HRH Princess Anne

Cheltenham Remembers Project Co-Ordinator Rebecca Sillence was introduced to a very special visitor at Cheltenham Racecourse this weekend. HRH Princess Anne paid a visit to the Gloucestershire and Racing Remember event at Cheltenham Racecourse, where she spoke with exhibitors and local historians about their projects to commemorate WW1.

Poignant Tribute

A poignant and moving tribute was paid to every individual named on Cheltenham War Memorial at the end of our special WW1 projection on November 11th. Original composition by Tim Mountain featuring the Cheltenham Ladies’ College choir.

Breathtaking WW1 Projection

Thank you to everyone who came to see our projection of WW1 imagery and sound at the Municipal Offices. It was truly breathtaking to see the building illuminated and come to life with such powerful animations. Alongside the creations of Tim Mountain of Evenlode Films the projection also featured the work of local university students, original compositions, poetry and spoken word performances.

Photos below by Martin Reynolds

Thank You

Thank you everyone who took part in and supported our Cheltenham Remembers Memorial March yesterday. 1,278 Cheltonian service men and women’s names carried with pride. Despite the heavy rain, we were gifted with a beautiful rainbow and the day really embodied the spirit of community and remembrance.

You can watch the BBC Midlands Today coverage here:

Making the Memorial March

On November 10th more than 1,200 people will march through Cheltenham to represent the number of people listed on Cheltenham’s War Memorial. Each marcher will be given a name (and image if available) of an individual serviceman or woman to carry.

Whilst in principal this seems like a simple idea a huge amount of research and collaboration was required to create this event. Initially each of the 1,296 men and 1 woman listed on the war memorial needed to be identified and researched. (There were 1,290 original names, 1 added after unveiling in 1921 and 6 added in 2016 during the restoration phase) Continue reading “Making the Memorial March”

Rolling road closures – 10 November, 1-3pm

To say ‘Thank You’ to all the Cheltonians who gave so much and asked so little, this Saturday will see over 1,200 people join a route to represent 1278 named servicemen and servicewomen listed on the central war memorial and lost in the First World War.

The WW1 march will see rolling road closures from Sandford Park through to Montpellier Gardens on the 10 Nov from 1pm until 3pm.

Please expect 20 minute delays, College Road is expected to take a little longer.

Please plan your journey in advance.

The Story of a Cheltenham Munitions Worker

This is the story of Ada Shadbolt, a Cheltenham munitions worker during the First World War.

Ada’s granddaughter Dawn explains:

“Ada (pictured in her munitions uniform) was born in 1887. She was my paternal grandmother and was in service in various places before the war. The only definite detail that I have so far is that she was the cook at Ham House, Charlton Kings in 1911.

We know she worked in Munitions at Quedgeley and I have her triangular On War Service badge with 1918 on it.  We also have this wonderful photo of her in her munitions uniform. We don’t know exactly when she worked here.”

(To read more about the munitions ‘filling factory’ at Quedgeley visit

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