Civic Update 7th Anniversary Special

17 April 2017


7 years ago today (17th April), nearly 200 civic society volunteers packed into the Building Centre in central London on Saturday 17th April for the launch of Civic Voice. We want to thank everyone for the contribution they have made in helping Civic Voice establish itself as the authoritative voice for the civic movement. It has been a time of opportunity and a time of change.

Now we look to the future.

As we celebrate 50 years of the Civic Amenities we are looking forward to a successful 2017. In the coming 12 months we will hold more events, issue more statements, speak at more conferences and be even more visual than we have been in the past seven years.

Throughout the year we are holding the Big Conservation Conversation with events being held to celebrate conservation areas. We have the Civic Voice Design Awards in May and June will see hundreds of events across the country for National Civic Day. September will see Heritage Open Days explode across the nation and the Civic Voice Annual Convention will be heading to Wakefield in October. We will remember the fallen as part of our First World War Memorial Programme in November.

Together with the APPG for Civic Societies we will campaign on the issues in our manifesto and continue to press our issues to Government. In our advocacy and campaigning, we will continue to be the authoritative voice of the movement. We look forward to working with you.

We look forward to working with you and seeing you in the next 12 months.

Ian Harvey,
Joint Founder and Executive Director

Photograph: Group holding up civic voice logosPhotograph: Trickett and HubblePhotograph: line up of those involved in awards

Civic Voice to celebrate conservation areas for National Civic Day

Civic voice Annual Convention to celebrate the civic movement

Civic Voice Design Awards to celebrate people's choice for architecture and the built environment

Big Conservation Conversation to celebrate conservation areas

Picture: Laura Sandys lecturing

In 2017 and with the support of Laura Sandys, the civic movement will be raising awareness of conservation areas and we want you to show your support. Sign up today to join our newsletter which will keep people updated on our activities. Sign up here.

In 2017, it is 50 years since the designation of the first conservation area under the Civic Amenities Act 1967. Stamford, Lincolnshire was the first area designated by a local authority on the basis of its historic character and appearance, and since then since then more than 10,000 have been designated. 496 Conservation Areas are now on the At Risk Register.

Arguably, the creation of the conservation area marked the arrival of citizen power in the heritage protection system; any new areas designated by local authorities, need to seek public opinion in order to do so. Local civic societies and other volunteers now play an increasingly larger role in the promotion, designation and management of conservation areas.

Join our campaign during 2017 as we say My Conservation Area Matters."

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Civic Voice's Civic Day to celebrate 50 years of Conservation Areas

Marple Civic Society is counting down the days until Civic Day

Civic Day is the national celebration of civic pride. Each year communities across the country hold events to celebrate their area. This year, Civic Day will be taking place on Saturday, 17th June 2017 and Civic Voice wants to make it the greatest we have ever held. Register your plans now.

We have now had over 350 events registered with 48% of you planning to focus your Civic Day activity around raising awareness of a local conservation area. 30% of events will be involving a local MP while 28% of you plan on working with local school in your Civic Day event.

We are now under 75 days away from Civic Day 2017 and with the national day of civic pride fast approaching we are asking you to send in your Civic Day plans to us. You can submit your Civic Day plans here.

If you need help with your plans you can download our Civic Day toolkit found here or ask Civic Voice to deliver Civic Day training to you. Please use the form here to contact us with your request.

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Civic Voice Design Awards to celebrate people’s choice for architecture and the built environment

Photograph: Design Award winners group 2015 Photograph: 2016 Design Award winners group Photograph: Joan Humble unveiling plaque

Top: 2015 Civic Voice Design Award winners; Left: 2016 Civic Voice Design Award winners; Right: Chair of Civic Voice, Joan Humble unveils the Old Grammar School, Coventry plaque, November 2016

The Civic Voice Design Awards are the people’s choice for architecture and the built environment. Unique in England, the awards are a national celebration of well-designed new build, heritage and public realm projects nominated by local community organisations.

What makes the awards different from other industry awards is that they recognise those buildings, places and spaces that are loved by local people, for both their high quality design and positive impact on the local community. Previous winners have included: Gloucester Services (Northbound) and Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool and; All Souls Church, Bolton (Restoration Category Winner 2015).

Recognising projects both large and small, the awards also celebrate smaller scale interventions too for their significant contribution to the local area, such as the Road of Remembrance war poppies, Folkestone (Public Realm Judges’ Special Prize 2016).

You can register to attend this year's award ceremony on May 23rd today. Sign up here.

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Civic Voice Annual Conventon to celebrate the civic movement

Picture: Wakefield centre Picture:Kevin Trickett and Joan Humble

Kevin Trickett, President of Wakefield Civic Society presenting Chair of Civic Voice, Joan Humble with Wakefield Civic Society's membership fee for 2017-2018 on a recent visit to Wakefield

This year the Civic Voice Annual Convention and AGM is taking place in the city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire and will be co-hosted by Wakefield Civic Society.

The Convention begins on Friday morning when there will be an opportunity to take part in workshops, hear presentations about topical issues from Civic Voice and to find out more about the city and its fascinating history through a series of talks and tours organised by the local Society. We will be based at Unity Works in Westgate, just a stone’s throw from Westgate Railway Station for our daytime activities before moving to the Cedar Court Hotel on Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, for our drinks reception and convention dinner. We will remain at Cedar Court for our Saturday programme.

Please note that the Civic Voice registration fee includes the Friday workshops and tours, a drinks reception and dinner at Cedar Court Hotel and the Saturday programme which includes a buffet lunch and teas and coffees during the day.

Register here to attend the biggest event in the civic movement calendar

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