9 July 2012 — "LOCAL & LIVE", the Tunbridge Wells Music Festival 2012 : 100 local bands and solo artists will perform during AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY, Friday 24 August (7pm-10:30pm), Saturday 25 August (12noon-10pm), Sunday 26 August (12noon-10pm), Monday 27 August (12noon-10pm) - at the Pantiles. - FREE ADMISSION
Tunbridge Wells celebrates in Dunorlan Park end of July 2012
Friday 27 July: Evening of community films, music and the live screening of the Opening Olympic Ceremony;
Saturday 28 July: Community Day (Performances from the Ackerleys, Stray Dogs, The Brenetons, Intravers and The Standard Lamps);
Saturday 28 July evening: Proms in Dunorlan Park (Elektra, Paul Dunton Orchestra, Kent Sinfonia)
Sunday 29 July: The annual Mela (transferred from Calverley Grounds)
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2012
Re-launched in 2010, Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom competitions will take place again in 2012. There are different ways to contribute, donate, participate, sponsor, support, volunteer and especially - enter the competition until end of June 2012!
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and
The Olympics & Paralympics
30 January 2012 — The Borough Council's 2012 passports — Communities across Kent are being invited to start planning street parties for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this summer. Kent was one of the top local authorities in the country last year for street parties held to mark the Royal Wedding in 2011.
Regarding Street Parties, more info is available on Kent County Council road closures.
A useful toolkit for organising street parties and insurances: more info on http://www.communitytoolkit.co.uk/ and http://www.streetparty.org.uk/
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council 2012 Passport
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and The Olympics & Paralympics
26 January 2012 — The Borough Council's 2012 passports are available to download from or can be collected from the Museum, the Camden Centre, the Gateway or the sports centres. Each child will receive one via their school.
Love Where We Live - Awards 2012
January 2012 — These Awards seek to identify and celebrate projects that connect our local communities. There are six Award categories: Green, Innovation, Individual Hero, Best Group, Charity of The Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. A seventh Award, ‘Love Where We Live,’ will be chosen as an overall winner from the original six categories. Closing date for nominations is Monday 9 April 2012.
For more information, contact Lizzie Goodwin - LoveWhereWeLive@tunbridgewells.gov.uk
Love Where We Live Awards 2012 and Nomination Form
RTW Town Forum Members' Information Pack
November 2011 — We published an updated Town Forum Members' Information Pack containing the Constitution, a Map of the unparished area (the town Royal Tunbridge Wells), TWBC Strategic Compass, RTW Town Forum 'Forward Plan'.
TWUDDLE - Twitterati in Royal Tunbridge Wells
8 August 2011 — Tuesday is the evening twuddle at Sankeys, Mount Ephraim; Wednesday is the regular twuttle in the morning, currently at Pig&Pye, Mount Pleasant. — TWevents, Dave Barnett
Town Forum on Twitter
Recruitment Event in Royal Tunbridge Wells
8 August 2011 — Recruitment Event at the Camden Centre, Market Square, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2SW on Saturday 17 September 2011 2.30pm until 6.30pm - FREE ENTRY!
What's the event about? - "essentially we are trying to help get the local communities back to work. If they have been struggling to earn an income, maybe they are people looking for a secondary income, they can come along to this event to see various businesses they can get involved with to start earning an income. There are also going to be services there that can help them build their businesses from life coaches to PC support businesses."
Home Base Business Extravaganza
VAWK Summer Programme 2011
August 2011 — Summer Programme 2011: Trips, Fun Days, Workshops, Sport and more for families, children and young people. This programme is organised and / or funded by the various organisations including the Volunary Action Within Kent (VAWK)
Tunbridge Wells Music Festival 2011
15 July 2011 — "LOCAL & LIVE", the Tunbridge Wells Music Festival 2011 (in association with K College, KmFm, The Courier, New Skills New Lives, Fender Guitars): over 80 local bands and solo artists will perform during AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY, Friday 26 August (7pm-10:30pm), Saturday 27 August (12noon-10pm), Sunday 28 August (12noon-10pm), Monday 29 August (12noon-10pm)
at the Pantiles. - FREE ADMISSION
Local & Live - Paul Dunton
6 June 2011 — The multicultural festival will take place again at Calverley Grounds on Sunday 17 July 2011 (13:30 - 19:15); the extravaganza is organised by the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and sponsored by the Courier.
Picnic in the Park
30 May 2011 — FREE Picnic in the Park will take place at Calverley Grounds on Sunday 26 June 2011 (1-5pm) with FREE BBQ, dance, bouncy castle, live music - an inner church venue in association with Christ Church Tunbridge Wells.
