Cry for the Queen’s 70th Wedding Anniversary


To the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty,
Our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth
By the Grace of God
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, Defender of the faith.
We, the Mayor, Councillors and people of this ancient town of Tewkesbury do send to
your Majesty and his Royal Highness,
Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh, our most loyal greetings and congratulations on this
your 70th Wedding Anniversary.
We joyfully recall that wonderful November day in 1947 when the drabness and sadness
of the second world war was set aside with a rainbow of colours; with your household
troops once again in their full ceremonial scarlet.
The mall full of the sounds of marching bands and the glorious cacophony of the hooves
and jingling harness of the household cavalry.
These sights and sounds we had almost forgotten; that made your wedding day even
more memorable.
We thank you both for your selfless devotion to the people of this island and to your
lands beyond the seas.
May almighty God continue to bless your glorious reign.

Given to my hand this 20th day of November in the Year of our Lord
Two Thousand and Seventeen.


CRIED FROM THE TOP OF THE TOWER OF The Abbey Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Tewkesbury
by Michael David Kean-Price – Town Sarjent and Common Crier
Formerly of your Majesty’s Royal Regiment of Horse Guards (The Blues)

Memories of Ashchurch

Sharing Heritage: Tewkesbury Museum celebrates a £9,400 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant.

Tewkesbury Museum has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, ‘Memories of Ashchurch’, led by Tewkesbury Museum, has been given £9,400 to to tell the story of Ashchurch Army Camp, and find out more about its remarkable history and its influence on the town of Tewkesbury.

Tewkesbury Museum collects and preserves objects of relevance to the history of the area covered by the town and surrounding villages. With an emphasis on voluntary support, our exciting new project will give the community a chance to discover the rich, colourful and sometimes troubled history of Ashchurch Army Camp.

This oral history project aims to collect memories about life, work and the Army at Ashchurch. We will hold reminiscence workshops and event days, interviewing people with a connection to Ashurch Army camp, both military and civilian. Your stories will be at the heart of this project.

‘Memories of Ashchurch’ creates exciting new opportunities for Volunteers, who will receive Oral History Training, learning new skills in researching and documenting our interesting local history. Volunteers and staff will work together to produce fascinating educational resources for both young and old alike. If you would like to volunteer with us, please get in contact with the staff at Tewkesbury Museum.

Commenting on the award, Curator, Maggie Thornton said ‘This project will give a unique insight into the history of the camp and its influence on the town of Tewkesbury. I am very excited to be working on this project, I’ve always been interested by the relationship between the American Soldiers based at Ashchurch and the local population of Tewkesbury in the Second World War. ‘

Volunteer Graeme Kilgour said ‘after volunteering at the museum for around 4 years, I have been entrusted to run this project with Maggie. I am very excited to learn about the history of Aschurch Army camp, having heard stories about it all my life. I look forward to sharing these with the community. This project creates a great opportunity for people to volunteer at the museum and learn new skills. I am very excited!’

Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “The Ashchurch Army Camp is an important part of the local history and heritage of Tewkesbury. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, members of the public will get the chance to explore and preserve the heritage of the army camp through the ‘Memories of Ashchurch’ project, focusing on the relationship between the army camp and the town. This will lead to a permanent exhibition at the Tewkesbury Museum, along with learning resources and events.”

Remembrance Parade Road Closures – Sunday 11th November 2018

The following roads will be closed between 09.00 and 09.45 on Sunday 11th November in order to facilitate the annual Remembrance Parade:

  • High Street
  • Barton Street
  • The Cross
  • Church Street (from The Cross to The Crescent)

The following roads will be closed between 10.40 and noon on Sunday 11th November:

  • High Street
  • The Cross
  • Church Street (from its junction with Gloucester Road to to The Crescent)
  • The Crescent
  • Gander Lane
  • Gloucester Road (up to the car park at Mill Avon)
  • The Crescent to the Cross

Traffic flow through the town will be maintained via Sun Street / Oldbury Road / Barton Street.

Tewkesbury Town Council