The Newsletter of the Friends of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons

Articles in the "Common Ground"

Electronic text of "Common Ground"
compiled KM2005 (further additions: KM2006, KM2007, KM2008)

Autumn 2008

  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Birding Journal (2) (Bettina Cassidy)
  • Flora and Fauna (Ian Beavis)
  • The Friends' Tea Party
  • Words from a Reader
  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • Editorial (Christopher Cassidy)
  • Beautiful Things - The Common (Clare Grant)
  • List of Committee Members 2008/2009

Autumn 2008 [1044 KB]



Summer 2008

  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: Tea Party 2008
  • Birding Journal (1) (Bettina Cassidy)
  • Flora and Fauna (Ian Beavis)
  • Noteworthy Buildings facing the Common (9) - Mount Edgcumbe (Philip Whitbourn)
  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • Editorial (Christopher Cassidy)
  • Beautiful Things - The Common (Clare Grant)
  • List of Committee Members 2008/2009

Summer 2008 [578 KB]



Spring 2008

  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: AGM 2008
  • Insects on the Commons (21) (Ian Beavis)
  • Noteworthy Buildings facing the Common (8) - No. 1 Boyne Park (Philip Whitbourn)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Editorial (George Lawson)
  • "Panorama View from Mount Ephraim to the Commons's Lower Cricket Ground and London Road" (KM)
  • List of Committee Members 2007/2008

Spring 2008 [500 KB]



Autumn 2007

  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: Work Parties - Annual Dinner 2008
  • Insects on the Commons (20) (Ian Beavis)
  • Noteworthy Buildings facing the Common (7) - Cottage 'St Helena' (Philip Whitbourn)
  • Warden's Report / TW Heritage Open Days Guided Walk (Steve Budden)
  • Editorial (George Lawson)
  • "Panorama View to Mount Ephraim and the Common" (KM)
  • List of Committee Members 2007/2008

Autumn 2007 [497 KB]



Spring 2007

  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: AGM - Midsummer Night Tea Party - Walks on the Commons
  • Insects on the Commons (19) - Another Mild Winter (Ian Beavis)
  • Noteworthy Buildings facing the Common (6) - Cottage 'Belleville' (Philip Whitbourn)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Editorial (George Lawson)
  • "Tunbridge Wells Album Views"
    Panorama View London Road and the Common; View to the Common's north end (KM)
  • List of Committee Members 2006/2007

Spring 2007 [605 KB]



Autumn 2006

  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: Work Parties - Annual Dinner 2007 - Walks with Ian Beavis
  • A short History of the Friends of the Common (15 years) (Peter Freeman, founder member/freehold tenatnt)
  • Noteworthy Buildings facing the Common (5) - Thackeray's, 85 London Road (Philip Whitbourn)
    - Leaflet: Heritage Walking Trail (400th Anniversary of Tunbridge Wells)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Insects on the Commons (18) - Butterflies - The Elusive Purple Hairstreak (Ian Beavis)
  • Editorial (George Lawson)
  • Letters to the Editor (recollections and commments about the Common)
  • List of Committee Members 2006/2007
  • Request: annual subscriptions to the Friends of the Commons

Autumn 2006 [317 KB]

Leaflet: Heritage Walking Trail (400th Anniversary of Tunbridge Wells) [1173 KB]



Spring 2006

  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: AGM - Midsummer Night Tea Party
  • The New Car Park (Anon. - Commons Destruction Bill 2007)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Amphibians and Reptiles on the Commons (Ian Beavis)
  • Noteworthy Buildings facing the Common (4) - The Beacon, Tea Garden Lane (Philip Whitbourn)
  • Editorial (George Lawson)
  • "Historical and Interesting Views of Tunbridge Wells"
    CD-Rom Commemorative Edition 2006 - Tunbridge Wells 400th Anniversary Celebration
    (www.royaltunbridgewells.org)
  • List of Committee Members 2005/2006

Spring 2006 [787 KB]



