Children in Fairview put their community on the map

Added 31 May 2016

On Fairview Day, 11 June, local residents are being inspired to follow a map-guided tour around their community. The map has been illustrated by children at Holy Trinity, St John’s and Berkhampstead schools, and the Battledown Children’s Centre.

The aim of the day is to offer local residents the chance to get to know Fairview better, visit local businesses, schools and amenities, and get a flavour of the neighbourhood in which they live.

“Fairview is a thriving community joined onto the centre of Cheltenham, but it struggles a bit with its identity because it has no real centre,” says Gary Stacey, chairman of the Fairview Community Association. “Fairview Day is all about getting active and seeing first hand many of the special features and attractions which give the neighbourhood of Fairview its character.”

Fairview Day happens from 10am onwards, and is free. Residents are invited to start and end at the Victoria Cricket Ground in Princes Street and follow a map provided which will take them to 15 locations on an adventure trail with activities and competitions along the way.

Residents are invited to evening celebrations which begin from 4pm at the cricket club so people can take a picnic or buy BBQ food. The pavilion bar will be open. First eleven cricket is being played in the afternoon and Euro 2016 England v Russia is being screened in the evening.

Volunteers are still required to help out on the day and anyone wanting more information, to view the map or find out about activities, can visit the community’s website on www.fairviewcommunity.uk and to get in touch with the Fairview Day team email: tellus@fairviewcommunity.uk

Click on the thumbnail images to see our flyer and the children’s adventure map:

Fairview Day flyer 1 Fairview Day flyer 2 Fairview map1 Fairview map2


Let’s get ‘active together’

Added 12 May 2016

Plans are being finalised for a special Fairview Day in June when as many residents as possible are being encouraged to be ‘active together’ and share the experience of being part of the Fairview community.

The police, the council, schools, churches, local businesses and community organisations have already signed up to be part of the day which will offer, at no cost, the chance to get to know Fairview and help build its identity.

“Even if you live in Fairview it’s sometimes difficult to see where it all begins and ends,” says Fairview Community Association Chairman Gary Stacey. “This project is not about making money, it’s about getting out into the community on Fairview Day and taking advantage of a number of activities on offer and just getting a flavour of what it’s like to live in such a great part of Cheltenham. It’s about building identity and community spirit.”

There are about 7,000 residents in Fairview which contains such features as the Holst Birthplace Museum, the currently rather dilapidated Banksy street art, the Victoria Cricket Ground and numerous small businesses, shops, schools and churches.

The children at Holy Trinity Primary C of E School are currently working on an art project which will form the basis of a map which people on Fairview Day can use to find their way around numerous activities happening on the day.

Residents will be able to “sign in” at the cricket ground, where the first eleven will be playing, and then visit as many attractions as they want around Fairview, and will be invited back to the cricket ground later for a community BBQ from 1200 noon onwards.

The event is being supported with a Gloucestershire County Council Active Togethercommunity grant which has been sponsored by county councillor and local resident Colin Hay. “This is an amazing opportunity for the people of Fairview to get to know the area in which they live and importantly to get to know each other. Creating a stronger identity for Fairview will reap its rewards”.

Fairview Day will happen on Saturday 11th June between 10-4 with much of the detail as yet to be finalised. People in the community wishing to help or offer ideas are asked to contact us on tellus@fairviewcommunity.uk and watch this website for details as the day gets nearer.