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22/11/2017 04:18 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…

16/11/2017 06:04 PM
Oxford Character Assessment Toolkit
Communities approach Civic Voice on a weekly basis asking for our advice about toolkits that they can utilise in their local area to help them shape local developments. One that we often recommend is the Oxford Character Assessment Toolkit which was prepared for individuals to help them assess the character of areas within the city of Oxford, but could be equally used in other areas across the country.  In 2008 English Heritage (now historic England) part funded a conservation officer post for Oxford City Council to develop a process and set of tools to help community groups and others develop awareness…

14/11/2017 03:04 AM
York students pledge their support for the programme.
The last week has seen Civic Voice's Anna Wilson visit York and Bury St. Edmunds to help more people find out how they can protect and care for their local war memorials. Over the next few months Anna will be supporting students from York University who are volunteering for the programme and have each pledged to apply for at least five of their local war memorials to be listed to ensure they are protected for the future. Following the training one of the volunteers, Mark Simmonds, said, 'The Centenary War Memorial Listing Project is so important.…

13/11/2017 11:42 PM
War Memorials Built 100 Years Ago Listed to Commemorate the First World War on Armistice Day
As the commemorations of the sacrifices made in the First World War continue, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has listed at Grade II eight war memorials which are reaching their centenary this year, and another has had its listing updated to fully reflect its historical importance. Although the majority of First World War memorials were not constructed until after the end of the war, memorials began to be built prior to this as a way to provide the community with focus for their grief. Some of these were by individuals to commemorate family members, others…

13/11/2017 11:40 PM
We will remember the fallen
At 11 o'clock on Sunday we fell silent as a nation as we observed Armistice Day and remembered the fallen of the two world wars. During the day, remembrance ceremonies were held at war memorials across the country as we came together to say "We will remember them". One way, as a nation we are remembering is through the First World War Memorials Programme. The First World War Memorials Programme, as part of the national commemorative events, is helping conserve and protect the nation's war memorials for the long term as well as ensuring there are skilled volunteers…

10/11/2017 02:49 AM
Hannah wins award
The Marsh Civic Awards are an annual award to recognise an "outstanding contribution to the civic movement" by an individual and a group. The awards are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust and this year, we introduced a new award to recognise the outstanding contribution made by a younger person to the civic movement. Hannah Seager from Altrincham was the first winner of the award! Conservation Areas make a major contribution to protecting our Heritage for future generations. To tell the local story on Conservation Areas in Altrincham it was important to show as many of their fine buildings…

10/11/2017 02:22 AM
Deal Society leading the way in community led conservation appraisals
As part of the Civic Voice convention, over 20 workshops were held to give communities the chance to consider how they could play a greater role in local heritage management. A particular feature of the weekend was considering how civic societies can support local authorities through conservation area appraisals. A Conservation Area Appraisal is an assessment of the current condition of the built environment and character of the landscape within a designated Conservation Area. The resulting report leads to a Supplementary Planning Document within the Local Planning Authority. That document will be used in considering development and planning matters and…

10/11/2017 02:21 AM
The Deal Society deliver workshop explaining how they are leading the way in community led conservat
As part of the Civic Voice convention, over 20 workshops were held to give communities the chance to consider how they could play a greater role in local heritage management. A particular feature of the weekend was considering how civic societies can support local authorities through conservation area appraisals. A Conservation Area Appraisal is an assessment of the current condition of the built environment and character of the landscape within a designated Conservation Area. The resulting report leads to a Supplementary Planning Document within the Local Planning Authority. That document will be used in considering development and planning matters and…

03/11/2017 07:46 AM
Leeds Civic Trust volunteers survey 3,300 Leeds ‘Buildings at Risk’
Jenna Strover, Chair, Leeds Civic Trust Heritage at Risk Group, provides an update on the update on the Leeds Civic TRust Heritage At Risk project that have been working on over the past 4 years. It all started back in 2013 as an English Heritage (EH) pilot project where they asked groups to trial ways of surveying Grade 2 listed buildings; the purpose being to record and log their condition. The Trust’s HAR group were already recording the buildings on our ‘at risk list’ and Kate Newell, from the Council’s Conservation Team, approached me to see if we’d be…

02/11/2017 11:15 PM
Hannah Seager from Altrincham is the first winner of the Young Civic Society volunteer award!
The Marsh Civic Awards are an annual award to recognise an "outstanding contribution to the civic movement" by an individual and a group. The awards are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust and this year, we introduced a new award to recognise the outstanding contribution made by a younger person to the civic movement. Hannah Seager from Altrincham was the first winner of the award! Conservation Areas make a major contribution to protecting our Heritage for future generations. To tell the local story on Conservation Areas in Altrincham it was important to show as many of their fine buildings…