Summer Series 5k

The Friends of Victoria Park are pleased to announce the Summer Series 5k runs.

A series of 4 evening 5k runs. Join just for 1 or for all 4.

The runs will take place at 7.00pm on:

Wednesday 12th June 2019
Wednesday 10th July 2019
Wednesday 7th August 2019 and
Wednesday 4th September 2019

The fast and slightly undulating course makes this event ideal for setting a new 5k PB – and it’s great too for beginners or those simply looking for a short evening run.

Every finisher will be awarded a medal.

Full details of the series and how to enter can be found at

Very Hungry Caterpillars

This week Butterfly Conservation celebrated the 50th Birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle’s classic has introduced millions of children to the amazing life cycle of a butterfly.

Anyone familiar with the tale will know that the leading larva hatches on a Sunday and spends Monday to Friday eating fruit. On Saturday the caterpillar’s diet takes an interesting turn as it binges on junk food including cakes, cheese and salami.

Although there is a fictional element to this otherwise educational story, the eating habits of a caterpillar are probably more varied than you might imagine.

Discover what hungry caterpillars really eat..

Butterfly Conservation

April 2019 Meeting

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

at 7.00 pm

on Monday 29th April 2019

at Ashford Indoor Bowls Centre
Victoria Park, Jemmett Rd, TN23 4QD

We will be joined by Chris Dixon, Arts and Cultural Industries Manager, at Ashford Borough Council, who will tell us about Create Music Festival 2019

Join us if you would like to help protect, conserve and enhance Victoria Park and invite friends and neighbours who would also like to help.

The agenda for the meeting is

  1. Welcome
  2. Create
  3. Apologies
  4. Minutes of Previous meeting
  5. Matters Arising
  6. Amendment to constitution
  7. Events and Activities
    Photo competition
    5k Fundraiser
    Armed Forces Day
    Butterfly Count
  8. Any Other business

Download a printable copy here


Under Item 6. this meeting will include the following proposals to amend to the constitution:

Paragraph 1 currently reads:

The group and its members will be called and known as the ‘Friends of Victoria Park’ (from here on the group will be referred to as the ‘Group’). The Group was formed on 5th March 2018

The management Committee suggest it is amended to:

The group and its members will be called and known as the ‘Friends of Victoria Park’ (from here on the group will be referred to as the ‘Group’). The Group was formed as a consultation group by Ashford Borough Council on 5th March 2018, and became an independent constituted group on 7th September 2018.

Paragraph 11 currently reads:

The Friends of Victoria Park shall be administered by a Management Committee of not less than seven and not more than eleven members elected at the Group’s Annual General Meeting. Committee Members must be at least 18 years old.

The management Committee propose it is changed to:

The Friends of Victoria Park shall be administered by a Management Committee of not less than seven and not more than eleven members elected at the Group’s Annual General Meeting or, when the number of Committee Members is below eleven, at any General Meeting. Committee Members must be at least 18 years old.

A vote on these changes will be taken by show of hands during the meeting. Anyone not able to attend the meeting may notify the secretary of their acceptance or objection to the proposed changes by contacting us.

Licence application

Notice of an Application of a Premises Licence (Licensing Act 2003)
Notice is hereby given that

a) Market Square Group has applied to Ashford Borough Council for a PREMISES LICENCE for

b) Live music, recorded music, performance of dance, supply of alcohol 09:00 – 22:00 on Saturday 15 June 2019
and Sunday 16 June 2019 only for the premises

c) Victoria Park situated at

d) Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4QD

A register of licensing applications can be viewed at the Licensing Section, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL 01233 331111 by appointment.

Any person wishing to submit representations to this application must give notice in writing to the address shown above, giving in detail the grounds of objection by:

e) Dated this 14/03/2019

Signed: P Kennedy
Market Square Group

The Council will not entertain representations where the writer requests that his identity remains anonymous. Copies of all representations will be included in the papers presented to the Licensing Panel and will therefore pass into the public domain. Representations must relate to one or more of the four Licensing Objectives:


It is an offence, liable on conviction to a fine up to level 5 on the standard scale (£5000), under Section 158 of the Licensing Act 2003 to make a false statement in or in connection with this application.

Have a passion for Victoria Park?

SculptureWhy not get involved?
Friends of Victoria Park are looking for new committee members.

We are looking for people who would be able to commit to attending public meetings 4 times a year and additional committee meetings which are held every 1-2 months. These meetings are usually held in the evening.  We also organise various activities in the park throughout the year.
We are a friendly group of people and, whilst previous experience would be great, if you are interested and willing to learn, then we would welcome you on board. Please note that this is an unpaid voluntary role.

Unfortunately we can only recruit committee members who are over 18 years old but, if you are younger, then please contact us to see if we have other volunteering opportunities you may be able to help with.

To express an interest or find out more please contact us

Park plans submitted

The planning application for proposals to be included in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for improvements to Victoria Park have been submitted for planning permission.


The proposals include the extension to existing nursery building to create new cafe provision. Improvements to entrances on public highway, resurfacing and extension to existing car park, new CCTV, lighting columns adjacent to new cafe, new feature play equipment. Restoration and repairs to landscape features – paths, planting, seating, ecological improvements etc., a new path along the boundary of Watercress Fields and the refurbishment of the listed Hubert Fountain.

Implimentation of the proposals is subject to the bid by Ashford Borough Council (ABC) to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is expected to be submitted this month, being successful. The results of the bid are expected late summer of this year.

Proposed Cafe / Nursery Building

The ABC planning case reference is 19/00054/AS

Apply to play at Create

Create Festival has made it even easier to apply to play, and be in with a chance to perform at the free Create Music Festival in Victoria Park on Sat 20th July 2019.

Create are offering a small fee for all successful acts, to cover expenses.

Click the here to apply.

Litter cleared from Park

Volunteers, led by Aniko Szocs of Keep Ashford Clean, who gathered in Victoria Park to clear litter today, 19 January, were joined by Amy Casey, Ashford Borough Council’s newly appointed Waste and Recycling Education Officer.

Together they succeeded in clearing 11 bags of recycling and 8 bags of general waste together with a child’s scooter, a shopping trolley, a no parking sign and other discarded items.

Keep Ashford Clean logoKeep Ashford Clean undertake frequent litter picks in open spaces in Ashford. Their next litter pick is on 16 February at Singleton Lake. Another litter pick is planned in Victoria Park to mark the Great British Spring Clean on 23 March.

Litter Pick

litter pickerJoin the first litter pick of 2019 in Victoria Park

  • at 13:00
  • on 19 January 2019
  • meet at the fountain plaza

Organised by Keep Ashford Clean Keep Ashford Clean logo

Litter pickers, high vis jackets and gloves will be provided. Meeting is by the water fountain for a 1 pm start.

Photography Competition

Submit your best photos of Victoria Park and/ or Singleton Lake to win the opportunity to have your photo in an exhibition.

The deadline is 30th April 2019 and a maximum of four entries per person can be entered, two photos from Victoria Park and two from Singleton Lake.

There are four groups:

  • 11 and under,
  • 12-16,
  • 17 and over and
  • ‘professional’ or photography club members

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