Civic Update

11 August 2017

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Civic societies celebrate 50 years of conservation areas for Heritage Open Days

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2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the act which led to Conservation Areas being established across the UK. Civic Voice is asking that communities to join together, as part of a Big Conservation Conversation, to recognise how conservation areas have helped keep many of our towns distinctive and to say that “My Conservation Area Matters”.

In particular we have asked local Civic Societies to arrange events to increase awareness of Conservation Areas. Many civic societies and community groups have joined that call to action.

1.Chatteris Civic Society - Conservation Officer Talk “Heritage Significance and Values”: To celebrate the National Heritage Open Days Weekend, the Chatteris Civic Society - (Chatteris Past Present and Future) invites you to hear Conservation Officer for Fenland District Council, Nicola Duncan Finn, speaking about Heritage Significance and Values.

2.Goole Civic Society will also be celebrating 50 years of Conservation Areas with the launch of a new Conservation Area leaflet, available free from the society's stand in the shopping precinct.

3.Cockermouth Civic Trust have been participating in the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of Conservation Areas. A key activity has been to produce a booklet describing our conservation areas and property owner responsibilities. These will be distributed to all owners/occupiers of buildings within these areas. An exhibition will inform on the general purpose and requirements of Conservation Areas and on the specific features of the local Cockermouth & Papcastle Conservation areas.

4.Organised by Reading Civic Society to celebrate Conservation Areas as part of Heritage Open Weekend, a guided walk of the St Mary's/ Castle Street Conservation area and also just "over the border"

5.Shrewsbury Civic Society will have an exhibition celebrating 50 years of Conservation work in Shrewsbury including an exhibition and and walking tours.

Over the next few weeks we will keep a focus on civic societies and Heritage Open Days. Remember to tell us what you are doing to celebrate 50 years of Conservation Areas

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Did you know Birmingham has 30 Conservation Areas? - Brum’s Big Conservation Area Buz Tour

Photograph: Ian Harvey & Birmingham Civic Society Chairman, Gavin Orton

Do you want to join Ian Harvey, Civic Voice Executive Director and Gavin Orton, Chair of Birmingham Civic Society for a bottle of Civic Pride, well now you can.

To kick-off Birmingham Heritage Week and mark the 50th anniversary of Conservation Areas, Birmingham Civic Society in partnership with Civic Voice and others are organising a guided tour of Birmingham’s Conservation Areas. Join us on the "Big Brum Buz" as we 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 ale, specially brewed by The Two Towers Brewery to celebrate the Society’s Centenary Year in 2018.

Register to attend the tour here.

Ticket price includes a pint of Civic Pride or glass of house wine/soft drink. Birmingham Civic Society are partnering with Civic Voice, Birmingham Architectural Association and the RIBA West Midlands and the event is kindly sponsored by EHSmith.

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2000 people sign Bradford Civic Society petition to save Bradford's Odeon

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A NEW £15m cultural regeneration fund for the North could be the key to rescuing Bradford’s long-vacant former Odeon. That’s according to the Bradford Civic Society, which has started a petition calling for the Leeds City Region to unite behind the project and put it forward for a Government cash injection.

Last week, the Government announced its new Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, designed to provide a long-term legacy for next year’s culture-themed Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle-Gateshead.

The first round of bids will be coordinated by Local Enterprise Partnerships. Successful bids will encourage sustainable cultural and creative regeneration in the North of England and benefit areas that have historically had low levels of cultural and creative investment. The successful projects will be announced in March 2018.

Bradford Civic Society’s petition, on website change.org, calls for the Leeds City Region to put forward the project to turn the Odeon back into a live venue. It has gathered more than 2,000 signatures since Friday.

Chairman Si Cunningham said the project was the “obvious” choice for the Leeds City Region’s Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

He said: “We are asking the LEP to put Bradford first, because we have seen some really big projects elsewhere in West Yorkshire, such as the Piece Hall in Halifax and the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. We'll be taking our members inside the Odeon on 29 August for an exclusive tour, so should have updates from the developer then too".

Read more here.

Back Bradford Civic Society's campaign here and share this with your own civic society members.

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Civic Voice & YHACS study visit to see Sunbridge Wells, Bradford

Photograph: Staircase in Sunbridge Wells Photograph: Chairman receiving award from Laura Sandys

A NEW £15m cultural regeneration fund for the North could be the key to rescuing Bradford’s long-vacant former Odeon. That’s according to the Bradford Civic Society, which has started a petition calling for the Leeds City Region to unite behind the project and put it forward for a Government cash injection.

Last week, the Government announced its new Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, designed to provide a long-term legacy for next year’s culture-themed Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle-Gateshead.

