Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Alternatives to TPS, Bogus TPS & scams

The hand holds telephone receiver above the phoneThe Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is warning against responding to commercial alternatives to TPS and bogus and scam TPS calls.

TPS is the only official UK ‘do not call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. The TPS register is established and supported by legislation. Organisations which want to make live telesales calls in the UK are legally required to screen their sales lists against the TPS list. It is FREE to sign up to the TPS register. (more…)

Learn to Fix your Bicycle

cycle repairs photoCycleWorkshops offer beginners the opportunity to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance – bike setup, puncture repair, brake and gear adjustment.  The relaxed 4-hour sessions are delivered at Cycle Circle’s workshop in Norfolk Drive, Ashford (TN23 4FB).

The cost is subsidised by Active Ashford – just £20 (and redeemable against tools on the day).

You can book one of the dates via Cycle Circle’s website

  • 13th February, 2016
  • 9th April, 2016
  • 4th June, 2016
  • 10th September, 2016

All of the workshops run from 10.00 – 14.00

We have added these dates to our calendar

Interested in leasing an allotment?

allotment photoAshford Borough Council (ABC) currently have several vacant plots at Musgrove Farm, Musgrove New and Christchurch Road Allotments. If you would be interested in taking on a plot at either of these sites please contact Eileen Law of ABC on 01233 330528 as soon as possible as these plots will be let on a first come first served basis.

As part of ABC’s approach to healthy living they have a number of allotment sites, with over 400 plots throughout Ashford, that residents find very popular. Plot sizes are approximately 125 sq m (around 5 perch) and currently cost in the region of 22p per sq m (£5.50 per perch or £27.50 per year per 5 perch plot). The exact cost of a plot is determined by its size. ABC offer a concessionary rate of 50% off for the first 5 Perch and full price thereafter to residents claiming certain types of benefit and for those residents in receipt of state pensions. All our allotment sites have water points. (more…)

Kent urged to keep warm and well

Kent County CouncilWith cold and wintry weather predicted over the next few days, families across Kent are being urged to follow a few simple measures to keep their loved ones safe and healthy.

Prolonged cold weather can be a risk for anyone although vulnerable people, including the elderly and children under five, are particularly at risk and common sense advice can help in severe weather, both at home or out and about. (more…)

ABC Warn of bogus calls

Warning of bogus calls - 11th Jan

Be aware that there are currently bogus callers in operation, claiming to be from Ashford Borough Council’s legal and accident investigation team.

They are saying that they are contacting you following an accident.

If you receive one of these calls hang up immediately. Do NOT give them any information as they are not genuine.

Please share with friends and family.

Ashford Borough Council 11th January 2016

There have been reports of similar calls for other authorities, such as the KCC scam we reported on in September

Kent County Council phone scam

If you receive one of these scam telephone calls please report it to Kent Trading Standards or telephone the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.


Big Garden Birdwatch

House SparrowTake part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch and contribute to the world’s largest wildlife survey! Count birds for an hour and tell us what you see.

More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 30-31 January, 2016. They’ll also make a record of the other wildlife they see throughout the year, providing a vital snapshot of UK nature. Request a FREE pack or simply register your details to save time on the weekend and get £5 off your next purchase in our shop.*

Big Garden Birdwatch will bring you closer to nature. It takes just an hour and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

(*Must be 18 or over. Terms and conditions apply.)

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds