New Publication – Colchester’s War Memorials

Colchester’s war memorials   In October 2017 Dr Paul Rusiecki was requested by the Colchester Civic Society to produce a survey of all the borough’s war memorials connected with the Great War, a survey that was to include photographs of them all to determine whether any required repair or refurbishment. The aim was to establish

The Launch Of Colchester Plaque Trails

Dave Monk, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex and BBC Essex presenter launched Colchester’s New Plaque Trails on Monday 5th November at a reception in Greyfriars Hotel Colchester Civic Society member, Alderman Henry Spyvee, put forward the idea to list the town plaques, drawing them to the attention of local people and tourists. The Society has

Unveiling of Garrison Water Tower Interpretation Panel

Colchester in Bloom Award

Ann Turner, our Vice chair and membership secretary is pictured here receiving a Colchester In Bloom award from the Mayor of Colchester Peter Chillingworth, in recognition of our help with the Southway Murals project – we worked in partnership with CinB on this major project.

Mercury Rising

Colchester Civic Society has received a certificate from The Mercury Theatre in acknowledgement of our adoption of of seat 22 in aid of the Mercury Rising appeal.

A New Civic Society Publication – Colchester The Historic High Street

THE STORY OF COLCHESTER‘S ANCIENT HIGH STREET AND TIMBERED BUILDINGS. A new book, “Colchester The Historic High Street”, published by Colchester Civic Society, will be available to buy from Red Lion Books, this coming Saturday morning – 16th June. One of the authors, Dave Stenning, will be signing copies of the book between 11 and

Colchester Civic Society AGM

Our AGM is at Greyfriars Hotel on Monday 11th June at 7pm. Please note the change of venue for this meeting. We are experimenting! Greyfriars has huge advantages, particularly the car parks and bus stops nearby. Much as we like St. Botolph’s Hall, several people have recently found the surrounding area challenging and have thought

Henry and Joyce Collins website now up and running

The Henry and Joyce Collins website is now up and running. This gives background information about the artists and their work in their home town of Colchester. In 2017 Colchester Civic Society and Colchester in Bloom supported by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, undertook the restoration of the artists’ concrete murals across the town’s

Keep Britain Tidy

Wednesday 7th March 26 sacks of rubbish plus some fly tipped stuff. Colchester Civic Society’s contribution to the Great British Spring Clean. This is the national initiative, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, to encourage individuals and groups to pick up the litter on their own doorstep.  

BFBS Radio Blue Plaques commemorating Meeannee and Hyderabad Barracks and the Flagstaff complex

Listen to the report here.

Unveiling of plaques commemorating The Flagsaff Complex and Hyderabad and Meeanee Barracks

Here are few photos, taken on behalf of Taylor Wimpey, of the plaques the company sponsored at Arena Place and Mersea Road.. The latter commemorates the Hyderabad and Meeannee Barracks.

John Ball comes to life at the unveiling of the John Ball plaque

Thanks to Dorian Kelly for his excellent and thoroughly entertaining portrayal of John Ball. Here are two photos from the unveiling of The John Ball Plaque last year. Thanks to Shami Chakraberti and the Bishop of Colchester Roger Morris for the unveiling.  

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days are running from the 7-10th September. Click the image for full details

Restoration Of The Southway Murals

We are now part way through the restoration of the Henry Collins and Joyce Pallot Murals in the Southway underpasses . The plaster and resin surrounds have been removed and replaced with mosaic. The mosaic panels are made off site from bespoke templates and then fitted on site. The next phase is for the concrete

John Ball Plaque Unveiling

A plaque to commemorate John Ball will be unveiled on Saturday 15th July 2017 at 4pm by the Bishop of Colchester and Baroness Chakrabarti CBE. The unveiling will take place on John Ball Day, which coincides with the date of John Ball’s execution in 1381. Prior to the unveiling, a recording of the new John

Blue Plaque to Commemorate Catharine Alderton, Colchester’s First Woman Mayor

BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILED COMMEMORATING COLCHESTER’S FIRST WOMAN MAYOR Colchester Civic Society has just unveiled its latest blue plaque. This one, at 24 Cambridge Road commemorates Catharine Alderton, the first woman to become Mayor in Colchester. Having been elected as a Liberal councillor in 1916, she become mayor in 1923. CATHARINE ALDERTON 1869 – 1951) Catharine

Invitation to Tender for the restoration of a series of murals in Colchester’s Southway Subways.

Invitation to Tender for the restoration of a series of murals in Colchester’s Southway Subways. Brief for Conservation Work: Henry Collins and Joyce Pallot: Colchester Southway Murals BACKGROUND Colchester Civic Society have recently been successful in receiving a grant from the Heritage Lottery to support the restoration and interpretation of a series of concrete and

Concrete Legacy: The Murals of Henry Collins and Joyce Pallot – A Jaynes Walk on May 6th

A walk with Katherine Wood – join Katherine and the team involved in developing the restoration and interpretation of Colchester’s public art murals by husband and wife team, artists Henry Collins and Joyce Pallot. The walk is organised by Colchester Civic Society and Colchester in Bloom who have recently been successful in their application to

Colchester Pioneering Public Art receives £52,000 from the National Lottery.

Colchester Civic Society has been successful in its application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for funding to support the restoration and interpretation of a series of murals by artists Henry Collins and Joyce Pallot in Colchester’s Southway Subways. The project is a collaboration with Colchester in Bloom and the organisations will work together to

New Facebook page and campaign against the bus lane

Colchester Civic Society has launched it’s new Facebook page with a campaign against the bus lane at All Saints, which prevents private and most commercial vehicles turning right from High Street into Queen Street. The ban causes real issues, including U turns in Lewis Gardens, which have been filmed by Society Executive Committee member, John

John Ball plaque

The incredible saga of the John Ball commemorative plaque has, after many years, finally reached it’s conclusion. Removed from the wall of a house in John Ball Walk at the request of the resident, the plaque was put into store and then lost. After a long search by the Society, it was finally located and

Work on the Southway murals has started!

