Who are we ?
Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society is a well established and active group who aim to conserve the character and prosperity of our unique and historic town and Borough whilst accommodating the needs of our 21st century community.
Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society was formed in 1968 and currently has approximately fifty members. We are a diverse group of local people from all sorts of backgrounds brought together by our desire to protect, conserve and improve the character of our historic town.
The aims of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society are to promote and encourage the following:
a) public interest in and concern and respect for the Borough’s beauty, history and character;
b) the development, preservation, conservation, and improvement of features of historic and community interest;
c) high standards of planning, architecture and landscaping.
We meet on the second Friday of each month (excluding August) at 2.00pm in the Orme Centre, Pooldam.
New members are very welcome.
By John Sutton
This issue completes two years of our quarterly magazine, with which we try to keep you informed about what is going on in your Borough and Rural District.
Our last meeting saw the election of Miss Joan Howe to the Chair of the Society, and we wish her every success in this post. Her predecessor, Jim Worgan, has retired gracefully to the Vice Chairman’s position after an excellent tour of duty at the helm. Thank you Jim for all your hard work.
As hinted in our last issue, the interest from the schools in our attempts to interest year eight students in the running of their town has declined sharply over the last two years, so we have decided reluctantly to abandon this project for the time being. An alternative proposal is in the early planning stages. More will be revealed later in the year.
Our hardworking Minute Secretary Philip has been seeking a successor, but understandably no one is prepared to follow on the very high standard he has set. Luckily a compromise has been reached whereby notes will be taken on a rota and Philip will continue to write them up and produce the minutes.
Don’t forget, we are always on the look out for new members. If you are concerned about the future of your local environment, do think about joining us. From September we shall be back to our meeting times on the second Friday afternoon of each month. 2.00 pm in the Orme Centre.
The Society was founded in 1968 to help preserve what was good in our Borough.
Its first success was saving the façade of the Castle Hotel. Since then it has been instrumental in guiding the development of the Lyme Valley, fighting the proposal to build an East-West road which would have destroyed a large area, helped in the Saving of Maer and Hanchurch Hills and brought about the restoration to her proper place of the Queen Victoria statue amongst many other projects.
Membership is open to all and costs £7.
This will entitle you to:-
Attend any or all of our monthly meetings.
Receive a copy of the minutes of all these meetings.
Receive a copy of our quarterly magazine.
For an extra £1 you can buy an attractive enamel badge bearing the Society’s logo. Wear it with pride to let everyone know that you are concerned about the wellbeing of your town and rural area.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The time for the next Newsletter has come round very quickly, and just as life is beginning to start again in the garden, so activities are beginning again in the Society. Not too much to report yet, but work is going on behind the scenes.
Sadly, we have again to report the death of a much loved and respected member of our Society. Roger Wain unhappily died since our last issue, and a tribute to him will be found elsewhere in this magazine.
This issue has been held back slightly to allow us to give up-to-date details of change of officers after the AGM on 10th May. We thank those who have resigned from office for their hard work, and we extend our thanks to their successors for taking on their duties. The editors would like to express their thanks to all who have contributed to this issue. Without you there would be no magazine.
We are always looking for new members. If you are interested in the future of your town and rural area, come along to one of our meetings. You may even be persuaded to join, (but there will be no pressure to do so if you think it is not for you.) For the next three months we shall be meeting on Monday evenings to make it easier for those who work during the day. See below:-
Meeting Times April May June and July 2010.
The Orme Centre, Orme Road, Room 6 on the second Monday of each month at 6.30pm
Meetings start promptly, and if contributing to the discussions gives you a dry throat, you may get a free (non-alcoholic) drink provided. How can you resist that?
Following the 2010 A.G.M., meet our new committee
Mr Denis Duffy
Miss Joan Howe
Mr Jim Worgan
Mr Ron Redgewell
[Tel: 01782 618082]
Mr Alan Varley
To be appointed
Mr Philip Crush
Mr C.J. Wain and Mr J. Wild
Contributed by Jim Worgan
As I indicated in the last magazine, by the time this one is published the Society will have a new Chairman. It is interesting to note the dictionary definition of a Chairman as “A person chosen to preside over a meeting”. I urge the Society to retain this title because the dictionary definition of a Chair is “A separate seat for one person usually having a back and 4 legs”. So far no one has sat on me.
The Society was founded in 1968 and it is interesting to note that of the current 60 or so members, 10 have forth years continuous membership to the present day, 9 of whom are founder members.
The Society became a founder member, in 2010, of Civic Voice a registered charity formed in part to replace the Civic Trust which went into administration in 2009. We continue to go from strength to strength and it is hoped that by holding the May, June and July meetings at 6.30pm at the Orme Centre it will encourage new, younger members.
I will continue to represent the Society on the various outside committees I attend and I would like to express my appreciation to all officers and members for the excellent support they have given me during my time as chairman.
I leave you with these thoughts of G.K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936) from the Shakespeare Memorial
Lord Lilac thought it rather rotten
That Shakespeare should be quite forgotten
And therefore got on a Committee
With several chaps out of the city
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/