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Pump Room re-opens to visitors

Good news! It appears that the Cheltenham Trust has reversed its recent decision to make visits to the Pump Room “by appointment only”.
Friends of Pittville lobbied the Cheltenham Trust, together with other organisations and individuals, to ensure that public access to this iconic landmark was not lost.
As a result, the Pump Room is now open to the general public as before – from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. These opening times are subject to bookings for private events and may also vary on Bank Holidays.Pittville Park
Our priority now is to work with the Cheltenham Trust to improve the way in which the history of the Pump Room – and its setting in Pittville Park – is preserved, developed, communicated and shared, both with the local community and with visitors.

A Green Flag and Green Heritage Site status for Pittville Park

Green FlagFriends of Pittville played a major role in supporting Cheltenham Borough Council’s successful application for Green Flag status and Green Heritage Site accreditation for Pittville Park, awarded yesterday in a ceremony at the Pump Room.

Pittville is the only park in Gloucestershire to be awarded the prestigious Green Heritage Site accreditation, which is given to sites of historic importance. The park’s application was judged against a list of key criteria:

Green Heritage site award

  • understanding the heritage value of the site
  • acknowledging the heritage value of the site
  • sharing the heritage value of the site
  • conserving, enhancing and helping people enjoy the heritage value of the site.

The judges were particular impressed with Friends of Pittville and the research they had undertaken into Pittville’s history.

Congratulations to everyone involved in achieving the award.

Ribbon cutting

New play area officially opened

Ribbon cutting

The Mayor of Cheltenham cutting the ribbon

The new play area in Pittville Park was officially opened on Sunday 17 July by the Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Chris Ryder.

Councillor Chris Coleman (Cabinet Member for the Clean and Green Environment), Judie Hodsdon (Chair of Friends of Pittville) and the Mayor thanked everyone who had contributed to the project.

Play area

Play area opens on Friday!

Play area

Following  a successful preview day for invited school children, the new play area in Pittville Park will be open to the public from noon this Friday. It may get very busy over the coming weekend and half term holiday!

Pittville Park Aviary

Pittville park aviaries to be renovated thanks to GET grant

Pittville Park AviaryThanks to a grant from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, the aviaries in Pittville Park are being refurbished. The work will include replacing all the mesh, repairing and repainting the metal work, repairing all the timber structures, improving the facilities for the animals and making the aviaries more educational and interactive for members of the public.

This is part of the Pittville Play Area project to create an exceptional play area for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Friends of Pittville have been working to raise the funds to support the project and were successful in obtaining a grant of £25,000 from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust to renovate the aviaries. GET provides grants from funds generated by the Landfill Communities Fund for the benefit of Gloucestershire, its people and its environment.

The present aviaries were established in 1936, but have not been substantially repaired since then. They are a much-loved feature of the park, so an important part of the play area project was to renovate them so they can provide enjoyment for many years to come. The animals have been temporarily rehomed and the work, which will take approximately ten weeks, is about to start.

GET was also a generous donor for the Pittville Gates Restoration Project.



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