Autumn 2005

  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: Annual Dinner - AGM - Work Parties on the Common
  • Time machine - Back to the Common - Year 1914 (Federation of Grocer's Assoc. 1914)
  • Insects on the Common (17) - Wasp, spiders and other finds (Ian Beavis)
  • Can mushrooms growing on the Commos turn you into a fearless Viking? (Daniel Bech)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Noteworthy Buildings facing the Common (3) - Vale Towers, London Road (Philip Whitbourn)
  • Editorial (George Lawson)
  • Common Panorama Open Views (KM)
  • List of Committee Members 2005/2006

Autumn 2005 [840 KB]



Summer 2005

  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: Tea Party - Walk with Ian Beavis - Annual Dinner
  • The Crises of 2019 (Anon. Aug. 2019)
  • Insects on the Commons (16) - Spotting Bumblebees (Ian Beavis)
  • Announcement by the Technical Department - Website: www.friendsofthecommons.org.uk (Daniel Bech)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Noteworthy Buildings facing the Common (2) - Bredbury, Mount Ephraim (Philip Whitbourn)
  • Letter from Friends of the Common: Daffoldils (Simon d'Albertanson)
  • List of Committee Members 2004/2005
  • Editorial (George Lawson)

Summer 2005 [328 KB]



Spring 2005

  • Chairman's Letter (Jennifer Blackburn)
  • History: Three Sailors on the Common (David Wakefield)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: AGM - Walk with Ian Beavis - Tea Party
  • Insects on the Commons (15) - Alien Invaders (Ian Beavis)
  • Daffodils - To plant or not to plant (Richard Still)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Noteworthy Buildings facing the Common (1) - Molyneux Place, Mount Ephraim(Philip Whitbourn)
  • Letters from Friends of the Common: Shelters on the Common
  • List of Committee Members 2004/2005
  • Editorial (George Lawson)
  • Common Panorama Open Views (KM)
  • Announcement: Historical Pictorial Record of Tunbridge Wells on CD-Rom [2004 edition]

Spring 2005 [460 KB]



Autumn 2004

  • Chairman's Letter Jennifer Blackburn
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: AGM - Work Parties - Annual Dinner
  • Insects on the Commons (14) - Winter Bumblebees and other Finds (Ian Beavis)
  • Common Buildings at Rusthall Dennis Penfold
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Childhood Memories (3) - The Common proves resistant to change (Mary Cockson-Jones)
  • Letter from Friends of the Common: Memories of a Thatched Shelter on the Common (Bill Bullen)
  • List of Committee Members 2004/2005
  • Editorial (George Lawson)

Autumn 2004 [138 KB]



Summer 2004

  • Chairman's Letter Jennifer Blackburn
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: Walks with Warden Steve Budden / Ian Beavis
  • Announcement: Annual Tea Party
  • Insects on the Commons (13) - Spring returns to the Commons (Ian Beavis)
  • Linden Park Cricket Club Report (Garry Saunders)
  • Tunbridge Wells 2006 (Editor: George Lawson)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Childhood Memories (2) - The Circus comes to Town, circa 1905 (Mary Cockson-Jones)
  • Letter from Friends of the Common: Heather (R. L. Steward)
  • List of Committee Members 2003/2004
  • Editorial (George Lawson)

Summer 2004 [201 KB]



Spring 2004

  • Chairman's Letter Jennifer Blackburn
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: AGM - Spring Work Party - Litter Pick - Summer Tea Party
  • Insects on the Commons (12) - New Discoveries in 2003 (Ian Beavis)
  • The Major York's Roundabout (David Wakefield)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Childhood Memories (1) - Of Celandines and Glades (Mary Cockson-Jones)
  • A Bequest - Mrs Edith Mary Cockson-Jones
  • List of Committee Members 2003/2004
  • Editorial (George Lawson)
  • "Historical and Interesting Views of Tunbridge Wells" on CD-Rom [edition 2003]

Spring 2004 [173 KB]



