Who we are

Skipton-in-Craven Civic Society was formed in 1961 with the intention of actively maintaining the town’s unique character.  We have about two hundred members and depend entirely on volunteers.  Our shared office (unstaffed) is at St. Andrew’s Buildings, Newmarket Street, Skipton BD23 2JE.

The society was set up to foster civic pride and to encourage good planning that is not inappropriate due to its scale, materials, use or location.  We also promote better green spaces, retention and improvement of our heritage buildings and conservation areas, civic amenities and public education.

In 1961 we agreed 4 ways of achieving our goal of maintaining a town with its own unique character and these are still the aims of the society;

  1. Promoting high standards of planning and architecture affecting Skipton and the surrounding area;
  2. Educating the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area;
  3. Securing the preservation, protection, development and improvement of local features of historic or public interest;
  4. Using any means appropriate to pursue these objects including meetings, lectures, study groups, exhibitions and publications.

Over the years the Society has worked hard to achieve its goal with some success – repeated accolades have been won for Skipton with the Town Centre voted recently as ‘Best High Street’ and the town as “Best Place to Live”, “Most Neighbourly” and “Most Polite”,  endorsing Skipton’s unique character.