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January 2018: Winter Party


Members and guests enjoyed a very convivial time at the annual Civic Society Winter Party held at Parmoor House on 14 January. Wine and interesting conversation flowed freely, and delicious canapés were enjoyed by all present on such a cold day. A very pleasant start to the New Year.

December 2017: Plaque Unveiling


Mayor Klara Sudbury,Civic Society Chair Maxine Melling,
Dr Cecilia Akrisie Anim & Derek Rowles 

On Tuesday 12 December, Mayor Klara Sudbury unveiled a Blue Plaque to Dame Sidney Browne, founder of the Royal College of Nursing.

Dame Sidney Browne (1850 -1941) retired to 11 Tivoli Road, Cheltenham in 1927 after an amazing career which spanned service in four wars. She made a key contribution to the professionalization of nursing in the early 20th century and was the first president of the Royal College of Nursing. Her present-day successor, Dr Cecilia Akrisie Anim, read a moving account of Dame Sidney’s achievements before the unveiling. House owner Derek Rowles’s exhibition about Dame Sidney, and nursing memorabilia from The Wilson and the RCN’s collections were on display at the reception lunch at the university.


December 2017: Paterson Memorial Lecture


Maxine Melling, Tristram Hunt & Douglas Ogle

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum, delivered an excellent, informative and entertaining talk to the well-attended Paterson Memorial Lecture at Pittville Pump Room.

Organised jointly by the Civic Society and Friends of The Wilson, the talk ranged across the historical context of the V&A's founding, its huge and varied collection, and its recent new developments and future outposts. Labelled by former director, Sir Roy Strong "an enormously capacious handbag" the "Albertopolis" originally envisaged by Prince Albert has finally been achieved. From yoga classes in the Raphael Room to the new V&A Dundee, the spread and influence of the UK's foremost cultural institution is certain to flourish under the enthusiasm of its new director.

November 2017: A417 Missing Link

Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE, Leader, Gloucestershire County Council, has confirmed Gloucestershire's commitment to resolving the A417 Missing Link. In an update to CBC's Jeremy Williamson, he states that the Government has recently announced that a route options consultation is to take place early in 2018.

The consultation will be led by Highways England, and the public will get the chance to have their say on the shortlisted options. This is an important step and as many people as possible are encouraged to take part.

More information can be found here





Upcoming Events


New York: A Personal View
Tuesday 6 February 2018
7.30pm at Parmoor House
Bruce Buchanan gives an illustrated talk about his recent visit to New York


Planning Forum


At the 3 January meeting, current planning applications discussed included:-

56 High Street
4 new flats
Site adjacent 10 Stone Crescent
14 new dwellings
379-391 High Street
40 new flats & 3 commercial units
To see details of the Society’s
formal response click below.