TWIN Social Evening
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

TWIN Social Evening

Come join us for our next social gathering to share a beer, a glass of wine or perhaps some food and general chit chat with fellow, pro-Europeans.  

We are pleased to announce this month Thomas Cole, Head of Policy for the People’s Vote Campaign will be joining us from 7pm for an hour to answer your questions. Come early so you don’t miss out!

Please could you let us know you plan to attend so we can advise the venue on numbers - twproeu@gmail.com

A word of warning from the venue - booked tables will have priority over walk ins so we suggest you phone them to either book a table/sitting before or a specify a time after the talk. That way there will be no disappointments, see you there....

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Film night - Burned
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Film night - Burned

  • Alexandra Suite, Royal Wells Hotel (map)
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Free screening of the award winning documentary.

Tunbridge Wells Friends of the Earth are partnering with Biofuelwatch to bring you "Burned: Are trees the new coal?" - a powerful documentary about forest destruction for biomass electricity and the subsidies that enable it.

Biofuelwatch is currently campaigning to get subsidies for burning wood in power stations revoked and redirected towards genuinely renewable energy. Biomass power station operators receive these subsidies (with Drax Power Station on its own receiving more than £2 million every day), despite the fact that it damages the climate, forests and communities.

Q&A with a Biofuelwatch representative at the end of the film.

Find out more about the film and watch a trailer. There is more info on Biofuelwatch's campaign here.

Donations are welcomed to help cover the costs.

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Put it to the People - March in London
Mar
23
12:00 PM12:00

Put it to the People - March in London

Join us on 23rd of March for the ‘Put It To The People March’ to make the calls for a People’s Vote too loud to ignore. 

On the 23rd of March, just six days before the Government hopes to take Britain out of the EU, hundreds of thousands of people will march on Parliament offering a solution to a crisis that threatens their living standards, businesses and jobs. We demand a People’s Vote, and come 23 March, it could be a case of now or never.  

Please sign up to join us. We will be congregating from 12pm, high noon in Park Lane, and marching to Parliament Square to make our voices heard. Our demand is a simple one: that any Brexit is put the people so that we can have the final say.

This will be a day to tell your children about, to tell your grandchildren about.

Join us.

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Wunderfest - Tunbridge Wells
May
3
to May 5

Wunderfest - Tunbridge Wells

Can’t wait for Oktoberfest? No need to! 

Please be aware this event is for over 21s

Wunderfest is bringing the traditional celebration forward by a few months to this May Bank holiday weekend from the 3rd-5th. known as Frujlinhfest in Munich and affectionately referred to as “Oktoberfest’s little sister”

This popular Springtime celebration heralds the start of the festival season in Germany.

For one weekend only Dunorlan Park will come alive to the sounds of oompah bands with great German food, washed down with steins of German beer. 

Established by a local team for the local community.

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January Social meeting
Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

January Social meeting

The new year gives us an opportunity to try something new - please join us for our first social meeting for 2019.

Steve Keevil works as a consultant clinical scientist in the NHS. He is head of one of the largest medical physics departments in the country, with around 140 staff working to ensure safe and effective use of medical technology throughout a major NHS foundation trust.  He is also Professor of Medical Physics at King’s College London, where he leads a centre providing health technology assessment support to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He is a former President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the professional body for medical physics and clinical engineering in the UK.
 
Steve has been a Europhile since the early years of his career, when he worked on collaborative research projects involving multiple EU countries, culminating in a PhD on standardisation in clinical nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He specialised in MRI physics for most of his career, and in 2003 became aware of a new EU directive which would have created significant difficulties for clinical and research use of MRI scanners. This began a surreal period involving press conferences; meetings with MPs, MEPs, ministers and EU commissioners; and giving evidence before parliamentary committees in both Westminster and Brussels: all things for which a physics degree is not particularly good preparation! The directive was put on hold and then finally repealed and replaced in 2013. For his leadership of this work, Steve was made a Fellow of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) and an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Radiologists. The experience gave him valuable insight into the EU legislative process and particularly the system of checks and balances through which EU institutions work together to make laws, and the ways in which member state governments and EU citizens can contribute to the process.      
 
