Mums’ new busi­ness is hop­ing to en­ter­tain us

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Winning Visit - By Vicky Cas­tle

Two mums from Ash­ford have set up their own events com­pany in a bid to bring a more var­ied nightlife to the town.

Natasha Cole, 31, from Bridge­field and Kelly Bridge, 33, from Park Farm have cre­ated Plan.It K events and will be hold­ing their first big event in Oc­to­ber.

The duo, who met on par­ent­ing web­site net­mums four years ago, want to pro­vide a more di­verse range of even­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for adults and are kick­ing things off with a hyp­no­tist com­edy night.

Kelly said: “At our age you don’t always want to meet your friends at the pub, so we thought reg­u­lar dif­fer­ent events would be a good way to get a group to­gether.

“We are look­ing for some­thing re­ally dif­fer­ent for the Ash­ford mar­ket to give peo­ple a rea­son to have a big meet up.”

NHS worker, Kelly, who is cur- rently on ma­ter­nity leave, has two chil­dren aged nine months and three while of­fice man­ager Natasha has a four-year-old of her own.

De­spite having to jug­gle fam­ily life, par­ent­ing du­ties and ca­reers, the pair find free evenings or week­ends to run the busi­ness and Kelly says they of­ten end up tak­ing their lap­tops to the pub.

She added: “We usu­ally work from the study at my house but we will some­times take our lap­tops down to the pub dur­ing the evenings.

“It has always been Natasha’s dream to set up an events com­pany and I am very much a plan­ning sort of per­son so we thought we would give a go.

“We held a few mini events to see how we got on work­ing to­gether and we worked bril­liantly so we de­cided to go for it and try some­thing a bit big­ger.”

The first event, a com­edy hyp­no­tist show with Chris Gilles will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 18 at the Julie Rose Sta­dium.

But while the women have some ideas up their sleeve for future events, they say they are keen to hear from lo­cal res­i­dents about the sort of shows miss­ing from the town.

Kelly said: “We are re­ally in­ter­ested to hear what the peo­ple of Ash­ford want to see and are es­pe­cially open to ideas for Christ­mas events.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to put for­ward any event ideas search for Plan.It K Events on face­book.

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