Wells Civic Society is a charitable (No. 208574), voluntary organisation aiming to protect and improve Wells’ built environment and celebrate its heritage.
Current activities of the Society include:
Monthly evening talks and occasional visits
Awarding Blue plaques to commemorate historic people and places, and indoor plaques to celebrate the contribution of long established local businesses
Monitor and comment on planning applications affecting the City
Respond and influence with respect to Local and national planning policy
Initiate and promote projects such as the Wells in Mosaic, a 6m diameter ‘walkable’ mosaic of the city;
Participate in strategic and practical city centre management partnerships; for example the coach-based tourism improvement project
Surveying of the myriad waterways
Supporting Local Listing and Heritage Open Days
Explore potential improvements to city centre traffic issues in partnership with the Wells Chamber of Commerce and others
Monitor and help to care for the beautiful natural environment, especially the trees, of Wells
The Society's Chair, Chris Winter is a member of the Steering Group of the Alliance of Historic Cathedral Cities and Towns (ACT), working with Government departments and national policy makers to ensure the protection of the historic built environment.
Organisation of the Society: An elected committee meets regularly to discuss local issues and to plan future activities. Members of the committee contribute to the various aspects of the running of the organisation, and the projects it initiates and partners, all on a voluntary basis.
There are also a number of honorary appointments:
President: The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of Bath & Wells, Peter Hancock
Vice Presidents: Roger Cookman and Rod Hudsmith
The 2018 Committee comprises:
Chair: Chris Winter - email for any queries about Society matters
Vice Chair: Philip Welch
Member: Adrian I’Anson - email for any queries about the Planning blog
Member: Graham Barrow
Member: Patrick Brown
Member: Rosemary Evans
Member: Andrew Fawcett
Member; Doug Robinson - email for any queries about the website
Member: Hilary Waters
The Annual General Meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of November when the annual reports are presented to members and elections are held
Membership of the Wells Civic Society includes free access to most evening talks (a small charge may be made for special events). The Membership year runs from October 1st to September 30th and the subscription rates are:
< 10 employees £25 10 - 50 employees £50 >50 employees £100
To join the Society please download and complete the Membership forms, and either bring them to one of the evening meetings or return to:
Clare Blackmore, Membership Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
The application form also includes a Standing Order form to make annual renewal much easier – Please return this part of the form directly to your bank (note that most banks will not make retrospective payments, so if you join after October 1st, you will need to pay your first year’s subscription by cheque or cash).
If you are a UK tax payer, please complete the Gift Aid section of the membership form. This enables us to reclaim tax on your membership subscription.