Sunday, 9 February 2014


The Heritage Group will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War (1914-18) on November 7, 8 and 9.
We aim to re-create the VAD Hospital in the Village Hall, as it appears in the photos we hold. So, we're looking for the loan of a bed, blankets and enamel utensil bowls of this era. A period chair or side table would come in very handy too.
The famous recruiting poster showing
Lord Kitchener calling for volunteers in 1914 
We'd also like to contact anyone who has a relative's name on the war memorials in Ash or Westmarsh.
If you have any memorabilia from this time - or photos or information about those who went to fight - we'd love to hear from you. We plan to mount an exhibition and would be very grateful to borrow any interesting items.
On the evening of Saturday, November 7, we'll present an evening of readings, poems, songs - and dramatic scenes - based on the parish magazines of 1914-18.
If you'd like to take part, as an actor, reader, or singer to help lead the audience, please contact Ann Foat. You can phone on 01304 812121, e-mail at, or see her at the Heritage Centre between 10am and 12 noon on Monday or Saturday mornings.


Hi, Heritage members and supporters. Just to remind you that your £5 subscription for 2014 is now due.
It's vital that we keep our supporter base going, to cover the costs of our lease, electricity and insurance, as well as conserving and using the material we have at the Heritage Centre.
Please bring your payment to the March meeting (see below). Or, send it to the treasurer, Graham Foat, at Upper Goldstone Farm, Cop Street, Ash CT3 2DN. Or, you can pay between 10am and 12 noon at the Centre any Saturday.
Thank you for your support.


Our annual March talk - entitled Memories of Ash in the 1960s - will be given by Revered Norman Baldock in the Village Hall on Thursday, March 6.
Reverend Baldock, a former vicar of Ash, will take us on a trip down memory lane, to a time when the village boasted a variety of shops - and pubs - and agriculture still played a big role in the life of the community.
His talk starts at 7.30pm. Entry costs £3 (free for under-16s). There will be refreshments and a raffle as usual.