WE STRIVE TO MAKE THE WIGSTONS A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND SHOP
40 YEARS OF LOCAL ACTION
This year Wigston Civic Society is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its foundation in 1978. At that time Bell Street was a two way street being the main A50 road southwards from Leicester to Northampton and also leading to the road to Oadby. There was a junior ‘Board’ school on a site which developers wanted to purchase in order that it could be demolished and the site used to develop shops. The origins of the Society are in an action group formed to save the school. This battle was lost and Sainsburys was built on the site. But the Society has continued be a watch dog on what is being proposed for Wigston, South Wigston and kilby Bridge with particular emphasis on planning applications in the six Conservation Areas within these settlements.
Furthermore, the Society has been working to make the area a better place in which to live work and shop by carrying out a number of projects, some of which were carried out jointly with GWHS, these include: creation of a garden at the corner of Station Road and Horsewell Lane; erecting a number of Blue Plaques to local people of prominence; creating the 10 mile Two Steeples circular walk as a millennium project; erecting the plaque to commemorate the link between the diamond jubilees of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II on Bell Street, organising the ‘Wigston Remembers’ concert and replacing a lost plaque to commemorate the reopening of South Wigston Station in 1976 and most recently, this year, erecting an information board and plaque about the new housing scheme on Moat Street.
The Chairman of Greater Wigston Historical Society, in sending his congratulations said:
‘From little acorns grow big oaks, and this is what has happened over the last 40 years. Your Society does not stand idly by and although some battles have been lost there has been tremendous good that has emanated from this small but effective Society. We have enjoyed a very close relationship over the years and many joint projects have been implemented and brought to fruition. Long may this continue. Good luck for the future.’
ON THE ANNIVERSARY DAY WE PRESENTED A POWERPOINT DISPLAY OF COMMENDATIONS THAT THE SOCIETY HAS PRESENTED OVER THE YEARS.
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