Events

​Throughout the year, we offer a range of events for members and non-members. These include regular speaker evenings covering topical interests – for example we have included subjects varying from preserving the green belt to youth interests in St. Albans.   A series of online speaker meetings took place December 2020 to May 2021.

There is an Annual General Meeting  when all members are invited to give their views on past and future happenings in our city.

Perhaps the highlight of the year is our Awards Evening where we celebrate best practice in current architecture and design – for both buildings and our green spaces.

Additionally, we participate in the St Albans Residents First Weekend and Heritage Open Days, and arrange visits to other interesting and historic towns.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events.

Past Events

Awards Evening

Date: 4 October 2021

Time: 19:30

Location: The Maltings Arts Theatre

Annual Awards Evening

Awards Evening for members and invited guests

The Maltings Arts Theatre 7.00pm for 7.30pm start

Refreshments – FREE

Hever Castle coach trip

Date: 2 October 2021

A day trip to Hever Castle, Royal Tunbridge Wells with a special Tudor tea.

£39 per person including discounted entry to the Castle

More details of the schedule here

Places are booking up fast

Anne Boleyn Harlot or Heroine?

Date: 16 September 2021

Time: 20.00

Location: Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BU (note location has changed from initially advertised)

Anne Boleyn – a scheming, ambitious strumpet, or the tragic and innocent victim of court politics and events? Can Anne Boleyn be regarded as one of the most highly-educated and forward-thinking of English queens, with a passion for the new learning and reform of the sixteenth century? Or was she only interested in having a good time and enjoying court life? In this talk, Valerie Shrimplin will examine controversial aspects of Anne’s life, from her early background and romance with King Henry VIII – to her role in the Reformation, and events leading to her trial and (spoiler alert!) execution in 1536.

AGM

Date: 9 September 2021

Time: 20.00

Location: Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BU

This year’s AGM takes place in person.  You can access the agenda here

The AGM will be followed by 60th Anniversary celebrations with complementary drinks and light refreshments. St Albans Civic Society was founded in the summer of 1961, do come and raise a glass or two to its six decades of work championing our wonderful city.

To attend the AGM and the anniversary celebrations you need to be a paid-up member of the Society. It will be possible to renew your subscription at the door. New members are also most welcome to join then.

Tackling The Climate Crisis With Sustainable Transport

Date: 2 June 2021

Time: 18.30

Location: Online via Teams

Learn about the role of transport in tackling climate change and how changes in your daily travel patterns can benefit the environment and wider society.

The Society is supporting this event as part of the Sustainability Festival 2021.  The event is organised by AECOM so please email nikki.hodges@aecom.com to obtain registration details

 

Greening the City

Date: 13 May 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

Tim Boatswain, President of St Albans Civic Society, concludes our series of talks, started in 2020 on greening the city. With the climate change crisis and the environmental issues of air and noise pollution, flooding and sustainability, there is a recognition that not only do our urban areas need to be re-balanced with nature, but also that ‘greening’ is vital for public health and well-being. This talk will look at why and how we should be implementing a programme to ‘green’ the city.

To register please click here. Then complete your name and email after which you will receive an automated response with the link.

The role of trees in cities

Date: 15 April 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

Sara Croft of The Woodland Trust  continues our Greening the City talks.

To register please click here. Then complete your name and email after which you will receive an automated response with the link.

The Landscape of the City

Date: 11 March 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

Johanna Gibbons is a Landscape Architect and Fellow of the Landscape Institute. The St Albans Cathedral Precinct Project is one landscaping project being carried out by her firm, J & L Gibbons. The Welcome Centre landscape completed in 2019 was the first phase of a wider landscape ambition and currently work is ongoing on the Sumpter Yard landscaping.  This talk continues our Greening the City theme which first started in 2020.

To register for this event please click here

 

The Arena architect: Sir Frederick Gibberd

Date: 11 February 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

Mac Quinton will give a talk on the architect Sir Frederick Gibberd with particular reference to St Albans and the Arena

Current issues

Date: 14 January 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom

An informal meeting to introduce the new committee and to discuss current issues. An opportunity to talk about what we are doing, what should be the priorities and how members can get involved.

Events in 2021

Details of events appear on the left of this page.  Our online events programme has now finished and in person events resume in the Autumn.

 

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Membership is open to all – to everyone who shares our aim to make our City attractive for residents and visitors.

The membership / financial year runs from 1st April through to 31st March but you may of course join at any time so don’t delay, join today!

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