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Blackpool Civic Trust

Blackpool Civic Trust was formed in February 1975. Its aim is to encourage, support and stimulate Civic Pride, excellence and community spirit in Blackpool for people of all ages. Would you like to get involved? You can join their monthly talks, tours and events. Find out more…

The objectives and aims of Blackpool Civic Trust are to:

  • stimulate a sense of Civic Pride,
  • promote high standards of planning and architecture, and
  • secure the preservation, protection and improvement of features of historical or public interest, such as Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas.

Blackpool Civic Trust Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are all held at 7pm on the third Monday of the month at the Visitor Centre, Stanley Park, unless stated otherwise. Non-members, new members and visitors are welcome at meetings.

Blackpool Civic Trust monthly meetings

You can find the dates of Blackpool Civic Trust meetings and events in the Visit Fylde Coast events calendar.

At meetings you can hear from a variety of entertaining guest speakers. Meetings are as informal as possible, with business matters discussed prior to the talks. Members can also take part in visits and specially hosted tours of local venues.

Find out more from their website

If you wish to speak at one of the meetings please contact the Speakers Secretary. Find the contact details here.

More about Blackpool Civic Trust

Their objectives and aims are to stimulate a sense of Civic Pride to promote high standards of planning and architecture and to secure the preservation, protection and improvement of features of historical or public interest.

The Trust is a non-political, non-sectarian organization serving only the interests of the people.

Throughout the year they make numerous visits to places of interest. We also have a wide variety of talks covering the history and future development of Blackpool, and willingly give tours to visitors to the town.

Blackpool Civic Trust isn’t just interested in the past. As a consultee on listed and locally listed buildings, and developments affecting conservation areas, the Trust plays a real role in regeneration. This is reflected in the Annual Awards which include new buildings, refurbishments, conservation and the work of community groups.

The Trust has been instrumental in many varied projects throughout their short history. The Trust keeps an eye on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas maintaining an interest in areas relevant to Blackpool’s status as a premier resort.

The Civic Trust participates under the umbrella of The Civic Voice Group.

Some of the achievements of Blackpool Civic Trust:

  • Renovation of the main window in Central Library
  • Updating the Freeman of Borough Scrolls
  • Renovation of the original Mayoral Chain, dating back to 1898
  • Memorial tree planting event in Stanley Park
  • Renovation of the 1902 Dreadnought Tramcar no 59
  • Creation of the Town Hall signage
  • Repainting of the foundation stone on The Salvation Army Citadel, a Grade II listed building
  • Placement of more than 40 Blue heritage Plaques around the town
  • Creation of the town centre ‘Blue Plaque Trail’
  • Repair and renovation of the George Wragge stained glass window in the Town Hall, after securing a £31,600 Heritage Lottery Grant
  • The Civic Trust also initiated the forming of the Friends of Stanley Park – the first parks’ Friends group in the town.

Blackpool Heritage Open Days 

Blackpool Civic Trust is also involved in Heritage Open Days (HODs). It’s a national project to open, free of admission charges, the places that you might not normally be able to see. It’s organised in conjunction with local Civic Societies and community groups. The Trust was responsible for developing the Fylde Coast HODs programme in its early days, and still arrange the guided tours of the Town Hall.

Here on the Fylde Coast and in Blackpool there are some stunning examples of history and old architecture to explore.

Find out more about Blackpool Heritage Open Days

National Award for Blackpool Civic Trust

At the AGM and Convention of Civic Voice in Wakefield on 21 October 2017, Blackpool Civic Trust won a prestigious national award.

Blackpool Civic Trust win Civic Voice Award in 2017
Blackpool Civic Trust win Civic Voice Award in 2017

Blackpool Civic Trust secured the Marsh Christian Trust Award for Civic Societies.

The Marsh Christian Trust gives annual awards to highlight the outstanding commitment and hard work of individuals and groups who selflessly dedicate their energies to improving people’s lives and the world we live in.

The Marsh Christian Trust says that “Your contribution to the Civic movement are exceptional. Especially the variety of activities you organise and the Award scheme you have set up to recognise civic achievement in your local area. The judging panel recognise your work as outstanding.” Blackpool Civic Trust received a certificate and a cheque for £1000.

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