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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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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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Peter Gammon

Rtn Peter Gammon spoke on Criminal Law

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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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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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Old friends say 'Farewell'

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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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Beehive and Bloomers

Participate in our auction for two local charities

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The Rotary Foundation creates channel for direct humanitarian support in Ukraine region

The Rotary Club of Ashford Ukraine Fund was launched at Wye Farmers' Market

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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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