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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.

Latest updates due to the coronavirus crisis for our 2020 Programme

Given the latest information and advice from the government, we have decided on the following:

a) We are going to trial running a members' meeting using Zoom software. John Arkell was due to speak at our March meeting and he has kindly agreed to trial using Zoom to present his talk entitled 'Industries & Utilities in Tunbridge Wells' on 11th June. The meeting will start at 7.30pm with a resume of any planning issues and other notices. John will then give his talk. Only he will be able to talk at this time but he will endeavour to take questions at the end. For those of you familiar with Zoom, you can use the "blue hand" facility to indicate you have a question or you can use the "Chat" facility. This will be the first time we have hosted a presentation on Zoom so please bear with us should there be any hiccups. As this is a members' only meeting you will be emailed joining instructions.

b) All visits to The Victorian B & B in May were cancelled. We hope to reopen bookings in July for rearranged visits to take place in November. Those of you who have already booked will be contacted in July about rearranging dates.

c) The Annual Outing scheduled for June is cancelled. We hope to rearrange this for September (possibly the 23rd). More information will be announced nearer the time.

d) We have decided to cancel the Garden Party which was scheduled for Saturday 18th July. Given the current government indications about easing lockdown, it seems unlikely that we will be able to hold it this year. Hence please assume that it will not take place in 2020. If the situation takes a dramatic turn for the better, it would be possible for us to arrange to hold the Garden Party in late August or early September at short notice. In this situation, we would contact you directly with the good news.

Please remember that our Twitter and Facebook will continue to be available on the links below. You might also like to brush up on the history of the town by rereading past Newsletters on this website. Issues going back to Summer 2001 are currently available.

We wish you all well during these difficult times and trust that those of you who are having to practice social distancing will not find it too onerous.

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