Autumn 2003

  • Letter: An Early Decent from the Top (Rhys Revell)
  • Letter from the Acting Chairman Jennifer Blackburn
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: Annual Dinner - AGM - Litter Pick - Work Parties
  • Help wanted: Treasurer standing down at AGM in March 2004
  • Plants on the Common (12) - Losses and Gains (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Highways Major York's Roundabout
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Fungus Foray on Tunbridge Wells Common, 11 October 2003 (Keith Palmer)
  • History: Mayor Alderman Frank William Stone
  • A Bequest - Mrs Edith Mary Cockson-Jones
  • Announcement: Annual Dinner February 2004
  • List of Committee Members 2003/2004
  • Announcement: Historical Pictorial Record of Tunbridge Wells on CD-Rom [edition 2003]

Autumn 2003 [121 KB]



Summer 2003

  • Chairman's Report: A View from the Top (Rhys Revell)
  • Announcement: Tea Party Outing
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: Walks - Fungus Foray - Litter Pick - Work Parties
  • Kent Highways: Proposed Roundabout for Major Yorks Road
  • Minutes of the 12th AGM (Rhys Revell)
  • List of Committee Members 2002/2003

Summer 2003 [512 KB]



Spring 2003

  • Chairman's Report: A View from the Top (Rhys Revell)
  • Report: Annual Dinner
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: AGM - Litter Pick - Walks - Tea Party Outing - Work Parties
  • Chairman's Annual Report March 2003 (Rhys Revell)
  • List of Committee Members 2002/2003
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Fungus Foray on Tunbridge Wells Common, Saturday 28 September 2002 (Keith Palmer)
  • The Volunteers - Our very own work parties
  • Notice of 12th Annual General Meeting [AGM]
  • Programmes of Diamond Jubilee Day 22 June 1897 on the Lower Cricket Ground

Spring 2003 [786 KB]



Autumn 2002

  • Chairman's Report: A View from the Top (Rhys Revell)
  • Diary of forthcoming Events: Walks - Work Parties - Litter Pick - Annual Dinner - AGM
  • Insects on the Commons (11) - Look out for Glow Worms (Ian Beavis)
  • Reconsidering the Events Programme
  • Plants on the Common (11) - Berries (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Reliance House Update
  • Implementation Proposals 2002 - Progress Report
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)

Autumn 2002 [572 KB]



Summer 2002

  • Chairman's Report: A View from the Top (Rhys Revell)
  • Request: Proposal for new Logo
  • Can you help? - Litter Picking - Graffitti - Work Parties - Membership Forms
  • Strategic Plan & Implementation Proposals April/May 2002
  • Implementation Proposals April/May 2002
  • Warden's Report: June 2002 (Steve Budden)
  • Diary of forthcoming events
  • Report: Reliance House - Post-fire Optimism
  • Announcement: Friends' Tea Party July 2002
  • List of Committee Members 2002/2003

Summer 2002 [387 KB]



Spring 2002

  • Chairman's Report: The Fight to save the Garden at 63 London Road (David Wakefield)
  • Insects on the Commons (10) - The shortest Winter (Ian Beavis)
  • Announcements: AGM 27.03.2002 - Working Parties Autumn/Winter 2002/03
  • Warden's Report: February 2002 (Steve Budden)
  • Announcements: Spring Litter Pick - Summer Walks by Steve Budden and Ian Beavis
  • The Fungi of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons (Keith Palmer)

Spring 2002 [452 KB]



Winter 2001

  • Chairman's Report (David Wakefield)
  • Insects on the Commons (9) - New in 2001 - Roesel's Bush Cricket (Ian Beavis)
  • Looking back: 16 August 1901
  • Announcements: Working Parties Autumn/Winter 2001/02
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Poster: Emperors, Admirals and Orange-Tips; Butterflies and Nature conservation in the High Weald
  • Poster: Southern Railway / Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Pictures: Primary Schools Cricket on the Common 2001 - Friends' Tea Party

Winter 2001 [590 KB]



