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
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.
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.
Maxine Melling, Tristram Hunt & Douglas Ogle
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.
The 7 February meeting of the Planning Forum discussed
three Listed Building Consent applications:-