When Tamworth Civic Society, which was started in 1973, became defunct, David Biggs gathered a group together to form a steering committee which re-launched as the new Tamworth and District Civic Society (TDCS) in September 2015. TDCS now has a constitution, elected committee, 120 members ranging in age from 20 to 85, and funds in excess of £2,000. TDCS works to foster relationships with other organisations, promote civic pride and engagement and also encourage numerous initiatives, including the inaugural Tamworth Lecture, stained glass window appeal, At Risk register and Listing applications.
The Society holds at least 1 activity every month, on a range of interests and topics, speakers, visits, walks (one visit attracting 126 people), at different venues and times to suit members’ availability and mobility. Civic Voice recently described TDCS as one of the most active societies in the country.
Members are kept up to date with David’s weekly e-mails, website updates, the Facebook page (started in January and has 312 followers), and blog posts, regular PR and letters in local press, and also radio interviews.
David is the driving force who, despite difficult personal circumstances, instigated and inspired all of this taking TDCS from scratch to a successful, influential, active society in 12 months.