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:

Hibernation is in the thoughts of many at the moment. Squirrels are busy rushing around the garden stashing food for winter while Swallows, House Martins and Swifts have already left for sunnier climes. Several Abbots Leigh human residents are planning similar retreats.

The Civic Society is no different. As soon as the whirl of late summer and the Festival in the Field is over the focus shifts to organising the Bonfire Night Celebrations and Abbots Leigh Children’s Christmas Party in the Village Hall, now that we are on the home stretch of the village social calendar.  Both of these events have proven a huge hit over the years. Bonfire Night in particular has developed a reputation that stretches far beyond the confines of Abbots Leigh.

As ever Bonfiore Night will be held on the 5th November itself, a Tuesday this year, with the Old School Field opening at 6pm before the bonfire is lit at 6:15pm. The firework display will commence at 6:45pm. Admission is £5 only for adults, children 16 and under free – a real bargain.  The famously strong mulled cider will be available from the bar alongside beer and wine while hot dogs will be available from the BBQ.

One slight difference this year is that if the event has to be called off for any reason we have reserved the following Friday – the 8th November – over as an alternative.


The fun for younger Abbots Leighans continues into December with the annual Children’s Christmas Party in the Village Hall on Saturday 7th December at 3pm. An afternoon of games, prezzies and prizes – as well as the potential for an appearance from Father Christmas himself – promises to help whip the little ones up into a frenzy of excitement that you’ll be regretting come Christmas Day itself.

Tickets £5 available from The George from mid-November. Numbers limited - get in quickly. Open for all children, grandchildren, parents, carers and grandparents. These two are great events and there are of course plenty of others going on in Abbots Leigh that are not organised by the Civic Society as the pages in The Link testify. Holy Trinity Church, the Women’s Institute and Abbots Pool Working Party organise events throughout the year while Olly and the team at The George continue to work hard to bring live entertainment, music, comedy, beer and gin festivals to the village.

But none of them can be deemed successful unless they continue to be well supported by people from across Abbots Leigh. In a world where we are constantly reminded that the days of the true village community are numbered, let’s continue to prove them wrong.

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