Summer 2001

  • Chairman's Report: The Local Plan (David Wakefield)
  • Insects on the Commons (8) - Dancing Swarms of Longhorns [Butterflies] (Ian Beavis)
  • Announcements: Friends' Tea Party - Working Parties Autumn/Winter 2001/02
  • A quick Guide to Trees
  • Perambulations of the Manor of Rusthall (Goeffrey Copus)
  • Announcements: Autumn Litter Pick

Summer 2001 [316 KB]



Spring 2001

  • Chairman's Report (David Wakefield)
  • Announcements: AGM Minutes Book - Friends' Tea Party - Working Parties Autumn/Winter 2001/02
  • Insects on the Commons (7) - The Mystery of the Missing Tortoiseshells [Butterflies] (Ian Beavis)
  • Announcements: Cancellation: Frolics on the Common (David Wakefield)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Announcements: Spring Litter Pick - Guided Commons Walk in Summer 2001
  • A Dip into the Manorial Archives (Goeffrey Copus)

Spring 2001 [565 KB]



Winter 2000

  • Chairman's Report (David Wakefield)
  • Announcements: Friends' Annual Dinner - Friends' AGM
  • Insects on the Commons (6) - Millennial Mini-beasts (Ian Beavis)
  • Announcements: Frolics on the Common 21 July 2000 (David Wakefield)
  • Letter: Fairground adjacent to Major York's Road (The Civic Society)
  • Announcements: Spring Litter Pick - Guided Commons Walk in Summer 2001
  • Conservation Area Appraisal (David Wakefield)

Winter 2000 [506 KB]



Summer 2000

  • Letter: Transport Strategy and The Commons (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Announcements: 150th Anniversary St Paul's Rusthall - Friends' Tea Party
  • Insects on the Commons (5) - The First and The Last (Ian Beavis)
  • St Paul's church Rusthall (Goeffrey Copus)
  • Poster: Our Commons 1889
  • Announcements: Guided Summer Walk - Autumn Litter Pick
  • Mushrooms (Peter Freeman)
  • Commons Walks (5) - Tunbridge Wells Common

Summer 2000 [632 KB]



Autumn 1999

  • Chairman's Report: A busy Summer (David Wakefield)
  • Announcements: Christmas Card for Sale - Annual Dinner - Spring Litter Pick
  • Insects on the Commons (4) - Creatures 1999 (Ian Beavis)
  • Warden's Report: Autumn 1999 (Steve Budden)
  • Report: Frolics on the Common 17 July 1999
  • Commons Walks (4) - Rusthall Common

Autumn 1999 [690 KB]



Summer 1999

  • Chairman's Report: Transportation Strategy and The Commons (David Wakefield)
  • Insects on the Commons (3) - New Butterflies and Dragonflies (Ian Beavis)
  • A History of Tree Loss - Why we should plant trees
  • Alderman's Chat [Willaim Barton] - a Dip into the Past ...
  • Blue Paint - the art of the vandal
  • Why plant trees (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers)
  • Announcements: Frolics on the Common - Autumn Litter Pick - Annual Dinner 2000
  • Sponsored Abseil - Bulls Hollow (Sylvia Luckhurst)
  • Commons Walks (3) - on Tunbridge Wells Common
  • An unexpected visitor - a kestrel

Summer 1999 [627 KB]



Spring 1999

  • Chairman's Report: Our Changing World - Developments loom on our Horizon (David Wakefield)
  • Announcement: AGM 17 March 1999
  • Warden's Report: Pros and Cons of a wet Season (Steve Budden)
  • TV Presenter Alan Titchmarsh visits Bedgebury
  • Announcements: Spring Litter Pick - Guided Summer Walk - Winter Volunteer Dates
  • Enhancements to the Commons [draft document] (David Wakefield)
  • Civic Society Award: Improved Management of The Commons
  • Report: Annual Dinner
  • Announcement: Frolics on the Common 17 July 1999
  • Commons Walks (2) - on Rusthall Common
  • List of Committee Members 1998/99

Spring 1999 [546 KB]



