Coronavirus - More Information

Following government advice, all Civic Society events and presentations have been postponed. We intend to reschedule these once the health emergency is over. The History Groups have, for the time being, been suspended. These will be rescheduled for later in the year. We will keep you informed about any rescheduled dates

The Bear Steps Hall Art Gallery and Civic Society offices closed on Saturday 21st March 2020 . They will remain closed until further notice.

Membership renewal takes place on 1st April 2020. We urge you to remember us because – with the Art Gallery closed and no Cartoon festival this year – our income is severely restricted; however, the work we do on your behalf will continue. Our Planning Committee will continue to operate via computer technology, which will allow committee members to work from home.

Any questions or comments on planning (or anything else) can be sent to All emailed comments or queries will be redirected to the appropriate people to get in touch with you

We will still produce our Newsletter for the summer in July.

Our website will still be available with current information as well as many other features, such as the podcast from the Darwin Exhibition launch and a video of the NWRR conference

We are sorry for any disappointment but we feel this is the correct course of action at the present time to safeguard all our health.

Please stay healthy, and hopefully we will have a celebratory get together when we are through this crisis.