Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens (FISG) together with Veterans and Members of the Royal British Legion gathered at the Remembrance Beds in Imperial Gardens in the presence of The Mayor, Cllr. Bernard Fisher and Councillors from the Borough and County for the Annual Remembrance Ceremony led by the Chairman of the Royal British Legion and the Chaplain. David Stennett, Chairman of FISG welcomed everyone and laid the FISG Wreath during the Ceremony. The Mayor expressed the sentiments of everyone in remembering All the Fallen. This Centenary Community Project created in 2014 is especially significant during this Centenary Year.


wreathJust after midday on Thursday 30th October, Members of Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens (FISG) were joined at the Remembrance Beds in Imperial Gardens by the three Lansdown Ward Councillors together with Representatives from Cheltenham in Bloom, and Friends of Montpellier Bandstand and Gardens (FOMBAG) to await the arrival of the Mayor of Cheltenham and the President, Chairman and Chaplain of the Cheltenham Branch of the Royal British Legion accompanied by British Legion Members.

David Stennett, Chairman of FISG welcomed everyone and then handed over to the Chaplain of the Royal British Legion to lead the Remembrance Ceremony.

The Prayer of Remembrance was said followed by the RBL Bugler sounding the Last Post after which the Act of Homage was led by the RBL President with everyone present responding with the words ‘We Will Remember Them’.

The Two Minutes Silence followed.

The Reveille was sounded and then the Kohima Epitaph –

When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow we gave our today.

The FISG Wreath was laid by the Chairman.

The Chaplain gave the Closing Prayer and Blessing.

This was followed by some Closing Words from the Mayor, Cllr. Simon Wheeler.

It is fitting that as a result of the FISG Centenary Community Project involving co-operation with Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham in Bloom, several Community Groups and especially the young people there is now a Focal Point of Remembrance within Imperial Gardens and FISG looks forward to working with the Royal British Legion on an Annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Remembrance Beds.

Planting Ceremony held on Tuesday 24th June 2014 

This Community Remembrance Project in Imperial Gardens

aims to Remember the Fallen.

Friends of Imperial Square Heritage and Conservation (FISHAC), have been in co-operation over many months with Cheltenham in Bloom, Cheltenham Borough Council and UBICO together with Bettridge School and The Butterfly Garden, culminating in a Planting Ceremony with the Mayor officiating on 24th June 2014 at which the Students finished off planting the Remembrance Beds, the majority of which was carried out by the Staff of Cheltenham Borough Council Parks Dept and UBICO.

A Community Pride Grant from Cheltenham Borough Council contributed to the Cost of this Community Project.

Members of Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens (FISG), were joined at the Ceremony by Representatives from Cheltenham in Bloom, the Royal British Legion, Cheltenham Borough Council Parks Dept. and UBICO together with several Borough Councillors and Volunteers from the Butterfly Garden,

This Centenary project provides a lasting focal point of Remembrance for All the Fallen within Imperial Gardens and an Interpretation Board nearby describes this Community Project.

As a Group we have worked closely with Cheltenham Borough Council which has resulted in a redesign of Imperial Gardens, along with the Skillicorne Garden which forms part of this unique green space. Officers of the Group are continuously working alongside others who share the same ideals.

Our concern remains that Imperial Gardens are protected as a green space in the very heart of the historic town centre for use by all members of the public at no charge and that inappropriate events are not permitted to deface and endanger the tranquility of the conservation area.

Registered office of FISHAC: 18 Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1QZ
Registered in England No. 7639324 Charity No. 1143665

Following a desire to contribute something towards the heritage of The Square and Gardens, it was decided by FISG Members to form a Sub-Group of FISG into a Charity, its aims being – “The conservation and enhancement of the public areas of Imperial Square, Cheltenham (including Imperial Gardens), including the installation of copies of some of the original features for the benefit and enjoyment of all members of the public.” After considerable work and the generosity of many individual donors including the Trustees and Businesses around The Square, the formal launch of FISHAC took place on Thursday evening, 24th November 2011. The first project is to be the Reinstatement of the Historic Railings around Imperial Gardens and for News and Updates please visit ‘Our Charity’ page as well as FISHAC’s own website www.fishac.org

A petition, which originated in Charlton Kings and which was signed in a very short space of time, found the support of nearly one thousand residents to save the flowerbeds in Imperial Square Gardens. Proposals to remove the flowerbeds to make more space for special events have been met with overwhelming opposition.


UPDATE: The outcome of discussions with Cheltenham Borough Council involving FISG and other interested parties including Cheltenham Festivals and the people of Cheltenham has been a complete re-design of Imperial Gardens to safeguard the floral grandeur.

– FISG donated £200 to back the continuance of The Performing Arts Annual Event for youngsters.
– Another £200 was given to provide flowers and shrubs for two large planters which adorn the entrance on
The Promenade side of Imperial Gardens.

A fundraising Royal Wedding Celebration was held at the Queen’s Hotel in Imperial Square in support of FISG projects where a gathering of over ninety enjoyed blue skies and sunshine in the company of the Mayor of Cheltenham and her Consort. The Mayor spoke of her concern that the reputation of Cheltenham as a Floral Garden Town should not be lost but that it should be maintained and enhanced. Tourism has always relied heavily on the high standard and floral colour of Cheltenham’s Gardens. The Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens constantly play an active part in trying to preserve and enhance the beauty of Imperial Gardens, long known as the ‘Jewel in Cheltenham’s Crown’.