Caerwys Town Crest

Caerwys

Civic Society

The Civic Society Committee ceased during 2015

The Caerwys Civic Society was first formed in the early1970's with a committee of local residents who wished to enhance the Town of Caerwys. The Chairperson was the late Bob Bolam, Treasurer the late Tom Anwyl and Secretary Bill Coffee.

Last edition of The Chronicle in April 1988 - click to enlarge

The first project the committee embarked upon was producing a community newsletter. The town had various A4 sheets of community news previously and can be traced back to just after the second World War in the in the 1940's. When Arfon Roberts, a local resident, who was a journalist and broadcaster with the BBC, produced a monthly news sheet. Due to the shortage of paper after the war, only one sheet could be produced and Arfon placed it in the window of Compton House, for everyone to read. It was his way of conveying the news from the meetings of the old Caerwys Parish Council to the parishioners of the area. ( Arfon was the brother of retired Town Councillor J. Berwyn Roberts ).

The Chronicle first started with just a few pages and then grew to between sixteen and twenty pages each month. As time went by it became difficult to produce, mainly due to the lack of volunteers and the Chronicle ceased in 1992. In November,1996, it re-started again but only for less than two years, when sales dropped from over 500 to 342, and the loss could not financially be substantiated. The last edition was printed in April, 1998. A new Caerwys Chronicle Committee was appointed in March 2006, and publication continues to flourish to this day ( see Caerwys Chronicle menu )

St. Michael's Church Walk

The next major task the committee took on board was to ' clean up ' the Church Walk area. The committee started to raise money and received funding from the Town Council and the then District Council. The scheme was designed for entry into the European Heritage Year. Apart from the committee members many residents joined the team and started to clear out the grass roots and weeds. 

The verges were dug up and top soil added and a trench, two feet deep was dug to run an electric cable across the walk to a standard lamp, that was made and erected for the scheme. An iron fence, made by a local smith replaced a three bar fence. The broken stone pillars were straightened or replaced. Some of the outhouses were repaired, re-roofed and generally tidied up.

The area in front of the lych gate was paved with stone slabs which had been recovered from old stables, cottages and other buildings. Eleven trees with a background of shrubs were planted on the verges of the walk, together with dwarf blue conifers were planted behind the railings on the west side to form a hedge. Some of the work was contracted out but the majority was achieved by the committee and their band of happy helpers. The new Church Walk was formally opened and dedicated in a ceremony by Bishop Charles, which was attended by a large number of residents of the town.

The Committee and the Town were acknowledged for their endeavours to enhance the area, and were overjoyed by being awarded with

 ' The Prince of Wales European Architectural Award '  -  1977

Church Walk - 1976  -  Click to enlarge

St. Michael's Church - Lych Gate area

1976

Church Walk  -  1976  -  click to enlarge

View of Church Walk entrance

from High Street  -  1976

' The Prince of Wales European Architectural Award ' in 1977  -  click to enlarge

The Prince of Wales European Architectural Award  -  1977

Church Walk Photographs   -  1977  /  2006  /  2012  /  2013  /  2014  /  2015  /  2016  ( click to enlarge )

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Church Walk  -  1977

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 Church Walk  -  January 2013

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 Church Walk  -  August 2013

 

Church Walk 2014  -  Click to enlarge

 Church Walk  -  August 2014

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 Church Walk  -  August 2014

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 Church Walk  -  August 2015

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 Church Walk  -  August 2016

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 Church Walk  -  August 2016

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 Church Walk  -  August 2016