A letter from the Chair:  Membership 2020


A note to let you know what is happening with the North West Association of Civic Trusts and Societies (NWACTS). 
If you are still the correct contact person for your organisation, please let us know: also if you are not, or if your group is no longer there. 
After a few years of uncertainty, I am now pleased to be able to say that NWACTS is ready to take on a new lease of life. We have a Committee of eight members (from Kendal, Lancaster, Rossendale, Blackpool, Bolton, Merseyside and Manchester Societies) with a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and new Treasurer: we also have a healthy bank account. This gives us the security, with a good overview of the Region, to renew the links with other groups which we had in the past. 

At our Committee Meeting in January, we decided to open up Membership to all North West Civic and Amenity Societies this year WITHOUT A MEMBERSHIP FEE.  As we are independently constituted, our member groups have NO NEED TO BE REGISTERED WITH CIVIC VOICE but should have a relevant Constitution which enables them to carry our their Civic duties in a responsible manner; the old Civic Trust model is a good base. 
The original intention of independent Regional groups was to enable contact between like-minded organisations without reliance on a central body. Civic Voice has, in the last few years, recognised the important role that Regional organisations play in providing links between their members, and now holds quarterly meetings of representatives from all Regions. Our Chair and Secretary have been attending, and will hopefully be there again on March 12th. 

Our AGM (details below) is now booked at the Bluecoat School in Liverpool for March 28th (thanks to Vice Chair Susan Spibey) and will be dedicated to discussion on what you, the North West Societies, want from your Regional organisation. 

Please do get in touch to let us know of your interest (or not) so that even if you cannot attend the AGM, we will know how you feel about things, and set an agenda for future contacts and meetings. 

I do hope this has cleared some issues that have been passed on to us, and that we will see or hear from you soon  – this year, with NO MEMBERSHIP FEE: just an indication of your interest and wish to be kept in contact. 


Yours sincerely


Kathy Fishwick (Chair)    


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