Access group making good progress
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.
Mayor Norman Ayres, retiring chairman of the Ashford Acess Group Lawrie St John and Kim Morrish of the Comet Group