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 18th November 2019 at the Town Hall
Professor Vanessa Toulmin
will speak about Blackpool Tower
Monday 16th December 2019 at St John's Church
Salvation Army Band Carol Concert and Hot Pot Supper
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:
Blackpool Civic Trust 3ft high model of Blackpool Tower and the Grundy Art Gallery
Blackpool Civic Trust has a 3ft high model of Blackpool Tower which will be on display in the reception of the Grundy Art Gallery from 28th September 2019.
A new exhibition 'A trick of the light', 28th September to 14th December 2019, will feature a 3D printed 1:1 reproduction of our model made by 3 of the artists in the exhibition.
Photographs of Blackpool Civic Trust's model of Blackpool Tower.
Lucy Morton, Olympic Gold Medallist, Memorabilia Returns
Blackpool Civic Trust made a contribution to the Council’s successful bid to ensure that a significant part of Lucy Morton’s memorabilia will return to Blackpool. The memorabilia included, crucially, the gold medal for 200m Breast Stroke that Lucy Morton won at the 1924 Olympics.
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 Crazy Golf Course, Metropole August 2019
Blackpool Civic Trust participated in the refurbishment of the Crazy Golf Course outside the Metropole. The course was popular in the 1960s and 70s but has been unused for some time.
Volunteers from Blackpool Fulfilling Lives and the Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels gave it a makeover.
It will be then be used as a stepping stone for Blackpool’s homeless to make their way back into full-time work and housing. Find out more click here
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).
Blackpool Civic Trust Art Competition 2019.
Exhibition 7th to 31st July 2019 in the Solaris Centre, South Shore
'What I love about Blackpool'
Joan Humble, Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, welcomed winners, runners-up and guests to the opening of the very first art competition to be held by the Civic Trust. The theme of the competition was ‘What I love about Blackpool’
Stephen Bruce being presented with the Winners Certificate by Sheryl of Granthams Graphics:
On Saturday 22nd June Blackpool Civic Trust celebrated National Civic Day with an afternoon tea at the Art Deco Cafe at Stanley Park.
Blackpool Civic Trust Chair, Joan Humble, commented how much the members and guests had enjoyed themselves. Read more on our Civic Week 2019 page.
Layton Cemetery Boundary Markers
The Civic Trust sponsored two boundary markers to be placed in Layton Cemetery. The marker in the photograph is for section ‘HH’, which is devoted to Church of England burials. The majority of the memorials date back to the mid-1920s.
Devonshire Road Rock Garden - June Update
We continue to make good progress working on the Vista in Devonshire Rd Gardens. Work was suspended a few weeks ago in order to protect bird nests and wildlife. A friendly ornithologist carried out an inspection of the particular areas we intended to work on and gave the all-clear, providing we double-checked before actually starting work.
In the accompanying photograph showing John, Roy and Stan we had to first carefully and gently move some frogs to a suitable habitat before commencing work. All in a day’s work!
Blackpool Civic Trust Annual Awards and Dinner
Friday 12th April 2019
Blackpool Civic Trust Awards and Dinner at the Imperial Hotel 12th April 2019:
Blackpool Civic Trust Commemorative Bench
The Civic Trust's 'Lest We Forget' commemorative bench has now been installed in the Fylde Memorial Arboretum, Moor Park Avenue. The bench has beeSn installed on a purpose-made concrete base diametrically opposite the wooden entrance to the Burma Star Association area of the Arboretum. This is a very appropriate place. More photos in News
Tram 227 Restoration Project
On Thursday 25th October 2018 open top 'boat' tram 227 was rolled out following restoration work in which Blackpool Civic Trust Volunteers played a part on the internals.
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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