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You are looking at a photo montage of the Gustav Holst Entrance to Imperial Gardens in Cheltenham, a section of railings reinstatement being undertaken by Friends of Imperial Square Heritage and Conservation (FISHAC).

This illustration explains that the iconic Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham have recently regained some extra grandeur with the reinstatement of two special sections of railings, a part of which is shown in the photo below.

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Following generous support from local residents, a number of local businesses, grant organisations and local fund raising the entrance to the east side of the Gardens and a section adjacent to the Town Hall on the north side have been reinstated.

This has all been possible because of the enthusiasm of FISHAC.   Established as a charity some five years ago the desire has been to recover and repair the Heritage and Conservation assets in Imperial Square and Gardens.

The initial objective is to restore the ornamental railings and entrances, which are such a feature of Cheltenham, around Imperial Gardens. These were removed in 1940 as part of the War effort. The original plinths on which the railings are mounted still exist.

The work has been undertaken through the considerable support of Cheltenham Borough Council Green Space Department and the installation has been carried out by Ironwork Contractors in accordance with planning permission.

These features provide a meaningful and impressive representation of how the railings would have looked before removal – a sense of how it was, while continuing to retain the open aspect of the Gardens.

A future section of the restoration project will be to reinstate the Gustav Holst (main entrance) to the Gardens from The Promenade. This again will be to the original specification and include the two stone pillars either side surmounted by globe lanterns and a section of iron railings either side.

The impressive montage, which is an exact replica of the original, has been graphically illustrated by one of the Friends’ members.

Bob Keevil, Chairman of FISHAC, said: “The Friends are very proud of what they have achieved and this latest section of reinstatement will be equally impressive.

“We consider this to be a People’s Initiative and the favourable comments we have received so far are really encouraging.”

This latest work will restore the impressive main entrance to Imperial Gardens and the Town Hall and at the same time will provide a magnificent frame to the Holst Statue and Fountain.

FISHAC are extremely grateful to all those who have supported this work to help conserve and enhance this beautiful Square and Gardens.

If any individual, benefactor or organisation wishes to support this restoration project then please get in touch. The email address is – info@fishac.org

FISHAC is the Charity (Charity No. 1143665, Company Registered in England No. 7639324 and registered at 18, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Glos, GL50 1QZ) which was founded by the parent group – Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens (FISG).

pics929It was a wonderful surprise and a great honour for FISHAC to receive the Cheltenham in Bloom President’s Award at the CIB Awards Evening in September.  David Stennett – Vice Chairman of FISHAC and Paulette Faulkner are pictured receiving the Trophy and Certificate on behalf of the Charity from the Mayor of Cheltenham – Councillor Chris Ryder.

All the Trustees are thrilled and encouraged by this Award


Friends of Imperial Square Heritage and Conservation (FISHAC)  was established as a charity some five years ago to raise funds to reinstate and repair the heritage and conservation assets in Imperial Square and Gardens.  Its initial aim was to reinstate the ornamental iron railings and entrances, which are such a feature in Cheltenham, around Imperial Gardens. These were removed in 1940 as part of the war effort.

Owing variously to the changes in funding procedures by grant aiding bodies and charities, and in part from competition of other worthy conservation projects in the town, insufficient funds have been raised to undertake the entire project at this stage.

Nevertheless, following generous financial support from local residents, a number of local businesses, local grant organisations and through fund raising events, a revised programme to kick start the project by reinstating the railings and entrance on the east side of the Gardens and the railings adjacent to the stone pillar to the left hand side looking at the front of the Town Hall, on the north side has been put in place. 

The original stone plinths on which the railings are mounted still exist.

This work has been undertaken through the considerable support and co-operation of Cheltenham Borough Council Green Space Dept. and the work carried out by Ironwork Contractors. The work is in accordance with the approved Planning Permission.

These features provide a meaningful and impressive representation of how the railings would have originally looked before removal  –  a sense of how it was, whilst continuing to retain the open aspect of the Gardens.

FISHAC are extremely grateful to all those who have supported this work to help conserve and enhance this beautiful Square and Gardens.  If any individual, benefactor or organisation wishes to support this restoration project then please get in touch.

