Over the next couple of years communities like our own will have a much bigger part to play in helping to decide and shape the future of where we live, work and play. We will be empowered to ‘do things our way’ and help make our village economically sustainable and socially vibrant. This will not be easy because much of Local Government will be reluctant to change and accept a rapidly changing landscape. They will have no alternative, despite the many financial constraints facing them. Civic Societies are steeped in tradition and have been reluctant to embrace change and whilst historical heritage is very important, this Society is looking very much to the future by helping to establish a community environment that will ‘stand the test of time’. It is committed to working hand in hand with the many village organisations (also those a bit further afield) and in particular our very own Parish Council. The Society has much in common with Catherine Coates (the Chair of the Council) and her team and by building on an excellent relationship the community as a whole will undoubtedly benefit.
As community funding is being cut, organisations like our own will have a greater part to play in the life of our village and this is acknowledged and understood. This Society will certainly endeavour to do ‘its bit’. You may remember David Cameron being very passionate about launching his BIG SOCIETY in 2010, well Organisations like ours were and still are, achieving those aims ! The Society is constantly striving to improve the way it interacts and communicates with its members. There is always much going on and it wants to try and make sure that everyone knows about it. There is a commitment to make greater use of technology and dare I say it, social media such as Facebook and Twitter. This website is our shop front to the outside world and the Society will strive to keep it up to date and informative.
The future for Addingham Civic Society is a bright one. There is a very supportive membership base, a strong and hard working Board of Trustees, a structure encompassing a number of very effective sub committees and a sound financial structure and base. The Society is a respected and valued member of the village with a strong local voice and will always be looking to build on this. However, there is little room for complacency.
And finally: If you are not a member of the Society then we hope that having spent a short time reading who we are and what we do, you might be tempted to join. In which case, please visit the ‘join us’ page on the website, download the membership form and get it off to us as soon as possible ! Alternatively, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting further details and we will let you have one of our leaflets ‘Introduction for New Members’’ . We do provide good value for money ! If you are already a member then please take the time to read about all the things that we as your Society are doing on your behalf and on behalf of the village as a whole.