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December 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


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.

Upcoming Events


AGM & Open Forum
Wednesday 21 March 2018
7.30pm at Parmoor House
An opportunity for Members
to hear from the Chair and to
share their views  with the

Planning Forum


The 7 February meeting of the Planning Forum discussed 
three Listed Building Consent applications:-

18 London Road
Single storey extension & internal alterations
16 Albert Road
Construction of new garage
21 Tivoli Road
Various external & internal alterations
To see details of the Society’s
formal response click below.