Volunteers needed!

Would you like to volunteer at our exciting WW1 Re-enactment event on Saturday September 1st or Sunday September 2nd? The Great War Society will be setting up a recreation WW1 hospital and training camp at the Folly, 280 Swindon Road and we’re looking for volunteers to help out with this family friendly event.

Please contact kelly.patterson@cheltenham.gov.uk if you’d like to be involved.

Will you be there for them?

On Saturday November 10th Cheltenham Rememers will be holding a WW1 Memorial March through the town. We are looking for 1,290 volunteers to each represent a name on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Click here to sign up to take part in this moving tribute to the Cheltonians who lost their lives in WW1

Everyone taking part will be given a placard with the name (and photo if available) of a single serviceman or servicewomen who lost their life in the First World War. The group will march from Pittville Park to Montpellier Gardens  – following in the footsteps of a Peace March held in 1919 for 4,000 returning servicemen.


Peace Celebrations 1919

Several peace celebration took place in Cheltenham over the summer of 1919. Commencing with a Peace Fete held in Pittville Park during July and culminating in a tribute to the ‘fighting men of Cheltenham’ in August, where more than 4,000 returned servicemen marched between Montpellier Park and Pittville Gardens. Later this year on November 10th, we hope to follow in their footsteps and hold a community march through Cheltenham to commemorate the 1,290 servicemen and women who are listed on Cheltenham’s War Memorial.

Holst Street Art Style!

Next time you are passing North Place car park look out for the finished street art mural featuring Gustav Holst. The ‘exhibition’ is arranged by the Holst Birthplace Museum as part of their WW1 programme.

The installation includes letterpress posters created by Pittville School and the general public in response to The Balkan News (a WW1 era publication that Holst is likely to have read whilst in Salonika). The display also features a special portrait commission of Holst by Andy ‘Dice’ Davies, Street Artist and Director of the Cheltenham Paint Festival.

To read more about it visit http://holstmuseum.org.uk/exhibition-the-balkan-news-and-holst-street-art-style/

High-impact animation planned

Cheltenham Remembers logo by Hills Design

Stunning animation to be projected onto the Municipal building 11 November, 5pm

On Sunday November 11, as part of Cheltenham Remembers Remembrance Sunday commemoration events, a 10 to 15 minute high-impact film of WW1 imagery will be projected onto the Municipal Offices throughout the late afternoon and into the evening and will be accessible to everyone.

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Gustav Holst’s WW1: With the Salonika Forces

Exhibition 10 July – 15 December 2018 at the Holst Birthplace Museum, Clarence Road

An exhibition exploring how Holst taught music to soldiers in Salonika and Constantinople during WW1. The story will be told through letters, diaries, photographs and archive film, as well as a reconstruction of Holst’s own room in the Salonika YMCA. Pop into the YMCA hut in the Holst Learning Space for children’s activities throughout the exhibition.