Welcome to the Colchester Civic Society Website

Thank you for visiting the Colchester Civic Society’s website. We hope that you will take time to explore it and to discover our hugely diverse range of activities, all aimed at making Colchester an even more special place to live, work and visit.

We would love to welcome you as a member of the Society, whether you want to take an active role, enjoy our programme of events or simply provide quiet support. You don’t have to live or work in the town to be a member. Please go to the ‘Join Us’ page for more information.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the website or have additional questions, please contact us at info@colchestercivicsociety.co.uk or telephone 07771626561.

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Become a Member

Becoming a member is simple and costs just £11 per year for a single membership, £16 for a couple and £40 for a Business membership.  Please join us.


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.

What We Do

Click on the button below to see the full list of pages outlining the work we do. This includes Conservation Work (as shown in the photo above), Planning, Highways, Licensing, Eyes and Ears, Commemorative Plaques, Public Footpaths, Trees, Street Naming, Publications and Heritage Open Days

The Colchester Plaque Trails

This is a unique achievement created by members of our society with the help of Placecheck Online. Three Plaque Trails have been created for the town and can be followed using online maps on your mobile phone.
Each trail not only shows the position of many of Colchester’s plaques on a map, but also provides a photo for each one, along with comprehensive information about the person or place commemorated.
Follow this link for the plaques trails. When you have opened up a Trail, simply touch the blue dots in turn to bring up each plaque and accompanying information.

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

JUST RELEASED – SOCIAL PROGRAMME for second half of 2022

  OUR PROGRAMME OF EVENTS for the latter half of 2022 is now available on our  OUTINGS AND EVENTS page. This is not the complete programme for the year. Other events are still at the planning stage and will appear in the next Newsletter, due later in the summer. Please keep an eye on the Society’s

Help Colchester Civic Society to restore our cast iron lampposts

The following article was submitted to the Colchester Gazette recently and an expanded version was published last week. This was a follow-up to Sir Bob Russell’s report published in  the Gazette in November outlining the work carried out on by the Irvine Road Residents Association. We hope that it will serve to encourage more volunteers

Civic Society Members Clean-Up at East Bridge and North Bridge

Six Society members joined the fifth Community Action Day organised by the CBC Neighbourhood team on 2nd November. We worked for three hours including a short coffee break, coffee provided by CBC. The work involved litter picking along North Station Road from Middleborough to the Albert Roundabout, including the area around the Riverside Hotel, Also,

More outdated notices removed by the Eyes and Ears Team

  Three more plastic ties have been added to our ever growing pile after we found ( and put out of their misery) these rather outdated statutory notice dated 23rd July 2020 announcing temporary ‘post lockdown traffic orders in St Paul’s Road. Why don’t they remove them? Members of the Society Eyes and Ears team

Knitted Poppies

The British Legion was established in May 1921 and the Colchester branch in August of the same year. To commemorate the centenaries of the two organisations, The Society’s knitters set a target of 100 knitted poppies for volunteers to sell during the November poppy appeal. 130 were handed over and we intend to get clicking

Community Action Day in Childwell Alley – an update

The painting out of graffiti was postponed because of the threat of rain. However, six Society members collected 16 sacks of litter – and an abandoned carpet. A good morning’s work. We intend taking part in further Community Action Days