Supported Groups & Projects


The following are projects, groups or societies, which the Pontefract Civic Society supports or has had involvement in.

Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) which is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Wakefield District Council and launched in 2012. The scheme is now in its fifth year and is continuing to have a positive impact upon the conservation and regeneration of the Pontefract Market Place conservation area. The aim of the THI is to help protect, enhance and celebrate the unique heritage of Pontefract by supporting local property owners to undertake conservation repairs to key historic buildings within the Pontefract Market Conservation Area. The THI also aims to raise awareness of Pontefract’s heritage through training events and sharing information at events such as Heritage Open Days and Yorkshire Day.

Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens

Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens is a voluntary community group that has come together for the purpose of regenerating Pontefract’s Valley Gardens. Friarwood Valley Gardens is listed by English Heritage as a Grade II Historic Park or Garden because of its association with St Richard’s Dominican Friary (1256 – 1538) and it is also contained within the Pontefract Town Centre Conservation Zone. Click on the link above to go to the English Heritage list entry which describes the history of Friarwood Valley.

Pontefract Heritage Partnership

A group of concerned individuals formed the Pontefract Dispensary and Hermitage Action Group (PDHAG) in early 2013, with the aim of engaging with the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the owner of the site, to ensure that the Dispensary and Hermitage are preserved for Pontefract’s heritage. PDHAG became an incorporated organisation, Pontefract Heritage Partnership Limited in December 2013 so that it has the appropriate legal structure to acquire ownership of the Dispensary and Hermitage by asset transfer from the NHS.

The Crescent Project

The Crescent Project was formed out of a meeting and visit to the former cinema by local residents and facilitated by Pontefract Civic Society, in August 2015. It was obvious from this meeting that there is a strong community desire to see this iconic cinema and building returned to its former use. The project aims to make The Crescent a central place of entertainment and culture for Pontefract and the surrounding area.

Pontefract Heritage Group

Pontefract Heritage Group are a voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting awareness of and interest in the heritage of Pontefract.

Friends of Pontefract Park

Friends of Pontefract Park is a voluntary community group which was formed in 2012 to preserve, protect, develop and improve Pontefract Park as an amenity for Pontefract and the wider community. To achieve this aim the friends group is working in partnership with Wakefield Council which owns the park and Pontefract Racecourse Company.

Pontefract Lioness Club

Pontefract Lioness Club are a voluntary service group who take a hands-on role in the local community.  The Lioness Club are renown for hosting the Annual Lantern Festival in October each year and also for their Santas Grotto in various locations around the town each December.

Members meet on a monthly basis at Kings Croft Hotel to plan their busy events calendar  including, fund-raising, service and social activities and are always keen to welcome new members.