Take a walk into hor­ri­ble his­tory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

ASH­FORD Town Cen­tre Part­ner­ship has or­gan­ised an­other se­ries of free her­itage walks, led by lo­cal his­to­ri­ans Arthur Cole­man, Les Lawrie and Steve Sal­ter, start­ing on April 14. Meet­ing at 10.30am in the town cen­tre church­yard, the first will take a group on a tour that will in­clude St Mary’s Parish Church and the mu­seum. On Satur­day, June 16, guests will be able to get an in­sight and in­for­ma­tion about orig­i­nal own­ers of the his­toric build­ings they view on the walk around the town cen­tre. Then on Satur­day, July 28, and Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 1, tours that will meet at 10.30am out­side the Church Road li­brary are de­signed for young­sters aged seven to 12 and billed as ‘hor­ri­ble his­tory for kids’. They will be taken and told of the sites of the smelly tan­nery, the hor­rid heretics, vi­o­lent sneaky smug­glers, the lo­cal rot­ten Ro­mans and much more. On na­tional Her­itage Open Day, Septem­ber 8, Ash­ford’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Civic Trust event will be a fas­ci­nat­ing look be­hind the fa­cades of his­toric prop­er­ties not nor­mally open to the pub­lic, start­ing at the li­brary at 10.30am. For full in­for­ma­tion or to book a place, con­tact the Ash­ford Town Cen­tre Part­ner­ship on 01233 664410.

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