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Gill Twells (1930 - 2019)
It is with great sadness that the Society learnt of the death of Gill Twells on Monday 2nd September 2019 at the Tunbridge Wells Care Centre, just two months before her 90th birthday which would have been on 2nd November.
Gill was an architect and had been a member of RTWCS for 55 years, having joined in 1964, just five years after its foundation. She was Chair of the Society for two terms (1982-1984 and 1998-1999), as well as being Secretary of the Society and Chair of the Scrutiny Committee for many years.
Her children Helena and Alex arranged a celebration of Gill's life at the Trinity Theatre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday 17th September 2019. Many members of the Civic Society attended to hear Helena and Alex share a reflection of her life in the main theatre, followed by refreshments and sharing of memories in the theatre cafe.
Our next event
Thursday 12th December in the Royal Wells Hotel at 7.15pm
'Shopping through the Ages in England' - Gilly Halcrow's light-hearted review takes us from the medieval guilds, pedlars and markets through to Victorian shops, mail order and onward to the first supermarkets. Along the way, she will reveal the sort of working conditions that the first ‘shop girls’ had to endure and fascinating stories of how some of our most famous London and High Street shops began.
As this is the Christmas meeting refreshments of coffee and mince pies will be provided beforehand.