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Regeneration projects recognised by Civic Design Awards 2019

Pontefract businesses with their Design Awards.

Pontefract Civic Society hosted a special ceremony at the town hall on Weds 29 Jan, 2020, to commend the efforts of business owners, landlords, architects, contractors, funders and Wakefield Council by presenting eight framed certificates and the Countess of Rosse Façade of the Year plaque with that going to Brad Walton, owner of The Gentleman’s […]

Andrew Edwards from BBC Radio Leeds visits Pontefract

Andrew Edwards, Paul Cartwright and Phil Cook at Pontefract Town Hall.

We’re pleased that Andrew Edwards from BBC Radio Leeds recently came to Pontefract for a brief tour of the town hall for his Secret Spaces feature on his weekend breakfast show. The producers only allowed us two 4 minute segments, edited from a longer chat on his visit. His visit was something our Chair, Paul Cartwright had tried […]

Christmas Trail gets retail support

Chairman Paul presents certificate to local business

Many businesses have got into the Christmas spirit by decorating their shop windows and some inside where windows have limited space, all of which were judged last week with Pontefract Civic Society by pupils from St Giles Academy and Carleton Park, and we’ve now delivered 250 trail leaflets across the town. Paul Cartwright, Chair of […]

Get on board with Pontefract Civic Society

New Northern Rail Class 195 Unit

Introduction The civic society is a charity for the public benefit for the district, our residents, businesses and visitors. We campaign on a broad range of issues, and rail is no exception encompassing services and the facilities at all three stations, namely Monkhill, Tanshelf and Baghill. Current Services Monkhill offers services to Leeds, Wakefield, Knottingley […]

Yorkshire’s civic societies return to Pontefract

Yorkshire’s civic societies standing in the ruins of Pontefract Castle.

Civic societies from across Yorkshire & Humber made a return visit to Pontefract for a quarterly meeting of the regional association, which was hosted by Pontefract Civic Society as part of their 50th anniversary year. Each meeting is themed, and it was fitting that heritage and culture had been chosen for the visit, which started […]

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 […]

Blue Plaque Guide refreshed for first time in almost 10 years

Chairman Paul Cartwright and volunteer Jaydn Edwards standing together, holding the new Blue Plaque Guides by the Peter and Fred Asquith plaque.

As Pontefract Civic Society turned 50 in May, we wanted to not only celebrate with our members but to give a number of new or updated things to the town and our many visitors. With that in mind, we’ve been updating our first Blue Plaque Guide, just in time for Pontefract Liquorice Festival. Chair Paul […]