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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).
Monthly Meetings on the third Monday of the month at 7pm
Monday 19th August 2019 at St Stephens on the Cliffs
From Little Acorns, Great Jaguars Grow
Monday 16th September 2019 at the Town Hall
125yrs of the Glorious Grand
Our visit to the new Boulevard Hotel, 23rd July 2019
Blackpool Civic Trust toured the fabulous hotel now open beside the Pleasure Beach: The Boulevard Hotel. Here's a visit report from our member Peter Mowbray of 'Live in Blackpool'.
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’. This theme inspired school pupils, college students, adults and local professional artists to produce exciting and fresh images about the town we love.
The original work of the 13 winners can be seen at the Solaris Centre, South Shore free of charge.The exhibition closes 31st July.
To accompany and commemorate the exhibition there is a very special art calendar. This showcases the winning entries and is printed by Granthams of Blackpool to a very high standard. A sample copy can be inspected at the Solaris and is available for purchase for £4.95 from Gill Howard who may be contacted on 01253 301264 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Humble thanked Gill for making the exhibition possible and also Granthams for their support and generous sponsorship.
Stephen Bruce being presented with the Winners Certificate by Sheryl of Granthams Graphics:
The winning painting by Stephen Bruce: 'Summer of 1962'
Joan Humble, Chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust cutting the ribbon to open the exhibition which is open from 7th July to 31st July 2019 at the Solaris Centre on Blackpool Promenade, South Shore.
Corrine Streetly of Blott Studios being presented a certificate by Sheryl of Granthams:
Sheryl of Granthams with Joan of Blackpool Civic Trust:
The cover of the 2020 Blackpool Civic Trust calendar:
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!
Our monthly meeting on Monday 20th May 2019 at St Stephens on the Cliffs
Guest Speaker was Bez Cooper on Being a Tiller Girl
Bez Cooper gave an enthralling talk to Civic Trust members and guests on her life as a Tiller Girl. She brought her days performing in such famous theatres as the London Palladium to vivid life with anecdotes and gestures and kept her audience spellbound.
The occasion was made all the more memorable by having the talk at St Stephen’s on the Cliffs, with its unique Actors Chapel. The floor of the Chapel is dedicated to the memory of Jennie Tiller.
Bez Cooper and Joan Humble, Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, are pictured holding a brass plaque commemorating Miss Barbara Aitken, a key figure in the history of the Tiller Girls.
The next meeting of the Civic Trust is again being held at St Stephen’s on 17 June, 7pm. Bob Milner will be talking about ‘The Joy of a Cinema’.
New members are always welcome. For information about the Civic Trust and its many activities, speakers and events please see our webpage http://www.blackpoolcivictrust.org.uk/membership.html
Blackpool Civic Trust Annual Awards and Dinner
Friday 12th April 2019
Every year we present awards for the Best Community and Architecture of Blackpool
Blackpool Civic Trust Awards and Dinner at the Imperial Hotel 12th April 2019:
Blackpool Civic Trust Art Competition 2019
This year Blackpool civic Trust is holding an art competition open to any non-professional artists, schools, colleges and youth groups with an aim to producing a calendar for 2020. We have booked Exhibition space at the Solaris, south shore, for the whole of July next year where the shortlisted artworks will go on display, and the final 13 winners will each receive their artwork framed as their prize.
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 been 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.
Every year we present awards for the Best Building Work and Community Activities in Blackpool.
You can get involved by nominating places and people for an Award. Closing date 31st December 2018.
Nomination forms are on line using the links below. We encourage you to look around for new buildings, community groups, environmental work at schools and efforts in many more categories.
Below is an image of this years form: