Welcome to SPJARA!
Some local news items
Annual Street Cleaning - November 2020
We have been in touch with Ubico who will carry out the annual deep-cleaning of each of the roads and streets in the SPJARA area, starting this week. The work is being done earlier this year to take advantage of less parking by non-residents during lockdown.
To get maximum 'bangs for our bucks', it's important that we all ensure that our road or street is completely clear of all cars on the day of the cleaning. It's really worth it! To help this, could you note the dates and also spread the word in any way you can to your neighbours and friends. Bollards will be placed on pavements the night before as an additional reminder.
SPJARA are extremely grateful to Ubico for doing this work. It is much appreciated. Here are the dates -
No 2020 AGM, but lots happening
We can't meet at present. But we felt we should tell our members what's going on.
So here is our 18 month report. It covers pre-COVID and COVID times.
And just below them you can see a link to the accounts.
An invitation to join us
The SPJARA Committee is looking for new members.
We want ‘doers’ – people who will help us to organise events, social media or take on a particular Committee responsibility.
The Committee meets three times a year in the evening.
If you are interested please contact me by email initially firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2020: Our views on the Government's proposed planning changes
The Government has proposed some pretty far reaching changes in the way that the planning system operates in England in its White Paper "Planning for the Future". Although the direct impact on our area may be limited as all the SPJARA streets are in a Conservation Area, we have serious concerns. Our chair, Clair Chilvers, has written to the Government and our MP Alex Chalk to set these out. You can read her letter here.
October 2020: Be careful of conmen in the area!
There have been two daylight robberies (literally) in Gratton Road this week.
A man posing as a supplier of a miracle garden path cleaner browbeat two residents, both women living alone, to agree to have their paths treated. He sloshed some bleach around and aggressively demanded an excessive amount of money. One lady was bullied out of £100, the other was forced to accompany the thief to a cashpoint and hand over £250.
The police have been informed. (They have been provided with CCTV by another householder but perhaps we should keep that bit to ourselves) Local residents should beware that this chancer is trying his luck in our territory.
SPJARA and planning applications
Catch up on the latest planning applications and what SPJARA has done in relation to those which affect residents here .....
The Bath Road shops
Now, more than ever, we realise what a great set of shops we have on the Bath Road. Please support them.
The Bath Road Utility boxes - some good news!
SPJARA has helped pay for the decorating of two new utility boxes in Bath Road - see here
Please support #FeedCheltenham 2020
Local Charities, Schools and Churches are working together to raise money to feed those in need in Cheltenham due to Covid-19. Please help if you can. Click the image below to see the different ways you can play a part.
November 2020: The Community Volunteer Scheme is still very much in place
SPJARA is still operating the 'good neighbour' scheme. With the second lockdown, it is highly likely that there will continue to be a need for this service. Anyone who, for any reason needs to self-isolate can avail of this free service.
SPJARA widens its shopping service to include NHS staff in the SPJARA area!
Recognition for Volunteers!
The Council's Community Hub
If you are self-isolating or know of a vulnerable or elderly neighbour, consider the facilities provided by Gloucestershire County Council's Community Health hub. Everything is clearly explained there and the form is quite simple to complete.
Before doing that however, it might be worthwhile to check SPJARA's Community Volunteer Scheme which might be enough to address your needs.
Contact number - 01452 583519
Cheltenham Mayor Foodbank Fund
You can donate in any of the following ways:
Who or what is SPJARA?
Why not join SPJARA? It's just £5.
- We help to protect and improve our area -
- see Stuff we Do
- We help local people to meet and socialise -
- see Social Events
- We get things done
- We are always looking for ways to make our area better.
We look forward to meeting you soon
* SPJARA started life as 'St Philip and St James Area Residents' Association', but a name change to its initials SPJARA was agreed in 2018. Hence the rather awkward name!