Tivrton Civic Soc. Logo (1)50th anniversary download

                              1968 – 2018

Welcome to our website. Our purpose is to explain who we are, to describe what we are trying to achieve and to cordially invite you to join in our varied range of interesting activities.

Our society dates back to 1968, when many local citizens became very concerned about the adverse effect of some planning decisions on the town and the need to protect the local environment. It was therefore agreed to form a local civic society to safeguard the future development of Tiverton and its nearby surroundings. “WATCH & WARD” became our motto, and since then a major aim of the society has been to remain alert to significant changes affecting the local environment, and to prevent or reduce any adverse consequences arising from them. We are not alone in this concern – there are some 800 civic societies in England. Many of these, including Tiverton Civic Society, are members of Civic Voice which provides regular information about national issues, campaigns for change and organizes meetings and training for members.

The Tiverton Civic Society is now a Registered Charity (No 1043675) that cares for the beauty, history and character of Tiverton and its surroundings. We aim to protect and preserve the good things we all enjoy, and try to change or influence for the better developments which cause general concern. We are totally non-political and can take a long term and independent view of the many changes that are now affecting us all. We need your ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm.

Do you care about the beauty, history and character of Tiverton and its surroundings?

Do you care about the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest?

Do you wish to encourage good quality new developments?

‘If you have a civic society, you always have a group ready to show that people do value their heritage. If you care about where you live, I call you on to join your civic society’. (Griff Rhys-Jones, President of Civic Voice, January 2016). Why not join us and help to make a real difference?

Knightshayes Court (Grade 1) and Garden (Grade II*)


Beech Woods at Knightshayes in Spring.

The upper photograph shows St Paul’s s Street and St Paul’s Church in West Exe. ‘The most coherent piece of town planning in Tiverton’. (Cherry and Pevsner.The Buildings of England: Devon – Yale).


                               Registered Charity 1043675                                                                                

                       Website: http://www.tivertoncivicsoc.org.uk

 In view of the changes in the Data Protection laws Tiverton Civic Society have developed a Data Protection Policy that addresses our exposure to these new rules and how it affects you, our membership.

 Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679


What information do we hold?

The following information, if provided, is held by the Society’s Chairman, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary and Membership Secretary.

– Your name(s)

– Your postal address and postcode

– Your email address(es). Some members have opted not to provide this information.

– Your telephone number(s)

– Your membership status

– Your Gift Aid Declaration (if applicable)

– Your method of payment for your membership subscription (no bank account details stored)

– Your date of joining / renewal. (where this information is available)

What do we use it for?

Your details are used to administer the operations of the Society, share information with you about the Society, provide you with related news and upcoming events, to make requests for support, to promote our activities, send out Membership Renewal documentation, chase up membership, advise about other activities and information related to the Society and for when the Society needs to contact you for any administrative matters. We only use your personal data for matters as listed and will not disclose any information to a third party without your permission. If you have declared that we can claim Gift Aid on your contributions to the Society, your name and address are used for reclaiming tax from HMRC.

Where do we hold it and who can access it?

Your details are accessible by the Chairman, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, and the Membership Secretary. A list of names and addresses is also provided to one of our Members who undertakes delivery of written material, including Newsletters and Programmes. The nominated Data Protection Officer is the Honorary Membership Secretary who will ensure that all matters relating to the General Data Protection Regulations, including any data breaches reported to him, are dealt with in accordance with the Regulations.

Methods of communication

Communications with members or volunteers can be processed by either written or computer-printed letters or documents delivered, or addressed and posted, to your nominated postal address, or sent by email to your nominated email address. Alternatively, verbal communications can be made by telephone call to your nominated telephone number. Emails sent out en-bloc to groups of members are normally sent out ‘blind copy’ so that other recipients to the email do not have sight of other members email addresses.

For how long do we hold your information?

Unless you specifically request it to be deleted, we will hold the information you supply to us for a maximum of 5 years after the expiry of your membership at which point we will erase and delete any details we hold except to the extent that they are required for legal, accounting, and tax purposes.

Who to contact if you want to confirm, change or remove your information from our records

You can change or withdraw your permission to storage, processing and use of all or any specific elements of your data at any time by e-mailing our Membership Secretary, Randall Thane: randallthane@gmail.com, or by telephoning 01884 258389. You should also use either of these methods for making any changes to the information we hold about you. Under the new GDPR, we have the right to take up to 30 days to change or remove this information.

 Our website

Our website operates over a secure connection, does not use cookies, and is actively updated. If anything is incorrect, please contact the Membership Secretary .

Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over those websites, their content, security or any links from that site. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and they are not governed by this privacy statement.

More information on GDPR can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website here ‐ https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/

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