March 2015



This week we did a bit of brainstorming and have come up with a few promotions to run this year!

Coming soon is a brand new Mondaine product – the Helvetica. Well-thought-out, balanced, even-tempered, essential, soft and fluid, with its sophisticated, harmonious and logically structured forms is the font for everyday needs of advanced printing. The 6 similarities between Helvetica® and Mondaine – Swiss Icon, Timeless, Traditional, Highly Readable, World Wide Know, Unmistakeable. Choosing the Helvetica® font as a muse, with its quintessentially Swiss values and style, has enabled the creation of a time-tested yet harmonious watch collection. Just like the type font, Mondaine Helvetica is discreet, yet strong in the conviction of providing efficient time-keeping in a tempered recognizable form. So, joi us this coming May to see the new collection along with the Mondaine SBB Range including Simply Elegant and Evo.

With Easter just around the corner, we have organised a fun Easter egg treasure hunt in Tunbridge Wells High Street. From Saturday 28th March through to Saturday 11th April – you can pick up a treasure map from us. Find the 15 hidden numbered eggs in the High Street windows; mark the numbers on your map and return it to us. There are a few rhymes to help you along! Simples! The hunt runs for the two week half term period so plenty of time for you to come hunting! All returned maps will receive a treat courtesy of Morrison’s and all returned maps will be entered into a grand prize draw on Saturday 11th April where many prizes are being donated by the High Street businesses including a £25.00 voucher from Javabean and plenty of choccy treats from other participants. Treasure Maps are free in exchange for a charitable donation. We are sponsoring the Folly Wildlife Rescue Centre and all proceeds from this year’s Treasure Hunt will go to this great charity which is situated in the Broadwater Forest near Tunbridge Wells. Folly is a charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wild animals and birds throughout West Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding region. Each year some 3,500 wild animals and birds are admitted to the centre where they receive expert care and veterinary treatment. Run purely on public donations this worthy charity thanks you for all your support. 

Our Zelli Porcelain side of the business has also been planning some spectacular activities. They have joined forces with local porcelain artist Stephen Bartley. Mr Bartley is probably most well known for his collection of character porcelain pigs, frogs and hippos. We are inviting you to design a new model for his pig collection. Measuring just four inches tall, these little pigs are full of character and can be custom made to most specifications. To enter we need four colour sketches (front, back and both side views) of your design. There is a £10 fee per entry and ALL proceeds go to Folly. The competition is open to all ages. There are no restrictions except your imagination. Designs and entry fees should be returned to Payne & Son/Zelli Porcelain by no later than 30th September 2015. Short listed designs will be forward to Mr Bartley who will have the final judgement. The judge’s decision is final. The winner will have their design made by Mr Bartley and receive a limited edition of number one of six. See for full terms and conditions.

 And talking of charities…….we have adopted the Folly Wildlife Rescue Centre as our charity for the year. Situated in the Broadwater Forest near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust is a charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and distressed wild animals and birds throughout West Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding region. The Trust specialize in the hand-rearing of mammals, including hedgehogs, badgers, foxes, mice, rabbits and even deer, as well as over two thousand nestling and fledgling birds of all species. In addition, it works tirelessly to dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding many wild animals (for example, magpies are killing all our songbirds, foxes are ruthless killers, all badgers carry TB etc) with a view to reducing much needless and often fatal persecution.

Through its education programme (carried out primarily in schools, community groups and clubs) it looks to highlight these man-made problems (which nationwide are killing and maiming millions of animals and birds every year) as well as demonstrating to people how they can help prevent such accidents from happening in the first place. It also actively promotes a respect for and an appreciation of our wonderful wildlife heritage.

Stay tuned for another update soon!


NEW – Tunbridge Wells Loyalty Scheme – StampIt App

What was happening outside Payne & Son Jewellers yesterday morning???? It was a gathering of all the retailers to have signed up to the new Tunbridge Wells StampIt app designed by Gabrielle Argent & Prudence Buckley. It will be launched on 19th September and will be downloadable for free from Apple and Google Play stores. The aim is to promote Tunbridge Wells as a destination for eating, entertainment and shopping.


It has been developed to boost footfall and reward regular customers to Tunbridge Wells. An events calendar is synchronised within the app. Customers can find incentives, promotions and deals available from their favourite places and get rewarded for staying loyal. They get a virtual STAMP each time they buy, leading to a loyalty reward such as a free coffee, discount or up-sell promotion.

