Information about ACS

Anston Conservation Society exists to promote an appreciation of the village of Anston (in South Yorkshire) and its surrounding countryside and to improve its environment.

To achieve this the Society

The Society was formed in 1977 mainly through the vision of the late Brian Forsey whose particular concern was for environmental improvement. His contribution is commemorated by a plaque at the Wells in North Anston.

Practical working parties have continued to play an important part in the Society's activities. The Wells is a feature that has been restored and is cared for by the Society. Annual campaigns are held in March/April to clear unsightly litter and rubbish from 'black spots' around the village.

Speakers at our bi-monthly meetings have covered a wide range of topics from wildlife protection to canal restoration and from wood carving to birdwatching. We meet in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm on Mondays.

Outings take place each year on the May Day Bank Holiday to places as diverse as Bempton Cliffs and Papplewick Pumping Station and as far apart as Beamish Museum at Stanley and the Black Country Museum at Dudley.

A programme of walks is organised throughout the year. Winter walks take place on Sundays. Summer walks take place on weekday evenings. See the Events page for the current walks programme.

A newsletter is distributed to members bi-monthly with news of Society events and articles contributed by members.

The Society is financed by members subscriptions (3 per annum). Currently membership stands at 150. Additional income is from the sale of publications written by members and published by the Society.

The Society is run by the officers (chairman, secretary and treasurer) and a committee. An AGM is held in April.

Applications for membership can be made to Gordon Black, 22 Rochester Road, South Anston, Sheffield S25 5DJ or any committee member.

General enquiries about ACS or about Anston or just feedback about the web site can be sent to Bob Gellatly at

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