Easter 2021 Newsletter

The Amelia: Enriching Lives, Inspiring Learning

EASTER 2021 NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the regular newsletter for The Amelia, keeping you up to date on all our upcoming events and bringing you all the latest news and updates from the project.

Set to open in spring 2022, The Amelia will bring together books, objects, documents, photographs, and visual art, housed in a vibrant and revitalised building. The building will be named after the suffragist and Tunbridge Wells resident Amelia Scott. Read on to find out the latest on our news and events, or browse our website for more information about current services, and the services of our partners.

This newsletter updates you on the re-opening of services as well as activities over the Easter period.


EASTER HOLIDAY FUN WITH THE AMELIA TEAM

Looking for ideas for the Easter holidays? Discovery Days are coming back and this time we are live, online!

Let’s Draw the Natural World

Grab some paper and drawing tools and join us for a free, online drawing activity.

Objects from the collection of The Amelia will feature in this fun, family session.

Click here to book.

We are running the session on different days so make sure you do not miss out!

Tuesday 13 April 2pm-3pm
Thursday 15 April 2pm-3pm

The Amelia: Discovery Days


SELECTED KENT ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES NOW OPEN

KAE is delighted to announce that the following centres are now open. The number of courses in centres are limited, as is the number of spaces available. Our extensive online offer continues with a wide range of courses; hosted by expert tutors and delivered in ‘real-time’, so that you can continue to learn from the comfort of your home. Choose from Arts, Craft, Fitness and Wellbeing, accredited courses and more… there is something for everyone, whether beginner or advanced.

The centres below will only be open when courses are running:

Ashford
Canterbury
Dartford
Gravesend
Maidstone
Margate
Sittingbourne
Tonbridge

All other centres remain closed.

For more details and to book a course please visit www.kentadulteducation.co.uk or call 03000 41 40 25.


KENT LIBRARIES – SERVICE UPDATE

Whilst many libraries remain closed due to Covid-19 restrictions you may however, book computers and Wi-Fi sessions for essential use at a number of Select and Collect libraries. For more information on the libraries operating this service please visit the KCC Libraries website.

In the Tunbridge Wells borough, Cranbrook and Showfields library all have computers and Wi-Fi for essential use. To maintain safe social distancing measures, the number of available public computers are reduced, and customers are asked to sanitise the computers before and after use.

Southborough library will be closed from Saturday 3 April to get ready for the move to our new home in the Southborough Community Hub (137 London Road, Southborough, TN4 0NA). We look forward to welcoming our customers back on Monday 26 April.

The Southborough Hub is a new, exciting development which will include a medical centre, theatre/halls and the library.

During the three week closure period, we will be suspending the Select and Collect service at Southborough library, but customers can continue to use the service at Showfields library (Showfields Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5PR).

Tunbridge Wells Library also promote activities, events and new books on their Facebook page.


LATEST BUILDING UPDATE

The contractor has been progressing with the sarking roofing to the Glulam beams which will form the infill building and link each building together. Elsewhere, work has continued with glazing installations, mechanical and electrical installation, plasterworks, and application of paint.

Combined image of the Courtyard View, Glazing Installation and Glulam Beams


USEFUL LINKS

Volunteering
There are still opportunities to get involved with volunteering during these unusual times. Find out more on our website by visiting the volunteering page at www.theamelia.co.uk/get-involved/volunteering/

Council services
http://www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/find-and-contact-us/gateway

Visit Tunbridge Wells
https://www.visittunbridgewells.com/things-to-do/activities/walking

Kent Adult Education
https://www.kentadulteducation.co.uk/

Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives
www.kent.gov.uk/libs

TW Social
Online resources and entertainment from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, to help establish an online sense of community across our borough and to help combat the social isolation and loneliness we can all feel sometimes. Visit https://twsocial.co.uk/

The Friends
Find out more on their Facebook page.