Posted in October 2013


This is my short story for Tunbridge Wells Writers Fright Night, following a brief of: “Horror! Terror! Fear!!” MURDERING WORDS If you want to know something about Thomas Becket, then you need to speak to Lionel Fettiplace. This is just what the Friends of Victory Park did. But when they sent that first email, none … Continue reading

Into the storm – What next?

Perhaps these photos are backwards…. Top, we have Wolf Alice, who were at The Forum tonight, Bottom we have Norman Watt-Roy and Friends, including Wilko Johnson, who were there last night. I don’t have my own photo of Keane, who played on Friday, as I didn’t go. But what an incredible variety of music over … Continue reading

New buildings in Sherwood area

It’s been about a year, but here is the start of new buildings in Sherwood, and more hoardings have gone up, and demolition started on the remaining old flats. Alot of people were around on Monday for the exhibition at TN2 about the proposed development at Knights Park: Plans here


A bit of an off the wall blog for me, but after many years of flowering, the quince bush in our garden has produced some fruit. A google search came up with a wordpress blog BerlinPlants that confirmed it was an ornamental quince, but still edible, and so it was added to an apple pie. … Continue reading

The Brickworks Freehouse

It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally visited the completely transformed ‘Brickworks’, formally ‘The High Brooms Tavern’, which featured in quite a few blogs last summer. Now owned by father, Peter, and son, Greg, Whitaker, since opening in July the pub has managed to re-establish itself as a community meeting place. Boasting pool and … Continue reading

Water in the Wells

Because of the large amount of water in Grosvenor and Hilbert Park (top photo) I’ve been along to a few meetings of another town group ‘Water in the Wells’. Our water in Grosvenor is all spring fed, and the park is located on former water reservoirs for the town. As well as this lake, we … Continue reading


Don’t you love an embargo? These days when (some of us) we are living via twitter and facebook… We had to wait until seated in The Royal Wells Hotel to announce that Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park had won (this) Community Contribution Award. While being praised for his excellent website, our Dave was busy … Continue reading

Capel Community Orchard

It was lovely yesterday to meet the organisers of Capel Community Orchard, Roger and Celia Worraker, and to chat about how we might set up a community orchard in Grosvenor and Hilbert Park. Roger, as a former lecturer on fruit growing at Hadlow college, was just the right person for advice! Their orchard was planted … Continue reading

Scallywag Cafe

When leaving La Fiamma on Monday (see blog), and crossing Mount Ephraim to Sankeys, we noticed the antique shop on the corner seemed to have sprouted a cafe. It needed investigating, so Kate Sims and I made an appointment for Friday afternoon coffee. However, she couldn’t wait that long and had already been for a … Continue reading