In the 1960’s when Aylesbury was being ‘upgraded’ to meet the demands of the 20th century, some of the old parts around the parish church of St Mary’s escaped the bulldozers. At that time ‘listing’ meant little in Aylesbury, but when Prebendal House, an 18th century listed building and former home of the radical politician John Wilkes, was threatened with demolition in 1974 a group of local residents in St Mary’s Square got together to save it and the Aylesbury Conservation Society was formed. The building was saved but most of the gardens and grounds were sold for development. Their job done the new Society expanded its attention to the whole of Aylesbury which was systematically being demolished and rebuilt. The Society registered with the Civic Trust, dropped ‘Conservation’ from the name and membership grew with representatives in all parts of the town.
We hold monthly meetings from September to May. These are held on the last Thursday in the month (except in December) at The Friends Meeting House in Rickfords Hill. We have an Annual Coach Trip to interesting towns and houses and gardens. We often meet other Amenity & Civic Societies for tours of their town. In May we have a guided walk of local interest. Members receive a quarterly newsletter, usually 20 to 24 pages, packed with interesting articles, news and information
We are a registered charity and are members of ANTAS (the Association of North Thames Amenity Societies).
We welcome new members , individuals families or groups, whether they live or work in the town or in the surrounding countryside or old Aylesburians living far away. Click here to find out more!