To promote high standards of planning, architecture and design; to educate the public in the history, geography and conservation of the
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
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 newslette
Our monthly meetings 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.
Usk Civic Society 2017 Programme
- 8th Feb. “The Well-being of Future Generations Act and the Environment.” Richard Waller, Chairman of Gwent Wildlife Trust.
- 8th Mar. “Tudor and Stuart Gardens of Wales.” Elisabeth Whittle
- 12th April “Gardens in Art.” Eleanor Bird.
- 26th April Quiz with a difference! 7.30pm Royal British Legion, New Market St., Usk.
- 7th May Biodiversity Day, Llanllowell House, Llanllowell Lane, Usk NP15 1LL ST403991, 12 noon onwards. Walks, butter making, camp fire cooking, clay modelling etc. Tea and coffee. Free. Collection for the Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund.
- 10th May Dr Naomi Horsley, who chairs the Usk Park Project, has kindly offered to talk to us about the short and successful history of this local initiative, where a committed group of local parents formed a charity to raise money to transform the old, tired and unsafe playground by the Centenary Hall into a modern and child-friendly facility.
- 11th Oct. “Muddle Puddle: the Story of Wentwood Reservoir” Peter Strong.
- 8th Nov. “Alfred Russel Wallace.” David and Stella Collard.
Usk Civic Society 2018 Programme
- 14th Feb. “Viridor and Waste Management” Mark Poole, Viridor Education Officer.
- 14th Mar. “An Extraordinary Colonel and Two Daughters who kept Secrets”. Patricia Davies and Jean Argles
- 11th April. “Looking for the Welsh Harp”. Robert Hadaway.
- 10th Oct. “Beyond the Prison Wall – a Governor’s Insight” Geoff Hughes.
- 14th Nov. “The Amazing Diversity of Orchids” Hywel Griffiths