FISHAC is the Charity (Charity no. 1143665, Company Registered in England No. 7639324) founded by the parent group Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens (FISG).  Registered at 18 Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Glos., GL50 1QZ.

Click on first photo for Slide Show.

wreathJust after midday on Thursday 30th October, Members of Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens (FISG) were joined at the Remembrance Beds in Imperial Gardens by the three Lansdown Ward Councillors together with Representatives from Cheltenham in Bloom, and Friends of Montpellier Bandstand and Gardens (FOMBAG) to await the arrival of the Mayor of Cheltenham and the President, Chairman and Chaplain of the Cheltenham Branch of the Royal British Legion accompanied by British Legion Members.

David Stennett, Chairman of FISG welcomed everyone and then handed over to the Chaplain of the Royal British Legion to lead the Remembrance Ceremony.

The Prayer of Remembrance was said followed by the RBL Bugler sounding the Last Post after which the Act of Homage was led by the RBL President with everyone present responding with the words ‘We Will Remember Them’.

The Two Minutes Silence followed.

The Reveille was sounded and then the Kohima Epitaph –

When you go home, tell them of us and say

For your tomorrow we gave our today.

The FISG Wreath was laid by the Chairman.

The Chaplain gave the Closing Prayer and Blessing.

 This was followed by some Closing Words from the Mayor, Cllr. Simon Wheeler.

It is fitting that as a result of the FISG Centenary Community Project involving co-operation with Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham in Bloom, several Community Groups and especially the young people there is now a Focal Point of Remembrance within Imperial Gardens and FISG looks forward to working with the Royal British Legion on an Annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Remembrance Beds.

Planting Ceremony held on Tuesday 24th June 2014 

This Community Remembrance Project in Imperial Gardens aims to Remember the Fallen.

Friends of Imperial Square Heritage and Conservation (FISHAC), have been in co-operation over many months with Cheltenham in Bloom, Cheltenham Borough Council and UBICO together with Bettridge School and The Butterfly Garden, culminating in a Planting Ceremony with the Mayor officiating on 24th June 2014 at which the Students finished off planting the Remembrance Beds, the majority of which was carried out by the Staff of Cheltenham Borough Council Parks Dept and UBICO. A Community Pride Grant from Cheltenham Borough Council contributed to the Cost of this Community Project.

Members of Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens (FISG), were joined at the Ceremony by Representatives from Cheltenham in Bloom, the Royal British Legion, Cheltenham Borough Council Parks Dept. and UBICO together with several Borough Councillors and Volunteers from the Butterfly Garden, this Centenary project provides a lasting focal point of Remembrance for All the Fallen within Imperial Gardens and an Interpretation Board nearby describes this Community Project.

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Reinstatement of the Historic Ornamental Railings Around Imperial Gardens.
This Computer Montage shows the entrance to Imperial Gardens from the Promenade which following a Public Consultation. was given full approval by CBC Borough Council in July 2013

 

Please download permission by clicking on document title.

CBC Amended Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent (Part 1) 

CBC Amended Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent (Part 2) 

CBC Amended Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent (Montage & Plan) 

 

Following Public Consultations and Cheltenham Borough Council’s full approval for
The Friends of Imperial Square Heritage and Conservation (FISHAC) to Reinstate the Historic Ornamental Railings Around Imperial Gardens, a Reception and Art Exhibition fundraising event was held and the substantial sum of £2500 was raised.

The Charity would welcome more Volunteers to join in this exciting Community Heritage Project.

For further information please visit www.fishac.org or email info@fishac.org

1200099FUL – CBC Planning Approval Please download permission by clicking on document title

 

 

The Trustees are pleased to be able to report that the total profit from the above event was £1,171.00, which has been paid into the FISHAC Charity Account.
This is a really lovely result and our grateful thanks are due to everyone who supported the event – 91 in all, plus some who gave donations instead of attending, those who brought friends with them to swell the numbers, those who so generously provided the super Raffle Prizes.
We were so lucky to have ‘Royal Weather’. It was a real Jubilee Celebration and was a perfect start to feeling part of this National Historic Event. We were so thrilled to have The Mayor with us as our Special Guest together with other Councillors and Officers. Both The Mayor and the FISHAC Chairman gave suberb speeches followed by The Loyal Toast.