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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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We invite you to come and meet

Steve Parrock

Chief Executive of Torbay Council

The event to be held at Redcliffe Hotel, Marine Drive, Paignton

On Wednesday 23rd October at 2.30 pm

This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to hear the Council’s plans for the future development and modernisation of Torbay.  Following his presentation there will be an opportunity to question the Chief Executive of our Council who is also a Director of the Torbay Development Agency.

Mr Parrock is fully aware of the Society’s stance on many of the highly controversial developments presently occurring around Torbay, many of which we have supported although when a listed building or some inappropriate development is proposed we have, in accordance with your instructions, opposed.  This unique opportunity to question the Chief Officer should not be missed.  

Free tea and biscuits will be served after the event at approximately 3.45 pm

This is a Free event

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