Worcester Civic Society
Worcester has a long and proud history. The city can lay claim to being the home of many notable people, buildings and moments that were pivotal in English history. Worcester Civic Society exists to champion the city’s heritage and with a varied programme of events they create opportunities for discussion, particularly on matters affecting the City’s development and presentation. Sandra Taylor, a member of the society, tells us more.
When most people hear the words ‘Civic Society’ they think of matters relating to the city/town Mayor or local dignitaries when in reality we are a group concerned primarily with matters relating to heritage and urban development within their local area.
You could call us the public voice that champions the cause of saving historic monuments and buildings from falling into disrepair or being sold off to developers with an eye to demolishing them. We also keep a keen eye on proposals for new housing, business parks or other commercial developments that will impact on the local area in a variety of ways.
Worcester is a city rich in heritage and culture with historic connections dating back to the Domesday Book. Worcester Civic Society strives to ensure that its beauty, history, character and culture are preserved and enjoyed by all. The society has representation at all planning meetings relating to future developments within the area and is also responsible for the Blue Plaques at historic sites such the old city gates, commemorating noted former citizens of the city such as Alice Ottley, Hannah Snell and the Reverend Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy.
Throughout the year the society arranges events or talks each month (with the exception of August due to many people being away). This year saw members visit the historic town of Ludlow where we were guests of Ludlow Civic Society, enjoying refreshments on arrival before being taken on a guided tour of the town. In September there will be a day trip to Wells in Somerset.
Topics covered in talks have ranged from Worcester Cathedral, the Worcestershire Regiment and its connection with the city and the RAF at Croome Park.
Forthcoming events include the society having a stall at the Worcester Show in Gheluvelt Park on 12th August, members of Ludlow Civic Society visiting Worcester, the Annual General Meeting in November and a social evening for members in December or January.
Two heritage trails are currently being developed, one within the city itself and a lengthy, more strenuous trail covering 17 miles circling around the city. Further blue plaques are also planned and the 2019 programme of events will shortly be finalised.
We are always pleased to welcome new members. Membership of the Civic Society is open to all, details of corporate, family and individual membership can be found on the Society website along with a subscription form: www.worcestercivicsociety.org.uk . Alternatively payment can be made by cheque via the post, the details of the Membership Secretary can be found on the Membership page of the website.