Here’s a monthly roundup of socials and other events across our part of the world
LET THEM EAT CAKE
As part of the second Benenden Arts Festival, students took part in a bake-off with a difference – and even had a celebrity judge tasting their wares. Not only did students have to pair up with their parents for the challenge, which was to produce the best sponge cake in 90 minutes, their efforts were judged by none other than Masterchef: The Professionals Marcus Wareing. “It was really nice to be invited to come to do this today, it’s been great fun,” says Marcus. “It’s great to see the parent-daughter dynamic. Whatever they are like when they are together at home, it changes when you put them in a competition format.”
To celebrate its first year in business, high-end fashion shop Alexandra Boutique held a birthday event. Customers were invited to enjoy nibbles and fizz in the Tunbridge Wells High Street store while browsing the latest styles and updating their wardrobes with purchases from the new collections. www.alexandra-boutique.co.uk
To showcase their newly refurbished Tunbridge Wells office space, the Pantiles Chambers held an evening of food and fizz. Local business people has the opportunity to network, while enjoying tasty creations by local deli Fromage & French.
Brit award winning music producer Charlie Andrew had some words of wisdom when he returned to his former school, Bethany, to give a talk on his successful career. The event began with fizz and canapés, before Charlie took to the stage to give pupils and guests an insight into the craft of music producing. www.bethanyschool.org.uk
The Wealden Business Group, the Tenterden-based networking organisation presented a cheque for £6,570 to Parkinson’s UK – a record sum raised in one year for the Group’s nominated charity. WBG raised the money through a series of events, including a weekly collection, a race night, and a black tie dinner at The London Beach Hotel, Tenterden, with the hotel contributing more than £2,600 to the overall total.
There wasn’t a clean shirt in the house after the Dirty Dozen race took place at Hole Park in Rolvenden. Runners slid their way through the mud and faced a series of obstacles in a bid to make it to the finish line. Challenges over the 12k course included navigating a barbed wire fence and swinging from ‘Tarzan bars’. www.dirtydozenraces.com