Welcome to SPJARA!
Some local news items
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.
This is how we plan to make this commitment meaningful in our area
TREES AND MORE TREES -
OUR AREA GREENER!
We've been helping to get more trees planted in our area. We've done this by:
- paying for one of the two new Swedish Birch trees planted outside Pip and Jims
-helping the Borough tree officer, Chris Chavasse, to plant new trees at Mellersh House, in Tudor Lodge Drive and at the southern end of Painswick Road
- lobbying Glos Highways to replace lost trees in Grafton Road
Every tree is an investment in our area's future and a tiny step in combatting climate change.
You can see some of the tree planting below.
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.
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
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
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!