The Harwich Society Founded in 1969, the Harwich Society now has a membership of over 2000 in a town with a population of 18000. A vigorous Society, all Committee Members have a job to do and monthly reports ensure they do it well. People are slow to volunteer, so post holders are selected with care and then invited to fill a vacancy. The system has worked well. Another unusual characteristic of the Society is our policy of carving out areas of responsibility and then giving it to someone to look after. In this way over 100 different members are involved in running their Society. The responsibility increases their interest. Monthly meetings with visiting speakers are organised for all members. Social events are regularly held. There are several groups in the Society looking after particular areas such as trees, footpaths, guiding etc and they meet separately. Any member can join any or all of these groups. There are several teams covering specialist areas such as social and planning. The latter checks the planning applications weekly, comments to the District Council when appropriate, and takes an active part in public inquiries. The Society also has six village agents for the surrounding villages (Great Oakley, Little Oakley, Parkeston, Ramsey, Wix and Wrabness). These agents report any matters of interest in their patch. The Guide Panel conduct over 2000 visitors per annum around the town and provide advice and assistance for cruise passengers who are visiting the town. It also mans the visit information desk at the cruise terminal. The Society runs and maintains several visitor attractions within the area. It is restoring the largest ancient monument in the area, the Harwich Redoubt Fort, and has so far spent over £150,000 on the project. It established and maintains a Maritime Museum in the disused Low Lighthouse. It also runs the High Lighthouse, the Radar Tower on Beacon Hill and the Lifeboat Museum, which is housed in the old Victorian Lifeboat Station. The Harwich Society Visitor Centre, which is manned by volunteers throughout the summer, is located in the old Ticket Office on the Ha’penny Pier. In addition, the Society also owns a small nature reserve, Bobbit’s Hole, which is in Dovercourt.  Finally the Society Headquarters is Foresters, 5 Church Street, Harwich and is thought to be the oldest house in Harwich. In addition, the Society has carried out many projects within the area. It erects commemorative plaques on historic buildings and sites. It has restored and maintains the oldest posting box in the town along with a nearby drinking fountain. It erected and maintains a rose screen in the Kingsway, Dovercourt and also maintains the flower tubs in the shopping centre. It erected a beacon for Armada 88 and lights it for other events as part of the ‘Beacon Chain’ around the coast. All Society activities are reported in the quarterly Highlight magazine which is delivered free of charge to all members. In addition, the magazine is available as a tape for sight impaired members and electronically for members who prefer it.  All members give their services free. Local Amenity Societies have been active in community regeneration for many years. Voluntary bodies, drawing on local loyalties and resources, are well placed to spot, and then tackle, challenges that other organisations have overlooked or ducked. Throughout the country about 1000 are registered with the Civic Trust. Their achievements add up to far more than most people realise because each operates independently in its own area, not usually in the national limelight. Imaginative and dedicated, they are highly cost effective. Their work is undertaken to high standards, and is among the best of its kind. They deserve all the support they can get from the Government, Local Authorities and the Private Sector.
The Harwich Society

The Harwich Society

Harwich, Essex, England.
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The Harwich Society Founded      in      1969,      the      Harwich Society    now    has    a    membership    of over   2000   in   a   town   with   a   population of     18000.     A     vigorous     Society,     all Committee   Members   have   a   job   to   do and   monthly   reports   ensure   they   do it   well.   People   are   slow   to   volunteer, so    post    holders    are    selected    with care      and      then      invited      to      fill      a vacancy.    The    system    has    worked well.   Another   unusual   characteristic of   the   Society   is   our   policy   of   carving out   areas   of   responsibility   and   then giving   it   to   someone   to   look   after.   In this   way   over   100   different   members are   involved   in   running   their   Society. The     responsibility     increases     their interest. Monthly       meetings       with       visiting speakers      are      organised      for      all members.   Social   events   are   regularly held.   There   are   several   groups   in   the Society   looking   after   particular   areas such   as   trees,   footpaths,   guiding   etc and      they      meet      separately.      Any member   can   join   any   or   all   of   these groups. There    are    several    teams    covering specialist   areas   such   as   social   and planning.      The      latter      checks      the planning          applications          weekly, comments     to     the     District     Council when     appropriate,     and     takes     an active part in public inquiries. The     Society     also     has     six     village agents   for   the   surrounding   villages (Great   Oakley,   Little   Oakley,   Parkeston, Ramsey,    Wix    and    Wrabness).    These agents   report   any   matters   of   interest in their patch. The   Guide   Panel   conduct   over   2000 visitors   per   annum   around   the   town and    provide    advice    and    assistance for      cruise      passengers      who      are visiting    the    town.    It    also    mans    the visit    information    desk    at    the    cruise terminal. Th e     Society     runs     and     maintains several   visitor   attractions   within   the area.     It     is     restoring     the     largest ancient    monument    in    the    area,    the Harwich   Redoubt   Fort,   and   has   so   far spent   over   £150,000   on   the   project.   It established   and   maintains   a   Maritime Museum       in       the       disused       Low Lighthouse.    It    also    runs    the    High Lighthouse,     the     Radar     Tower     on Beacon   Hill   and   the   Lifeboat   Museum, which   is   housed   in   the   old   Victorian Lifeboat   Station.   The   Harwich   Society Visitor    Centre,    which    is    manned    by volunteers   throughout   the   summer, is   located   in   the   old   Ticket   Office   on the    Ha’penny    Pier.    In    addition,    the Society    also    owns    a    small    nature reserve,    Bobbit’s    Hole,    which    is    in Dovercourt.  Finally    the    Society    Headquarters    is Foresters,   5   Church   Street,   Harwich and     is     thought     to     be     the     oldest house in Harwich. In    addition,    the    Society    has    carried out   many   projects   within   the   area.   It erects    commemorative    plaques    on historic    buildings    and    sites.    It    has restored    and    maintains    the    oldest posting   box   in   the   town   along   with   a nearby    drinking    fountain.    It    erected and   maintains   a   rose   screen   in   the Kingsway,       Dovercourt       and       also maintains     the     flower     tubs     in     the shopping   centre.   It   erected   a   beacon for   Armada   88   and   lights   it   for   other events   as   part   of   the   ‘Beacon   Chain’ around the coast. All   Society   activities   are   reported   in the      quarterly      Highlight      magazine which   is   delivered   free   of   charge   to all       members.       In       addition,       the magazine    is    available    as    a    tape    for sight        impaired        members        and electronically      for      members      who prefer it.    All   members   give   their   services   free. Local    Amenity    Societies    have    been active   in   community   regeneration   for many       years.       Voluntary       bodies, drawing      on      local      loyalties      and resources,    are    well    placed    to    spot, and     then     tackle,     challenges     that
The Redoubt Fort Harwich
The Harwich Society

The Harwich Society

Harwich, Essex, England.
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The Harwich Society
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