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 February 7.30pm at the Royal Wells Hotel - 'A Schoolgirl's War' - Mary Smith presents the story of life during World War 2 at a girls' grammar school in Kent, as depicted in the artwork of a teacher and the reminiscences of the pupils themselves.
An art teacher, Miss Helen Keen, set out to document the experiences of the pupils
at her grammar school in paint and pencil as the war unfolded, and the collection she
left behind provides a unique record of wartime schooling. The story she tells visually
has been enhanced by other archive material, including the reminiscences and
anecdotes of more than 50 past pupils who remember vividly their wartime school
experiences. Together these accounts tell of disrupted schooling, frequent raids,
lessons in underground shelters, the menace of the doodlebugs – and the resilience
of children and their teachers.