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 Revoluntionary Tunbridge Wells by Julian Wilson (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.

    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.

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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