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 brought in millions of pounds of funding in order to enhance the interest and beauty of Retford. 

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

Last year, the Society, thanks to a Town Improvement Grant from BDC and the support of the Business Improvement District, were able to clear and replant the majority of the flowerbeds along Arlington and Amcott Way. In 2020, thanks to support from BDC and funding from NCC, Retford Rotary Club, Retford Lions and the Civic Society, the final beds at the Carolgate junction have now been cleared and re-planted. All these beds are being maintained by Acer Landscapes and funded by the BID.


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 that leads from Albert Road to the lock.Both were designed and manufactured by local firm Campbell Designs and are part of the Local Improvement Signage Scheme that we have been undertaking with Retford Business Forum, BDC and NCC.