What We Do

Selby Civic Society

stimulating public interest in, and caring for, the beauty, history and character of the town and its surroundings

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What We Do

The Society's main objectives are:

To encourage high standards in architecture and town planning.

To stimulate public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of the town and its surroundings.

To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest.

To pursue these ends by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications and publicity and by the promotion of schemes of a charitable nature.

These aims are managed by a committee of four Officers and up to ten members, elected annually at the Society Annual General Meeting. This is held in November, and covers:-

1.  A report on the year’s activities.

2.  The Treasurer’s financial report.

3.  Election of Chairman, Officers and Committee members.

4.  Usually the business meeting is followed by a lecture or presentation by a speaker.

The elected committee meets monthly, usually on the second Thursday of the month, to manage the affairs of the Society. Meetings are currently held at 7.30 pm in a meeting room at the Community Centre in Scott Road, Selby. Any Society member is entitled to be present as an observer, after notifying the Secretary of their wish to attend.


1.  Watch is kept on all proposals that may affect town and environmental planning, and action is taken as deemed desirable.

2.  Planning applications of public interest are scrutinised, and when necessary criticism, objections or support are sent to the appropriate authority.

3.  Consideration is given to projects and ideas that preserve or enhance the character and history of Selby, improve its amenities or stimulate public interest in Selby's rich heritage. 

4.  Interest is taken in the preservation and extension of “green spaces” such as parks, public footpaths and recreational space.

5. Support is given to projects that meet and complement the aims of the Society.

6.  Speaker meetings and visits to places of local and regional interest are arranged through the year for members of the Society and the public.

7. The Society, as a founder member of "Civic Voice" - the national body representing civic societies - shares and promotes its aims.

8. Members represent the Society at regular meetings of the regional "Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies (YHACS) and seek to promote its aims.

Click here to find out who is currently on the Committee