Bolsover Civic Society was established in 1979. Its aims are to stimulate public interest in the area

∙ Promote high standards of planning and architecture
∙ Promote civic pride in the area
∙ Hold meetings, lectures and outside visits
∙ We hope that you find this web site interesting and informative.
∙ To find out more about the Civic Society and / or Bolsover

We are always pleased to hear from local residents! If you have any articles or news stories that you feel we may be interested in, please get in touch with us.

About the Society

Winner of the Derbyshire County Council Excellence in the Community Award

Who are we and what do we do?

Here are a few interesting facts about us as a society

  • Established in 1979 and open to all who wish to help improve Bolsover.
  • Monitor planning applications and developments within the town.
  • Working alongside Old Bolsover Town Council, Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire County Council we actively seek funding opportunities for projects which will improve Bolsover for residents and visitors
  • Organises an annual programme of visits and talks throughout the year.
  • Periodically exhibits old photographs and archives of the town taken from its extensive collection.
  • Monitor planning applications, resulting in major changes to the design briefs for the proposed Sherwood Lodge site shopping development and the former Coalite site plans

Project Funding

We have funded projects such as:

  • The restoration of the Market Place village pump

  • The former congregational Chapel stained glass window
  • The Smithson Memorial stone in the Parish Church

  • Provide Funding towards Bolsover in Bloom
  • Installation of Bolsover Cairns
  • The restoration of the lych gate at the Parish Church

  • Our ‘Signing the Town’ project with Old Bolsover Town Council achieved new town signage,a conservation ‘Blue Plaque’ scheme, heritage information boards and new printed and electronic Town Trails

  • Our ‘Back Hills Restoration’ project with Old Bolsover Town Council restored the Back Hills magnesian limestone escarpment with new pathways, steps, seating, interpretation boards and one of the conduit houses to Bolsover castle

  • Refurbishment of the former pit wheel to Bolsover colliery, coal truck and rails

Promotes history of the town

We use publications such as the Town Trail and the New Bolsover Village Trail as well as Guided walks by members of the Civic Society for groups of visitors to Bolsover.

These can be arranged by contacting us using the contact form here.

Bolsover Civic Society list of Officers:

Chairman: John Gillies
Vice Chairman: Les Coulton
Treasurer: Les Coulton
Secretary: Bernard Haigh
Programme Secretaries: Josh Ludlam & Sarah Bennett


Steve Turvey
Josh Ludlam
Sarah Bennett
Ian Walvin
Andy Thomas
Sue Hughes
Brenda Pegge
Janet Woodhead


Join Us

How to Join Bolsover Civic Society

By Post:

Just complete the membership application form and send it together with your payment which currently stands at £8 per person per year.  If paying by cheque make payable to Bolsover Civic Society and send to:

Les Coulton
Treasurer of Bolsover Civic Society
31 Castle Lane
S44 6PS

At one of our talks or visits:

Complete the membership application form and one of the committee members on duty at the event will be happy to help.

At the next AGM:

Join us at our AGM in March 2019 at the Assembly rooms, Bolsover.

Once Joined:

When you have joined you will be sent a copy of the annual programme of events, talks and social activities and be regularly informed on issues affecting Bolsover and how you can contribute towards its improvement.



Every year we have a selection of events for you to enjoy, below are the details on how to book onto these events and what 2018/19 had in store:

Members must show their membership card when purchasing tickets to ensure reduction on ticket prices.

Tickets for all events are available from Pages Decorators, Cotton Street Bolsover.

Unless specified on the specific event all transport is to be provided by yourself, if you prefer to share transport costs with others please contact the Secretary.

Please see the Programme for more details about individual events.


Saturday 28th April 7:00pm, Assembly Rooms, Bolsover

“The Nature of the Beast” an evening with Dennis Skinner MP


Wednesday 16th May 6:30pm, Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle guided tour of recent restoration work


Thursday 14th June 6:00pm, Oaklands Farm, Harthill

Tour of beef and arable farm followed by barn supper


Saturday 28th July 2:00pm, 21 Castle Lane, Bolsover

A Derbyshire Afternoon Tea (Strictly Members Only)


Monday 3rd September 6:45pm, Roper’s Honey Farm, Sutton Scarsdale

Tour and Taste of local Honey farm


Saturday 6th October 10 – 4pm, Killamarsh Leisure Centre

Local History Fair


Saturday 15th December 3:30pm, 21 Castle Lane, Bolsover

A Christmas Welcome (Strictly Members Only)

January 2019

Saturday 26th January Evening, Assembly Rooms, Bolsover

The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Bolsover Drama Groups Panto

March 2019

Friday 15th March 7:30pm Bolsover Assemby Rooms, Bolsover

AGM – 40 years Celebration

News and Latest Updates

2 days ago

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3 weeks ago

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We hope you have had a lovely Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2019 ...

