Sat 12 Nov 7.30pm The Prince Michael Hall, The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham GL51 6EP

Spaniel In The Works Theatre Company present Trenchcoats for Goalposts: Christmas Truce 1914, a compelling ninety minute show in Theatre-Poetry & Live Music & Song recounting a famous moment from the First World War.

Inspired by local stories and memories, two brave Cheltenham Town FC players set off from Cheltenham for the front line. Be transported in theatre, spoken word, live music and song to No Man’s Land in a moving and often funny re-creation of the 1914 Christmas Truce.

Tickets £12 from B/0 01242 258002 & online from:


New logo unveiled for Cheltenham Remembers

This Cheltenham Remembers project has a new logo, launched in time for this Sunday (13 November) on the Remembrance Sunday order of service.

The logo was chosen from a number of designs by local graphic designers Hills Design.

Early versions were shared with the borough’s World War One Commemoration project group and the final design was approved by Cllr Rowena Hay and Mark Sheldon as cabinet lead and sponsor for the project.

The design does not include the poppy motif to ensure there would be no confusion with the Royal British Legion’s trademark poppy used in their fundraising appeals.

Unveiling of the newly restored Cheltenham War Memorial

Sunday 18 September saw the unveiling of the newly refurbished war memorial on the Promenade. The Battle of Britain service was the very first event to take place at the memorial, following a 12 week restoration, and as part of the service, the new names added to the memorial were unveiled and an acknowledgment was made of the restoration work. 

The council worked with local historians to research and identify people whose names were, due to error or lack of information at the time, omitted from the war memorial.  Six people were found, who fit the criteria of being born or living in Cheltenham (under its present day boundary) at the time they joined up; who died in active service, or of wounds or illness before 31st August 1921, and who are not on any other UK memorial.  The names are:  Elizabeth Hannah Jane Roberts, (the first female to be named on the memorial); Private John George Cox; Private Leonard Ivin; Private Richard Fox; Rifleman Thomas Henry Baker and Private Alfred Belcher.  Members of the families of those men and women whose names were added to the memorial attended the service along with representatives of the regiments in which they served. 


The Battle of Jutland – 100 years ago today

The Battle of Jutland started 100 years ago today, 31 May 1916 and ended on 1 June 1916..  It is considered to be the only major naval battle of World War 1.  The British Navy lost more men and ships, but the verdict was that the German Navy lost and was never in a position again to put to sea during the war.

6,094 British men were lost, including the following Cheltonians:

Leading Stoker Douglas Hugh PREECE R.N, of 8 Victoria Terrace, Cheltenham.  Killed in action at sea 31.05.16 aged 24.

Lieutenant Commander Frank Goodrich TERRY R.N of Ravenswood, Battledown, Cheltenham.  Aged 33 and remembered on Charlton Kings War Memorial.

Midshipman George Paul HOPCRAFT R.N of Old Gable House, Southam.  Aged 16.  His name is on Bishops Cleeve and Southam War Memorials.

Royal Marine Major Robert CROSTHWAITE. RMLI, of 12 Clarence Square, Cheltenham.  Aged 43.

Petty Officer 1st Class Walter Loveridge JONES R.N of 17 Northfield Terrace, Cheltenham.  Aged 28.

Leading Seaman William George HILL. R.N of 7 Abbotts Cottages, Cheltenham.  Aged 29.

Able Seaman Sidney Heard PRICE R.N of 36 Victoria Street, St Pauls, Cheltenham.  Aged 26.

Sick Berth Attendant Herbert George HILL R.N, address unknown.  Aged 28.

Midshipman Maynell Osbourne HANWELL R.N of Orchard Lane, Battledown, Cheltenham.  Aged 16.

Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas LANGLEY R.N of 15 Grosvenor Street, Cheltenham.  Aged 27.

Able Seaman Robert FRENCH R.N of Horsefair Street, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham.  Aged 26.  His name is on the Charlton Kings Memorial.

Stoker 2nd Class Fredrick MILLS R.N of 42 Keynsham Street, Cheltenham.  Aged 33.  Died of illness in Scotaldn 03.11.18.

They will be remembered at The Parade and Service of Commemoration today at 12 noon (please assemble by 11.30am) at Cheltenham Minster (St Mary’s Church), GL50 3JX, off Clarence Street, between the Library and the High Street.



