Blackpool Civic Trust

Blackpool Civic Trust

Blackpool Civic Trust was formed in February 1975 and its aims are encouraging, supporting and stimulating Civic Pride. Would you like to get involved? You can join their monthly talks, tours and events. Find out more…

The objectives and aims of Blackpool Civic Trust are to:

  • stimulate a sense of Civic Pride,
  • promote high standards of planning and architecture, and
  • secure the preservation, protection and improvement of features of historical or public interest, such as Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas.

Blackpool Civic Trust Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are all held at 7pm on the third Monday of the month in the Town Hall, unless stated otherwise.

You can find the dates of Blackpool Civic Trust meetings and events in the Visit Fylde Coast events calendar.

Blackpool Town Hall, where Blackpool Civic Trust monthly meetings are held
Blackpool Town Hall, where Blackpool Civic Trust monthly meetings are held

At meetings you can hear from a variety of entertaining guest speakers. Meetings are as informal as possible, with business matters discussed prior to the talks. Members can also take part in visits and specially hosted tours of local venues.

Find out more from their website

Non-members, new members and visitors are welcome at meetings. It’s worth coming just to sit in the Council Chamber and look at the surroundings. Walk into the Town Hall and up the stairs where you will be signed in.

If you wish to speak at one of our meetings please contact the Speakers Secretary, Shirley Matthews. Tel: 01253 311574

More about Blackpool Civic Trust

Our objectives and aims are to stimulate a sense of Civic Pride to promote high standards of planning and architecture and to secure the preservation, protection and improvement of features of historical or public interest.

The Trust is a non-political, non-sectarian organization serving only the interests of the people.

Throughout the year we make numerous visits to places of interest. We also have a wide variety of talks covering the history and future development of Blackpool, and willingly give tours to visitors to the town.

Blackpool Civic Trust isn’t just interested in the past. As a consultee on listed and locally listed buildings, and developments affecting conservation areas, the Trust plays a real role in regeneration. This is reflected in our Annual Awards which include new buildings, refurbishments, conservation and the work of community groups.

The Trust has been instrumental in many varied projects throughout our short history. The Trust keeps an eye on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas maintaining an interest in areas relevant to Blackpool’s status as a premier resort.

The Civic Trust participates under the umbrella of The Civic Voice Group.

Some of the achievements of Blackpool Civic Trust:

  • Renovation of the main window in Central Library
  • Updating the Freeman of Borough Scrolls
  • Renovation of the original Mayoral Chain, dating back to 1898
  • Memorial tree planting event in Stanley Park
  • Renovation of the 1902 Dreadnought Tramcar no 59
  • Creation of the Town Hall signage
  • Repainting of the foundation stone on The Salvation Army Citadel, a Grade II listed building
  • Placement of more than 40 Blue heritage Plaques around the town
  • Creation of the town centre ‘Blue Plaque Trail’
  • Repair and renovation of the George Wragge stained glass window in the Town Hall, after securing a £31,600 Heritage Lottery Grant
  • Blackpool Civic Trust also initiated the forming of the Friends of Stanley Park – the first parks’ Friends group in the town.

Blackpool Heritage Open Days 

Blackpool Civic Trust is also involved in Heritage Open Days (HODs). It’s a national project to open, free of admission charges, the places that you might not normally be able to see. It’s organised in conjunction with local Civic Societies and community groups. The Trust was responsible for developing the Fylde Coast HODs programme in its early days, and still arrange the guided tours of the Town Hall.

Here on the Fylde Coast and in Blackpool there are some stunning examples of history and old architecture to explore.

Find out more about Blackpool Heritage Open Days

Blackpool Civic Trust Annual Awards and Dinner 2017-18

On Friday 27th April 2018, Blackpool Civic Trust held its Annual Awards and Dinner at VIVA . In front of over 200 guests, including the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Blackpool, Blackpool Civic Trust gave out awards to a school, community groups and local businesses who had contributed to supporting and improving Blackpool in 2017.

Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, Joan Humble, commented: “The evening was a very enjoyable way to celebrate individual and group achievement in Blackpool. I am pleased that the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, Councillor Gary Coleman and Councillor Debbie Coleman, could join us, together with Blackpool South MP, Gordon Marsden. The 2017 Awards highlight the good work of a variety of community groups and also businesses in Blackpool which are supporting our local economy”.

The winners in each category are:-

  • Junior School Environmental Shield: Park Community Academy
  • Senior School Environmental Shield: Park Community Academy
  • Blackpool Council Conservation Award: Blackpool Council Property Services Department and F Parkinsons Ltd
  • Community Award: The Friends of Stanley Park
  • Best Open Spaces: The Secret Garden, Watson Road Park
  • Best Night Time Economy: The Stanley Arm, Brew Room
  • Best New Housing Development: Blackpool Housing Company, for the conversion of properties at 114-120 Albert Road
  • Best Refurbishment:  Winner, Thames Primary Academy
    Judges special award: Donna’s Dream House
    Highly Commended: The Little Black Pug Bar
    Highly Commended: VIVA Diner
  • Best Shop Front: Highly Commended: Lingerie Lounge
  • Transforming Blackpool: World Fireworks Championship Blackpool
  • Special Award:  The Street Angels

National Award for Blackpool Civic Trust

At the AGM and Convention of Civic Voice in Wakefield on 21 October 2017, Blackpool Civic Trust won a prestigious national award.

Blackpool Civic Trust was given the Marsh Christian Trust Award for Civic Societies
Blackpool Civic Trust was given the Marsh Christian Trust Award for Civic Societies

Blackpool Civic Trust was given the Marsh Christian Trust Award for Civic Societies.

The Marsh Christian Trust gives annual awards to highlight the outstanding commitment and hard work of individuals and groups who selflessly dedicate their energies to improving people’s lives and the world we live in.

The Marsh Christian Trust said to the civic trust that “Your contribution to the Civic movement, especially the variety of activities you organise and the Award scheme you have set up to recognise civic achievement in your local area, are exceptional and were recognised by the judging panel as outstanding.” They have presented a certificate and also a cheque for £1000 to Blackpool Civic Trust.

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