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 event:
Thursday 11th April 7.30pm in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall - 'Knole Revealed: Archaeology and Discovery, 2011-18' - Nathalie Cohen returns with a lively report on the continuing project at this popular local National Trust property and will present her first-hand account of the discoveries made over the course of the last eight years.
The work has included repairs to the roof and eastern fašade, the conversion of the
medieval barn into a conservation studio, and extensive work in the showrooms to
upgrade services and to open more spaces to the public. As part of the Heritage
Lottery Funded project, a community and public archaeology programme was also
developed to engage staff, volunteers and visitors with the archaeology of Knole.