Blackpool Civic Trust promoting excellence since 1975
Founded in 1975, Blackpool Civic Trust seeks to promote excellence and community spirit in Blackpool for people of all ages. We are interested in all things Blackpool, particularly its heritage and future for people. We have monthly meetings, visits to places of interest, and community activities such as Civic Week. We'd love you to join us.
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Monthly Meetings on the third Monday of the month at 7pm
The next Monthly Meeting will be held on
Monday 20th December 2021 at 7pm - the Christmas Meeting
The meeting will be held at St Stephen's on the Cliffs in the Church Hall, Holmfield Road,
Blackpool, FY2 9RB
We will be having our Christmas supper, beef Hot Pots with a pastry lid. If anyone has an allergy or wishes a vegetarian option please contact Gill. There will be a dessert.
The meal will be free for our members. Because of Covid we have not been able to provide the talks and events and visits that we usually do so this is a big "thank you" to all our members for their loyalty and support, which means a great deal to your Executive Committee.
Non-members are welcome to join our celebrations. The cost will be £5 each for the meal for non-members/guests. Drinks are not included but water will be available. There will be a bar where you can buy drinks. We will also have membership forms for people to renew or join us for the first time.
We will need to know who is intending to come to December meeting so that can order sufficient Hot Pots. Please let me know if you are able to attend as soon as possible.
Please note it is in the Church Hall round the corner from the Church entrance.
Ghost Tram Tour 25th November 2021
'It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled outside candle-lit windows……’ In other words, perfect weather for Blackpool Civic Trust’s special Ghost Train excursion. Stephen Mercer told his tales of the supernatural lurking behind Blackpool’s bright lights with his customary flair and showmanship. As benefited the occasion, the tram was one of Blackpool’s unique and much-cherished Heritage Tram fleet.
Thanks to Stephen of 'Supernatural |Events’, who is one of our corporate members, for his support of the Civic Trust. Thanks also to Gill, our social secretary, for organising this and other activities for our members in recent months.
Actors' Chapel at St Stephens on the Cliffs Church 22nd November 2021
At St Stephen's on the Cliffs Church on North Shore there is an Actors' Chapel built by donations from performers at Blackpool's theatres in 1928 and containing many famous names. After our meeting on the 22nd November 2021 our guest speaker, Ruth Eastwood - CEO of the Grand Theatre, was shown around by Canon Andrew Sage, with Joan Humble Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, centre.
Blackpool Civic Trust Wreath 2021
Our wreath laid at the Blackpool Cenotaph, 14th November 2021
Grundy Art Gallery Anniversary celebrations and unveiling of Blue Plaque
26th October 2021
Grundy Art Gallery celebrated its 110th anniversary in style with Blackpool Civic Trust and Council representatives, among others, in attendance.
A blue plaque has been mounted near the entrance to mark 110yrs and the Grundy Brothers, John and Cuthbert.
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The group photo,
Unveiling the Blue Plaque in Blackpool Winter Gardens - Hungarian Concert 1957
22nd October 2021
A Blue Plaque commemorating a concert given by Hungarian refugees in 1957 was unveiled today in the Blackpool Winter Gardens. The Hungarian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Trade, His Excellency Mr Csaba Balogh, travelled from Hungary to attend the event and give the keynote speech. The unveiling of the plaque was attended by over 60 people, including members of the Hungarian community in Blackpool.
Photo of the Blue Plaque:
Photo: The Hungarian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Trade, His Excellency Mr Csaba Balogh:
Blackpool Civic Trust Art and Photographic Competition 2021 - 23rd September to 26th October 2021 10.30am to 2.30pm Tuesday to Sunday
This year Blackpool Civic Trust is holding an art and photographic competition with prizes and awards in the Stanley Park Visitor Centre..
The theme is 'Celebrating our Seaside Heritage'.
Painting the Norkeed Road Promenade Shelter, Little Bispham, September 2021
The Civic Trust has won national recognition for Blackpool’s seaside heritage in North Shore.
Historic England has awarded Grade 2 status to Middle and Lower Walk colonnades. The 5 Middle Walk colonnades and retaining wall , which is included in the listing, start at Cocker Square and finish at Gynn slipway. The national listing for the single Lower Walk colonnade includes 2 massive pillars at Gynn Square, which are the only surviving parts of what was formerly a very grand entrance to the colonnades.
Joan Humble presents The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, 15th July 2021
Joan Humble, who is a member of the Lancashire Queen's Awards for Voluntary Service Panel, presented volunteers and representatives of Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours with their award for 2020.
Photo of the volunteers at Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours:
Call of the Sea, Public Art in Talbot Square Blackpool unveiled 10th June 2021
'Call of the Sea’ evokes the richness of the sea and is full of references to the many creatures and things associated with the sea in its more benign aspects'. Read more here
Laurence Payot with her work 'Call of the Sea' in Talbot Square Blackpool:
Princess Parade Crazy Golf Course Re-Opens, near North Pier
Friday 28th May 2021
A derelict crazy golf course has been given a new lease of life by local charities, and volunteers from the community experiencing multiple disadvantage in Blackpool.
Blackpool Civic Trust participated in the voluntary work.
Please check opening days and opening hours on the Princess Parade crazy golf course Facebook page.
Richard Gottfried, a champion of Crazy Golf, on Blackpool's re-opened crazy golf course near North Pier:
Joan Humble on one of the new Tram Benches in Talbot Square, Blackpool
Please note the Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony planned for Friday 27th March 2020 has been postponed until after the pandemic.
Blackpool Civic Trust Seaside Memorabilia Collection
Over the years Blackpool Civic Trust has collected a large amount of Blackpool related Seaside Memorabia. We have photographed the items and created an on-line catalogue. Please click on this link to view it.
Direct Links to what we do and other items of interest:
Blackpool contains many buildings and areas of importance:
Over 30 listed buildings
Over 50 blue plaques
One listed park
Four Conservation Areas
Local list of important buildings
Assets of Community Value
See our news page for information of what we've done and what we're doing.
If you wish to speak at one of our meetings please contact our speakers secretary listed on the About Us page.
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