26th November 2019 -T&WC Cabinet member Cllr Carolyn Healy – Talk on promoting tourism and protecting Newport heritage buildings.

Newport & District Civic Society will be holding its November meeting on Tuesday 26th in St. Andrews Church Hall Church Aston TF10 9JG at 7,30pm, the speaker is Carolyn Healy and she is the Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy and the World Heritage Site and Cabinet Champion for Heritage, having been elected to the Borough Council in May. She will be talking about her role and how Telford and Wrekin Borough Council supports the tourism sector and promotes visitors to the borough and specifically Newport. She will also outline the work being done to protect Newport’s heritage. The presentation will be followed by a question & answer session.
All are welcome to attend and the normal rules apply to admission, free to members and £2 for non members to cover the costs of refreshments and hall hire costs.

Mayor of Newport -Cllr. Peter Scott speaking at 29th October 2019 meeting

The Newport & District Civic Society will be holding its second meeting on the 29th October where our re-elected Mayor Peter Scott will enlighten us on the role and authority of a Town Council mayor within a unitary council structure. Peter will finish the evening by taking questions from the audience, so do not miss the chance to hear the views of your Mayor in an open forum.
The event will be held at St. Andrews Church Hall in Church Aston TF10 9JG at 7.30pm, everyone is welcome and as usual entry is free to members with a charge of £2 to non-members to cover refreshments and hall costs.

T&WC Borough Elections -Your Chance to be Heard.

Newport & District Civic Society has invited representatives of the local political parties plus ‘independents’ seeking to become our borough councillors at the elections on the 2nd May to an informal ‘Hustings evening’ to be held on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, at St. Andrews Church Hall in Church Aston TF10 9JG starting at 7.30pm. For non-members a small charge of £2 will be made to cover the hall costs and refreshments
The evening will start with responses to questions previously supplied to the candidates before opening up the floor to questions from the audience.
This is your chance to hear directly from those seeking to represent the area for the next 4 years ‘fighting’ for the issues affecting Newport.

Civic Voice- Helping to make ‘better places’ -meeting 26th March 2019.

The Newport & District Civic Society will hold their March meeting on the 26th when the subject will be ‘Civic Voice; Helping to make better places’. This talk will be given by Professor David Evans who is a member of the Civic Voice board and serves on their Governance committee as well as acting as the lead trustee for the Larger Civic Societies group.
Civic Voice as a national organisation representing the Civic movement is now part of the Governments ‘Building Better Commission’ and is one of the leading partners in this recently announced project. Of significant relevance to Newport will be how other Civic Societies have influenced major housing developments by being involved in the initial planning process rather than just commenting on plans once they are published for public consultation.
The focus of Civic Voice over the last few years has been ‘Conservation Areas’, how do you make the most of this heritage, so the talk will revolve around how Civic Voice is promoting the need for local borough councils to maintain the Conservation Areas review process by using local community groups to assist in the process. Newport Civic Society is working in conjunction with the Newport History Society and Telford & Wrekin’s conservation officers on completing a long overdue review of the existing Newport Conservation Area.
Everyone is welcome, the presentation will be held on – Tuesday 26th March 2019, 7.30pm in St. Andrews Church Hall, Church Aston TF10 9JG.
A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs and refreshments.

Flood Risks on or from new housing estates. Talk by Telford and Wrekin Flood Risk Officer.

A joint meeting of Newport Civic Society and Sustainable Newport Shropshire (previously known as Newport 21), is being held on Tuesday 26th February 2019, at which John Bellis, the Flood Risk officer at Telford and Wrekin Council, will give an insight into his role supporting households in a ‘flood prone zone’ together with how the potential flood risks are assessed in planning applications and what measures can be taken to reduce the risk of flooding either on a new proposed development or to existing adjoining properties/land or further down stream of any developments.

Everyone is welcome. The presentations will be held on Tuesday 26th February 2019, 7.30 pm in St. Andrews Church Hall , Church Aston TF10 9JG.

A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs and refreshments.

‘Plastic free Newport’ plus ‘What is worth saving in Newport – Last Chance Saloon’

What is worth saving in Newport – Last Chance Saloon’ plus ‘Plastic free Newport’. A joint meeting of Newport Civic Society and Sustainable Newport Shropshire, previously known as Newport 21, is being held on 29th January.

Cath Edwards, of Sustainable Newport, will give an update on the Sustainable Newport project ‘Plastic free Newport’ with the elimination of single use plastics by the local businesses and how the rebranding of their organisation has brought new impetus and fresh membership to their group. She will give brief details of other subjects that the group is involved with and answer questions.

