Abbots Leigh Civic Society (ALCS)

ALCSJane Gibbons writes:

November’s Bonfire Night went with a bang! Helped along with delicious hot dogs, a busy bar and warming cider punch. It was a great village turnout - we had 260 children plus parents & friends. Thank you to the marvellous gang of volunteers that helped set up, run and clear up.  You made it a huge success for the community. This is the main Civic Society event that helps subsidise other village events and activities. So thanks to everyone for supporting it.

The Bike Shed Coffee Mornings continue: see the dates on the events page.

Each year, we take the opportunity to recap what the Civic Society has been up to for the previous 12 months, talk about future events and ideas, and listen to your suggestions and feedback. So please join us and help us plan for the coming year at our AGM in late January or early February.

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)
  • 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