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July 2005

29 July 2005

WORLD PREMIERE OF THE HOBBY

The first screening of the feature-length documentary The Hobby will be held at the Royal Wells Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells on Friday 19 August from 7 to 9pm. The film is about the game of Subbuteo and will be shown in conjunction with the Flick to Kick exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery.

Film-maker, Clifford Borg-Marks, and Subbuteo inventor's son, Mark Adolph, will be on hand to give a personal insight into Subbuteo. The documentary:

· traces the origins, development and cultural impact of Subbuteo
· follows the popularity of the brand across the globe
· introduces the colourful personalities that inhibit the world of Subbuteo

This event is free and open to everyone but places need to be booked in advance by calling the museum on 01892 554171 or by e-mailing museum@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.


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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 

27 July 2005

NEW DOCUMENT PUBLISHED BY TUNBRIDGE WELLS
BOROUGH COUNCIL

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has combined its Corporate Plan and Best Value Performance Plan so that those wishing to understand its aims and progress can find it all in one document. The new document, the Annual Operating Plan brings together performance data and the Council's objectives for the coming year. It will be updated annually

Every Council has a responsibility to produce a document such as this because it makes the Council's aims for the year clear to residents and business people and also has details about its spending decisions. The Plan has been written with the priorities agreed by Cabinet earlier in the year and these are included within it.

The Council's performance figures for last year are contained within the Plan. There are 64 indicators and of those 24 are in the top 25% when compared with the performance of other district councils in England and 15 have improved their quartile position compared with the previous year.

Also included are:

· the Council's priorities for improvement
· details of progress towards the improvements to be made as a result of the CPA report
· information that shows how well the Council is performing against nationally agreed indicators
· a statement about how the Council's contracts operate

A copy of the plan can be found on this website or a copy can be posted by calling Ian Mackie on 01892 526121 ext 3381.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
27 July 2005

WORLD WAR II 60TH ANNIVERSARY
EVENTS ON THE PANTILES

The Tunbridge Wells branch of the Royal British Legion and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have joined together to provide a day of events to mark the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II. The events will begin at 10am on Sunday 14 August.

The programme for the day is as follows:

10am - Wreath laying, War Memorial, Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells

10.30am - Rememberance Service, Christ Church, High Street,
Royal Tunbridge Wells

12pm - Buffet Lunch, Christ Church, High Street, Royal Tunbridge Wells

2.30pm to 4.30pm - ConChord Big Band concert, the Pantiles Bandstand, Royal Tunbridge Wells

All of the events are free of charge. The band will play big band swing and jazz. Seating will be provided.

For further information please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01892 515675.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 

25 July 2005

SUMMER HOLIDAY FUN AT TUNBRIDGE WELLS
MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Wonderful Wednesday and Mini Beast Safari activities have been organised by Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Galley for children and will run throughout August during the summer holidays.

Wonderful Wednesdays will be held at the Museum and Art Gallery every Wednesday in August, visitors can drop in anytime between 10.30am -12.30pm and 2pm - 4pm. Admission is free and the activities are open to children of all ages but, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Each Wednesday children will have the chance to follow a different detective trail around the Museum solving the clues and hunting for objects in the cases. They can then be creative (using glue, paint, feathers, glitter etc) in a busy art and craft workshop. The themes are:

Wednesday 3 August - Voyages of Discovery
Journey round the Museum looking for treasures from distant lands, then make a moving ship - sailing across a choppy sea.

Wednesday 10 August - Dig for Victory!
Hunt around the museum for those things that help 'grow your own' food, then celebrate by making bunting for a World War II street party.

Wednesday 17 August - Marvellous Mosaic
Discover just how much mosaic is hidden in and around the museum, then make a mosaic pattern to take away.

Wednesday 24 August - Jungle Book
Meet characters from the Jungle hidden around the museum, then make a jungle creature to take home.

