Published on 29th November 2018

Cheltenham Paint Festival 
Community Pride

A children’s cooking club is just one of many local projects to receive money from this year’s Community Pride fund.

In its 12th year, the borough council’s popular initiative has allocated £30,000 to local projects.

Successful projects this time around include a children’s weekly cooking club at the Rock, new planters and seating for Benhall park, and an early years project in St Paul’s hosted by the Holst Birthplace Trust. Other local initiatives to receive funding include: Up Hatherley Parish Council’s project to install a much needed sound and hearing loop system in the village hall; Cheltenham Paint Festival’s roll out of art in to Hester’s Way and Springbank; and Cheltenham Connect’s project to continue the decoration of utility boxes around the town.

Smaller scale initiatives also received money and they include a Christmas festival at Grove Street Community Resource Centre, a winter wonderland in Hester’s Way and the annual Holocaust Memorial Act of Remembrance.

Ali English, community champion from the Rock youth charity at St Peter’s Church, was pleased to receive a grant, she said: ‘’Our funding will help us to continue to run our community café on Mondays during term time.’’

Dan Papworth, chair of Benhall park group added: ‘’We are now able to install a new bench into Benhall Park, incorporating a planter which will add lots of colour into the area during the summer months and attract wildlife. We are really pleased to have received the money from the council’s community pride fund.’’

Councillor Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles said: “It is great that Cheltenham, unlike many other parts of the country, is still able to help its communities in this way. Our  Community Pride scheme supports a wide ranging and fantastic number of voluntary and community groups in Cheltenham that are willing to go the extra mile to improve their neighbourhood. It’s really terrific to see the direct impact this support can have.”

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Additional notes


The applications for match funding up to the value of £5000 were invited earlier this year.  Those applying were asked to demonstrate that their project would:


  • Enable local businesses and their workforces to thrive
  • Enable people and communities to thrive and that support physical and mental wellbeing
  • Enable culture and creativity to thrive in Cheltenham