Southwell Civic Awards have been presented in 1997, 2000 and 2005 by the Southwell Civic Society in partnership with Southwell Town Council and Newark & Sherwood District Council.

For the last awards in 2005 there were numerous nominations for recognition ranging from new road signs and refurbishments to new buildings. The awards were considered not only for visual appeal but also for workmanship and the benefit to the community as a whole.

Awards were presented to three projects:- The paving of King Street and Queen Street. (Below left), Harmans Walk Shopping Arcade linking Queen Street to Bull Yard. (Below centre), and rebuilding and refurbishment of South Muskham Prebend (Below right).

Three projects were Highly Commended:- The refurbishment of the Old Cinema, Westgate, the conversion of the old Shoe Bill shop into a meeting room and training facilities for the Southwell Care Project, and the development of Bonser’s old engineering workshops behind the Old Cinema for housing.

The Award ceremony took take place in the Minster Great Hall, with over one hundred guests being welcomed by the Civic Society chairman, Mike Struggles. The president of the Southwell Civic Society, The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, presented the awards.