Griff Rhys Jones announces the launch of the annual Sandys Lecture

President of Civic Voice, Griff Rhys Jones has today announced that national charity Civic Voice is launching an annual lecture in honour of Lord Duncan Sandys for his outstanding contribution to the civic movement across England.

Griff Rhys Jones said:

“The civic society movement dates back to 1846 when the world’s first civic society was created in Sid Vale in Devon, but it was Lord Duncan Sandys who gave it a national voice in 1957 with the creation of the Civic Trust. By bringing the civic movement together under a national body it enabled it to grow into one of the country’s most important social movements. I am delighted that Lord Sandys’ daughter and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies, Laura Sandys MP will give the first lecture.”

The inaugural annual lecture will take place on April 17th, in central London at Central Hall Westminster and will also see Civic Voice launch a publication telling the story of the Civic Society Movement in the 1840’s. Laura Sandys’ talk will be titled “Power to the People”.

Laura Sandys MP said:

“It is such an honour to have been asked to speak at the inaugural Sandys Lecture. Civic groups really can transform communities and I, like my father, am so proud to be supporting Civic Voice with the fantastic work I see them doing both in my own constituency and right across the country”.