A group dedicated to protecting and improving the character of Newcastle-under-Lyme is hoping to attract new members by changing its meeting time.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society will hold evening meetings in May, June and July to give a wider range of people the chance to attend. The group usually meets in the afternoon of the second Friday of each month.

The Civic Society was formed in 1968 and has around 60 members. The group acts as a pressure group to support developments that they believe will benefit the town and fight against those which may damage its appearance or character.

They are also responsible for the blue plaques commemorating the borough’s significant locations and residents, and worked with the council on the recent Civic Awards celebrating quality design in buildings and land development.

Chairman Jim Worgan said: “Meeting in the afternoon suited our retired members but meant younger working people could not attend. We hope to welcome many new people who are interested in the heritage and future of our historic town.”

The evening meetings will start at 6.30pm at the Orme Centre in Pooldam on May 10, June 14 and July 12.

For more information call Jim Worgan on 01782 616378 or see the website https://newcastleunderlymecivicsociety.wordpress.com/