Tenby Civic Society is a charity whose committee meets every other month. The Society’s origins were in the Friends of Tenby organisation which was set up back in 1955 to stimulate public interest in Tenby for both residents and visitors alike.

The aim was to protect the elements and features that make Tenby so special by promoting high standards of planning, preservation, development and architecture. Those aims to develop and maintain the best in Tenby continue today.

The Society is also lucky to have been bequeathed an area of land known as Allen’s View, a viewpoint and garden on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path at the top of Northcliffe, between Tenby and Waterwynch Bay.

The Society seeks to manage the gardens ethically and sustainably whilst continuing to provide a public place from which the views are truly breath-taking. They rely completely on volunteers to help with planting, clearing and sustainably managing the area which provides a unique viewing point and a wonderful place for quiet contemplation, or a picnic. 

If you would like to help to look after this lovely part of Tenby, contact Harry Gardiner on [email protected].

At the December meeting, planning issues were discussed, and the maintenance of Allen’s View.

After the formal committee meeting was completed, Duncan Whitehurst gave an informative presentation on the state of sewage in Tenby, including a discussion of the process needed to get Tenby’s Blue Flags back, and a map of where and when the sewage had overflowed into the sea and whether this coincided with heavy rains or not.

Duncan, a Tenby Town Councillor, has set up the Tenby Clean Seas group, which holds public meetings with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales and Tenby Town Council.

Membership of the Civic Society for 2024 will be due in January. See Albie Smosarski at Cofion Books, Bridge Street, Tenby to pay or set up a standing order. Check the website for details – www.tenbycivicsociety.co.uk .

The latest newsletter will be going out to members in January.