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13/02/2018 11:50 PM
PRESS RELEASE: New Civic Voice Design Awards website launched
New website full of case studies celebrating the people’s choice for architecture Civic Voice today launched a new website devoted to celebrating the best in new architecture, public realm and historic buildings, as nominated by local communities. The website is available at The Civic Voice Design Awards website will provide community groups and policy makers with more in-depth details of a wide variety of schemes across the country that are leading the way in involving communities. Packed with case studies recognising projects both large and small, previous winners of the awards featured on the…

08/02/2018 06:55 PM
News from the YHACS AGM
Nearly 60 members and guests assembled at the Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate at the end of January for the Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies (YHACS). Some, who travelled to Harrogate on the evening before the meeting met in the hotel bar for drinks before moving to the restaurant for the traditional pre-AGM dinner; a lively and enjoyable occasion as always. On the morning of the AGM, Stewart Holland, a member of Harrogate Civic Society, gave an informative talk contrasting how the town had changed over the life and times of…

26/01/2018 08:03 AM
Patron of Blackpool Civic Trust: Jimmy Armfield RIP
The death has been announced this week of Jimmy Armfield. Jimmy will be remembered as England Captain, a great footballer and wonderful individual. He was also one of the two Patrons of Blackpool Civic Trust. Jimmy cared about the community in Blackpool and the distinctive history of the town. He regularly supported Blackpool Civic Trust, giving out awards at our Annual Awards and Dinner. He would often speak to the award winners to find out more about the work they had done. He was always good humoured and interested in what was happening in the town. His…

08/01/2018 05:14 AM
Bradford’s 10 buildings with the biggest potential to act as a catalyst for regeneration
BRADFORD’S Civic Society has drawn up a list of buildings they feel urgently need to be regenerated before they are lost forever. The Telegraph & Argus asked the group, which champions Bradford’s heritage, to identify 10 buildings they hoped to see brought back to life in 2018. Their list includes a former library, a brutalist skyscraper and a street of derelict Victorian buildings, and the group hopes they can “inspire” developers and building owners. Bradford Council has said that although it has little power to decide the future of buildings it does not own, it is offering to…

17/12/2017 11:46 PM
Empty buildings in Halifax put our heritage in danger
On June 17, Civic Day, in line with Civic Voice’s theme for the year, the Big Conservation Conversation, Halifax Civic Trust organised a walk for members of the public to draw attention to this growing problem in the town of empty buildings. Halifax is exceptional in the range and quality of its buildings; certainly it ranks among the best in the country for town of its size. In 1979 Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate and lover of fine architecture, wrote: ‘Halifax is full of character and hidden beauty. The Piece Hall is symbolic of its hidden and great…

17/12/2017 01:16 AM
Press Release: Picture Perfect Pontefract
Following the success of their 2017 calendar of locally taken photographs, Pontefract Civic Society has held this year’s competition for the Pontefract 2018 calendar, and the shots are stunning.  The civic society limited the number of entries per person and they received 39 photographs from 15 photographers, all the names were removed to ensure they were anonymously assessed by an independent judge, Steve Ininns, and the results are great. Karl Gilbert, Secretary of Pontefract Civic Society coordinated the competition and he said, “Pontefract and the surrounding area is a beautiful place and we have some very talented photographers who take in…

06/12/2017 04:05 AM
Press Release: Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 open for applications
Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 open for applications with Civic Voice highlighting examples showing that “new development can enhance a conservation area” Award ceremony to be held in The Leadenhall Building, second tallest building in the City of London Civic Voice has, today, officially opened the Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 by encouraging communities from across England to nominate schemes that are of high quality design and help enhance conservation areas and other parts of our towns, cities and villages across England. Max Farrell, Partner at Farrells and Chair of the Civic Voice Design Awards judging…

01/12/2017 01:02 AM
Donate to our campaign to protect the nation’s conservation areas
The value of conservation areas on the impact of this country is clear. Their future is not. For those who wish to make a donation to help grow the national civic movement, please visit Donation to Conservation Area Campaign The number of conservation areas at risk rose to 512 in 2017 from 497 in 2014, after surveys of almost 8,300 (84 per cent) conservation areas across the country. This means that 6% per cent of England’s conservation areas are now considered to be at risk. With funding cuts and continued pressure on local authority conservation staff…

30/11/2017 11:52 PM
Canterbury Society takes action against air pollution
‘Turn off those engines: save money and keep healthy’. This was the headline for a Canterbury Society initiative which aimed to get people to turn off their car engines whilst waiting at the level crossings in St Dunstan’s Street and Sturry. Research has suggested that the air quality in the city is very poor and is getting worse.  Work by Professor Stephen Peckham, at the University of Kent, has shown that this year, ozone and particulate levels look set to break national limits yet again, posing a threat to the health and wellbeing of children, and of residents with asthma and respiratory diseases. …

30/11/2017 08:35 AM
2017 Shopfront Award
This year's Most Attractive Shopfront Award was presented to Wildings Chocolate & Cake Shop in November. Their window displays were particularly impressive, and although there was a strong selection of shops to choose from, Wildings were the clear winners. Owners Roger and Sue Wilding were presented with their framed cerificate by Chaiman John Culpan and Secretary Mary Taylor.