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 […]

RTW Together BID rallies members as its ballot deadline approaches

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The Royal Tunbridge Wells Together Business Improvement District (RTW BID) is entering its final week of canvassing local businesses and traders ahead of them either voting for or against another five-year term. The deadline for casting votes is Thursday February 29 and votes will be counted the following day on March 1. Businesses that form […]

Trinity Theatre receives £19,000 funding

LAST week, West Kent Freemasons announced it has provided a £19,000 grant to Trinity Theatre to support its Speech Bubbles programme. Speech Bubbles is a national primary school drama intervention scheme that supports children in Years 1 and 2 with communication skills, confidence, and wellbeing. The drama-based intervention has been running nationally since 2008 and […]

Frustration bubbles up as neighbourhood springs a leak

HOPE SPRINGS: The satirical note

By Alice Reece GOOD humour springs eternal in one Tunbridge Wells neighbourhood, but anger is bubbling up, too over a stubborn water leak, residents told the Times. Residents at the corner of Farmcombe Close and Farmcombe Road reported a visible leak to South East Water (SEW) on June 14, but as the leak continued to […]

Watchdog increases pressure on South East Water

While Kent and Sussex buckled down for the first day of a hosepipe ban on June 26, water regulator Ofwat has demanded an “urgent” meeting with South East Water (SEW) to address the ongoing water crisis, while threatening potential “action” against the supplier. The first day of the hosepipe ban coincided with a burst water […]

Water company offers charities £100,000 cash after taps ran dry

CHARITIES are to be handed payments totalling £100,000 by South East Water. The money comes in the form of a ‘contribution to the community’ reflecting the disruption and distress caused in the ten-day lead up to Christmas when the supply network broke down. From today (February 22), registered charities can submit a request for cash […]

Fuller sentenced to four more years

DOUBLE killer David Fuller, who sexually abused the bodies of at least 101 women and girls in hospital mortuaries has been sentenced for further crimes committed at Tunbridge Wells Hospital. Fuller, 68, is already serving a whole life sentence for the murders of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in two separate attacks in […]

Station passenger numbers still just 60 per cent pre-Covid levels

RAIL usage at the three main stations serving Tunbridge Wells has still not recovered from the pandemic, with total journeys at just 60 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. Tunbridge Wells station saw 2.09 million passenger journeys – entrances and exits at the station – between March 2021 and April 2022, according to the latest figures […]

No more first class travel as timetable changes introduced

A NEW timetable is being introduced by rail company Southeastern next month that will see an end to first class travel from Tunbridge Wells to London. From December 11, there will only be standard tickets available for those travelling from Tunbridge Wells or Tonbridge to London stations. Other changes have been planned to to ease […]

Cinema site proposals are approved promising to end 22 years of inaction

PLANNING permission has been approved by councillors at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) for a later-living development on the former site of the ABC Cinema, which has been left derelict for the last 22 years. The future of the town’s most infamous ‘grot spot’ is now set after TWBC’s Planning Committee granted permission to Retirement […]


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