Gloucester Civic Trust activities taking place in St Michael’s Tower during September
Thursday 12th September at 10.45am: “Armchair Tour of Gloucester”.  Sit back in a comfy chair and take a “tour” of Gloucester. Using the outdoor camera on top of St Michael’s Tower, we zoom in on many of Gloucester’s heritage buildings and tell their stories. This is a great way of discovering Gloucester with no walking! FREE ENTRY
Saturday 14th September from 12 – 2pm: “The Tailor of Gloucester’s Mice”. Heritage Face Painting for families. FREE ENTRY
Monday 16th September – Friday 27th September: “Gloucester Glories”. A photographic exhibition by Civic Trust member Peter Wiles. Peter returns by popular request with his fourth exhibition in St Michael’s Tower. Many of the items will be on sale making great gifts for Christmas. FREE ENTRY
Saturday 28th September  starting 11am: “The History of Bell Making in Gloucester”. A new talk by Phil Moss, with the opportunity to view the 2 Rudhall bells on display in St Michael’s Tower. Tickets cost £2 – proceeds go towards the ongoing conservation of St Michael’s Tower. Seating is limited, so ticket holders only will be admitted. Booking is essential, with tickets available from St Michael’s Tower and at the Tourist Information Centre.
St Michael’s Tower closes at the end of September, so that our volunteers can have a well earned rest. However,  much hard work continues behind the scenes as we plan for 2014.
In October, once again the Cards for Good Causes will take up residence in St Michael’s Tower until mid December. They sell a huge range of charity cards.  Please support them.  The Cards for Good Causes raise much needed funds for charities some of which are local.  More than ever today, charities depend upon public support. We hope they have a successful season.
2014 In St Michael’s Tower
WW1 Event: 2014 sees the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, and the Civic Trust is well advanced in planning a special event. This will include a series of short films, talks, music and living history displays for 2nd August 2014.
New trail for young people: We’re working on a new trail for schools and families based on the city’s pavement mosaics.  The idea has been put forward by visiting schools and youth groups who have taken part this year in our audio trail activities.
New Film: Volunteers are working on a new film celebrating today’s Gloucester. Many of the films we show regularly in St Michael’s Tower look back at what we had. This new film will explore what we have today with a view to encouraging people to Walk Gloucester and discover our many hidden gems.  We feel this new film will be an excellent learning tool for schools and residents alike.
2014 Tower Talks: Our programme is nearly finalised, and we have some interesting summer talks lined up from Shakespeare’s Richard III to “Picture This” which looks at Gloucester’s street art. Full details to follow at a later date.
Poetry Day: The Civic Trust organised Gloucester’s first poetry cafe in June.  The event was a huge success with people travelling from Stroud, Cheltenham and Malvern to take part. We’ve received many emails asking for this to be an annual event – and it will be.
In the New Year, the internal walls of St Michael’s Tower will be swept down as part of our annual maintenance programme and parts will be repainted such as the kitchen and toilet. It’s important we keep on top of things.
Many ask about the external repairs which are to be carried out by the City Council.  A detailed survey was carried out two weeks ago on the outside of the building, and we are told that all is in hand as regards the external repairs.