Friends of High Town (FoHT) is a group dedicated to making the High Town area of Luton a great place to live and work.
Together, we want to conserve and enhance the quality of life, foster pride in our local area and create a strong sense of community.
We are a non-religious, non-sectarian and non-party political association.
Monthly public meetings
We meet every second Tuesday evening of the month at the Methodist Church Hall on High Town Road. Meetings are open to members and non-members, so come along to find out what’s going on.
A sub-group called the High Town Improvement Action Group (HTIAG) meets every first Thursday morning of the month at the Hightown community sports and art centre, to discuss issues within High Town. Representatives from Police, LBC and local councillors are in regular attendance.
To see our upcoming meeting dates and events, visit Events and meetings
History of Friends of High Town
The group was formed in April 2010 following a meeting of around 40 residents at the High Town Methodist Church. We decided to set up the association with the aim of fostering and maintaining pride in the Luton Borough Council ward of High Town.
Since 2010, we’ve gone on to:
- help organise the annual High Town Festival
- contribute to the High Town Masterplan
- have clean-up days around High Town ward
- work to improve the Hightown Community Sports & Arts Centre
- work with Bedfordshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and residents’ groups combating anti-social/criminal behaviour
- carry out environmental improvements in People’s Park with Luton Borough Council and the charity Groundwork
- help choose the ‘Outdoor Gym’ sited in Bells Close (People’s Park) in 2015
- produced and delivered a bi-annual High Town newsletter
- Transform and maintain small plots of land with Edible Plants
- Organise and host community events such as Talent Shows and Fix-it Days
The Friends of High Town committee consists of a Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Media and Marketing Officer. A new committee was elected at the Annual General Meeting in May 2018.
For contact details of the committee, see: Contact us
A short introduction to High Town
High Town is one of Luton’s most historic areas, situated just north-east of the town centre, with easy access to the main railway station, a wide range of shops and attractive parks.
Around 10,000 people live in the ward in a mix of homes from the Victorian era to the present day. Within High Town there is a Conservation Area, formed mainly of the Victorian and Edwardian shops on High Town Road.
High Town is known historically for hat making and there are still many businesses in the ward associated with millinery, as well as other trades and light industry. The area’s proximity to Luton Airport and the Vauxhall plant, as well as the fast rail line to London, make it an attractive place to live for people seeking work.
Residents of High Town can enjoy a range of leisure facilities on their doorstep, including People’s Park and Wardown Park, the Hightown Community, Sports & Arts Centre, Stockingstone Road allotments and a number of traditional pubs.
For more information about our ward, visit Wikipedia’s page about High Town.
For details about the High Town conservation area, see Luton Borough Council’s conservation area information.