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Our Town Issue No. 9.  Coming soon - the December issue of
the Civic Society newsletter by new Editor, Fiona Clarke.

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.


October 2017: Betjeman & Cheltenham

Sir John Betjeman

"One of the most successful buildings in Cheltenham ... externally ..." was John Betjeman's verdict on Christ Church. Well-known local speaker, Adrian Barlow, President of the English Association, gave a most interesting talk on Betjeman and Cheltenham at our 3 October meeting. Fifty-six members came to hear about Betjeman's views on Cheltenham and its lovely "stucco" buildings.
Particularly interesting was his view on the differing architectural styles of Christ Church - one of his favourite buildings in Cheltenham. Adrian also pointed out the fine workmanship on the former gas works building that is now part of Tesco - a building many of us can't look at properly while negotiating the traffic on that corner!


Christ Church, Malvern Road

September 2017: Open days at Parmoor House

Heritage Open Days at Parmoor was a great success

Despite the rival attractions of the Festival of Cycling and theCheltenham Paint Festival, we had over 150 visitors on the two days that Parmoor House was open. Most had come to see the exhibition and screening of old cards, and the chimneysweeps exhibition.

The society’s scrapbooks were also popular. There was a talk about Captain Henry Skillicorne, who was largely responsible for the development of Cheltenham as a spa.

Both days were enhanced by music and appearances by Captain Skillicorne and Fanny Burney, a commentator on the attractions of the town. We did embrace  the cycling event, as above.


Upcoming Events


The Paterson Memorial Lecture
A Museum for the Future
Wednesday 6 December 2017
7.30pm Pittville Pump Room Cheltenham
Tristram Hunt, the newly
appointed V & A Director
will deliver this year's eagerly
awaited Paterson Memorial Lecture

Planning Forum


At the November meeting of the Planning Forum, current planning applications discussed included:-

Ryeworth Cricket Club, Greenway Lane, Charlton Kings
Replacement Cricket Pavilion
Terhill, Pittville Circus
Two storey flats building
To see details of the Society’s
formal response click below.