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:




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.

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.

November 2018 Meeting

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

at 7.00 pm

on Monday 12th November 2018

at Ashford Indoor Bowls Club
Victoria Park.

Join us if you would like to help protect, conserve and enhance Victoria Park

Join us

The Friends of Victoria Park is a group of Ashford residents who believe that Victoria Park is a community resource that should be available for all.

Our aims are to:

  • Protect, conserve and enhance Victoria Park as a place of freedom, recreation and enjoyment for the long-term benefit of the people of Ashford;
  • To develop and propose ideas and suggestions to Ashford Borough Council and any relevant organisation in accordance with the paragraph above;
  • To seek the community’s suggestions in addition to the Group’s own opinions on any works to improve or change Victoria Park;
  • To promote the use of the park and its attributes within Ashford and beyond. Protect and conserve the ecology and wildlife of the park.

If you would be interested in helping to promote these aims join us.

Sign up to receive notice of our meetings and activities and other news about Victoria Park.