Local amenity societies
Wells Civic Society — our cathedral city, five miles north. Wells Civic Society was founded in 1952.
Frome and District Civic Society and the Frome Society for Local Study — interesting old town on the Mendip Hills east of us. Active member of Civic Voice.
The Mendip Society — people who care for the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Bridgwater & District Civic Society — historic town 15 miles west of us.
Midsomer Norton Society — appreciating the town's history and influencing its future development. Active member of Civic Voice.
National umbrella group
- Civic Voice — “the national charity for the civic movement in England. We make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We promote civic pride.”
- The Somerset Building Preservation Trust (SBPT) is a charity that exists to preserve the architectural heritage of Somerset for future generations. It gives annual awards for higher standards of architectural design and encourages apprenticeships. The Bishops Barn at Wells is a current project. (Glastonbury Conservation Society is a corporate member of the trust.)
Glastonbury Antiquarian Society has an extensive site, with details of its meetings, as well as archives and pictures of the town and its features, including a town trail and the Lake Village.
Adam Stout is starting to put his talks and papers about Glastonbury history online. One treatise covers pioneer attempts to preserve our heritage buildings, and the precursors of the “Avalonians” here, G.W. Wright among them.
Past pupils of St Louis convent school in Magdalene Street, now converted to four large dwellings, have set up a website of reminiscences and history.
One neighbouring society, sad to say, held its last meeting in January 2019 and dissolved because volunteers could not be found to fill vacancies on its committee:
- The Street Society — our neighbour, two miles west of Glastonbury. The Street Society was founded in 2001.