Steve attended a comprehensive school in south London before going on to study physics at Oxford. Although he has not been politically active in recent years, he is a former vice chair of Scientists for Labour, a socialist society affiliated to the Labour Party, and of a Branch Labour Party in London. He now lives in Tunbridge Wells with his wife Hella, a Dutch citizen, and son Thomas, who is a sixth form student at The Skinners’ School. In his spare time, he is a church warden of St James’ Church. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers and a Freeman of the City of London (and yes, he has driven sheep across London Bridge).
  
It should be a fabulous evening...

‘As for Stephen Keevil, a lowly physicist in Guys hospital not known for much in anything (I would not call him a scientist) keeps on about low NHS funding, but had privilege education, reminding Harriet Harman.’
Anonymous comment, Iain Dale’s Diary, 10th April 2010 http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2010/04/labour-scientists-fail-to-declare.html
 
‘[Stephen Keevil]… the man who took on the EU, essentially single-handed, and appears to have won. Or at least is ahead on points’ Chair’s introduction, invited presentation at IPEM MR Safety Update, May 2007.

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Meaningful Vote
Jan
15
4:00 PM16:00

Meaningful Vote

On Tuesday 15th, thousands of people will be gathering in Parliament Square in Westminster to watch the debate from 4pm onwards.

There are going to be speeches from a variety of politicians and speakers live on stage.

After months of lobbying your MP, campaigning, rallying and marching for a People’s Vote, this Tuesday our MPs will finally decide whether or not to accept the Government’s lose-lose deal.

It’s going to be a truly historic occasion.

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Join SODEM all week!
Jan
14
to Jan 17

Join SODEM all week!

Theresa May has rescheduled the meaningful vote for the week commencing 14th January.

If you are free, why not join the Steve Bray and the guys from SODEM outside Parliament.

For more up to date information, please see links to their Facebook, Twitter and official website.

They will be protesting outside Parliament everyday from 11am to 6pm, Monday to Thursday to demand a People’s Vote on the Final Brexit Deal and to Stop Brexit.

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Action Day Tunbridge Wells
Jan
12
8:45 AM08:45

Action Day Tunbridge Wells

Come join us for our next Action Day in Tunbridge Wells.

We have organised two events to fit round your plans -

1) Early rises - we are meeting in Sainsbury’s car park from 8:45am and will split up to leaflet locally in Tunbridge Wells. After we have finished we plan to meet up for coffee on the Pantiles before heading off to enjoy the weekend….

2) Night Owls - we are meeting outside Pret in the centre of town at 11am to leaflet the town centre and neighbouring wards before heading for a bite to eat and a cool Belgian beer in Fuggles.

Please email us if you have any queries on twproeu@gmail.com

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Decision Day - London
Dec
11
5:00 PM17:00

Decision Day - London

As MPs debate and vote on the Government Brexit’s deal inside the House of Commons on Tuesday evening, you can join thousands of people outside in Parliament Square to watch the debate and outcome of the vote live on giant screens and hear from a huge variety of politicians and speakers live on stage.

Let us know if you fancy going along - twproeu@gmail.com


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Jason J Hunter - International Trade Negotiator
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Jason J Hunter - International Trade Negotiator

TW-IN welcomes Jason J Hunter to Tunbridge Wells on the 7th December 2018.

Jason J Hunter is an International Trade Negotiator at the highest level, representing such parties as the government of Hong Kong. 

He has recently become something of a social media sensation given his experience in his field, due to the various reports of the state of our government’s negotiations with the EU in terms of Brexit. As a result he has been interviewed on a number of platforms recently, from BBC News to Radio 5 Live.

