"I am writing in disgust regarding Mr Barton’s comments about the revamp of Victoria Park, Kentish Express 1st August 2019.
Victoria Park, as is the case with most open public spaces, suffers some problems. Most recently there have been 2 out of the ordinary attacks. Mr Barton's assertion that it is one of Kent's hotspots is unfounded; as would be shown by a quick reference to Kent Police crime statistics, which in recent months show significantly higher figures for both antisocial behaviour, and violent and sexual crime in the area around the Kentish Express offices than in the vicinity of Victoria park.
Mr Barton is also factually incorrect in the assertion that the fountain was white when made. The Hubert fountain is a cast iron structure and whilst it is possible to produce white cast iron, this certainly wasn’t the case for our Hubert Fountain. None of the pictures available from either the 1862 exhibition or from its installation in Victoria Park show the fountain as white. Alongside this the photograph from the presentation souvenir, the fountain colour is clearly shown as darker than the surrounding white wall. The most recent ‘refurbishment’ was not only a couple of years ago, but 12 years ago, with all this information readily available on the internet.
Perhaps rather than throwing around random assertions, Mr Barton would like to visit the park occasionally and enjoy some of the great community spirit which can be experienced in the park with many people enjoying the wildlife, fitness opportunities, and generally creating a sense of community on a daily basis. Not to mention the very successful celebrations which have taken place recently in the park with no incident: Armed Forces Day, Sausage and Cider, Create, Mr Harper’s Birthday and a number of successful running events which have been enjoyed by people of all ages.
Chair - Friends of Victoria Park"
The results for Run 3 of the Victoria Park 5k Summer Series are shown below.
Results for all runs and details of how to register for the final race can be found on our 5k Summer Series page.
Still time to apply for our 5k run on Wednesday evening (£7.50 per runner).
Medal for everyone completing the run. 7pm start near the park gates.
If you’re not a runner or out due to injury at the moment then you can still join volunteer as a marshal. Send us a message if you are able to help – there will be cake for runners and volunteers!
The Friends of Victoria Park are delighted to learn that Ashford Borough Council has been awarded more than £3 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to revitalise Victoria Park.
Friends of Victoria Park will be exhibiting some details of the proposals at Create and Mr. Harper's Birthday Party this weekend.
The funding, thanks to National Lottery players, means the council can deliver its exciting plans to redevelop and restore one of Ashford’s oldest and most-loved green spaces, working with the local community, volunteer groups and the Friends of Victoria Park.
Proposals include a new children’s play area, improvements to the river, improved lighting across the park, and a new community hub building with café, and new toilets. The iconic Grade II Listed Hubert Fountain and the surrounding piazza area will also be restored and repaired.
The council will be employing four new members of staff to manage the project, including a parks officer who will be based on site. There will also be opportunities for the community to get involved with volunteering roles as part of the project.
More than 1,000 people gave their feedback on park improvements as part of the council’s consultation process in the preparation of the bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The results showed the public wanted a café, better play areas and toilets, more events and activities, and improved safety and security. Thanks to this funding the council will be able to make improvements, which will hopefully encourage more people to enjoy Victoria Park for longer.
Almost £1.9 million will be spent on repairs and conservation of the historical aspects of the park, and another £1 million has been earmarked for new building work including access paths, signage, bridges, and dipping platforms.
For Ashford Borough Council, Cllr Peter Feacey, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund; this is a regeneration project that we can’t wait to start. The funding means we can make these exciting improvements, reconnecting people with this historic park and its heritage. Events and activities focussed on children and young people and resources for schools will encourage our younger residents to visit.”
Create on Saturday 20th July, the free one-day event hosting four live stages, local street food, children’s rides and entertainment and interactive theatre and
Mr. Harper's Birthday Party on Sunday 21st July.
Come and find us in the Community Marquee.
Victoria Park is a short walk from:
the Town Centre (cross the bridge between the Picture House Cinema and Travelodge Hotel and follow the footpath across Victoria Road), and
Ashford International Station (exit via the internation ticket hall, cross Avenue Jacques Faucheux to Beaver Road, follow the footpath from the south of the BP Service Station.
If you need to drive park in Watercress Fields (turn into Clockhouse/Arlington from Brookfield Road at the Knoll Lane/Clockhouse signalised junction then left into Clockhouse, right into Ford Way; Postcode for Satnav: TN23 5HD)
The results of the Victoria Park Summer Series Run 2
Results of all races will be added to the Summer Series page
Please find below a link to the minutes of the Friends of Victoria Park Meeting held on 4th July 2019
By popular request - a new route for this Wednesday 5k! Don't forget to register if you haven't already at Summer Series 5k
If you're not a runner or injury is stopping you from running and you want to join us as a volunteer for the event then send us a message.
The next meeting
of the Friends of Victoria Park will be heldat 7.30 pm
on Thurday 4th July 2019
at Ashford Indoor Bowls Centre
Victoria Park, Jemmett Rd, TN23 4QD
The agenda for the meeting is
- Welcome and Update
- Minutes of Previous meeting
- Matters Arising
- Election of new committee member
- Events and Activities
- Summer Series
- Create/Mr Harpers Birthday
- Butterfly Count
- Family Fun Run
- Any Other business
Download a printable copy here
Apply now to join the next run on 10th July.