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About 200 people have shared their views about the kind of county they want Gloucestershire to be in 2050.

If you haven't already, find out what the idea of a Super City really means and tell us your thoughts at You can also take a look at the comments that others have been making.

April 2018: The Architecture of Remembrance


The Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Adrian Barlow, President of the English Association, spoke powerfully on this theme at Chapel Arts on 11 April. The sheer number of casualties in the First World War produced unprecedented challenges to countries, cities, towns and villages in devising fitting ways to mark sacrifice. Using examples from across Europe, and a forensic eye for the detail embodied in memorial sculptures and cemeteries, Adrian explored national differences in motifs and motivations. A revelation for his audience, and a timely provoker of more reflection on the toll of war.

April 2018: Plaque Unveiling


Alex Chalk MP, Mayor Klara Sudbury,Civic Society Chair
Maxine Melling, & Judie Hodsdon for Friends of Pittville 

Cheltenham suffragist Florence Earengey was honoured with a Blue Plaque on 10 April. The plaque, co-sponsored by the Civic Society, Friends of Pittville, with welcome support from the History Press, was unveiled by Mayor Klara Sudbury at 3 Wellington Square, the house lived in by Florence from 1899. Author Sue Jones, whose research on the suffrage campaign in Cheltenham and Cotswolds, described Florence’s career, while Alex Chalk MP took stock of the changes achieved in the 100 years since women gained the vote. 

March 2018: Annual General Meeting


Cheltenham's Mayor, Klara Sudbury in her capacity as
President of Cheltenham Civic Society, opened
proceedings and praised the Society for its involvement
in the town, especially with planning matters. Chair
Maxine Melling gave a very interesting presentation
about the Society's activities during the past year, which 
was well received by all present. There followed an "Open
Forum" when members were invited to give their views
on the Society. A lively discussion followed.

 February 2018: New York


Bruce Buchanan, Planning Forum Chair & Civic Awards Convenor

Despite extremely chilly weather, members turned out to 
hear Bruce Buchanan's views on his favourite buildings in
New York. Bruce gave a wide-ranging talk on skyscrapers
including the Chrysler and Empire State buildings and the
One World Trade Centre which at 1,776 feet is the 6th 
tallest building in the world. The beautiful Grand Central
Station building was also one of Bruce's favourites as was
the Chanin building in Manhattan.


Chanin Building, Manhattan, New York


Upcoming Events


John Lewis Cheltenham
Tuesday 5 June 2018
7.30pm at Parmoor House,
13 Lypiatt Terrace GL50 2SX
Don't miss an interesting talk
by Project manager, Andrew
Mills on the history and
development of this major
project in Cheltenham's
High Street

Planning Forum


Applications discussed at the
4 May Planning Forum meeting 

49 Clarence Square
Internal alterations & new
storey mews garage
33 Christ Church Road
Conversion to 10 flats, with 
new 3 storey rear extension
To see details of the Society’s
formal response click below.