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Corsham Civic Society Important News

Dear Members,

I am mindful of the health problems that are currently sweeping throughout the world and through our own country. My thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering from this virus and I hope that it strikes very few people in our area. Our last ‘get together’ was held on Friday, February 28that Guyers House, where 28 of us enjoyed a most excellent lunch. I proposed a toast to absent friends, not knowing how quickly things would change in just 18 days. I am sorry we’ve had to cancel our March meeting and following meetings until at least the end of July.

The Pound Arts Centre has closed its doors and we have no idea when they may re-open. Copies of the March edition of ‘Spotlight’ will be available from April 1st at Barnett Brothers or may be delivered to your home.

All good wishes.

Michael Rumsey

Corsham High Street project – an update

Corsham High Street project – an update

In the last issue it was reported that the Wiltshire Building Record [WBR] were intending to embark on an in depth survey of some of the houses in Corsham High Street, with a view to identifying their origins and usage throughout the ages. Representatives of Corsham...

Planning Matters: A poem by John Betjeman

Planning Matters: A poem by John Betjeman

Inexpensive Progress by John Betjeman Encase your legs in nylons, Bestride your hills with pylons O age without a soul; Away with gentle willows And all the elmy billows That through your valleys roll. Let's say goodbye to hedges And roads with grassy edges And...

50 years of Conservation Areas

50 years of Conservation Areas

It is 50 years since the Civic Amenities Act 1967 introduced the concept of protecting the character of areas of historic and architectural interest by the designation of conservation areas. The concept of conservation areas was introduced in England, Wales and...

Proposed Gladman/ Redrow development

Proposed Gladman/ Redrow development

The long running disputes over this planning application continue [see Summer 2017 issue, pps. 5-6] with Wiltshire Council planning officers. Issues of fundamental importance continue to cause serious concern in this case in two areas - Land Stability and Minerals...

The Mansion House and the  Secretary of State

The Mansion House and the  Secretary of State

I make no apologies for the amount of space taken up in this issue by matters concerning planning, archaeology, heritage and conservation areas. Corsham’s Mansion House and the Bath Road development in Pickwick both invoke key issues about the effectiveness of the...

From the Chairman: Autumn 2017 update

From the Chairman: Autumn 2017 update

Today is October 25th, just two months from Christmas Day, doesn’t time fly!!  2017 has been another successful year for the Society with a wide range of interesting talks and two visits, one to Wadworth’s Brewery and the second to the Westonbirt Arboretum.  The...