John Bercow MP and Griff Rhys Jones to help celebrate national day of civic pride

Dozens of community events for Civic Day planned across England

On Saturday, June 18th, communities across the country will be showcasing how proud they are of where they live as part of national Civic Day (

Civic Day is an annual event for communities to say “I care about where I live”. Civic Day events are organised by local civic societies and community groups, and take place in villages, towns and cities across England. Events can range from litter picks to fairs to sponsored bike rides, all in the name of celebrating what’s great about their local community.

Civic Voice President Griff Rhys Jones said: “Civic Voice believes everyone has the right to live somewhere they can feel proud of. Do people in Coventry have more pride? Is Yorkshire the place with civic at its heart? It doesn’t matter where you live, Civic Day is the perfect time for us to all celebrate where we live and say “I care about where I live”.

As part of Civic Day 2016, some highlights include:

  • The Buckingham Society awarding Buckingham's Citizen of the Year.
  • The Coventry Society holding a town walk to celebrate “lost public art” as part of Historic England campaign.
  • Ilkley Civic Society in Yorkshire will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary year
  • Merseyside Civic Society will be holding it’s 3rd State of the City event, which aims to bring people from throughout the region together for discussions about the state of the local environment.
  • Leeds Civic Trust are celebrating by giving the public a chance to jump into their ‘time machine’ to view what the Leeds of 2066 will look like.
  • The Potteries Heritage Society are teaming up with Stoke Neighbourhood Forum for two hours of discussion and debate to consider what makes a great place to live!

John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House said “I have long had the honour of attending, and often opening, the Buckingham Civic Day in my constituency, and plan to do so again this year. National Civic Days are an excellent opportunity for individuals to come together and celebrate their communities. I am delighted that this initiative is still going strong, and anticipate that it will continue to flourish in the future.” 

Freddie Gick, Chair of Civic Voice said “What do you care about?” “What do you want to protect? What do you want to improve? If we are going to ensure that our villages, towns and cities give everybody living in them a good quality of life, we need everyone to get involved. Civic Day is the perfect opportunity to use your voice, change your community and to join your local civic society and help grow one of the country’s oldest yet most optimistic, energetic and forward looking social movements.”

Details of some of the events being run across England can be found on the Civic Voice website

Notes for Editors

Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement. We work to make the places where everyone lives more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and to promote civic pride. We speak up for civic societies and local communities across England. We believe everyone should live somewhere they can be proud of and we know how people feel about places because we feel the same way. Civic societies are the most numerous participants in the planning system. Since its launch in April 2010 Civic Voice has been joined by over 290 civic societies with 75,000 members. Further information is available at including how to join Civic Voice (£10 individuals) and contact details for local civic societies.


Ian Harvey, Executive Director
T 0151 707 4319/ 07877096968
T @civic_voice