Pantiles Food Festival
10 May 2011 — The Pantiles Food Festival is set to take place in the Pantiles on Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May 2011. Organised by the Pantiles Traders and with the support of Targetfollow, the Pantiles' owners, and 'Produce in Kent', it is hoped that the Food Festival will attract around 50 stallholders selling Kent and Sussex produce.
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2011
After the successful launch in 2010, Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom competitions will take place again in 2011. There are different ways to contribute, donate, participate, sponsor, support, volunteer and especially - enter the competition until end of June 2011!
Two weeks earlier than last year, planting day in the Victoria Place Precinct will be Saturday 14 May 2011, 10:30am.
Again this year, Salomons will host and cater for the awards presentation of the various "BEST" categories on Friday 30 September 2011, 3pm. The SCHOOLS awards presentation will take place this year at Trinity on Wednesday 21 September 2011, 4pm.
Theatre Play @St. Barnabas School
21 March 2011 — The latest Theatre Production promoted by CREATE at St Barnabas School, will take place on Saturday 9 April 2011, at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £8 and there are discounts for groups of 10 or more. Supporting this show supports future activities by CREATE. Tickets available from email@example.com
CREATE (Camden Road) - Play at St Barnabas School: The Clock Master
Tunbridge Wells District Partnership Group
(People with Learning Disabilities)
22 February 2011 — "Working in our district so people with learning disabilities can change their community"
Tunbridge Wells DPG is looking at the year ahead; what do YOU think we should be doing in YOUR area? Come along for a great day and have YOUR say at the Drop In Christian Centre Hanover Road, 24 March 2011, 11:30 - 14:00.
World Book Week — World Book Night in Royal Tunbridge Wells
21 February 2011 — CREATE Book Club will be launched on the World Book Night 5 March 2011, 7:30pm at the St Barnabas School Hall, Quarry Road. Tickets for the event are free but need to be booked with Dave Prodrick (Camden Road, the Musical). We have free books to give away. Bring a book to swap, a drink and snack and listen to readings from writers associated with Kent and enjoy performances from CREATE Community Choir and the CREATE Impro group.
Setting the Record Straight
17 February 2011 — Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Communications Team works closely with newspapers and other media by issuing news releases, responding to media enquiries, arranging briefings and interviews and organising news conferences and other events. In spite of TWBC's best efforts, media reports are not always completely accurate. People have a right to reliable information, just as TWBC has a duty to provide it. TWBC provides up-to-date information, which is useful for the public and the media.
"Setting the Record Straight" - TWBC Communications Team
Public Transport Forum
19 January 2011 — The next Public Transport Forum will be held on Wednesday, 2 February 2011 at 6pm. Mike Crane from Southeastern will update the Forum on the National Station Improvement Programme, which includes Tunbridge Wells and Paddock Wood Stations.
The purpose of the 'Public Transport Forum' is to enable representatives to engage together in a constructive forum to consider and recommend actions on public transport issues, in order to achieve the aims and objectives of the Borough Council and the Local Strategic Partnership as set out in the Sustainable Community Plan. The Forum has no decision-making powers and is organised by Lene Beynon, Borough Engineering Officer, TWBC Environment and Street Scene Services.
Public Transport Forum - 2 Feb 2011
Free drop-in Lantern making Workshops
12 January 2011 — It is time for the Lantern Parade again!
It will take place on Saturday, 5 February 2011 5.30pm, starting outside the Library going along Monson Road down Camden Road and finishing off at St Barnabas School with music and BBQ.
Create your own lantern: at different locations from 10am - 4pm on
- Saturday 15 January 2011 (Sherwood),
- 22 and 23 January 2011 (St Barnabas Primary School),
- 29 January 2011 (Southborough Primary School, Broomhill School).
Contact: Dave Prodrick (Camden Road the Musical / firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Conference for Civil Society
VAWK (Voluntary Action Within Kent)
January 2011 — VAWK organises a "Conference for Civil Society" at the K College (formerly West Kent College ) in Tonbridge on Friday 4 February 2011 9am-3:30pm.
Speakers: Greg Clark, MP Tunbridge Wells, Minister for Decentralisation, and Kevin Curley, Chief Executive, NAVCA (national voice of local support/development organisations in England).
11 January 2011 — "The Greenest Government ever? - How Government can help us cut carbon locally".
A Public Meeting will be held at The Friends Meeting House, 1A Grosvenor Park on Thursday , 3 February 2011, 7-9pm.
