Our News

Throughout the year we're involved in fundraising, outside broadcasts and other events. We'd like to share our news with you.

We work closely with the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust in order to make sure our service can be heard in the hospitals we serve. If you want to find out a bit more about their news, please see their news page at https://www.mtw.nhs.uk/news/.


 4th Sep 16

HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AWARDSHospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is one of the charities taking part in the Heart of the Community Awards run by the Courier Newspaper and AXA PPP Healthcare. Voting is now underway and you can collect the coupons printed in the newspaper on Sept 2nd, 9th and 16th, which you need to post in to the Courier. But you can also vote by text message. You need to send KS HEART 1014 followed by your name and postcode to 85100. Texts will cost £1 per text and one standard network rate message. You can vote as many times as you like. The voting closes at midnight on September 25th 2016.


 8th Jul 16

NEW AERIAL IN TIME FOR CRICKET FESTIVALIn April Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells had their outside broadcast aerial stolen from outside Asda after their fundraising event at the store. It was feared that the team would no longer be able to continue their outside broadcasts, as the aerial is no longer available to buy. However thanks to the skills of the station’s engineer Arthur Hosmer, local sound engineer Colin Bowman and the financial support of Sevenoaks resident Alun Evans, the team has managed to obtain a replacement aerial to continue.

This good news arrives just in time to enable cricket fans unable to get along to the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival to be able to listen to ball by ball commentary on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, thanks to Kent County Cricket Club who agreed for the team to have their usual spot in the Pavilion and sponsorship from Invicta Motors Tunbridge Wells who are paying for the licence to be able to transmit the commentary from the Nevill cricket ground, to the radio studios and onto the patients in the hospital and cricket fans listening online via the charity’s website and for the first time via the Tune-in app which will enable people to listen on mobile phones and tablet devices. There will be coverage of the 4 day County Championship game between Kent and Sussex from July 17th to 20th.

Hospital Radio presenters Chris Reed and Tim Godsalve will be based in the Pavilion to provide the ball-by-ball commentary. They will be joined by a guest presenter each day with Chris Woodward on Sunday, Joe Mendell on Monday, Patrick Stevens on Tuesday and Jerome Beadle on Wednesday. While Chris Manser will be based in the studio to provide regular updates on the scores from other games around the country and all the other sports news available.

The coverage will be heard by patients listening in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, as well as cricket fans around the country, who will be able to hear it online via the stations website at www.hrtw.org.uk or by visiting the Tune-In app website on their mobile phone or tablet device and searching for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells.

Chris Woodward who co-ordinates the coverage for the Hospital Radio commented "we are pleased to be able to provide commentary on the 4 day match again this year, our thanks to Kent County Cricket Club for allowing us to attend and to Invicta Motors for sponsoring our coverage again". The Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival had traditionally taken place in early June, but it was moved to a later date last year and we managed to get the four day match completed in just three days, so fingers crossed we will be lucky again this year.


 18th Apr 16

CLEARWELL RENEWS GOLDEN HOUR SPONSORSHIPClearwell Mobility is pleased to announce that they have renewed their sponsorship of the popular Golden Hour radio show on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells for a second year.

The sponsorship renewal of this key show helps the team at Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells carry on offering the important service they provide for the patients at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital.

Duncan Gillett commented after the renewal; “Hospital radio plays an important role in boosting patient’s morale when staying in hospital. We are pleased to have the opportunity to support the Golden Hour in particular as we know it is very popular amongst our elderly customer base.”

Mark Burgess who presents the Golden Hour radio show on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells said; “I’m delighted that Clearwell Mobility has shown their support to our team by renewing their sponsorship of our Golden Hour, we know it’s a show that brings back many great memories for our listeners”.

The Golden Hour is broadcast every morning at 7am and weekday lunchtimes at 1pm. The show features 60 minutes of songs from a different decade in each programme. It can be heard by the patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital and in Tonbridge Cottage Hospital. It can also be heard online via the charity’s website at hrtw.org.uk or via the Tune In app on mobile phones.

Tunbridge Wells Hospital Radio is run entirely by volunteers from all walks of life. Based on Grosvenor Road in the centre of Tunbridge Wells their studios are opposite Clearwell Mobility’s showroom. Starting back in 1961, Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is a registered charity and run entirely on donations and sponsorship.

Chris Manser, Hospital Radio’s Station Manager added; “we are grateful to Clearwell Mobility for supporting us again, we shall acknowledge their support during the Golden Hour show as well featuring them in our new Bedside Guide and on our website, we would dearly love to hear from other local businesses that would like to sponsor other shows on our station”. For information on HRTW or how to donate to the station please visit their website hrtw.org.uk

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