Over 300 people came to the Salisbury Guildhall to celebrate Salisbury’s first Civic Day

Over 300 people came to the Salisbury Guildhall on Saturday 17th June to celebrate Salisbury’s first ever Civic Day. Peter Dunbar chair of Salisbury Civic Society which organised the event said “We are delighted with the public response and keen interest in Salisbury’s first Civic Day. The day was an outstanding example of Salisbury Civic Society working with partner organisations to highlight the wonderful buildings, environment, opportunities and challenges in our city. Our thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event.”

The event was organised over an intensive six-month period by Salisbury Civic Society to celebrate our city and its buildings and environment and to promote the work of the Civic Society and allied organisations working for the benefit of Salisbury. The day formed part of Civic Day, a national celebration of civic pride under the auspices of Civic Voice. It is the day in each year to say "I care about where I live".

John Glen MP the newly appointed Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism gave the opening address and said it was “A privilege to open Salisbury's first Civic Day - wonderful organisations doing great work for our fantastic city.” The event was full of stalls and exhibitions from 17 organisations on Salisbury’s historic buildings, natural environment, and local development issues. Local architects had a “surgery” where the public could drop in to discuss architectural issues and challenges, and seek professional advice. Robin McGowan spoke on the work of the Salisbury Business Improvement District
(Salisbury BID).

A Salisbury Civic Day leaflet and competition for the public on the Salisbury Conservation Area and its buildings was generously sponsored by Woolley & Wallis Salisbury Salerooms. Competition prizes were won by John Dovey, Chris Tunnard, and Jamie Wright.  

Salisbury Civic Society hope to participate in Civic Day again in 2018 and will be considering possible options for the next event.