A new Mayor for Ashford
This week saw the inauguration of a new Ashford Mayor. Cllr Jenny Webb dedicated her position towards issues concerning volunteering and community within the borough.
Cllr Jenny Webb was born in Canterbury and educated at St Thomas’s R.C. School. Her first job at the age of fifteen was an account assistant at Bing’s Mineral Waters. She has previously said that it was her walk to work each morning, accompanied by chickens and various other wildlife that made her realise the importance of protecting both open spaces and nature, something she still advocates for today.
The councillor worked for many years in Canterbury, mainly in the finance and customer service sectors before moving to Ashford in 1993. In 1994 she remarried and has lived in South Ashford ever since.
Cllr Webb became a councillor in 2015 and has previously served as the council’s representative on the board of Home Start. She is also currently a Director at Ashford Volunteer Centre and has seen first-hand the numerous services the centre provides.
Her experiences working with these two charities is why she has chosen both Home Start and the Ashford Volunteer Centre as two of her three Mayors charities. She will focus particularly on The Volunteers Centre befriending service and Home Starts Chill with Dads programme.
The third charity she has selected is the Sea Cadets, a cause close to her heart as her own father served in the Royal Navy for several years during the Second World War. She has also seen first-hand during her time as deputy Mayor, the limitless time given by volunteers to the cadet services, something she felt needed to be recognised.
The new Ashford Mayor said; “Since becoming a councillor I have enjoyed meeting numerous organisations and people. My admiration for all the volunteers in the borough is boundless and I am truly grateful and proud to be able to call many of them friends.”
“All the charities I have chosen do excellent work within the community and those who volunteer with them are fantastic ambassadors for Ashford.”