It is “Tunbridge Wells in the palm of your hand” but it’s for bricks and mortar redemption only.  It’s the Must Have loyalty app!

Each business featured can tailor promotions to seasonal demand. Geo-location is a feature of STAMP IT but at present is only set up for the High Street.

Customers collect loyalty stamps over time, giving them a vested interest in returning to redeem.

Some retailers are cross promoting with other retailers to add value to the shopper. Others are giving discounts or up-selling. The choice of loyalty rewards is up to each individual retailer. It just needs to be compelling to encourage customers through the door.

From the app menu, customers can telephone, email, locate, pay for parking and redeem offers. 

The app is synchronised with PaybyPhone’s mobile site for hassle free parking & extension of parking time. 

Door stickers and postcards are supplied to retailers to highlight their subscription and use in store.

Publicity and advertising will be paid for from subscriptions. The purpose is for STAMP IT to be self-liquidating for the benefit of the community.


Karina Gill

Karina Gill studied at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham where she gained her BA (Hons) in 3 Dimensional Design in metal work. Since completing her degree in 1996 she has built up her business from her workshop in Dorset where she designs and makes her etched metal bowls and jewellery.


Karina’s work has been influenced by colour, texture and repetition. Her organic and geometric forms are hammered and manipulated by hand in silver, steel, copper and brass. She enjoys creating warm decorative items from cold, hard sheet metal and is currently expanding her range in silver. She is also working on a much larger scale, experimenting with sculptural bowls for Interiors.


Here you can experience a sample of her work, find out where she’s exhibiting or contact her directly to discuss your requirements.


Austin Reed – 35 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent – 01892 544 009


Austin Reed Hirewear offers the perfect solution for gentlemen looking to suit up in something special. Our in-store service provides high quality tailoring and luxurious fabrics that will ensure you look and feel your best whatever the occasion.

Whether it’s an elegant wedding, black tie dinner, upscale work event, or even a day at the races, you can be sure to find what you are looking for with our range of suits, tails, tuxedos and highland wear.


  • MORNING SUITS from £90

    Formal daywear for occasions such as weddings or Royal Ascot.

  • BLACK TIE from £55

    Semi-formal evening dress, including Scottish Highland Dress. Worn at formal parties and dances.

  • WHITE TIE from £55

    The most formal evening dress. Worn at banquets, balls, and state occasions.

  • HIGHLAND KILTS from £75

    Traditional Scottish dress for formal occasions.

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Our collection caters for all occasions with our generous range of styles, colours and sizes to meet your personal needs. Our expert fitters will ensure your hired garments are exactly how want them, whether you opt for a traditional or contemporary style. Remember that the difference is in the detail – we also offer a wide selection of accessories to complete your formal look.

Wedding Event Tuesday 9th April to Saturday 13th April

Following last years successful event, this prestigious jewellers is once more working with retailers and businesses from the High Street and surrounding area to bring you a collage of wedding inspiration. No longer just a jeweller, Paynes have an amazing array of giftware in store. With ideas such as sterling silver photograph frames, fine

porcelain from the Zelli Gallery, writing instruments, pewter tankards and cufflinks, you will surely find the perfect gift for your ushers, bridesmaids and guests. There is bridal jewellery from classic cultured pearls to diamonds and moonstones, together with complimentary accessories for the groom, mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaids. You will see something old and something new, perhaps not borrowed but definitely blue.

·         Here you will see exhibits from The Brew House Hotel; the perfect wedding reception venue.

Located close to the High Street, this is a contemporary and luxurious boutique style hotel set amid the

tree lined streets and 18th century architecture of the old town centre. A unique venue for the perfect

intimate and personal occasion with a lovingly created and prepared menu from a talented team of



·         Capturing the beauty of your day is top wedding photographer Kerry McNair who knows how

important your wedding day is. Her experienced team of female photographers are a quiet, reassuring

presence on your big day and will capture every moment in its glory – and don’t forget that boudoir

shoot, ladies!!! AND if you purchase your engagement ring with us you will receive a free engagement

photoshoot worth £300.00.

