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 14th March 7.30pm at the Royal Wells Hotel - 'Britain with Betjeman' - presented by John Vigar who is an architectural historian by
profession, specialising in ecclesiastical architecture of which John Betjeman was
such a protagonist. He was personally encouraged early in his career by Betjeman,
a popular but controversial figure who made the unpopular fashionable and who was
a pioneer in the subject of the sociological impact of buildings. This illustrated lecture
introduces us to Betjeman’s architectural writings and opinions, discussing the history
of the buildings he used as examples and exploring structures as diverse as churches,
houses and pleasure piers.