Usk Civic Society


Our Aims: 
To promote high standards of planning, architecture and design; to educate the public in the history, geography and conservation of the

Twyn Square Usk copyright Colin Smith and licenced for reuse under a Creative Commons licence

Twyn Square Usk. Copyright Colin Smith

natural and built environment in Usk and surrounding parishes not covered by other Civic Societies.

What we do:
We take an active and positive interest in planning policies and proposals and proposed developments in our area by:

  • Responding to consultations on draft development plans published by the Local Planning Authority (Monmouthshire County Council);
  • Scrutinising all planning applications and development proposals, submitting observations and objections to the relevant public body, statutory undertaking and others; we appear at public inquiries to express our views;
  • Responding to consultations or documents prepared by the Welsh Government by submitting views on them.
  • We promote good design and environmental improvement through annual Awards for Environmental Improvement, which were re-introduced in 2003 with a newly designed framed certificate.
  • We contribute towards Usk in Bloom by financial support and by awards in the category ”Best House Front without a Garden”.
  • We promote interest in, and concern for, the history, geography and civic pride of Usk by arranging a series of lectures in the autumn and winter months (held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Sessions House in Usk).
  • We hold social events – a Summer Party and a Christmas Party at which the Environmental Improvement Awards are presented by our President.  Details of social events appear in our Events Diary below.
  • We attend Usk Show each September with an exhibition to broadcast and promote our activities and interests.
  • Alfred Russel Wallace was born just outside Usk.  The Civic Society plan to put up a statue to commemorate him in Twyn Square, Usk.  Click for a web page with information on Wallace
Ceremony to unveil a memorial to Alfred Russell Wallace, Victorian naturalist who with Charles Darwin proposed the theory of evolution

Ceremony to unveil a memorial to Alfred Russell Wallace, Victorian naturalist who with Charles Darwin proposed the theory of evolution

How you can get involved
Membership of the Society is open to all. Individual membership is £6 a year; dual membership £10. As a member you will receive the annual newsletter and programme, can come to the autumn/winter talks and will be invited to the summer and Christmas parties. You can help stage the annual exhibition in the Society’s tent at the Usk Agricultural Show. You can raise with the Committee your planning and environmental concerns.



The Society is affiliated to the Civic Trust for Wales, with which it keeps in regular contact through attendance at conferences, bulletins and by contributing to the Trust’s own newsletter.



Events –
Our monthly lectures are held in the library of the Sessions House, Usk on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm.  Following the talk there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about any significant planning, or other, matter affecting Usk and its environs.
Non-members are always welcomed, £3 payment at the door.

2019 Lectures –

  • 13th March – “Cefn Ila”  Chris Lewis-Cooper
  • 10th April – “The Cold War – Seen from the End”    Toby Elliott
  • 8th May – “Taking Usk on to the World Floral Stage ”     Tony Kear
  • Summer 2019  – Details TBA
  • 9th Oct – “Tales from the Usk Almshouses”   Barry Morse
  • 13th November – “A Passion for Community Art”   Kate Derbyshire
  • December 2019 – Christmas event and presentation of the Award for Environmental Improvement.  Details TBA




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