News Archive

This is our news archive, replaced by our general news page here and providing links to some older news items.

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May 2017 update: Summer Programme 2017: Our summer programme is now taking shape – details so far are on our Events pages here.

AGM 2017: Please note another change of date for the AGM, which is now on the 30th March: Members may be aware that Stroud District Council are considering the future of the Stroud Subscription Rooms and to this end have arranged a public meeting inviting people to join in discussion about their future ownership, purpose and use. This meeting is to be held on 9th March 2017 which of course clashes with the proposed date for our AGM. It is anticipated that many of our members will wish to attend this meeting and the Committee have therefore decided to delay our AGM until 30th March.

Summer Programme 2016 – September update:  Details of our summer have been updated to cover our exciting Birmingham trip on 1st October.

There is now an account of our March AGM and Canal talk on the blog here.

March 2016 updates: Our comments on the recent proposals by Ecotricity to clad Axiom House and Imperial House in Stroud can be read on the links below:

An account of our recent talk on Cotswold Houses is available on our blog page here. For documents relating to our AGM meeting click here.

February 2016 updates: A write-up of the recent talk Plandemonium 2 is now available on our Blog Page HERE.

January 2016 updates: Details of the remaining talks in our winter programme are now online on our events page. These include:

December 2015 news and updates: Civic Voice Design Award – Gloucester Services: Griff Rhys Jones was at Gloucester Services Northbound on 8th December to unveil the plaque awarding the building Civic Voice’s first Design Awards. We were in attendance as joint nominees of the site. Civic Voice used the opportunity to launch the Design Award scheme for 2016. We’ll post more news and pictures to our blog page soon but for now you can view a gallery of pictures taken on the day on the Gloucestershire Echo website here.

Eco-Park meeting: Our November meeting to discuss the proposed Eco-Park at Eastington generated a huge amount of interest, with lively debate at the meeting. Newspaper coverage included the Stroud News & Journal, Stroud Life, and a discussion on BBC Gloucestershire’s Mark Cummings Show. An outline report on the media coverage and some other aspects of the meeting is available on our blog page here.

November 2015 News: Our Christmas event this year will be a visit to Tyntesfield, where the National Trust will be lighting the house in their ‘Tyntesfield All Aglow’ event.  Our visit includes a buffet tea, tour of the house and a concert in the nearby chapel.

More details are on our winter events page here. A booking form can be downloaded by clicking here. We anticipate that this will be a very popular event and as we only have a limited number of pre-booked places you are advised to book early.  

October 2015 News: Our first event for this winter season is a meeting about Ecotricity’s recent proposal for an Eco Park at Eastington. For details click here.

We will be announcing the remainder of the winter programme, including further talks and a Christmas visit and lunch, soon. Our winter events page is here. 

Bill Hicks has uploaded a series of pictures from our recent Swindon tour to his Facebook page. You can view them by clicking here.

The SCS Marquee at the Heritage Open Day at Lypiatt Park

The SCS Marquee at the Heritage Open Day at Lypiatt Park

September 2015 News: Our recent events at Lypiatt Park (for Heritage Open Day, 13th September) and Swindon (our Tim Mars-led tour on 19th September) both went well – we will upload reports on both soon.

August 2015 News: Details of our trip to Swindon, on Saturday 19th September, are now available. Click here for details and here for the booking form.

July 2015 Awards News: Gloucester Motorway Services has won the Civic Voice National Design Award. Not just the New Build Category – it was also the Overall Winner! For more details click here.

May 2015: Gloucester Motorway Services shortlisted for a Civic Voice National Design Award

Gloucester Services - interior - restaurant eye level

Gloucester Services – interior – restaurant eye level

When the new Gloucester Motorway Services were discussed at our January meeting (for a report click here) it was suggested that the Society should nominate the project for the first Civic Voice National Design Award. We went ahead with this (our submission can be viewed here) and we are now, in May 2015, pleased to announce that it has been short-listed.

For more information read our full news story here.

[About the Civic Voice National Design Awards: These new Awards are unique in that they are a national celebration of good design and conservation projects nominated by local community organisations. To be successful, projects have to make a significant contribution to the quality of life in our villages, towns and cities. Nominated by local people they are awards supported by local communities across the country. They are not the usual industry awards where professional give awards to other professionals. For full details visit the Civic Voice website here.]

Summer Events 2015

Our Summer Events programme for 2015 is now available – and includes manors, gardens, stained glass, motorway services and Swindon. For full details visit the events page here.

Store Wars – The Planners Strike Back.

Stroud District Council’s Development Control Committee meets soon (April 14th) to reconsider the three out-of-town superstore applications and the in-town supermarket possibility.

Tim Mars has posted an update on the situation in our blog. Click here to read it.

Meeting Date changes

We have had to change the dates for our last two 2014/15 winter meetings.

Our AGM, and the Tim Mars’ talk BRUTALISM: Maligned, misunderstood, miscegenated child of Modernism is now taking place on 23rd April.

Hugh Barton’s talk, Shaping the heart of Stroud, is now taking place on 14th May. 

Store Wars – our meeting on 26th February:

Full details have now been announced about our meeting to discuss Stroud’s Store Wars – is it better to have another out-of-town supermarket, or to have an in-town store? Will we end up with both?.

You can download the flyer here or read the event details here.

Christmas Event:

Our Christmas event on 7th December, a visit to Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House was a great success.

Here we are at lunch in Baddesley Clinton’s restaurant.

For other activities in December have a look at our blog, which details recent comments on planning issues.


Autumn 2014 updates:

The Heritage Open Day was a great success, around 100 people visited. Many more could have come if there had been space for parking as over 300 people applied for tickets.  There was a great deal of appreciation from the public that the Civic Society had arranged this event.

We had one last minute visitor, David Hagg, CEO of Stroud District Council, but we were pleased and proud to show him the Civic Society in action and the great asset (the Sculpture Park) that the District has on its doorstep.  The day was perfect weatherwise, the arrangements ran very smoothly, and after a brief panic over the loos they too started behaving properly.

Comments from visitors included: “Privileged visit”, “Lovely to see the wonderful sculptures and what a wonderful setting” “So nice to be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and fantastic sculptures. Many thanks for letting us in”

The Superstores War:
All three applications had considerable drawbacks; flooding, traffic issues, and impact on local shops, yet SDC seemed to think that one of these should be approved.

Then like a rabbit out of a hat Andrew Watton popped up with his in-town scheme centred round the Market Tavern. Though no planning application was on the table, SDC were convinced this was a viable proposal, worthy of consideration – so after two and a half hours of speeches supporting or opposing the three out-of-town super markets, SDC dropped its bombshell – all decisions were to be postponed until March 2015 to give time for the Market Tavern scheme to put in for outline planning permission.

Many in the town support this scheme but we will wait with interest to see what exactly is on offer, especially for the Farmer’s Market.

Summer 2014 updates:

We will soon be updating the site with more information on planning issues, which we think is worth posting more often. Plus we will be linking the website to new Facebook and Twitter pages where news updates and other information can be posted regularly.

Summer 2013 Update:

Reports of several recent events and meetings are now available on our Blog. Click here to go to the most recent entry.

July 2012 Update: Gloucester Pub Crawl

On Sunday 15th July society members toured central Gloucester on the trail of ancient inns and more recent public houses. For a full account click here.

May 2012 News: Civic Society chose Brewery Bridge for the Design Award

The new canal bridge at Merrywalks has been awarded the Design Award in Stroud Town Council’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

The Civic Society were asked to judge the award winner, and felt that the new ‘Brewery Bridge’ was the clear winner.  More details are available on the blog here.

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