The Mayor of Cheltenham, Cllr. Bernard Fisher welcomed
Members to the well-supported 2019 Annual General Meeting
at Parmoor House.
At the end of the formal business, the Chair, Andrew Booton,
thanked retiring Trustees Maxine Melling, James Hodsdon,
LLoyd Surgenor and Lesley Whittal for their able services to
the society. In an unexpected, but much appreciated gesture,
each was presented with a miniature blue plaque.
Lesley Whittal, James Hodsdon, Mayor Cllr Bernard Fisher,
LLoyd Surgenor & Maxine Melling
In the Open Forum that followed, many members expressed
their views on the current appraisal of the society's
accommodation needs going forward, and the suitability or
otherwise of Parmoor House. Chair, Andrew Booton
acknowledged the value of members questions and comments,
and confirmed that all matters would be considered in the
ongoing premises review.
All Members - your help is needed! Organisations like ours must
satisfy the needs and expectations of their members, otherwise
they don’t flourish. We would love to hear your views on how we
run the society and what we do. Whatever the answer, we really
need your feedback, so that we can offer the right things in
future. Please click HERE to complete the survey and send it
back. The closing date is now 31 March 2019.
We heard a fascinating talk by member, Jim Markland, on 5 February, on the myriad links between Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, and the Indian sub-continent during the period of British influence. There are very few architectural examples of that influence in Cheltenham, but memorials in churches and churchyards abound. However, one of the gems was the market entrance that once stretched across what is now Bennington St. It was designed by Cheltenham architect, Edward Jenkins, and dates from 1822-23. It was demolished in 1867 and the market removed from the centre of town in 1876.
On Sunday 13 January the annual Winter Party was held at Parmoor House, where members and guests enjoyed exchanging views and ideas over drinks and canapés. It was good to see several new members attending and enjoying the opportunity to meet other members."
Welcome to our first e-Bulletin of 2019, which you can see in full here. Please feel free to forward the bulletin to friends and colleagues.
We had a very interesting first Policy & Research Group meeting in early January and our next is scheduled for Saturday 9 February at 10.30am. We are refining projects to get stuck into and we’re mulling over a more enticing name but if you are interested in shaping the way we think about issues affecting the town, please drop me a line or turn up to the meeting.
Andrew Booton, Chairman
Cheltenham Civic Society
Applications discussed at the
19 March Planning Forum