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Welcome to the Blackpool Civic Trust website.

We hope you'll come and meet us in 2015.

Blackpool Civic Trust 40th

Blackpool Tower and the Woolworths building

Blackpool contains many buildings and areas of importance.

Blackpool Civic Trust

Founded in 1975, Blackpool Civic Trust seeks to promote excellence and community spirit in Blackpool for people of all ages. We are interested in all things Blackpool, particularly its heritage and future for people. We have monthly meetings, visits to places of interest, and community activities such as Civic Week. We'd love you to join us.

Click here to become a member

Monthly Meeting, August 17th Speaker: Shirley Matthews B.A.(Hons)
Subject Blackpool’s Adopted Son
Click here to see a full list of our speakers.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours 2015

 

Visits

Visits to Layton Cemetery, Little Marton Windmill, Boundary Mill with Canal Cruise, Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival are on our Meetings and Events page. Click here to find out more and book.

Project Volunteers for Imperial Turkish Baths Restoration

Blackpool Civic Trust are helping to restore the Imperial Hotel Turkish Baths and volunteers are requested. Click here to read more.

Civic Voice Design Awards 2015

Joan is seen here with Ian Harvey, Executive Director of Civic Voice. In the background can be seen one of the judges, Sophia de Sousa. Joan helped with the organisation on the day, while Paul took photographs of the winners, etc. The overall and very worthy winner was Gloucester Services Northbound.

Civic Voice Design Awards 2015

 

Blackpool Civic Trust at Claremont Gala

Members of Blackpool Civic Trust supported Claremont Gala on Saturday 11th July. Chairman, Joan Humble, joined the parade with Town Crier, Barry McQueen, local MP, Paul Maynard and Claremont Councillors, Ivan Taylor and Lynn Williams.

Members of the Trust had a stall on Claremont Park and enjoyed the sunshine, stalls, dog show and karate display.

Paige Langford was Crowned Rose Queen by Joan Humble, Chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust.

Claremont Gala Rose Queen 2015 Paige Langford

Blackpool Civic Trust at Claremont Gala 2015

Blackpool Civic Trust at Claremont Gala 2015

Blackpool Civic Trust at Claremont Gala 2015

July 2015, New Corporate Member: Little Touches - Improving B&Bs, Guest Houses and Hotels.
See our Corporate Members list

Bit of a Do at Grange Park

Blackpool Civic Trust supported Grange Park's "Bit of a Do" with a stall at the City Learning Centre. Our thanks to Sharon for organising and setting up the stall and Christine and Heather for helping.

Left to Right: Heather, Christine, Joan.

Grange Park, Bit of a Do

Armed Forces Day, Blackpool

27th June 2015

Blackpool Civic Trust was pleased to join Armed Forces Day celebrations on St John’s Square. Crowds visited the many stall and displays and enjoyed the sunshine, singers and bands. Joan Humble said that we had a very successful and enjoyable day. More photos on the news page.

Blackpool Civic Trust at Armed Forces Day 2015

Civic Day, Blackpool, at the Imperial Hotel

Saturday 20th June 2015

Fortieth Anniversary Cream Tea at the Imperial

Blackpool Civic Trust held a very successful afternoon cream tea at the Imperial Hotel to celebrate our fortieth anniversary. We were pleased to be joined by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tony Brown and Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Brown. The event began with the announcement of the winner of our Best Kept Street of the Year competition. The Deputy Mayor presented the Rose Bowl to Councillors Graham Caine and John Jones, which they will keep for one year. A street sign will be erected on the road itself - St Chad’s - and representatives of the residents attended the presentation to receive the award.

This was a fitting conclusion to the Civic Trust’s week-long celebrations of the National Civic Day, especially as, together with our Anniversary Dinner in February, it celebrated forty years of fostering and promoting civic pride in Blackpool.

Blackpool Civic Day 2015, Afternoon Tea at the Imperial Hotel

Presentation of the Rose Bowl & Street of the Year Award to St Chad's Road in Blackpool.

