Mayfield student’s winning ‘brownprint’ creates a serious ‘blueprint’ to secure our ecological future

A sixth former at Mayfield School is celebrating winning a prestigious international geography award. Jack Thornton discovers what made the judges choose her informed and cleverly-designed plan which addresses the complex geographical problems we increasingly face… Annabel, a Sixth Former at Mayfield School for Girls, has won the Royal Geographical Society’s Young Geographer of the […]

Why this local youth theatre troupe has such stage presence

Following Trinity Youth Theatre’s performance of Frozen Junior at the beginning of December, Trinity’s Director of Creative Engagement, Jason Lower and its Access and Young People’s Producer, Rachel Rose spoke to Ben Cornwell about the youth programme and why it has remained an important part of Trinity since 1989…   Trinity’s Youth Theatre programme provides […]

Business splashes out on all-weather gear for schools

Two Tunbridge Wells primary schools have been gifted outdoor apparel following local waterproofing solution specialist Nikwax’s partnership with The Outdoor Guide Foundation (TOG). The Wells Free School and St Barnabas in Tunbridge Wells, along with eight other primary schools in the Weald area have been gifted 10 sets of waterproofs and wellies, courtesy of Wadhurst-based […]

Festive fun and laughter at Lord’s Taverners fundraiser

Last Wednesday (December 6), the West Kent Lord’s Taverners hosted its festive lunch at The Spa Hotel. More than 180 members, business partners and guests of the West Kent Region of the Lord’s Taverners – which is headed up by Dinah Morgan and David Carter – were present at the event which was hosted by […]

Town shows support for ‘Small Business Saturday’

SMALL businesses across the borough came together last Saturday (December 2) for ‘Small Business Saturday’, a nationwide initiative encouraging consumers to shop locally and support small businesses in their communities. In Tunbridge Wells, Greg Clark MP visited a number of independents, while the Economic Development Team from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) spoke to residents […]

Night Walk organisers hail second event as ‘inspiring’

Over 70 people took to the streets of Tunbridge Wells to join this year’s Reclaim the Night walk in a campaign for women’s safety. Following the success of last year’s inaugural walk, Reclaim the Night co-founders, writer and campaigner Lauren Brook and Cllr Jayne Sharratt (Labour), held the second annual walk last Saturday (November 25). […]

Christmas at Bewl Water launches with a special day to say ‘thank you’

Following a successful opening week at ‘Christmas at Bewl Water’, the Times spoke to some of the charities who went to the exclusive opening event last weekend. On November 18, a number of charities including Age UK, Taylor Made Dreams, ellenor, Nourish and West Kent Mind were invited to the immersive Christmas experience at the […]

Lloyds Bank reopens branch on Mount Pleasant Road

Lloyds Bank in Tunbridge Wells has now reopened to customers after its recent refurbishment and modernisation. Plans to turn the Grade II listed building into flats were shelved in the summer in favour of retaining the branch. The initial residential planning application for the historic building, located on Mount Pleasant Road, outlined plans for eight […]

Festive Ferris wheel to go ahead in Calverley Grounds

Following the announcement of this year’s SKATE events in Calverley Grounds, TWBC has confirmed to the Times that the Festive Ferris Wheel has been approved to go ahead. Running for just one month throughout December, families can ride the Christmas Wheel as part of their winter wonderland experience for £4.50 if booked in advance or […]

Local charity welcomes its award-winning garden home

A Chelsea Flower Show prize-winning garden was relocated to charity Aspens last week while guests celebrated the occasion. The Pembury-based organisation, which provides high-quality care and support to individuals on the autism spectrum and those with learning disabilities, worked with local garden designer Camellia Taylor to create the Natural Affinity Garden. It went on display […]


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