The future of Newport High Street

Newport Civic Society has invited six Newport businesses, both old and new and from both the retail and service sectors to talk of the challenges the High Street faces togther with an opening presentation by a member of the Newport Town Team.
The presenters will respond to the questions of ‘Why Newport’, ‘What is business like in Newport’ and if they had a magic wand what would they want to see change in Newport that would improve their business.
The presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session and while refreshments are available informal discussions can take place.

The event will take place at St. Andrews Church Hall in Church Aston TF10 9JG at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020. 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.

Presentation by Veolia – Civic Society speaker meeting on the 28th January 2020.

‘Newport & District Civic Society will be holding its January meeting on Tuesday 28th in St. Andrews Church Hall, Church Aston TF10 9JG at 7,30pm, the speaker is Ruth Jones, from the Communications and Engagement Office for Veolia Telford & Wrekin based at Hortonwood . The talk will be about the local recycling service in Telford & Wrekin – how to use the service, what happens to the materials and also education and community initiatives delivered by Veolia. So if you have ever wondered which bin to put your aerosol cans in – come along to find out.
How Telford & Wrekin has compared nationally with recycle rates over the last decade will be discussed and how they intend to continue to increase the level of recycling within the Borough with more initiatives like the food waste project’
The presentation will be followed by a short question & answer session and while refreshments are available informal discussions can take place..
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’

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.