The first round of bids will be coordinated by Local Enterprise Partnerships. Successful bids will encourage sustainable cultural and creative regeneration in the North of England and benefit areas that have historically had low levels of cultural and creative investment. The successful projects will be announced in March 2018.

Bradford Civic Society’s petition, on website change.org, calls for the Leeds City Region to put forward the project to turn the Odeon back into a live venue. It has gathered more than 2,000 signatures since Friday.

Chairman Si Cunningham said the project was the “obvious” choice for the Leeds City Region’s Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

He said: “We are asking the LEP to put Bradford first, because we have seen some really big projects elsewhere in West Yorkshire, such as the Piece Hall in Halifax and the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. We'll be taking our members inside the Odeon on 29 August for an exclusive tour, so should have updates from the developer then too".

Read more here.

Back Bradford Civic Society's campaign here and share this with your own civic society members.

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Local list – Mitcham's proposed additions accepted

Merton Council maintains a “local list” of buildings and structures which are of historic interest and add character to the area.

Civic Voice member, Mitcham Cricket Green and Community Heritage have been pleased to help ensure a clear process for making additions based on input from the local community.

This year they proposed five additions to the local list for Mitcham Cricket Green:

•Bramcote Court and Parade – a distinctive 1930s residential development in the “moderne” style.

•The Canons walls and well – these impressive structures include examples from both the 18th and 19th century and have been identified as being highly significant in recent investigations of The Canons as part of the successful Lottery bid that we are centrally involved with.

•Mitcham running track – the remnants of the cinder track on the former news of the World Sports Ground are the last vestige of a sporting heritage which included the training of Olympic athletes. Restoration of this track is part of the successful Lottery bid.

•The Canons Lodge lamp stands – these are a distinctive addition to the Lodge which is already locally listed.

•Gas lamp post – this elegant cast iron structure stands opposite The White Hart as a reminder of the days before electric street lamps and dates to the 1850s.

Four of these were accepted as additions to the Local List by a Council Meeting on 12 July. The Canon walls have been confirmed as being nationally listed. You can view the Merton Local List here.

A Local Heritage Listing: Historic England Advice Note (see here) has been produced by Historic England and there is a strong emphasis on working in partnership with community groups such as civic societies.

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New Charity Governance Code – what are the implications for civic societies?

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Last year, the Charity Commission consulted on a proposed code of governance. This has now been published and is available on-line here.

While the new Code is at the moment just guidance, it is based on current legal requirements and recommended practice. It is set out under 7 principles and introduces the notion of ‘apply or explain’ – in other words, charities should apply the code’s principles wherever they can and explain those instances where, for whatever reason, a charity cannot apply the recommendations of the Code.

Much that is in the Code will be familiar already, this is evolution not revolution, but there are some interesting new recommendations about recruitment and retention of trustees – i.e., your committee members – which will have far-reaching implications for many societies. Not least of these is the recommendation that trustees serve for a maximum of 9 years.

Kevin Trickett, Chair of the Yorkshire Association of Civic Societies shares his thought on the new Charity Governance code here.

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Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement

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A new Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement was set up on 29 June 2017. The Committee acknowledges that: British society is changing. Technological, economic and cultural issues are leading to far reaching shifts in how individuals, families and communities live and work together.

The referendums on Scottish independence and Brexit, the recent attacks in Manchester and London by people, some of them born in Britain, an apparent low level of confidence in the effectiveness of the political system, not to mention concern regarding sections of society that feel “left behind” – all of these point to the need to reflect on those values, principles and processes that might play a role in bringing people together and promoting engaged citizenship.

This is why the House of Lords has set up a committee to explore the issues of citizenship and civic engagement in the twenty-first century. The committee is keen to hear from a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations in order to understand the nature of the citizenship challenge for different parts of society; the aim being to identify new ways of building bridges within and between communities, and to support civic engagement. How to think about citizenship and civic engagement in a more vibrant, positive and integrated manner is of particular interest to the committee.

Civic Voice will be responding so please submit thoughts to us before 3rd September 2017 to allow us time to review all contributions.

Read more on the questions for the committee here.

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Anna Wilson’s Macmillan Mighty Hike

Photograph: Anna Wilson, Civic Voice Senior Development Officer for War Memorials

On September 2nd, Civic Voice team member Anna Wilson will be lacing up her hiking boots and joining hundreds of other walkers to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Known as a Macmillan Mighty Hike, Anna's challenge is to walk a marathon through the Peak District.

Anna said, "It's probably about 20 years since I hiked anything like 26 miles in a single day so it's definitely going to be a challenge! Knowing people have made a donation to support Macmillan will really help to spur me on to the finish line!'

If you'd like to make a donation please visit Anna's Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anna-wilson17 Thank you!

 

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