Marsh Civic Volunteer Award
This award is run in partnership with Civic Voice; it recognises the outstanding contribution made by an individual volunteer to the Civic movement.
Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement which started in England during the 1840s. They make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. They promote civic pride.
The 2016 winner is David Biggs
When Tamworth Civic Society, which was started in 1973, became defunct, David Biggs gathered a group together to form a steering committee which re-launched as the new Tamworth and District Civic Society (TDCS) in September 2015. TDCS now has a constitution, elected committee, 120 members ranging in age from 20 to 85, and funds in excess of £2,000.
The Society holds at least 1 activity every month, on a range of interests and topics, speakers, visits, walks (one visit attracting 126 people), at different venues and times to suit members' availability and mobility. Civic Voice recently described TDCS as one of the most active societies in the country.
Members are kept up to date with Davidís weekly e-mails, website updates, the Facebook page (started in January and has 312 followers), and blog posts, regular PR and letters in local press, and also radio interviews.
TDCS has campaigned to save the former Wilnecote Victorian Board School from demolition, and Wigginton Park from becoming a site for house building. Davidís tireless research discovered the Board School's architect was Basil Champneys and was attended by Colin Grazier and George Cross, of Enigma Code fame. David liaises with 3 local councils and sits on the Conservation Area Advisory Committee and through these connections; he brought the Tamworth War Memorial back into use for the annual Armistice Day ceremony.
TDCS works to foster relationships with other organisations, promote civic pride and engagement and also encourage numerous initiatives, including the inaugural Tamworth Lecture, stained glass window appeal, At Risk register and Listing applications.
David is the driving force who, despite difficult personal circumstances, instigated and inspired all of this taking TDCS from scratch to a successful, influential, active society in 12 months.
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