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.
The Friends of Victoria Park will meet
on Wednesday, 26 February 2020
at The Riverside Centre
Come along and find out the latest updates on what is happening in the park, and how you can be involved.
Wednesday 19th February 2020 10:00 – 11:00 Halfords 11:30 – 12:30 Victoria Park (Playground) also: 13:00 – 14:00 Sk8side 14:30 – 15:30 Stanhope (Ball Court) 16:00 – 17:00 Bockhanger (next to old library)
Security marking your pushbike could help to deter thieves as well asmaking it easier for Kent Police to reunite you with your bike should it be lost or stolen.
Simply bring along your bike and Kent Police will mark it for FREE.
This ls done by placing a unique code onto the frame and use of a tamper proof sticker. The bike wll also he registered onto a national database allowlng it to be identified even if it gets recovered in a different County.
Come and join us for a fun quiz night.
on 15th February 2019
at The Riverside Centre,
Clockhouse, Ashford, TN23 4YN
£4 per person, pay on the night.
Teams of 6.
Bring your own drinks and nibbles.
We have received as many registrations as we can accommodate so cannot take take any more.
National Tree Week was celebrated in Victoria Park on Saturday (30th November) by the planting of two lime trees by the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Jenny Webb assisted by the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Land Management, Cllr Andrew Buchanan, and the Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism & Leisure, Cllr Peter Feacey.
The tree planting was followed by the planting of hundreds of spring bulbs by the Friends of Victoria Park and other volunteers.
To celebrate the funding award from National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Mayor of Ashford will be planting a tree
Saturday 30th November at 12pm
As part of the celebration, the Friends of Victoria Park will be planting bulbs in the park, daffodils and crocus, to create a display for the spring
Bulb planting 12.30 - 2pm
We are looking for volunteers to help with the planting, if you are interested please come along to plant one, ten or 100 bulbs!
We will be near the old park gates
Please bring a trowel!
Whilst it will be some time before most of the tree work is undertaken, the coppicing of trees and removal of invasive shrubs and poor quality trees will be started during the coming winter.