To keep you informed, entertained and engaged, the Society runs an ongoing programme of events throughout the year with talks, discussion meetings, visits to places of interest and an annual lecture by a keynote speaker.
Every September thousands of buildings throughout England open their doors to the general public to celebrate national heritage. For details see heritageopendays.org.uk or watch out for details in the local media.
Special events may also be organised at these places including art exhibitions, concerts, talks and guided tours
Cheltenham regularly takes part, and in recent years the general public have had access to a number of significant buildings in the town, notably the Masonic Hall, the Synagogue, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham Minster and Parmoor House, Cheltenham Civic Society Headquarters. HOD's are organised in collaboration with the National Trust, Heritage Alliance and Civic Voice.
Please visit the HOD Facebook page.
Civic Day is a national celebration of civic pride - a day when communities across the country say "we care about where we live".
The first Civic Day was held in 2011, and is now celebrated by many community groups in lots of different ways including tours, competitions, street parties, etc. Some local Civic Societies arrange a week of events around Civic Day.
The 2017 Civic Day was marked by an exhibition about the history and identity of the Lower High Street in the Chapel Arts Gallery, Knapp Road. The event was made possible by the collaboration of Cheltenham West End Partnership and the University of Gloucestershire History Department.
For details of other Civic Day events see civicvoice.org.uk or the local media.
Civic Day 2018
This year the Civic Society is taking part in the national Street Pride campaign and will be carrying out an audit of the High Street to identify clutter and other problems.Volunteers are needed to help with the audit. If you are committed to the quality of our public realm and would like to help please download this information and send in your details by Friday 27 April. This is at the heart of what the Civic Society is all about, so your help would be greatly appreciated.
Presentation: Mayor, Cllr Bernard Fisher
Igniting The Urban Regeneration Fuse
Lecture by George Ferguson CBE PPRIBA RWA
Wednesday 10 April 2019
6.00pm at Chapel Arts, Knapp Road
Cheltenham GL50 3QQ
This year's Civic Awards will be presented by the Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Bernard Fisher.
This lecture, Igniting the Urban Regeneration Fuse, will be given by George Ferguson CBE PPRIBA RWA.
Members and public are invited to attend the
awards ceremony as well as the lecture. There will
be a 30 minute break between the two events, at
approximately 6.45pm. Wine, juice and canapés
will be served at that time.
Tickets £10 per person
Apply for tickets by completing this Form or online
using the PayPal button.
Thursday 11 April
2.30 for 3.0pm, 60 London Road
Cheltenham GL52 6EQ
All are welcome to attend
Born in 1884, James Forbes-Robertson was educated at Cheltenham College. During the First World War, at the age of 33, as an acting lieutenant colonel in the 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment, at the Battle of Estaires, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 11/12 April 1918 near Vieux-Berquin, France.
A blue plaque celebrating James Forbes-Robertson VC will be erected at 60 London Road, his former home in Cheltenham.
A talk by Freddie Gick
Tuesday 7 May 2019
7.30pm Parmoor House
Former Chair of Civic Voice, Freddie Gick
has been involved in the renovation of our
local war memorials. Here he will talk about
the uniquely preserved World War II
Battlefield Crosses in a Cheltenham cemetery.
A special church service
3.00pm Saturday 11 May 2019
Cheltenham Minster, 44 Clarence Street,
Cheltenham GL50 3PL
Details to be added
Tuesday 4 June 2019
2.00pm start at Parmoor House
Take a leisurely promenade around Regency
Cheltenham Spa with Henry Skillicorne, the man
who put Cheltenham on the map by developing
the first commercial spa in the town back in 1738.
Hear about the pleasures and amusements
available to the visitors of the town, who were
taking the waters at its many spas during the
1700 and 1800s.
Discover the sights of the theatres and assembly
rooms as our raconteur tells stories and gives
anecdotes from the golden age, when the
fashionable and wealthy came to Cheltenham to
see and be seen.
The saunter around Cheltenham will be for
approximately 75 minutes followed by a Regency
Tea at the New Club, where you will also discover
a little history of Britain's favourite drink.
The Steert Pride Team will revisit the High Street audit conducted in 2018
Saturday 22 June 2019
Booking details to be added