Welcome to SPJARA!
SPJARA commit to tackling climate change and reducing our emissions to net zero by 2030
SPJARA has signed up to the Borough Council’s CheltenhamZero Agreement. This means we recognise “the climate emergency and acknowledge the unacceptable risks it poses globally and also locally to the future of our environment, our livelihoods, our homes and our town”.
By joining CheltenhamZero, SPJARA has committed to tackling the climate emergency head on, doing our part with our organisations and working collaboratively to support the shift to net zero emissions as a town by the year 2030.
Learn more about how we plan to make this commitment meaningful in our area.
COME AND STAND WITH US (1)
IN SOLIDARITY FOR THE PLANET
A Quiet Vigil
Each day of COP 26
Sunday 31st October - Friday 12th November
All the words have been spoken and people are drowning in a cacophony of noise, news and opinions. So, in quiet thought and contemplation, let us show our respect for the Earth and our support for the World Leaders who will be meeting in Glasgow.
Our aim is to encourage Cheltenham Borough Council in their endeavours to become Carbon Neutral by inviting people to sit quietly with us and, if they wish, to write messages of support and any suggestions/ideas/dreams to help bring this about. These thoughts will be stitched or drawn on fabric cut-out footprints (provided by us). The symbolism of the footprints is the imprint we leave on the World and comes from the Craftivism movement. Initially these will be displayed as they are made and then will be sewn into a quilt as a gift to the Council from the people of Cheltenham. Photographs of the quilt will also be sent to Gloucestershire County Council.
If you would like to join us, we’ll be by the War Memorial
What I stand for is what I stand on - Wendell Berry
 Who are we? We are a few like-minded and concerned friends and grandparents
TREES AND MORE TREES -
OUR AREA GREENER!
We've been helping to get more trees planted in our area. We've done this by:
You can see some of the tree planting below.
An invitation to join our committee
From Clair Chilvers, Chair
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 email@example.com
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
Cheltenham Mayor Foodbank Fund
You can donate in any of the following ways:
UPDATE FEB 26th 2021
Almost as soon as it started, the Defibrillator campaign reached its target of raising the £1200 needed!
This was a great success thanks to everyone who donated and to CBC for their Community Grant of £300 which helped hugely.
It is hoped to provide residents in the area with all the necessary information about the defibrillator, how and when it should be used etc.
We also hope to run a suitable training course when Covid restrictions permit.
SPJARA has joined forces with NARA and Cheltenham Connect to maintain the defibrillator outside the Exmouth Arms for another 4 years. £1,200 is the sum we need to raise. Please donate to help preserve this vital life-saving service.
This campaign is now closed
Roundabout branding repaired
Huge thanks to the Cook Shop and Lizzie Smith its owner for their incredibly generous funding for the repair to the Bath Road roundabout's "branding" which was damaged recently for the umpteenth time. (See pictures below of earlier damage to a panel and now repaired). We are deeply appreciative and very much hope that SPJARA residents will consider reciprocating this by supporting the Cook Shop. And thanks too to Chantal Freeman who was out doing the work at 7AM on Easter Sunday morning before the traffic.
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!