Secretary of State congratulates civic groups for success on national Civic Day

Cockermouth Main Street Reborn – Award

Paula Ridley, Chair of Civic Voice – the national body for the civic society movement with 75,000 members – has today handed out Civic Day Awards at its Annual General Meeting in Liverpool. Seven community groups from across England received special awards for helping to inspire and promote civic pride.

Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities said “Saturday 22nd June was England’s Civic Day and it was great to see communities across the country hold over 200 events to celebrate where they live. The Civic Day Awards recognise the fantastic work that community groups do in supporting and encouraging civic pride. The civic movement is at the heart of the local community. The standard of participation in Civic Day was extremely high and I congratulate all of those who have taken part.”

While over 200 national events from across the country where eligible to be awarded, these groups have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to national Civic Day and helping to raise the profile of the importance of civic pride.

The Awards were handed to

  • Altrincham and Bowden Civic Society for setting up home in the exhibition space of Altrincham Forward’s town team office to talk to residents about the future of Altrincham, and for coordinating a series of open days with partners across the town.
  • Camden Civic Society – The award recognises the work the society undertook to engage 324 of the borough’s Year 5 schoolchildren in a letter writing competition to find out what “heritage assets” should be added to the Camden Local Heritage List
  • Cockermouth and District Civic Trust for launching a new book, “Cockermouth Main Street Reborn”, which records the outcome of the Cockermouth shop front improvement scheme following the 2009 floods.
  • Chesham Society – The award recognised the work the society has undertaken to launch a new image of the Society following a re-branding exercise. Their aim is to make the Chesham Society a campaigning force to promote the wellbeing of Chesham and its inhabitants and generate a sense of civic pride by putting Chesham first
  • Fleet and Church Crookham Society – for work involved in organising an ‘action day’ town clean at three locations across Fleet and Church Crookham for Civic Day. Over 60 volunteers (including the local MP) painted 12 benches and 50ft of fence, restored a noticeboard, replaced handrails on a footbridge, put up a dozen bird boxes, removed 16 large bags of brambles and weeds, collected 15 bags of litter and turned out in force to say we are proud of where we live!
  • Lytham St Annes Civic Society – An award which recognises the major effort Lytham St Annes Civic Society undertook by organising 14 consecutive days’ worth of events through June as a contribution to national Civic Day.
  • Merseyside Civic Society for Popularity and Sense of Occasion – The award recognises the efforts of the society to raise the profile of the society with the general public and encourage members of the public (of all ages) to get involved and to contribute to the future strategy of the group.

Griff Rhys Jones, Civic Voice President said “I congratulate each of these groups. The strength of the civic society movement is the diversity of groups that are involved. Whether it is Cockermouth launching a book or Camden talking to schoolchildren, the thing that pulls them all together is simply people caring about where they live. I congratulate them all and hope that other communities others across the country can take inspiration from them.”