The Mini Beast Safaris will take place every Thursday in August and again there will be no charge for the activities. The safaris will be open to everyone over six years and children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Half of each day will be spent insect-spotting around a local park with expert Ian Beavis on hand to identify discoveries, the other half of the day in an art and craft workshop at the Museum to make a souvenir of the day. Each Thursday there will be insect hunts around a different park as follows:

Thursday 4 August - Dunorlan Park
Thursday 11 August - Grosvenor Recreation Ground
Thursday 18 August - Rusthall Common
Thursday 25 August - Tunbridge Wells Common

Safari places need to be booked in advance by calling the Museum on 01892 554171. Maximum of 50 places per day. Session times are 10.30am -12noon and 2.30pm - 4pm.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
COOK & CONNECT - A community cooking project for 12-14 year olds in Rusthall Village.

There is going to be a free course of 5 cookery workshops running at St Paul's Church, starting on August 4th and running for 5 consecutive weeks. They will be given by local chefs, including a chef from Carluccio's, and keen cooks who simply want to share their enthusiasm for cooking with young people.

Amanda Holley, who runs an Indian catering business locally said:

'well, we aren't Jamie Oliver but we are the next best thing! the idea is that we share skills and enthusiasm which naturally exist in the village and the participants will come away with some simple and delicious recipes - English, Indian, French, Italian - which they can go home and cook for the family if they want.'

The project is being received really well in the village with St Paul's generously donating the kitchen space for this first course. Ariana Sutton, the Community Warden for Rusthall said:
'the project is being very well received and, with any luck, we will be taking other ideas on in the future. Its great for Rusthall.'

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Further Information: Amanda Holley 01892 537368, mob 07811 074 615
Ariana Sutton 07813 695872

 
21 July 2005

MAYOR TO HOST RECEPTION FOR YOUNG VISITORS FROM CHERNOBYL

Local organisers, including Cllr Linda Hall, have arranged for a group of 11 children from Chernobyl to visit Royal Tunbridge Wells for a four-week stay to help improve their health. On Monday 25 July at 12 noon they will visit the Mayor, Cllr Jennie Paulson-Ellis, and be shown the Mayoral Regalia.

The Mayor will show the children her chain, robes and hat. They will also be shown the 120 year-old gold mace that is traditionally carried before the Mayor at formal occasions. When it was first introduced, it was used in the streets to fend peasants away from the Mayor.

From 10.30am that morning the children will follow a detective trail, around Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, hunting for objects and finding out a little more about the history of Tunbridge Wells. They will be drawing their favourite object and taking their picture away with them.

Cllr Linda Hall, said:

'The children benefit greatly from their visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells, in fact spending four weeks here will increase their lives by two years. The group of 11 youngsters, aged between 8 to 13 will gain from the respite.'

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
19 July 2005

SOUTHBOROUGH CONSERVATION AREA ENHANCEMENTS

Enhancements to the shopping parade and Pennington Road junction in Southborough, will be carried out by, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council over a period of three weeks from 25 July.

The plans were developed with comments from the public following the consultation held in November. The scheme includes improvements to footpaths and seating at the junction of Pennington Road with A26 London Road, and installation of new guardrails and seating on the footpath at the shopping parade.

There will be no entry to Pennington Road from London Road during the junction works, and vehicles for Pennington Road will therefore need to use Park Road or Sheffield Road.

All footpaths will remain open to pedestrians wherever possible during the works, and the Council aims to keep disruption to residents and noise to a minimum.

Cllr Elizabeth Thomas, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

'It is planned that the proposed enhancements will create a positive visual impact on the village area of Southborough with street furniture, in keeping with the historic surroundings, positioned for shoppers' convenience. Seats along the parade will benefit from the previously planted trees shade and safety for pedestrians crossing Pennington Road has been improved with the proposed layout.'

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Brian Hayward on 01892 554071 or email brian.hayward@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
19 July 2005

MAN PROSECUTED FOR BENEFIT FRAUD

Yesterday, Mr Stephen Lane of Ropers Gate, Royal Tunbridge Wells pleaded guilty at West Kent Magistrates Court for failing to declare a change in his circumstances that affected his entitlement to Housing and Council Tax Benefit.

Mr Lane failed to tell Tunbridge Wells Borough Council when his Job Seekers Allowance ceased and this resulted in an overpayment of £553.85 Housing Benefit and £167.12 Council Tax Benefit.

He did not take the opportunity to attend an interview to give an explanation so the Council was left with no alternative but to put the matter before the Sevenoaks magistrates.

