Urban Art at Hesters Way Centre

We’ve just commissioned some urban art at Hesters Way!

Just days after the end of the fantastic Cheltenham Paint Festival, HWP were offered the artist Samer to paint on the wall at Hesters Way Community Resource Centre. His work in Cheltenham includes the “gannets” adjacent to Woody’s veg stall on the High Street from 2018 and the “cat” on Albion Street form the 2019 festival.

Flower Bird was completed on September 12th and we hope you’ll agree adds a superb new perspective to the centre.

Flower Bird by Samer 2019

Summer Sports Drop In at MUGA

A sports drop-in a will take place over the summer holidays including coaching from Bridge Football Academy at the MUGA next to Oasis on Coronation Square. Activities will start at 2pm and run till 4.30pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the holidays from 29th July

Easter Urban Art Project

Local young people enjoyed the urban art project over the Easter holidays helping artist Slaz (AKA Tim Martin) to create this fantastic mural at the Oasis Centre.

The design was inspired by ideas generated in the workshops in the centre and reimagined on a large scale on boarding attached to the adjacent fencing.

The young people learned about drawing letters and 3D effects as well as the difficult skill of working with spray paints. They were even given their own practice boards to take home.

Thanks go to The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire and Bence for their sponsorship of the project

Public Art in KGV 4


The piece of artwork here known as the Dragon was designed by Rob Olins, from Coleford in the Forest of Dean. Rob held workshops at the Hesters Way Library, Rowanfield Junior School and at the Easter Eggstravaganza 2017 at which people could work with him to come up with ideas for the piece.


The design is now finished and installation of two sound mirrors, a series of sleeper benches and linked paths is nearly complete.

The landscaping has been complemented by tree and wildflower planting.

The fencing will be removed once the seeds have germinated when everyone will be welcome to enjoy the new installation.

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!