All strong communities are built around the network, of church, school and government. Ashbourne is blessed with excellent schools from primary to Sixth Form. Something that struck me when I was first exposed to them is the clear vision of what they each stand for -something that wasn’t apparent when I was at school. They integrate well with churches, community service is part of the curriculum and is recognised alongside sporting and academic achievements, and work well with local sporting clubs.
The churches do the same. They are more than just places of worship, they host community activities and add to the Ashbourne culture. They host thriving youth activities including cubs, scouts, brownies and guides, have a cafe and stage cultural events.
The “Government” through the Council, healthcare, policing, leisure centre etc is all tailored to the needs of the town. Not everywhere has the Community Transport for example that we have. It’s easy to take these things for granted but at the heart of Ashbourne culture is a structure that makes it all possible. Right in the centre of this is the Ashbourne Partnership which meets regularly and has representatives from the local organisations (including pupils from QEGS). This Ashbourne fabric allows the strategic development of the town with consensus and muscle.