Here is a selection of stories in this week’s Times of Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. For more stories and the latest news, make sure to visit our sister site theknow.guide.

FIRMS TOLD TO BACK BID FOR A BETTER TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Nearly 700 retailers, restaurateurs and other businesses are to be asked their views on how to make Tunbridge Wells a more attractive place to work and live.

In one of the biggest consultations of its kind to be held in the town, firms are having their say on whether to adopt this national initiative.

It is the next step in a move by the community interest company Royal Tunbridge Wells Together [RTW], to promote the creation of a Business Improvement District [BID] from 2019.

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COMMUNITY GROUP PROVIDES FREE LUNCHES FOR CHILDREN IN HOLIDAYS

A group has been set up to offer free hot meals for families in the town who are struggling to feed their children over the school holidays.

FEAST, which stands for Families Eating And Sharing Together, is launching its Summer Lunch Club in the Methodist Church on Higham Lane once a week.

The first meal will be served on Wednesday July 31, with 30 to 40 people having been invited via a referral system – through agencies, schools or groups like churches. They will also receive a food parcel to take home.

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LAUNCH PARTY STARTS COUNTDOWN TO TUNBRIDGE WELLS CULTURAL HUB

The countdown to the opening of the £13.2million Tunbridge Wells Cultural and Learning Hub has started.

Historians, councillors and visitors are eagerly awaiting the completion of the project, which is to be named after town suffragist Amelia Scott.

The hub will combine the town’s library, museum, tourist information and gallery in a redesigned centre on Civic Way, which will provide a more efficient use of space and allow more exhibits to come on display.

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‘STAY OUT OF THE SUN’ SOUTH EAST RESIDENTS WARNED

South East residents have been advised by the Met Office to stay out of the sun for the rest of the week.

The weather service has issues a level three amber heat health watch warning, with temperatures set to top 30°C tomorrow [Thursday] in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.

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