The festival takes place from 21 to 30 June.  Full details of the events are to be found on the Festival Website

The festival takes place from 21 to 30 June.  Full details of the events are to be found on the Festival Website.

The festival begins on 21st June with Talking Chester at Storyhouse; a full day of talks, Q&A sessions, demonstrations and local artists. A free and fully accessible programme.

Taking place in a variety of locations across the city from 21st – 30th June, you can participate in a jam-packed programme of walks, talks, workshops, performances and more! You could kick off your day with Roman Zumba in the Amphitheatre, explore the prestigious Chester Castle and take the kids to enjoy crafting sessions or sensory experiences in Chester Cathedral.

Booking is essential and recommended for many of the events. Keep up to date with the programme as it grows at chesterheritagefestival.co.uk and follow us at @chesterherifest on all platforms

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The festival begins on 21st June with Talking Chester at Storyhouse; a full day of talks, Q&A sessions, demonstrations and local artists. A free and fully accessible programme.

Taking place in a variety of locations across the city from 21st – 30th June, you can participate in a jam-packed programme of walks, talks, workshops, performances and more! You could kick off your day with Roman Zumba in the Amphitheatre, explore the prestigious Chester Castle and take the kids to enjoy crafting sessions or sensory experiences in Chester Cathedral.

Booking is essential and recommended for many of the events. Keep up to date with the programme as it grows at chesterheritagefestival.co.uk and follow us at @chesterherifest on all platforms

Now in its 18th year, The Chester Civic Trust has given its verdict on the best examples of new development, renovation of existing buildings and community projects in its annual Good, Bad and Ugly awards for the City.

The awards made at a ceremony at the headquarters of Chester Civic Trust at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace Watergate Street, Chester on 17th June, highlight Chester’s buildings, places, spaces and projects in an alternative ‘New Financial Year Honours list’.

Peter Hadfield, chairman of the judging panel, said: “These annual awards are based on nominations from our members. They aim to recognise the best changes to the Chester property scene in the past year. We hope they will encourage higher standards of design and maintenance in our public realm. As always, I would like to thank my fellow Judges for their time and commitment visiting and providing insightful comments on the nominations.”

He added; “Members of the Chester Civic Trust excelled this year with a total of 55 nominations. 32 Bad/Ugly nominations were submitted together with 23 Good nominations.

All categories included an interesting mix of nominations. Once again it was good to see some from outside the city and we would like to receive more in the future.

The judges said; “The Bad and The Ugly Awards are included in the hope that it will prompt action. Sadly, given the current stagnant economy and inadequate funding for local services, we are not anticipating that 2024 will bring many improvements.

As usual we had many nominations for our ‘Hardy Perennials’ (those buildings which get mentioned year after year) including Dee House, the state of the City Walls, the former Quicks Garage and St Olaves Church. We remain concerned about all these areas but this year we decided to concentrate on new nominations and those which we have not mentioned for some time.”

There were several projects which the Judges declined to consider this year as they are incomplete. These will automatically be included with other nominations next year.”

The Chair’s Special Award

  • Picturehouse

The Good Awards

  • The Flaggs and Hamilton House, Church Street, Tarvin
  • ōH Chester Design Foundation, Bridge Street
  • 6-12 Saint Werburgh Street, Renovation of Facades
  • New Chester Market
  • Chester Zoo Nature Recovery Corridor

Good – Commendations

  • The White Horse, Churton
  • Bren Bikes, Live! New Scene, Newton
  • New Residential Property, Farndon
  • The Lock Vaults, Hoole Lane
  • Chester Residents Association Group

The Bad and The Ugly Awards

  • Delamere Street
  • The Roman Strong Room
  • The Riverside Promenade
  • Interpretive Devices
  • Collapsed Wall, Liverpool Road
  • Closure of a Section of The Rows
  • Poor Street Lighting

 

A full copy of the judges’ comments is available.

The Chester Civic Trust welcomes Nicola Briggs, Director of the National Trust for London and the South East back to Chester to present ‘The National Trust from Octavia Hill to 2024’. The lecture on Wednesday, April 17th is the last of its Winter Lecture Series at Grosvenor Museum for 2023/4.

Nicola Briggs grew up in Chester and attended the Queens School. After a career in news and publishing, and at Amnesty International, she joined the National Trust in 2014. She is passionate about bringing beauty and nature to urban areas, and identifying future solutions and preserving properties for community use.

Nicola’s lecture on 17th April at 7.30pm is at the Grosvenor Museum (27 Grosvenor St, CH1 2DD) and will give FREE admission to members of the National Trust if they bring their current membership card. Civic Trust members have free admission to Lectures. Guests £5 on the door.

The nearest car park is Castle Square – free after 6pm – which is a 3 minute walk from the Museum.

The title of Nicola’s talk will be ‘ The National Trust from Octavia Hill to 2024’.

At our February Lecture on Wednesday 21st February Dr Tim Stratford, the Dean of Chester (since 2018) will give a presentation about the Cathedral’s Project Discovery

For More Information:  https://chestercathedral.com/support/project-discovery

1930 at Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre. Free to Member Guests £5 on the door

 After a break for the festive period, the Civic Trust’s Winter Lecture Series at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre will resume on WEDNESDAY 17th JANUARY at 7.30pm. PAUL NEWMAN, the Archives and Local Studies Manager, will give a talk entitled ‘CHESHIRE’S ARCHIVES : a STORY SHARED’.
Work has now started on the site of the former Enterprise Centre in Hoole in preparation for a new History Centre. Paul will tell the story of why this project to relocate from the site in Duke Street needed to happen and  how the History Centre will give greater access to collections for individuals and communities.

Chester Civic Trust Lectures are free to members of the Trust. Guests are welcome  – admission is £5 on the door

Cheshire Live report on the Bishop Lloyd’s Palace Open Day

‘The most beautiful building in Chester’ seemingly hidden in plain sight – Cheshire Live (cheshire-live.co.uk)

In 2021 members of Chester Civic Trust, after much hard work with partners Inland Waterways Association and Cheshire West and Chester Council, achieved Chester’s designation as the first canal and river system Heritage Port. This was by the national body responsible for promoting this designation scheme, the Maritime Heritage Trust (MHT) in partnership with National Historic Ships (NHS) and European Maritime Heritage (EMH).  Final semi-statutory designation by Historic England is in progress.

Chester Achieves First Heritage Port Status in U.K

CHESTER CIVIC TRUST PRESS RELEASE CONCERNING THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS FOR PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS

Press Release-PDRs

 

The Future of Dee House and Amphitheatre Working Group findings and recommendations report published:

Dee House The Future – Findings and Recommendations FINAL