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The latest news from The Cheltenham Trust


The team at Leisure at Cheltenham are celebrating this morning after being voted Health and Fitness Business of the Year at the dazzling So Glos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards.

The prestigious awards, hosted at Gloucester Cathedral by So Glos, the online lifestyle magazine for Gloucestershire, were attended by more than 400 guests and winners were announced following a public vote.

The Health and Fitness category, won by the Leisure At team was one of 22 awards celebrating the best of the county’s businesses.

Leisure at Cheltenham Manager, Greg Chesters said “We’re so happy and proud to have won this award which is a testament to the commitment of our wonderful staff team.

“Over the last 12 months we have invested more than £2.5 million into facilities at Leisure At to improve the customer experience, expanding our gym, increasing studio space and creating the popular Splash Pad. We would like to thank our loyal customers for their support and for voting for us to win the award.”

Pittville Pump Room, also managed by The Cheltenham Trust, was the runner-up in the Wedding Venue of the Year, in the most competitive category of 23 short-listed local venues.

Cheltenham Trust Chief Executive, Laurie Bell added: “I am really pleased that two of the venues run by the Cheltenham Trust have received this excellent recognition for the range of services we offer the local community in Cheltenham and for the many people who visit our town each year.”

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The Cheltenham Trust manages Cheltenham’s cultural and leisure portfolio includes The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Leisure at Cheltenham, Cheltenham Town Hall and Pittville Pump Room and the Prince of Wales Stadium.

Introducing our Chief Executive, Laurie Bell


The Cheltenham Trust, the charitable organisation that that runs the town’s most iconic venues, has a new Chief Executive.

Laurie Bell has started in her new role, leading Cheltenham’s cultural and leisure portfolio that includes The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Leisure at Cheltenham, Cheltenham Town Hall and Pittville Pump Room and the Prince of Wales Stadium.

Laurie, who lives near Cirencester, has joined the Trust from a senior leadership role at Wiltshire Council.  Working with a range of stakeholders her immediate focus is delivering a shared vision, strategy and business plan that reflects the trust’s integral role in Cheltenham’s future.

Laurie says: “I am really pleased to join The Cheltenham Trust, which is established in the town and has built strong foundations in its first five years. I look forward to working with the trustees to lead and support its future growth and continued success in the provision of leisure, culture and arts.

“I am confident that the trust will go from strength to strength. I am extremely impressed by the energy and commitment of staff, trustees and volunteers and the positive focus on delivering outcomes and maximising the opportunities to add value for the residents, businesses and visitors to Cheltenham.”

Peter Harkness, Chair of the Board of Trustees says: “We are really delighted to welcome Laurie, who has a wealth of experience in the management of community facilities including leisure and cultural venues, as well as a background in communications, marketing and event management. Her knowledge and skills are exactly what we have been looking for to support the next phase of the trust’s development and to continue to build on our positive partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council. Working together we are developing plans to improve and expand the trust’s venues and our offer to customers.”

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