Published on 14th July 2016

Pittville pump room

Cheltenham’s mayor, Chris Ryder is hosting an afternoon tea to celebrate 300 years since the discovery of the town’s spa waters.

Tickets are now on sale for an afternoon of tea and entertainment at Pittville Pump Room on Wednesday 20 July at 3pm. Guests can enjoy Handel duets, arias and folk songs sung by Sebastian and Vicki Field, former mayor and mayoress of Gloucester and professional singers. Sebastian and Vicki are co-directors of the Sine Nomine Youth Choir in Gloucester and direct several other choirs in the area.

Jason Richards (Dean Close School) will play a selection of popular classics and a ‘past and present’ sketch from local actors Maralyn Reynolds and Ben Perkins will entertain the audience.

All money raised from the ticket sales – at £20 each – will go to the mayor’s chosen charities. For more details and to purchase tickets for the event, please contact Jennie Ingram, PA to the mayor on 01242 264108, or email [email protected]

In addition to the event, the mayor is also running a collage competition for young people up to the age of 18, with the theme ‘the spa waters of Cheltenham’. Details of the competition have been sent to local schools and community groups including brownies and scouts.

Any medium can be used for the picture collage such as paints, chalk, recycled materials, pasta/pulses/seeds and it can be submitted on paper, card or canvas with a maximum size of A3.

Collages can be submitted by individuals or groups.

Closing date for delivery of the collages to the Municipal Offices in Cheltenham is Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 5pm.

Mayor Chris Ryder says: “It has been 300 years since spa water was discovered in our beautiful town and I felt it was important to mark this occasion. So I am really excited to be hosting a wonderful musical afternoon at the pump room. All money raised from the sale of tickets will go to my worthy charities so I hope that people will come along.

“I also think it is important to raise awareness about the spa water discovery to our young people and that’s why I am encouraging them to take part in our competition and showcase their artistic talents.”

All entries of the competition will be on display in the pump room for viewing at the event on 20 July and during the afternoon, the winning collages within the age categories will be chosen.

The winning entrant(s) will be invited to the mayor’s parlour at a later date to receive their prize.

For media enquiries, please contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email [email protected]


Mayor’s charities

This year, the mayor has chosen to support CCP (County Community Projects) and St Vincent’s and St George’s Association.

Pittville Pump Room

The Pump Room is a monument to more than I00 years of fame which Cheltenham enjoyed as a Spa town. The waters were first discovered in around 1715 on a site now occupied by Cheltenham Ladies College.