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?
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).