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Grass Roots Online Issue 37

The Civic Trust - creating better places for people

Free Training for Civic Trust members!
The 2009 Civic Society Training programme, jointly funded by English Heritage is designed to demonstrate how civic societies can widen community involvement in the historic built environment by developing projects that will make it more relevant and attractive to young people and BME community members. We will be offering a number of training events where you will:

� Learn from examples of innovative best practice up and down the country
� Consider the challenges and opportunities being faced by us all within our built environment
To book onto these events please click here or for further information please call 0151 231 6900 or email here
Join a live online discussion on the Civic Societies website

Join a live, online discussion with Elizabeth Allison, of Sutton Coldfield Civic Society and long time member of West Masa who will be answering your questions on how to write a conservation area character appraisal, based on her own personal experiences.

This live chat accompanies an article Elizabeth wrote on Conservation Areas, which appears on the civic societies website here

The chat will take place between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday 11th February and last for approximately 1 hour. To participate in the chat click here
Griff Rhys Jones Fundraising Appeal
The Civic Trust is delighted to announce that Buntingford Civic Society have generously donated �300 to the Griff Rhys Jones Fundraising Appeal. If your civic society would like to make a group donation please contact Ian Harvey at helpdesk@civictrust.org.uk or on 0151 231 6908. Money raised through this fundraising 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.
To see a list of civic societies who have so far pledged commitment to the appeal, please click here or if you would like to get involved please click here
Discovering Retford - A Heritage Trail
Discovering Retford, a DVD produced in 2007 by the Retford Civic Society, provides a tour of the town's heritage. Simon Groom, who narrates the film, takes audiences on a journey through the town, detailing the history and stories behind local landmarks such as Carolgate, Grove Street, the Majestic Theatre and St Swithun's Church, there is also a meeting with a surprise guest in the White Hart Yard. To access the video Click here
Booth Sheepwash - Hayfield Civic Trust
Following their celebration of the successful completion of the conservation of Booth Sheepwash, The Hayfield Civic Trust have now completed a CD/DVD narrating its story 1911-2004, told through local reminiscences and illustrated with archive and modern photography. The show runs for 30 mins can you can access the video here
Share your videos, walks and talks!
The Civic Trust would like to make Civic Trust TV into a true one stop shop for videos that can be accessed by all civic societies, so whether you have recorded a question time session or have a video highlighting your town, why not send it to us and we will upload if for you!
If you would like to share your videos contact us here
Town Improvement Information Request

The Crieff and Upper Strathearn Partnership is an umbrella body seeking to bring about improvements to this beautiful area of Perthshire. A revitalisation project is being prepared at present, one part of this project is to colour theme the town centre's lamp posts, street furniture and railings. Their local council, Perth & Kinross, are very supportive, but they have run into problems with the government agency Transport Scotland who manage operating companies and the trunk road network on behalf of Scottish ministers.

To learn more click here
Shortlist for the Civic Trust Awards
The shortlist for the Civic Trust Awards 2009 has been revealed. Schools, squares, houses and shops are amongst the 105 shortlisted schemes. The winners of the 50th anniversary Awards, Commendations and Mentions will be announced at a ceremony and gala dinner on 18th March 2009. The event will be hosted by the Civic Trust's President, Griff Rhys Jones.
View the shortlist and book your tickets at www.civictrustawards.org.uk

Civic Societies Team
The Civic Trust
T: 0151 231 6908

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