Mr Lane received a 12-month Conditional Discharge with £200 costs awarded against him. He is also required to repay the £720.97 in full.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot, Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
14 July 2005

BERRY BONANZA AT TUNBRIDGE WELLS FARMERS' MARKET

Cooking demonstrations showing summer fruit recipes will take place at the Tunbridge Wells Farmers' Market, outside the Town Hall, from 11am on Saturday 23 July.

The recipes will include traditional and new recipes such as Goats Cheese with Redcurrants and Eton Mess, a combination of meringue and summer fruits. All of the main ingredients used will be from local producers who have stalls on the Farmers' Market.

Farmers' Market Manager, Barbara Simmons, said:

'Come along and find out easy ways to use local fruits that are at their best this month and buy your ingredients direct from the grower.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot, Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk


Looking for something tasty for desert?

We shall be demonstrating quick and easy recipes using this great summer local fruit on Sat 23rd July from 11am.

All will be available to taste - to get those taste buds racing.

 

18 July 2005

PANTILES JAZZ EVENING CONCERTS

This year's series of Jazz Concerts in the Pantiles features five sessions of Jazz. The concerts, organised by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, will take place from 7:30pm every Thursday evening in August and on the first Thursday in September. Admission is free. The programme for the concerts will be as follows:

4 August

The Tina May Quartet will be the opening act. Tina is a highly accomplished jazz artist and a Professor of Jazz Voice at the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Conservatoire of Music, Birmingham. She formed her first quartet in 1993 and her most recent accolade was being named as one of the few musicians, who since 1976, have 'made a major contribution to jazz', in a book written by jazz critic Scott Yanow. Tina has recorded ten CD's and is currently in the discussion concerning a new three CD record deal.

11 August

In their first appearance on the Pantiles the Branco Stoysin Trio will provide a Brazillian flavour. Entirely self taught, Branco began playing the guitar at the age of 15 and very soon found a love of jazz and Brazillian music. Soon Branco was being featured at a number of jazz venues and festivals in his home country Serbia and Montenegro. Branco has been composing his own music since he was 18 inspired by the sun, jazz, traditional folk music of Yugoslavia, Brazillian and classical music. The interest in these compositions lead to recording for radio and TV Novi Sad.

18 August

Latin and bebop artistry from the Clare Hirst Quartet. Cumbria born Clare studied piano and clarinet until she got her hands on a saxophone. Being mainly self taught Clare's experience with such a diverse mixture of music ranging from salsa and reggae to funk and African has given her a unique style. She has written and played on many recordings with artists such as David Bowie, The Communards, Mica Paris and Maxi Priest and the Bellestars. As a former member of Bellestars she appeared on TV's 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks'.She then went on to work with pianist Melvyn Africa before embarking on a solo career with her quartet.

25 August

Another Pantiles debut in the series for the Jazzmode Trio, lead by pianist John Harriman, will feature special guest saxaphonist Mark Lockhart. Mark first came to prominence in the 80s with big band Loose Tubes. He toured North America and Europe and recorded with them until 1989. In the mid nineties Mark record with many artists including Robert Wyatt, Prefab Sprout and Radiohead. Mark has released nine CDs as a leader of his own bands Perfect Houseplants, The Scratch Band and the Mark Lockhart Quartet. He is also an active commercial writer and session musician. He composed music for BBC Drama including two plays for Radio Four and is in demand for film and television work.

1 September

The fifth and final performance of this year's Pantiles Jazz concerts is the return of Lionel Shell and Over the Edge. Over the Edge are a local band formed by guitarist Peter Stone approximately ten years ago. Lionel Shell plays percussion and Paul Beeching is the bass player. They started out by entertaining church congregations and have now expanded to a seven piece band with the additions of saxophonist Grant Wickens, pianist Dave Barret, drumer Oliver Stone and vocalist Hannah Stone. Every member of the band is a resident in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells.

For further information about the Jazz Concerts please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01892 515675.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
14 July 2005

PLANS APPROVED FOR SHERWOOD COMMUNITY PROJECT

Planning permission has been granted for improved community facilities to be built as an extension to the current YMCA building in Greggs Wood Road, Sherwood, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Approval was also given to develop 13 new homes on the site of the current Community Centre. The successful application incorporates ideas from the local community.

