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Read E-Bulletin No. 23 from Civic Society Chair, Maxine
Melling, recently sent out to all society members.

October 2017: Betjeman & Cheltenham

Sir John Betjeman
"One of the most successful buildings in Cheltenham ... externally ..." was John Betjeman's verdict on Christ Church. Well-known local speaker, Adrian Barlow, President of the English Association, gave a most interesting talk on Betjeman and Cheltenham at our 3 October meeting. Fifty-six members came to hear about Betjeman's views on Cheltenham and its lovely "stucco" buildings.
Particularly interesting was his view on the differing architectural styles of Christ Church - one of his favourite buildings in Cheltenham. Adrian also pointed out the fine workmanship on the former gas works building that is now part of Tesco - a building many of us can't look at properly while negotiating the traffic on that corner!


Christ Church, Malvern Road

September 2017: Open days at Parmoor House

Heritage Open Days at Parmoor was a great success

Despite the rival attractions of the Festival of Cycling and theCheltenham Paint Festival, we had over 150 visitors on the two days that Parmoor House was open. Most had come to see the exhibition and screening of old cards, and the chimneysweeps exhibition.

The society’s scrapbooks were also popular. There was a talk about Captain Henry Skillicorne, who was largely responsible for the development of Cheltenham as a spa.

Both days were enhanced by music and appearances by Captain Skillicorne and Fanny Burney, a commentator on the attractions of the town. We did embrace  the cycling event, as above.

Captain Skillicorne & Fanny Burney

September 2017: Blue Plaque for Cheltenham Ladies’ College Principal Dorothea Beale

Current Principal Eve Jardine-Young addresses those present.

A blue plaque honouring the longest serving Principal of the Ladies’ College (1858-1906) was unveiled by the Mayor, Cllr Klara Sudbury, on  6 September.

Co-sponsored by the college and the Civic Society, the plaque is situated at the door on Montpellier Street through which  Miss Beale walked to get to her private apartment.

Civic Society  Vice-Chair Freddie Gick; the Mayor; and today’s Principal Eve  Jardine-Young, each spoke stirring words about the achievements of  Miss Beale and how much today’s women owe to her.

Full details of the plaques scheme run by the Civic Society and the related book Commemorative Plaques of Cheltenham are here.




Upcoming Events


Civic Pride Report 
An update by Jeremy 
Tuesday 7 November 2017
7.30pm at Parmoor House
Jeremy Williamson, Managing
Director, Cheltenham
Development Task Force, will
give his annual update on
major projects planned for

Planning Forum


At the October meeting of the Planning  Forum, current planning applications discussed 
Wyastone Hotel, Parabola Road
Change of use from hotel to
private residential
Manor Road, Swindon Village
Residential development of
8 dwellings
To see details of the Society’s
formal response click below.