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Tristram Hunt, newly appointed Director of the V & A and former MP, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Paterson Memorial Lecture on 6 December 2017. 

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.

August 2017: Summer Garden Party

A warm summer’s evening provided the perfect setting for the Society’s annual Garden Party. The well supported event filled the garden, where members and guests enjoyed the wine and tasty canapés and the opportunity to socialise with like-minded supporters of the Civic Society. 
Standing in for the absent Chair, Maxine Melling, Freddie Gick  spoke a few of words of welcome and encouraged members  to sign up as volunteers for the society’s various activities.
Douglas Ogle announced the coup of securing Tristram Hunt as this year’s Paterson Memorial Lecturer - see above.
Our thanks go to Diana & Roger Brown for arranging the delicious canapés and wine.

Upcoming Events


Betjeman and Cheltenham
An illustrated lecture by Adrian Barlow
Tuesday 3 October 2017
7.30pm at Parmoor House
Adrian Barlow will explore Betjeman’s  enthusiasm for Cheltenham as expressed in his prose and poetry.
An event not to be missed.

Planning Forum


At the September meeting of the Planning  Forum, current planning applications discussed 
Proposed flats & shop at 99-101 London Road
8 Imperial Square, change of use from offices to flats
Offices & retail development on land at North  Road West & Grovefield Way
Details of the Society’s formal response can be seen here.