The Society was founded 1972, at the instigation of the then Borough Mayor, Councillor Irene Tester.
The Society is a Registered Charity, No 265031, the Objects of which are:
To stimulate public interest in the borough and rural district of Bridgwater
To promote high standards of planning and architecture of the area of benefit
To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area of benefit.
The Society is organised and managed entirely by volunteers.
A programme of talks, often illustrated, is arranged for members in Winter, Autumn and Spring months each year, and visits are made in Summer months to other towns, villages or places of interest. Members of the public are always welcomed to attend such events, with the request made for a small donation to support the Society's voluntary work.
Membership of the Society is open to all.
The Society is concerned with the protection of our past heritage, encouragement of sensitively designed buildings and care for our local Conservation Areas. It keeps in close touch with the District Planning Authority, in the interests of securing the highest standards of planning and architecture.
The Society has undertaken a number of practical projects over the years. These have enhanced the built environment of Bridgwater and the District.
The work of others in achieving enhancements to the local built environment is recognised by the Society's Environmental Enhancement Award scheme.