Exeter Civic Society

Exeter Civic Society

Do you live or work in or around Exeter?

Would you like to know more about its history?

Or have your say on current redevelopments?

If so join us

Whether you’re a newcomer to Exeter or have lived here since before the War we’re sure you’ll love this great little city. It has a vibrant charm and a fascinating mix of buildings, and people! From the Roman Wall and Norman Castle to the lively city centre venues, shops and restaurants there is something for everyone. But a city is always changing, and those changes can be for the better or for the worse.

Exeter Civic Society was set up to care for Exeter and make sure that further redevelopments are of the highest possible standard for our city and for our quality of life. If you want to keep track of changes to the city, or find out more about its history you have come to the right place. Not only do we monitor new developments but we have talks about Exeter’s history and visits to local places, some of which you may not even know exist.

COVID 19 Arrangements.

With government rules restricting people meeting to groups of six, we suspended our meetings and outings in March 2020. Since September 2020 we have provided talks to our members via the internet, but visits and social gatherings are currently impossible. We hope to resume our talks from September 2021 but they will be at a new venue because our preferred venue, Belmont Chapel, is not available until 2022.

Officers of the society continue to monitor planning applications and City and County Council activity to ensure their proposals are appropriate for the people of Exeter. And where appropriate we seek the views of members via email.

 

Latest News

Exeter City Council is considering building homes on green spaces

The Society has released information to the media to highlight to the public that Exeter City Council is investigating the building of homes on several sensitive and green sites across the city
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New Heritage Trails

As a contribution to Heritage Open Days 2020, Exeter Civic Society has two new trails to help people discover more of the city's heritage.
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The Society calls for Clifton Hill residential proposals to be withdrawn by Exeter City Living

Exeter Civic Society has written to Exeter City Council asking them to withdraw their awful planning application for new housing on the site of the former Clifton Hill Sports Centre. The society has scrutinised the proposals in detail, and whilst the appearance of these contemporary homes is pleasing, we find them to be style over substance when we look into the detail.
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Upcoming Events

19 February 2022
  • Open Morning 19 February 2022 at 10:30 - 12:00 The Mint Methodist Church Centre, Fore St, Exeter EX4 3AT

    A social event where members and guests are welcome and refreshments provided. At 11am Keith will give a round up of recent planning developments in the City and members will be welcomed to give their feedback.

    There is only limited parking available but as this is a City Centre venue, is well served by public transport.

    In accordance with recent Government instructions, mask wearing will be expected once everyone is in the room for this indoor event.

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19 March 2022
  • Open Morning 19 March 2022 at 10:30 - 12:00 The Mint Methodist Church Centre, Fore St, Exeter EX4 3AT

    A social event where members and guests are welcome and refreshments provided. At 10.45 Aylwyn Bowen will deliver a talk entitled "Making his mark in Exeter".

    Popularly known for his public artworks across Exeter, Aylwyn gives a colourful and entertaining talk on his 50 years working as a designer/illustrator for many local as well as national companies. From his winning design for RAMM's 150th Anniversary year to his latest work for Exeter Science Park and IKEA he'll take us through many of the stories that lie behind them.

    Alwyn's professional career, since studying at Exeter College of Art in the 1970s spans the use of traditional skills and more recent digital art techiques, all of which he'll present on screen as well as in hand produced examples.

    Parking onsite is limited for disabled only, however, this City Centre venue is well served by public transport.

    In accordance with recent Government instructions, mask wearing will be expected once everyone is in the room for this indoor event.

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16 April 2022
  • Open Morning 16 April 2022 at 10:30 - 12:00 The Mint Methodist Church Centre, Fore St, Exeter EX4 3AT

    In accordance with recent Government instructions, mask wearing will be expected once everyone is in the room for this indoor event.

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