Speakers: Greg Clark, MP Tunbridge Wells, Minister of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government and Craig Bennett, Policy and Campaigns Director, Friends of the Earth.
Come and have your say about what the Government should be doing to tackle climate change and protect the environment.
Civic Centre Site - Consultation
During January 2011, the Tunbridge Wells Regeneration Company - a partnership between the Borough Council and developer John Laing - is inviting you to register to take part in a public workshop, a series of which are being run in January 2011.
The workshops are being organised to gain feedback from residents, workers and visitors on how they view the potential enhancement of existing uses and facilities in and around the civic complex and what, if any, new uses people would like to see in the town centre IF redevelopment were to happen.
Workshop 1: Saturday 15 January – 10.00-12.00 Workshop 2: Saturday 15 January – 2.30–4.30 Workshop 3: Thursday 20 January – 2.30–4.30 Workshop 4: Thursday 20 January – 19.00–21.00 Workshop 5: Tuesday 25 January – 2.30pm–4.30 Workshop 6: Tuesday 25 January – 19.00–21.00
All workshops will take place in the Calverley House Business Centre, 55 Calverley Road, RTW.
Those who wish to get involved MUST register with M & N to be eligible. To join a workshop, please either email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julia Burton-Roberts or Natalie Moorse on 020 7760 7529 stating your first and second preferences for a session. Places are limited to 50 per session and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you do not pre-register, unfortunately you will not be able to access the workshops.
Census every 10 years
December 2010 — The next census is due to take place on 27 March 2011. The census takes place every ten years and asks a variety of questions about the people living within each household. The census is important to all of us because it provides the basis for allocating resources and planning local services.
The statistics gathered also help to
* set local authority grants for the next 10 years;
* plan the location of health and social services;
* indicate where new houses may be needed and the standard of accommodation in each area;
* understand pressures on local transport links, where public transport spending be targeted;
* allocate resources to take account of the needs of specific groups;
* plan where new schools are built and which schools may be closed.
The Office for National Statistics is responsible for managing the census but relies on support from local authorities and community groups to help with their preparations. The greater the response rate to the census, the more accurate information we have about our population.The survey should be completed on, or as soon as possible after the census day and can be returned by post or completed online.
Civic Centre Site - Consultation
During December 2010 and January 2011, the Tunbridge Wells Regeneration Company - a partnership between the Borough Council and developer John Laing - wants to know residents' opinions about the regeneration of the Civic Centre Site.
Saturday 11 December 2010 9:30-12:00 - Pantiles (Unit 15)
Friday 17 December 2010 11:30-14:30 - Fiveways / RVP (exhibition trailer)
Saturday 8 January 2011 8:30-13:00 - Civic Way / Farmers Market (exhibition trailer)
Friday 14 January 2011 11:30-14:30 - High Street / Christ Church (exhibition trailer)
The Christmas Lights in Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre will be switched on during early evening of Thursday 18 November 2010. The Town Centre, Royal Victoria Place and other shops in the area will also be open for late night shopping on each Thursday before Christmas and everyday in the last week before Christmas.
History: Trinity - Canon Edward Hoare
Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery
25 November 2010 — "Canon Edward Hoare, the Protestant Pontiff at Holy Trinity, Tunbridge Wells" — an illustrated talk by the Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery at the Camden Centre, on Friday 3 December 2010, postponed to Friday 4 March 2011 at 19:30.
Trinity / Canon Edward Hoare
Extraordinary Full Council
Questions regarding the petition 'the Civic Complex'
24 November 2010 — An Extraordinary Council meeting is being held as a number of members of the public have requested that they should be able to speak at the Extraordinary meeting being held on Tuesday 30 November 2010, 18:30, which is not catered for under the Council’s Petition Scheme. Therefore this meeting is to enable members of the public to put forward their questions and receive answers regarding the petition. Admission to the meeting on 30 November will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Under Council procedure rules, a question may only be asked if notice has been given by delivering it in writing to the Chief Executive. Questions should be received by 12noon on Tuesday 30 November. E-mailed questions should be sent to email@example.com. Up to 30 minutes will be set aside for questions which will be dealt with in the order in which they were received. Similar questions may be grouped together and where more than one question is asked by a member of the public, other members of the public who have asked a question will have the opportunity to ask their questions before a second question is put.
The Council will be webcasting the meeting which will enable anyone with access to the internet to view and to find out more about how to get involved in the consultation on the Civic Complex. The broadcast will be archived, meaning that those without access to the internet can view it from public computers in libraries or the Gateway.