The new community building will host a wide range of activities and has been designed to fit in well with the surroundings next to the lake. The community has been involved in developing the building design and will play the lead role in progressing the community facilities. The £800,000 project is supported by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, High Weald Housing Association, West Kent YMCA and Kent County Council Libraries and Archives.

Subject to formal agreement between the partners, work is due to start on the YMCA building in September and will take around six months. Once it is completed the existing Sherwood Community Centre will be demolished and the flats built, which include one suitable for a wheelchair user. These will be ready around March 2007. The new Community Centre will provide:

· a new library
· a refurbished Sports Hall with viewing gallery
· space for club meetings, rehearsals, training etc
· access to local government and Council services
· new offices for key agencies and local groups
· space for the West Kent YMCA Horizon Project
· public toilets

One of the most recently agreed schemes is the Horizon Project which aims to provide young people with vocational skills training, alongside a programme of social and personal development. The project is fully inclusive and aims to equip those who attend with the skills necessary to move on into further education, training and/or employment.

The internal facilities are yet to be confirmed. Those involved in the project are keen to receive suggestions from the people who will use the centre in the future. To submit ideas please contact Linda Mortley on 01892 554224 or
e-mail sherwoodcommunityproject@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.

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For further information please contact:

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council: Nadine Squire on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

High Weald Housing Association: Martin Oxley on 01892 501667 or
e-mail Martin.Oxley@tchg.org.uk

West Kent YMCA: Lesley North-Smith on 01892 542209 or
e-mail info@westkentymca.org.uk

Kent County Council Libraries and Archives: Anna Stanley on
01622 694034 or e-mail anna.stanley@kcc.gov.uk

 
7 July 2005

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BOROUGH REPRESENTED IN
THE KENT SOLAR CAR CHALLENGE

The finals of the 2005 Kent Solar Car Challenge on were held on Tuesday 5 July at The Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford. Teams from Speldhurst Primary School and Colliers Green Primary School, who won their heats, represented the Borough of Tunbridge Wells and competed against youngsters from across Kent. The challenge showed how to have fun and make the most of alternative energy sources.

The event was organised by the Kent Energy Centre who supplied the schools with starting materials to build their own Solar Cars, and special prizes were awarded for the fastest and best-designed sun powered 'hot rods'. The Speldhurst Primary School car named 'The Queen of Hearts' competed in the race and Colliers Green's car 'Robin' was entered in the best-dressed competition. Unfortunately neither of the schools won.

In total 21 schools were represented at the finals and all the children involved in the cars' construction received a special certificate for their efforts.

Cllr Catherine Mayhew, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

'We are very proud of the young people who represented the borough in the competition. Although they were not winners, they should be pleased with their outstanding achievements and successful team work to build solar powered cars, something that not many people can say they have done.'

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

For more information about renewable energy please contact Mike Bundy at Kent Energy Centre on 01233 646786

 
11 July 2005

COMMUNITY SOLIDARITY AGAINST TERRORISM

Thursday 14 July 11.30 - 12 noon,
Assembly Hall Theatre, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Local people are invited to join in a session for the people of Tunbridge Wells to come together to remember those that lost their lives, were injured or are missing after the horrific events of last Thursday's London bombings. A two minute silence at 12 noon will be recognised as part of the proceedings.

The service will be held at the Assembly Hall Theatre and all are invited to attend. It will be led by the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr Jennie Paulson Ellis and Interim Chief Executive, Philip Thomas. The service will be non-religious but all from every faith are invited to attend. Representatives from the Muslim community have been asked to contribute to the proceedings.

Philip Thomas comments,

'The events of last Thursday highlighted the need for us all to come together, to forge stronger communities and to unite against these evil people. I'd like to invite anybody that would like to come to join us to remember the victims of this terrible tragedy and their families. I have asked my colleagues at the Council to join me.'

The service is expected to last half an hour. The Town Hall will be closed from 11.30 - 12 noon to allow staff to attend.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
8 July 2005

TOWN BANDS ON THE PANTILES BANDSTAND


During July and August, various bands will be performing on the bandstand in the Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells. They will appear on Sundays from 3pm to 5pm and are all town bands from the local area.

The following bands will perform:

Sunday 24 July Slinfold Concert Band
Sunday 7 August The Oxted Band
Sunday 21 August Sussex Brass
Sunday 28 August Cranbrook Town Band

Seating is provided and you can watch free of charge.

