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Culture, Heritage and Tourism
The Culture, Heritage and Tourism group meets every two months and is supported by Town Council staff.
The group brings together representatives from Cotswold Tourism, The Parish Church, New Brewery Arts, The Corinium Museum, The Barn Theatre, Stratton Association, The Civic Society, The Churn Project, The Cirencester Archaeological and Historical Society, The Sundial Theatre and Cirencester College, as well as a number of local businesses. Other interested parties such as festival organisers often join the group. As well as providing a forum and focus for joined-up thinking, CCDT manages the collation, as well as the production and distribution of events listings and promotional materials for events under the banners of ‘Summer in Cirencester’ and ‘Winter in Cirencester’. CCDT also manages Bands in The Park – providing a regular schedule of live music from the bandstand in the Abbey grounds.
CCDT also provides governance and management support to project champions who wish to deliver a key event. Contact us to find out more.
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Check out the Town Council ‘What’s on‘ page to see all events going on in our town.
CCDT is one of the original strategic partners in Cirencester who supported the building of the Growth Hub along with the Town and District Councils, the Chamber of Commerce and Cirencester College.
Towards the end of 2020, having used the Hub for over 12 months, two developments have taken place…
The Growth Hub management team explained the Growth Hub business model including revenue streams and the relationship with the RAU. The partners were asked to review the use of their dedicated office and agreed to make this office available to be let in exchange for access to the open plan area which considering the objective of engaging with local businesses who used the Growth Hub has proven to be more productive.
Partners meetings have now been established, the first of which took place just before lock-down earlier this year. The concept of partner meetings is proving to be extremely productive although it is still very early days.
Just before lock-down, a number of developments took place in the town which have altered the dynamic of how the town will develop in the years ahead.
Town Council has started to establish the process for developing its Neighbourhood Plan. However the town master plan being developed by the District Council has yet to progress.
In parallel, following the change in the administration at the District Council in May 2020, plans to build on the Cirencester Futures conference held at the beginning of 2019, have yet to be progressed.
A new organisation has been created to help shape policy going forward – The Cirencester Town Centre Business Forum. The CCDT will engage with this organisation.
The impact of Covid 19 on the town, its residents and businesses was only just beginning to happen but a fundamental change in the dynamics of the town is taking place and CCDT will be fully engaged in the process.
The Phoenix Festival
Each year the Phoenix Festival is held on the August bank holiday weekend in the Abbey Grounds, with the kind permission of Cirencester Town Council and valuable support from Cirencester Community Development Trust (CCDT).
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