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Grass Roots Online Issue 38

The Civic Trust - creating better places for people

Last Chance to book on 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
Chairman of Civic Trust awarded

Philip Kolvin, Chairman of the Civic Trust will take silk after a formal swearing-in ceremony before the Lord Chancellor at a ceremony at Westminster Hall.

Philip has been Chairman of the Civic Trust since 2007 and is a practising barrister and Head of Licensing at the Chambers of Mark Lowe QC, Grays Inn Square, London. Philip is also Chairman of the Institute of Licensing, and has a particular interest in the night time economy and how it impacts on local communities. Philip has been instrumental in the development of the Civic Trust's Purple Flag Accreditation, which will be launched in 2009, and which is awarded to town and city centres that have achieved a safe, vibrant and inclusive evening economy.

Philip has a long standing interest in the environment, and has served as a national Trustee of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. He has been involved in a number of campaigns, including the Crystal Palace Campaign whcih successfully prevented the building of a multiplex cinema on an historic park.
Griff Rhys Jones Fundraising Appeal
The Civic Trust is delighted to announce that another 15 civic societies have pledged support in the past two weeks to the Griff Rhys Jones Fundraising Appeal. If your civic society would like to support the appeal 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
The Civic Trust's inaugural conference at Lambeth Palace in July 1957

Hear Duncan Sandys giving his vision for the Civic Trust back in 1957.
The people in the video are:
Mr Duncan Sandys, President of the Civic Trust
The RT. HON. Herbert Morrison
Lord Justice Pearce
Archibishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher
To view the video click here
Civic Trust Awards 40th Anniversary
In 2009, the Civic Trust Awards is celebrating the 50th Anniversary and to commemorate this, we have published a video celebrating the 40th Anniversary winner, Cornmill Gardens, Tower Hamlets.
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
Civic Trust Annual Review 2008

The Civic Trust has launched its Review of Activities 2008, which highlights the successes of the Trust and our members. From the Civic Trust Awards scheme to Heritage Open Days, the Civic Trust and its members have worked hard to create and celebrate better places for people.

Civic Societies Team
The Civic Trust
T: 0151 231 6908

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