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Grass Roots Online Issue 33

The Civic Trust - better places for people

Griff Rhys Jones Membership Appeal

With the support of Griff Rhys Jones the Civic Trust has launched a national membership appeal to raise funds for the Civic Trust's Civic Societies Programme by asking the individual members of civic societies to make a donation to the Trust.

The money raised through this appeal will enable the Civic Trust to provide better support to your Civic Society and will allow us to recruit policy and campaign staff dedicated to the Civic Society movement.
Civic Trust licensing lecture - view it now!
Philip Kolvin, the Civic Trust Chairman recently gave a hugely interesting talk to a group of Civic Societies in Leeds. This free event was an opportunity for Civic Societies to directly gain advice from a top barrister. Philip practises in the field of licensing, regulation, planning and local government and is Head of the Licensing Team at 2-3 Grays Inn Square and Chairman of the Institute of Licensing.
You can view the talk Philip gave by visiting the link below. Alternatively, if you cannot view the video you can log into the members only area and download the presentation and a briefing paper.
Special Discount for Civic Trust members
The Civic Trust have negotiated a special 10% discount on any books purchased on the attached pdf. RIBA Bookshops, owned by the Royal Institute of British Architects, is a key resource for all the latest books on architecture, planning, urban design and interiors. It's extensive range of new titles, expert book sourcing and knowledge make it the first place to come for architectural and design inspiration. RIBA Bookshops are also offering Civic Trust members a 10% discount on all book orders until March 31 2009. Please enter 'CIVIC' at the checkout to claim your 10% discount!

Please click here
"Civic Trust response to Planning for a Better London "

We have focussed our comments largely on community aspects of the proposals, and on our views as to how the Mayor should aim to benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of
Londoners - which we consider was discouraged by the GLA in past years - and ensure wider support for his aims and policies by engaging as wide a public as feasible in the planning of their own City.

Please click here to read the full response.

Sustainable Communitites Act 2007
The Act received Royal Assent on 23 October 2007. The aim of the Act, as stated by Hazel Blears for DCLG, is to promote the sustainability of local communities. Peter Eversden, Chair, London Forum has produced a short briefing paper that can be accessed by clicking here. In addition, Emma Montlake has produced a paper telling us about The Environmental Law Foundation's Sustainable Communities Project, read it here.
Exploring the impact of Heritage through Regeneration - an inside view!
Malcolm Sharman, Hull Civic Society recently attended a Civic Trust sponsored conference impacts of heritage-led regeneration on communitiesat Gorton Monastery, Manchester. Read how Malcolm spent his time.
A week in the life of a Civic Society - Corsham Civic Society
Civic Societies represent us all. They are groups of local people, who, like the Civic Trust are passionate about the places in which we all live, work and relax. Each month we are hoping to learn a little bit more about a Civic Society, this month read about life with Corsham Civic Society
Homes and Community Agency - Civic Trust Briefing Note
In January 2007, the Government announced proposals for a new agency to deliver housing and regeneration in England. The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 received Royal Assent in July 2008, paving the way for the official launch of the Homes and Communities Agency and the Tenants Services Authority (the regulatory body for Registered Social Landlords) on 1 December 2008. The Homes and Communities Agency is a non-departmental public body and our sponsor government department is Communities and Local Government (CLG). To learn more about this organisation please click here
Does your group have Insurance?
The Civic Trust working with Stuart Alexander Insurance & Risk Management has arranged a scheme of insurance policies that are designed to meet registered Civic Societies' demands and needs. This insurance is underwritten by Norwich Union and is summarised here. Currently 60% of Civic Societies are covered by insurance and the Civic Trust would urge all Civic Societies to give consideration about taking it out.
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As an individual member your membership donation helps our charity continue its grassroots work to enhance the environment in which we live. For more information on the benefits of joining visit

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