Take a walk into horrible history
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.