Click here for the full story in the Gazette

Colchester Heritage Open Days 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have now received the list of this year’s heritage open day events. Thursday 8th September  Map Code Venue/Event  Address  Description  Times  14 William Gilberd Days of Tudor Science, Trinity Street Trinity Street, CO1 1JB Events and activities at multiple venues to celebrate the achievements of William Gilberd –

River Stour Cruise: Flatford to Cattawade

On Monday the 18th of July the first of three chartered boat trips from Flatford to Cattawade took place on the River Stour Trusts’ “Trusty II”. This heralds the long awaited return of our series of cruises on the Stour since the lock at Flatford was badly damaged.  We are delighted to report that the repairs

Plaque unveiling links

Links to newspaper articles about the Dr Ruth Bensusan-Butt plaque unveiling.  

A blue plaque for Dr Ruth Bensusan-Butt

A blue plaque commemorating Dr Ruth Bensusan-Butt1877-1957, was unveiled on Sunday 5th June. The plaque was erected by Colchester Civic Society near to the front door of the Minories, where Dr Ruth lived and worked from 1915 to 1957. The plaque was unveiled by Prof Simon Shorvon, Dr Ruth’s grandson, and Dr Elizabeth Hall, another

Colchester Plaques

Civic Society members have been out and about photographing Colchester plaques. The Open Plaques website now have 14 Colchester plaques listed. Can you help to list more? Follow this link to see all 14.

Ruth King Close Unveiling

On 11th March 2016 Councillor Theresa Higgins, Mayor of Colchester, unveiled the Ruth King Close sign. Ruth King Close was the very first street naming in which the Civic Society was involved after being accepted by Colchester Borough Council as consultees on street names for the urban part of the Borough. The Society is now

The Scheregate plaque

The Civic Society is delighted to report, having arranged for the extensive cleaning of the very dirty and unreadable 1967 commemorative plaque at Scheregate Steps, that the work has been completed and it looks great. Following the formation of the Colchester Civic Society in 1964, an improvements committee was set up to consider schemes to

New Year Lunch

Twenty eight members of the Society gathered at the Siege House on Saturday 16th January for a New Year Lunch. Many had not been to the restaurant for some years and were amazed by it’s transformation. The food was delicious and conversation, as usual, flowed. It was a very pleasant occasion.

December website news

The winter newsletter and part of the 2016 programme are now listed on the website.

Colchester Presents – Celebrate Heritage. 12th September

Colchester Presents – Celebrate Heritage Town Centre Family Fun Day – Upper Castle Park and High Street 12th September 9am-5pm

Heritage Open Days 2015, 12th to 13th September.

Heritage Open Days 2015, 12th to 13th September. Civic Society Members will be deeply involved in Colchester’s Heritage Open Days offer this year as they have been for very many years past. This year there are even more places to visit in and around Colchester. To see the full list, click here.

‘Jacks’ in the news

Good to see that the Gazette has picked up the ‘Jacks’ article from our Newsletter. It will be interesting to know what other Colcestrians think as the Gazette has asked for comments.

June visit to Greyfriars

I promised a visit to Greyfriars and I now have a date! Monday 8th June 2015 at 6pm. I have already been to see what has been happening behind the hoardings. Wow! Greyfriars, a much loved school and, later, an equally loved Adult Education Centre, has been transformed into a luxury hotel. Incredibly, the building

Street Naming

Colchester Borough Council has recently agreed to consult Colchester Civic Society about new street names in Colchester. One of the names to be accepted is Richard Nichols. Richard Nichols Road – off William Harris Way, Colchester, will be part of the redevelopment on military land in the Berechurch area. Like William Harris, Richard Nichols was

Civic Society excursion

30 members went to the Tate Gallery to see the Late Turner exhibition, which is due to end shortly. We were treated to a lecture from one of the curators on J MW Turner and the stories behind his paintings . Afterwards we were free to look at the paintings in the exhibition. Included were

January New Year visit

We start our 2015 visits on Friday 16th January to the ‘Late Turner Exhibition’ at The Tate Britain in London. If you wish to join us on this visit please contact Jo Edwards. You can email her via the ‘CONTACT US’ tab at the top of the main website page. This is very much a

50th celebration photos

On Sunday 30th November members met at our sponsored East Gate board on East Hill for a commemorative photograph. A 50th birthday lunch at the Minories followed.

What did we do for our 50th birthday?

  The Civic Society sponsored the third of a series of interpretation boards planned to interpret the history of Colchester at different sites along the Roman Wall. Our board at East Gates was unveiled on 22nd November 2014 by Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Culture. On the following Sunday fifty members met and enjoyed a

Heritage Open Days

Colchester Civic Society members will be out in force this weekend to act as stewards at many of the buildings in Colchester that will be open for Heritage Open Days.

Any Excuse for Cake!

The Colchester Civic Society is 50 years old this year! Members celebrated at a birthday party held at the Upper Bowls Pavilion in Castle Park on Saturday 14th June and then, again, at the Society’s Annual General Meeting at the Colchester Officers’ Club at the end of June. Needless to say, there was a birthday

Frank Daniell Blue Plaque

Colchester Civic Society are pleased to announce that their blue plaque commemorating Colchester artist, Frank Daniell, will be unveiled on Tuesday 20th May 2014 at 12.30pm. The plaque will be installed on the front of the house on East Hill, where he lived for much of his life.

January Update

The finishing touches are being added to the website and it will be live this week!

September 2013 Update

New Website is almost ready to launch!