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Here are the posts for March 2012
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Launch
Author: Carolyn Gray, Date Published: Fri 30th Mar 2012

Gavin helps out at RTW in Bloom LaunchThursday 29th March 2012 was the launch day at Calverley Grounds for this year's event. It was a lovely sunny day and Calverley Grounds were already in bloom. Children from Oakley School planted snowdrops under trees, aided by Gavin Wilkinson, who usually tends our park.

The Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park hope to hold a bulb planting session this autumn, so that next year we will be a more colourful park. This launch day gave us as a group the chance to make ourselves more known among other town groups, and meet the businesses who work in partnership with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, like Cory Enviromental and Sodexo.

The competition is open to any resident within the boundaries of Royal Tunbridge Wells, whose entry will be visible from the street, including shops and allotments. There is also a special schools section. Entry Forms can be collected from Gateway in Grosvenor Road, the closing date is the end of June.

The hunt is on...
Date Published: Fri 23rd Mar 2012

More press coverage this morning. This time instigating a search for the area's oldest resident to be guest of honour at the planned Jubilee party on 4th June.

Do you know who this might be...

We are also looking for any 'old' pictures to fill the large gap in our archives. We have several from the early part of the 20th century and many recent ones but not much in between.


The full story can be seen here.




Tree Planting Achieves Wider Coverage
Date Published: Fri 16th Mar 2012

We hit the headlines in the Local Newspaper today (well page 11) with a brief article and picture from last weekend's Tree Planting ceremony.

We have more details on here of course, but good to get some town-wide coverage.

Click here to see the Courier article on their ThisIsKent website.

Camden Road Traders
Author: Carolyn Gray, Date Published: Tue 13th Mar 2012

Following the Mary Portas Review of High Streets conducted in 2011, the Government is offering funding to support twelve pilot schemes of “Town Teams”. Town Teams are one of Mary's ideas to invigorate High Streets, formed from local groups working together to drive forward new ideas.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council are supporting Camden Road Traders application to be a Town Team Pilot. One of the key parts of a Town Team is to involve the local community.

Members of FoGH attended an initial meeting with the Council's Economic Development Officer, Hemant Amin and members of Camden Road Traders. Also present were those from community groups Claque Theatre and CREATE. While still in the early stages, FoGH offer their full support to the Traders in their application.

Commemorative Tree Planting
Date Published: Sun 11th Mar 2012

To mark the formation of FoGH a tree planting ceremony was held on the morning of 10th March where local schools and organisations planted 5 trees. The trees, supplied by BTCV, were: 2 common Oaks (one grown from acorns gathered on a royal estate), a green beech, a silver birch and a hornbeam.

FoGH Chairman, Paul Lambert, said:

“Our park is full of old and interesting trees. Ranging from the 500 year old veteran Oaks on the slope by King George's Field, to the 'ghost' tree in the middle of the wetlands area with many others of interest in Hilbert Woods.

These new trees will be planted near to the Hilbert Road gates with the hope they will be mature before they have to replace the existing stand of three veteran Oaks.

This is just the first of many things we hope to achieve in the park through the course of 2012 and beyond. We plan working with the council to enhance our park for the enjoyment of all who use it.”

Trees were planted by:

  • Children form St James CE Junior School
  • Children from St Barnabas CE School
  • Dr Philip Whitbourn OBE, prominent local historian
  • Mrs Jane Melville representing the FoGH committee
  • Members of CREATE the Camden Road Arts group. This tree was planted in memory of choirmaster John Marshall who passed away suddenly a short while ago.

The event was a great success with 50 or more local residents attending. Including relatives of EJ Strange who donated the Hilbert side of the park to the town in 1931.

Greg Clark announced as Patron
Date Published: Sat 10th Mar 2012

The Friends of Grosvenor & Hilbert Park are pleased to announce that local MP Greg Clark has agreed to be a patron of the organisation.

Speaking at a ceremonial tree planting this morning Greg said that this was one of the lovliest parks in Tunbridge Wells, a hidden treasure, and an integral part of it's history.

The tree planting was followed by a brief tour where Greg was given an introduction to some of the key features of the park and the HLF bid and where he had an opportunity to speak to some of the park's users.

The Friends are delighted that Greg has agreed to be a patron and look forward to many years of  protecting and promoting the park for the benefit of the whole of Tunbridge Wells.

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