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Over the past two years support has been given to the projects below, which are in line with the Society's philosophy of "protecting and improving Wells' built environment and celebrating its heritage"

BA5 Awards:


The Society in partnership with Wells Voice and the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, has initiated this new scheme, which will publicly acknowledge some of the people who give their time and energy to make a difference in people’s lives. Young or old, well known or not so well known, there are so many individuals and organisations that could be recognised.


If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves recognition, send an email explaining who they are and why you think they deserve an award, in up to 100 words, to awards@wellsvoice.co.uk. Or write out an entry and drop it off at Basil Powell Shoes, 1-5 Broad Street, Wells. Include your name and contact details, and details of how to contact your nominee.

Nominations must be submitted by noon on Friday, November 1.


The awards will presented at the Seasonal Celebration held by the Civic Society at the Wells Museum on 11th December from 7.30pm. All welcome”

Wells In Bloom: we support the annual awards scheme, contributing to the floral displays throughout the city, and offering an additional award for schools, with a trophy and voucher.

The exhibition of the Philip's Portrait Collection held in September/October at the Museum drew in more than a thousand visitors as
well as raising monies to help to support it. Clare and Diane and others worked tirelessly on research and curation of the exhibition and were able to make connections with the past for many families in Wells.  Also supported by The Swan Hotel, we were very glad to lend our support too.

Wells in Mosaic – an ambitious 6m diameter walkable map of the historic city

Ian & Ruth Ames-White gave an talk to the society on 11 April on their progress with this ambitious project for 21st century art in the City.

The Chair, Chris, then presented them with the society's cheque for £5,000 towards the cost of the project

The Society has supported the "Save our Swans" project.

The majestic Swans of Wells are known the world over for their unique ability to ring the bell at the gatehouse to be fed.

The first swan to learn this skill in the late 1850s is now preserved and on display in Wells Museum but having been in its present case for over 150 years, it is in much need of conservation.

The Society has supported the City Band in a forthcoming publication about their history going back to 1838

The Society supports the “Visit Wells” team who meet and greet coach tours arriving in Wells, and the city has just won the top award as Coach Friendly Destination

Somerset Poppies: - a project with local schools - part of the WW1 Centenary Remembrance

Heritage Open Days: held in  September each year, the Civic Society  supports the event and contributes its own work - past and present