Commons Touch - Breast Cancer

In the midst of all the controversies swirling around Westminster about Brexit and other matters it is important to remember some long-term issues which transcend politics.

Our Man - Ashford College

The next couple of weeks are a really exciting time for the future of education in Ashford. The first students are arriving to enrol at the new Ashford College, whose splendid building now dominates the view as you turn left out of the domestic side of the station.

Our Man - Ashford Access

One of the charities I have enjoyed being associated with for many years is Ashford Access, which has done a great job since it was formed twenty years ago. The Annual Meeting last week was the last in the current format of Ashford Access, so it is worth marking.

Our Man - The Kent Show

I have had the pleasure over the past week of attending two different events which I enjoy because they plug the modern world into history, showing the sense of continuity which is so strong here in Kent. The first was the Kent Show, and the second the annual civic service in Tenterden.

Commons Touch - An Update on Ashford

Last week I enjoyed one of my regular breakfasts with businesses in Ashford at the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. Alongside the bacon rolls and coffee came a very wide-ranging discussion, which covered some new topics as well as the hardy perennials which often dominate.

Commons Touch - Stanhope regeneration programme

It is perhaps appropriate that as I approach my twentieth anniversary as Ashford's MP and write my last column in this space before the General Election I should celebrate another significant anniversary.

Our Man - A Tribute to Howard Apps

This week I can only add to the many tributes being paid to Councillor Harold Apps, who died last week after more than fifty years of public service. He was truly an inspiration to anyone who thinks that becoming involved in local politics is worthwhile.

Commons Touch - Wye Tennis Club

There are many sports clubs around the Ashford area which do a fantastic job quietly and with no fuss, providing ways for thousands of people, particularly children, to have fun and keep fit at the same time. One of the most effective at this is Wye Tennis Club.

Our Man - Railways

Two hugely important consultations for everyone who uses the railways are taking place at present.