News and Views

Lunch With Father Christmas

1st November 2018

*Back by Popular Demand for 2018 – Lunch With Father Christmas!* This was an extremely popular event last year and so we will have two sittings – 12pm and 1pm. Your choice of cheese, ham or jam sandwich, an apple or satsuma, packet of crisps, a candy cane and a drink. Please let us know […]

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St. Mary’s Church Sellindge Christmas Fair

1st November 2018

Our Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 17th November at Sellindge Village Hall, 10am – 2pm. The Rainbows & Brownies will be entertaining us with Christmas Carols and Songs. There will also be homemade hot lunches as well as a variety of stalls. Come me and have lunch with Father Christmas. All children will […]

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First look at Designer Outlet playground

1st November 2018

The first images of the Ashford Designer Outlet’s new £400,000 children’s playground have been released. The ‘Garden of England’ themed play area, which is part of the centre’s £90m expansion, is due to open in spring 2019. First look at Designer Outlet playground  Kent Online Original story 

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Your chance to name 17 new gritters

1st November 2018

A competition has been launched to name 17 new gritters. KCC’s 60 gritters and five mini gritters warmed up their engines last week on their first shout of the winter season. However, among Gritty McGritFace, Gritney Skiers and Snow Farah are 17 without names. The county’s children now have the opportunity to submit names they’d […]

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Ashford District U11 Girls Football

31st October 2018

The Learning Academy Tutoring are delighted to announce we are sponsoring the Ashford District U11 Girls Football team. We are privileged to be part of this new adventure within our local community & look forward to seeing the girls in their new kits. Please watch this space as the girls make progress and give them […]

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Taxi buses for Tenterden

31st October 2018

Following the KCC Big Conversation and Bus Summit five rural bus pilot schemes have been announced for the county. One of these will be in the Tenterden area. • Tenterden taxi bus: Shirkoak Park, Rare Breeds Centre, Tenterden, Leigh Green, Shrubcote, Rolvenden Layne, Rolvenden, Iden Green, Benenden, Castletons Oak.             […]

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Man’s best friend allowed in schools

30th October 2018

Having a furry, four-legged member of staff with a friendly wagging tail makes school extra enjoyable for children, but it also has huge benefits in terms of youngsters’ development. Maypole Primary School in Dartford is one of a growing number of schools across Kent, and indeed the country, that is realising the benefits of introducing […]

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Kent’s gritters are ready for action.

26th October 2018

On Friday (26th October), the county’s 60 gritters and five mini gritters warmed up their engines and took part in a dry run of gritting routes. The dry run allows drivers old and new to familiarise themselves with the routes, ensure vehicles and their systems are working and pick up any issues. They will now […]

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Kennington by-election won by Tory Nathan Iliffe by 20 votes

26th October 2018

Tory Nathan Iliffe received 247 votes in the battle for the Kennington ward, edging out Ashford Independent candidate Ian Anderson by just 20 votes. Tories win by-election by 20 votes  Kent Online Original story 

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Phill Thorne looks back at local radio in Ashford

12th October 2018

Phill Pontificates – The second in a series of posts by local radio presenter Phill Thorne. As I mentioned previously I’m quite lucky to be in the position I am to broadcast to Ashford on Radio Ashford. Not least because it gives me the opportunity to talk to local musicians, talk to local charity and […]

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