Brewood Civic Society
Main contact - John Redshaw
Tel - 01902 851073
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brewood Civic Society Committee 2013/14
President - Richard Taylor
Chairman - Bill Caffrey
Secretary - John Redshaw
Treasurer & Membership Secretary - Graham Bailey
Archives, Schools liaison & Frank Dearden Awards - Bill Caffrey
Talks - Lavinia Newell
Trees, Footpaths & Stalls Assistant - Nick & Elaine Brant
Postal Membership - Sue Armer
Parish Council Liaison - Anne Holmes
Hanging Baskets & Floral Containers Competition - Sue Hayes
Member - David Pickrell
Member - Lyn Williams
History & Aims of the Society
The ‘Brewood Civic Society’ was inaugurated on 29th October 1970 following the untimely demolition of a row of beautiful half timbered black and white cottages known as ‘The Pavement Cottages’, situated in ‘The Pavement’ close to its junction with Dean Street. This act of wanton destruction and vandalism caused a public outcry in the village and so the Brewood Civic Society was born and has gone from strength to strength with a membership today of almost 800 from a total adult voting population of approximately 3000, within Brewood Village.
The Society organizes a number of events throughout the year including illustrated talks, walks, visits to places of interest, exchange visits with other civic and amenity societies, together with the hanging baskets and floral containers competition and the ‘Frank Dearden Awards’, the latter being a competition initiated by our late President, Frank Dearden, to encourage the appreciation, awareness, involvement and participation in the village and its activities by our young people.
Not long after its inception the Society was instrumental in the village being designated one of the first three ‘Conservation Areas’ in Staffordshire, a later designation being a half mile section of the beautiful and picturesque Shropshire Union Canal.
The ‘Conservation Area of Brewood’ which incorporates some seventy three listed buildings, two of which are Grade I and one a Grade II*, has been reviewed and re-appraised by South Staffordshire Council and the Society has been enjoined in this important consultation process and in the production of their new 'Conservation Area Management Plan' and 'Village Design Guide'.
The Society acts as an advisory body to South Staffordshire Council on planning and various other matters concerning the village of Brewood and its environs. Her Majesty’s Government is in the process of reforming the whole of the planning process and the Society was involved in the campaign initiated by the Civic Trust to secure appropriate changes to the Planning Bill to seek to ensure that the interests of the electorate were fully represented and protected.
The Society has been involved in the consultation process, at all stages, with South Staffordshire Council for the new ‘Local Development Framework’ which will replace the existing ‘Local Plan’ and incorporates a number of important and detailed policy documents including the new 'Core Strategy Development Plan Document'. We shall continue to ensure that the best interests of Brewood and its residents are properly represented in this consultation process, as and when the various draft documents are published and made available.
We value highly all input from our members and would warmly welcome any thoughts and suggestions that you would like to make to us regarding both the activities and future direction of the Society, together with any information that you would like us to publish in 'Village Times' and 'Village News'.
To promote the heritage, character and historical atmosphere of Brewood Village and the surrounding area.
To present lectures, talks and films on conservation, historical monuments, canals, trees, etc.
To act as an advisory body to South Staffordshire Council on planning and other matters concerning Brewood.
Not to preserve village features just because they are old but to temper preservation with progress.
To be constructive and keep the village tidy and pleasant for future generations.
The membership subscriptions of the Society for 2013/2014 are as follows:-
Ordinary Member £1.00
Family Member £2.00 per household
Postal Member £3.00
Life Member £10.00
Postal Life Member £20.00 per household
An appeal for information
We are always keen to enhance and increase our archive collection of information, old photographs, old postcards, show, fete and wake programmes, historical books, guides and leaflets relating to Brewood and its surroundings, together with reminiscences from residents and former residents of the village.
If you can help us and/or would like to join us and become involved with the work of the Society or would like any more information regarding its current and future activities, please contact our secretary John Redshaw Tel: 01902 851073.
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