Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal 2015

The 2015 Tunbridge Wells Mayor’s Christmas Toy appeal starts on Saturday 14 November.

Each year the Toy Appeal ensures that disadvantaged children in the borough receive Christmas presents donated by individuals, schools and businesses. A team of volunteers coordinate the gifts, carefully selecting them so they are age-appropriate for the child and beautifully wrapped. Without the Toy Appeal some children would not have any presents on Christmas Day.

Last year donations of new and nearly new gifts helped over 260 local children have a happier Christmas. Donations of new or as-new gifts are needed to ensure this year’s appeal is equally successful. Gifts do not need to be wrapped.

The appeal runs until Saturday 19 December, donations can be left at various points in the borough including Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, Weald Sports Centre, Cranbrook, Southborough Library, Pembury Library and Barsley’s in Paddock Wood.

The volunteers organising the appeal politely request that no candles or cuddly toys are donated. If anyone needs an idea for a suitable gift they can find inspiration from the gift tags on the Giving Trees in the Assembly Hall Theatre, Royal Victoria Place, Trinity Theatre and Tunbridge Wells Gateway.

Summer Holiday Fun with Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery

Get out and about with your local museum and art gallery this summer and discover something special about our rich cultural heritage as well as our local surroundings.

Something for children…

If you have primary school aged children to entertain over the summer then bring them along to one of Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery’s free Holiday Happenings events every Wednesday and Thursday in August. With detective trails and arts and crafts on a different theme each week, it’s a great way to spend a few hours.

Older children will enjoy the chance to explore their local environment during a Mini Beast Safari with expert Ian Beavis, every Thursday in August at a different local park each week. Younger siblings needn’t miss out either as there are special Young Nature Hunters sessions which are open to all ages.

Something for adults…

There are plenty of events for adults over the summer at the Museum & Art Gallery as well. Join us for a one-off event looking at historic costume on Sunday 19 August. See some examples of costume from the collections, talk to the museum experts and try on some replica pieces.

Or why not join us for a High Weald Walk on Saturday 11 August or Saturday 8 September? These inspiring walks give you a chance to explore the animal and plant life of specific High Weald habitats with expert Ian Beavis.

Remember too that activities up until 9 September are part of Tunbridge Wells Celebrates Sports & Culture Passport. There’s still time to join in the fun! Find out more at

List of summer events : August – September


Wednesday 8 August 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

Holiday Happenings : Giant Gardens Thursday

9 August 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

Holiday Happenings : Giant Gardens

Thursday 9 August 10-11am or 11.30am-12.30pm

Young Nature Hunters

Thursday 9 August 2.30-4pm

Mini Beast Safaris

Saturday 11 August11am – 1pm

High Weald Walk at Broadwater Warren, south of Tun Wells

Wednesday 15 August 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

Holiday Happenings : Storylab

Thursday 16 August 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

Holiday Happenings : Storylab

Thursday 16 August 10-11am or 11.30am-12.30pm

Young Nature Hunters

Thursday 16 August 2.30-4pm

Mini Beast Safaris

Sunday 19 August 1.30-3.30pm

Historic Fashion event

Wednesday 22 August 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

Holiday Happenings : Seashell mania!

Thursday 23 August 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

Holiday Happenings : Seashell mania!

Thursday 23 August 10-11am or 11.30am-12.30pm

Young Nature Hunters

Thursday 23 August 2.30-4pm

Mini Beast Safaris

Friday 24 August 10.30-11.30am

Friday Fun pre-school session Summer Holiday

Wednesday 29 August 10.30am-12.30pm or 2-4pm

Holiday Happenings : Tall Tales

Thursday 30 August 10.30am-12.30pm or 2-4pm

Holiday Happenings : Tall Tales

Thursday 30 August 10-11am or 11.30am-12.30pm

Young Nature Hunters

Thursday 30 August 2.30-4pm

Mini Beast Safaris


Saturday 1 September 11am-12.30pm

Dunorlan Guided Walk

Saturday 8 September 11am – 1pm

High Weald Walk at Sandhill Farm, Pembury

Tuesday 18 September, 12-1pm

Art Stroll guided gallery tour : Tunbridge Wells in Watercolour

Friday 21 September, 10.30-11.30am

Friday Fun preschool session : Harvest Time

To find out more and book your place for any of these activities please contact Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery on 01892 554171 or email


Local Elections – Results

Pembury (2 seats)

Mike Tompsett (Ind) 836 (26 per cent) ELECTED

Paul Barrington-King (Con) 736 (23 per cent) ELECTED

Lynn Hine (Con) 506 (15 per cent)

Colin Nicholson (UKIP) 505 (15 per cent)

Paul Beard (Lib Dems) 312 (10 per cent)

Margaret Morgan (Lab) 229 (seven per cent)

Isobel Kerrigan (Lab) 145 (four per cent)

Royal visit this month to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is delighted to announce the visit of Their Royal Highnesses, The Earl and Countess of Wessex to Royal Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 31 May. The visit is being made on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.

