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 winter 2017 newsletter is now available.
This years Awards were 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.
Eleanor of Castile and her cross in St Albans
There will be a theatrical storytelling performance called Eleanor Longshanks on Monday 4th December at the Marlborough Road Methodist Church. Eleanor of Castile. wife of Edward I, died near Lincoln in 1290 and her body was taken back to Westminster in a splendid cortège, a heartbroken Edward following behind his Queen, accompanied by hundreds of members of the royal household. The Cortège passed through the lands she owned allowing her tenants and stewards to pay their respects. After she was buried Edward ordered 12 magnificent monuments to be built to honour her in each of the places the cortege rested over night. And of course the St Albans Cross stood close to where the clock tower stands today! You will find more details and how to buy tickets at https://www.eleanorlongshanks.co.uk/.
New book about St Albans old town hall
A new book charting the history of St Albans iconic old town hall has been published by the St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society During his time as director of St Albans Museums Chris Green worked in the old town hall and over the years has studied almost every inch of the building. He has drawn on his extensive knowledge and experience to write this definitive, fully illustrated guide to its history and use over almost 200 years. Original plans for the neo-classical building by architect George Smith are included in the book. For further information please email the publishers: firstname.lastname@example.org The full colour, fully illustrated book costs £6.99
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.
A talk by Catherine Newley, Audience Development Manager at the Museum.
A talk by Bob Thompson. A joint meeting with Herts Association of Architects.
A talk by Max Farrell, Chair of Civic Voice Design Awards.
A talk by Jeff Lewis.