The purpose of the Harwich Society is to stimulate public interest in the Harwich area, promote high standards of planning and architecture and secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the Harwich area.

The Society pursues these ends by such means as meetings, talks, publications, open day events, website and social media. In order to do this we collect personal contact data (name, address, phone, email) from members.

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when the Harwich Society collects personal information.

It applies to information we collect from:

  • Members of the Harwich Society – we will lawfully process your contact data under contract (your membership form, renewal form and membership profile form) to manage your membership; for example AGM notices and subscription updates.
  • People who contribute to our magazine, website and social media accounts – we will credit you as the source of your contribution, lawfully processed under consent.

If a member indicates that they wish to leave the Society, their records will be destroyed within a month. If a member fails to renew membership, but does not inform the Society, their records will be destroyed by the end of that year. If a member wishes to remain a member but be removed from a specific list (e.g. the email list) they should contact the Membership Secretary at the address below.

Your data is only used within the Harwich Society; we do not share your contact data.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides rights for individuals to be informed of the data held on them and to have it removed. For further information please visit The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website

The Harwich Society tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using your data. For this reason we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously and we would welcome any suggestions for improvement. We will keep our privacy notice under regular review.

If you have any queries about the data we hold on you, please contact the Harwich Society Membership Secretary:


or by post
Membership Secretary
The Harwich Society
Church Street
CO12 3DR