About the Society
Ledbury and District Civic Society’s aims are to:
- raise interest in Ledbury and its surroundings
- promote high standards of planning and architecture
- secure the preservation, protection and improvement of features of historic, natural and public interest in Ledbury and the surrounding areas.
We achieve our aims in lots of ways. These include:
- providing informed opinions to the Town and County Councils on planning applications, local plans and traffic matters and attending planning meetings and local inquiries.
- offering prizes to local schools for pupils’ projects on Ledbury-related subjects to encourage the interest of younger people who are, after all, the future of our town.
- showing visiting groups around Ledbury and sharing our knowledge with them.
- supporting projects that will enrich the heritage of Ledbury and its surroundings such as the restoration of the St Katherine’s complex, The Master’s House and the Old Cottage Hospital.
- supporting local events such as Ledbury in Bloom and the Ledbury Poetry Festival.
- being the lead partner in the Ledbury Places project.
We run two buildings: Butcher Row House Museum and the Burgage Hall. The Burgage Hall can be hired by members and non-members. We use proceeds from donations and sales at the Museum and from hiring the Burgage Hall to fund our charitable work.
We were formed in 1973 as a civic society. We became the Ledbury and District Society Trust Ltd, a charitable trust, in 1977. Our status as a charitable trust helps us devote as much of our income as possible to our causes. This is particularly important because we have no day-to-day funding from local or central government.
Find out more about the Society
- How to join the Society
- Ledbury Letter, our members’ newsletter
- Our achievements
- Our education programme
- Our officers.
If you would like to know more about our past, you can download a history of the Ledbury and District Civic Society from 1973 to 2001.