After much anticipation, (and crossed fingers for the weather), the weekend of ‘Art in the Park’ was finally here! And what a fantastic event it was. We were amazed at the number of people that stopped at our stand wanting to find out more about the plans for the Pump Room Gardens. It was lovely to see just how much it means to the community. And it wasn’t just the physical works we were asked about, but what events and activities were planned too.
We will be updating this page regularly, so please pop back to find out more!
The Friends of the Pump Room Gardens have been shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ Leamington Business award 2016 and need your vote to become the outright winner.
This award is for a volunteer or a team of volunteers that have shown outstanding achievement and have made a significant contribution to Leamington.
Why you should vote for the Friends
The Friends are all volunteers who have campaigned since 2008 to improve the Pump Room Gardens for residents and visitors. Working closely with Warwick District Council and other community stakeholders, the Friends are proud of their contributions to improving outdoor life in Leamington Spa.
In 2012 the Friends completed the restoration of the eight Victorian Linden Arches. Then in 2014, the Friends secured a grant for a feasibility study for the comprehensive refurbishment of the Gardens.
This led to the award of a grant of almost £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major restoration of the Gardens, the first substantial works for more than a century. The works will ensure a permanent improvement to the gardens.
Archie Pitts, Chairman of the Friends, said “This is a fantastic project for what has always been known as the Village Green of the town. We are all looking forward to seeing the works start.”
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Closing date: July 29th
The Friends of the Pump Room Gardens have been shortlisted for an
Outstanding Achievement Award
by the Leamington Business Awards organisation.
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This award is open to any community or voluntary group, as well any business, and recognizes the efforts of individuals or team whose contribution to Leamington is truly outstanding.
All the preparations are still going on behind the scenes. This involves planning both the restoration work and this summers events. The official paperwork is still to be signed off, but we hope to have all that done this summer.
Further details of all the events can be found here.
A major part of the project, is of course the bandstand. We can’t wait to it restored to its former glory! For more information on Bandstands, why they exist, and the part they’ve played in British history, please have a look at the website of Paul Rabbitts, which can be found here. Paul, a self confessed ‘bandstand geek’, has written two books on bandstands, both of which reference the bandstand in the Pump Room Gardens.
£1 MILLION LOTTERY GRANT ANNOUNCED FOR PUMP ROOM GARDENS
We’re delighted to announce that our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund has been successful! Together with Warwick District Council and Warwickshire County Council, we’ve been granted £995,656 for a major restoration of the Pump Room Gardens and an enhanced programme of events for the whole community to enjoy.
The physical works – the first significant work in the gardens for over a century – will start in September after the 2016 events season and should be finished by June 2017.
We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us reach this milestone – whether you’ve donated, volunteered with us or shared your feedback on our plans, you’ve made a difference. We’re especially grateful to both the Royal Leamington Spa Town Council and to the Royal Leamington Spa Building Conservation Trust for their major sponsorship.
We look forward to updating you on the progress of the project over the coming months. In the meantime you can view the summary document of the proposals here
The submission has been made, all we can do now is wait, fingers crossed. But that doesn’t stop us thinking about all the great things we have planned for the Pump Room Gardens! The aim is to improve the gardens to make them even more attractive and accessible to all parts of the community.
The bandstand will be restored to its former glory, and will be promoted for use by both professional and start-up groups. There will be music and dance to reflect the variety of cultures and ethnic groups living in and around Leamington. Other physical works include: 31 Victorian style benches; new fencing and footpaths; the rebuilding of the steps to York Bridge; addressing drainage issues; new planting at the entrances near the Pump Rooms.
The usual events will take place, and it is hoped that new ones will be planned, including reinstating the annual Vegetable and Flower show which took place every year for about forty years after WWII.
It is also planned that the Pump Room Gardens will be used for a number of activities, including: walking / jogging; themed guided walks; and story telling events.
Watch this space for further details!
Our bid to Heritage Lottery has been submitted!
Thank you to all of the team for their dedicated time and hard work that has gone into preparing the documents (including over 40 appendices).
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed until we hear the result in early January 2016!
The Steering Group and Friends will continue to work raising the profile of the Pump Room Gardens over the next few months and we will keep you informed of any events and developments with the bid.
Did you know..?
In 1881, improvements were carried out at the west end the Pump Room Gardens including constructing a rockery and waterfall. The waterfall was powered by a steam pump at the Pump Rooms but seems to have been a heavy consumer of power and abandoned.
Our project reached an important milestone last month, with Warwick District Council (Executive and Planning) approving our current submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £900,000, including the removal of the listed bandstand for repair and restoration off site. Although the approval was expected, it’s great to have confirmation that we can proceed with the application as planned.
The deadline for submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund is 31 August, and then we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed until we hear the result in early January 2016!
The Warwickshire Pride event last month was a great success, with a range of stalls and entertainment provided by a variety of acts such as the Sambassadors of Groove (pictured).
Coming up next month is one of the biggest events in Leamington’s calendar: the Leamington Food & Drink Festival! Taking place on the weekend of 5-6 September, the festival will feature over 150 stalls, cookery classes and much more!
From 19 – 21 June, Leamington will host a weekend of activities to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
Come down to the Pump Room Gardens on Saturday 20th for ‘Music, Medals and the Military’, where you’ll have the chance to meet the ‘Duke of Wellington’ and learn about how he won the Battle of Waterloo. Listen to live regency music and make a military hate or marvellous medal with the help of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum.
Take a look at the full programme for the weekend >>
Thank you to everyone who came to our exhibitions over the last few weeks. During the events we spoke to a total of over 100 people about the plans for the restoration of the Pump Room Gardens and the overall the response was very enthusiastic!