Jason has subsequently been travelling around a lot of Europe meeting with various interested parties, representatives of the EU itself, and indeed members of Irish government, given the particular issues over the border. This will be a great opportunity to hear first-hand from, and indeed question, someone on the front line without the interpretation the media, and a must attend event for anyone interested in the economic future of the country.

Jason is also one of the stars of the YouTube Brexit discussion podcast series.

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Exit from Brexit - A Reality?
Nov
21
7:30 PM19:30

Exit from Brexit - A Reality?

Tunbridge Wells Liberal Democrats are pleased to welcome Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Exiting the European Union and International Trade and MP for Carshalton and Wallington.

Come join us and the local Lib Dems on the 21st November from 7:30pm at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells. There is no entry free but donations are welcome. Drinks and refreshments can be ordered at the bar. It should be a very interesting evening.

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Letter writing party in Tonbridge
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Letter writing party in Tonbridge

This event is inspired by our friends in neighbouring towns such as Orpington, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

Please come along and join us from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Fuggles on Tonbridge High Street.

We plan to share a beer or two, possibly order some food whilst writing letters to local MP’s, Councillors and Business Leaders to encourage support for a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal.

We will provide all the materials and will even post the letters/postcards for you!

Please see link to the food and wine menu

Why wait - please see link here and write a letter to your MP NOW!

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WKEM Annual Supper
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

WKEM Annual Supper

The West Kent European Movement Autumn Supper 2018
Friday, 16th November 2018 at 7 for 7:30 at Sevenoaks Town Council Chamber Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3QH

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The speaker will be Ben Patterson, former MEP for West Kent, consultant for the European Parliament, and former President of WKEM, who will talk on European issues, past and present, and also answer questions.

Traditionally our Autumn Supper has been linked to the EU Country that holds the Presidency of the Council and at the moment this is Austria. So our menu will be a typical Austrian meal - from our very versatile caterer. A vegetarian option is available.

The two-course meal, with coffee, is £22.50 per person.
Wine, by the glass or bottle, and soft drinks will be available at the bar.
 
Sevenoaks Town Council Chamber, which is one mile from Sevenoaks Station, and a 10-minute walk from Bat & Ball Station, has ample parking.
 
To book your places please make payment by bank transfer of £22.50 per person to:
West Kent European Movement - sort code 60-19-25 - account 30853753
giving your surname and initials as the reference
and email rcw@netcomuk.co.uk with your name and address, and the number of places you have paid for..

Please indicate any special dietary requirements when emailing.
 
If you would prefer to pay by cheque please email  rcw@netcomuk.co.uk  and ask to be sent a booking form.

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Book a Surgery with Greg Clark
Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Book a Surgery with Greg Clark

Greg holds regular advice surgeries throughout the Tunbridge Wells constituency. If you would like to make an appointment, or would like him to hold an advice surgery near you, please call 01892-519854.

He also runs informal drop-in supermarket advice surgeries in Sainsbury's in Tunbridge Wells, Tesco in Pembury, and Waitrose in Paddock Wood. No appointment necessary. Please call 01892-519854 for further details.

November 2018

Friday 16 November - Advice surgery in Kilndown. Please call 01892-519854 to book an appointment.


Let us know how you get on….

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PV & B4B rally in Central London
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

PV & B4B rally in Central London

  • Central Hall Westminster Storey's Gate (map)
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Next week is crunch time. It's finally here. The government is about to reveal their plans for Brexit and Parliament will have to vote on it. Whatever desperate 'deal they've cobbled together, we know it would leave us worse off.

We need to keep up the pressure and demand our People's Vote. That's why the People’s Vote campaign and Best for Britain are hosting a joint rally in central London. 

The rally will be held at on Tuesday 13th November at Central Hall, SW1H 9NH, Westminster, London. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start.

Join TWIN and let's show our passion, and commitment. Together.

Some of us plan to meet at TW station at 5pm to catch the 5:10pm train to London… email us on twproeu@gmail.com to let us know if you want to join us.

