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.
Latest news and events
Our Blue Plaque to honour Field Marshal Viscount Plumer was unveiled on 1st of September at Wylam Lodge Haldon Road Torquay. The picture shows Ian Handford with The Civic Mayor of Torbay Maggi Douglas-Dunbar and her escort.
September 11th – 15th
The Bi-annual Agatha Christie Festival.
Based at Torre Abbey. We hope to unveil the refurbished Blue Plaque at Barton Road Torquay. Further details in due course.
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