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November 2018

We are seeking new Volunteers to help deliver stimulating experiences and activities to Civic Society members. Join one of the new teams being set up to manage the various roles. From Corporate Members' and Blue Plaques Officers to our new Policy & Research Group, we have something to suit all talents and interests! For more information go to our JOIN page and download the document Cheltenham Civic Society Voluntary Roles.


Volunteers conduct the Street Pride audit on Civic Day, July 2018

11 November 2018
Cheltenham Remembers


Larger than usual numbers gathered in The Promenade for this year's centenary Remembrance Service.

November 2018
Civic Pride Update

photo ©

A "full house" gathered to hear Jeremy Williamson give his
annual Civic 
Pride update. Members were happy to hear that
business in Cheltenham is in 
good shape, with newly built
offices being quickly snapped up. 
The fact that John Lewis has
opened a spacious new store in the town has also increased
confidence in trading. Members were assured that the 
arrangements at Boot's Corner are temporary and will be
assessed after the trial period.

*** STOP PRESS ***

Due to unforeseen circumstances, George Ferguson is
now unable to present the Paterson Memorial Lecture.
Rather than compromise the 
quality of this event, the
trustees have regretfully 
decided to cancel this year’s
lecture. We are sorry 
to disappoint members and others
who had 
hoped to attend.

October 2018
Andrew Booton appointed Chair

New Chair, Andrew Booton

Andrew Booton has taken on the role of Civic Society Chair from Maxine Melling, who stepped down on 10 October. Andrew has been a member of the Society for about a year and is also on the Planning Forum. In addition to to bringing a great deal of energy and commitment to the work of the Civic Society, he comes with a degree in Urban Development and a Masters degree in Rural Estate & Land Management. Andrew has also served for over 20 years as an officer of the Royal Navy and the British Army.

October 2018
Maxine Melling steps down as Chair

Maxine Melling, former Chair

On 10 October, Maxine Melling stepped down as Chair of the Civic Society, having held the post since being elected at the 2016 AGM. In her final bulletin, she says "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Civic Society to help make Cheltenham a great place to be. Thank you to all who have supported the work of the Society during this time and who, I know, will continue to do so with our new Chair, Andrew Booton."

Maxine will stay on as a member and trustee of the Society for the foreseeable future, concentrating on the Street Pride work already started. The full text of her bulletin can be seen here.


Upcoming Events


Civic Society Winter Party 
Sunday 13 January 2019
12 noon - 2.00pm at Parmoor House
Don't miss the well-supported
annual Winter Party for
Members and guests. Book
early to avoid 

Planning Forum


Applications discussed at the
13 December Planning Forum 

Lake Street, Prestbury
New single dwelling
Fiddlers Green Lodge, 
Pheasant Lane
Single self-build dwelling
To see details of the Society’s
formal response click below.