About the Civic Society

Being a member of a Civic Society means supporting a group that wants the place where you live to be a nice environment with plenty of public open spaces where you can walk and children can play and where heritage plays its part. Membership is open to everyone irrespective of age, gender, race, disability or religion and the Civic Society movement throughout the United Kingdom encourages everyone to both enjoy and look after the place they have chosen to live through the protection and development of their area.

Torbay Civic Society was founded in 1976 and today it not only endorses the mission of heritage and conservation but also arranges a wide number of social activities that bring members together from time to time. These include the rather special monthly “Coffee Morning with a Difference” event and coach outings, lectures, walks afternoon teas and an annual dinner and other forms of activity more often than not held during the day.

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Latest news and events


Our ‘Coffee Mornings with a Difference’ will now be held in Stage Left at the Palace Avenue Theatre, Paignton.  Stage Left (Recreation Room ) is at ground floor level at the side of the Theatre with easy access and there is plenty of room for social distancing. There are two pubic car parks nearby and the Bus Station is 5 to 10 minutes walk.


Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Dashwood KCB GCTS

Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A plaque was unveiled on the Marine Palms building in Warren Road, Torquay, in honour of Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton. The plaque commemorates the 200th anniversary of the publication of his first book “Ishmael” written when he was just 17 years old.

He lived here when it was called Argyll Hall from 1867 to 1873.

The photo Shows the Torquay Civic Mayor, Cllr. Maggie Douglas-Dunbar accompanied by her escort Cllr. Christine Carter together with Ian Handford Chairman.