Monday, 1st April sees the start of our new Civic Trust season:

There’s a City Walk on Easter Monday at 11.30 am which leaves from outside St. Michael’s
Tower. So if you’re looking to walk off all those Easter eggs this is a great way of doing it!

Then the City Walks are daily at 11.30 am Monday – Saturday. Cost is £3 and it’s free for
children 16 and under.

St. Michael’s Tower re-opens on Tuesday 2nd April at 10.30 am and we look forward to
welcoming our regular supporters and members once more.

We have 2 talks in April in St Michael’s Tower:

Saturday 20th April at 11 am: Civic Trust member Ian Hollingsbee will be delivering his
lecture on “Prisoner of War Camps and Hostels 1939 – 1948”. There were many POW
camps spread across the county housing Italian and German prisoners of war. Quite a
few of them stayed in the area after the war and forged new lives. Ian’s spent over a year
tracking down relatives of former prisoners of war uncovering some interesting information.

Tickets cost £2 and are available from St. Michael’s Tower or from the Tourist Information
Centre. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards the upkeep of St. Michael’s Tower.

Saturday, 27th April at 11 am: The Life and Works of Will Henley – a Gloucester Poet:  A talk by Ian Holt of Gloucester Civic Trust. Ian gave this talk last year in September during Heritage Open Weekend. We had a capacity audience and many missed it as there were so many other things happening that weekend. We’ve had requests to repeat the talk so here’s your chance to see what you missed. It’s an emotive lecture as Henley had a difficult life; a life of poverty and suffering many bouts of illness. Yet Henley remained positive and a larger than life character. He mentored many aspiring literary people who in turn became famous household names; Robert Louis Stevenson, J M Barrie, H G Wells and many more. The talk includes poetry readings from Henley’s Arabian Nights in which he expresses his feelings for his home town of Gloucester and his most famous work Invictus.

Tickets cost £2 and are available from St. Michael’s Tower or from the Tourist Information
Centre. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards the upkeep of St. Michael’s Tower.

Thursday, 18th April at 10.45 am: “Armchair Tour of Gloucester”: Here we use our camera on top of St. Michael’s Tower to zoom in on many of our heritage buildings. The detail is so good that we can admire the fine architectural details on each building. Coupled with a power point presentation which highlights amusing and fascinating facts about our City, this is an ideal way of exploring Gloucester if you’re not so mobile. The “tour” lasts 55 minutes and is free but donations towards the upkeep of St. Michael’s Tower are always welcome. St Michael’s Tower has full disabled facilities.

Poetry Café: On Saturday 6th July from 11 – 1, we’re launching a new idea. A Poetry Café. The idea is for like minded folk to get together and share their work or read out their favourite poetry. It’s a free event inviting local poets to take part and for the public to come along and listen. Refreshments will be available. Poetry Cafés have been setting up in many parts of the country so we thought why not have one in Gloucester? If successful we hope to make this an annual event. So far we’ve had an excellent response from poetry groups in Gloucester, Cheltenham and even farther afield.

Rudhall Bells: In the autumn of last year Gloucester Civic Trust brought 2 Rudhall bells back home to Gloucester. The bells were made in 1710 by Abraham Rudhall and they were cast here in Gloucester. The bells rang up until the end of September 2012 at St Michael’s Church in Stone, Staffordshire. They had been earmarked for scrap but the Civic Trust along with a private donor rescued them. The Rudhalls were well known bell founders and made some 5,000 bells during the lifetime of their foundry here in Gloucester.The bells have just been cleaned and a bespoke frame is being fitted to each one. The bells within the next couple of weeks will be on display in St Michael’s Tower and children and adults will be able to ring them. There will also be a bell display in the Tower.

St. Michael’s Church: During the winter months, volunteers have been carrying out extensive research on St. Michael’s Church. They’ve discovered a wealth of information along with some amusing stories. Their work will shortly be on display in the Tower.

Puzzle Corner: We now have a jig saw puzzle of St. Michael’s Church. Maybe you’d like to
have a go over a cup of tea in the Tower? Quiz sheets will also be available based on the new display of St. Michael’s Church.

Website: Please keep an eye on our website It’s updated

Phone: 01452 526955

St Michael’s Tower, The Cross, Gloucester GL1 1UG