About the Pickering and District Civic Society

Pickering & District Civic Society was formed in 1984.  We are a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies (
http://www.yhacs.org.uk/), which is the regional association of civic societies. 


The work of our society, along with all other civic societies, covers a wide range of issues such as regular review of local planning applications, and gathering support for the protection and renovation of historic buildings.  While we consider the protection of heritage in our built environment as our major objective, we try to balance this with the necessity for new development which helps maintain the vitality and prosperity in our town.  Over the years, Pickering Civic Society has spoken out against many unsuitable developments.   Although new housing estates and businesses have been developed, the society has helped ensure the preservation of a great many of the older buildings.

Pickering is set in a lovely part of North Yorkshire and the town attracts a number of visitors during most of the year. The steam railway, and the town’s position near to the North Yorks Moors and the coast, makes it a popular destination. Sadly, due to closure of the Tourist Information Centre and the loss of our volutary Town Guides, we are no longer able to run our town walks.


We are anxious to form special interest groups for a number subjects and wish to expand this aspect of our work to members who may have expertise in any of the varied topics.


With more members we can extend our activities and have a more representative view of what is important in Pickering and the surrounding district.


If you are interested, please contact any one of the committee to arrange a chat.



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