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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 is always the season I most look forward to. They’re all there to be enjoyed of course - the promise of spring, the colours of autumn and the crisp freshness of a cold winter’s morning – but summer is my favourite.
  I suppose it goes back to childhood and the promise of six long weeks off school. The thought of ‘playing out’ with your friends from (almost) dawn until dusk, wandering out of the house just after breakfast and breezily announcing that you’d be back for tea – with barely a murmur of concern from your parents.

I look forward to the long-hot days, stiflingly humid nights and the blessed relief of a thunderstorm. To the excitement of packing up your normal life for a couple of weeks and setting off to another part of the world to enjoy what it has to offer. To ice creams in the sun and a glass of wine in the garden as it sets.  In 2020 though, all bets are off. That six-week figure is no longer the length of the school holidays but the length of time we’ll all have been cooped up as part of the governments anti Covid-19 measures. Less of a unit of freedom and more a yardstick of frustration.

Life is a great teacher so it is said. The last month or so has taught plenty. It has underlined the importance of community, highlighted the value that even the smallest cogs bring to the wider machine and stuck a big gold star next to the work of all essential workers - carers, NHS staff, delivery drivers, binmen (sorry – can’t bring myself to use the term ‘refuse collectors’) alike.  It has also brought out the best in each of us. Neighbours are looking after neighbours, errands are being run, favours sought and returned.

Unfortunately for the Civic Society the continuing lockdown measures leave us in limbo over the likelihood of some of our usual events going ahead but these are minor trivialities and last-minute decisions can be taken.  Hopefully by the time the next Link is published we’ll be on the way to enjoying some semblance of normality.

Until then let’s not undo the hard work that we’ve all put in. Stay at Home. Save lives.

Committee & Contact Information

We have a committee:

  • Paul Thompson (Chair)
  • Paul Whitehouse (Secretary)
  • Ian Larthe de Langladure (Treasurer)
  • Pip A'Ness
  • John Blain
  • Rachael Doherty
  • Jane Gibbons
  • Paulina Gillespie
  • Anoo Jain
  • 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.

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