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Proposed Conservation Area from Gynn Square to the Castle Casino - August 2017
We are starting a very exciting project to create a new conservation area on the promenade from Gynn Square to the Castle Casino ( Genting Club). Also to be included are The Collonades from Gynn Square to the Metropole Hotel.
A well attended and positive meeting took place at the Savoy Hotel on 4th August at 10am to launch the proposal.
Public Advisory Meeting about the electrification of the Rail Line into Blackpool
In late 2017/early 2018 Blackpool North will have its platforms re-aligned and the track to Preston will be electrified. This also effects the line to Blackpool South as it is proposed to close the route from Preston for a few months. Network Rail will declare their plans on:
Tuesday 29 August 14:00-18:00 at Blackpool North station, Talbot Road, FY1 3AZ
Blackpool Carnival 2017
The Civic Trust had a great day in the Blackpool Carnival on Sunday the 23rd July. It was the first for some years. The sun shone, there were good crowds, lots of colourful costumes, music and non-stop, dancing. As the sun shone we paraded our banners in the procession and different groups took photos with the crowd adding to the friendly happiness of the event.
Tom Metcalf from one of our Corporate Members, Little Touches, decided it was time that Blackpool had a carnival again and set about organising it. Given how successful it was let’s hope Tom repeats it again next year. If he does we’ll be there.
Members may recall the excellent talk given by Tony Sharkey last year on the extremely impressive large Blackpool Carnivals in the 1920s. It’s good to see Blackpool has not forgotten its past.
Stanley Park 90th Summer Celebration
On the 8th July a ceremony was held where the Earl of Derby opened the park gates with a golden key as his great grandfather had done 90years ago at the opening of the park. Local Civic Dignitaries and several schools paraded, made speeches and performed on the bandstand.
Three members of Blackpool Civic Trust were significant in the parade. Edith Wilkinson who is 97 and attended the opening of the park was accompanied by her daughter Jean Sanderson and the Chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust, Joan Humble.
Members beginning to arrive outside the Crematorium.
The front of the building
The new outer doors and windows
A carved acorn leaf salvaged from the former large cross that was taken down some time ago. The carving of the acorn leaf is one of a pair.
Civic Day is a national celebration of civic pride. It is a day when communities across the country say "we care about where we live".
Blackpool Civic Trust holds a series of events in the week before Civic Day, which is celebrated throughout England. Its members and other guests begin the week with a Heritage Tram Tour. See the full list below.
Blackpool Pride Festival 2017
Blackpool Civic Trust had a stall at the Winter Gardens on Saturday 10th June. Photograph of Joan and Jack.
Blackpool War Memorial upgraded to Grade II* listed
O the 9th June 2017 Blackpool War Memorial was upgrade from listed building Grade II to Grade II*. The upgrade was due to the high-quality bronze sculptural plaques by Gilbert Ledward, a rare example of women on a war memorial and an extremely rare depiction of a fallen German combatant.
Blackpool Civic Trust Awards for 2016
The Awards for 2016 were presented on April 28th 2017 in the Washington Suite at the Imperial Hotel.
Blackpool Civic Trust undertook to clean the Council's silverware in time for the forthcoming Mayor Making.
Monday 20th March to Thursday 23rd March 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Volunteers please contact Sharon
We are also busy making preparations for the Annual Awards and Dinner.
The Awards for 2016 will be presented on April 28th 2017 in the Washington Suite at the Imperial Hotel.
We have kept the ticket price at £30:00 each and Sharon is now selling them. Please come and join us for this very special event.
Blackpool Civic Trust were at the Stay Blackpool Information Show at Blackpool Winter Gardens on the 30th March 2017. Joan, Heather & Sharon were there.
We continue to make very good progress on uncovering and reclaiming the wonderful Burmantofts tiles in the former Turkish Baths at the Imperial Hotel. We are very pleased that three more of our members have volunteered their services and recently joined our dedicated team.
This week we completed a section of the ceiling in the 'cooling room' and have now begun “steaming” and stripping one of the big beams running the entire length of the room (approximately 20 feet). This is beautifully decorated and it seems extraordinary that anyone could have decided to conceal its beauty under a coat of paint! While two members of the team have been working on the ceiling, others, including our new volunteers, have been doing equally important work, removing thick plaster from tiles and from the superb, highly ornate friezes decorating three of the four walls. In addition, we have been stripping paint from fluted columns, tiled doorways and other decorative features.
Some months ago we completed work on all tiled surfaces in the 'hot' room of the Turkish baths. Although most of the tiles were in good to excellent condition, we discovered that the original mosaic floor (overlaid with asphalt) requires specialist attention owing to historic damage.
This leaves the third room. Most of the thick plaster has been removed from the walls, revealing quite extensive historic damage, though many individual tiles are in good condition.
This project has excited a lot of interest. The author of 'Victorian Turkish Baths', Malcolm Shifrin, visited the Imperial before Christmas and was extremely impressed by our painstaking work. A private collector of Burmantofts tiles also visited the Turkish Baths and echoed Mr Shifrin’s sentiments.
The Imperial Hotel is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year and has issued a presentational pack of postcards. We are delighted that one of those eight postcards celebrates the work we have carried out on the former Turkish Baths.
Visit to the Mayor's Parlour 14th January 2017
Committee members were invited by the Mayor of Blackpool, Cllr Kath Rowson, to join her and the Mayoress, Joan Goldin, in the Mayor’s Parlour in Blackpool Town Hall. Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, Joan Humble, said how pleased committee members were to join the Mayor, Mayoress and other guests at this special event. A raffle was held to raise funds for the Trinity Hospice, which has been chosen this year by the Mayor as being particularly deserving of support for its outstanding and commendable work.
Imperial Hotel Turkish Bath Tiles Project 2017
We will be working on the Imperial Hotel Turkish Bath Tiles Restoration next week, commencing Monday 16th January. We are returning to our normal schedule, i.e. Monday to Thursday inclusive, from 9.30 am. to 4 pm. Members can slot into any of these sessions or part-sessions to work at their own pace and at hours to suit them. All members are welcome.
St Stephens on the Cliffs Performing Arts Service
Saint Stephen on the Cliffs Church invite Blackpool Civic Trust Members to a Service to recognise the contribution of the performing arts to this town. Saint Stephens is particularly important in this regard as it features the Actors Chapel, believed to be one of only two in the world.
The Service will be held at 3pm on Sunday 15th January 2017, the Preacher will be the Venerable Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster and it will be followed by light refreshments, an opportunity to tour the church and to find out more about the work of the Friends and become a member.
Our Good Work in the Gazette - Imperial Tiles Project
The Evening Gazette of 5th January published an article about our project at the Imperial Hotel.
'Painstakingly scraping away layers of solid plaster more than an inch thick is not for the faint-hearted. But this is the task dedicated members of Blackpool Civic Trust have set themselves after discovering a heritage gem lying forgotten in the basement of one of the town’s most historic hotels.'
Lancashire Local History Federation
Blackpool Civic Trust have joined as members of the above group and we offer invitations to our members to attend their talks and courses. The next one is Saturday 18th February 2017 at Preston Masonic Hall entitled 'Toil and Strife: Working Conditions in the North West'. Members will have received an e-mail with booking details.
Blackpool Civic Trust has a new logo - November
The Grade II* listed Grand Theatre, Blackpool. More beautiful inside would you believe!