Autumn 1998

  • Chairman's Report: No Highways across the Common! (David Wakefield)
  • Announcement: Annual Dinner 22 January 1999
  • Announcement: Frolics on the Common 17 July 1999
  • Flowers of the Common (10) (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Report: Friends' Tea Party July 98
  • Warden's Report: A Full Working Year (Steve Budden)
  • Listing: Christmas Presents for Sale
  • Insects on the Commons (2) - Solitary Bees (Ian Beavis)
  • Your Commons need you! (George Lawson)
  • Echo over Common - 100 years ago, 12 August 1898

Autumn 1998 [678 KB]



TUNBRIDGE WELLS AND RUSTHALL COMMONS WALKS
published by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council 1998

Tunbridge Wells Common / Rusthall Common: 5 walks and maps [1343 KB]



Spring 1998

  • Chairman's Report: Highways across the Common? (David Wakefield)
  • Letter from the previous Chairman (Patrick Shovelton)
  • AGM Report
  • Announcement: Tea Party 11 July 1998
  • Announcement: Frolics on the Common in 1999
  • The Exhibition in the Town Hall [Highways and the Common]
  • 10 Years on the Common [after the Great Storm of 1987] (Patrick Shovelton)
  • List of Committee Members 1998
  • Commons Walks (1) - in and around Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Is the Common protected by Law?

Spring 1998 [494 KB]



Autumn 1997

  • Warden's Report: All ill wind? - 10 years after the Hurricane / Great Storm (Steve Budden)
  • Diary Dates
  • Walks on the Commons
  • Chairman's Report: Diversions on the Common - As it happened 200 years on! 16.08.97 (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Diversions on the Common - An Historical Note (Ian Beavis)
  • Announcement: Sale of Christmas Cards & Notelets
  • Grand Raffle Prize Winner 16.08.97
  • Jeremy Menuhin - Lord of the Manor of Rusthall [since March 1995]
  • Flowers on the Common (9) - Trees (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Listing: Christmas Presents for Sale
  • The Commons History (8) - Managing the Evolution (Ian Beavis)
  • The London Road / Church Road Crossing

Autumn 1997 [787 KB]



Spring 1997

  • Chairman's Report: The Sixth AGM
  • Warden's Report: Suddenly it's Spring! (Steve Budden)
  • The Quinquennial Trees planting
  • The Idea of Friends is catching on
  • The Commons History (7) - Rejoicing and Restoration (Ian Beavis)
  • Kent High Weald Project - Participation on the Commons Restoration Work
  • Report: Friends' Annual Dinner
  • Flowers on the Common (8) - Rusthall that is (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Ghost Encounters - of the Commons Kind (John Bath, Geoff Butler)
  • The Bicentenary Diversions
  • The Conservators' Finances: Expenditure - Income

Spring 1997 [719 KB]



Winter 1996

  • Chairman's Letter: Transportation Strategy - Are we getting anywhere (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Report: Autumn Litter Pick
  • Friends Distributors
  • Policing the Commons
  • What the Butler's doing [Owner of Mt. Edgcumbe Hotel]
  • Christmas Cards 1996
  • New Seats for Old
  • Insects on the Commons (1) - New Butterflies and Dragonflies (Ian Beavis)
  • Charles Tattershall Dodd, 1815-78 - Tunbridge Wells Artist
  • Railings Extension
  • Announcement: The Bicentenary Diversions on 16 August 1997
  • Diary Dates
  • Warden's Report: Mostly Good News (Steve Budden)

Winter 1996 [649 KB]



Autumn 1996

  • Chairman's Letter: Five Years of Progress (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Volunteer Work Party Dates for 1996/97
  • Autumn Litter Pick
  • The Commons History (6) - The Commons as War (Ian Beavis)
  • The Rusthall Memorial Fountain
  • Commons Exhibition Private Preview in the Tunbridge Wells Museum
  • Friends Alfresco - The Summer Barbeque
  • Flowers of the Common (7) - Horse Chestnut, Ragged Robin, Foxcglove (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Letter: Commons in need of restoration (Ann Revell)
  • Safety on the Commons (June Bridgeman)
  • Warden's Report Summer 1996 (Steve Budden)

