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On this page we will feature news from member societies. If you have significant news that you think may be of interest to other YHACS societies please let us know.


Members of Ripon Civic Society receiving the Peter Spawforth Trophy

Ripon Civic Society won the Peter Spawforth Award for Excellence for 2018. They won £200 and the trophy for their 'Ripon Reviewed' project.

Addingham Civic Society win second prize

Addingham Civic Society won a second prize of £100 for their 'Four Becks' project.

Whitby Civic Society win third prize

Whitby Civic Society won third prize of £50 for their 'War Memorials' project.

Horbury Civic Society were highly commended for a blue plaque scheme incorporating QR codes.


The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire with Cllr Denise Jeffery, Paul Cartwright and Yvette Cooper MP at the Magna Carta Monument.

On Fri 15th July, the Magna Carta monument ribbon was cut by Michael Sayles Fox, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, accompanied by Cllr Denise Jeffery, Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council, Fr, Bob Cooper, pupils from Carleton Park School, with Peter Cookson (President), Paul Cartwright (Chair) and his wife Christine.

The ceremony was attended by 70 invited guests from the civic society, other community representatives, the local authority, and the craftsmen who have delivered the project.

Michael Fox DL, said, “It is a great privilege to be asked to take part in the recognition of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta via this Pontefract stone monument, where Baron John De Lacy played a key role in forcing King John to seal this charter, which meant no one was above the law, even the King”.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, said, “Cllr Denise Jeffery, said: “I’m very proud of Pontefract’s historic links to Magna Carta. I’d like to congratulate members of Pontefract Civic Society for all their hard work and thank everyone who has contributed their time and efforts to create this new monument”.

We saw participation from Fr. Bob Cooper and pupils from Carleton Park School Council. Proceedings were then brought to a close in the Nelson Room of Pontefract Town Hall, where displays were seen on Pontefract Civic Society and Magna Carta, a poem, “Magna Carta” was read by Elma Mangnall, followed by a speech and thanks from civic society chair, Paul Cartwright, who said, “It has been a long two year project, though an incredible day, today, with the ribbon cut on a £30k high quality hand crafted monument to show Pontefract’s link with Magna Carta. We hope that local people and visitors will be a little more informed about the significant position of Pontefract through history, and future projects will also support this”.

Donations are still being sought.

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St Peter's Church, Horbury

Urgent action has been taken to save a charity that has been at the heart of Horbury life for nearly half a century.

Since 1968 Horbury Civic Society has been working to promote and protect the beauty, history and distinctive character of the town and its surroundings.

But in recent years it had been unable to attract new members willing to play their part in making the town a better place for present and future generations.

The society feared it would have to close but made an appeal for help to the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies (YHACS), the umbrella group for more than 40 societies in the region, including Horbury.

YHACS stepped in and took responsibility for running the charity, installing a new committee, including a replacement chair and officers to revive the society’s fortunes, recruit new members and in due course hand over to a committee made up of local volunteers.

Horbury Civic Society was successfully relaunched in 2015 and is looking for volunteers to help with its work. To contact the Society go to


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