Welcome from the Chair


Jan Pahl

Welcome to the Canterbury Society website!

Our aim is to improve the quality of life in our beautiful and historic city and to provide a focus and a meeting place for those who share our concerns. Whether you are new to the city, or have lived here for many years, you will be most welcome to come to our meetings and share in our activities.

We hope that our wide range of activities means that there is something for everyone. Whether you would like to come along to a talk about a current issue, join with others in planting trees and flowers, have a day out to a historic house, put on waders to clear litter from the river, or express your concerns about developments in the city – we try to provide a way for you to get involved.

We aim to be positive in our approach, so we work with other local groups and with the City Council, for example, in taking on responsibility for the Heritage Open Days. However, we are politically neutral and strictly independent and we can be robustly critical, for example in our responses to the Local Plan and in our Vision for the Future of Canterbury. Our influence reflects not only the quality of our work, but also the numbers of our members. So do join us and help to maintain and enhance our historic city. The more members we have the more we can achieve.

We also like to respond to the interests of our members. So do become a member and let us know what bothers you about the city! Issues which we have taken up on behalf of members over the past few years include: litter and graffiti, unsightly shop fronts and signs, night time disturbance in the city centre, poor planning applications, the neglect of historic buildings, the replacement of paving stones with tarmac, amplified music in the High Street, and many other issues.

Jan Pahl

Chair of the Canterbury Society

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