We welcome new committee members and are actively looking for:
A Chair. A Membership Secretary. A Secretary.
If you are interested in helping the committee then we would love to hear from you!.
Anne joined the PCS committee such a long time ago that she can’t remember exactly when.
She moved to the town over thirty years ago, seeing it as a good place to raise a family although she freely admits she’d never heard of it before moving here!
She took over the role of Vice Chair never imagining she would end up Chairing the Society (since the previous Chair resigned.)
Anne is passionate about the town, its history and its future. She is enthusiastic about working with the both the Vale and Town Councils, and with other local voluntary groups for the benefit of all of us who live here.
Chris Loyn has been involved in Penarth civic matters since moving to the town in 1987. As an architect, whose multi award winning practice is based here, he is deeply involved and concerned with the local environment, seeking to ensure the retention of the best of the existing, both the buildings and the open spaces between, as well as ensuring that the town has a sustainable future, something which inevitably involves changes to reflect the needs of today’s society.
The key is to be open minded but always to insist upon and to realise design excellence.
Chris also has the distinction of having designed one of the County Treasures, the Modern House in Raisdale Road.
Chris is retired, having worked in government, the NHS and WHO. He has have lived in Penarth 40 years and seen his family grow up here.
On first arriving, Chris was struck by the curious street pattern, the absence of really old buildings, and the distinctive character of different parts of the town. He started researching and it became clear that there had been a village, which had been obliterated in phases.
Since then he has written about the history of the place, taught evening classes and given talks, and is still finding more. The Penarth Society he believes, offers a chance of preserving some of the best of the past and also of linking us now to what happened here over the last 1,000 years
David has lived in Penarth for over 30 years and ran a successful printing business until his retirement in 2017.
As well as looking after the finances of the Society he organises monthly events and speakers, usually with a Penarth based emphasis, but sometimes simply interesting trips or speakers. He also collates the quarterly newsletter for the Society.
He is a keen gardener and is an active member of the Trees, Friends of Victoria Square, and Railway Path Project sub groups.
He can often be seen wandering around the town with his two dogs and staring strangely at lamp posts.
Geoff has been a member of the society since 2015, serving on the committee as Minutes Secretary and recently coordinator of the Italian Gardens project to assist the local authority in routine maintenance and planning for the gardens long term future.
As a retired conservation architect Geoff also monitors planning applications that are submitted to the Vale of Glamorgan Council looking at applications and issues that may affect Penarth in general and the conservation area in particular.
Executive member 2018 -
Haydn moved to Penarth in 2006 and enjoys living close to Victoria Square. And, feeling very fortunate to have sight of many wonderful, large street trees, as well as the trees and space of the Square, the launch of the Civic Society’s Tree Forum and Tree Strategy was a call to get involved in caring for our local environment. Along with a small number of other local residents, Haydn established "Friends of Victoria Square” to enhance the appearance, maintenance and community use of the Square.
He has become an active member in the Society and a contributor to the Tree Forum. He has worked in the NHS for 35 years and has a keen interest in all aspects of community health and well-being.
Mary is a member of Penarth Civic Society Volunteer Beach Wardens, the group make regular checks of the beach from the Barrage up to Lavernock Point. Her family has lived in Penarth on and off since the late 19C. Her Irish grandmother’s family were builders involved in the restructure of the Pier Pavilion in the 1920s, while her grandfather, originally a carpenter from Cornwall, became the town sanitary officer and the scourge of a few butchers who didn’t follow the slaughtering rules!
Both her mother and daughter attended Albert Rd and Stanwell schools. She spent her working life in both statutory and voluntary sectors liaising with families of learning disabled children, enabling them to participate in out of school activities. Since her retirement she has become involved in the local U3a, plays badminton and uses her time walking her dog and keeping an eye on our lovely beach.
Sarah has been in Penarth for over 26 years and has work in the tourism industry in Wales for the last twelve.
A keen walker and allotment keeper Sarah is involved in Railway Path Project Penarth.
She is always striving to keep public spaces green and clean for all to enjoy as well as promoting a healthy environment for our local wildlife.
Sarah has recently completed her Green Badge Tourist Guide qualification and is looking forward to sharing her passion for Penarth and the wider South Wales area with tourists and visitors.