St. Peters Church Hall, Free Street, Bishops Waltham

The Bishop’s Waltham Society

‘Celebrating the Past – Enjoying the Present – Safeguarding the Future’

The Bishop’s Waltham Society was established in 1986 to be the local civic society for Bishop’s Waltham town and its immediate area. It has the following objectives:


  • To promote high standards of planning and architecture affecting the area
  • To provide information to the public on the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area
  • To preserve, protect, develop and improve features of historic or public interest
  • To promote civic pride
  • To act as a coordinating body and to cooperate with local authorities, planning committees, and other statutory authorities, as well as voluntary organisations and charities that have aims similar to those of the Society.


Examples of some of the Society’s achievements are the creation of the Pilgrim’s Trail footpath near the Old Station roundabout, promoting and achieving public ownership of the Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest and the recent publication of the book “The Changing Face of Bishop’s Waltham: from Medieval Village to Small Market Town” of which nearly 1,000 copies have been sold.


Meetings and Events

The Society holds regular meeting on the third Thursday of most months in St. Peter’s Church Hall in Free Street. Details are usually published in the local Parish News and on posters around the town.

The subjects are generally of local interest on subjects relevant to the Society’s aims and objectives. All are free to members. We also hold an annual Christmas party.


The Society publishes three newsletters a year to keep our members informed – these are free as a benefit of membership.


If you care about Bishop’s Waltham and its locality, then please join the Bishop’s Waltham Society so that you can help us to celebrate its past, enjoy its present attractions and safeguard its future. What we want to achieve is really important and we need a vibrant, active membership to do it.

With effect from January 2013, the annual subscription rates are as follows:

Individual Membership:          £7.00

Joint Membership:                  £12.00

(two members at the same address)

Membership application forms can be requested from Keith Fry:

Tel: 01489 894625


Non-members are very welcome to attend one or two meetings, but will then be expected to join the Society. So do come and meet us…

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