War memorial is set to return to its former glory thanks to funding success

The long-awaited restoration of the Promenade’s war memorial will begin on 23 May.

The good news comes after the council secured more than £84,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund Our Heritage grant scheme and £24,400 from the War Memorial Trust to go towards both the restoration and WW1 commemoration activities and events. The restoration work is expected to last around 12 weeks.

The funding – together with a contribution from the borough council – will sympathetically restore the war memorial to its former glory. The work will include cleaning of the stonework, repointing and restoring the lettering of the 1284 names currently on the memorial. Following an appeal to residents, six names have been identified to be added to the memorial.

The work – which follows a successful patch test to help identify technique and best practise – will be carried out by Cliveden Conservation Workshop Ltd who were selected through a procurement process.

Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for finance said: “The restoration marks the centenary of World War 1 and safeguards the memorial as a focus of remembrance and commemoration into the next century, so I am delighted that we have been successful in receiving the funding we need to make this possible. It will take place alongside a full programme of commemoration activities and events so that individuals, groups, schools and clubs can find their own ways to reflect upon the experiences and sacrifices of local people.’’

Nerys Watts, from HLF, added: “The First World War touched every community across the UK and our war memorials are a stark visual reminder of this. They are also a good place to begin to explore the impact of the War both on those who fought and those who remained at home. This project, one of over 1000 First World War projects we’ve funded so far, will both preserve an important memorial and ensure this history is much better known and we are very proud to be supporting it.”

Frances Moreton, director at the War Memorials Trust added: “War Memorials Trust is delighted to be supporting this project. The funding, through the First World War Memorials Programme, will help repair this memorial and preserve it so generations can continue to pay their respects today and in the future.”

During the work, hoardings will be placed around the memorial to ensure safety of the site. If during this time members of the public need access to the memorial to view a name, they can make an appointment with the council so that arrangements can be made. Please call switchboard on 01242 262626.

Imjin Music Festival – Thursday 9th June 2016

Taking place at Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, Gloucester

Join us as we celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style, with a Spitfire and Lancaster flypast, Sounding Retreat, RAF Falcons parachute display team; an evening packed with children’s activities and the best in local music and entertainment.

BYO picnic or feast from the street foods and drink on sale.

FREE ENTRY.  For more information and tickets, visit

Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland – 31 May 2016

Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association Cheltenham are hosting a commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the First World War, in which thousands of British and German sailors perished at sea.

The Parade and Service of Commemoration will taken place on Tuesday 31 May at 12 noon (please assemble by 11.30am) at Cheltenham Minster (St Mary’s Church), GL50 3JX, off Clarence Street, between the Library and the High Street.

Amongst those lost, we will remember by name 12 Cheltonians and 7 sailors from Gloucester.

Standards, flags, banners welcome.

Email responses please to

Funding bid to support war memorial restoration – share your project ideas

The restoration of the Promenade’s war memorial is soon to take a step closer with a funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. As part of this, the council is inviting community organisations to consider any projects they would like to see included in the bid to highlight the significance of the First World War to the Cheltenham community. The deadline for expressions of interest is 18 December 2015.

Early next year, Cheltenham Borough Council will be submitting a bid to “Our Heritage” (part of the Heritage Lottery Fund) for funding to support both the physical restoration of the war memorial and commemorative events, ahead of the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018.

In order to secure the funding for a range of community-based activities across the borough to commemorate World 1, the council is inviting organisations who would like to include a project in the bid to send in an expression of interest.

To apply, please see the guidelines and download and complete the expression of interest form.

The council is looking to include projects to take place in 2017 or 2018 that will meet the aim of “connecting today’s community to the significance of World War 1” and come under one or more of the following themes:

• Capturing and sharing of local stories of soldiers from Cheltenham in World War 1
• Exploring our contribution to the war effort at home in Cheltenham
• Commemorating women who died serving their country
• Sharing music, art and poetry of the time that reflected the changing social history and culture

Activities can take the form of:

• Public activities, events and ceremonies
• Community involvement and discovery
• Education projects with children and young people

Any not for profit organisation can apply, and bids can be made of between £2000 and £20,000 for any one activity. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 18 December, and the decision about which projects will be included in the Our Heritage bid will be communicated in early January.

For more information please contact Helen Down at or call 01242 774960.