Representatives of St Chad's are seen here with (L to R): Cllr Graham Caine, Joan, Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Brown, Deputy Mayor, Tony Brown, Cllr John Jones (far right).Civic Week, Street of the Year, Blackpool

Blackpool Civic Week

Our Civic Week got off to a very successful start, with two well-attended guided tours of the blue plaques in the town centre. Shown here is the morning tour, which attracted 20 people, two of whom joined the Civic Trust on the spot! Photo below:

Blackpool Civic Trust, Civic Week 2015

As part of its Civic Week celebrations, Blackpool Civic Trust held a Treasure Hunt with a strong heritage theme. It started and finished at the Town Hall:

Blackpool Civic Week Treasure Hunt

Our Quiz Night proved highly popular, with over 70 members and guests taking part. We were especially pleased that the Mayor Cllr Peter Callow and Mayoress Cllr Maxine Callow attended the event and joined in the fun. The winner's prize of £20 was donated to the Mayor's charity, which was only fitting since the Mayor and Mayoress were part of the winning team! Thanks to everyone who supported this event and helped to make it such a success, with special thanks to our Quiz Masters, Chris Norton and Andrew Sage and also our Social Secretary, Sharon Sanderson-Roberts and her team.


Joan Humble (Chair), Mayor Cllr Peter Callow, Mayoress Cllr Maxine Callow, Elaine Smith MBE, Barry Shaw

Blackpool Civic Week - Heritage Quiz

St Stephen's on the Cliffs Parish Centre - Heritage Quiz

Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Peter Callow and Mayoress Councillor Maxine Callow attended the Heritage Quiz.

Visit to the Model Village on Fri 19th June

Corporate member, The Model Village, joined in our Civic Week celebrations by offering members free entry on Friday. Undaunted by the cold, grey day members, sometimes accompanied by grandchildren, took advantage of this kind offer. We all had a good time exploring the Model Village with quiz sheet or camera in hand. Our thanks to the Model Village for their support and generosity.

Blackpool Model Village visit

 

War Memorials On-line, Blackpool Civic Trust is involved in activity to preserve WW1 War Memorials. Read more click here.

Blackpool Civic Trust 40th Awards Ceremony and Dinner
On Friday 27th February we presented our awards at a very successful ceremony for the best buildings and transformation in Blackpool in 2014. The winners are shown on our 2014 Awards Page. Click here to read moreBlackpool Civic Trust Awards Feb 2015 at Viva!

130yrs of Blackpool Trams - Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours announce their 2015 tours

Celebrate 130yrs of Blackpool Trams. The 2015 heritage tram schedule includes regular weekend service, mid-week dining service, weekday service. Read more and see the timetable on our Heritage Trams page.

Click here to read full details on Blackpool Transport's website

See our news page for information of what we've done and what we're doing.

More Restoration at the Imperial Hotel Turkish Baths, read more in news.
Blackpool Civic Trust restoring the Imperial Hotel Turkish Baths

See more on our news page, click here.

Blackpool has 7 miles of diverse and well maintained promenade, several parks and open spaces. It is also a major centre of entertainment, as marked by the Comedy Carpet, and ballroom dancing at the beautiful Tower Ballroom and the Winter Gardens. The Opera House was host to the Royal Variety Show in 1955 and 2009.

Blackpool also takes the environment seriously with attractively designed improvements to flood defences, major water cleanliness projects and sustainability technology being featured at the Solaris Centre.

Blackpool Illuminations 29th August to 9th November 2014Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Open for dancing.
Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool Winter Gardens Open Day was 4th December. Fabulous building with all rooms open.
Blackpool Opera House stage
Blackpool Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom

If you wish to speak at one of our meetings please contact our speakers secretary listed on the About Us page.

 

Blackpool Country Walk
Blackpool Country Walking, circular walk behind the zoo.

Blackpool North Shore 1st January 2013
Blackpool Promenading, North Shore, 1st January 2013

The Winter Gardens Trust

The Winter Gardens Trust, Blackpool

Click here to learn more about the Winter Gardens Trust

Heritage walking and tram tours in 2015.Tour the Winter Gardens and Stanley Park or create your own tour.

Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours 2013

Click here to read about Blackpool heritage walking tours 2015.

Blackpool Heritage News - Newsletter

Latest Edition June 2013.

Blackpool Heritage News - newsletter

Read more on our history page.

Heritage Open Days in Blackpool click here to find out more.

The next Open Days will be September 2015. The venues are to be announced.

Heritage Open Days

Contact us: Click here

Charity Reg. No. 504075 R

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Blackpool Coat of Arms



Updated: 31 July, 2015