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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 […]

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 […]

Pupils’ civic care for Pontefract and the planet

As Pontefract Civic Society turned 50 in May, we brought back a tried and trusted activity for school pupils who care about their town and the environment, and their artwork did not disappoint us. Dozens of anti-litter posters were created during May and June at Carleton Park School and St. Giles C of E Academy, […]

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 […]