Cheltenham Civic Society (CCS) this week launched a campaign to seek extra funding needed for the refurbishment and restoration of the Society’s new building, ‘Parmoor’, at 26 Cambray Place in the town centre, to create a new heritage hub for the town.
CCS is set to embark on the restoration of Parmoor using the residual funds from the sale of its former building in Monpellier – which was a gift from Lord Parmoor in 1964. But to achieve all of its ambitions, the Society needs to raise an additional £450,000 to restore some of the building’s original features that were damaged by fire in 1926, create a new forecourt with accessible ramp, and fully equip the building for use as a hub for heritage activities in the town.
The proposed work includes the reinstatement of the Regency frontage by replacing the extensively patched existing render with stone ashlar.
CCS also wishes to radically change the current tarmac forecourt to an attractively landscaped garden with railings and provision of a drop-off and loading space. The plans for this feature a curved ramp leading up to give level access to the front door.
The building will also need equipping with everything from chairs for the meeting spaces, to audio-visual facilities for the audiences of up to 100 people.
In its fundraising campaign, CCS will be seeking donations from the public, its members and a variety of regional and national funding bodies. Donations can be made via both Just Giving – https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parmoor – or our new heritage hub page on our website – https://cheltcivicsoc.org/parmoor/
“Our aim for the heritage hub is to make Parmoor the place for the town’s many voluntary groups, ‘Friends’ organisations, students and others to meet. We believe that Parmoor will rapidly become the town’s centre of excellence for education and debate on local heritage and history,” said CCS Chair, Andrew Booton.
“In this way, Lord Parmoor’s original gift to the Civic Society will really be made to blossom by spreading its benefits much wider and and generating a a long-lasting resource for the wider community.”
The new venue at Parmoor will provide versatile space that will seat nearly 100 people, with supporting facilities including a separate meeting room, toilets and a refreshment area, plus an office for CCS. Four independently accessed apartments on the lower ground and first floors will also secure a long-term income stream for CCS.
“These facilities will give the Civic Society a significant presence in the town centre and the secure income stream will enhance our ability to support heritage and other campaigns and activities in the future,” added Andrew Booton.
Planning permission may be granted in late July or August and it is anticipated that building work would commence very shortly afterwards.