Llanthony Secunda Priory
Trust is looking for new Trustees and
a new Chair to join its Board as it moves into the next exciting phase of the
Its focus is changing from the rescue role of the last ten years to actively running a heritage venue, utilising its cultural value and working to co-develop a project with funders and stakeholders that has a 21st century purpose. The building, conservation and restoration work as part of this £4 million project is successfully underway, and due for completion in summer 2018, when it will be open as an exciting heritage venue in Gloucester.
New trustees will bring the skill sets relevant to operating an exciting heritage venue, extending and complementing our current trustees, knowing the main restoration work has been completed.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jeremy Williamson says: “To date the Trust has been on a “rescue” mission and I and fellow trustees have had skills that matched that requirement but, as we move forward, we recognise that new skill sets are required. It is for this reason that, after 10 years we are putting in train this recruitment exercise”.
Find out more about these opportunities and receive an information pack please contact the Trust Secretary, Liz Griffiths – by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01453 844203.
The Ivy Collection’s first brasserie in Gloucestershire, The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie; a stylish all-day dining destination in the heart of Cheltenham’s bustling Montpellier district has opened.
Sitting in the old Lloyds Bank building, an iconic Grade I listed Rotunda building, The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie is open seven days a week and the restaurant menu consist of British inspired classics that span breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, weekend brunch and dinner, plus an impressive cocktail and wine menu.
The interior was created by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, designed to complement the heritage of the building. Sleek marble floors, bronzed antiques and burnt orange leather banquettes sit against The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie’s signature Ivy green colour palette, with an eclectic collection of artwork curated by Adam Ellis Design Studio, featuring everything from vibrant pop-art to Victorian sketches of historic Cheltenham, adorns the walls at every turn.
The centrepiece of the restaurant is the brasserie’s circular bar, sat directly beneath the domed ceiling that gives the Rotunda building its name. Acting as the heart of the restaurant, the bar is the central point of the main dining room.
With space for up to 200 guests across the main restaurant, bar and terrace, the brasserie also has a private dining room for up to 24 guests. Walk-ins are encouraged at The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, with a proportion of tables held back each day to allow passers-by to drop in at a time.
The Ivy Collection is a group of restaurants, brasseries and cafés, originally established in London with sites now open in a variety of select locations across the UK. Offering accessible all-day dining, each location is carefully handpicked to value, reflect and add to the local area.
For the unreconstructed luddites amongst us, the answer to any practical or mechanical problem has been gaffer tape and WD40. But the technical director at successful ployurethane materials company Watts, based in the Forest of Dean, applied science to solve a particular problem and inadvertently came up with a brand-new product which is due for launch next year.
Keen downhill mountain bike racer, Richard Brooks, was getting fed up of the chains clanging and coming loose against his very expensive Enduro bike. Whatever he put around the chain stay wore down or came off, so he developed a very thin polyurethane material at Watts manufacturing facility at Lydney, put it on his bike, and three years later, it’s still there - and he’s still pursuing his crazy passion for this extreme sport.
There was plenty left, so he put it safely in a filing cabinet assuming he might need to replace it. Fast forward two years and Watts Group’s new CEO, Dr Anthony Cooper found the tape and asked Richard what it was.
The tape is super stretchy, super strong and even though there’s no adhesive in it, because of its chemical properties, it will ‘stick’ to itself.
Anthony, traditionally more accustomed to creating and manufacturing world-leading polyurethane products for a range of industries, approached Gloucestershire-based innovation company BEAF with this tape sample, and asked the team to throw in their own ideas on how it could be developed.
Creating a consumer brand was a leap of faith for Watts – the company manufactured and sold B2B products. BEAF helped them create Adventure Tape, a new brand.
“Watts came to us with something they felt had potential, but didn’t know how to build a proposition for the consumer mass market,” says BEAF business development manager, Nav Varghese.
BEAF turns innovative ideas into products. “We quickly saw that the product would have been wasted if it was marketed purely in the bicycle-repair market, so we came up with a concept for the wider adventure sports market.” BEAF (which stands for ‘Before and After’) developed the branding, marketing campaign, the PR and managed the Kick Starter campaign to raise awareness around the product, and see if it was something Watts should put into mass-production.
Such was the success of the BEAF campaign that the initial investment request, for £15,000, was smashed when £45,000 was raised from more than 1,500 backers across the world.
Watts is now scaling up production investment, talking to retail specialists and plans to launch it on the consumer market in 2018. The product has a wide range of potential applications over and above an incredibly useful addition to the backpacks of extreme sportspeople everywhere. It could also be used as a tourniquet in medical situations as it can be manufactured to be anti-microbial.