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21st May 2020

£1,000 community grant for #letsmeetagain bunting project

Would you like to get creative and join in with our #letsmeetagain bunting project but don’t have any materials or supplies? Thanks to a £1,000 community grant and donations of fabric from the community, we can offer materials to those of you who’d like to make bunting for us.

We’ll be decorating our outdoor spaces at Pittville Pump Room, the Garden Bar at Cheltenham Town Hall and the Prince of Wales stadium for when we welcome the community back.

Thank you to the Cheltenham Community Resilience Fund for the Covid 19 Response funding enabling even more of our community to participate in our bunting project.

If you’d like to find out more please email us at communications@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk.

13th May 2020

Update following latest government COVID19 guidance

The Cheltenham Trust is pleased that, following the guidance to lift some of the current restrictions, announced by the government this week, it can progress remobilisation plans for all its venues.

The guidance sets out a cautious and phased approach and from 4 July it is likely that the Trust will be permitted to open its outdoor areas, subject to the infection rate continuing to fall.

The current guidance does not permit the re-opening of the inside of cultural, leisure or hospitality venues on 4 July, and currently a date for reopening of these venues has not been clarified.

The safety of customers, staff and visitors continues to be the main priority for the Trust and the remobilisation plan for the outdoor spaces (in the first instance) will adhere strictly to the guidance and safety measures required. Primarily these outdoor areas are likely to be at Pittville Pump Room, The Prince of Wales Stadium, the Garden Bar in Imperial Gardens.

The Trust looks forward to welcoming the local community back to enjoy these external spaces in a safe way and, as such, the necessary infrastructure and safety measures will be put in place to ensure that reopening can take place.

 

Now that the government has released the phased lifting of lockdown measures, the Trust will publish regular updates to the community, to provide information on what will reopen and what will be available.

The Trust values a partnership approach to delivering services and facilities, and looks forward to continuing to work closely with the local community and its partners to reopen its venues. It is imperative that government guidance forms the basis for remobilisation and that all customers and visitors can be assured that the venues and space will be safe.

7th May 2020

#CheltenhamRemembers VE Day

As Britain marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, when peace returned as World War II ended in Europe, homes across Cheltenham again decorated their windows and gardens with bunting and flags to mark the anniversary as #CheltenhamRemembers.

The message of ‘we’ll meet again’ kept Britain going during the war and 75 years later it is resonating again as we say #letsmeetagain.

People, groups and organisations across our community are already making bunting to support The Cheltenham Trust’s #letsmeetagain vision to adorn our iconic venues with home-made bunting for when we can re-open and welcome everyone back.

If you made bunting for the VE Day celebrations, could we ask if you might consider donating it to us so it can be displayed in Cheltenham as the town re-opens and we do meet again? Thank you.

Find out more here.

More information on commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE day here: www.cheltenhamremembers.org.uk/ve-day-75

30th April 2020

Cheltenham BID Business of the Month

We’re honoured to have been named Business of the Month for April by Cheltenham BID @CheltenhamBID, for the work we’re doing to support the Cheltenham community during these challenging and difficult times.

The BID highlighted the reasons we were chosen for the award saying: “The charity stood out during this unprecedented time for its quick response to working within the community. The Trust repurposed its assets and resources including its in-house catering team to make use of their fresh food produce to create frozen ready meals, and to organise food parcels to support the Gloucestershire Community Help Hub in delivering these to those in isolation and the most vulnerable people of Cheltenham.

“Their innovative virtual lockdown campaigns also did not go amiss, such as their newest town centre community bunting project incentive #LetsMeetAgain.”

 

This is a great boost for everyone at The Cheltenham Trust, thank you CheltenhamBID for this wonderful accolade.

#partnership #communityspirit #proud

22nd April 2020

#letsmeetagain community bunting project wrapping Cheltenham’s iconic venues

These are strange and challenging times but what is coming through loud and clear to us at The Cheltenham Trust is the wonderful community spirit that is so prominent in Cheltenham.

With so many people furloughed, children being schooled at home and the vulnerable and elderly self-isolating and shielding, it’s a time to keep connected with the community, and to keep busy and stimulated,  a time to embrace creativity and to engage in something new and worthwhile.

That’s why we’re inviting you to be part of our new #letsmeetagain community project. Our vision is to see our iconic venues adorned with home-made bunting as we welcome the community back and we meet again.

What a fabulous sight that will be to celebrate Cheltenham re-opening and coming back to life. Our buildings, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham Town Hall, The Wilson, Leisure at Cheltenham and The Prince of Wales stadium are sizeable so we’re going to need a lot of bunting and we’d love to see as many of you as possible joining in.

Taking part is easy. You can sew your bunting using fabric, or knit or crochet your triangles if you would prefer. It doesn’t matter if you choose to make it patterned, plain, or multi-coloured. You might like to draw or make bunting out of paper which we’ll use inside our venues, this could be ideal for our younger bunting makers or those unable to stitch, knit or crochet.

 

We’ve created a template for you to use as a starting point, if you’d like to make your triangles bigger you can scale the template up to the size you’d like. Download the bunting template here.

We’re also keen to hear from anyone who might be able to donate supplies of fabric, ribbon and wool that could be distributed to people who would like to take part but who may not have any materials and are unable to access these supplies. Please email communications@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk if you can help.

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