13th March 2020
Wakefield Civic Society has today announced that it is cancelling all its events until further notice in response to the coronavirus epidemic. This means that the meeting scheduled for Thursday, 19th March at Wakefield Town Hall when Louisa Brooks of City and Provincial Properties was due to talk about the development of Rutland Mills will not now take place.
Society president Kevin Trickett MBE said that it was most unfortunate that the talk had to be cancelled as it had attracted a great deal of interest from members of the Society and the general public and over 120 people had expressed interest in attending. “Obviously, the development of Rutland Mills is a hugely important project for the city and one which we are all excited about. We hope that we can hold the talk later in the year. However, for now, the people’s safety is important, hence the decision to cancel not just this meeting but other events we had planned, including our Annual General Meeting and Awards Evening scheduled for 23rd April.
“We are looking at how we might switch some of our events on-line; it looks very much as if the committee will be meeting via video conference for the foreseeable future.”
Wakefield Civic Society has today set up an Instagram account to add to its existing Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Society president Kevin Trickett MBE said that while this may not seem a particularly momentous announcement, it is an important part of our social media strategy to reach out to a wider audience beyond our traditional membership.
We are an active and successful civic society but we need to be able to show and tell people what we do; the more people who know about our work, the better. Not only people be able to find out about we are doing via our website and social media accounts, they will also hear about our programme of events – many of which are open to the general public and are often free to attend.
We plan to use our Instagram account to show Wakefield at its best. One of our committee members, Fay Dell, is running the account for us and is collecting photographs of Wakefield’s architecture and natural beauty to showcase the city to our growing number of followers on social media. Fay has asked that Wakefield Civic Society members send her any photographs of the city that they would like to see published on-line.
The Society today welcomes Architecture 1B as one of its growing band of corporate members.
Architecture 1B is a small bespoke architectural practice based in Horbury. The company was formed at the end of 2012 by Darren Bailey who has over 20 years’ experience and has worked at some of the North’s largest architectural practices delivering projects of varying scale and sectors, such as Headingley cricket ground and central square in Newcastle. In 2003 Darren was a founding member of Leeds based practice architecture 2B alongside Nick Brown which was commended with various awards.
Wakefield Civic Society president Kevin Trickett MBE said “We are delighted to welcome Darren as a corporate member. Darren has worked with us before and has from time to time turned to us on behalf of his clients for our thoughts on projects he has been working on in Wakefield, a really good example of how developers and their architects and designers can work co-operatively with civic societies. Not only is he helping to bring some exciting new projects to our area but, in becoming a corporate member of the Society, he is showing support for what we do as a community organisation.”
The Society offers three categories of Corporate Membership, details of which can be found here.
Wakefield Civic Society has been invited to join Wakefield’s newly established Town Deal Board. The Board, part of Wakefield’s High Street Task Force, is made up of representatives from Wakefield’s public, private and third sector organisations and will support Wakefield Council as it develops a strategy to facilitate revitalisation of the city centre. The Board will also assist the council in attracting new inward investment, including grant applications under the Future High Streets Fund, Heritage Action Zone and Towns Fund initiatives.
The Board will oversee the development and subsequent implementation of a city centre masterplan while ensuring a diverse range of voices and perspectives are fed into the discussions.
Wakefield Civic Society president Kevin Trickett MBE, who will represent the Society on the Board, said that he was delighted to take part and considered that the invitation extended to the Society was a tribute to the Society’s reputation for being a knowledgeable and constructive contributor to the ongoing discussions about how the city centre should develop. He added “The Society was established in 1964 and has been actively engaged in many of the debates about what should happen in Wakefield ever since. We recognise that cities have to evolve to take account of changing lifestyles and that we have to move with the times, but we also recognise that Wakefield has a fine range of historic buildings which we wish to see preserved even though they will often have to find new uses to meet the challenges of a modern city centre.”