The formal launch of FISHAC took place on Thursday evening, 24th November 2011. The event was attended by around eighty guests including the local MP and the Mayor of Cheltenham as well as Councillors and Representatives from Cheltenham Borough Council and local Businesses and Groups.
The Chairman of FISG welcomed everyone and explained that FISHAC (Friends of Imperial Square Heritage and Conservation) had stemmed from the desire of the Group of Friends of Imperial Square & Gardens (FISG) wanting to contribute something positive towards the Regency ambience of The Square for the people of Cheltenham.
The Chairman of FISHAC went on to explain the Aims of the Charity quoting directly from the Articles of Association of the Company “The conservation and enhancement of the public areas of Imperial Square, Cheltenham (including Imperial Gardens), including the installation of copies of some of the original features for the benefit and enjoyment of all members of the public.”
He said that the first proposal, which it is hoped would be a fine way to celebrate and commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, was the reinstatement of the historic iron railings around the Gardens, to the original specification as far as possible, and with sufficient and appropriately wide entrances.
The original railings were removed as part of the War Effort during the Second World War but most of the stone plinths are still in place. He emphasised that there is absolutely no intention of installing gates in any of the agreed entrances.
It was felt that this proposal, although a big challenge, would provide a very positive enhancement and contribution to the beauty and historic character of the Square. Ornamental iron railings are a strong feature of Regency and Victorian architecture in Cheltenham. He stressed the desire of FISHAC to make this a community effort with all the people of Cheltenham and its surrounding area working together to achieve its goal and to benefit from it.
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