Abbots Leigh Civic Society (ALCS)

ALCSJane Gibbons writes:

The Easter Trail was a huge success again this year with Abbots Leigh families.  On Easter Sunday, over 60 children picked up their clue sheet from The Bike Shed Cafe, and then followed the chalk drawings and clues around the village.  They finished in the Old School Field with a well earned Easter Egg.  The smiling faces of the little ones confirmed that they had a great time!

Abbots Jubileigh!

There is something to enjoy every day of the Jubilee weekend.  We hope that you can make it along to one or two of the events to celebrate this amazing occasion:

  • Thursday, 2nd June:  JUBILEIGH BUNTING
  • Friday, 3rd June:  RED, WHITE AND BLUE
  • Saturday, 4th June:  ABBOTS POOL JUBILEIGH
  • Sunday, 5th June:  SUNDAY ROAST
    A day of rest for everybody so why not take time out to enjoy roast lunch at The George Inn?  Reserve a table here.

We always want to hear any new ideas or suggestions that would help our lovely community. So please do email Debbie Nelmes or Jane Gibbons.

All residents of Abbots Leigh are deemed to be members of the ALCS and are thus very welcome to attend any of the events it organises.  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.

  • 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.


Committee & Contact Information

We have a committee:

  • Jane Gibbons (Joint Chair)
  • Debbie Nelmes (Joint Chair)
  • Paul Whitehouse (Secretary)
  • Ian Larthe de Langladure (Treasurer)
  • Adriana Allen
  • Jon Brewer
  • Henry Burnand
  • Rachael Doherty
  • Paulina Gillespie
  • Murray Stewart
  • Gabi Watson

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 email Jane Gibbons & Debbie Nelmes

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