An all inclusive project to influence future development plans for the west of Cheltenham led by the West Cheltenham Neighbourhood Forum and supported by Hesters Way Partnership. See dedicated website has been uploaded so why not take a look!
Hesters Way Partnership has been administering the Community Investment Grant on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council from 2009 to 2014 and Cheltenham Borough Homes until 2016. The grant is aimed at providing services and support the the community of west Cheltenham. It currently offers;
The IT suite, refurbished in 2015 has provided drop in IT facilities including training in jobsearch skills, CV writing, microsoft office skills and gerneral computer proficiency. Courses are open to all and are offered free of charge.
For details about IT drop in sessions and Job Club at Hesters Way Community Resource Centre call 01242 521319
Hesters Way Partnership produce a four monthly community magazine called Viewpoint including news articles, services adverts and general information and stories about local people places and events. See more information.
The Heters Way Neighbourhood Project run a volunteer program in support of the Community Resource Centres. Opportunities are available at reception, with IT drop ins, youth work and for community events. Call 01242 521319
Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
The Hesters Way Partnership has raised funds from Active Together, the Police Commissioners Fund and its own resources to install a MUGA on the land in front of the Oasis Centre on Princess Elizabeth Way. It is hoped that the facility will open before summer 2017.
King George V playing fields (KGV)
Hesters Way Partnership has worked with local community residents and Cheltenham Borough Council Parks Department to regenerate the KGV fields for the benefit of local people. We have together via consultation run a variety of improvement projects including;
- a new cycle path across the park,
- a planting scheme in partnership with the Big Tree Plant
- new play equipment including a MUGA.
We are planning to continue the work and fulfil the aims described in the masterplan developed with key stakeholders in 2013;
Springfield Park Hesters Way Partnership has worked with local community residents and Cheltenham Borough Council Parks Department to regenerate the Springfield for the benefit of local people. We have together via consultation run a variety of improvement projects including; Tree planting, landscaping includiung flood defences, swales, ponds, active play areas, new play equipment imroved draininge for sports pitches and improvements in the pavilion. There is also public art woks and a community garden within the curtilage of the Springbank Community Resource Centre. The park has been awarded both Planting Places and the prestigious Green Flag award for 5 years.
Hesters Way Partnership with support form Cheltenham Borough Council raised funds from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (Phase II) and from the Local Sustainable Energy Programme for a renewable energy scheme. The funds provided 24 PV panels installed on the roof of the Hesters Way Community Resource Centre and a 15m wind turbine in Springfield Park, supplying energy to the Springbank Community Resource Centre.
The panels shown on the starter units above have supplied over 20,000 KWh of power to the community centre since installation in 2010.
- Griffiths Avenue Nature Reserve
- Green Impact
- Green Flag award
- Planting Places award
- Community garden at Springbank Community Resource Centre
Hesters Way Story Chair Thanks to public art funds released from the section 106 agreement at a housing development off Rowanfield Road a scheme was developed with local sculptor Natasha Houseago and Digital artist David Grange to produce the Hesters Way Story Chair. The chair is on display in the Hesters Way library lobby.
Mosaic Murals In 2006 the Hesters Way Partnership worked with Cheltenham in Bloom to develop 6 mosaic murals for the wall of the HWCRC comemorating the local area. The murals were created by local groups from Cheltenham Borough Homes, GlosColl, the St Aidans Church and Monkscroft School.
Springbank Urban Art Project
During the constrution of the Springbank Community Centre Hesyets Way Partnership worked with teh Art Gallery and Museum to deliver a community urban art project. The results of the project, produced to a large extent by young people form teh vicinity of the centre were stunning.
KGV Arts Project For more information see here
West Cheltenham Business Breakfasts
Hesters Way Partnership has been running the West Cheltenham business breakfast since June 2013. The group meets at the JTs Café in the Community Resource Centre on the last Wednesday of most months. Its a very friendly meeting with no joining fee and offers a chance for you to meet local business folk, exchange ideas and contacts. Any one form a local business, sole trader or charity is welcome to attend; breakfasts cost £5 but if you prefer just a coffee then that’s fine too!
Here are our next speaker meetings;
- February 22nd Heads Up Cheltenham a project to support better understanding of mental health
- March 29th GEM Project supporting the most vulnerable people unemployed people who face multiple barriers to work
If you would like further information please contact Andy or Jenny on 01242 575638 or 01242 226282
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES and EVENTS
A variety of large community events are offered from the community resource centres in the area notably from Springbank. These include the Spring and Summer Fairs, Eco Fun Day and Winter Wonderland events.
Thanks to funding from the Police and Crime Commissiomer and in partnership with local primary schools (Hesters Way, Rowanfield, and Springbank Primary Academy) the Hesters Way Partnership has been running the Dreamscheme Project since 2011. The pastoral scheme suports children with self esteem, confidence and life skills with a view to their successful integration into school activities and with transition through to secondary education. The project is run by Jacquie Boyer, Rachel Clidfford and Andrew Stratton every Wednesday after school. Here are some photos of the children enjopying various activities;
from Hesters Way CRC at 10am on Tuesdays and from Springbank CRC at 10 am on Thursdays
Hesters Way Glow Sports
Glow in the dark sports sessions from at Oasis and YMCA Arle Road starting Tuesday 31st Jaunary. See poster for details