Friends of Pittville and Pittville History Works Group made a major contribution to this year’s Heritage Open Days in Cheltenham. Des Marshall and Steve Blake both led walks around Clarence Square and Wellington Square, focusing on the buildings and their inhabitants, while Gloria and Peter Jones welcomed visitors to take the waters at the Pump Room on Tour of Britain day (9 September). On 10 September a steady stream of visitors visited three of Pittville’s hidden places: the vaulted Victorian wine cellars below Costantinou’s in Winchcombe Street, the mysterious chamber below Pittville Gates, and the kitchen and housekeeper’s room at 48 Clarence Square with its original stone flagged floor, bread oven, pantry and cooking range.
Our garden party held on 30 July raised £370 for Friends of Pittville funds. Over 50 people came along to enjoy the garden at Pittville Crescent Lane and the splendid selection of cakes baked by members of the committee. Although we were well prepared for the very changeable English summer weather, the rain held off. Our Queen’s Award and the accompanying certificate signed by Her Majesty (presented at the ceremony the preceding day) were also on display for all to see.
You can see a selection of photos from the event here:
Friends of Pittville received their prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, at a ceremony in Pittville Park on 29 July. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bernard Fisher, spoke on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council, who nominated the Friends for the award. Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk and local councillor Dennis Parsons were also present, along with last year’s mayor Councillor Chris Ryder. Judie Hodsdon, Chairman, accepted the award on behalf of the Friends and a number of individual volunteers were given official badges.
We are delighted to announce that Friends of Pittville have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which has been announced today in the London Gazette.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to UK volunteer groups, being equivalent to the MBE.
This is a great honour for us and is recognition for the work done by our group over the last eleven years. All our volunteers – Green Space, Pittville History Works, newsletter deliverers, committee members, helpers at events and others – have contributed towards our gaining this award, together with the support of our members over the years.
We will be presented with the award by the Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter, and the arrangements for this will be publicised in due course.
We were pleased to be nominated by Cheltenham Borough Council, with whom we have worked closely for many years now.
Our Plant Sale on 6 May raised a fantastic £685 – £200 more than last year. Many thanks to everyone who provided plants, bought plants, and generally supported us. The money raised will go towards further improvements which are being planned for the Park. There are more photos on our Facebook page.