The Bishop of Gloucester The Rt Reverend Rachel Treweek, the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, the Mayor of Cheltenham, Alex Chalk and Martin Surl the Police and Crime Commissioner headed the list of leaders who joined in our celebrations. We were delighted to welcome Reverend Les Isaac who met people at our Safe Space, the converted horse box, outside Marks and Spencer in Cheltenham High Street. Les was also available to sign his latest book.
Former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire and one of the Patrons of Cheltenham Street Pastors, Dr Timothy Brain says, “I am delighted to support the work of Cheltenham Street Pastors. They provide real care and support to people out and about on Friday and Saturday nights. People out to have a good time sometimes get carried away and don’t think about the harm they can cause themselves and others. Street Pastors can step in and help them before things get out of hand. They are a real support to the people of Cheltenham and the Police, and a really wonderful example of Christian charity in action.”
Street Pastors provides a bridge of fellowship to people wherever they find themselves and patrols do what is necessary every weekend. “The first, new safe space on our streets, a converted horse box called The Stable, already proves its worth consistently,” muses Nigel Bennett, “with people choosing to seek help, recharge their phones or have a cuppa and chat with our team. The Cheltenham Street Pastors tenth anniversary celebration weekend highlights what has been achieved during the last ten years and is a launch pad for the next decade of success.”
Interview with Les Isaac