The Addingham Civic Society was established in 1978. From a relatively small membership initially, it grew to 260 in 1987 and now stands at 365 (December 2017). It is a Registered Charity and currently has a board of Trustees of 11 including 5 Officers consisting of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and 2 Treasurers. The Trustees meet monthly and they conduct Society business and liaise closely with other village organisations. Within its structure the Society has a number of sub committees who are able to focus and specialise on a range of activities and projects. The Finance, Planning Committee and the Environmental Group are 3 such examples. The Chairman of the Finance Committee attends Trustee Meetings but cannot vote. There are very close links with Bradford Council, the Parish Council and many other external bodies. One stated objective is to work with, support and promote the many other village organisations.
The Society is an active member of Civic Voice (the National Body representing Civic Societies) which replaced the Civic Trust in 2010. This organisation represents over 300 societies around the country. It is an active member of the Yorkshire & Humberside Association of Civic Societies (YHACS), which is the regional body through which there is access to many contacts and it provides a platform for networking with numerous other societies in the region. Chairman, Jim Robinson, is also a Trustee of YHACS.
The Society benefits the village by providing action on civic issues, planning matters, environmental issues and closely monitors developments which may not be to the benefit of the village. The Society’s Constitution which was revised in 2016 states:‘The Society is established for the public benefit for the following objects in the area comprising the Parish of Addingham in the area of the Metropolitan District of Bradford’
- To stimulate public interest, education and enjoyment in the area of benefit
- To promote high standards of planning, design and architecture in the area of benefit
- To promote the protection and enhancement of the historic character of the built and natural environment of the area
- To secure the development, retention and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic or public interest in the area of benefit and to promote the preservation and conservation of local green environments, in the area of benefit and more generally in Wharfedale.
- To promote and support sports and recreation facilities for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area of benefit and for the public at large in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the conditions of life of the said inhabitants.
These ‘objects’ or purposes, basically say what the Society will do or certainly try to do !
Now, to support these ‘objects’ the Constitution also sets out how the Society will try and achieve these. They are referred to as our ‘Powers’ and they underpin what the Society does..