Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Want to catch a Tracey Emin in Tonbridge

A few weeks ago I went along to have a look at the 'In the Flesh' exhibition currently showing in the new OBS Gallery at Tonbridge School.

The exhibition explores the body through a range of different media such as painting, sculpture, print and photography through different perspectives incuding the arts, theology and science.

Recent art school graduates, staff and students from Tonbridge School exhibit alongside well known artists such as Henry Moore, Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker, Sidney Nolan, Antony Gormley and Chris Ofili. Quite an exclusive list!!!!!

Tracey Emin - Roman Standard - 2005
The Gallery is has perfect lighting, both natural and installed, and the architecture is stunning. So if you do go along cast your eyes upwards, away from the exhibits, and take in the windows and ceiling.

 This is really worth a look. It's free, and don't be afraid to go along simply because it's in the school. It is open to the public, and the friendly gallery attendants will have a guide on hand for you to use whilst there.

Patrice Moor - Tete de Mort - 2010/ll

 Enter through the boars heads on the High Street side, and the gallery entrance is straight ahead.

The exhibition runs until March 9, Friday - Sunday from 11am - 4pm except Friday March 7 when it is closed.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Beautiful glass in Tonbridge

The sun was shining through the east window in the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul today, and as the colours were so incredibly vibrant I took the photos below.

The window is a unique one containing 8,000 pieces of glass. It is not a 'stained' glass window but an amalgamation of small pieces of coloured glass which gives the colours a greater richness.

The window was installed in 1954 after the plain glass window was destroyed by a flying bomb in 1944.

Leonard Walker, who designed and made the window, collected these pieces of coloured glass from all over the country, fitting them together into his overall design. It took him 3 years and he was in his 80's when he completed it.  His highly treausred glass designs can be found in many buildings in England, and we are lucky enough to have such a large piece of his work in Tonbridge.

It's really worth stopping by at the church to take a look.

Colours of Spring

The first colours of spring are now appearing along the river.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014


This is one of my favourite parts of the river in town. I also believe this is where the Achilles sunk. Has it been brought up to the surface or is it still on the river bed?

Two Years Ago To The Day

4 February 2012

Monday, 3 February 2014

Saturday Wasn't a Walk in the Park

Raise Funds for your Club or Favourite Charity

Tonbridge Lions will be holding their 33rd annual walk to help raise funds for local charities on Sunday 18th May. The Lions do all the organising and marshalling of the event ,and supporters of other charities get the sponsorship and do the walking. No fee is charged to participate. The charities keep all the money for themselves. Last year over £4,000 was raised by this event.

It will be a pleasant walk with two choices, one a short walk of approximately 5 miles, the other a similar walk but approximately 10 miles. Both walks will start (and finish) at Shipbourne Common and have drink stations at suitable points. Detailed point to point instructions and maps will be issued on the day.

At the finish, walkers will have their sponsor forms officially “stamped” to show that they had completed the walk and Keith Bourne, President of Tonbridge Lions will present each walker with a certificate.

To register your interest in this walk, please contact John Ruck on 01732 351711 or e-mail

Tonbridge Daily Photo

Taken tonight from Big Bridge at sunset