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Here are the posts for May 2012
Royal Visit
Date Published: Thu 31st May 2012

Chairman Paul Lambert waits to meet Prince EdwardRoyal Tunbridge Wells enjoyed a visit on Thursday 31st May by The Earl and Countess of Wessex as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

During the visit Their Royal Highnesses were given an opportunity to meet people from the local community involved in voluntary activities. FoGH were pleased to be invited to meet them at The Old School House, Chapel Place. We were represented by our chairman J.Paul Lambert MSc.

Paul said:

It was indeed an honour for FoGH to be given this opportunity to meet The Earl and Countess.

They met about 30 people representing various organisations in the town. We were split into six groups of similar interests; ours could be classed as being park/open spaces. During their walk around I was able to give a brief talk to the Countess of Wessex on what our group was about before she had to move on to the next group.

Very soon they left for the next part of what must have been a gruelling tour, leaving us to relax and enjoy a buffet lunch whilst we talked about the visit & also swapped tales about our various organisations activities.

So a “right Royal moment” savoured by Paul & one to be remembered by FoGH, maybe we can even tempt them back to visit the park one day. Now that really would be a feather in our collective cap.

Boardwalk extension
Author: Chris Hughes, Date Published: Wed 23rd May 2012 Tags: khwp

Today saw around 20 volunteers from the Kent High Weald Partnership extending two sections of boardwalk in Roundabout Woods.

These new sections span areas of the path that are usually very wet and muddy as they have springs running through them. The work should make it easier for those walking along this section of the path, which follows the stream for much of its way.

The work was funded through a grant from “Tunbridge Wells in Bloom” and overseen by the Kent High Weald Partnership which manages Hilbert Woods LNR.


Chris Hughes – Kent High Weald Partnership Volunteer & FOGH Member

Woodland Walk
Author: Liz Edwards, Date Published: Mon 21st May 2012

A group of us signed up for a very interesting walk this afternoon with Ian Beavis.

He showed us a good number of interesting plants and connected the evidence they illustrate to the history of the woodlands. The trees looking beautiful with their freshly unfurled leaves, and there were flowers and wonderful birdsong all around. It was very refreshing to see the streams running so freely now the watertable is sufficient to supply all the springs.

A few warm days will see the growth accelerate dramatically after the low temperatures we've had in April and May.

Grosvenor Bowls Club Open Day
Date Published: Wed 9th May 2012

Grosvenor Bowls Club celebrate their centenary this year, and on Sunday 6th May 2012 held their annual Open Day.

Bowls Open Day

The weather was grey and chilly, but the members were warm and welcoming to those who came along to Have a Go at Bowls. They will be holding another session at the Jubilee Picnic in the Park on Monday 4th June 2012.

They handed out leaflets with all you need to know, here is a short except.


Have you ever thought about trying bowls?

We are a small, friendly club and pride ourselves on giving everyone, new or experienced bowler alike, a warm welcome and an opportunity to play a game that we love.

From the beginning of May until the end of September you'll find us on the green on Wednesday evenings. We have a regular club night starting from 6pm, except when we have a match on a Wednesday. They’re informal practice sessions and everyone is very welcome to join us, you just need flat shoes. There is a friendly match most weekends, come along and watch, this is the best way to find out what bowls is all about.


It's Official - Our First AGM
Date Published: Sat 5th May 2012

The first AGM of Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park was held in St Barnabas School Hall on Saturday 5th May 2012.


Attended by about forty people, most of whom were members, we had membership forms on hand, and it is still possible to join through the link in the website. Friends are allowed to vote at the AGM.

We were welcomed by our Chairman, Paul Lambert who thanked the steering committee for their work, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for their guidance and their support financially, and for Greg Clark to agreeing to be our patron.

John Bushell, Treasurer, reported that we have 82 paid members, a mix of individuals and
families, and with the monies we have received from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, and the Linda Hogan Trust, we have sufficient funds for the planned Jubilee Picnic in the Park.

Sue Kaner gave a detailed report on the plan so far for the Jubilee Picnic. Paul Lambert recapped on the events already held, and led a discussion on the way forward for the Friends Group.

The constitution was ratified and all current members of the management committee re-elected. Liz Edwards was nominated, seconded and elected Deputy Chairman. All committee members present were happy to carry on serving.

A list of supporters to help with the Jubilee picnic was gathered, and any further offers can be made to friendsghrp@aol.com or editors@FoGH.org.uk

Teas and coffees were served by Secretary Jane Melville, and it was agreed it had been a successful first year. We hope to have a positive answer from the Heritage Lottery Fund in June, and to continue to work to support and promote the park.

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