Statement made today by Speldhurst Parish Council
Wednesday 10th January 2024
LANGTON PAVILION COMMUNITY HUB
We are delighted to announce that at Full Council on Monday 8th January, Parish Councillors voted in favour of the establishment of Langton Pavilion Community Hub within Langton Green Pavilion. This new hub will open on 16th January, demonstrating our commitment to fostering a supportive and vibrant community space for all to enjoy.
Langton Pavilion Community Hub is a Community Interest Company which will be managed by Langton Green Village Society. The Community Hub will incorporate Emma Howden’s Pavilion Café to provide a welcoming and safe environment, providing excellent heartwarming sustenance that can be enjoyed by all those taking part in the activities and initiatives that will flourish in this space.
In addition, a collaboration with Thrive Langton (Registered Charity No. 1200068) will see it running many of its existing and new events to support and nurture well-being and emotional health.
Langton Green Community Sports Association will be continuing its valuable sporting activities.
Together, we anticipate a positive future and look forward to seeing the impact this hub will make in bringing our community together. We are all ready to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead, working together to achieve success.
This "planet" image was taken by a drone flying above All Saints Church. The two links below each opens a 360 degree rotatable image of Langton Green and its wide surroundings; one from the West and one from the East. The images can be zoomed a little by using the mouse wheel.
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The 2023 Annual Village Society Quiz
The first Langton Green Village Society Quiz Night for 3 years saw over 100 participants fill the Village Hall. The worthy winners following some tough questions were “Pam’s People” (see photo above), after a tense tie-break with “Keith is our Lucky Charm”. After the long period of lock-down it was a happy, and at times noisy event, and a great opportunity to meet and catch-up with friends. A big thank you to Anton the Quizmaster and his faithful team of scorers, to Lyn, Lawrence and Nicci Levy for the organisation and food preparation, to Dave Whittaker and James Bowdidge for bar duty, to Debbie Hargreaves for the delicious homemade sausage rolls and quiches, and to the others who helped.
Langton Green lies just two miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells in an area of outstanding natural beauty. As a consequence, the village enjoys all the benefits of an active village community of around 2500 people, yet is within easy reach of the delights of the famous spa town, with its easy access to the City (train journey of around 55 minutes), the coast and the M25 motorway network.
Langton Green has a long history dating back to the 1300s where, just like its neighbour Tunbridge Wells, royalty used to come to stay and to live. The first Princess of Wales – Joanna, the Fair Maid of Kent and mother of King Richard II, is reported to have lived at The Hollonds in the village around 1353. In the second half of the 19th Century, Princess Louise, the 4th daughter of Queen Victoria, lived at Dornden in Langton Green for ten years with her husband, the Marquis of Lorne. The Queen visited them in 1876. Prince Andrew of Yugoslavia lived here (also at The Hollonds) in the 1950s and the village was also the home of Prince and Princess Weikersheim in the same period. So perhaps a claim should be made for our village to be called ‘Royal Langton Green’?
Decimus Burton has had an important influence on the village, designing at least two houses of great significance. The Hollonds is one (mentioned above) and Holmewood House is the other, now a well-known independent girls and boys school.
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The Village Society was founded in 1959 originally as the Rural Society with the specific aim of keeping a watchful eye on anything which would affect the appearance and character of the village. This is still true today, except that the Society is more involved with village affairs...
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