REVIEW: Hatherley Park 80th Birthday Party was a great success!


Saturday 13th July 2019

Hatherley Park, Cheltenham was packed full of people and of all ages and politicians of all parties to celebrate 80 years since the opening of the park.

The event was a great success and attended by everyone from regular dog walkers to people who were visiting the town for Cheltenham Music Festival. One of the attendees reminisced about coming to Hatherley Park when her children were young and was there on this occasion with her great-grandchildren and so many generations of her family have enjoyed the park. Another visitor was sitting on the bench that she had bought to remember her husband, who loved Hatherley Park. An elderly lady, whose carer had brought her from Bishops Cleeve to listen to the band was thoroughly enjoying the afternoon and the community spirit.

In Alex Chalk MP's speech, he encouraged us all to applaud the man who had been at the park on its opening day 80 years earlier. He also asked us to thank The Friends of Hatherley Park, who work tirelessly to fundraise for equipment for the park and who gather on a Thursday afternoon to weed, plant and maintain the park, in particular, Lorna Robson who has chaired the group for 17 years.

Well done to everyone involved in the Hatherley Park and the organisation of the 80th party.

Panoramic View of Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

Bunting set up to welcome people to the 80th Birthday Party in Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

Enjoying Cheltenham Silver Band in Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

Volunteers from the Friends of Hatherley Park, Cheltenham sold 80 cakes with 80 on the top!

Zumba demonstration in Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

All ages joined in the Zumba Demonstration in Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

A band member from Cheltenham Silver Band joined Alex Chalk MP, Steve Jordan Leader of Cheltenham Borough Council, Lorna Roson Chaol of The Friends of Hatherley Park, Tim Harman County Councillor and Dilys Barrell Cheltenham Borough Councillor in Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

Steve Jordan, Leader of Cheltenham Borough Council

Hatherley Park, Cheltenham was busy!

Lots o people came along to celebrate the 80th Birthday of Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

Alex Chalk MP welcomed the guests to the 80th Party in Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

Lorna Robson, Chair of The Friends of Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

A giant mosaic was being made from bottle tops, which were then taken to the Butterly Farm for recycling

Cheltenham Silver Band played everything from Minnie the Moocher to Happy by Pharrell Williams

The m0saic expanded during the day!

Cakes and books on sale at Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

Birthday cards were made by the children at St James' School and hung to decorate Hatherley Park, Cheltenham

A selection of historic pictures was on display at the 80th Party in Hatherley Park, Cheltenham


Hatherley Park, Cheltenham is famous as being the location that the 1970's comedy "Butterflies" was partly filmed. It starred Wendy Craig, now aged 85, and she sent a handwritten letter with her memories of filming in Cheltenham.

Wendy Craig as she appeared in Butterflies in Hatherley Park, Cheltenham in 1978.



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