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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.

New book on Trinity now available to order

This book has been produced to coincide with the opening of Trinity tower to the public. Today, the historical significance of this splendid building and the role it plays in the artistic and cultural life of the town are widely recognised. Yet less than sixty years ago it was threatened with demolition. The book explains the campaign fought by the local Civic Society, and others, to save the building and find a new and worthwhile role that would safeguard its future.

Brian Lippard has lived or worked in Tunbridge Wells since 1971. He is a member and past chairman of the RTW Civic Society, and is currently chairman of its Local History Group. He has had access to the archives of the Civic Society, Trinity, TWBC and the Courier newspaper. He also wishes to acknowledge the unfailing support he has received from Dr. Philip Whitbourn OBE. Without his help this book would be a shadow of what it is now.

In A5 portrait format it costs just £4.95. You can get your copy by clicking on the link above to our Publications page and ordering on-line.

Our next events for 2023:

Tuesday 10th October Autumn Outing to St. Michael and All Angels Church and The Dorset Arms in Withyham

11.30am - at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Withyham, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4BA.
At 11.30am Anne, Countess de la Warr will give a talk in St. Michael and All Angels Church about the Sackville family tombs in the Church (see pages 20-21 in Summer 2023 Newsletter) and the history of the Sackville family. At 12pm we move to The Dorset Arms for a two course lunch of Venison Cottage pie (vegetarian alternative available) and a pudding of Lemon Posset. Drinks are at your own cost. Then at 2pm we return to the Church for a talk on the history of St. Michael and All Angels Church from the Vicar.
The price is £35.00 per person.
To book please click on the link below:

Withyham Outing

or pay direct into our bank account:

CAF Bank 40-52-40, RTWCS 00017200, and reference with your name and initial - Withyham Outing

or send a cheque payable to RTWCS to: John de Lucy, 28 Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TB.

If paying by cheque please make sure you include your phone contact details in case of query as there will not be any tickets issued for this event.

Thursday 12th October 7.30pm at Christ Church, High Street, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1UT

Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society Awards Evening - conducted by Dr David Wright. Award Winners Certificates to be presented by the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Councillor Hugh Patterson.

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