Category Archives: Events

Fletcher Rhodes Collaboration Launch and Book Signing

Local author, Roger Ellis.

The J.S. Fletcher G.P. Rhodes Collaboration, 10 years in the making, is a book about the collaboration between the author and his favoured illustrator. It covers the books that prolific, local author J.S. Fletcher wrote featuring Pontefract and the neighbouring countryside. Fletcher’s novels, short stories and local chronicles offer us a vision into the social […]

Civic 5X beer launches for civic society 50th

Pontefract Civic Society 'Civic 5X' Beer Label

Pontefract Civic Society is 50 years old this year, and throughout the year a varied programme of celebrations has been planned, and a beer launch is happening on Weds 24 Sept, at the Tap & Barrel at 7:30pm, all welcome, but let the civic society know you are coming. Phil Cook, civic society vice chair […]

Discover Pontefract’s Hidden Heritage

Discover Pontefract Heritage Open Days poster.

This week, Pontefract Civic Society launches this year’s guide to Heritage Open Days, and a leaflet telling the history of Pontefract Town Hall, and on Fri 13th at 9:45am Town Crier courtesy of Pontefract Heritage Group will be making announcements at the Buttercross. 16 venues will be throwing their doors open wide in Pontefract and […]

Best Dressed Town rewarded

The Civic Society accepting the Best Dressed Town Award.

Following a public vote, Pontefract was announced by Welcome to Yorkshire as the Best Dressed Town in the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, and is was made possible when Pontefract Civic Society brought the local community, schools & businesses together. Fast forward two months, and a small representative group from #TeamPontefract were honoured to receive the […]

50th Anniversary Afternoon Tea

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we will be hosting an afternoon tea at Farmer Copleys on 11th July at 2:30pm. The afternoon will include live accoustic music from ‘In Peru’, flower arranging with Michelle’s Flowers and our 50th Anniversary cake cut. Selection of Handmade Finger Sandwiches Wedge of Copleys Rarebit Bakers Homemade Scone […]

Civic Society 50th and all that jazz

As Pontefract Civic Society turned 50 in May, over 100 members and guests attended a celebration concert at Pontefract Town Hall with Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra. The musicians delivered a great selection of big band, swing and jazz classics, including three vocal numbers, and the Assembly Rooms were especially decorated to mark 50 years of […]

Talk: “The History of Methodism in Pontefract” by Mollie Garbett

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 11th June at 7pm in Pontefract Town Hall (Nelson Room). The talk, entitled “The History of Methodism in Pontefract: From John Wesley to the Present Day”, will be given by Mollie Garbett. John Wesley first arrived in Pontefract on March 18th 1746; this fascinating local history talk describes the history of Methodism in […]

Paul Cartwright in Conversation with Allan R Blaza – 50 Years of Civic Pride in Pontefract

Our next event will he held on Tuesday 14th May at 7pm in the Nelson Room at Pontefract Town Hall. As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, and in converstaion with Paul Cartwright, Allan Blaza recalls the formation of Pontefract Civic Society in 1969. As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, and in converstaion with Paul Cartwright, […]

Golden Jubilee Celebration – Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, Pontefract Civic Society will be hosting a Golden Jubilee Celebration event on Friday 24th May in Pontefract Town Hall. You and your guests are invited to join us for a night of swing with Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra as we celebrate 50 years of civic service. This band […]

Talk: “The Kingdom of Alms: A History of the Almshouses of Pontefract” by Eric Jackson

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 9th April at 7pm in Pontefract Town Hall(Nelson Room). The talk, entitled “The Kingdom of Alms: A History of the Almshouses of Pontefract”, will be given by Eric Jackson. This facinating talk covers the establishment of Almshouses post-conquest; first as religious institutions and then post reformation as an expression of  philanthropy, both locally […]