Pitch For Possibility 2018

The first Pitch for Possibility competition took place in July 2018. It was a hard fought competition. Three winners took home prize money of £500 each to kickstart their respective projects, with some equally beneficial projects as runners up.


Valia Zina – Food Impact Project

I will organise family/ community lunches using surplus food, especially during the school holidays at West Cheltenham.

Jessica Loveridge – Plant-based Festival

I will hold a vegan fayre on Coronation Square. To make my idea slightly different to other local vegan fayres, I would hope for it to be an all day festival that consists of live music, food and arts and crafts. As well as some cruelty free cosmetic brands. All of the vendors will be as local as possible to ensure that local businesses are getting the chance to showcase their work.

Nikki Flynn – Craftastic Creativity

I will run introduction craft classes at Create on the Square to help local residents join a crafting community and grow their creative confidence. Each class will involve learning a basic craft technique and making a finished craft item. This would cover crafts like hand/machine sewing and applique, interference paints, silk painting, cross stitch, card making and textile recycling.

Runners Up

Becca Faal – Preventative Education

To deliver safeguarding awareness raising to parents so they can act protectively to safeguard their children from abuse. It will be interactive skill sharing sessions.

Kevin Bourne – Christmas on the Square

We would like to brighten up the square and get the local community involved we are passionate about bringing christmas to the people on the square. We can bring people together and make more friends in the community. last year we had 2 choirs to sing carols and the feedback was very good from young and old and bring everyone together as one.

Alba Jimenez – Perspectives

Language classes with teachers of different languages interested in the project could be offered at good rates for all ages (I offer Spanish as a start). Voluntary-led conversation groups in other languages could be organised for language learners in a friendly atmosphere to practise and improve their skills and meet people. .

Ruth Davey – Look Again

To use photography to help participants slow down and see their community though new eyes. This will help improve mental health, isolation, connection with self others and place using the five ways to wellbeing

Angela Hathaway – Bee Sewcial

We would love to run a Craft market and Exhibition for the local community. Showcasing the Crafts that available locally.

Andy Davies – Cheltenham Paint Festival

In 2017 the paint festival commissioned a large mural on the side of William Hill at the corner of Tewkesbury Road and Elm Street. There has been overwhelming, positive feedback from the community about how much they love the work and the level of pride it has generated.

Viva O’Flynn – Love Life Fest

It will be a fun filled day to celebrate life. There will be talks, workshops, activities, music, contests, food and craft stalls. There will also be a book launch of “Love Life”..


Short-listing panel

A panel of eight people, representing a variety of relevant organisations, volunteered to short-list the applicants to those who went forward to the pitch nights. We are very grateful to them for giving their time and input

Mike Lewis – Purple Shoots

Suzanne Williams – County Councillor for Hesters Way and Springbank

Ralph Catto – Family Space Chair
Louise Cannon – Award Manager for UnLtd
Kelly Patterson – Big Local
Tanya Harrison – Director for Create on the Square
Dermot McNiffe – Principal of All Saints Academy
Tracey Crews – Director Planning at Cheltenham Borough Council

The Short-listing Night