insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 169

NEWS A NEW MAYOR FOR ASHFORD Last month saw the inauguration of a new Ashford Mayor. Cllr Winston Michael dedicated his position towards ensuring the borough’s young people know that they are valued and encouraging them to reach their true potential. Throughout his working life Winston held management positions from the age of 20 (notably being the youngest person to attain such a role in the 200-year history of Lloyds when he worked in the finance department). Winston has always taken a keen interest in community matters and, upon retiring, increased his involvement as chairman of his parish council. Championing key local matters he became a borough councillor in 2011 and since then been very active with his council work and helping residents. The new Ashford Mayor said; “I am passionate about helping young people who may have struggled against misguided preconceptions about what they are capable of, regardless of their background and regardless of their disability. “I believe our young people are exceptional and very much the future of Ashford, Kent and Great Britain.” SOUTH EAST OPEN STUDIOS ARTISTS TO OPEN THEIR DOORS THIS MONTH Over 250 artists and craftspeople from around the South East will open their doors to the public this June so visitors can see them at work in their own studios. The event, called South East Open Studios, is now in its 21st year, and is a well-established highlight of the cultural calendar. Celebrating outstanding local art, the South East Open Studios event will run from 9th – 25th June 2017. A total of 265 artists and craftspeople will be exhibiting their work in148 different studios. The artworks will be made in a wide range of media, including traditional oils and watercolours, ceramics, textiles, photography, fine metalwork, digital and mixed media, glassware, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, woodwork, jewellery and more. Visit www.seos-art.org for details and a full list of participating artists. CLASSIC CARS IN A CLASSIC SETTING AS AUSTIN 7s RALLY AT BEWL FOR FATHER’S DAY A great Father’s Day treat for car loving dads, the Austin 7 Rally returns to Bewl Water on 18th June. Produced between 1922 and 1939, the Baby Austin was the UK’s equivalent of the Model T Ford, becoming a huge seller and replacing most other economy brands on the country’s roads. Also open to other pre-1972 cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles, the Bewl Water rally is a great chance to see some of the finest examples of this motoring classic from across the south, as well as hunt for spare parts at the auto jumble. Visitors can make a day of it by treating dad to lunch in the Boathouse Bistro or at the Waterfront Café, and a trip out on the water on the Bewl Belle. Car parking at Bewl Water is just £2, with entry to the Austin A7 rally free. www.bewlwater.co.uk. 169