Recognition for civic society

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Pontefract Civic Society has been recognised for working together with different organisations to promote the town.

Members of the society joined forces with Wakefield Council back in June, when they signed a memorandum of understanding - a formal pledge to work collaboratively as well as with key partners to raise the profile of Pontefract locally, regionally and nationally.

They also celebrated Civic Day through a number of activities with other groups and came together informally with Pontefract Heritage Group, Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens, The Crescent Project and Pontefract Lionesses to form the Pontefract Cultural Consortium.

Their work was made all the more worthwhile when they were presented with a Civic Day Award 2017.

Civic society chairman Paul Cartwright collected the award at the Civic Voice annual convention, which took place in Wakefield for the first time.

He said: “Our Civic Day celebrations were multi-faceted - they involved Carleton Park Junior School and the King’s High School through a litter poster campaign and there was a heritage photographic display in the library.

“We joined other groups at Pontefract Castle for an event, and signed an MOU, which embodies localism, with the civic society representing Pontefract in key relationships with Wakefield Council.”

Civic Voice, the national umbrella body for civic societies and trusts across England, recognised the society’s partnership working and relationship building as a positive step.

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