Whatever desperate ‘deal’ the government comes up with, nobody voted for this two years ago. The Brexiters said leaving the EU would be quick and easy, create extra money for the NHS and make us better off. None of that has come true.

Now is our chance to make sure our voice can be heard loud and clear. Join us at the rally.

What happens in the next few days and weeks will define our country’s future. We need to stand together with one voice and demand a People’s Vote on Brexit.

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Human Chain -  London
Nov
5
10:00 AM10:00

Human Chain - London

Despite all the promises, the rights of 5 million EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU are still not guaranteed, and there is very little time left in the Brexit negotiations to make a difference.

the3million, British in Europe and UNISON are asking MPs and the British Government to give us true peace of mind about our future, by protecting and guaranteeing our existing rights under international law using the Article 50 procedure.

Unilateral guarantees won't work - what we really need is our rights protected by an international treaty EU/UK treaty under the Article 50 procedure, no matter what the outcome of the negotiations.

Get involved by signing up to join the e-lobby or by attending the day of action on Monday 5 November.

Then write to your MP and ask them to sign our online pledge. 

What's happening on the day in London?

10:00 Gather on Parliament Square to form a human chain to No.10 Downing Street

11:00 Short rally on Parliament Square before going to Parliament

13:00 - 16.00 Main lobby starts in Parliament (Committee Rooms 10 & 12)

13.30 - 14.30 Statements by MPs and supporters of our campaign

14:30 - 16.00 EU citizens meet their MP - take a photo for social media, sign the pledge

16.00 Lobby in Parliament ends

What if I cannot attend in person?

If you cannot attend in person, please join the e-lobby which will start on 9 October by selecting the option 'e-lobby' in the ticket types below. Everyone can get involved!

Why another lobby? I thought everything had been agreed. 

Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. If the negotiations fail and the chapter on citizens' rights in the Draft Withdrawal Agreement (DWA) does not become a treaty, EU citizens in the UK will be third country nationals applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. As a example, the DWA will allow you to leave the UK for up to 5 years and keep your settled status, while Indefinite Leave to Remain only allows you to leave for 2 years. 

The unilateral guarantees given by the Prime Minister are not enough - some issues such as pension entitlements earned in several EU countries or recognition of qualifications will require an international agreement. And unilateral promises do nothing to address the situation of British citizens in the EU27 countries.


No deal is a true nightmare for us, and we must all come together on 5 November to ask our MPs to put pressure on the Government so the citizens' rights part of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement is implemented and ratified, deal or no deal. 

We are citizens' groups with limited funding, so please donate whatever you can when you register so that we can run this day of action smoothly.

We would also recommend you subscribe to our newsletters:

the3million: https://www.the3million.org.uk/subscribe

British in Europe: https://britishineurope.org/newsletter/

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Edenbridge Bonfire Party
Nov
3
6:30 PM18:30

Edenbridge Bonfire Party

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The party itself begins at 6.30pm when a torch lit procession tours through the town. As our tradition dictates, this is led by our bishop of the bonfire, his choirboys and the Society’s effigies (Guy Fawkes, General Wolfe and Anne Boleyn, with her head tucked underneath her arm!).

They will be joined by teams from visiting Sussex bonfire societies, along with many brightly lit carnival floats, costumed walking parties, and marching bands.

Everyone then makes their way to the local Recreation Ground where fairground rides, stalls, and our resident DJ keep everyone amused during Kent’s oldest and best traditional fireworks display. During the show, our two huge 10m tall effigies (Guy Fawkes and the somewhat more recent 20-year tradition of our ‘Celebrity Guy’) are demolished by a mixture of gunpowder and flames.

Check out more details here.

BBC article - here

Skynews article - here

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Drop in Surgery with Greg Clark
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Drop in Surgery with Greg Clark

Greg holds regular advice surgeries throughout the Tunbridge Wells constituency. If you would like to make an appointment, or would like him to hold an advice surgery near you, please call 01892-519854.

