Saturday 1st September – 15th September: A photographic exhibition by Peter Wiles in St Michael’s Tower. Free Entry.

Thursday 6th September at 10.45 am: “Armchair Tour of Gloucester” at St Michael’s Tower. Take a tour of Gloucester’s fine city whilst sitting in a comfy chair. Using unique images from the Civic Trust’s camera on top of St Michael’s Tower – we zoom in on some of Gloucester’s finest heritage buildings. Coupled with a slide show, this is a great way to discover Gloucester with no walking! Free.

Friday 7th September 11 – 3: Film Show, “Gloucester – Old Times” at St Michael’s Tower. A look at Gloucester from the 1930’s and the changes that have taken place. A trip down memory lane. Free.

Saturday 8th September 10.45 am at St Michael’s Tower: The Life and Poetry of W E Henley – a Gloucester Poet of universal fame. A poet that influenced Nelson Mandela and Gordon Brown. This is a sad tale of Henley’s life which was thwarted with illness, poverty and personal grief. Includes poetry readings and extracts from Henley’s essays on life in Victorian Gloucester. Free.

Saturday 8th September 12 – 2: Heritage Face Painting for families in St Michael’s Tower. The theme is The Tailor of Gloucester and Dick Whittington’s cat. Free.

Sunday 9th September 11.30 am at St Michael’s Tower: “Who Lived in a House Like This?” – take a look at the buildings within Gloucester Cathedral precincts and their history. Free and complementary teas/coffees will be served courtesy of Gloucester Civic Trust.

Saturday 15th September 11 – 2 at St Michael’s Tower: Saturday Cinema – “Those were the days”. Free.

Tuesday 18 September 10 – 2 at St Michael’s Tower: MS Friendship Café. For advice and support. Free.

Saturday 22 September 10 – 1: Art Workshop for Children. The rare breeds of Gloucestershire is the subject, at St Michael’s Tower. Call Trudi on 01452 386007

Wednesday 26 September 1 – 4: Art Workshop. The 1643 Siege of Gloucester is the theme, at St Michael’s Tower. Call Trudi on 01452 386007

Saturday 29th September 11.30 am: Celebrating 50 years of Telstar – the whole story.
Venue is St Michael’s Tower. Please note this is different from the talk previously advertised by Rob Bradford. This is national event and tickets are selling well across the UK. Seating is limited so please book early.

Newent born Joe Meek, who worked for a while as a TV and electrical
repair man for both the MEB and Curry’s in Gloucester, was recently voted
(by the NME) as ‘The Number One Pop Producer Of All Time’. Exactly 50
years ago, “Telstar” by the Tornados (written and recorded by Joe Meek)
was heading towards the no.1 position in the UK charts. In December,
1962, “Telstar” became the very first record by a UK group to reach no.1 in
the USA charts. “Telstar” also hit no.1 in many other countries worldwide. It’s
breathtaking, ground breaking production techniques (courtesy of Joe Meek)
still sound as fresh and innovative in 2012 as they did in 1962! With accredited
total sales of over 5,000,000 copies, “Telstar” is the UK’s biggest ever selling
instrumental hit. However, a plagiarism claim against “Telstar” froze all royalty
payments for over 5 years, by which time Joe Meek was dead at the tragically
early age of 37. Tragedy also blighted the lives of several members of the
Tornados.

Musicologist Rob Bradford (who is also a friend of the Meek family) tells the full story behind both “Telstar” and the Tornados – complete with rare film clips and audio recordings.

This is a brand new talk. Saturday, September 29th from 11.30am – c. 1.00pm. Tickets £3.00 from the TIC and St Michael’s Tower.