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Heritage Open Days runs for ten days this year and we have a great selection of buildings open to the public, several for the first time – Cheltenham Racecourse and Queen’s Hotel, to mention two. There are also walks and talks (most require pre-booking) and an ‘affiliate event’, another play, written by Lou Beckett. All the details are in the brochure. Hard copies can be collected from Tourist Information Centre in The Wilson from Friday 26 July. 

Heritage Open Days 2019 walk & talk bookings open
1 August.


 Civic Day June 2019

Alex Chalk MP on the High Street

Street Audit 2019

This year's Civic Day on 22 June was marked by revisiting last year's detailed audit of things that needed repair or improvements on the High Street. Redundant street signage, removal of graffiti, dangling electricity cables and cracked pavements all came under scrutiny. Volunteers were joined by Andrew Booton, Civic Society Chair, Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk, Steve Jordan, leader of Cheltenham Borough Council, and Councillor Tim Harman.

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This year's audit largely concentrated on the seventy-two issues that Gloucestershire County Council and Cheltenham Borough Council acknowledged were their responsibility. Detailed findings of what issues have and have not been addressed over the last year will be sent to the councils so that outstanding matters can be looked at and attended to. Next, our Street Pride Group wants to look at ways of encouraging landlords and tenants to improve the appearance of their buildings and the High Street generally. Ideas welcome!

Alex Chalk MP, Andrew Booton & James Hodsdon with volunteers

   Cheltenham's BID: July 2019

Kevan Blackadder at Parmoor House

BID works for all

Kevan Blackadder, Director of Cheltenham Business Improvement District, gave a most informative talk on 2 July about its achievements and plans for the future. Highlights include February’s ‘Light up Cheltenham’ and the big wheel (enjoyed by 10,000 people) and a YouTube video to attract more visitors, in conjunction with Marketing Cheltenham see here.

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Asked what his top three priorities for the Town Centre Vision being developed right now, with the borough council, he said: “improving finding one’s way into and out of the town; the whole town must benefit from improvements for businesses and visitors, not just the wealthier bits; and keeping the town ‘special and different’ architecturally.

 Skillicorne Tour June 2019

Captain Skillicorne declaims ...

On a slightly damp Tuesday 4 June, Captain Henry Skillicorne, aka Parmoor House Manager Phil Collins, led his band of Regency enthusiasts on a walking tour of his much celebrated spa town. The culmination of their most informative perambulations was a splendid afternoon tea and cakes at the New Club.

 WW1 Battlefield Crosses May 2019

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Freddie Gick, Neela Mann & Andrew Booton, and right, Freddie Gick holds a restored WW1 battlefield wooden cross

On Tuesday 7 May at Parmoor House, Freddie Gick and local historian Neela Mann gave a fascinating and yet moving talk and presentation about the World War 1 battlefield crosses brought back to Cheltenham after the war. Found rotting in the Bouncers Lane Cemetery, 22 crosses were rescued and conserved in a project initiated by Freddie Gick. 

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With the help of a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project led by Freddie, was successfully completed with the dedication and commitment of a team that included local historian Neela Mann, 14 pupils of Pittville School and their teacher, Hannah Taylor and the work of Stephen Umpleby's Artefacts Conservation Services.

A brochure and exhibition of the project will be on display at Parmoor House during this year's Heritage Open Days 13 - 22 September.

Upcoming Events


Heritage Open Days

13 - 22 September 2019

A great opportunity to visit many interesting building in and around Cheltenham
Heritage Open Days at Parmoor House
Saturday & Sunday 14 - 15 &
21 & 22 September 2019
10.00am to 5.00pm

Planning Forum


Applications discussed at the
16 July Planning Forum 

Former Monkscroft Primary School
Outline application for 60 houses
Oakfield House, Greenway Lane
Replacement of stables with new house
To see details of the Society’s
formal response click below.