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Hidden heroes, Rose from Longlevens

Rose lives in Cyprus Gardens, Longlevens, Gloucester. She was flooded earlier in July. Her home had just dried out and the builders were in when she was flooded again. She was on holiday at the time and came home at the height of the crisis to find she had lost everything, the flood water came through the letter box and there was a layer of mud in the house.

However, Rose says it was all a matter of degree as she did not have any sewage in the house like some of her neighbours! Rose had been on holiday, but went back to work as expected the following Monday wearing her wellies to look after vulnerable people and remained at her post for several days before the impact of her own personal disaster got the better of her.

Gloucestershire County Council Carers continued to work throughout the emergency often overcoming the worst of the floods to reach some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.

On a day-to-day basis, they carry out their jobs without fuss and away from the glare of publicity yet never was their dedication more needed.

Remember our how to help page if you think you can help someone, and please visit the Gloucestershire flood relief fund website if you can make a donation.

Cheltenham floods 20-07-2007

Sandford Park lido opens today

Whilst our own leisure facilities are being repaired we know there are lots of you out there desperate for a good local pool. Well, the lido re-opens today after an extensive refit. It’s a wonderful piece of local history and well worth supporting.

As it says on the lido website:

The lido is a great day out in the heart of Cheltenham, on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is a children’s paradise with slides, a children’s pool and a paddling pool. Our 50 metre pool is also an ideal place to train, two lanes are reserved most days.

We wish them every success.

Sandford Park Lido main pool

How to help

If you want to help those recovering from the effects of the flood, please check out our new how to help page.

flooded basement

Jim Schiro, the head of Zurich Global comes to see Cheltenham’s flood damaged leisure facilities

Just this afternoon, Jim Schiro the chief executive of Zurich Global came to see Cheltenham’s flood damaged leisure facilities for himself. Zurich are the council’s insurer, and Jim Schiro came over from America especially to see how the facilities had suffered. Earlier in the day he visited the Zurich office at The Grange in Cheltenham, itself badly affected.

Graham Annand Zurich’s major loss manager and Andrew North the council’s chief executive accompany Jim Schiro.
The head of Zurich Global visits the damaged leisure facilities

Jim Schiro looking down on the flood damage as the media look on.
The head of Zurich Global visits the damaged leisure facilities

Everyone remembers this image from less than three weeks ago.
leisure@cheltenham our flooded leisure facilities in Cheltenham

Did you suffer flooding like this?

Flooding in Cheltenham

We’d like a definitive list of every property affected

The flood waters may have gone, the tap water may be almost back to normal, we’ve all come through the other side. Surprisingly, the one thing we do not have is a definitive list of all the properties affected by the flood. Some had a trickle inside, some were completely gutted, it’s important that we know who was affected. We have a list of all the calls we received for advice and sandbags – but it is not comprehensive.

If your property was damaged, it would be very helpful if you could email us, giving the address of the property, your name, and contact details including a daytime telephone number and forwarding address (if appropriate). We will contact you and arrange to visit you at the flood-damaged property.

Did you have a membership for leisure@cheltenham?

By now everyone should have received a letter about monthly and annual memberships for leisure@cheltenham and how these have been affected by the closure of our flood damaged leisure facilities. Just in case you didn’t get a copy, we provide the letters below. A big thank you to everyone for their kind words of support.

  1. Download the letter about annual memberships
  2. Download the letter about monthly memberships

Cheltenham's devastated leisure facilities after the flood

Cheltenham’s volunteer centre helping with water distribution

The volunteer centre has been at the heart of the town’s efforts to overcome the extreme effects of the floods. More than two hundred volunteers and staff members worked together to deliver bottled water to vulnerable people. They also provided transport for those people needing medical assistance. The support was provided day and night and is still continuing.

Cheltenham's Mayor visiting the volunteer centre

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