History of Hesters Way

Many of the photos and historical information we have used over the years in our descriptions of the local area, our funding applications and on this website have been provided by the tireless contributors to the History of Hesters Way

These five volumes provide a fantastic insight into the development and change in the west of Cheltenham and are a small price to pay for the plethora of intriguing stories, rare photographs, maps and documents offered inside.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Chris Green, former resident and employee of Hesters Way Neighbourhood Project for all the hard work that went into editing them.

Why not get hold of a copy or two today!

Office Administrator Vacancy

DEADLINE Thursday 16th February

The Hesters Way Partnership is looking for an Office Administrator required to cover maternity leave from April 2017.

The successful applicant will be responsible for: General office duties, financial management, minute and record keeping. Candidates must be literate and numerate and have some accounting experience.

Salary: £10 / hr

Hours: 22hrs / week term time only (some evenings and occasional weekends)

Location: Hesters Way Community Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham

Application forms along with further details about the Partnership are available by following the links below. The closing date for applications is Thursday 16th February, with interviews due to take place on Monday 27th February.

Please find below links to:

  1. Job description Job Description Jan 2017
  2. Person specification Person Specification Jan 2017
  3. Covering letter Covering letter Office Administrator Jan 2017
  4. Application form Part 1 APPLICATION FORM 1 Office Administrator Jan 2017
  5. Application form Part 2 APPLICATION FORM 2 Office Administrator Jan 2017
  6. Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FORM

Please return completed forms to  andyhayes@hwpartnership.org.uk by 16th February



KGV public art project

Saturday 11th February

We are very pleased to announce that the long delayed KGV public art project is due to recommence! Workshops with artist Rob Olins are planned at Rowanfield Junior School for school pupils and at Hesters Way Library for the general public. The library workshop will take place during opening hours between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 11th February so if you have an artistic side or simply want to suggest some ideas feel free to drop in.

Continue reading “KGV public art project”



Friday 10th February, 3pm until 5pm, near the play area

To provide improved access for all park users the council’s green space team would like to invite the local community to a consultation to discuss alterations to the gateways.

As part of this consultation we would like to ensure that all entrances provide access to all users, therefore by providing information on sizes of wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters it will enable people to access the park and enjoy the park’s environment.

If you’re unable to attend, but you would like to contribute please email mailto:greenspacedevelopment@cheltenham.gov.uk for further information.

West Cheltenham Public Art Trail

If you’d like to stay healthy and take in some of the public art attractions that West Cheltenham has to offer then why not have a go at the West Cheltenham Public Art Trail. The route measures 5km and takes about 1 hour to walk passing by five pieces of public art on the way. We have included a map below.

Starting at the Mosaic Mural made by 5 community groups and artist David Bowers in 2006 on the wall of the Hesters Way Community Centre on Princess Elizabeth Way. The route passes through the shopping centre at Edinburgh Place to the Hesters Way Library. In the library lobby you can find the Story Chair, another collaboration between Natasha Houseago and members of the local community. Continue reading “West Cheltenham Public Art Trail”

Business Breakfast

The next West Cheltenham Business Breakfast will be on Wednesday 15th January and will feature a presentation by Caroline Eardley of Active Impact. We’ll be given an insight into the work of the charity which provides opportunities for disabled and non-disabled young people together.

The groups is free to attend but if you’d like one of Jim’s hearty breakfasts it’ll cost you £5….the coffee and cakes are pretty good too.

Here are our next speaker meetings; Continue reading “Business Breakfast”

Community Development Articles

We have selected interesting articles and videos from a variety of community development projests from all over the world from the online magazine builder Flipboard. They include stories from Belfast about community grants, from an aboriginal community in Australia regarding a resident led infrastructure project,  case studies from the British Institute of Human Rights and from two cities in USA plus a TED talk from Cormack Russell about Asset based community development.

View my Flipboard Magazine.


Redevelopment of Springbank Shops

Since the consultation event on 11th November Newland Homes have produced more detailed plans for the redevelopment of the Springbank shopping centre. The proposals include 34 properties ranging from 1 bed appartments to 4 bed houses. They will be located on Pilgrove Way to the North and Springbank Way to the South. Space has been made available to the East of the site should a road be deemed valuable in the future.

See plans and elevations below;

For further details see Newland Homes website.

Development of West Cheltenham

The recent announcements in the press about the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) inspection look like they will have a significant impact on the west Cheltenham area.  The land to the west of Fiddlers Green has been earmarked for a 45 hectare business park with a focus on high tech companies potentially linked to the cyber security world of GCHQ. To the west of Springbank on what is now farmland is a proposal for 500 or more residential properties. If you would like more information please take a look at the JCS link above

A discussion will also take place regarding the new Cheltenham Plan Part 1 draft . This will also have implications for the west of Cheltenham.