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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:

Summer gone in a flash. Real ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ stuff this year. No sooner had we sweltered for a week at the beginning of the kids holidays, than we found ourselves cowering under a seemingly constant deluge for the rest of them. Still, good for the garden I suppose.

Writing well ahead of publication means there is always a certain amount of guesswork involved but being the betting man I am, I’m pretty confident that the last two weeks of August have been just as mediocre at the first two.  Hopefully the rain will ease enough to enable us all to enjoy the annual Festival in the Field which this year is being held on Sunday 8th September. It’s a great, fun, village event and its always a nice opportunity to meet and catch up with friends and neighbours that you may not have seen over the summer.

As ever there will be the village boules competition as well as tug-of-war, welly- wanging, netball hot-shot, bar, tombola, BBQ and music by Dr Jazz. The village the judges of the village Bake Off will be expecting a Victoria Sponge but this year the rules are - that there are no rules! It can be your take on a Victoria Sponge and anything goes. A true example of reinventing the wheel.  Cakes need to be on the judges table at the Old School Field by 1:45pm sharp. Late entries will only be considered if accompanied with a stack of cash and a few drinks from the bar.

We will need some help throughout the weekend and indeed the following day, so if you are able to lend a hand please make yourself known to one of the Abbots Leigh Civic Society committee members. Or me.

Please try to come along. It is a lovely way to waste a few hours on a (hopefully) sunny Sunday in late summer.

Committee & Contact Information

We have a committee:

  • Paul Thompson (Chair)
  • Paul Whitehouse (Secretary)
  • Mike Crabtree (Treasurer)
  • Pip A'Ness
  • John Blain
  • Rachael Doherty
  • Jane Gibbons
  • Paulina Gillespie
  • Anoo Jain
  • Ian Larthe
  • Debbie Nelmes
  • Drew Smith
  • Murray Stewart

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