Friday, 17 March 2017


Dr Wright's book on Faussett
The 2017 Spring Talk will be held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 11, at 7.30pm.
Come along to hear eminent Kent historian Dr David Wright talk about the remarkable Saxon finds made at Guilton by 18th century archaeologist the Reverend Bryan Faussett, who excavated several east Kent sites.
Discover what Faussett found, and where these treasures are housed now. Discover too if there's more to find at Guilton - and why you're still not allowed to dig more than six feet down there!
Entry to the talk costs £3 and there'll be refreshments and a raffle as usual. All welcome!


Urgent...we need three more people to join our quiz team for the WI Quiz and Quiche next Saturday (March 25).
Some of our starting team have had to drop out. But we hope three others will complete our line-up so we can  still take part.
If you'd like to join us, please phone Ann Foat on 01304 812121 a.s.a.p.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


This has once again been a fruitful year for the Heritage Group. The autumn talk was given by Marguerite Lincoln from the Greenwich Maritime museum who told us about the girl from Ash who joined the navy in the eighteenth century  and served successfully as a man , even gaining a pension and retiring eventually to Greenwich once again as a woman. 
We entered a team once again in the Village Hall quiz and the W.I. quiz where good fun was had by all.
In the spring a visit to Uphousden was organised by kind invitation of Vaughan Grylls. This proved a most interesting visit. Old documents  were put out for our perusal and a tour of the house with an original kingpost arranged by Vaughan and  his wife. There were about 20 of us, and we all found the visit fascinating.
The Isle of Thanet Geographical Society came to the Heritage Centre in April and were given a whistle stop tour through the changes in the history of the village of Ash,  with the aid of our map collection , our photographs and our artefacts . They seemed to very much enjoy it.
Some of our maps were also on show for the launch of the Neighbourhood development Plan on April 30th combined with a newcomers welcome in Ash Village Hall.
In June we contributed to the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday by presenting the main happenings in Ash in each decade of her reign. In this we were helped by some scouts and guides.
The work by the dedicated volunteers in the centre every week has continued. We have been digitising the photo collection and still cataloguing our own material which keeps on growing.
For example Mrs Jackie Hooker allowed us to copy the very interesting conveyancing documents she has concerning the turnpike cottage where she lives. These were especially interesting to your chair, as an ancestor first bought it when the turnpike stopped. 
We are now collecting the parish magazines. Any very early ones would be appreciated if anyone finds them in his/her attic.  We have also completed the sorting of the Goodnestone archive  for Julian Fitzwalter.
The log book of the VAD Hospital and an early book on Kent have been beautifully repaired by Canterbury Cathedral Archives. We have tried to answer quite a number of queries this year. One, for example, one involved a soldier who was at the VAD Hospital in the village hall.

We all owe our thanks to the committee who support everything that the group has done, and thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers - some of whom work on Monday mornings and some who give so much help to our IT needs.
The blogspot keeps going well and we are hoping to put some details of our catalogue on it soon. Lastly we must thank all our supporters who make the archive so successful.              
                         Ann Foat [chair]



Tuesday, 8 November 2016


You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Ash Heritage Group on Monday 28th November at 7.30p.m. in the library at Ash village hall.
It has been a busy and successful year once again with talks, and a very memorable day when some of us visited Uphousden at the kind invitation of Vaughan Grylls and his wife.
A very interesting visit from a class at Cartwright and Kelsey school to the centre took place this autumn
At the centre the artefacts and materials continue to be collated.  We have a splendid short DVD of the  history of Ash which we hope to show at the AGM. Do join us if you can.
The yearly donations of £5, or more if you wish, are due at this time for 2017.
Please complete the form below and send it to our treasurer, Graham Foat, Upper Goldstone farm, Cop St, Ash CT3 2DN  or give it to a member of the committee---Penny Bernard, Alison Charles,  Peter Ewart, Ann Foat, Sarah Miller, Sylvia Proffitt, Rebecca Smith, Nina Vallack, Cressida Williams.
If you can gift aid your donation, please complete the attached form, if you can do it for future donations it would be helpful and you need not fill in the form again.
                                          The Heritage Committee

I enclose £------  as my yearly donation as a supporter of Ash Heritage Group.


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Saturday, 24 September 2016


'The Norman Invasion of 1066' is the subject of the Heritage Group's annual autumn talk and will commemorate the 950th anniversary of the invasion.
It will be presented by Paul Dalton of Christchurch University, who will explore the route of the invasion and the rationale behind it.
The talk will be held in Ash Village Hall on October 6. It starts at 7.30pm and entry costs £3.
There will be a book stall and refreshments, as usual.
The Heritage Centre will also be open during the evening if anyone wants to take a browse.