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.
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 and her husband after their marriage in 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 (or not yet achieved) in the 100 years since women gained the vote. The Mayor reflected with some pride on the fact that all three of the plaques unveiled in her mayoral year had been to notable women of the town.
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.
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
Applications discussed at the
4 April Planning Forum meeting