Abbots Leigh Civic Society (ALCS)

ALCSJane Gibbons writes:

With the positive news about lifting restrictions, everybody is getting very excited about potential social get-togethers later in the year, and none more so than the Civic Society!

June is looking very hopeful for The Village Summer Drinks Party, our first social event. This will be held outside in a large and beautiful garden in the village so we hope will meet any social distancing requirements in force then. It is an informal evening of fizz, nibbles and good company and a great way to meet new and old friends. The details and ticket arrangements will be advertised in May so watch out for that. We are keeping our fingers and toes crossed!

Ecobricks: There is a lot of interest in Ecobricks as a way for households to make good use of plastic packaging that can't be recycled. Yoiu casn read more about it here.  The Civic Society is checking out the level of interest in the village, and whether a collection point/service would be worthwhile. We would love to hear your thoughts and views by email.

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)
  • Pip A'Ness
  • Rachael Doherty
  • Paulina Gillespie
  • Anoo Jain
  • Drew Smith
  • 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