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·         Brides can look out for amazing gowns hand made by Judy Mott in her studio in Sussex Mews

(behind the Pantiles). Established in 1987, Judy has a collection of gowns that are ready to wear and

made to measure in pure silk. From classic 1950’s inspired designs to contemporary dresses and with

over 70 designs to try on including corset bodices and separate skirts that are interchangeable, you are

sure to find the perfect gown.


·         Grooms can make sure they look suave and sophisticated, too, by visiting Austin Reed on the High

Street. Book an appointment with the expert fitters – they’ll ensure your suit is exactly as you want it to

be. You’ll feel great in one our beautifully-crafted morning suits, tuxedos, tails, Highland wear, and

luxurious silk-lined waistcoats.


·         With a diverse range of clients from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds, SW1 Hair & Beauty

can be sure to make you look your best on your very special day. The salon team is trained to the highest

possible level of client care, creativity and technical ability. With a range of services to choose from, the

team will make you feel comfortable, relaxed and help you to enjoy your wedding with confidence.

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·         Looking for your bridesmaid dresses? Go no further – Sue Hill have created a collection of hand

made flower girl and bridesmaid dresses, all created with the same attention to detail from 100% silk and

silk organza with hand embroidery or lace detail. All dresses are bespoke.


·         The innovative team of award winning florists at Flowers@colonade will work with the bride in

creating imaginative bridal designs and arrangements, traditionally found only in London florists.


·         Today’s Mother of the Bride/Groom is a modern woman seeking that chic outfit with a sassy edge.

But knowing what suits and how to get that perfect fit can be a challenge. That’s why La Belle Femme

have a highly skilled team of advisors who will help to find something that suits your style and shape.

They have something for everyone and every budget, including millinery from Nigel Rayment, Victoria

Ann, Richard Designs and Sarah Crozier.


·         Since the 1950s ER Hickmott have been hiring out limousines for weddings – this service continues

today and on most weekends their vehicles are dressed in the white ribbons for those happy occasions.

Rolls Royce’s and stretched limousines are available for weddings and private hire. You nay even catch a

glimpse of Nellie during the event parked regally outside the shop at 37 High Street, she’s a stunning

Rolls Royce Silver Wraith with the number plate NLY1.


·         Offering a personalised service that is second to none is Pour Les Femme, who have over 12 year’s

experience in the lingerie industry. Their friendly and trained staff will do everything to help you find

what you are looking for. There are specialist fitters who will measure and fit so that you always have the

perfect size for you.


·         You only have to look at the range of Zelli Porcelain products and be blown away by what you

discover. Everything at Zelli Porcelain of Royal Tunbridge Wells is an exquisite work of art. Every


is handmade out of the purest porcelain. Many from over a hundred different moulds that are fettled,

glazed and fired several nail biting times. The diversity on display is simply astounding. A gift for any



·         Would you like help to enhance your image, advise you on what styles and colours suit you the

best, or help in bringing your existing wardrobe up to date? Perhaps you don’t know where to start –

need a practical and stylish capsule wardrobe? Perhaps you’re not sure what is ‘age appropriate’?

Whatever your styling or image requirements are, Lynne Meek at Styling Matters would be delighted to

help you.


·         The Wedding Dolls are experts at organising dream wedding days. With limited time, deadlines


lots of decisions to make, planning your wedding can be hard to manage, but don’t let if get difficult.

Their wedding website, mini workshops and wedding planning services offer lots of practical advice  and

help just when you need it most. You’ll be able to pop in and meet The Wedding Dolls between 2pm and

4pm on Saturday 13th April to learn some great secrets about wedding planning and chat through any

wedding worries you have. With some free templates to pick up you’ll be able to make a great start in

creating the wedding you want with the minimum of stress and find out how to add bags of personality to

your big day. The pop-in session gives you the chance to access wedding planning expertise completely

free of charge in a relaxed, fun and friendly way. AND if you purchase a ring during the event you will

receive a free workshop place.


·         And between 2pm and 4pm you will hear the booming baritone of Mr John Scholey, Tunbridge

Wells’ Town Crier. Dressed in his trademark local purple and gold jacket with tricorne hat proudly

swinging his bell and calling “Oyez oyez oyez!!!”.



Wedding Event

This Sunday (16th September 2012) we will be exhibiting at a wedding event hosted by The Brew House Hotel. Located in Chapel Place in Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Old Schoolhouse will be host to many local exhibitors.



TIME: 10AM – 4PM