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December 2017: Paterson Memorial Lecture


Maxine Melling, Tristram Hunt & Douglas Ogle

Tristram Hunt, the newly appointed Director of the V&A Museum delivered an excellent, informative and entertaining talk to the largest Paterson Memorial Lecture audience for many years at Pittville Pump Room.
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.

November 2017: A417 Missing Link

Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE, Leader, Gloucestershire County Council, has confirmed Gloucestershire's commitment to resolving the A417 Missing Link. In an update to CBC's Jeremy Williamson, he states that the Government has recently announced that a route options consultation is to take place early in 2018.

The consultation will be led by Highways England, and the public will get the chance to have their say on the shortlisted options. This is an important step and as many people as possible are encouraged to take part.

More information can be found here

November 2017: Civic Pride Report

Jeremy Williamson, Managing Director, Cheltenham Development Task Force

Jeremy Williamson's talk was fascinating as always, giving
an update on major Cheltenham projects. It was particularly
interesting to hear that plans are going well for the new Tech
 near GCHQ, and to learn of the possible upgrading
of Cheltenham Spa Station. 

The much-awaited John Lewis should be open in September 2018. Delays had occurred due to the re-location of the adjacent Next store to allow construction work on John Lewis to proceed. Next plan to return to the High Street when work is complete.

A new office block, Honeybourne Place, now being built near Waitrose is already fully let, evidence that Cheltenham is a big commercial draw.



Christ Church, Malvern Road


Upcoming Events


Winter Party at Parmoor House
Sunday 14 January 2018
12 noon - 2.00pm
Members and guests are welcome at the annual Civic Society Winter Party

Early booking is advised


Planning Forum


At the 28 November meeting, current planning applications discussed included:-

The Grange, Malvern Road
New single storey orangery
Newburn, Well Place
Replacement dwelling
1 & 2 College Lawn
Extensions for new boarding facilities
To see details of the Society’s
formal response click below.