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2 months ago

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Once again we are delighted to announce that S44 residents will get free access to Bolsover Castle during the Christmas Festival and 25th Parade day on Saturday 1st December 2018. Polite notice: Please bring proof of S44 residency (utility bill) otherwise free access will not be permitted and go straight to the ticket desk before entering the site. **Please note that this offer does not include access to see Santa Claus in the Little Castle. Tickets are £5 and English Heritage recommend you book to visit Santa online before your visit to avoid disappointment. Thanks to our friends at Bolsover Castle for this great offer and for hosting what will be another magical parade ⭐️ ...

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Programme for Remembrance Sunday

10am – 10.30am Assemble near Castle Entrance / Wetherspoons

10.35/10.40am Parade leaves Bolsover Castle along High Street led by Holymoorside Band to Bolsover Parish Church for Remembrance Sunday Service

11am Two minutes silence during Church Service

Following the service the parade will continue from the Church to the Cenotaph for the wreath laying via Hornscroft Road and Town End

In the evening:

Bolsover Parish Church will have their usual evening service commencing at 6pm

Members of the public are invited to assemble around the cenotaph in remembrance

6.55pm – The Last Post will be played followed by two minutes silence

7pm – Beacon will be lit at Bolsover Castle

7.05pm – Bolsover Parish Church – Ringing out for peace

7.10pm / 7.15pm – The Town Crier will arrive at the cenotaph and read a cry for Peace around the world and will read the names of local people who lost their lives in WW1

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5 months ago

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Thank you to the wonderful family at Ropers Honey for your fantastic tour, quiz and guidance on rolling our very own candles.

We have been filled with much knowledge and respect for bees. Thank you for having us. It was a very good event and we recommend your event and honey shop to everyone. 🐝❤️

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6 months ago

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See more of our This Girl Codes project with year 9 girls at Bolsover School.
Our next community drop in sessions for women and girls of all ages to create their own LED digital rose will be on the 21st August at Bolsover Assembly Rooms & 1st September at Bainbridge Hall #ThisGirlCodes

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7 months ago

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We're starting a storytelling project called ‘Whispers from the Model’ to collect some of the fascinating stories, memories and pictures of New Bolsover Model Village, past, present and future.

Come along to our storytelling and story-making session:
Monday 25th June, 6-8pm
New Bolsover Community House, 133 New Bolsover

Everyone welcome; tea, biscuits, smiles and ears provided!

On Monday 25th June, from 6-8pm, we will be at 133 New Bolsover with Andy, our storyteller, to listen to your stories of life at New Bolsover. You might have memories of sharing your bedroom with your Dad’s potatoes from the allotments or bathing your four children in a bath that pulled out from a cupboard or it may be about meeting new neighbours and childhood friends. You may have a fictional story about a family that move on to the Model and discover a secret world in their attic…

What is your favourite place on the Model? What is your favourite memory? What will life at the Model be like in 20 years’ time?

If you would like to share your stories a different way, you can reach us by telephone, email, post or social media.

01246 209219
Junction Arts, First Floor Springwell House, Newbold Road, Chesterfield, S41 7PB
New Bolsover Carr Vale Friends of New Bolsover Heritage Lottery Fund Arts Council England @bolsoverdc @derbyshirecountycouncil

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Tickets are now on sale for the Farm Visit on Thursday 14 June.

In addition to Oaklands Farm, Harthill we have an extra to the evening with a visit to Whaley Farm where the evening starts.

Whaley Farm is directly opposite to the former Black Horse pub in the centre of the village,( post code NG 20 9HU).

Meet Whaley Farm 6.00pm. Tickets are limited to 30 people.

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Our next event is featured in 'Inside Bolsover' magazine. ...

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