For further information please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01892 515675 or e-mail touristinformationcentre@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot, Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
13 July 2005

TUNBRIDGE WELLS' TEAMS SUCCESSFUL AT
KENT YOUTH GAMES 2005

Tunbridge Wells' teams have given some excellent performances in the two-month calendar of sports events that made up the Kent Youth Games 2005. Included in this year's games were seven separate inter-district sports competitions - Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Girls' Football, Hockey, Netball and Rugby, as well as a separate event for disabled participants.

Tunbridge Wells was represented in the following sports competitions:

Badminton
Tunbridge Wells got off to a flying start in the badminton competition, which took place at the Black Lion Leisure Centre in Gillingham. The team, consisting of Matthew Galloway, Jamie White, Georgia Lee and Faye Truett, started very strongly beating Swale, Ashford and Thanet in their group matches.

With a 100% record they progressed to the final against the Tonbridge and Malling team who were also undefeated.

In a very closely fought final, the teams were tied and finished in joint first place. It was quite unbelievable that after four games (boys' doubles, girls' doubles and two mixed doubles), the two teams could not be separated - winning two games each with total points tied at 51 all!

Basketball
The basketball competition took place at the new Sennocke Centre at Sevenoaks School. Tunbridge Wells had teams competing in both the girls' and boys' events. Both teams showed some excellent skills and great team spirit in their group games but it was the girls who secured their place in the final by defeating the Sevenoaks team in the semi-final 19-2. The final was a close affair; with the Tunbridge Wells team narrowly missing out on lifting the trophy to last year's champions, the Thanet Rhinos, eventually losing 10-7.

Athletics
In the athletics competition at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford, Tunbridge Wells entered a mixed team consisting of children in school years 5&6 and school years 7&8. In the younger age group, Nicholas Taylor performed well in his three events - standing triple jump (4m 12cm), soft hammer (22.80m) and 600m (2min 14sec). A superb run by Nicholas resulted in eighth place out of 50 entrants in the 600m.

In the older age group, the Tunbridge Wells team included Connor Scarlett, Daniel Driver, Isaac Noble and Peter Byrnes. All four boys competed in five individual events - vertical jump, shot put, standing long jump, 80m and 600m, all finishing in the top 16.

Girls' Football
A team of nine girls from Sherwood Park Community Primary School represented Tunbridge Wells in the girls' football event at Aylesford Rugby Club. The girls had received coaching organised through the School Sport Partnership and Angley Sports College but had not played as a team prior to the event. They did themselves and their school proud, displaying some excellent performances and tremendous enthusiasm during their matches.

Archery
A team of girls from Broomhill Bank School represented Tunbridge Wells in the archery event, which was part of the Kent Disability Youth Games. Having learnt the sport at their school, the competition, that took place at the new Sennocke Centre at Sevenoaks School, provided an excellent opportunity for the girls to put their skills into practice.

Rugby
The Scottish Widows Kent Tag Rugby Festival at Aylesford RFC commenced with an Olympic-style opening ceremony, including a parade of banners by all the schools who were representing Rugby World Cup countries.

Both of the teams that represented Tunbridge Wells were winners of the local primary schools' tag rugby festival that took place earlier this year. Broadwater Down Primary School participated in the Fair Play Winners Festival, and St Augustine's Primary School took part in the Finals Day. St Augustine's Primary School were narrowly beaten in the final of the main cup by Hextable School from Swanley.

Both of the teams had a fantastic day and displayed some excellent skills and tactical play during their games. The team members also had the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the Webb Ellis World Cup trophy.

Cllr James Scholes, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, said:

'The achievements of all the young people who represented Tunbridge Wells in the Kent Youth Games competitions were superb, they displayed tremendous enthusiasm and were a credit to the borough. The continued support from parents, teachers and volunteers is invaluable to the development of young people's sporting abilities.'

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 

5 July 2005

DIGGING DEEP AT DUNORLAN PARK

Visitors to the Digging Deep event at Dunorlan Park, Pembury Road will get the chance to see a group of Saxon re-enactors, try out some historic crafts and bring along their own finds for identification. It will be held on Sunday 17 July from 11am to 4pm to celebrate National Archaeology Weekend. The event is free and all of the family are welcome.

