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.

Historical Leaflets

Latest news and events


Pictured with the newly installed plaque in the Scented Garden are, on the right Ian Handford Chairman of TCC with Roger Hayford.

The unveiling of the blue plaque at Lamorna St Marychurch Road Torquay, the former home of William Pengelly (1812 -1894)

Pictured left to right Ian Handford our Chairman, the Civic Mayor of Torbay The Worshipful councillor Maggi Douglas -Dunbar with her consort Christine Carter and Prof. Malcombe Hart of the Devonshire Association.

Hot off the press !

Launch of the book –                              The Saga of the South Devon Highway  Tells the story of the decades-long campaign for a road to bypass Kingskerswell. ‘Sixty years of Procrastination’ is how Ian Handford describes the long struggle to overcome opposition and obtain funding for the bypass. The book, written by Ian and Mike Holgate, traces a history which includes the Monster Raving Loony Party, MPs, Palm trees and a battle with Sybil Fawlty.

Copies of the book are available to purchase at Redcliffe Hotel reception for £6.00 per copy or by post from Torbay Civic Society 137-139 St Marychurch Road, Torquay TQ1 3HW at £6.00 per copy plus postage and packing. One copy £1.32  Two copies £1.72