Often referred to as the ‘City’s Watchdogs’, the Civic Society is the conservation and amenity movement for St Albans. We are a member of the national organisation ‘Civic Voice‘.

Founded in 1961 and part of the nationwide civic society movement, we are a registered charity, number 200330, and a non party-political and non religious organisation, ready to welcome everyone who cares about the future of St Albans.

So, do join us, maybe to offer to help, or maybe just to show you support our aims. We offer, above all, a chance to be involved and have a say in what our city looks like and how it functions.

Our Summer 2017 newsletter is now available.


This years Awards are presented on 5 October at the Maltings Arts Theatre.

Each year St Albans Civic Society celebrates imaginative development and design initiatives which have been completed within the city in the previous year – anything from an entire housing scheme to a beautiful front door. While many of the projects considered are architectural, and can involve restoration as well as new buildings, we have also in past years given the chief award to green space refurbishment, such as in the Vintry Gardens, and, less easy to categorise, the larger-than-life-size puppets that accompany the annual St Albans Pilgrimage.

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Current issues

Save Symondshyde

The Society is supporting the Save Symondshyde campaign and has made a donation to their funds. They have produced a very detailed response to Welwyn Hatfield Council’s proposal to build 1130 houses in the Green Belt close to the John Bunyan (next to Symondshyde Wood). The Plan has been submitted for public examination by an independent inspector to determine whether it meets the test of soundness. This will be the last opportunity to stop the Symondshyde development and the campaign is organising professional representation at this examination. They are currently raising funds to help with this.


Heritage Open Days

Starts: 7 September 2017

Ends: 10 September 2017

For more information on attractions which are open for free see the Heritage Open Days brochure 2017. Details of the Heritage Open Days in other areas can be found at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

Annual Awards Evening

5 October 2017

Time: 19:30

Location: The Maltings Arts Theatre

Annual Awards Evening for members and invited guests The Maltings Arts Theatre 7.30pm for 8pm start Refreshments – FREE

Autumn coach visit

7 October 2017

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Trip to Southwell Minster and the National Trust owned Workhouse. Details and booking form in Autumn Newsletter.

Speaker Evening – Sir Terry Farrell

21 November 2017

Time: 20.00

Location: St Albans School

We are delighted to announced that Sir Terry Farrell will be our speaker at this event to be held in the Library at St Albans School.

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