Fleetwood Civic Society is for you if you have an interest in the past but also want to have a say in the history of the future and play a part in shaping today.
There are monthly meetings (all listed in the Events Calendar) where you can find out more and get involved, plus special projects, Heritage and Civic Week events to plan, and much, much more.
Exhibition at the Marine Hall
To mark National Civic Day on 21 June, a new exhibition opened on Monday 1 June at Fleetwood Marine Hall.
The exhibition of glossy photographs and information boards showcases the wonderful, historic buildings of the Fylde Coast and was jointly put together by Fleetwood Civic Society, Blackpool Civic Trust and Lytham Civic Society. It was first on display in the exhibition space in Booths in Lytham in 2014, and hopefully it will be displayed in Blackpool in the future.
Mayor of Wyre Councillor Tom Balmain opened the exhibition, and invited civic dignitaries to view the stunning photographs and enjoy refreshments.
Margaret Daniels, Chair of Fleetwood Civic Society said “The three societies have enjoyed working together to collect the information and contributions have been made by all three groups.
“Photographs have been provided by local photographers and we’re really pleased with the result and the turnout for the opening this morning. “
The exhibition not only coincides with National Civic Day, it also ties in with the 80th birthday of the Marine Hall.
Local historian Dick Gillingham was there to mark the event and added “There is a wealth of historic buildings all along the Fylde Coast and the area should be noted for them more than it perhaps is.”
The exhibition is free to view and open during Marine Hall open hours, 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week, until 29 June.
Two Passionate Women…
We met Margaret Daniels and Yvonne Johnstone from the Civic Society just before Heritage Open Days 2013, to talk about this annual event and why the Civic Society organise it on behalf of the individual buildings each year.
Margaret told us “The Civic Society exists to promote this great town and everything it has to offer. We like to show everyone our great heritage and all these fabulous historic buildings, but we’re also passionate about what happens to Fleetwood in the future too.”
They’ve both been involved with the Civic Society for many years. Margaret almost since the beginning – she got involved 38 years ago when there were plans afoot to close the paddling pool – how history repeats itself! At that time, someone wanted to make it into a karting track.
The Mount and the Lower Lighthouse are the two flagship buildings that the Civic Society looks after on Heritage Open Days each year. Both normally closed to the public, it’s a rare opportunity to see what’s actually inside these two gems.
The Mount is once again closed, after having had a life in the last twenty years as a craft shop and then in more recent times as the office base for a flag making company. After four years there are now proper toilets and sanitation in the building so it’s up for Let once again. “The Civic Society would like to see it being used by some kind of businesses that’s open to the public” explained Yvonne. “Another craft shop, cafe, or similar that the public can come to and so the building will be once again open and used, rather than private offices. After all, it’s over 100 years old and such a feature in this town.”
Why don’t you take a look around your favourite Fleetwood buildings when Heritage Open days comes round in September? Find out more and which buildings are open, in this page about Fleetwood Heritage Open Days.
More about Fleetwood Civic Society
If you love Fleetwood and want to help to secure it’s heritage but also give it a strong future, then why don’t you give the Civic Society a look?
Fleetwood Civic Society try to promote and encourage anything which might be of benefit to the town, and try to stimulate interest in and ensure consideration is given to, the preservation of features of historical and architectural interest, and natural beauty of the town.
In order to do this we have in recent years:
* Organised Heritage Open Days every year. with our contribution being the opening of the Lower Lighthouse and the Mount Pavilion – last year 800 people visited each of these venues over the 2 days.
* Promoted interest in the work of Decimus Burton by mounting an exhibition of his work in the Marine Hall.
* Been involved in the planning of the Jubilee Celebrations and the 175 Celebrations
* Planted 20kg of daffodil bulbs on the bank near the beach park
* Actively studied planning applications registered with Wyre Council and where appropriate contested them (and often succeeded, an example being a better looking substation than was originally planned in the Euston Park Garden)
* Successfully applied for listed status for buildings and gardens.
Our meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at the North Euston Hotel starting at 7.30 pm.
You can find the years meeting dates on the Events Calendar.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the meetings – just turn up.
Fleetwood Civic Society exhibition opening 2015
l-r: Yvonne Johnstone and Margaret Daniels from Fleetwood Civic Society
Fleetwood Civic Society, Decimus Burton Exhibition as part of Civic Week in June 2013
Fleetwood Bulb Planting October 2012