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Business reception and urban myth

The Cheltenham Trust has recently appointed a new CEO, Laurie Bell. The Trust is hosting a reception this evening, 17 July, in Pittville Pump Room, to introduce her to the business community. Our Pump Room Action Group has been invited and the Chair, Hilary Simpson, has a ten minute slot to speak about our work. She will mention, of course, our 2018 report on The Visitor Experience at Pittville Pump Room and our You Tube video, which outlines our vision for the Pump Room.

And, no, contrary to the article in Cotswold Life this month, the baseball bat was NOT placed there by the American forces during WWW2. The three statues were removed in 1938-39 as they were beyond repair and new ones installed in 1960s, one with a staff which looked like a bat.  That in turn deteriorated and was removed; someone believed the myth and a new bat was put there in 2018!

Plant Sale 4 May

Our plant sale took place on a cold day with some sunny spells, much needed to warm up attendees. We raised £618 to go towards improvements in the park. Many thanks go to the Cheltenham Horticultural Society, Dundry Nurseries, Hoo House Nursery, Ireley Hardy Plant Nursery, Malcolm Allison Plants, FOP organisers (Sandy Marshall and Philippa Howell), volunteers, the raffle team and the Scouts for the use of their hut and tables. Finally thanks to the members of the public who purchased plants.

Drop In for April

Fifteen or so members and prospective members met at Havanas coffee in Prestbury Road on 28 March. It was fairly cosy in the downstairs area but we, and the staff, coped well! Members Sue & Liz, who are running the Drop Ins, have arranged for Havanas to welcome us again, on Thursday 25 April, 10am until 12 noon. Just ‘drop in’ for as short or long time as you wish.

Cheltenham Festival winners, 12-15 March 2019

Despite high winds and intermittent heavy rain caused by storm Gareth, Friends of Pittville fielded a team of eighteen volunteers to help run the Albemarle Gate car park. A rota was organised by Chris Archibald and able support from Henry Williams saw that the going was good  throughout race week. This event raised £3680 which goes towards new FoP projects and ongoing maintenance. A special thank you to all the helpers.

Pittville Pump Room roofline statues


We have the final word on these three statues from a founder member of Friends of Pittville, Judy Langhorn. Many people think that the left hand statue (viewed from the front) is holding a baseball bat, put there by the American troops who were stationed in the Pump Room during WW2. This is not true. Full story here The Pump Room statues. A postscript: the Borough Council recently replaced the 1960s ‘bat’ with another, also made of wood, which certainly does look like a large baseball bat!

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