Blackpool Tower and the former Woolworths Building, October 2021. The clock re-appears from under the scaffold and is working. This was once the biggest Woolworths in the world and with a 2000 seat restaurant.
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Monthly Meetings on the third Monday of the month at 7pm
The next Monthly Meeting will be held at St Stephen’s Church, Holmfield Road on Monday 16th May 2022 at 7pm.
The Guest Speaker is: Colin Johnson, acting CEO of the Grand Theatre
Presentation of a Bequest to Blackpool Civic Trust 21st March 2022
David Owen is seen handing over a generous bequest to Joan, our Chair, at the end of the AGM, March 2022. The Executive Committee shall consider carefully how this charitable contribution should be spent on promoting excellence in Blackpool.
St Stephens on the Cliffs Church 21st March 2022
Due to Covid restrictions the awards ceremony in 2020 at the Carousel Hotel was deferred and a smaller awards presentation was made at the AGM at St Stephens on the Cliffs Church.
The awards were presented by John Barnett MBE, DL and Danielle Barnett. Joan Humble was master of ceremonies. Below are details of the Awards and photographs of winners being presented with the their awards.
Award Judges are: Alistair Baines of Cassidy and Ashton, Pippa Greenway of Blackpool Council Planning Department, Nigel Patterson of Blackpool Civic Trust, Planning Officer.
For a full set of photographs please see our 2019 Awards page, click here.
John and Danielle Barnett present the Community Award to The Windmill Trust
John and Danielle Barnett present the Open Spaces Award to The North Blackpool Pond Trail.
John and Danielle Barnett present the Community Award Highly Commende to the Friends of Devonshire Rock Gardens.
John and Danielle Barnett present the Best Refurbishment Award(joint) to The Mortgage Shop, Topping Street.
Other joint winners of the best refurbishment award are Cafe Continental, Topping Street, and Andsome Barbers, Edward Street.
Best New Build Award to the Boulevard Hotel
On the 5th April 2022, after the AGM Awards were presented to some of those who could not attend:
Presentation of the award to the Boulevard Hotel on the 5th April 2022:
Presentation of the award to Cafe Continental:
Presentation of the award to Andsome Barbers:
The Committee Visit to Showtown 20th March 2022
The committee recently visited Showtown, Blackpool, to inspect progress on the construction of the museum’s impressive interior. It is hoped to have the opening in March 2023.
Left to right: Joan Humble and Judi Brown of Blackpool Civic Trust, Rachel Sykes, Showtown and, Heather Morrow of Blackpool Council.
Monthly Meeting report 21st February 2022
The monthly meeting was held on Zoom. We were given an illuminating update by Rachel Sykes on Showtown which is due to open in Spring 2023. A lot of focus has been on involving local people and encouraging young people to participate including a stand-up comedy school culminating in a live performance.
A number of digital stories have been created and are on YouTube, click below.
Pubic programme details:
Winter Gardens Film Festival- Tickets - Winter Gardens Film Festival
Blackpool on Film- Blackpool on Film - Winter Gardens Film Festival
Talk on 100 years of Dance- Ballroom Glitz: The Blackpool Way at The Pavilion, Blackpool Winter Gardens event tickets from TicketSource
In 2015 The Civic Trust carried out a condition survey of all Grade 2 listed buildings on behalf of the Council. Our planning officer raised concerns about the general condition of the former Clifton Hotel (Grade 2). Of particular concern were cracks in the west elevation and the dangerous state of several exterior lights that looked as if they might fall down. Our Chair, Joan, contacted the Gazette, which published an article on the building’s condition. We alerted the Council also whose Enforcement Officers got the hotel to dismantle the offending light fixtures.
Since then the Civic Trust has been keeping a close eye on the building and recording the external repairs that have slowly been taking place. These observations were regularly passed on to the Council’s Conservation Officer. It is very pleasing to report that Forshaw’s hotel, as it’s now called - reverting to its historic name - is looking altogether more spruce, though it’s a work in progress.
Unveiling of Blue Plaque for Marton Parish Church Hall and Marton Amateur Operatic Society, Blackpool
14th January 2022
A blue plaque sponsored by the former Marton Operatic Society was unveiled by the Mayor of Blackpool Cllr Amy Cross on 14th January, 2022. The plaque records the varied history of an important historical site in Marton.
From 1930 to 2002 the Society gave many performances of Gilbert and Sullian operas in particular in what was then the Marton Parish Church Hall.
The Society was dissolved in 2021 and their archive is contained on a website linked beneath the photographs.
The Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Amy Cross unveils the plaque:
Joan Humble, Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, speaks:
Tony Alman, Chair of Marton Operatic Society, speaks:
Philip Walsh, a former actor in the society, speaks:
Read more about the Marton Operatic Society on their website: