The latest issue of Viewpoint magazine is now available. See here
The Hesters Way Partnership will be holding its AGM on Monday 29th November from 5.30pm at which we will be celebrating the successes of the year and showcasing our work.
HWP have been producing the Viewpoint magazine for many years and hope that it reflects the great work done by local residents and organisations to make west Cheltenham a better place to live. However, you may not know if the other work that HWP does. So we thought we’d give a quick run down of a few of our activities.
Since 1997, when HWP was formed, a key area of work has been on children and young people, after all they are the future so we need to support them as much as we can. To that end we have run a support group for local organisations which aims to share information and knowledge and to encourage collaborative work. Over the years we have constructed the MUGA at Oasis, run sports coaching sessions in the parks and art projects including the street art and murals plus the story chair at the library.
We also run a regular Neighbourhood Coordination and the Hesters Way Forum meetings with the help of local police officers, PCSOs and Borough Councillors. We share information about issues raised by community members and pool our resources to help resolve them.
Recently HWP has set up the West Cheltenham Community Pantry with the aim of supporting residents who find themselves in financial difficulties. The project got underway in November and will be providing much needed food and household items to members.
HWP has teamed up with CPRE Gloucestershire, Cotswolds and Vale Ash Dieback Forum and Cheltenham Borough Council to plant 250 trees in Fiddlers Green Park to replace ash trees lost or likely to be lost to ash dieback.
Funding for this project is from the CPRE, public donations to the Ash Fund, and the Cotswolds Conservation Board.
If you’d like to volunteer to plant the trees as part of the improvements suggested by local people take a look at the poster below. We’ll need about 20 volunteers to get this done in time!!
All Welcome 🙂
The Oasis street art mural was completed last week by 15 local children with the help of Tim Martin aka Slaz. Here is the result;
We’ll be running a week long street art project to complete the mural at Oasis. Why not drop in a learn some Banksy skills with local street artist Slaz. See details below;
Thanks to funding from the Holiday Activities Fund (HAF) we will be offering sports coaching activities in the parks this summer. In addition to the usual Oasis sessions we will also be offering activities at the MUGAs in KGV and Springfield Park. For details see the poster below;
The summer issue of Viewpoint is available here, news stories, reviews and ads about the west Cheltenham community
Back issues and details of how to send a story or advertise can be found here
The Hesters Way Partnership has invested in a new solar energy project on the roof of the Community Resource Centre with the support of a Target 2030 grant from Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA).
Target 2030 is a business energy efficiency project that aims to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire to achieve a change in their energy consumption, putting them on a more sustainable footing for the future.
The service is funded through the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency, a sustainability charity with 20 years of experience supporting local businesses.
The programme is an extension of the Target 2020 scheme (2017-2020), which part funded a LED lighting scheme at the centre and offered 30% of the cost of purchase and installation subject to meeting a minimum carbon saving.
The new 188 panel scheme was designed, supplied and installed by MyPower, a highly experienced Gloucestershire based company. The system will help HWP secure our energy, future-proof electricity costs and reduce the carbon footprint.
The system will supply green energy for tenants at the centres and the income will support local community projects.
The regular sports coaching from The Bridge Football Academy will take place across 4 days of the half term. The FREE activity is aimed at ages 6-18 so feel free to drop in between 2pm and 4.30pm Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th June.
The latest Viewpoint magazine will be delivered around the area before Easter but in the meantime here’s the online version;
Viewpoint Spring 2021
Households across Cheltenham will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.
Census day will be on March 21, but households will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit www.census.gov.uk