This is the fifth National Archaeology Day event held in Royal Tunbridge Wells by the Museum and Art Gallery. The last time Digging Deep was held at Dunorlan Park, over 1,000 people took part in the day. Following the recent restoration of the park, this year's event promises to be even bigger.

There will be an arena with the following displays:
· warriors at training
· the arming of the knight - what a knight would wear for battle
· a recreated battle

On the day visitors will be able to:
· visit the Saxon encampment
· see how people lived 1,200 years ago
· find out what they're having for dinner
· make a Saxon braid from wool
· roll their own candle to take away
· discover how Saxon jewellery was made
· make a Saxon clay pot
· design and make their own Saxon brooch
· create a banner to wave beside the battlefield
· become archaeologists and dig for finds in a special mini-dig
· listen to tales from long ago in the story-telling tent

A 'finds identification service' will be available with an on-site expert from the Museum and Art Gallery, from 11am to 4pm. Whether it's is a serious archaeological find, a piece of pottery found in the garden or even something picked up from a beach, the expert will be able to provide its history.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 

5 July 2005

MANN PROSECUTED FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING OF WASTE

At Sevenoaks Magistrates Court on Monday 27 June, Stephen Mann of Diamond Fields, Horsmonden, was found guilty of illegally dumping tyres and plastic carrier bags. He was sentenced to a 12-month Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay £400 towards the prosecution costs.

Mann, 39, the owner of a green open-backed Land Rover, was witnessed by a member of the public who suspected that the driver was looking for a suitable place to dump his load. The member of the public noted down the vehicle registration number and informed Tunbridge Wells Borough Council of the details including the fact that he had returned to the area and the load had been dumped in a woodland area. Two officers from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council had also noted the vehicle in the area previously loaded with the tyres and were able to identify the dumped tyres.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is working in partnership with Kent Trading Standards to stamp out this type of anti-social behaviour.

Cllr John Cunningham, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

'We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this case that demonstrates the effectiveness of our partnership working with Kent Trading Standards. The perpetrators had no regard for the beautiful surroundings in which they committed their crime and have now received their penalty. We will be actively pursuing similar cases to reduce such inconsiderate acts. We would also like to thank the member of the public for noting down the vehicle registration number and for reporting the incident. The message should be loud and clear; Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will not tolerate this type of behaviour and any person found dumping waste will be prosecuted, whatever their excuse.'

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
4 July 2005

ABBEYFIELD RESIDENTS TO VISIT TOWN HALL

A group of 12 Abbeyfield House residents will visit the Mayor, Cllr Jennie Paulson-Ellis, at the Town Hall on Monday 11 July at 10.15am. They will join the Mayor for coffee in her parlour and then be shown the Council Chamber and Mayoral regalia.

Abbeyfield House is located in Cadogan Gardens, Royal Tunbridge Wells and provides extra sheltered housing. The youngest resident is 68 years old and the oldest is 99. The visit to the Town Hall is part of the focus on the community. It follows ongoing involvement with St Barnabas Primary School, KCC Libraries and Trinity Theatre.

Home Manager, Pauline Hawthorn-Durrant, said:

'We are keen to show our residents what is available to them in their local community. These people are incredible, they've lead amazing lives and continue to do so. We are all really excited about coming to the Town Hall.'

For further information on socialising with the Abbeyfield residents please contact Pauline on 01892 537181.

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 
1 July 2005

PEMBURY BY-ELECTION RESULTS

Following the by-election held yesterday in the Pembury Ward, the newly elected Councillor is Thomas P Symondson. Thomas is the youngest Councillor elected in the South East at the age of 22.

Thomas lives at 50 Henwood Green Road, Pembury, TN2 4LH. His year of retirement will be 2006.

The turnout was 31.4% and the results were as follows:

Thomas P Symondson - Liberal Democrat - 699
Michael P L Tompsett - Conservative - 657
Victor C Webb - UK Independence - 41

The political balance of the Council now stands at:

Conservatives - 36
Liberal Democrats - 11
Labour - 1

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For further information in the first instance please contact
Nadine Squire, Public Relations Officer on 01892 554032 or Diane Talbot,
Public Relations Manager on 01892 554270 or e-mail pressoffice@tunbridgewells.gov.uk