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

Hon. Treasurer:                 Rodney Angel 
Hon. Secretary:                 John Rackham     - contact
embership Secretary:     Clare Blackmore  - email for any queriers about Membership matters

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
:                           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:

Personal Membership:

Single:        £15
Joint:          £20

Corporate Membership:

< 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 blackmore.clare@btinternet.com

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.


​Linked to the GDPR requirement, the society has now published its general Privacy Policy and the Website Privacy Policy.