Posted in January 2014

Happy New Year (again)

Today, with the first new moon of the calendar year, is the start of the Chinese Year of the (wooden) Horse. If I say I was born in the year of the Fire Horse you will 1. be able to work out how old I am. 2. want to agree or disagree with the following: … Continue reading

What different venues offer.

The launch of Independent Venue Week has prompted the thoughts of what different venues offer, not just here in Tunbridge Wells, but in other towns. The most surprising thing when looking at the other venues involved in IVW is that the others are all in university towns and cities, and Tunbridge Wells stands alone for … Continue reading

Independent Venue Week

I’ve spent ten minutes now wondering how to start this piece…. do I look backwards or forwards? So, I think, forwards: Starting on Tuesday 28th January and running until Sunday 2nd February it will be Independent Venue Week, full details are here, and Tunbridge Wells Forum is one of the eighteen venues taking part in … Continue reading

January sky lines

While the green leaves and blue skies of summer are lovely… interesting shapes and lighting on a January walk, with clouds, trees and the dismantling of the High Brooms gas holders. Funny to look inside the gas holder too (middle picture)! Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park held a small meeting on Wednesday evening to … Continue reading

Tunbridge Wells Adult Education Centre

This imposing building in Monson Road, next to the Civic Centre, was built as the Technical Institute and opened in 1902. It was supported by Major Charles Fletcher Lutwidge, who was Mayor from 1895 – 1898 and then 1901 -2, he was also cousin of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). I went there today after … Continue reading


Yesterday I was in London. The reason for being there, was the press launch for ‘Birdsong – the stage show’ at the National Army Museum (next to Royal Hospital Chelsea, top photo). I walked into NAM right behind author Sebastian Faulks, but I don’t think he noticed me. Details of ‘Birdsong’ as a play will … Continue reading

Heritage Lottery Fund news

The reason I started this blog, nearly two years ago, was to share some information about Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, the Friends group, visits to some other Robert Marnock parks, plus some local history. The blog has expanded slightly into a diary… but at it’s heart has been the ongoing bid to obtain a grant … Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast, Royal Victoria Hall

The pantomime at Southborough was the one we took our children to for the five years they were all appreciative (2001 – 2005) (and as I have the records: Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves). A smaller theatre than the Assembly Hall, it offered a cosy, family … Continue reading