Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society

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.

  • see more about our objectives and background;

  • get the latest news on current issues;

  • download our latest Newsletter;

  • check out our latest Publication (use the Publications tab to buy on-line);

  • send us your comments on any of our activities or on current issues in the town.

    Calverley Adventure Grounds:

    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.

    Press Release 10th November 2017:

    We have sent an open two page letter to every Tunbridge Wells Councillor detailing our qualified support for the proposed theatre and our unhappiness with their plans for the civic centre, the underground car park and the impact on Calverley Grounds. A summary of the points in our letter is shown below:

    * the Society calls for the future use of the present civic buildings to be decided now together with reasons as to why the Council cannot return there after rebuilding;
    * we think the Council should make every effort possible to purchase the Police Station;
    * we call for a re-think about the quantity of and access to the underground car-parking associated with the new office building and theatre;
    * we want to see the design of the new office building modified as it does not respond well to the sloping site;
    * we think there is an urgent need for a comprehensive plan for Calverley Grounds to be implemented in parallel with the civic development.

    Brian Lippard
    Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society

    To see the letter in full please click on this link below:

    Letter to Councillors

    Our next event:

    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.

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Picture: Cupola of the Church of King Charles the Martyr. Sue Daniels

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society - Registered Charity No. 276545