Autumn 1996 [777 KB]



Spring 1996

  • Chairman's Report: on the AGM [400 Friends] (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Litter Pick
  • Reporting on Signs
  • Warden's Report: Clearing & Planting (Steve Budden)
  • List of Committee Members 1996/97
  • Watch out for that Cable [Eurobell]
  • The Commons History (5) - Zenith of the Victorian & Edwardian Eras (Ian Beavis)
  • Short History of Linden Park Cricket Club (Frank Hollands)
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Manage to conserve - The aims of the Freehold Tenants (Nick Hill)
  • York Cottage R.F.
  • Walkies (Editor: David Barton)
  • The Conservators' Finances: Projection for 1995/96 and Budget 96/97: Expenditure - Income
  • The Friends' Finances 1994 and 1995

Spring 1996 [901 KB]



Winter December 1995

  • Chairman's Letter (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Warden's Report: Lottery Hopes for Happy Valley Plan (Steve Budden)
  • Diary Dates
  • Announcement: Annual Dinner
  • Announcement: Exhibition in the Tunbridge Wells Museum in June 1996: The Commons
  • The Commons History (4) - Conservators formed to restore Order (Ian Beavis)
  • Advertisement of 1797: Diversions on the Tunbridge Wells Common
  • Nightingales on the Common (John Spare)
  • Dippers' Tale (Roger Farthing)
  • Flowers on the Common (6) - Ephemerals (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Situations vacant: Editor Mark Roelofsen leaves

Winter 1995 [705 KB]



Summer August 1995

  • Chairman's Letter: Grand Plan Revealed for Happy Valley (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Diary Dates
  • Griselda Kentner, the late Lady of the Manor of Rusthall (Editor: Mark Roelofsen)
  • The Exploring Twenties - The Commons in the 1920's (Majorie Wheatley)
  • Triple whammy from Hotel's New Owner (Mt Edgcumbe)
  • Letters
  • PPP Print Section
  • Flowers on the Common (5) - The Town's a Beach (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • The Commons History (3) - Freeholders firm their grip (Ian Beavis)

Summer 1995 [611 KB]



Spring March 1995

  • Chairman's Letter: Curb sought on insensitive Coach Parking (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • The Commons History (2) - A Sparkling Find (Ian Beavis)
  • Last laugh for litter on April 1st? - National Spring Clean Day
  • AGM Report
  • Dog Fouling
  • Briefly: Annual Dinner - Town Centre Management - Railings - Volunteers work -
    Announcements: Summer Walk / Summer Barbecue
  • New Members
  • Warming Perks for the OAPs [collecting kindling and firewood]
  • In Memoriam: Lady of the Manor of Rusthall
  • Flowers on the Common (4) - Springflowers bounce back (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • The Conservators' Finances: Projection for 1994/95 and Budget 95/96: Expenditure - Income
  • The Friends' Finances 1993 and 1994

Spring 1995 [875 KB]



Autumn 1994

  • Chairman's Letter: Action Call on Travellers (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • The Commons History (1) - From Nomads to Freeholders (Ian Beavis)
  • Funding new Railings
  • Announcement: Winter Work Dates
  • Litter Pick (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Beware the King Charles Boys (Felicity Sturt)
  • Flowers on the Common (3) - The Gift of Heather (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Volunteer Work
  • Briefly: Bench Donation - Summer Walk - Local Government Review - Announcement: New Year Diner

Autumn 1994 [916 KB]



Spring 1994

  • Chairman's Letter (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Crossing proposed from Pantiles to the Common
  • Announcement: Summer walk
  • Hidden Hollow - Bull's Hollow (Ian Beavis)
  • AGM Report
  • Flowers on the Common (2) - Common Aphrodisiac (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Rock Sure - Rusthall Common: Rock formations
  • The Heineken Effect - Litter
  • Choose your Targe - the Warden's Working Parties
  • Conservators' budget spent 1993/4 & set 1994/5
  • List of Committee Members

