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20/07/2017 11:04 PM
Become a Trustee of Civic Voice
There are three vacancies on our Board of Trustees to take up position from October 2017. If you want to get involved and help shape the future of Civic Voice and the wider civic movement they why not put yourself forward. This is a real chance to shape the direction an priorities of the civic society movement. The deadline for applications is 11th August and there will be a ballot of all fully paid up members during September. Only fully paid up members can participate in the vote. You can find further details about the role…

20/07/2017 07:34 PM
Civic Voice Design Award masterclass
We organised our first ever Civic Voice Design Award masterclass last week and were delighted to say that it was held in the Cheesegrater supported by Rogers Stirk Harbours & Partners. Delegates who attend the masterclass heard from speakers from a range of Civic Voice Design award shortlisted schemes. The purpose was to share the lessons of successful schemes. Schemes including Grey to Green (Sheffield), Winton Chapel (Winchester) and White Hart Hotel (Retford) all delivered talks on the scheme with a particular emphasis on how the community played a part in shaping the project. It was an opportunity to…

19/07/2017 03:09 AM
Civic Voice announces winners of the 2017 Special Award for a Development in a Conservation Area
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967 and to recognise and highlight outstanding development within a Conservation Area, Civic Voice - the national charity for the civic movement – have awarded 3 Special awards to projects from across England for enhancing a conservation area.  Sunbridge Wells, Bradford; Cedars Hall, Wells and Warwick Hall Community Centre, Burford each won a Special Award for making an outstanding contribution to a conservation area.  DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE FOR 2017 HERE Max Farrell, Chair of the Civic Voice Design Awards said “Today there are approximately 10,000…

19/07/2017 02:04 AM
Quay Place in Ipswich wins Civic Voice Design Award
Quay Place – formerly St Mary at the Quay – underwent a multimillion-pound restoration, part funded by a £3.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and opened in October as a hub for wellbeing by hosting therapy sessions, activities and classes. Read more in the Ipswich Star here.

13/07/2017 08:45 PM
Civic Voice Design Awards 2017 Announced
Today (14th July) at an event in The Leadenhall Building, London attended by community groups from across England and industry professionals, Civic Voice – the national charity for the civic movement - handed out 11 awards to a variety of schemes and projects across England. Nominated by community groups, projects including Winton Chapel, Winchester and Western Terrace, a housing development in Bath were celebrated for being well-designed new build, housing, heritage and public realm projects  The Civic Voice Design Awards give communities the opportunity to nominate and recognise new buildings, restoration and public realm projects in their local area.…

09/07/2017 08:15 PM
Empty buildings put our heritage in danger
For some time Halifax Civic Trust has been concerned about the number of historically or architecturally important buildings lying empty and unused in the Halifax town centre conservation area. On June, 17, Civic Day, in line with Civic Voice's theme for the year, the Conservation Conversation, the trust organised a walk for members of the public to draw attention to this growing problem in the town. 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…

01/07/2017 07:06 PM
50th anniversary lecture at Ealing Civic Society to focus on conservation areas
Ealing Civic Society was established in 1967 when many of our founding members were closely involved with local residents’ associations in opposing the Council’s radical plans to re-develop the centre of Ealing. To mark the 50th anniversary of both events, we will be hosting a talk by Paul Bedwell, Civic Voice trustee, entitled 50 years of conservation areas on Tuesday, 11 July at 7:30 PM in the Nelson Room, Ealing Town Hall.  Historic England has been working with Civic Voice and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) to build a picture of their members’ attitudes towards conservation areas half a century on through…

01/07/2017 02:05 AM
Big Conservation Buz Tour - 7th September
Did you know Birmingham has 30 Conservation Areas? To kick-off Heritage Week and mark the 50th anniversary of Conservation Areas, Birmingham Civic Society are organising a guided tour of Birmingham’s Conservation Areas. Join us on the Big Brum Buz as we will pick up some of the Conservation Areas from around the city - telling you the stories behind them and why they are areas of special interest for our city. The tour will finish at The Gunmaker’s Arms in the Gun Quarter where you will be able to enjoy a pint of Birmingham Civic Society’s Civic Pride…

29/06/2017 07:28 PM
Winton Chapel University of Winchester

29/06/2017 06:03 PM
Heritage Lottery Grant Success for the Friends of Abingdon Civic Society
The Friends of Abingdon Civic Society has won support of £68,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to commence planning the enhancement of the remains of the great Abbey of Abingdon. This has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. This grant enables the Friends to undertake a feasibility study to enhance the important Abbey Buildings which are a Scheduled Monument and Grade 1 listed. They are at the core of the town’s history and are significant not only to Abingdon-on-Thames but to the county and nationally. The goal is…