Ac­cess group mak­ing good progress

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A RECORD num­ber of vis­i­tors at­tended the an­nual meet­ing of Ash­ford Ac­cess Group at the Julie Rose Sta­dium on Satur­day. The group’s pa­tron, Ash­ford MP Damian Green, praised its progress over the past decade un­der the lead­er­ship of chair­man Lawrie St John. Now stand­ing down, Mr St John will be re­placed by his deputy Susan Mansfield, and re­tir­ing trea­surer Ni­cola Rus­sell by Rick Hamil­ton who is also mem­ber­ship sec­re­tary. VIP guests in­cluded the MP, Ash­ford Mayor Cllr Norman Ayres, Ten­ter­den Mayor John Weller and past Ash­ford Mayor Michael Claughton. The 21 mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions manned in­for­ma­tion desks to ex­plain the ser­vices they pro­vide for the com­mu­nity. Speaker Stephen Bort, of Kent Glid­ing Club at Chal­lock, told how the club pro­vided air ex­pe­ri­ence for dis­abled young­sters, with char­ity fund­ing from Bri­tish Air­ways. The mayor pre­sented cer­tifi­cates to the Comet Group on the Ash­ford Re­tail Park, and the Bri­tan­nia Inn at Hythe, for their ef­forts to make premises suit­able for dis­abled vis­i­tors.

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Mayor Norman Ayres, re­tir­ing chair­man of the Ash­ford Acess Group Lawrie St John and Kim Mor­rish of the Comet Group

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