” 🧡Thank you for your commitment and for being a superb Ashford community inspiration.🧡
Calling all local artists 🎨 Have you taken part in the #VickyParkArtChallenge yet? Find out how you can get involved👇 . . . @victoriaparkashford 🎨NEW #VICKYPARKARTCHALLENGE 🎨 This week we are taking inspiration from #AshfordApplause a celebration of community champions. We would like you to make a piece of artwork about your local Hero. This could be someone in your community that makes a difference, a parent or carer, youth worker, NHS worker, key worker or anyone that you see as a hero. Your art can be as abstract or realistic as you like and you can use whatever medium you want paint, pens, photography, poetry, lego, whatever you have to hand. Any images that you share with us might be used on our social media or website. Don’t forget to tag us or use the #vickyparkartchallenge when you share your amazing creations!
The discretionary grants scheme closes at 23.59 today (17th June) If you own a small business in Ashford and haven't claimed any of the previous government grants you might be eligible. Our priorities are bed and breakfasts; market traders; businesses in shared spaces; and charities. Find out more and apply online by clicking the link in our bio
Stay safe whilst you shop this week. From today non-essential retail will be reopening across the country. Please remember that individual businesses and shopping centres will have their own social distancing measures in place and that queuing may be essential for some businesses and services. • Elwick Place and Edinburgh Road car parks will be open as usual. • The public toilets in Ashford town centre located on New Rents will be open again from this week onwards. For more information on how to support our local businesses whilst keeping yourself and those around you safe click the link in our bio
Stay safe whilst supporting our local businesses next week. Don’t forget: • To wear a face covering if travelling to the town centre via public transport to help protect yourself and those around you. • To follow the social distancing guidance in place around the town centre.
From Monday 15th June non-essential retail will be reopening across the country. It’s important to stay safe whilst you support our local businesses so please remember when you visit to: • Follow social distancing guidelines • Follow any in-store signage. Individual businesses and shopping centres will have their own social distancing measures in place and queuing may be essential for some businesses and services • Wash your hands where possible and make use of hand sanitiser stations There will be regular cleaning of toilets and communal facilities such as benches to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. For more information click the link in our bio.