Happy in Havanas

Ten members and potential members met at our monthly Drop In yesterday at Havanas Coffee in Prestbury Road. As ever, the coffee and cakes were excellent, and the staff were most welcoming. They’ve made us a sweet little sign to book the space downstairs. The next Drop In is on Thursday 26 September.  All are welcome.

Butterfly heaven

Matt Brierley from the Butterfly Conservation Trust led a walk on 21 August for fifteen of our members around the wildflower areas in the park adjacent to Tommy Taylors Lane. He told us how to identify the commoner butterflies, how we can help them and pointed out the plants that caterpillars live on. As we walked through the wildflowers we spotted some large white, common blue and gatekeeper butterflies. We hope to repeat the walk in a different season of the year.

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.

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