First Litter Pick for 2021

To celebrate the Great British Spring Clean, our monthly litter picks will finally be returning this weekend.

The weather is looking good! It’s a great way to meet others, enjoy the outside space and feel good.

If you would be interested in joining us then please contact us to let us know which of the two sessions you would like to attend.

  • 9.30 – 11.30 am, or
  • 12.30 – 2.30pm.
  • on Saturday 5th June


Friends of Victoria Park Meeting

FoVP LogoThe next meeting of the Friends of Victoria Park is to be held

  • at 7.30pm
  • on 14th May 2021

The meeting will be held by Zoom

Join us to learn about progress on the project to regenerate the Park and our plans as we come out of lockdown.

Please register here to join the meeting


  1. Apologies
  2. Welcome
  3. Minutes of last meeting
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Update from Project Team
  6. Friends Update
  7. Any Other Business


Celebrate Easter with an Egg!

Celebrate Easter with an eggCreative people of all ages wanted

The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership invite you to decorate and display your egg

April 10th in Victoria Park

The egg display is part of the park’s Easter Term Celebrations.

To enter: bring your egg(s) to the Coffee Box, Victoria Park (near the fountain) from 4th – 9th April, between 10:00 and 16:00.


Decorating your Easter egg

The egg

We want to be kind to all birds so please use free-range 😊

Blowing the egg.

Removing the egg from its shell through small holes. The egg will be fragile

but lighter. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to do this!

Hard-boil the egg.

It makes handling easier, though they can still crack!

  1. Place the eggs in room temperature water.
  2. Bring to a boil then turn down to a low boil for 12 minutes.
  3. Remove from stove and let cool before decorating.
Vegan option
  • Ceramic, mache or wooden eggs from Hobbycraft or other shops (click & collect) or
  • find a rock shaped like an egg and paint that!

Egg Cup (or similar)

To hold the egg as you decorate and as it dries, one end/side at a time.

Decorating Tools and Resources

  • Food dyes and white vinegar – if you want to dye a real egg. *
  • Paint – acrylic and/or watercolour.
  • Paint brushes (fine / medium). Cotton buds can be used too. Please use paper ones if poss.
  • Crayons or fine liners (don’t press too hard!).
  • PVA glue if you want to stick things on the surface, it should dry clear.
  • Elastic bands (wide) to help you draw straight lines on the curved surface of the egg

*Dying a whole egg – Mix one teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food colouring (use more to
intensify colour) in one cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you
submerge an egg completely. Dip hardboiled eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon or
tongs to add and remove eggs from dye.

Top Tips:

Lots of patience – 😊

  • Start with the dyes or background painting before you add other decorating elements.
  • Let each layer (paint/dye) dry before you add another, so you don’t smudge or leave
  • If you are gluing things on, do a bit at a time and let it dry/stick before you do the
    next bit.

There are loads of websites / YouTube videos to help with ideas and methods. Here are a few:

January 2021

I don't think any of us really wanted to start the year in another lockdown, but here it is. We are lucky to have the park to enjoy, and hopefully things will improve this year.

This year should see the start of some of the works in the park funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant and Ashford Borough Council. The trees which were recently removed are due to be replaced with new trees. We are also expecting the coppicing works to be carried out in the woodland area - this will look harsh to begin with, but will improve the quality of the woodland, and create a much richer environment for the wildlife.

We will be holding our next meeting on
at 7.30pm
on 25th January
via Zoom.

Please contact us to request joining details

If you would prefer to phone into the meeting please contact us and we will send the details to you, there may be a charge from your phone provider for this.

Annual General Meeting

FoVP Logo Fountain & Trees

Join us for our AGM to hear about our exciting plans for the future

  • at 7:30 pm
  • on 9th October 2020
  • via Zoom



  1. Apologies
  2. Welcome
  3. Chairman’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Election of Management Committee
  6. Review of constitution
  7. Updates from ABC
  8. Future plans
  9. Any other Business

Have you discovered Victoria Park this summer?

Have you re-discovered Victoria Park this summer?

Maybe you have recently moved into the area and discovered Victoria Park for the first time.

Why not get involved?

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our committee to help us expand the group, help to plan and organise events, support our social media and help us connect with more of the local community.

If you would be interested in joining our committee please contact us.

Please note, this is a voluntary unpaid role.

FoVP Meeting 22 July

The next general meeting of the Friends of Victoria Park will be held

  • at 7.oo pm.
  • on 22nd July 2020
  • via zoom

If you would like to join us then please contact us and we will send details on how to log in to the meeting.


  1. Apologies
  2. Welcome
  3. Election of Chair person
    Simon Howard-Smith has offered to return to the role of Chair. Any member unable to attend the meeting may email to cast a vote either for or against.
  1. Project Update from ABC
  2. Group Update
  3. Hosting of monthly stakeholder/interested party meetings.
  4. Any Other Business

Update Summer 2020

Well, this isn’t quite the summer we had planned. All our planned events this summer, including our Summer Series, Family Fun Run, Big Butterfly Count and British Spring Clean Litter Pick have had to be cancelled. It has been a big disappointment for us, especially after our successful quiz evening in February. However, these unfortunate events have given many people the opportunity to spend much more time than usual in the park and shown the importance of local open spaces in our community.

Ashford Borough Council has now appointed the project team for the project in the park, and whilst not much is able to happen in the park at the current time, they are working hard to bring plans up to date and plan future events. One of the biggest events in the park each year is Create, and this year would have been the 25th anniversary of Create. Due to the restrictions on mass events in the park, Create is unable to happen in its normal format this year. However, the team from ABC are currently working with Animate Arts to put together a Create Festival at Home offering, with  exciting playlist from local bands,  and a youth takeover of the Council’s Victoria Park Social media pages. Watch out for links from our Facebook page.

We are also starting to plan for the future and looking at what we can do either as online or socially distanced events. We will be sharing links to the Big Butterfly Count website, so that you can join in with the national event whilst social distancing, and will provide opportunities to share your photographs of the amazing butterflies in the park on our facebook page.

We are looking to increase our core team, so that we can create more diverse and resilient events in the future. If you would be interested in joining the committee, or helping with planning events, please contact us.

We will be holding our next general meeting via zoom on 22nd July. Please see the separate announcement for details.