Sir John Furley: Ashford’s Medical Champion

At Ashford’s recent Create Music Festival 2016 the St John’s Ambulance were out in force, doing what they do brilliantly: providing medical cover for events – from major sporting fixtures and music festivals to public gatherings (as well, of course, as providing ambulances and first aid training).  But few people know that the history of the St John’s … More Sir John Furley: Ashford’s Medical Champion

Henry VI and Ashford’s Rebel: Jack Cade

This week, across the world, people have been expressing dissatisfaction with their leaders.  Whether it’s through democratic means: voting for Presidential nominees for forthcoming US elections, or in the general election campaign in Japan; or, more dictatorially, through an attempted military coup in Turkey, those countries’ populations are disgruntled and trying to make their voice … More Henry VI and Ashford’s Rebel: Jack Cade

Ashford’s England Football Manager

I’m not a huge football fan but even I know Euro 2016 is happening at the moment.  My dad is still smarting over England’s defeat against Iceland and their consequent elimination from the tournament.  But did you know that England’s recently-resigned football manager played football for Ashford? Roy Hodgson was born in Croydon, Surrey and … More Ashford’s England Football Manager

Love in Ashford

Despite the gravestones in the main picture, this is actually a slightly frivolous post!  Having enjoyed the combination of Doe and Crust in my post on No 4 Middle Row, Ashford Town, it reminded me of the photos I had taken of these two gravestones. The first, nearest my dog (him, again), is for Edward Love. … More Love in Ashford

Stour Early Music Festival, Boughton Aluph

It was a beautiful, balmy early-summer evening, last Friday: perfect for watching the sun set over the North Downs.  But not before listening to some ethereal, Elysian music inside All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph, in the borough of Ashford.  I had taken my two sons there for the annual Stour Early Music Festival, to listen … More Stour Early Music Festival, Boughton Aluph

Sharp-Shootin’ Annie at Ashford’s County Hotel

At first sight, Ashford’s County Hotel on the lower High Street is a conventional 18th century building.   It is three storeys tall, originally red brick but the top floor and the parapet are now hung with Kentish peg tiles.  It has its original sash windows above street level and the entrance doorcase has classical … More Sharp-Shootin’ Annie at Ashford’s County Hotel