The Addingham Civic Society was established in 1978. From a relatively small membership initially, it grew to 260 in 1987 and is now 400 and growing. It is a Registered Charity and currently has a board of Trustees of 11. 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 committee is one such example.
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 the national body, Civic Voice, which replaced the Civic Trust in 2010. This organisation represents over 300 societies around the country. The Society was presented with Civic Voice’s Marsh Christian Trust Award in for our Multi Use Games Area (MUGA). 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. Chairman, Jim Robinson, is also a Trustee of YHACS.
The Society benefits the village by providing action on civic issues, environmental matters and closely monitoring developments which may not be to the benefit of the village.One excellent example was when the Society added its weight behind a successful campaign to stop the erection of 3 wind turbines near a local beauty spot (Chelker reservoir). Shortly after, it also objected (with many others) to an application to dump inert waste at a site just outside the village (Farfield farm). The application was thrown out by North Yorkshire Council.
The Society’s revised Constitution 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 localgreen environments, in the area of benefit and more generally inWharfedale.
- 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..