The Civic Society was founded in 2010 to promote regeneration, a pride in our heritage, and arts activities in Brierley Hill.
We meet every third Monday of the month (excluding August and December) at one of our historic venues, the Grade II listed St Michael’s Church, Bell Street South. Membership costs £5 a year and includes a free visit to a National Trust facility of choice. Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings – so feel free to come and give us a try. Meetings start at 5.30pm.
Many of our meetings have involved speakers. In recent years we have had authors Geoff Tristram, Miranda Dickinson and Michael Taylor talk about their work. Local historians Ned Williams, Terry Church, Graham Fisher and Paul Collins have spoken on a topics inclusing Trams, Canals, Brierley Hill at Work and life 40 years ago. We are always looking for new informative and engaging speakers.
There is no formal charge for speakers but we encourage donations of £2 for members and £3 for non members towards the cost. This includes a cup of tea or coffee.
The Society has also been closely involved in promoting and supporting projects such as Brierley Hill in Bloom, the Brierley Hill Christmas Festival and the Brierley Hill pony trail. We also engage with planners, transport and regeneration officials to promote Brierley Hill as a good town to live in – this has included support the Area Action Plan and opposing the Clean Power planning application.
If you are interested in joining the Society please feel free to come along to any of our meetings or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
For further news on Civic Society activities, scroll down through the blog posts underneath our logo.
At this June’s Civic Society we heard Dudley Council’s conservation officer Jayne Pilkington and planning policy officer Dave Piper talk about proposed changes for the local listing of buildings. Concern was expressed about trees being damaged in Marsh Park and news was received regarding Brierley Hill in Bloom and the Christmas Festival.
You are cordially invited to the next meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society which will take place next Monday, 15th June at St Michael’s Church, Brierley Hill. The main topic on the agenda will be the future of historic buildings in the borough.
May’s meeting of the Civic Society had updates on Brierley Hill in Bloom and the Christmas Festival; established some targets to make a difference in the town centre and discussed planning applications in the area.
Minutes of the meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society held on 16th September 2014 at St Michael’s Church commencing at 5.30pm Present Pat Cobern, Joy Cooper, Stephen Dunn, Beryl Fisher, John James, Betsy Lafferty, Lorna Morrison, Maggie Norton, Emma Shelton, Jenny Sunter, Tim Sunter, Dennis Whittaker Apologies Cllrs Harris, Islam, and Martin together with Lorraine […]
You are cordially invited to the next meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society which will take place on Monday, 15th September 2014, at 5.30pm at St Michael’s Church. The Brierley Hill SNOW group – has organised a public meeting for 7.30pm at Hawbush School – so the agenda for this meeting will comprise of business […]
Brierley Hill’s Great War was the theme for July’s Civic Society meeting. Progress on Brierley Hill in Bloom and opposition to the Clean Power application were on the agenda. There was good news on The Plough and Royal Brierley Crystal listed buildings.
I will be unlocking the secrets of Brierley Hill’s war memorial, telling the stories of some of the soldiers who never came home, and looking at the home front including recruitment, rationing, women’s employment, aliens and spies, the Quarry Bank riot and how to protect against Zeppelin attacks.
Conserving the Heritage Assets of the Borough – a talk by Jayne Pilkington Brierley Hill Civic Society – Monday 16th June – all welcome
Jayne Pilkington, Dudley Borough’s conservationist (a species in danger of extinction itself in this age of austerity) will be giving her perspective on the conservation of the borough’s heritage assets – a key concern in Brierley Hill area where several buildings are under threat. The meeting starts at 5.30pm on Monday 16th June at the grade 2 listed St Michael’s Church in Bell Street South. As always all are welcome to attend this event.
The next meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society takes place on Monday 19th May, 2014 at St Michael’s Church, Brierley Hill. The meeting will start at 5.30pm. Brierley Hill NLC will be running part of its “Brierley Hill Celebration 2014” as part of the meeting and all are welcome to attend.
Brierley Hill Civic Society discussed at its March meeting proposals to regenerate the town centre, fund raising, the future speakers programme, Brierley Hill SNOW campaign, the Christmas Festival and Brierley Hill in Bloom.