The Trust is a member of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England. Civic Voice provides a national voice for us on the issues that affect us locally. It lobbies in Whitehall and Westminster, campaigns with local volunteers, speaks out in the media, undertakes research, builds partnerships and promotes civic pride. It supports local groups and helps them work together.
This year the Trust is supporting Civic Voice’s work to influence the report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. The Commission’s role is to advise government on how to promote and increase the use of high-quality design for new-build homes and neighbourhoods, a subject which is a major priority for the Trust. The Commission is due to report by the end of 2019.
Every year Civic Voice holds the Civic Voice Design Awards. In 2017 the Trust nominated the Winton Chapel at the University of Winchester and we were very pleased when this wonderful and sympathetic renovation was chosen as the overall winner.
In 2018 the Trust nominated the Conversion of the Warden's Stables to the Treasury at Winchester College. The Stables is part of the Grade 1 listed outer court and was constructed soon after the College was founded in 1382. We are delighted that it was shortlisted for an award.
heritage open days
The Trust is involved with the organisation and running of Winchester Heritage Open Days, the local arm of the UK’s largest and most popular heritage festival, organised by volunteers over several days in September each year. Over 100 talks, tours and special events are held across Winchester District over the period. We convert our office into a small exhibition space to display local art, photographs and material from our archives over the period of the festival.
Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) was originally launched in 2007, and works to lower the carbon footprint of the Winchester District by inspiring sustainable living. It works together with local residents, businesses, organisations, scientists, educators, engineers and policy and decision makers to create a healthier and more fulfilling future for everyone. WinACC’s Vision is a carbon neutral Winchester District which is a beacon for sustainable, low carbon living. The Trust works with WinACC primarily on transport issues, sponsoring workshops and other initiatives.
The Trust also works with the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the Hampshire Gardens Trust and other organisations whose priorities overlap with ours.