Our History

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Our History

Our Society was formed in response to Local Government changes. In 1972, Spen Valley was facing losing self-rule via its two councils (Spenborough and Heckmondike) when the new  Kirklees came into force in 1974. Concerned that Spen Valley would be a far-flung part of the large new Local Authority and could be easily overlooked, prominent Spen Valley public figures and local councillors met and resolved to create a Spen Valley organisation. Its aim would be to stand up for, improve and promote the Spen Valley. And so Spen Valley Civic Society was born on 22nd June 1972. Its first Chairperson was Alderman Ralph Sewell. One founder and member of the Executive Committee was Mr Fred Knox, then a West Riding Magistrate, who continued to serve the Society as Vice Chair, Chair, President and then Life Member until his death in February 2014. 

From the beginning, the Society wanted to be a non-political group of individuals, not representatives of organisations.Membership was and is open to anyone who is interested in the aims of the Society.

Spen Valley Civic Society is now over 40 years old and continues to stand up for Spen Valley. We welcome new members and supporters.  

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