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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 9th January in the Royal Wells Hotel at 7.30pm
'Seen from the Common' - Dr Philip Whitbourn will be extolling one of the great glories of this historic town of Tunbridge Wells: the 250 acre Common that extends into the very heart of the town. Vital to its appearance and character is the collection of buildings that provides a backdrop to the natural landscape, and which also forms a microcosm of the history of the town itself. Author of the book “Noteworthy Buildings Facing The Commons”, Dr. Whitbourn will be illustrating his talk with some of his own present-day sketches, together with a selection of engravings from earlier times.