He also runs informal drop-in supermarket advice surgeries in Sainsbury's in Tunbridge Wells, Tesco in Pembury, and Waitrose in Paddock Wood. No appointment necessary. Please call 01892-519854 for further details.

November 2018

Saturday 3 November -  Drop-in advice surgery in Waitrose, Paddock Wood, between 9am and 10am. No appointment necessary.

Friday 16 November - Advice surgery in Kilndown. Please call 01892-519854 for an appointment.


Let us know how you get on….

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Action Evening - Letter Writing
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Action Evening - Letter Writing

Please spend a couple of minutes writing to your MP to explain why you demand a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal and why it is important for you to include the option to remain.

If you get stuck don’t worry, we are here to help.

Please get in touch by emailing us and/or join us for a letter writing session.

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Action evening - Letter Writing
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Action evening - Letter Writing

We don’t have much time. We need your help. Lets build on the momentum and energy from the march in London on Saturday and inspire each other into action NOW.

Please spend a couple of minutes writing to your MP to explain why you demand a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal and why it is important for you to include the option to remain.

If you get stuck don’t worry, we are here to help.

Please get in touch by emailing us and/or join us for a letter writing session on Thursday at The Royal Oak in Tunbridge Wells from 6:30pm, see you there…

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New Europeans - EU Citizenship Rights
Oct
22
3:00 PM15:00

New Europeans - EU Citizenship Rights

EU citizenship rights in the shadow of Brexit           


The New Europeans are delighted to be working in partnership with The Federal Trust to co-host this important and timely event from 15:00 – 19:00, Monday, 22 October, at Europe House, 32, Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

The conference will take stock of the current situation facing the 5m EU27 citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe whose lives have been thrown into limbo by Brexit and the long term implications of Brexit for the loss of rights by all UK citizens and EU 27 citizens alike.

Please note, registration for the event and the live-streaming is open to members of New Europeans and/or The Federal Trust.

Please register your interest by emailing them directly - bureau@neweuropeans.net and please see below link to their membership form.

PROGRAMME
 
15:00    FIRST PANEL
"Will settled status end the uncertainty?”
“How can the rights of Britons in Europe be protected?”
“What will replace free movement in the future?”
 
Chair
Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust
 
Speakers
Sue Ferns, Deputy Secretary General, Prospect
Dr.Roxana Barbulescu, Diversity Commission North
Prof. Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos,
Inaugural Chair of Law Goldsmiths, University of London
Founder and Director, Britain in Europe
Director, Knowing Our Rights
Tony Simpson, EU Citizenship ECI Campaign 
 
16:35     SECOND PANEL
"How can trust be rebuilt in local communities and nationally?”
“Will political participation be impacted by Brexit?"
“ What are the human rights implications of Brexit for citizens?”

Chair
 Jackie Minor, Former Head, UK Rep. of European Commission
 
Speakers
Dr Ruvi Ziegler, University of Reading
Mark Lazarowicz, Citizens Rights' Project, Scotland
Oliver Garner, European University Institute
Prof. Dora Kostakopolou, University of Warwick
 
18:00                          RECEPTION
 
New Europeans has played a leading role in the campaign for unilateral, comprehensive guarantees for EU27 citizens and to defend the EU citizenship rights of British citizens, especially those who have exercised their freedom of movement rights and reside in the EU. 
 
In July 2017, the New Europeans Citizenship Unit published a report on the proposals the British government were making to secure the status of EU27 citizens in the UK.

The rights of EU27 citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU: Our response to Theresa May's fair and serious offer 

Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos and Dr Ruvi Ziegler , authors of the report, are both panellists at the conference.

Two and a half years after the referendum, we want to take stock of what has been achieved, where we are now with the campaign, and what the key issues are for the immediate and longer term future.
In the second in our series of conferences on the human rights impact of Brexit Our first conference took place on 15 March 2018

Read the ‘Human rights impact of Brexit” conference report here

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