Easter Sports Drop In and Graffiti Project

A Sports Drop-In and Graffitis project sponsored by The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire will take place over the Easter holidays when artist Tim Martin will run workshops to produce a piece of urban art on panels attached to the nearby fence. There will also be a sports coaching project at the MUGA running at the same time.

Oasis will be the hub of further activities for young people over the holidays so look out for exciting arts and crafts and food opportunities too. Its all action over Easter in the West of Cheltenham!

Easter Eggstravaganza April 6th

Saturday 6th April 2019 – The Easter Eggstravaganza returns for another year at Hesters Way and St Marks Community Centre, Brooklyn Road.

The usual array of local talent, fun activities and free raffle will be topped off this year with a special performance of the Local Vocals, the West Cheltenham Community Choir at 12pm. Dont miss it!

Tree Planting at Oasis

With the support of local community members and the 41st Scouts we planted 5 prunus sargentii (cherry trees) adjecent to the new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at Oasis on Princess Elizabeth Way.

The trees were sponsored by former Hesters Way and St Silas Vicar and HWP Chair, Philip Smith; former Councillor and Mayor and HWP director, Pat Thornton; Cheltenham Borough Homes and Hesters Way Partnership

Here are some photos of the planting

Pete and Mioke doing the heavy lifting
Toby and friends planting the first tree
The 5 trees once planting was finished. Good job folks!

Public Art in KGV 2

Work has begun in earnest at KGV and a great deal of progress has been achieved already. The initial dig revealed some of the detritis of the rubbish dump which originally existed on the site;

Found items on site

The ground was prepared with large diggers in readiness for the installating of concrete footings for the sound mirrors and the sleeper benches.

Artist Rob Olins and CBC Officer Malcolm Walls on site

Rob welded the metalwork to give strength to the sound mirror mould

The sound mirror mould ready for concrete pouring
The concrete arrives
Waiting for the concrete to dry

More to come soon!

Help Plant a Tree

Thanks to support from the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire’s fund we’ll be planting 5 cherry trees outside the new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) next to Oasis in Hesters Way.

If you’d like to lend a hand then pop down from 10am on Thursday 21st February. Bring a pair of stout boots and work clothes and we’ll provide the rest!

Public Art in KGV 1

We are very pleased to announce that the long delayed KGV public art project is due to commence!

Artist Rob Olins has been busily designing a piece of art work which reflects the input of local residents who attended workshops at Hesters Way Library and Easter Eggstravaganza and ideas from pupils at Rowanfield Junior School.

The art work will include two 4.5 tonne sound mirrors which will be constructed on site. They will be erected on opposite sides of the cycle path at the bottom end of the park. Earthworks will form a dragon shape linking the two concrete structures with paths and benches incorporated into the design. The work will be enhanced by tree and wildflower planting to create a stunning effect with seating facing the wonderful views on the Cotswolds in the distance.

The works will commence in February 2019 and last for up to 2 months.

For further information please contact CBC Parks Department on 01242 262626 or see https://www.robolins.net/current.html

Latest West Cheltenham Directory Out Now!

We have worked with partner agencies and local residents to develop a directory of resources for the West Cheltenham area. These include parks and gardens, sports clubs and societies, community buildings, councillors names and contact details for everything our partners get up to!

West Cheltenham Directory 2019 

Thanks to all those organisations who supplied new or updated details for the directory. If you notice errors or would like to suggest new inclusions or revisions please let us know and we’ll update as soon as we can!

Click on the image below to see a map of all the directory entries. To navigate the map choose the sections you are interested in on the left hand key.

Again, if you find that details have changed or that a new service or activity is missing please let us know so that we can keep the database up to date.

Dreamscheme secures funding for 2019

Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme the Dreamscheme project will continue into its 6th year.

The Dreamscheme project run by Hesters Way Partnership works with young people aged 8-11 in West Cheltenham. Children are referred by 2 local primary schools in Hester’s Way and Rowanfield.

Through the scheme we intend to improve the children’s goals and widen their experiences by focusing on their strengths, encouraging a pride in their community and rewarding positive change.

The project has been running since 2013 and was supported for the first time by Awards for All last year. Originally, through discussions with the schools we recognised that some children would benefit from regular sessions to address their needs and to support them in ways that might not otherwise be available.

We have devised a project which is run and managed by a local mum, Jacquie, who is also a teaching assistant (TA) at Hesters Way Primary school and leader of the local Boys Brigade. She has gathered a team, including another local mum, Rachel also a TA, and Andrew a local dad, whose skills combine well together.

Dreamscheme project will provide 30 weekly after school sessions over a school year for up to 12 children per term selected by the participating schools. The intensive activities sessions will address issues of self-esteem, pride in the local area, teamwork and confidence through a variety of topics selected by the team in collaboration with the children.

The aim throughout these sessions and activities is to ensure that the participants are welcomed, given confidence to share their emotional experiences and feelings to help them in their everyday life. The project offers ways to help them to cope with these circumstances and to make better choices for themselves and to prepare for the transition to secondary school.

Community Breakfast 30th January 2019

Our first Community Breakfast of 2019 will feature a presentation by former resident and local Childrens Centre manager Shelley Hudjec whose new job involves promoting the activities, fundraising, donations and volunteering opportunities at the Blind Veterans Charity.

If you’d like to enjoy a cooked breakfast or just a hot cuppa then pop in to JTs Cafe from 8am on Wednesday 30th January to hear more about the Blind Veterans Charity.