Spread the rainbow – bring some joy

Hello everyone

You may be thinking that things have been a little gloomy lately and uncertain days lay ahead. But it’s important to bring a little joy and happiness every now and then, especially when we’ve no idea what tomorrow will bring.  So in the words of Morecombe and Wise…

“Bring me Sunshine, in your eyes,
Bring me rainbows, from the skies,
Life’s too short to be spent having anything but fun,
We can be so content, if we gather little sunbeams”

So we’ve made you a free Rainbow template. Please download it and colour it in. Young or old, just be bold, and place it in your window for everyone to see.  When we get our little bit of exercise or open our curtains to our neighbours’ houses, we’ll have something colourful and joyful to look at. Who doesn’t love to see a rainbow?!

Please keep safe in the park.  Keep your distance.  Be friendly, be patient, be kind.

Thank you

The Friends of Hatherley Park


Here’s an extra link to download the Rainbow


Hatherley Park is 80 this year!

Hello everyone.

You may have seen us at the Easter Egg Hunt this last month, which was a rip roaring success. Thank you so much for coming along and making the day wonderful.

Just a couple of things to let you know about, coming up soon…

  1. We have a Plant and Book Sale this weekend .. Saturday 11th May from 10am to 12 midday. We’ll have plants and cake and some clay pots, so come along and see us.
  2. The AGM is Tuesday 14th May at St Stephen’s Church meeting room at the rear of the church.  The business overview takes about 30 minutes. Come along at 7pm for drinks and cakes.  Here’s the Agenda for your review before the meeting.
  3. Tree Walk with Chris Chavasse, the tree officer for Cheltenham Borough Council. This will take place on Wednesday 12th June at 5.30pm for about 90 minutes. Chris will talk about our beautiful trees and we’ll record all the names in order to label them for all park users. There’s always tree information on the board by the lake.

Hatherley Park is 80 … Summer Event

Over the next few weeks we’ll be busy in the park preparing for the Hatherley Park 80th Birthday celebration, and we’ll need your help to make that a fitting remembrance of the fun and enjoyment the park has brought to you over the years.

You can help us by downloading the Birthday Card and Questionnaire HERE and letting us know how you feel about the Park, what your fond memories are and by drawing us a picture of something that reminds you of the park.  All submissions welcome. We’ll use the drawings to make a display at the event.  

Thanks for your support and for making Hatherley Park a wonderful place to be.

Friends of Hatherley Park

Rocky’s Rescue – Saturday 21st July 2018

Rocky’s Rescue host a Family Fun Day – this weekend

Come and join in the Family Fun Day in Hatherley Park this weekend, hosted by Rocky’s Rescue, the Cheltenham based charity that focuses on rescuing dogs from the UK and Romania.

There will be stalls, entertainment for children, and a dog show.  If you’re interested in entering your dog into a category to win a prize, you can do that online on the Rocky’s Rescue website.

Please note: This is not an event run by the Friends of Hatherley Park.


Spring is on the way

Coming soon…..Spring is on the way.

We’ve all been hiding away a little in the last few days, keeping warm and protecting ourselves from the elements.  Looks like our flowers and bulbs have been doing the same in the park, struggling to survive underneath inches of snow and freezing temperatures.  Over the next few days and weeks, keep an eye out for the Spring flowers slowly blossoming, stretching out their leaves to welcome the sun and reaching their heads to the the sky.  Here are a few plants to look out for…Spring in the Park

Print these photos and look for the plants in the park.

Keep up to date with all events and photos on our Facebook page

Friends of Hatherley Park Annual General Meeting

The Friends of Hatherley Park Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 7.30pm at St. Stephen’s Meeting Room, St. Stephen’s Church, Cheltenham.

There will be refreshments served from 7:00pm, please join us and be a part of making future plans for the park.

The meeting room is at the rear of the church, approached from the side door on the right hand side of the church from St. Stephen’s Road. If you have an queries or would like further details about the meeting please contact Lorna Robson on 01242 242996


Hatherley Park News

Recently we were successful in gaining a Community Pride award 2013/14 for the park and we have been awarded a grant from Cheltenham Borough Council to cover half the cost of a picnic bench, which will be located near the toddler play area, there will also be a bench to replace the carved log.

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In spring 2014 an oval bed of a wild flower mix called “Old Comrades Mix” will be sown close to the pavilion in and include Flanders poppies, Bishops flower, red flax. The new beds along with the new table and bench will all be ready for our third Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 19th April 2014. The Mayor has agreed to join our celebrations and be a part of the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Park.  We would like to put on a display of photographs and personal memories of the park, so if you have anything to share, please let us know.

Another date for the diary in the new year, the Friends of Hatherley Park AGM will be held on Monday 24th February in the meeting room in St Stephen’s Church and will start at 7:00pm and close at 8:00pm. Your support, contributions and ideas are always welcomed, so please come along.

Finally back to 2013, watch out for notices in the park and email about our annual Leaf Sweep. We’ll let you know the date and time. We’d love as many people as possible to come along and help – bring along a rake to help out!

A New Swing for Hatherley Park

Friends of Hatherley Park were thrilled when the new pod swing was installed in July, just in time for our Summer Picnic in the Park.

The Friends applied for a Community Pride Award from Cheltenham Borough Council in September 2012 to cover half the cost of the installation of the swing and the cost of the safety matting. The balance was met with funds from Friends’ subscription and donations.

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The swing has been very popular with children of all ages. It is actually quite rare to see it not being used, usually there is a queue waiting for a turn and I should imagine that lots of new friendships have been made as children climb into the pod and others push as hard as they can!

The Cornus Bed in Hatherley Park

Shrubs for the Cornus Bed Project were purchased last year, but we were unable to carry out any work because we had such bad weather during April and October last year-the two months for successfully planting shrubs. So in April 2013, five Friends met, dug and weeded the area, later in the week planted thirty shrubs and then used the well composted bark to mulch the plot.

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There are four different varieties, so there will be green, black, dark red and red/pink/orange stems to enjoy in the winter months. Cornus are hardy shrubs and hopefully will soon establish themselves and put on new growth.

Easter in Hatherley Park

The sunny weather brought out hoards of little and very enthusiastic egg hunters this Easter. It was a lovely sight to see so many families enjoying the park. Once again there was a fantastic array of home-made baked goods on offer, the tables were empty by the end of the afternoon and all the chocolate eggs has been claimed and carried in baskets and pockets home, if they hadn’t already been eaten!


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The fantastic support for this event means Friends of Hatherley Park has now raised enough money to pay for the safety matting and installation of the new multi occupancy swing.