Ross-on-Wye Civic Society

Ross-on-Wye Civic Society

Focus and Aims

The Ross and District Civic Society covers the town of Ross and the surrounding parishes and within this area aims to:-

  • Promote high standards of planning and architecture.
  • Raise awareness of local history, natural history, geography and architecture.
  • Secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest.


It has a Planning Sub-Committee that monitors all planning applications in the area and writes to Herefordshire Council about them where necessary. The Society also takes an interest in the maintenance and extension of local Rights of Way.


There is also a Publications Sub-Committee that has to date published 20 “ Pink Publications” on various aspects of local history. These are on sale at the Ross Heritage Centre, which is in the upper part of the Market House.

Talks & Newsletters

The Society puts on monthly talks about local topics – either historical or current – as well as visits to places of local interest in the summer. Normally there is also a visit arranged as part of the Heritage Open Days week-end in September. A newsletter is sent to members three times a year. A sample article can be found here.

How to join

The annual subscription is £15 for an individual membership or £25 for a joint membership – this includes free admission to all the Society’s talks. Membership forms are held in Ross Library (and other shops around the town) or print out and use the flyer below.

If there are any problems then please contact for assistance.

The new flyer is now available in PDF format here...

(pdf) Civic Society Flyer
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Ross Civic Society Flyer
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On Thurs 28th October 2010, from 7 - 9 pm, the Ross-on-Wye & District Civic Society will launch the second volume of their very successful book, Historical Aspects of Ross with the event being held at the Market House. This edition will cover the Pink Publications Numbers 11 to 20, and as a companion copy to the first volume, will be bound in cloth with embossed lettering.

These papers, covering a wide range of topics, have been written and researched by members of the Ross-on-Wye Civic Society who are local historians and have contributed to the greater knowledge of Ross and its environs.

Volume 2 - published by Logaston Press as a limited edition of 200 - costs £17.50 each.

Historical Aspects of Ross II

Forthcoming Events for 2015

Talks are held at the Larruperz Centre starting at 7:30pm.

More details on visits and the associated arrangements will be included in the newsletters.

Wednesday 9th December @ 7:30pm


Wednesday 13th January @ 7:30pm

TALK: Railways around Monmouth

Dr. Martin Cannop Price

Wednesday 10th February @ 7:30pm

TALK: Workhouses & Poor Law in the Forest of Dean

Cecile Hunt

Wednesday 9th March @ 7:30pm

TALK: Heritage Trees of the Three Counties (Shegog Memorial Lecture)

Archie Miles

Wednesday 13th April @ 7:30pm

TALK: Ledbury & Radlow Hundred: progress in writing a Victoria County History for Herefordshire

Dr. Keith Ray

Wednesday 11th May @ 7:30pm

TALK: Mortimer History Trail

John Grove

Wednesday 8th June

VISIT: Visit to Malvern: town tour, lunch, priory tour and tea (optional)

£16 - £20 per head.
Meet at Malvern TIC, Church Street at 10:15 am

Roger Sutton, Malvern Civic Society

Wednesday 13th July

VISIT: Guided Tour of Pentwyn Reserve at Penallt

Meet at the Reserve at 2:00 pm

Andrew Nixon, Gwent Wildlife Trust

Wednesday 14th September @ 7:30pm

TALK: Past & Present Vinyards of Herefordshire

Jon Hurley

Wednesday 12th October @ 7:30pm

TALK: The Deer Parks of Herefordshire

Tim Hoverd

Wednesday 9th November @ 7:30pm

TALK: AGM & WW1 Memories

Heather Hurley, Margot Miller, Mary Sinclair Powell

Wednesday 14th December

EVENT: Festive Lunch

Meet at the Scrumpy House, Much Marcle at 12:30 pm

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