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Worle History Society

16/10/2018 19:30

At the MUSEUM, 7 for 7.30. Arrive early - coffee, teas, wine, beer in Clara’s Cafe.

The Bristol Tree Forum

20/11/2018 19:30

At the MUSEUM, 7 for 7.30. Arrive early - coffee, teas, wine, beer in Clara’s Cafe.

The Annual Awards Presentation

04/12/2018 19:30

At the MUSEUM, 7 for 7.30. Arrive early - coffee, teas, wine, beer in Clara’s Cafe.

The Weston-super-Mare Civic Society, set up in 1973, aims to preserve and develop the best in the town and district. It believes that change should be guided to serve the community’s interests, with new development of high quality and in keeping with the local character

The society believes that local planning should promote sustainable development

Great Weston Heritage Action Zone

The latest Summer 2018 Weston View is available now!

The 2017 Civic Society Awards 

Recognising and rewarding

excellence in Weston architecture


The Helicopter Museum Control Tower

Worle Village School Roof

Tamar Court


Our Next Meeting:

Worle and Worle History Society

With Raye Green

16 October  2018

At the MUSEUM, 7 for 7.30.

Arrive early - coffee, teas, wine, beer in Clara’s Cafe.



The Work of the Society

A regular part of our work is to monitor planning applications and respond to public consultations on the Local and Structure Plans.  We aim to support development that will enhance the character and prosperity of the town.

The Civic Society successfully opposed plans for major development on the Italian Gardens in High Street and proposals to demolish the Old General Hospital in the Boulevard.  We maintain a general interest in the street scene, the design of new buildings, conservation areas, the traffic system and local amenities.

The Society has produced a range of publications designed to celebrate the heritage of the town and the surrounding countryside.

We have supported many local initiatives including the establishment of the Blakehay Arts Centre.

Our Town

WESTON-SUPER-MARE first began to attract visitors over 200 years ago.  During the Victorian period it grew into a town of quality and character.  We have a fine heritage of handsome buildings, parks and gardens, as attractive coastline, and beautiful countryside.  There is much of interest and value to protect.

Practical Projects

The society undertakes practical projects in the town.  We have planted hundreds of tress, built walls and pillars and installed railings at Grove Park; repaired park shelters, converted the old windmill tower at Uphill into an observatory.

For over 20 years the Society ran a Heritage Centre in a converted building in Wadham Street.

What was the Society Saying in the Past?

30 years ago  

A Green Gateway for the Town was proposed including Station Road was proposed. In 2018 this is in the advanced state of planning. Other successful planting was reported including Alexandra Parade, which is now up for reconsideration as part of the Town Centre Regeneration.There was concern that Weston did not have a Blue Flag for seawater quality. This is still the case despite money having been spent by Wessex Water in improvements.News on spending money at Weston rail station was welcomed.   This now a listed building.

20 years ago

An article title Beach Lawn Conservation Area reviewed the status of these in the town. This is of course also taking place in 2018 with the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ).The restoration of the Dr Fox building on Knightstone Island was welcomed. But concerns over the development of the Locking Road School were voiced.There was an article on the Town Square giving the history and stating the Society had advocated one area rather than two which were required by the planning department. In 2018 we now have the one!

10 years ago

Scathing comments were made over proposals for both the Tropicana and Birnbeck Pier.

A Green Festival taking place at the Town Quarry was promoted. The majority of the pages were taken up with a serialisation of the Local History Trails which are now published on this site.

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