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.
Author: Adrian Allen
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.
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.
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!
A very successful quiz evening was held at the welcoming Feathered Fish with a good turnout of ~ 60 people. There was a great atmosphere as contestants were tested by quiz-master Paul over a range of subjects. FoP raised £370, including £100 from the raffle, which will go towards Pittville Park projects and ongoing maintenance. Thanks go out to Philippa Howell for organising the event and to Amanda Slayton-Joslin for assisting on the night. Also thanks to all who donated raffle prizes and to Henry Williams for ticket sales. Finally thanks to the Feathered Fish and their staff.