Group’s top arts hon­our is ac­co­lade to peo­ple power

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­ The home of art and cul­ture in Ash­ford bor­ough has been recog­nised by the peo­ple of East Kent for its ef­forts.

St Mary’s Arts Trust picked up the East Kent Peo­ple’s Award at the Can­ter­bury cul­ture awards.

The group be­hind the Rev­e­la­tion se­ries of con­certs and arts events at St Mary’s Parish Church in Ash­ford town cen­tre took home the only gong voted for by the pub­lic.

The award was pre­sented to the church’s vicar, the Rev Colin Preece, who is also chair­man of St Mary’s Arts Trust, and fel­low trustee Ken Blan­shard.

Chris Dixon, arts chief at Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, said: “It is amaz­ing what can be achieved through ded­i­ca­tion and hard work.

“Who would have thought af­ter 18 months Rev­e­la­tions St Mary’s would have awards un­der their belt?”

“The East Kent Peo­ple’s Award is the per­fect ac­co­lade for St Mary’s, as it was voted for by the peo­ple, prov­ing that Ash­for­dians and those fur­ther afield hold the venue in the high­est re­gard.”

The Rev Colin Preece

Chris Dixon

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