Air Marshall Sir Robert Wright, chairman of the local Friends group, gave a very informative talk entitled "Cheltenham's Montpellier Gardens - for profit or people?" at Parmoor House on 2 October. Over the years, the number of events held in this public park has increased dramatically causing lasting damage to the lawns, pathways and trees, plus noise nuisance affecting residents living nearby and further afield. Of course, festivals and other events are welcome – perhaps necessary - to the town but perhaps not so often? This point provoked a lively discussion.
Over many years Cheltenham carved a long and deep relationship with British India. That history is hiding in plain sight all around the Cheltenham area. Re-discover the Honourable East India Company and the Raj on a virtual stroll around ‘Calcutta in the Cotswolds’.
The full text of Jim Marlands talk can be read here
On Civic Day in June 2018, the Society contributed to the Cheltenham Street Pride Campaign by carrying out an extensive survey of the whole High Street. Much important data was collected recording the poor state of pavements and buildings. The final report published in August 2018 can be seen here.
Once again Cheltenham Civic Society was blessed with good
weather for the Summer Garden Party at Parmoor House.
Members and guests enjoyed delicious canapes and wine in
the pretty garden whilst exchanging views and news on
recent "hot topics" in Cheltenham.
Great news: Cheltenham Civic Society has received a National Lottery grant of £9,800 for a First World War memorials project in Cheltenham. Awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s "First World War then and now programme", the project will focus on conserving twenty-three wooden battlefield crosses currently located in Bouncers Lane Cemetery. An education project with students and staff at Pittville School, led by history teacher Hannah Taylor, and supported by local historian and expert on WW1, Neela Mann, runs alongside the conservation of the crosses. Congratulations to CCS member (and former Vice-Chair) Freddie Gick for a successful application.
Wooden Crosses in Bouncers Lane Cemetery, Cheltenham
To read the full Press Release click WW1BattlefieldCrosses
Applications discussed at the
10 October Planning Forum