Community Spirit in New Ash Green

The Village Association was delighted to receive the following message from a resident showing just how prevalent community spirit in the village is!

“Dear VA,
Last week I had a nasty accident, whilst parking my automatic car in the garage I heard a loud noise outside and inadvertently hit the automatic pedal and went right through the back of my garage. No-one was hurt thankfully including myself, except for severe shock

What happened next regarding my neighbours changed everything. First one neighbour arrived, checked I was OK and then went into practical mode. Next arrived a lovely fairly new neighbour who with her cool approach helped me so much as I could not get out of my car at this stage. She arrived with a glass of water and calming words. I remember joking with her that this wasn’t how I would have chosen to get to know her! We both laughed as she gave me a hug.

Oh my, then the team arrived, as each neighbour heard, they went into action, joists were organised, traffic bollards arrived and everything with the garage was made safe. Then my immediate neighbour reversed my car out of the garage to make it safe. You might think it would end there – oh no then each of their partners heard the news, firstly two arrived with real comforting words and hugs amidst my tears. Then one of my neighbours partners was out all day so she arrived the next day with a big hug (so welcome) and beautiful flowers.

My O my in this day and age of folk communicating less and less other than through Facebook, I just want to encourage folk in New Ash Green that neighbourliness still exists, as it may have looked in the 70s when this village was first built.

My experience was initially truly scary, but the kindness that I was shown cannot be bought.

Good neighbours still exist, certainly where I live and they are priceless”