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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:

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,’ sang Perry Como as he crooned his way through Robert Reiniger Meredith Wilson’s most famous body of work.

It seems only a few weeks since we were enjoying the late summer sun in the Festival in the Field and yet here we are dusting off the fairy lights and staring down the business end of winter.  The Abbots Leigh Bonfire Night spectacular stands as a marker for the onset of colder times ahead and although a little chilly this year the fantastic display put on by the firework team warmed everyone up. The mulled cider might’ve helped too.

Thanks to everyone that helped stage the event. There really are a small army of helpers behind the scenes that make it the great success it is, thanks too to everyone who turned up and made a donation on the gate.

As we enter the run in to Christmas there are a couple of notable events in the village that should help get the festive juices flowing.

  • To kick things off the team at The George have arranged for The Pill Owls to hoot through their carol singing repertoire on Wednesday 4th December at 7:30pm. There will be mulled wine, mulled gin and mince pies available – so let’s please try and get along and support Olly and everyone at The George, they’re really putting every effort in to make it the successful venture we all want it to be.
  • Then on Saturday 7th December there is the Children’s Party at 3.30pm in the Village Hall. There will be presents, food, partying and a Children's Entertainer. Tickets £5 available from The George. Numbers limited - get in quickly.
  • Looking on to 2020 the Civic Society AGM will be held in the village hall 7.30pm on Thursday 23 January.

In the meantime, ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’!

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