What’s it all about
The Civic Society committee has decided to start a review and ask some serious questions about its activities and how it involves members. In the coming months it will be consulting not only with its membership but also the wider public. This, dear reader, includes you.
This means pertinent questions like: as a civic society are we meeting our remit; keeping up with the city’s development challenges; protecting and promoting St Albans’ heritage and amenities; communicating enough with not only members but the public and the Council. Are we offering what people want with our various talks, visits and other events?
Of particular importance is the need to engage with younger people who are the city’s future. They are key to things but are, inevitably, busy working and perhaps have little time to really dwell on what’s happening in the place where they live. Many of us know this because we have been through that stage of life already. Therein lies a clue to our deliberations. None of us are getting any younger!
Take any Civic Society and you invariably find that it has a mostly grey-haired membership, just like our committee! How to attract new members is a pressing issue and raises the question – what do people want from their Civic Society?
Fortunately for us this is not really about money, for the Society’s finances are healthy and we are able to offer funds to worthy local community projects. The key to the future is remaining relevant, keeping and attracting members who support our aims and who can help influence the Society and the city’s future.
As Cilla Black sang ‘What’s it all About?’ The Society has had some positive results and campaigns like saving the cinema; opposing the railfreight depot; the tree sponsorship scheme; supporting projects such as the new museum and gallery; promoting Heritage Open Days; scrutinizing planning and licensing matters. Inevitably we have ruffled some feathers. And why not? Sometimes somebody just has to say something and be there to take up an issue or offer advice and support. We really do want to hear your views.
To let us know your comments please go to the contact form page
Later in the year a link to an online survey will be available here.