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.
Most recent Corporate Member:
Live in Blackpool
Peter & Louise Mowbray with Manager Dave Kerr
Monthly Meetings on the third Monday of the month at 7pm
Monday 20th January 2020
(**note the change of venue and speaker**)
The Salvation Army Citadel
Annie Heslop, Blackpool Council
Greening up Blackpool
Blackpool Civic Trust 45th Anniversary Dinner 2020, with Awards
Tickets on sale from January 2020.
Contact our Social Officer firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01253 301264.
New Blue Plaque: Jean Robinson JP, CBE, first female Mayor of Blackpool
Unveiled 11th January 2020 at Abingdon Street Market
Councillor David Owen presents a cheque to Major Sandra Fisher of the Salvation Army at The Christmas Carols and Hot Pot Evening
Visit to the Mayor's Parlour, Saturday 14th December 2019
Members of the Civic Trust were invited to attend the Mayor’s Christmas Parlour on Saturday, 14th December. It was an informal and highly enjoyable occasion with mince pies and drinks, and gave our members a chance to rub shoulders with other groups such as the Friends of The Grand Theatre. One of our members, Barbara Walker, distinguished herself by winning the stand-up bingo and a bottle of champagne.
We supported the Mayor, Cllr Amy Cross, in raising monies in aid of her chosen charities.
Photo of prize winner Barbara Walker:
Robert Evans Mills annual lecture, 18th November 2019
The Mayor, Cllr Amy Cross, attended a packed Blackpool Civic Trust Members Meeting to hear Professor Vanessa Toulmin, give the annual Robert Evans Mills lecture. The subject of the talk was Blackpool Tower, including the famous Tower Circus. This was the third time Prof. Toulmin, who has published a number of books on Blackpool, had been invited to give the Robert Evans Mills lecture, and it proved as popular as its predecessors.
Every year we present awards for the Best Building Work and Community Activities in Blackpool.
Please note in your diary that the date for the Annual Dinner and Awards is Friday 27th March 2020. More information will be announced shortly.
2019 Award Nominations are now live, the categories are:
1. Best New Build / New Housing Development
2. Best Refurbishment
3. Best Community Group
The nomination forms are in pdf and Word format and are available on the link below:
Blue Plaque unveiled at site of former Blackpool Collegiate School for Girls
A Blue Plaque has been unveiled to commemorate the site of the former Blackpool Collegiate School for Girls, now Grizedale Court. Click here to read the full story
Left to Right: Jenny Aston, President of the Old Girl's Association
Joan Humble, Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust,
Amy Cross, The Mayor of Blackpool
Blackpool's Locally Listed Promenade Shelters
October 2019, Blackpool Civic Trust has applied to have the unlisted and larger-sized Promenade shelters in the Bispham and Norbreck areas locally listed.
Blackpool Civic Trust at the Unveiling of the new Blue Plaque at Blackpool Tower
1st October 2019
The new Blue Plaque at the Blackpool Tower was unveiled by the Countess of Wessex today and marked the opening of the new 5th Floor Family Entertainment Suite. The Countess was visiting Blackpool to celebrate the 125th anniversaries of the The Blackpool Tower and Grand Theatre Blackpool
In the photo are left to right; Joan Humble, Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, Kate Shane, Head of Blackpool Cluster, Merlin Entertainments Group, Jan Cresswell, Conservation Officer, Blackpool Council with the Blue Plaque.
Blackpool Civic Trust organised tours of the Town Hall on the 20th and 21st of September, as part of Heritage Open Days.
On the Friday pupils from several schools enjoyed tours of the Town Hall conducted by the Chair of the Civic Trust, Joan Humble. They also met the Mayor, Cllr Amy Cross.
Chair of BCT, Joan Humble, speaking to a tour group in the Chamber on Saturday 21st September:
New Patrons Announced: Danielle and John Barnett MBE, DL
Blackpool Civic Trust are very pleased to announce that Danielle and John Barnett MBE, DL have accepted our invitation to become Patrons of Blackpool Civic Trust. They supported us at our Annual Awards and Dinner earlier this year and will come to our AGM in March next year as our guest speakers to talk about their fascinating lives.
Blackpool Rock Gardens Video
A video by Peter Mowbray of Live in Blackpool, and a member of Blackpool Civic Trust, about work the trust is doing with the Friends of the Rock Gardens n Devonshire Road, Blackpool. (the photo below is Andy from the Friends group).
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.
Contact us: Click here
Charity Reg. No. 504075 R
Become a Corporate Member, see our list, click here