Cul­tural groups com­bine for sup­port and ad­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good -

NINE eth­nic com­mu­nity groups have moved into their new home.

The groups pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied Swan­ton House in El­wick Road un­til health and safety prob­lems at the for­mer ed­u­ca­tion offices left them home­less.

Now they have taken up res­i­dence at a new base in In­ter­na­tional House in Dover Place.

Ash­ford Mayor Cllr John Link was among guests at an open meet­ing on Wed­nes­day at their new head­quar­ters on the first floor of the build­ing over­look­ing the sta­tion com­plex.

The groups have formed a con­sor­tium un­der the ban­ner of the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion with the aim of pro­mot­ing and of­fer­ing sup­port and ad­vice on a range of is­sues that af­fect the many cul­tural groups in the bor­ough.

There was tra­di­tional food avail­able for guests to sam­ple as well as in­for­ma­tion on the cul­tures rep­re­sented.

The day also formed part of the pro­gramme cel­e­brat­ing Black His­tory Month, an ini­tia­tive pro­moted by Kent County Coun­cil and other part­ners.

Ed­win Lui, sec­re­tary of the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Chi­nese Com­mu­nity, dec­o­rates their of­fice

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