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Civic Society Awards Evening

25/09/2017 19:30

The College Conference Centre, Lower Church Road BS23 2AL

Our Hill Fort - a Hidden Treasure

17/10/2017 19:30

The Imperial, South Parade BS23 1JN

At The Museum

21/11/2017 19:30

The Museum, Burlington Street BS23 1PR

Painting & Writing Our Books

19/12/2017 19:30

The Imperial, South Parade BS23 1JN

The Weston-super-Mare Civic Society, set up in 1973, aims to preserve and develop the best in the town and district. It believes that change should be guided to serve the community’s interests, with new development of high quality and in keeping with the local character

The society believes that local planning should promote sustainable development

Great Weston Heritage Action Zone

Next Meeting:

The 2017 Civic Society Awards Evening 

Recognising and rewarding
excellence in Weston architecture
Monday 25th September, 7.30pm
at The College Conference Centre
Lower Church Road  BS23 2AL
The refurbished Winter Gardens begins to appear

The latest Summer 2017 Weston View is available now!


The Work of the Society

A regular part of our work is to monitor planning applications and respond to public consultations on the Local and Structure Plans.  We aim to support development that will enhance the character and prosperity of the town.

The Civic Society successfully opposed plans for major development on the Italian Gardens in High Street and proposals to demolish the Old General Hospital in the Boulevard.  We maintain a general interest in the street scene, the design of new buildings, conservation areas, the traffic system and local amenities.

The Society has produced a range of publications designed to celebrate the heritage of the town and the surrounding countryside.

We have supported many local initiatives including the establishment of the Blakehay Arts Centre.

Our Town

WESTON-SUPER-MARE first began to attract visitors over 200 years ago.  During the Victorian period it grew into a town of quality and character.  We have a fine heritage of handsome buildings, parks and gardens, as attractive coastline, and beautiful countryside.  There is much of interest and value to protect.

Practical Projects

The society undertakes practical projects in the town.  We have planted hundreds of tress, built walls and pillars and installed railings at Grove Park; repaired park shelters, converted the old windmill tower at Uphill into an observatory.

For over 20 years the Society ran a Heritage Centre in a converted building in Wadham Street.

What was the Society Saying in the Past?

30 years ago  

A major article “Ever Forward” reviewed the widespread concern about the town’s economy. The loss of community identity was highlighted due to the expansion of the town and local government reorganisation. The decline in the English seaside in general was explained. In trying to rise to this challenge the emphasis was for improvements as a seaside resort. Now it is recognised under the Town Centre Regeneration Project that the approach has to make it more attractive for residents as well.

20 years ago

An edition covering both local and national issues included a news item that the Civic Society submitted a draft framework of principles which could be used as a basis for responding to the challenges which local planning would offer during the coming years.  The clean-up of the Weston College School of Science and Art in Lower Church Street was celebrated.

10 years ago

This small edition mainly featured a reprint of the Boulevard and Montpelier trail which is available on this website. 

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