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Clevedon Civic Society

Nestling within its seven hills Clevedon is a jewel on the North Somerset coast. Its development in the early to mid-19th century mirrored the popularity of 'taking the sea air' and the birth of the railways.  

The pier which opened in 1869 is a poignant reminder of the town's popularity as a Victorian seaside resort and also a symbol of the modern day determination of the town's people to retain our heritage, when it was refurbished, partially reopened in 1989, and then totally restored by 1998, following its collapse in 1970. It is now the only Grade 1 listed pier that is fully functional in the country.

The town's literary associations are legendary with the lovely coastal path 'Poets Walk' echoing to the wonderful words that this place has inspired. Today the town has both a vibrant atmosphere and a tender tranquillity providing a quiet haven, yet only a short distance from nearby Bristol.   

The Civic Society was founded in 1970 and is a registered charity (No 263374). The Society holds monthly public and all member meetings, which include a guest speaker. Within the Society, four individual groups  - Conservation and Planning, Footpaths, Local History and Environment - provide a platform for people to engage in their own individual passions and then join together to hopefully have an influence on all matters relating to our community and this beautiful place that we are proud to call home.   

As an important Amenity Society we are consulted by the District Council on Planning and Development issues, in fact each and every Planning Application is scrutinised and commented on by the Planning Group. The Environment Group have been very successful in both maintaining, refurbishing and rebuilding important landmarks, the most recent being the 'Lookout' at the start of  Poets Walk. The History Group's books not only provide excellent records intermingled with sometimes amusing anecdotes of the past but are also a valuable source of income to the Society. Finally the Footpaths Group not only cares and protects the many walkways around the town, but also encourages people to walk them.   

Please join us, a warm welcome awaits you. If you are far away then I hope the website with its historical records and varied images will be a useful tool

About Us

Registered Charity No: 263374  -  Founded in 1970

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Correspondence Postal Address:

(Please include a stamped addressed envelope if a reply is required)  

Clevedon Civic Society

Three Oaks

28 Cambridge Road

Walton St. Mary


North Somerset

BS21 7DN

Book & DVD Sales:

Clevedon Civic Society Sales

33 Tennyson Avenue


BS21 7UJ

Order form: using our postal order form,

enclosing a cheque made payable to "Clevedon Civic Society".


Membership applications:

Membership Secretaries

33 Tennyson Avenue


BS21 7UJ

Society Membership

Full Membership is £16 per year

Please download an application/gift aid form here

Meeting Venue (unless stated otherwise)  

St Andrew's Church Hall

Old Church Road


North Somerset

BS21 7UE

Dave Long

Exec. Member

Jonathan Hurford


Bryan Osborne

Exec. Member

Geoff Hale


Ross Janes


John Tranter


Helen & John Bussell


Jean Hannaford

Vice Chair & Programme Sec.

Wendy Moore


James Foulds


Helen Pegg


 A programme of

TEN monthly talks

on the 2nd Thursday of the month

Membership of FOUR associated groups:

Local History Group

Environment Group

Conservation and Planning Group

Footpaths Group

Local History Group includes a further:

TEN monthly talks on the 3rd Thursday of the month, and involvement in various other interest groups such as Collectors’ Lot and  Postcards Corner.

Footpaths Group: you will be welcome to frequent walks ranging from 3 to 5 miles and of varying difficulty.  

Click on the page for more details.

See above for membership application details