Abbots Leigh Civic Society (ALCS)

ALCSAll residents of Abbots Leigh are deemed to be members of the ALCS and are thus very welcome to attend any of the events organised by ALCS.

We very much hope that everyone who lives in the village see the ALCS as their Community Group.

We help to organise various activities and events, which utilise the local facilities and talents of the villagers. In particular we focus on making use of the Village Hall and the Old School Field (opposite Abbots Leigh Church on Church Road).

Our two main annual community events are The Festival in The Field (FITF) on a Sunday afternoon in early September and Bonfire Night which we always hold on the 5th November.

Both of these events take part in the Old School Field and we are always looking for new people to help out at these events. Even if you can only spare an hour or so we would love to hear from you (see contact information below).

We also run:

  • Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday outside Abbots Leigh Church.

  • Summer Drinks Party in mid/late June.

  • Village Tennis Tournament in July/August.

  • Childen's Christmas Party in December.
  • New Years Day Brunch in the Village Hall.

We advertise our events in The Link and at least in the main village noticeboard in front of the Village Hall.  If you would like to receive email reminders, please sign up here.  The Society are corporate members of the Forest of Avon Trust.

The bonfire night & firework display usually makes a surplus but we aim to break even over the year. We use any surplus funds for the benefit of the community, principally by assisting the Parish Council with projects relating to the Old School Field and the Village Hall.

The Chairman writes:

Warmest thanks go to all who worked on Bonfire night to produce one of the best I can remember: to Drew Smith and the firework lighters for a fantastic display; to king of fire building Chris Allcock; queen of mulled cider Michelle Watson and the bar team who kept us all lubricated; to Anoo Jain and his army of helpers for bossing the BBQ; to the Poples for generous help with power and storage. To all who helped man stalls, move tables, rattle collection buckets and clear up.
And a very grateful thank-you to Elizabeth and Malcolm Anderson and Di Stewart. Elizabeth has been on the Parish Council and the Civic society for many years and with Malcolm has hosted the Summer Drinks Party over the last couple of years. They have also allowed us to store the booze from the Tavern evenings in their garage – a real benefit. Enjoy your new home in Devon. Di is stepping down after the best part of 20 years as a stalwart of the Civic Society. Her wise counsel and organisational skills will be missed – as will her bread roll cutting skills by the BBQ team! Thanks Di from everyone in the village for the time you have put in.

It was great to walk into The George once more for a post-bonfire debrief and fantastic to see so many there. Olly and the rest have been working hard since it reopened. Let’s make sure they keep busy – on which note, Abbots Leigh Civic Society is keen to work with them and build on the successes of the Tommo’s Tavern evenings. We shall be reintroducing the popular monthly Village Supper evenings. First date for your diary is Wednesday 30th January with choices from a tailored menu of £15 for a main course and drink or £18 for main course, dessert and drink. Tickets will be available from The George.

Other important ALCS supported activities in the village during December/January include:

  • Children’s Christmas Party on the 9th December. A request for an appearance from Father Christmas has been lodged in Lapland - hopefully he will be able to visit us in Abbots Leigh.
  • New Year’s Day Brunch in the Village Hall is once again being organised by Helen Cornish and Vickie Howard
  • Civic Society AGM on Thursday 24th January when we’ll be looking over the successes of the last year, future projects and aims for 2019. We hope to enjoy a presentation from a locally based nature author/documentary director/producer. Fingers crossed.

In the meantime – thanks everyone for helping and attending the events we have put on over the year, have a great Christmas and a healthy and successful New Year.

Committee & Contact Information

We have a committee of between 6 and 9 people:

  • Paul Thompson (Chair)
  • Paul Whitehouse (Secretary)
  • Mike Crabtree (Treasurer)
  • Pip A'Ness
  • John Blain
  • Jane Gibbons
  • Anoo Jain

which meets several times a year to plan events and discuss matters concerning the village. We also have between 20 and 30 people who actively help organise and run our events.  We are always looking for new people who will help with events and/or join the committee.

You can download the latest Committee Minutes here.

We hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in mid January in the Village Hall.  Everyone is very welcome to attend. Wine is provided!  This year's AGM Minutes can be downloaded here.  This year's presentation included a presentation by Murray Stewart on Housing: The Future.

Any enquiries please contact Paul Thompson (Chair), m 07903 857 616 t 01275 373 115

or Paul Whitehouse (Secretary) m 07813 802 783, t 01275 373137