Cheltenham Civic Society encourages a sense of belonging, responsibility and civic pride in our local communities through its varied activities involving other associations, the plaques scheme and community projects.
The Society supports or manages many projects, large and small, which enhance the local environment for the benefit of the whole community.
On Civic Day in June 2018, the Society contributed to the Cheltenham Street Pride Campaign by carrying out an extensive survey of the whole High Street. Much important data was collected recording the poor state of pavements and buildings. The final report published in August 2018 can be seen here.
Previous projects include restoring The Gordon Lamp in Montpellier, the Holst Statue in Imperial Gardens and restoring the Bandstand in Montpellier Gardens. The Society also supported the restoration of the Pittville Gates at the end of Winchcombe Street, see the Friends of Pittville website.
If there is a community project near you that is in need of special attention or help to get going, then please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
All the work of the Society is done by members who volunteer their time and expertise, and if you would like to get involved in a particular project then please complete the form and send to the Membership Secretary at: email@example.com
Cheltenham has been home to many creative, brave and famous people - the composer Gustav Holst, explorer Dr Edward Wilson, Sir Ralph Richardson and many others.
Since 1980, the Civic Society has been responsible for the plaques scheme that operates in Cheltenham and the surrounding area. It is run according to criteria modeled on those used by English Heritage in London.There are blue plaques for people and green plaques for significant places or events - nearly 60 of them altogether.
As well as those above, other famous names are Alfred Lord Tennyson, Dr Edward Jenner and Brian Jones (late of the Rolling Stones). Of important places, we're proud to have a green plaque on the oldest surviving purpose built Infant School in the country at St James's Square.
A book, Commemorative Plaques of Cheltenham listing all our plaques (2009) with a supplement recording the ones unveiled since publication is available on request from The Plaques Officer at Parmoor House. We hope you will obtain a copy and use the very clear maps to seek out, at your own pace, these fascinating reminders of Cheltenham’s past citizens and places.
There are specific criteria for plaques, and these can be downloaded below. If you wish to recommend a person or place for a new plaque, please contact the Plaques Officer, James Hodsdon at firstname.lastname@example.org