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 Your St Ives 1968 - 2018 - 2068


Looking back it is easy to understand why the Civic Society of St. Ives was formed. Who could sit idly by and allow a relief road (bypass) to be built beside a parish church, across a tranquil island then destroy the serenity and beauty of a riverside country meadow? For new members of the Civic Society, or those new to the area, in 1968 the proposed route for the relief road was from the south end of Ramsey Road at the end of the Waits, across Holt Island and Hemingford Meadow to join London Road. The proposal was a very good reason to join together to prevent such a horror and retain the character of our town.

Looking forward to 2018, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civic Society by reminiscing, having fun and challenging you to look forward to the next 50 years. We don’t have a crystal ball but we do have members who love St. Ives and our Legacy Statement is “That future generations will be able to easily recognise the historic character of our Town, despite the inevitable changes that happen down the years”.

With that in mind, we are inviting you to show us what you think St. Ives will look like in 2068 when Civic Society members will celebrate the 100th anniversary. Describe how St. Ives will look in words, painting, a model in Lego, matchsticks, 3D printed, animation, embroidery, any way you like. Closing date is 6th September 2018 so no excuse for not enough time! There will be regular reminders so no excuse for forgetting! There is no entry fee or age restriction.

There will be an exhibition of entries in the Free Church on Friday 7th September from 12 to 6 pm and Saturday 8th September from 10 to 4 pm.

Winning entries will be on display in the Norris Museum from Monday 10th September until Saturday 22nd September

Details will be available in September 2017

For further information contact:

Jane Amaral This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Stewart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Also known as STAG.
1. To promote interest in local archaeology and heritage in the St Ives area.
2. To plan and take part in activities including fieldwork, workshops, talks, and visits to further understanding the heritage and archaeology of the area, and to publish research findings.
3. To make information generated through the activities of the Group available to the authorities responsible for updating the Cambridgeshire Historic Environmental Record (CHER) and to local communities.
4. To guide and support its members in pursuits of their own archaeological projects provided STAG guidelines are followed.
Civic Voice

The Civic Voice works to make the places where everyone lives more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.

As members of the CPRE we care passionately about our countryside and campaign for it to be protected and enhanced for the benefit of everyone.

The Cambridge Antiquarian Society

The Cambridge Antiquarian Society was founded in 1840 to provide access for local people to the local history, architecture and archaeology of Cambridgeshire.