Friends of Pittville Presents – Music in the Park August 2020

Friends of Pittville have joined forces with the Cheltenham Trust to present music from the Pittville Pump Room bandstand on two Sundays in August.

The Gaudeamus Youth Strings will be performing on Sunday 2 August from 3pm. The quartet consists of six formers who, during the last year, have played at concerts, including The Three Choirs Festival, weddings and workshops. Their repertoire ranges from classical to modern, with lots in between

Rainy will be performing on Sunday 23 August from 3pm. He is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs all the music on his albums. The warm-hearted positivity of his songwriting is inspired by many musical influences including African, Cuban and Latin plus Folk, Blues and Reggae.

Play Area Reopens 4 July 2020

The play areas and outdoor fitness equipment in Pittville Park will be open from Saturday 4 July 2020, in line with government guidance.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, the council is asking everyone to follow the government’s social distancing guidelines and guidance posters will be available for all to follow at both the play areas and the outdoor fitness equipment locations.

Cllr Chris Coleman, member for clean and green environment, said: “Parks and play areas offer enjoyment for everyone and we are pleased to welcome people back. However, we need people to stay alert, maintain social distance, follow hygiene measures such as frequent hand washing, bringing your own hand sanitiser or wipes and follow the guidance on the posters at the play and fitness equipment areas. With young children we know social distancing is challenging so some play equipment has been removed to encourage distance and markers will be in place to guide visitors, where required. We would ask everyone to be patient and considerate of others while using the play areas”.

There will be social distancing and queuing markers on the ground and arrows to guide visitors where appropriate. The play area will be closed daily between 7am and 9am to facilitate maintenance activities.

Cafe to open at the Pump Room on 22 June

Something to look forward to!

A pop-up cafe will open in the portico of the Pump Room from 1000 on Monday 22 June. It will serve takeaway coffee, cakes, brunch, light lunches, cream teas and icecream. From 4 July tables and chairs will be available nearby for customers and will be cleaned between each customer. Social distancing will be observed at all times. Events are being planned, some featuring live music.



Yellow tabards will be back at work!

The FoP Green Space volunteers now have permission to start work again. They will work in socially distancing groups of no more than 6, and their first day will be Tuesday 9 June at the Scout Hut, starting at 0915 with a safety briefing. The priority tasks include dealing with the abundant growth of weeds on the rockery and bed 38. Of course unofficial litter picking has been going on throughout the lockdown, as part of volunteers taking their daily exercise. This has helped keep the Park looking so good.

Pump Room redecoration

Following storm damage to the roof earlier on the year, the opportunity presented by the current Pump Room lockdown closure is being taken to carry out repairs and redecoration to the ceiling of the West Room upstairs and the main hall downstairs.

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