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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.


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 13th June 7.30pm in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall - An Introduction to Art Nouveau Architecture' - Ian Gledhill returns with a well illustrated consideration of the astonishing flowering of the architectural style that flourished briefly around 1900, particularly in Belgium and France.




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