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 10th January 7.30pm at the Royal Wells Hotel - 'A Snapshot in Time' - John Arkell diverges from his railway theme to draw on his experience as a volunteer at Tunbridge Wells Museum for the last ten years. He has been involved in projects ranging from cataloguing prints and drawings to wrapping a heron! His presentation reveals just the start of an, as yet unfinished, project to take digital photographs of the museum's lantern slide collection. With the assistance of museum staff and fellow volunteer Anne Harris, a temporary studio was created in the cellar of the museum and the slides chosen for this show are drawn from collections of both local photographers and commercial slide sets. A varied selection of local scenes, visits to the continent, holidays at home and some comic stories shows the breadth of the collection, much of which still remains to be seen.