The Regeneration Company will shortly be launching a large, inclusive process of consultation on the future of the Civic Complex which will run into the New Year. This consultation will enable everyone to have their say and express their views.
Community Grants Programme 2011-2012
for voluntary and community organisations
18 November 2010 — The application period for TWBC community grants for 2011-2012 will open on Monday 22 November 2010 and close on Monday 10 January 2011. Smaller grants/projects will be those applying for funding between £500 and £3,500, and larger grants/projects will be those applying for grants of over £3,500 (up to a limit of £50,000).
Have your say on Tunbridge Wells Borough's next budget
22 October 2010 — The Council is holding a public meeting to gather residents’ views on the Council’s budget, where the Council can make savings and where the Council can potentially produce income. You are invited to come and give your views to Councillors from the Economy and Governance Select Committee at the Royal Wells Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday 2 November 2010 18:30.
Whether you are able to make the meeting or not, you could complete and return until 24 November 2010 the Scrutiny's Budget Questionnaire
Debate on Royal Tunbridge Wells Regeneration
Meeting of the Over 50s Forum
22 October 2010 — A debate will take place about the future of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre at the AGM of the Tunbridge Wells Over Fifties Forum. The meeting is held at the Camden Centre, Royal Tunbridge Wells, on Thursdays 28 October 2010, 14:30. Residents can join and have a chance to air their views. - David Morris, TWOF Forum
FREE computer training
PC training at the Camden Centre
14 October 2010 — There are over 10 million people in the UK who still don’t use computers and the internet. Get Online Week is the biggest digital inclusion event to date and being a part of it is a great way to get online. FREE computer training, complete beginners and improvers, is offered at the Camden Centre, Royal Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 21 October 2010 (11am-3pm) with Tony Stamp.
How to switch it on!, which computer should I buy? what is the internet?, what is all that www stuff?, FREE email account, Facebook, Twitter, Ebay, Shopping online, your own website and much more . . . . .
Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership
'Garden and Outbuilding Security'
1 October 2010 — At the next meeting of the Communities and Partnerships Select Committee on Thursday 7 October 2010 6.00pm, in Committee Room A at the Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, the committee will discuss Burglary. The leaflet 'Garden and Outbuilding Security' with useful telephone numbers was published by the Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership.
28 September 2010 — John Lewis at home Tunbridge Wells will open its doors to customers on
Thursday 11 November 2010, 10am. Branch manager, Gabby Armstrong, will bring the new at home concept to Tunbridge Wells with a team of 190 Partners, many of whom have been recruited from the local community.
More info: John Lewis at home Tunbrige Wells branch
Question Time - The Town's Future
Redevelopment of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre
27 September 2010 — Amid much rumour and speculation over the future of Royal Tunbridge Wells, KOS provides you with the chance to pose your question to the town’s top figures. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council chief executive William Benson, Council leader Roy Bullock and Police area commander Chief Inspector Martin Wilson have all agreed to answer YOUR questions in an effort to clear up confusion, rumours and speculation.
To pose a question is simple: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or write: The Editor, Chris Britcher, KOS Media, Studio 6, Sussex Mews, The Pantiles, TN2 5QJ.
No topic is off limits. So don’t miss YOUR chance to be part of the debate and to ask the questions you want answered about the town’s future.
KOS will publish the answers over the following weeks.
"Question Time with decision makers of Tunbridge Wells" — KOS 27.09.2010
Community Safety Unit
Launch of Communty Safety Unit Tunbridge Wells
21 September 2010 — To celebrate the new Community Safety Unit in Tunbridge Wells, the Community Safety Partnership is organising a whole week of events. The launch is organised for Monday 27 September 2010 2pm - 7pm, in Calverley Grounds.
On Tuesday 28 September 2010 7pm representatives of agencies from the Community Safety Partnership including Martin Wilson (Police Chief Inspector), William Benson (Chief Executive, TWBC), Elaine Bolton (Kent Police Authority) and Marilyn Howell (KCC Community Safety) will be on Facebook to answer your questions on ASB, crime and disorder.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council witn Sevenoaks Dc and Maidstone BC
September 2010 — IMPORTANT CHANGES — On 1 January 2010 Sevenoaks District Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Maidstone Borough Council formed the Licensing Partnership to process and issue licensing applications.
The Licensing Partnership has a central administration based at Sevenoaks, with Licensing Officers located at each local licensing authority, together with admin support to deal with people visiting the Gateways.