Welcome to Ilkley Civic Society
We are a local group interested in Ilkley past and present. We meet regularly to help preserve, develop, improve and research features of historic or public interest in Ilkley. We seek to promote high standards of planning and architecture and educate the public in geography, history, natural history and architecture. We also work with local schools and welcome people sharing information and memories about Ilkley. We reply to all enquiries. Come along to one of our public meetings or guided heritage walks or talks and find out more. Everyone welcome.
Civic Society Meetings
The Civic Society has a series of public meetings over the winter months each year.
Thursday evening meetings at 7.30pm in Church House
In person meetings are suspended during Coronvirus pandemic
An online Zoom meeting will take place on Thursday Nov 26 at 7.30pm.
The meeting will discuss current Civic Society concerns and activities including flooding & transport, planning, Friends of Ilkley Cemetery and Ilkley Local History Hub.
Friends of Ilkley Cemetery activities
The Friends help to keep the cemetery neat and tidy. Our main activities involve simple gardening jobs including bulb planting, leaf clearing, tidying graves as well as litterpicking.
The Friends of Ilkley Cemetery meet on some Tuesday afternoons at 2pm at the Beanlands Parade entrance between March and November. The remaining meeting dates for 2020 are 10th November and 24th November.
Planned meeting dates are weather dependent and may also be affected by changes in Covid-19 social distancing and lockdown measures.
We can also provide help to family and local historians seeking particular memorials and we hold heritage walks during the summer months.
The cemetery is full of wildlife and we report bat and unusual bird sightings to local wildlife groups.