HESTERS WAY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
An all inclusive project to influence future development plans for Hesters Way ward led by the Hesters Way Neighbourhood Forum and supported by Hesters Way Partnership. See dedicated website so why not take a look!
The Hesters 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
Hesters Way Partnership produce a termly community magazine called Viewpoint including news articles, services adverts and general information and stories about local people places and events. See more information.
Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
The 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. See here for details of the opening event.
MUGA Sports Coaching
Sports sessions from at the new MUGA at Oasis will be taking place over the summer holidays in 2019.
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; the next addition will be “The Dragon” art piece has planning permission and will be installed in 2019 with an opening event in September.
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 including flood defences, swales, ponds, active play areas, new play equipment improved drainage 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 6 years most recently in 2019.
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 kW of power to the community centre since installation in 2010.
- 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 Hesters Way Partnership worked with the 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 the vicinity of the centre were stunning.
KGV Arts Project For more information see here
Oasis Urban Art Project
Thanks to funding from Hesters Way Partnership (HWP), the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire and Bence Builders Merchants, local young people were able to paint a sick(!) mural next to the new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at Oasis on Princess Elizabeth Way.
Twenty local youngsters helped come up with designs in workshops at the Oasis Centre with the help of a local urban artist Slaz. The ideas generated were then translated into a huge mural using spray paints. (see below)
West Cheltenham Community Breakfasts
Hesters Way Partnership has been running the West Cheltenham business / community 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!
See here our next speaker meetings
If you would like further information please contact Andy 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 Awards for All and in partnership with local primary schools (Hesters Way and Rowanfield) the Hesters Way Partnership has been running the Dreamscheme Project since 2012. 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 Clifford and Andrew Stratton every Wednesday after school.
We run an annual event called Easter Eggstravaganza at the St Marks and Hesters Way Community Centre usually a couple of weeks before Easter to avoid the rush! Local groups are welcome to join the regulars who include The Boys Brigade tombola, the Scouts with their monkey bridge and assorted stalls. Food is supplied by the Scouts and in recent years we’ve had Indian Street food courtesy of Hema and family!
Departing from Hesters Way CRC at 10.30am on Tuesdays and from Springbank CRC at 10.30am on Thursdays