The railings round St Swithun’s church, the murals in Dyers Court and Spa Lane, the sculpture in Carolgate, the information boards all around town, the Heritage Trail Guides – these are but a few of the many, many projects undertaken by the Society. We have worked in partnership with the local authorities and other organisations and over the years brought in millions of pounds of funding in order to enhance the interest and beauty of Retford. 

The many projects undertaken over the last 30 years are illustrated in a booklet published in 2020    RetfordCivicSociety30yrBooklet.pdf


Some of the more recent achievements are shown below.

Latest Project
Railway Station subway panel 


Street Sign Renovations

The wall-mounted, Victorian , cast iron street signs around Retford have been restored by sign-writer Jay Chapman. RCS received an NCC Community Grant from Cllr Steve Vickers.

 Here are ‘Before’ and ‘After’  pictures of just one of them.


Ring Road Planting

Helped by grants from Bassetlaw DC, Nottinghamshire CC, Retford Business Forum, Retford Rotary Club, and Retford Lions Club, the Society cleared and restocked all the planting beds along Arlington Way and Amcott Way. They are now being maintained by Acer Landscapes thanks to funding from the Business Improvement District.


Town Lock Signs

At the entrance to the Bay Tree car park, by the canal, we have installed this Chesterfield Canal and Town Lock sign.


We have also installed this Town Lock archway sign over the path that leads from Albert Road to the lock. Both were designed and manufactured by local firm Campbell Designs and are part of a signage project that we have been undertaking with Retford Business Forum, BDC and NCC.