What does Tewkesbury #10YearChallenge look like?
PUBLISHED: 17:15 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:40 23 January 2019
If you’re on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you’ll have seen the latest craze taking over the internet the past few weeks. The 10-Year Challenge shows social media users sharing a throwback to ten years ago – showcasing how much they may or may not have changed
The social media trend has been shared across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the aim of showcasing how much you have or haven’t changed in the past decade.
We’ve given Tewkesbury the ‘then-and-now’ treatment and perhaps you won’t be surprised to see the town has had a huge face-lift in the past ten years.
The roundabout on your way into Tewkesbury from Cheltenham or Gloucester along the A38 used to look like any other normal roundabout until, in 2014, two 16ft horse statues were built upon it to commemorate the Battle of the Tewkesbury. The wooden structures even led to the roundabout earning the title of the UK’s Roundabout of the Year in 2014.
It seems as though the popular discount store, and always heaving car park, has been in the town for much longer than six and a half years. Previously the site was Stow Valley Vehicles.
With the closure of Cascades (more of that later) came the opening of Tewkesbury’s new, state-of-the-art leisure centre in the summer of 2016. Members could take advantage of a large gym, two pools, a sauna, steam room, workout studio and café.
Over the past ten years, the town’s High Street has undergone massive changes. The below photo slide shows how we said goodbye to Peacocks, Somerfield and a bakery, with Coffee #1, Poundland and Crystal Rivers taking their place. The road has also undergone changes to make the main shopping area more pedestrian-friendly.
As well as the above changes, a Lloyds Pharmacy and Costa were opened up in place of Blockbuster, Wine Rack and Woody’s. Who remembers renting out a film Friday night from VidiVision or Blockbuster?
It’s a sorry sight to see Gloucestershire’s oldest pub closed to the public with a beer garden that becomes more and more overgrown as time goes on. There is a glimmer of hope however, with a recent announcement pointing to planning works and refurbishment to get the Black Bear back to its former glory.
Enjoying extensive renovations during the summer of 2015, The Roses Theatre re-opened with a busy programme of entertainment for its audiences. As well as an attractive exterior, the inside enjoyed a facelift including a stylish atrium and dining facilities.
Opening its doors in 1988, and with a facility on the same site open long before that, Cascades evokes many memories for Tewkesbury residents. Lessons, birthday pool parties, messing around in the splash pool, hurtling down the slide or serious lane swimming, everyone who lived in Tewkesbury has taken advantage of the former leisure centre’s facilities.
Spring Gardens car park
With the opening of the Leisure Centre, the former Cascades site was demolished (sob) with a large grassy area left in the Spring Gardens car park. The market still takes place on the car park every Wednesday and Saturday morning.
What a transformation Tewkesbury Hospital has had over ten years. The modernised site now includes Tewkesbury Community Hospital, the Devereux Centre, a pharmacy and a large car park.
Heading back up Barton Street, you’ll find popular café-cum-lounge bar, Theoc House. Before reforming as a relaxed spot for drinks and dinners, the address was home to The Plough Inn up until 2009 and then a brief stint as a nightclub called Mojos.
Two doors down, and just on the roundabout, currently sits Portuguese sit-in and takeaway joint Peri Hut. Following the closure of Burger Star all those years ago, the takeaway has changed hands a number of times, including when it reopened as Prontos shown in the picture below.