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23/05/2017 12:29 AM
The Gardens Trust to be subject of Tamworth talk for National Civic Day on June 17th
On Sunday, 18th June 2017, The Tamworth and District Civic Society (TDCS) is holding a Lunch at Drayton Manor with a Talk about the work of The Gardens Trust - the national charity for researching and conserving designed landscapes - by its Vice-President, The Honourable Robert Peel. There is an optional walk afterwards (subject to weather) around the grounds. A Poster and Booking Form are attached for your interest. The Lunch is 12.00 for 12.30 p.m. in the Hamilton Suite. We have a two course meal with tea/coffee, at £20 each for non-members of TDCS.…

23/05/2017 12:26 AM
Joint exhibition focuses on Spalding’s conservation area
A joint exhibition focusing on key buildings in Spalding’s conservation area will be hosted at eight venues in town from May 31 to mid-September. Spalding Civic Society and Spalding Photographic Society hae joined forces as part of the Big Conservation Conversation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act, which gave councils legal powers to safeguard the best parts of towns and villages. The civic society says the act arrived in the nick of time to stop a county highways plan to “smash a wide new road through the middle of town”, a project…

22/05/2017 09:27 PM
Si Cunningham, Bradford Civic Society speech
This week, I’m delighted to have been elected as the new Chairman of Bradford Civic Society, with a pledge to make our group one of the most celebratory and forward-thinking societies in the UK. I first got involved with the civic movement back in 2014 when I read an appeal in our local newspaper for younger members to come forward. I soon discovered a small, but incredibly dedicated, group of unapologetically proud Bradfordians who love their city, and want to make it a better place. It’s been a privilege to work with our outgoing Chairman Alan Hall (who…

19/05/2017 03:13 AM
A new civic society for Stockton?
Over the last few years, people from Stockton have come together under the banner of the Central Stockton Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) Forum to provide essential community stakeholder input to heritage-led regeneration programmes, without which funding would not have been secured and heritage improvements would not have been delivered. This forum has helped the Council to secure over £7million in investment into Stockton’s built heritage. The forum has also provided specialist historic knowledge and support to grant funded projects and participants – from property developers to heritage groups, Council staff, students and young people – and…

17/05/2017 05:50 AM
The Heart of Wakefield Project - Free guided walks around Wood Street Conservation Area, Wakefield
In association with Wakefield Council, Wakefield Historical Society and Leeds Beckett University, Wakefield Civic Society has formed a partnership to research the story of Wood Street, in the city centre. The Heart of Wakefield Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and aims to uncover the stories of the people who lived or worked on the historic street and to research the history of the street itself and the buildings along it. Wood Street is home to many historic buildings including Wakefield Town Hall, the former Wakefield Magistrates' Court and the former Police Station. The…

15/05/2017 11:31 PM
The Big Conservation Conversation - a tribute from The City of Winchester Trust
The City of Winchester Trust regards the legislation introduced by Lord Duncan Sandys half a century ago as groundbreaking, writing in 2004 that: 'There has of course been major planning legislation since the sixties, but none we suggest comparable in importance for conservation than the Civic Amenities Act of 1967. This is because the creation of Conservation Areas together with a growing awareness of the value of our heritage, have together served to prevent damage on anything like the scale of previous years'. Winchester's first Conservation Officer was appointed following Local Government Reorganisation in 1974, when Winchester City…

15/05/2017 12:09 AM
The Civic Voice Historic Cathedral Cities Alliance addressed the Worcester Society Annual Lecture
The Alliance of Historic Cathedral Cities and Towns (ACTS) is an group of some 30 civic societies under the of Civic Voice umbrella located in of some of the most important Cathedral Cities in England including York, Canterbury, Hereford, Peterborough, Worcester, Rochester, Lincoln, Winchester, Chester, Norwich, St Albans, Ripon, Exeter, Litchfield, Wells and others The common concern of these civic societies is that our historic towns and cathedral cities are in effect National Heritage Assets, but their unique qualities are under threat from the current planning regime which applies the same growth policies to these places as it…

14/05/2017 06:27 AM
Hove Civic Society backs revised plans for Sackville Hotel site after “serious consultation”
Hove Civic Society has come out in favour of plans to build dozens of flats on the derelict site of the old Sackville Hotel on the seafront. It said that the initial proposals – to build 98 flats in a 17-storey tower in Kingsway – commanded little support. But the applicant, Hyde Housing, had carried out a serious consultation and come up with a better design for a smaller number of homes in a building that wasn’t nearly as tall. The new scheme proposes 60 flats in a building ranging from four to eight storeys in…

11/05/2017 07:01 AM
Phone Kiosks – Or advertising kiosks?
Article by Martin Hamilton, Leeds Civic Trust Can you remember the last time you used a phone box? How many times have you used one in the last year? I thought so! With almost everyone owning a mobile phone, telephone boxes are fast becoming an anachronism. And yet in Leeds, we have just received 36 applications for new phone boxes in city centre locations, this isn’t the first batch to come forward in recent months and it certainly won’t be the last. This is because their primary purpose is no longer to make telephone…

10/05/2017 07:31 AM
New Job Opportunity: Membership Development Officer
CIVIC VOICE - JOB DESCRIPTION Title: Membership Development Officer Location: based in Birmingham. Contract: fixed term contract until March 2020 ( 3 month trial) Salary: £26k (5 days a week) Job Description To develop and implement strategies to recruit and retain Civic Voice members, including civic societies, individuals and corporate partners as part of Civic Voice’s customer relationship management strategy Additional information This post will be funded by the Historic England More information available: Person specification - Membership Development Officer  Full Job Information…