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WEM CIVIC SOCIETY

Aims of WEM CIVIC SOCIETY
  • To stimulate public interest in the area.
  • To promote high standards of planning.
  • To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area.
The Civic Society evolved from Wem Society so has a wider remit than most civic societies, as one example it takes a keen interest in the wider environment. Membership is open to all those who have an interest in the preservation of the best of Wem & Wem District along with development that is sustainable and appropriate to the area.

Wem High Street,
as seen from the Church Green, February 2010

Activities of Wem Civic Society
The society offers a programme of meetings and the chance to be come more actively involved in projects relating to the aims of the society. The talks usually centre on subjects relating to Wem or with a Shropshire aspect. There is an annual trip. Members can also become involved in a number of projects relating to the broad aims of the society. The committee usually meets on alternate months or as needed.

Projects of Wem Civic Society

Installation of the handrail.
WEM WAR MEMORIAL:

This major project involves the improvement of the area around the memorial and the repair of the War Memorial.
Phase I of the project, the handrail installation, has been completed. The image to the left shows the rail being installed, the one below, the completed installation. The handrail was designed to complement the lamps sited at the top of the processional steps.
Phase II will involve (a) assessing and repairing the effects of erosion on the monument, (b) replacing the deteriorating reconstituted paving around the monument with stone slabs and (c) erecting railings along the wall surrounding the monument. This phase is now in the planning stage and a public consultation on draft plans has taken place. For more information, click here

LOCAL HISTORY:

Individual projects, many centred on the retail activities in the High Street, are undertaken. A number of leaflets have been produced including one on the pubs and brewing industry in Wem.
Members are also contributing to the Victoria County History project. Work has recommenced on The Victorian County History: Shropshire volume and a Wem 'short' will herald this work.
Reminescences are also being collected from Wemians. Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund awarded a grant to Wem Civic Society to help with this project, which was used to purchase an iPAD and training for members. The iPAD will allow the recording of images and video for uploading to this website. Another private donation allowed the purchase of an H2n sound recorder. The latter is a 'future-proofed' device that will allow the society to pass on recordings to Shropshire Archives.


Wem Harvest Market, 2nd October 2010.
    MARKETS
    WCS members, along with Wem & District Garden Club, run the Wem Combine Harvesters, and have developed and organised two Quarter Markets in Wem, the Spring and Harvest Markets. The next Spring Market, the 8th (the St. George's Market), will be on Saturday April 22nd 2017 and the Harvest Market on Saturday 30th September 2017. We are also involved in the 'Apple Collection', surplus apples are turned into apple juice and profits from the sales go to the Wem war Memorial fund. The society also takes stalls in other markets to raise money for the various projects.

    PLANNING:

    The Society contributed to the consultation on the SAMDev Report and is also involved in the development of a Town Design Statement for Wem, due for publication in 2016.


  • Meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Senior Club in Chapel St., Wem starting at 7.30 pm.
  • Annual Subscription: 10.00
  • Visitors: Meetings are usually open to the public, only a nominal 2.00 admission charge being requested.
  • Information about meetings can be found on the notice board at the junction of Leek Street and High Street in Wem or this website.

For more information about Wem Civic Society - contact: wemcivsoc@yahoo.co.uk

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