Aim: to preserve, protect and enhance the town’s built environment
The Society (founded 1970) seeks to preserve and enhance the town’s built environment and pride of place by acting as a constructive pressure group.
It seeks to ensure that development plans are in keeping with the town’s unique character and to inform the local population about their historic environment through a variety of projects, publications, and a series of guided heritage walks, presentations and visits.
Becoming a Member
Members are automatically enrolled as members of the national civic movement Civic Voice. To join and for further information, contact secretary Nicci Brown on 01258 459346 or by email to [email protected]
Projects have included the installation of Blue Plaques highlighting buildings of historic interest, information boards, yard and footway signs, and the restoration of the sundial on Blandford Forum Parish Church.
The completion of the Society’s Damory Street Enhancement project was celebrated on July 13 with a moving service of commemoration which followed the order of the dedication of the archway as a memorial almost 100 years ago.
Participants included representatives of the military, the town council, the Royal British Legion, and of The Blandford School, whose head boy and head girl laid wreaths under the replica plaques as their counterparts had done in 1925.
The service was led by the Rector of Blandford, Canon Jonathan Triffitt, and the names of the fallen in World War I were read by Jay Hambro, the great grandson of Major General Percival Hambro, who unveiled the memorial at the original dedication service.
Guests at the celebration included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant John Young, former pupils of Blandford Grammar School, which once stood on the site, and representatives of the Blandford 14-18 Commemoration Group, Blandford Masonic Lodge and Shovehapenny League which have contributed to the costs for which the main funding of over £15,000 came from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The project has included the restoration of the historic school archway and erection of information boards detailing the history of the school and the neighbouring former burial ground.
Civic Society chairman Terence Dear said its completion was the “end of the beginning” of its hopes of in due course enhancing a corner of Blandford which had deteriorated over the years, including the burial ground which was used for nearly 50 years in the first half of the 19th century and remained in use after the municipal cemetery in Salisbury Road was opened in the 1850s.