Spring 1994 [614 KB]



Winter 1993

  • Chairman's Letter (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Warden's Report - Winter Work Parties Dates (Steve Budden)
  • Spook too soon - Caves beneath St Helena
  • Announcement: AGM 16 February 1994
  • Correspondence
  • Run its Course - Tunbridge Wells Horse Races (Ian Beavis)
  • Flowers on the Common (1) - Festive Flora (Mary Page - Drawings: Harold Page)
  • Clearance behind Fir Tree Car Park
  • Romanoff Lodge (Drawing: Tony May)
  • Calling Cartographers for Illustrated Maps of the Commons
  • Common proves resistant (Mary Cockson-Jones)

Winter 1993 [952 KB]



Summer 1993

  • Chairman's Letter (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Warden's Report (Steve Budden)
  • Pitch for Members (Peter Hoole)
  • Announcement: Exhibition in the Tunbridge Wells Museum - The Commons
  • Litter picking
  • AGM Report
  • Revealed - Locations of Rusthall Rocks (Ian Beavis)
  • Diary dates
  • The Conservators Finances

Summer 1992 [874 KB]



Spring February 1993

  • Chairman's Letter (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Contract Work reaps Benefits
  • Hollamby's Haul - Dredging of Fir Tree Pond
  • Announcement: AGM 17 February 1993
  • The Commons Ponds - A History (Ian Beavis)
  • Briefly: Railings - Retirement of Surveyor to Conservators
  • Victoria's Countenance Shone - on the second attempt
  • Warden for the Commons: My first six months (Steve Budden)
  • Membership
  • Donkey Walk
  • Of Celandines and Glades (Mary Cockson-Jones)

Spring 1993 [632 KB]



Autumn September 1992

  • Chairman's Letter - 1 Year old, nearly 300 strong (Patrick Shovelton)
  • The Warden: Steve Budden
  • Map planned (Ian Beavis)
  • Focus on Rusthall (Ian Beavis)
  • Membership - Friends Far and wide
  • Briefly: Knotweed - Local Plan - New Chairman for Conservators - Tunbridge Wells Diamonds / Pebbles
  • Fir Tree Pond - soon to be restored
  • Volunteer work (Peter Hoole)

Autumn 1992 [776 KB]



Spring March 1992

  • Chairman's Letter (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Managment Plan Friends Respond
  • Litter Pick II - Rusthall results
  • Happy Valley not so Happy Valley (Ian Beavis)
  • Announcement: First Members' Event: Friends' guided walk on the Commons - Saturday 30 May 1992
  • Membership update
  • Correspondence from Members
  • Hawthorn Seats sprout new life
  • Major AGM Query answered: Tunbridge Wells Commons Conservators' Finances (Patrick Shovelton)

Spring 1992 [822 KB]



Autumn 1991

  • Chairman's Letter (Patrick Shovelton)
  • Logo launched
  • Friends publish priority tasks
  • Announcement: AGM 6 February 1992
  • So much to do (Ian Beavis)
  • And how you can help
  • Membership nears 200 (inc. Corporate Members)
  • Getting nettled (Stephen Grenville)
  • Volunteers needed
  • Open Space: views, articles are welcome (Editor: Mark Roelofsen)
  • List of Committee Members

Autumn 1991 [607 KB]



30 August 1991

  • Initial Meeting setting up the Friends of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons
    The Society was founded for ".... the conservation, maintenance, preservation and peaceful enjoyment for the benefit of the public of the Commons by such means as the Society in consultation with the Conservators for the Commons thinks fit".



Electronic text of "Common Ground" (Autumn 1991 - Summer 2003) compiled June 2005
and added - Autumn 2008
by Katharina Mahler — www.royaltunbridgewells.org


Artwork/design/layout of "Common Ground" (Autumn 2003 - Spring 2008)
by Daniel Bech — www.royaltunbridgewells.org



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