The Chester Civic Trust Organisation
We are a registered charity: Registered Charity number 504634
The Chester Civic Trust operates from our headquarters in Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, a wonderful Grade I listed building and perhaps Chester’s best example of a medieval timber building. We continue to be the leading local voluntary organisation influencing the quality of our built environment
We have well over 400 members drawn from all walks of life: people who live or work in Chester, and others from further a field who have developed a keen interest in this very special city.
Some join to take an active part in our committees and policy-making. Others simply enjoy receiving our regular newsletters, keep in touch and become general supporters. It really doesn’t matter – we like to think we can offer something for everyone. All YOU need to qualify for membership is to be interested in Chester.
The trust is a registered charity with no political affiliations. We are recognised by the local authority as a non-statutory consultee and our independent views are widely respected by local decision makers.
We also work in partnership with other local organisations and actively support the civic society movement in this region and nationally.
What we do
Most of our day-to-day activity is organised through groups of volunteers.
The New Works Committee monitors planning applications submitted for sites within the greater Chester area. If it feels there is a need for comment, it makes its views known to elected Councillors and planning officers. It meets normally every Thursday at one o’clock in Bishop Lloyd’s Palace.
The Strategic Development Committee takes a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing strategic planning issues. Its key role is to advise and make recommendations on the related issues of traffic and transport, forward planning, open spaces, and urban regeneration. It aims both to stimulate public interest in the City’s built environment and to promote high standards of planning and urban design.
The Heritage Committee promotes the conservation and re-use of historic buildings and awareness of the city’s designated Conservation Areas. It encourages the enhancement and effective interpretation of heritage sites and is leading the development of a Local Heritage List for Chester.
Three support groups make sure that the society functions as an efficient and enjoyable social group that cares for its own members.
The Events Committee organises the annual lecture series and various events in our headquarters at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace. It organises very successful trips and visits to other towns and cities throughout the UK and from time to time, abroad. Past UK visits have included Lancaster, Cambridge, Leeds, Wakefield, Ludlow, Derby, Belfast, and Norwich, as well as local visits to places such as Northwich, Nantwich and Manchester. Trips abroad have most recently included Romania, Hungary and Chester’s German twin town of Lörrach. These visits are a great way to get to know other members and it is a privilege to be guided around historic towns by members of associated civic societies.
The Publicity Committee publicises the Trust’s activities by producing regular newsletters, the Annual Report, Membership Cards and all the other material issued to members throughout the year. It organises recruitment and promotional events and is also responsible for maintaining this website.
The Palace Committee looks after the care and maintenance of Bishop Lloyd’s Palace. It is thanks to a large number of volunteers who staff the office from Monday to Thursday that our office functions as a valued HQ.
The Heritage Open Days Committee (HODs) assists in the organisation of the many local, annual events that take place in Cheshire and Chester during the HODs Open Days which is England’s biggest grassroots celebration of our heritage, depending on the help of over 40,000 volunteers. Each year since 1994, the Heritage Open Days Committee liaises with property owners and guides to offer free access to around 100 buildings and tours of heritage interest. A joint committee of Civic Trust volunteers and CWAC staff, we produce and distribute 12,000 booklet guides to HODs in our region, promoting the Civic Trust.
What you can do
New members are always very welcome. Whether you simply want to join and attend our lecture series, or become more involved please click on the Membership button then print off a copy of the application form.
Alternatively write to:
The Membership Secretary
Chester Civic Trust
Bishop Lloyd’s Palace
51/53 Watergate Row
CH1 2 LE
Telephone 01244 318415
We look forward to welcoming you to The Chester Civic Trust.
Come to see one of our lectures or pay us a visit at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace and introduce yourself, we will be pleased to talk to you. – Click on the Contact us button for directions.