The public will have the chance to see the Royal couple as they walk along the Pantiles and the council hopes their route will be lined by children from local schools and other well-wishers.

Their Royal Highnesses will arrive at the Pantiles late morning. As they walk along the Pantiles The Earl and Countess will see young people performing on the bandstand, they will meet some local business people and be given a briefing on the history of the Pantiles, its Royal connections and the importance of the site to the town.

On leaving the Pantiles The Earl and Countess will visit King Charles The Martyr Church to meet invited guests before attending a reception for members of the local community, including a good number of voluntary organisations.

At King Charles The Martyr Church, following a performance from the choir from Kent College, Pembury, Their Royal Highnesses will sign the visitors’ book and on the invitation of the Mayor will unveil a plaque commemorating their visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2012, the year of the Diamond Jubilee.

Council Chief Executive William Benson said: ‘It’s a great honour for the town to receive Their Royal Highnesses in this Jubilee year. We’ve invited local schools within walking distance of the Pantiles to come along on the day, and of course, other well-wishers will be very welcome as they will play an important part in making the visit a very memorable occasion during our Year of Celebrations.’

Borough Councillor for Pembury

On Friday 9 March, Mrs Claire Brown resigned, for personal reasons, from her post as Liberal Democrat councillor representing the ward of Pembury.

Mrs Brown said:

“Due to a change in personal circumstances, I no longer feel I can give the role the time and attention that it deserves – or that the people of Pembury deserve.

I’ve taken a difficult decision to step aside, but this will make room or give the opportunity for another person who can be fully accessible.

I’ve really enjoyed meeting and working with Pembury residents and would like to thank them for the support they’ve shown me in my brief time as a borough councillor.”

The appropriate notice of vacancy has been displayed. To call an election a request must be made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TWO electors for the borough whereby an election will be held within 35 (working) days.

Royal Tunbridge Wells welcomes the Olympic Flame

On July 17 2012, just ten days before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Royal Tunbridge Wells will welcome the Olympic Flame as it begins its journey through the county of Kent.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is proud to have been chosen to be the point of entry for the Olympic Torch into Kent as part of the 70-day- long tour of the UK. It is also the only place in the county the Torch will be visiting on 17 July.

Councillor Bob Atwood, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Leader said: ‘It is wonderful news that the town has been chosen to receive the Torch, we have made no secret of the fact that we wanted to see the Olympic Flame come to the borough. The visit of the Torch can only enhance the town’s rich historical and cultural heritage.’

The Torch Relay is just one of a number of events taking place in the borough of Tunbridge Wells during 2012 which, as well as the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, also celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The borough council is planning a year of celebrations encompassing these events to include live screening of the Olympic Games’ opening in Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells. Sports and cultural events throughout the year, community arts events and lighting of special beacons for the Jubilee events on 4 June.

Funding will be made available to town and parish councils and community groups to enable local communities to celebrate the events of 2012. Applications will be accepted from the today, 7 November. Anyone wishing to apply for a grant can find full information on the council’s website

Full details of the route for the Olympic Torch Relay will follow and will be announced nearer the time when we will be able to let people from across the borough know how and where they will be able to see the Flame.

For its tour of the UK the London 2012 Olympic Torch, representing peace, unity and friendship, will be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers, each nominated by members of the public and each with their own unique story to share. The design of the Torch consists of 8,000 small circles representing the inspirational stories of the Torchbearers.


Healthy weight programme for children

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it…! (MEND) is a weight programme for children aged 7– 13 being offered as an after-school activity by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, in partnership with NHS West Kent.

The ten week, free, healthy weight programme is for children who are above their ideal weight. During the course the young people get to find out how different foods affect the body, how to make sense of food labelling, healthy portion sizes and to try their hand at a range of exercises.

Arranged to coincide with the start of the new school term MEND programmes will start in Rusthall, at the United Reformed Church on 26 September and at St Gregory’s School, Tunbridge Wells on 4 October.

The programme aims to involve the whole family, not just children, to promote healthy eating and regular exercise to help improve lives. Importantly it is run in a supportive, non-pressured environment with other families who are keen to lead healthier lifestyles.

MEND is a national initiative developed by Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council also offers residents the chance to get involved in an adult weight management programme, Weight for it.

For more information about MEND and how to join visit You can also e-mail or call 01892 554411 for information about either programme.