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The Civic Trust, with which most Civic Societies were affiliated, went into administration in April 2009.
 This caused considerable concern for many societies, including ourselves, not least because we relied on them for insurance cover on public events such as the Heritage Open Days (see page 11).
  Fortunately, we can now report that a rescue operation has been set up in the form of the Civic Society Initiative, funded and supported by the National Trust, North of England Civic Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England, and Royal Institute of British Architects, among others..  This will be welcomed by the more than a thousand voluntary civic and amenity societies and their 250,000 members.
The Civic Society Initiative will be led by seasoned campaigner and community advocate Tony Burton, who has over twenty years experience as the National Trust’s Director of Strategy and External Affairs and formerly as Deputy director of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
We look forward to being associated with this movement and are grateful to the various organisations which have rallied round with offers of financial and practical support to enable it to come into being.