Welcome to the website of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society. The Society is an independent organisation
which campaigns for the conservation and improvement of this attractive town with its important heritage and rich cultural life.
In a very competitive field the new playground in Calverley Grounds - Calverley Adventure Grounds - has won a national award from
Civic Voice. The playground was a project by the Friends of Calverley Grounds to bring the old bowling green back into use in a
form sympathetic to a listed park.
The Friends raised £235,000 in a little over a year by crowd funding and charitable grants, and
the Council supported them with s.106 money and by taking on maintenance. Local designer Jennette Emery-Wallis contributed the
design pro bono.
The Society nominated the playground for the Public Realm category of the awards, and Alastair Tod attended the
award ceremony with Jennette and Nick Pope of the Friends.
The citation commended the scheme not just for its design, already a huge
hit with local children, but also as a demonstration of a spontaneous community effort.
Our next events:
Thursday 6th September to Sunday 9th September and Thursday 13th September to Sunday 16th September -
Heritage Open Days - in and around Tunbridge Wells on two consecutive weeks for the first time.
Thursday 13th September 7.30pm at the Royal Wells Hotel -
'This enviable little English Elysium' - Chris Jones looks at the early years of the Calverley development. This is the annual
presentation by the Local History Group and is part of the Heritage Open Days In Tunbridge Wells programme.