The Pembury Society Spring Meeting

The Pembury Society Spring Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th April at 7.45pm in St. Peter’s Upper Church.

Our speaker is George Pargeter, Project Director from Balfour Beatty speaking about the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury Dualling Project. George will be sharing the ups and downs of the project and no doubt we will have a lively Question and Answer time!

So do come and bring your questions for what should be an interesting evening!

We also have a very special display for you to see of Pembury historic maps, presented by Tony Nicholls. Members and non-members welcome. (Non-members £3 which enables you to join the Society).

Annual Membership Subscriptions

Members will know it is the time for annual membership subscriptions.

Our enrolment days, where you can renew your membership and collect your copy of the Spring newsletter will take place in the Club House of the Pembury Bowls Club ( at the Recreation Ground) between 10.00 am and 1.00pm on Friday 31st March, or Saturday 1st April, Sunday 2nd April or Monday 3rd April, or renew when you come to the meeting. (£3 individual or £5 household).

We look forward to seeing you.

New! Historic Pembury Notelets

The Society has produced 2 sets of 6 notelets featuring historic Pembury views. Each pack comes with six different pictures of Pembury in the Past on the front. Underneath the picture the wording states “A Little Note from Pembury”.

The notelets will be launched at the forthcoming Autumn Meeting and AGM on Wednesday 19th October. The cards have been printed by Compaid, a registered charity based in Paddock Wood and will be sold in aid of Pembury Society funds.

Each pack sells for £3.50 including envelopes. They will be available after the 19th October from the Newsagents and the Post Office in the Village. We hope you enjoy them!

Pack 1

Pack 1


Pack 2

Pack 2



AGM and Autumn Meeting

The next Meeting will take place on Wednesday October 19th at 7.45pm in St. Peter’s Upper Church, Pembury. The speaker will be Glenn Douglas, CEO of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust that includes our hospital at Pembury. The talk will be entitled “Tunbridge Wells Hospital Five Years On.”

Most of us will have had some contact with the new hospital, either as a patient or visitor. Do come along and hear some of the inside stories, the challenges of running a busy hospital, meeting patient expectations, its financial constraints as a consequence of being placed in Special Measures and how that might impact on patients, and much more! The talk will be followed by questions from the audience.

Glenn was previously CEO of Ashford and St Peters Hospitals and Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trusts, and took up his current position in 2007. He is a qualified accountant and a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, an advisory body sponsored by the Department of Health. He is also a governor of St Mark’s Primary School in Tunbridge Wells.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Spring Meeting – 27 April 2016

The Speaker at the Society’s Spring Meeting on Wednesday 27th April will be William Benson, Chief Executive of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. The title of his address will be “Opportunities and Challenges facing the Borough?” He will be talking about his role, and some of the issues and plans for the Borough. He will also explain some of the limitations, financial and other, that he is restrained by. He will also relate these issues to Pembury and take questions from the floor.

William Benson has been Chief Executive since 2009. Prior to that he held a number of senior manager roles in local Government. William has a background in international development including three years with the International Development Select Committee in the House of Commons and a period of time working within the voluntary sector. He is a past Secretary of the SOLACE (Society of Local Authorities) SE Branch and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

The meeting will be held at 7.45 pm in St. Peter’s Upper Church. All our welcome to attend (£3 for non-members). We hope to see as many people as possible for what should be a most interesting evening.

Membership enrolment days

Members will know that it is the time for annual membership subscriptions. The way you renew your annual membership is changing- to holding enrolment days.

In view of the diminishing loyal band of volunteer members collecting subs, and therefore their rounds becoming even larger, we now feel that it is time to change. We will now be holding a series of enrolment days, where you can renew your membership and collect your copy of the Spring Newsletter. On these days we would also welcome any new members. These will take place in the clubhouse of the Pembury Bowls Club, in the Recreation Ground, which has very kindly allowed us to use their premises. There is a car park next to the clubhouse.

We will be in the clubhouse from 10-1 on Thursday 31st March; Tuesday 5th April and Thursday 7th April. Membership costs will remain the same as last year i.e. £3 per individual or £5 per household. Mick Castle, our Membership Secretary, will be looking forward to seeing all new and existing members. Do please encourage your friends and neighbours to join.

Alternatively you can pay on the night at the Spring Meeting or put your subscription  through Mick Castle’s door at 14 Elmhurst Avenue, Pembury.

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AUTUMN MEETING AND AGM 21st October 7.45p.m.

The Speaker at this year’s Autumn Meeting of the Society will be Dr. Ian Beavis, Research Curator of the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery. His talk entitled “A Grand Tour-early tourists in the High Weald” will take place at 7.45pm on Wednesday 21st October in St. Peter’s Upper Church. Members Free, non-members £3.

Dr Beavis is the Museum and Art Gallery’s resident collections management officer, local historian, a natural history specialist, entomologist and Tunbridge Ware expert.

Historic Pembury Map

The new “Historic Pembury” Map will be unveiled at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 26th September. This will take place on the edge of the Village Green opposite the front entrance to the Camden Arms. The 900mm x 600mm map was the idea of Richard Snow and the wording/artwork has been kindly put together by Kathryn Franklin, Gillie Norman, David Jeffery and Pam Oxley.

The zinc map will be unveiled by June Crowhurst, Chairman of the Parish Council and David Hanes, Chairman of the Pembury Society.

The funding for the map, made by Photocast Products of Liverpool, has been kindly sponsored by the Parish Council and Pembury Society funds. The brick base has been kindly donated and built by Lesters Building Contractors of Tunbridge Wells. Everyone is most welcome to attend the unveiling.

Spring Meeting – 22 April 2015

On Wednesday 22nd April 7.45pm, the Society holds its Spring Meeting, to be held at St. Peter’s Upper Church, when the guest speaker is Dr Bob Bowes, Chairman of the NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in our area.

He will be sharing with us how the NHS works in our area, the various facilities and services on offer, how they interact, and what we should expect as prospective patients. Also how cutbacks might be affecting us or how centres of excellence are being developed in our area..

There will be time for questions, so come along whether you are a member of the Pembury Society or not, and be better informed for yourself or your family. This event is part of a Health week for Pembury, culminating in a Health Fair to be held in the Surgery, the Library and the Baptist Church from 1.30-4.30 and not at St. Peter’s 25th April.