This will be followed by a discussion led by David Griffin of Newport Civic Society on ‘What is worth saving in Newport – Last Chance Saloon’, with examples of how Newport has lost significant buildings over the last 40 years to developments which in hindsight would now be considered as unsuitable. The prime example being the Vine Vaults Hotel next to the Market Hall becoming the Central Square development.

This talk is a preamble to the February subject of Conservation & Regeneration to be given by Ian Harvey, Executive Director, Civic Voice (formerly The Civic Trust) and is part of the Society’s focus on conservation for this year. The Society is working in conjunction with the Newport History Society and Telford & Wrekin’s conservation officers on completing a long overdue review of the existing Newport Conservation Area. Other local groups, schools etc. are welcome to have input to this task and have suggestions to potential changes to the boundaries of the Conservation Area -please contact the Society via prchadwick353@gmail.com if you wish to participate in the project.

Everyone is welcome, the presentations will be held on – Tuesday 29th January 2019, 7.30 pm in St. Andrews Church Hall , Church Aston TF10 9JG.

A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs and refreshments.

David Austin Roses Past, Present & Future

Newport and District Civic Society will be holding its third presentation of its membership year on the 27th November, the speaker will be Di Perry.

Di will provide an insight on the preparations required for a winning exhibition at the Chelsea or Shrewsbury Flower show. She will also show how David Austin has moved with the changes to product marketing required to be successful in the modern world and the changes to the business model over the last twenty years that has ensured that David Austin has maintained its synonymous relationship with roses.

This will be followed by a question and answer session where I am sure the horticultural issues of growing roses will come up.
Everyone is welcome, the presentation will be held on –

Tuesday 27th November 2018, 7.30pm in St. Andrews Church Hall , Church Aston TF10 9JG.
A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs and refreshments.

The Work of CPRE in Shropshire – Protecting Shropshire’s countryside

With pressures from national government for local authorities to build more homes it is becoming ever more important to build the right homes in the right places. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has a national commitment to advise government on how to achieve housing needs while protecting our rural countryside.

Connor Furnival – Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Telford & Wrekin District branch together with Charles Green will give a presentation about the work of CPRE in Shropshire.

BBC Countryfile in its programme on 11th March 2018, gave extensive coverage to the recent CPRE publication ‘Standing up for Your Countryside’ so come and hear for yourself what CPRE are doing both nationally and locally.

The presentation will be held on –
Tuesday 27th MARCH 2018, 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Aston TF10 9JG.
A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs & refreshments.

Role and importance of the army to Shropshire

Role and importance of the army to Shropshire

The Army in the West Midlands has played an important part in the economy of Shropshire for many years with the manufacturing and maintenance of military hardware.
With defence spending constantly under review at a time when the threats to peace in the world are seemingly ever present including the increased threat of ‘cyber warfare’, Major Malcolm Hill has been invited by Newport Civic Society to give a presentation on the history and role of the 11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands based at the nearby Venning Barracks.

Major Malcolm Hill has extensive experience including various capacities throughout the world both on exercise and operationally, ranging from Chief Customs Compliance for NATO in the Balkans to SO2 Media Operations with various staff appointments throughout his long career. He has recently been employed at the 11 Signal and West Midland in an Employment Engagement & Army 2020 role.

The presentation will be held on –
Tuesday 27th FEBRUARY 2018, 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Aston TF10 9JG.
A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs & refreshments. No charge will be made for any army cadets who wish to attend.
Visit the Newport Civic Society website at http://www.newportshropshirecivicsociety.co.uk/

How well are we dealing with the ‘waste’ we create. Presentation sponsored jointly by Newport Civic Society and Newport 21.

Over the years Newport Civic Society has welcomed a number of speakers from a variety of backgrounds on the subject of how burying ‘waste’ in landfill sites was not a viable option for the long term. Various alternative ways of dealing with the ‘waste’ have been presented including ‘energy from waste plants’ through to increased means of recycling the ‘waste’ into new products.

With mounting public concern about the amount of plastic in the seas around the world; as China will no longer be recycling plastic waste from the UK and,more locally, at the recent the Pave Lane Quarry Inquiry conflicting evidence as to the type and nature of ‘waste’ that could be deposited on the site, we return to the subject with a presentation sponsored jointly with Newport 21.

The presentation will be given by Paul Frith who is an expert in waste management and leading consultant in the field of waste and resource management, he is Chair of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management for the Midlands and a CIWM Fellow. Paul has many achievements including writing numerous municipal waste management strategies for local authorities. He also works internationally (South Africa, India, Indonesia, Cyprus, Australia, Malta) on waste technology, strategy and smart cities development. He has worked with over forty local authorities, county councils and waste partnerships on service reviews, efficiencies for collection services, recycling and treatment, options appraisals and innovation.

The presentation will be held on –
Tuesday Jan 30th 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Aston TF10 9JG.
A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs & refreshments.