Events

​Throughout the year, we offer a range of events for members and non-members. These include regular speaker evenings covering topical interests – for example we have included subjects varying from preserving the green belt to youth interests in St. Albans.   A series of online speaker meetings took place December 2020 to May 2021.

There is an Annual General Meeting  when all members are invited to give their views on past and future happenings in our city.

Perhaps the highlight of the year is our Awards Evening where we celebrate best practice in current architecture and design – for both buildings and our green spaces.

Additionally, we participate in the St Albans Residents First Weekend and Heritage Open Days, and arrange visits to other interesting and historic towns.

Upcoming Events

AGM

Date: 9 September 2021

Time: 20.00

Location: Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BU

We plan to hold this year’s AGM as an in person event which will also mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Society.

Anne Boleyn and St Albans

Date: 16 September 2021

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

Hever Castle coach trip

Date: 2 October 2021

A day trip to Hever Castle, Royal Tunbridge Wells with a special Tudor tea.

£39 per person including discounted entry to the Castle

Past Events

Tackling The Climate Crisis With Sustainable Transport

Date: 2 June 2021

Time: 18.30

Location: Online via Teams

Learn about the role of transport in tackling climate change and how changes in your daily travel patterns can benefit the environment and wider society.

The Society is supporting this event as part of the Sustainability Festival 2021.  The event is organised by AECOM so please email nikki.hodges@aecom.com to obtain registration details

 

Greening the City

Date: 13 May 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

Tim Boatswain, President of St Albans Civic Society, concludes our series of talks, started in 2020 on greening the city. With the climate change crisis and the environmental issues of air and noise pollution, flooding and sustainability, there is a recognition that not only do our urban areas need to be re-balanced with nature, but also that ‘greening’ is vital for public health and well-being. This talk will look at why and how we should be implementing a programme to ‘green’ the city.

To register please click here. Then complete your name and email after which you will receive an automated response with the link.

The role of trees in cities

Date: 15 April 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

Sara Croft of The Woodland Trust  continues our Greening the City talks.

To register please click here. Then complete your name and email after which you will receive an automated response with the link.

The Landscape of the City

Date: 11 March 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

Johanna Gibbons is a Landscape Architect and Fellow of the Landscape Institute. The St Albans Cathedral Precinct Project is one landscaping project being carried out by her firm, J & L Gibbons. The Welcome Centre landscape completed in 2019 was the first phase of a wider landscape ambition and currently work is ongoing on the Sumpter Yard landscaping.  This talk continues our Greening the City theme which first started in 2020.

To register for this event please click here

 

The Arena architect: Sir Frederick Gibberd

Date: 11 February 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

Mac Quinton will give a talk on the architect Sir Frederick Gibberd with particular reference to St Albans and the Arena

Current issues

Date: 14 January 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

An informal meeting to introduce the new committee and to discuss current issues. An opportunity to talk about what we are doing, what should be the priorities and how members can get involved.

River Ver

Date: 3 December 2020

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

John Pritchard, Chairman of the Ver Valley Society will update us on what’s happening with the river.

Email stalbanscivicsociety@gmail.com for the link to join us online

AGM 2020

Date: 22 October 2020

Time: 19.00

Location: Online

This year’s AGM will be held online via Zoom. Members should request login details by emailing stalbanscivicsociety@gmail.com

Following the formal business, there will be a talk by Daisy Cooper MP

St Albans City Centre Vision Conference

Date: 26 June 2020

Time: 14.00

St Albans District Council, in co-operation with the Business Improvement District (BID), Conservation 50 and the Civic Society, are looking to develop a new vision for St Albans’ city centre – the last City Centre Vision document dates back to 2009 and much has happened since then. Although devastating in so many ways, Covid-19 pandemic gives us an opportunity to look at new priorities for the city centre which should focus on the public’s health and well-being as well as economic revival.

This online conference will invite a panel of experts to present ideas on the future of city centres and, following the conference, it is planned to hold a public consultation on what the future of St Albans’ city centre should look like.

To register please click on this link

Alban Weekend Local History Quiz

Date: 20 June 2020

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

Join us for an interactive fun local history quiz for the Alban Weekend. Hosted online by Tim Boatswain.

Click here for info on how to join the quiz for free

Events in 2021

Details of events appear on the left of this page.  Our online events programme has now finished and in person events resume in the Autumn.

 

Join us

Membership is open to all – to everyone who shares our aim to make our City attractive for residents and visitors.

The membership / financial year runs from 1st April through to 31st March but you may of course join at any time so don’t delay, join today!

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