St Gregory’s student joins up with Young Lionesses

A talented footballer from St Gregory’s school in Tunbridge Wells was recently selected to join England women’s under-17 football team to compete in Spain at the MIMA Cup. After being selected by coach Natalie Henderson, Year 11 student Eva joined the Young Lionesses’ 24-player squad, jetting off with the team in early February to the […]

Frant road safety group makes urgent plea for traffic calming

A local community-led initiative is calling for ‘immediate traffic calming measures’ to be taken to make Frant Road and its surrounding streets, including Bayham Road, Birling Road and Broadwater Down, safer. The proposed measures include a 20mph speed limit, speed bumps and mini-roundabout at the intersection between Frant and Bayham Road. The initiative, co-founded by […]

Pay as you feel café celebrates busy start as community hub

Charlie’s Angels Kitchens on Camden Road has enjoyed major success since opening its doors on January 5, with volunteers and customers regularly filling the bustling ‘pay as you feel’ café. Café founder Charlie Moore says the early success is down to the ‘family’ of volunteers who help organise food drop-offs, serve customers and work in […]

Barrister quits as LCF trial continues

THE London Capital Finance (LCF) civil proceedings continued in the High Court last week, February 20, with the barrister defending the mini-bond firm leaving court on the first day stating there was no prospect of their fees being paid. Before the opening submissions could begin Ian Mayes KC, who was representing former LCF Chief Executive […]

Town’s Ukrainian community marks second year of the war

The Ukrainian community of Tunbridge Wells came together last weekend with an event to mark two years since the start of the Russian invasion. The event on February 24 was held at St Mary’s Ukrainian School which opened on the site of Skinner’s Kent Academy (SKA) in April 2023 and now supports over 70 Ukrainian […]

Over 1,300 run town’s 41st half marathon

On Sunday (February 18), the Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon returned with 1,345 runners taking part on the day. No one managed to break the course record this year, however race winners Michael Ellis and Helen Gaunt, both from Tonbridge Athletics Club, crossed the finishing line in the impressive times of 01:10:16 and 01:20:09 respectively. […]

Junior doctors prepare to strike again

Junior doctors in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust and across the country are preparing for a fresh round of strikes after failed talks with Health Secretary Victoria Atkins. The strikes follow what the striking staff see as a steep decline in junior doctors’ pay and conditions since 2008. Explaining why junior doctors are planning to […]

LCF mini-bond trial commences

The London Capital Finance (LCF) civil case proceedings began in the High Court in London on Monday, the latest development in the long-awaited court trial. The LCF administrators began their legal battle against the company’s former executives, including former CEO Michael ‘Andy’ Thomson. As the Times has previously reported, the investment company collapsed back in […]

Maternity services at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury rated ‘inadequate’

Pam Mills

A RECENT report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated maternity services at Tunbridge Wells Hospital as ‘inadequate’. The rating follows a short notice inspection at the hospital which focused on patient safety and wellbeing. The hospital at Pembury provides maternity services for a population of 500,000 and was last inspected under the maternity […]


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