Successful fireworks display sparks Round Table’s £20,000 giveaway

YOUR ROUND: Members of Tunbridge Wells Round Table

DESPITE being damp on the night, thousands of people braved the elements and attended the 2023 fireworks display at Dunorlan Park on November 4. Following the event’s success, the Tunbridge Wells Round Table are once again launching its annual giveaway, with local charities, organisations and individuals invited to apply for a share of £20,000.

Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Round Table, Ken Fry told the Times: “Thanks to another successful firework display, we are delighted to launch our £20,000 giveaway.

“The cost of living crisis and the impacts of inflation mean that times are tough for all, especially local charities and organisations, so we very much hope that our giveaway will provide them with a much needed boost to start the year.”

The closing date for applications is Wednesday January 31, 2024.

Over the years the Tunbridge Wells Round Table have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes across the town. Previously, donations have been provided to Nourish, Headway, The Pickering Centre, Hospice in the Weald, local scout and guide groups, as well as many other charities and good causes.

Individual donations have also been given, including a tricycle for a disabled child and a home lift for a family in the town. In 2022, the group supported the two Rotary Clubs in town in funding the new gym equipment in Dunorlan Park.

Head of the Tunbridge Wells Round Table’s Charity Committee, Erik Dronen added: “Our giveaway is open to all, so we encourage everyone to apply. We like to support individual projects and the purchasing of goods/equipment rather than funding day to day running costs.

“We hope our funding really makes a difference to our town and are delighted that we can help support the fantastic work of the many charities and organisations Tunbridge Wells is fortunate to have.”

Successful recipients will be invited along to a giveaway event in April, typically attended by the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells.

If you are new to the area, looking to give back to your local community or maybe just in need of some new friends, the Round Table are always happy for new members to join their group.

To find out more about joining the group or to apply for funding visit the Tunbridge Wells Round Table website at

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