Chatter Matters

KAEFamilyWould you like to:

  • Encourage your young child to express themselves?
  • Understand how children learn to talk, read and write?
  • Get new play, story, song and reading ideas?
  • Build your confidence and make new friends?

This course is for you!

Venue: The Willow Centre. Brookfield Road. Ashford, Kent. TN23 4EY
Date: 6th May – 24th June (term lime only)
Time: 9.30am· 12.00pm (more…)

Become more confident and gain self-esteem

referral education skills provision opportunities networks sustainability engagement6th, 13th, 20th May 2016, 9.30am – 12noon

Sign up for this 3 week course at
The Willow Centre, Brookfield Road, Ashford

This course will Include all/some of the following:-

  • Awareness of replacing blame with praise
  • Focusing on positives
  • Body consciousness, self·care and making an impression.
  • Finding a voice; speaking out, being heard and being a good listener.
  • Strategies for working with negative emotions.

The courses are open to people over 19 and who are unwaged or in low paid work.

The course are FREE. (more…)

Save Water in your school

Water Saving Week
Why save water in your school?

  • Saving water at your school can help you save other resources: If you include the products we use as well as actual water use, our daily water consumption is 3400 litres! One sheet of A4 uses 10 litres of water to produce, so try and make sure it’s only used when essential!
  • Saving water at your school can save energy: Water needs energy to pump, treat and heat it, whilst energy needs a lot of water to produce it – so by saving one you’ll save the other! Saving water and energy will also save schools money as they are on a meter, as well as promoting sustainable behaviour and helping to protect the environment.
  • Saving water at your school can help educate people about the environment: By taking action and saving water (and energy as a result), your school will be actively demonstrating that anyone can use water more wisely and set a good example for future water consumers. Make sure you tell staff, parents and the wider community about your water saving actions!


Stories from ITL Apprentices

National Apprenticeships WeekITLlogo

In National Apprenticeship Week 2016 South Ashford based Integrated Technologies Ltd have checked  in with their apprentices to see how they are getting on.

James- Hardware Engineer

“I joined ITL in 2010 as an apprentice and have not looked back since.  The company has put me through various career enhancing courses including NVQ’s, BTECH qualifications and IPC Certification.

“I am studying for a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering on a part time basis one day a week at the University of Greenwich.

“I am now nearing the end of my degree with only another year and a half to go. The course has been taught over 5 years instead of the traditional 3 but it has allowed me to work at ITL 4 days a week and study on the others when required. (more…)

College open as normal on strike day

Ashford College logoAshford College is opening as normal during a planned strike by UCU and Unison. The college have issued the following statement via their Facebook page:

“Our primary concern is in ensuring we are providing a consistent, undisrupted educational service to our students. We do not have extensive union membership across the Hadlow Group and historically, very few members of staff have participated in strike action. We will work to ensure we minimise any disruption to students and expect all students to attend their timetabled classes.” (more…)

Photography students win awards

Ashford College logoAshford College recently hosted the Ashford Photographic Society Schools Competition and are so proud to hear that two of their own students came runners up in two categories. Big congratulations to Rhys Hawkins (Level 3 Photography) and Shannon Pankhurst (Level 2 Photography)!

The intention of the annual competition is “to encourage photography as an art form and to harness the enthusiasm of both the art departments [of the schools competing] and pupils.”

The event was a great success with many turning out to see the work of the students.

Ashford College

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

Apply for a primary school place before 15th January

Kent County CouncilApplications are open for primary, infant and junior places in Kent schools, with about 16,000 families expected to apply for a place to start school next September.

Families are being encouraged to apply as soon as possible for a primary school place for their children and not miss the 15 January deadline.

Last year there were more than 500 late applications, which made it more difficult for parents to secure the preferred places.

Every child born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 needs to be registered for a school place, along with those who are moving from Infant school to junior school.

When a child has older brothers or sisters already in school, their family still needs to apply for a school place so they can start at the same school in September 2016. (more…)

Community Council News

Ashfored Borough CouncilAshford Borough Council’s Selection and Constitutional Review Committee have recommended that the Council follow the Community Governance Review ballot outcome; creating Community Councils in Kennington and South Willesborough and Newtown, not in South Ashford, Central Ashford and North Willesborough. The final decision will be taken at a full Council Meeting next Thursday, 10th December.

The Minutes of the meeting will be available on the ABC Committee page