Early arrivals at our AGM on Thursday. As well as the usual business of the meeting, Chairman Judie Hodsdon thanked two trustees, one of whom, Secretary Fiona Clarke, was standing down after thirteen years (ten years as Secretary). Gloria Jones relinquished her Membership Secretary role in September and will remain a trustee in 2019-20. Details on newly elected trustees and office bearers will be published in due course. After the AGM, Member James Hodsdon gave a short illustrated talk on the short-lived 19th century swimming pool in Pittville. Thanks to Dunalley School for hosting the AGM again.
The Cheltenham Lottery for local good causes was launched today. Please support our work to develop and restore the park and our research into the history and life of 19th century Pittville. You could win £25,000 with an investment of £1.00! https://www.cheltenhamlottery.co.uk/
Two of our trustees, Chris Archibald and Judie Hodsdon, gave joint talks for Heritage Open Days on 17 and 18 September. Thirty-four people, most from Cheltenham, gathered at a spot just north of the Upper Lake to take in the view in every direction. Using copies of old prints and photographs, Chris and Judie explained how the landscape had changed from open fields 200 years ago to the park we see today, through its role as a private estate, then a municipal park (in its heyday and decline), and its current state with input from Friends of Pittville volunteers.
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.
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.