What We Do

Work is in progress to restore the public art in Colchester's Southway subways.  The concrete art murals were placed in the subways to brighten up the area in the 1970s.  The murals by sculptors  Henry Collins and Joyce Pallott, the husband and wife team who lived and worked in Colchester have weathered the passage of time well, but were in need of restoration.
Colchester Civic Society and Colchester In Bloom started fundraising in 2014 to raise the funds needed.  Essex Heritage Trust gave a grant for the initial restoration of the Abbeygate Mural. Now with an award of funds from the Heritage Lottery which was made possible by National Lottery players, and an additional grant from The Harvey Benham Trust the restoration of all of these murals is ensured.  The murals were made by making a detailed reverse mould and filling that with concrete. Working to brighten up the St Botolphs Roundabout subway.

Conservation projects

Colchester Civic Society has a long history of involvement in conservation projects, from the Scheregate Improvement scheme and the Cannock Mill/Bourne Mill projects of the 1960’s, through to the present day with the Southway Murals Restoration in 2018.

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Eyes and Ears

‘Eyes and Ears’ is an initiative that aims to make a real difference to the everyday ‘look and feel’ of Colchester. It encourages everyone to keep their eyes and ears open on their daily travels around the town and to be on the look-out for things that need flagging up for action.

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Campaigns

This is a recent addition to our activities. The first campaign began on our Facebook Page in January 2017 with a video calling for Essex County Highways to stop the U turns outside the Minories In Colchester High Street.

Colchester Plaque Trails

This link will take you to the Society’s plaque trails. At the present time we have three trails, Military & Wartime, Town Centre and the Out of Town Trail.

Latest News

The Proposed Alumno Development

THE PROPOSED ALUMNO DEVELOPMENT THE CIVIC SOCIETY WILL BE REPRESENTED AT THE PUBLIC INQUIRY WHICH STARTS TODAY AT ST. BOTOLPH’S CHURCH. HERE IS THE PROGRAM. PUBLIC INQUIRY 10:00 on Wednesday 16 October 2019 Appeal by Alumno Student (Essex) Ltd re Demolition of existing buildings/structures and redevelopment to provide purpose-built student accommodation; hotel; commercial space (use

Wishes for Colchester

Wishes for Colchester There were 141 responses to the Society’s popular Wishing Wall at the St Botolph’s Priory Event. Residents and visitors took time to pass on their wish for our town. Popular wishes included: cleaner, tidier streets, safer pavements, more trees and a firm no to the proposed student flats in Colchester’s Cultural Quarter.

High Street Georgian Bay window saved

Superdrug‘s shop in our High Street incorporates one of the fine Georgian gems to have survived with a beautiful bay window and very old iron light holders. The Society saw in late November 2018 that part of the bay was in great danger of falling apart . We raised the issue with the enforcement officer

East Anglian Civic Societies Meeting At Firstsite

Colchester Civic Society hosted a meeting at Firstsite on Saturday 5th October for representatives of Civic Societies from across East Anglia. This was the fourth in what we hope will be an ongoing series of meetings where we seek to learn and support oneanother in our efforts to improve the towns we live in.

Badgers at Fingringhoe Wick

Our social program again this year included evening visits to Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve to watch a badger clan. Just four people are admitted each time along with a volunteer warden. You get to sit in an armchair in a hide and watch the badgers feeding through the large windows. A very special evening. The

St. Botolph’s Open Day and Market

Colchester Civic Society will have a stand and a version of our Wishing Wall at the St. Botolph’s Open Day and Market on Saturday 21st September. Please come and say hello And make a wish for Colchester. All wishes will be passed on to Colchester Council.