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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.
Captain Skillicorne & Fanny Burney
September 2017: Blue Plaque for Cheltenham Ladies’ College Principal Dorothea Beale
Current Principal Eve Jardine-Young addresses those present.
A blue plaque honouring the longest serving Principal of the Ladies’ College (1858-1906) was unveiled by the Mayor, Cllr Klara Sudbury, on 6 September.
Co-sponsored by the college and the Civic Society, the plaque is situated at the door on Montpellier Street through which Miss Beale walked to get to her private apartment.
Civic Society Vice-Chair Freddie Gick; the Mayor; and today’s Principal Eve Jardine-Young, each spoke stirring words about the achievements of Miss Beale and how much today’s women owe to her.
Full details of the plaques scheme run by the Civic Society and the related book Commemorative Plaques of Cheltenham are here.
August 2017: Summer Garden Party