Photographs - Ashford Rotary Club

The Market Town of Ashford Kent


Ashford

Ashford is a town in the county of Kent, England. It lies on the Great Stour river at the south edge of the North Downs, about 61 miles southeast of the central London and 15 miles northwest of Folkestone.

Ashford began as a Saxon village but in the early 13th century it grew into a small market town. In 1243 Ashford was given a charter document granting the people of Ashford certain rights. The charter was renewed in 1348 and 1466. 

As well as the weekly market Ashford was allowed an annual fair. From 1348 Ashford was allowed 2 fairs. In the middle ages Ashford was a busy little market town although it would seem tiny to us today with a population of no more than 1,000.

During the reign of queen Mary (1553-1558) Protestants were persecuted in England. At the time 5 men from Ashford were executed at Canterbury while 2 more from Tenterden were executed in Ashford in 1557.

Ashford Grammar School was founded in 1635. During the civil wars of the mid 17th century Ashford was in parliamentary hands and so did not witness any fighting.

By 1801 Ashford had a population of 2,151. However in the 19th century Ashford grew rapidly especially after the railway works opened in 1847. By 1851 Ashford had a population of 5,000 and by 1901 it had reachaed nearly 13,000.

From 1845 Ashford had gas street lighting. Victoria park was opened in 1886 and a sewage works was then opened in 1889. In 1894 Ashford gained a district council. However Ashford had to wait until 1926 for an electricity supply.

During the Second World War 83 people were killed in Ashford by German bombing. At the end of the 20th century the Channel Tunnel opened and it spurred the growth of Ashford again. 

Today the population is more than 120,000.  

 

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Countryside Campaigner reveals rural planning issues to the Club

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Club President, Renate presents Towers School pupil, Megan Tasker with the First Prize Certificate for the local level of the ‘Young Writer of the Year’

Towers Pupil wins local heats

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Renate Welcomes new member Pieter

Pieter welcomed as a new Member

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President Renate being presented with the latest Imago Brochure by Fundraising and Development manager, Fiona Cottingham

Fiona Cottingham shows the Club the broad range of support services from Imago

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Concert poster

In aid of the President's Charities: Ashford Samaritans and Myeloma UK

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President Renate presented with Imago Brochure by Fiona Cottingham

Fiona Cottingham reveals the amazing work of the Imago organisation

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The New Venue

We will move our meetings to The Ashford Holiday Inn North from 25th March.

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The Mayor of Ashford with President Renate

Mayor Larry Krause told us about his early life in Australia and how he now supports local Charities: 'The Friends of William Harvey' and 'Men in Sheds'

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Ashford Mediation Service

Sandy, Chairman of AMS, and Tessa, Mediator, introduced their work to the club

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President Renate welcomes Sally into the Club

On 22nd January, we were delighted to welcome Sally Lees as a new Associate member

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President Renate and member (and Treasurer) Stuart McRae

Member Stuart McRae tells the Club abut his life and the lucky breaks that have helped him and his wife through a successful and happy life.

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The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Callum Knowles, Ashford Rotary President, Amanda Cottrell and Leader of the Council, Cllr. Gerry Clarkson open the shelter

The Rotary Club of Ashford's Community Shelter at Conningbrook Lakes Country Park was opened today.

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Kristina and Akeem at Umtha Welanga

On Monday 10th January, following a frugal supper, PP Kitty Brook, her granddaughter, Kristina, and Kristina's partner, Akeem, gave a talk on 'Malcolm's Soup Kitchen'.

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Tyne Cott Cemetery, Belgium

John Harris spoke of the work of the CWGC

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Megan McBride speaks to the Club

Having talked about her plans before the event in South Korea, Megan returned as promised, to tell us how it went. A very exciting trip!

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Peter Gammon

Rtn Peter Gammon spoke on Criminal Law

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On Sunday 26th June we ran a Charity Cream Tea Party for around 100 people in aid of President Liz's chosen Charities -'Canine Helpers' and 'Kent MS Therapy Centre'. Thanks to all who helped make it a memorable afternoon.

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President Liz with Maxine Lucas

The Club learnt of the support given to the hearing impaired by HI Kent

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President Liz receives the cheque

President Liz Stuart-Smith received a cheque for £600.00 from the Ashford Muslim Association

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Destruction caused by earthquake

The Rotary Club of Ashford join partners to collect for earthquake victims

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The new Interact Club of Towers School is now up and running.

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Paul Mott of McArthurGlen, Rotary President Renate Beerling, and the Mayor of Ashford, Larry Krause. Over £1,000 was made for Charity.

McArthurGlen Management teams up with the Rotary Club of Ashford to raffle prizes freely donated by many retailers at the Outlet Centre.

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Liz recognised for terrific year despite adversity

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Lilia with some of her collection and President Liz Stewart-Smith.

We were delighted on Monday night with a talk by 12 year old Lilia who explained the meanings of Ichimatsu Ningyo, Hina Ningyo, Daruma Ningyo, Kokeshi Ningyo and Gosho Ningyo; various forms of Japanese Doll.

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Sophie received her award from Rtn. Steve Parkin (left), also present are Rtn. Jean Shrubb and Towers School Principal Richard Billings

Sophie's entry, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ashford, took first place at National level in the Rotary Young Photographer Competition.

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Outgoing President Amanda Cottrell hands over to incoming President Liz Stuart-Smith

Roles are handed to new officers

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Old friends say 'Farewell'

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Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner spoke at our meeting 9th Oct 23

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Ashford Rotary Club recognises outstanding dedication to the Community

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The Object Of Rotary

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Modern Ashford

The Market Town of Ashford Kent

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International Committee

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Rotary Foundation

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Community Committee

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Fundraising Committee

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Club Policies & Health & Safety

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