Malvern Civic Society

Midsummer Malvern 25th June – 3 July 2022

Malvern History and Heritage

As in past years, this week of events, organised by the Society, will take place during the last week of June, from Saturday, 25th June to Sunday 3rd July, 2022.

Bookings, unless otherwise stated, are via TicketSource (which will add a small booking fee to each transaction). Payment will be via debit or credit cards. They will e-mail you a ticket which should then be printed. TicketSource offers a Telephone Box Office Service (0333 666 4466) which is open Monday to Friday 9am – 7pm and Saturday 9am – 5pm. The customer is charged a £1.50 telephone service fee on top of the ticket price and booking fee.

In addition to the calendar of events shown below a number of activities are taking place throughout the week.

Great Malvern Station

The station is one of the major projects being undertaken by the Civic Society in conjunction with Network Rail, Great Western Trains and the Railway Heritage Trust.

Much work has been done over several years to emphasise the importance of the Worm – the corridor linking the Station with the old Imperial Hotel.

2021 saw the renovation of the clock and replacement of the old clockwork mechanism with an electric motor.

It is planned to renovate the Waiting Room on the Up Platform in 2022 and set up an exhibition of local memorabilia including pictures of the Radar Establishment during WWII.

A the same time, Network Rail plan to repaint the Station and install replica Victorian lighting.

Midsummer Malvern Brochure
Click on the image above to view / download a copy of the brochure (NB this is reduced resolution for the website)

The Changing Face of Malvern – Malvern Library – Staged by the Malvern Museum

History and heritage go hand in hand. The history of Malvern is what happened in the past and its heritage is the landscape, buildings, traditions and objects that have been passed down to us and that we value today.

Our heritage is a reminder of our past; sometimes it is preserved, but sometimes it is lost.

Using images from the collections of Malvern Museum of Local History and Malvern Library, this exhibition, curated by Cora Weaver and Ann Backhouse, not only illustrates the changing face of Malvern over the past 200 years, but also challenges our thinking about what heritage really is.

  • Is heritage permanent or does it change?
  • Is one’s idea of heritage based on nostalgia and reminiscence?
  • Are changes to our heritage acceptable? How do we decide?
  • Are we creating tomorrow’s heritage today?

Come and make up your own mind.

The Exhibition can be found downstairs adjacent to the newly opened cafe Cup ‘n Book. It will be open when the library is open and will remain in situ until the end of July 2022.

List of Events

Jun
25
Sat
Book Signing by Alan Frost & Sheila Allen @ Great Malvern Hotel
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Book signing by two local authors: Alan Frost & Sheila Allen at the Great Malvern Hotel on June 25th & July 2nd 2022 from 10.00 – 4.00pm each day.  Please come and see us.
Jazz in the Park @ The Bandstand
Jun 25 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

The line up of The Michael MacCourt Trio with special guest Matt Seddon. Michael MacCourt – Drums, Dougie Hill – Bass, Chris Outhwaite – Piano, Matt Seddon – Trombone.

Led by their drummer, Michael, this ensemble met at the Junior Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and having enjoyed their music so much, we have invited them back this year.
Please bring a picnic, buy an ice cream, get a coffee in the Bistro and spend time in a lovely park listening to jazz spread over 4½ hours, courtesy of the Malvern Civic Society.

Malvern Town Walks @ Malvern Tourist Information Centre
Jun 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
There are weekly town walks around Great Malvern from Easter to Autumn. They set off from the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at 10.30am on Monday and Saturday mornings. The fee is £5 per person, and tickets are available from the TIC.
A limited number of tickets are also available via TicketSource up to noon on the day before the walk. Tickets booked via TicketSource incur a small fee.  After this, tickets may still be available from the TIC. 

As group sizes are limited, booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Opening Ceremony @ The Bandstand
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am

Welcome by President Dr John Harcourt OBE

The opening ceremony will be carried out by the Mayor of Malvern

Presentation of the Civic Society Awards @ The Bandstand
Jun 25 @ 11:15 am

This will be carried out by the Chairman of the Malvern Hills District Council.

The Malvern Civic Society has, for some thirty years, made an annual award for a new or renovated property which adds to, or enhances, Malvern`s developed environment.

To qualify for this year`s nomination, work on the property must have been completed by 31st December 2021. The award is made in the form of a small plaque and is highly regarded by all those involved with the winning project.

Jun
26
Sun
Armed Forces Day
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

From 12noon – 4.30pm, featuring music, family entertainment and involvement from local youth groups and charities,

https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.

Theatre Tours @ Malvern Theatres
Jun 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The tours last 90 minutes finishing in the bistro or circle bar for tea/coffee with scones or cake. Included in the tour you will visit the backstage areas of both theatres not normally seen by general public, be allowed to walk on both stages and ask any questions you may have about the history of the theatre to our knowledgable tour guides.

The building is open from 11.30 and the tours start at 12.30pm. The tour costs £15 per person.
Booking through Theatre Box Office

History Walk – On the Edge of Malvern Wells and Little Malvern @ Car park at St Wulstans Local Nature Reserve
Jun 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Length of walk: 3 miles about 2 hours

Grade of Walk: Moderate

Meeting Location: Car Park at St Wulstans Local Nature Reserve

Grid reference: SO78054142

Post Code WR14 4JA

Walk Details: The route is mainly footpaths and roads with some track and fields to cross. There are some steep sections. There are 2 stiles. Stout walking boots or shoes are recommended. Plus interesting historical details of the area.

Choral Evensong @ Great Malvern Priory
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm

Preacher: Mary Weatherill

Music directed by Piers Maxin

Midsummer Miscellany @ Elmslie House
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm

Music from Margaret and Carleton Tarr and friends to relax and enjoy with a glass of wine.  Music by Haydn, Mozart and more.

Tickets £7.50 (not including wine)

Jun
27
Mon
Malvern Town Walks @ Malvern Tourist Information Centre
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
There are weekly town walks around Great Malvern from Easter to Autumn. They set off from the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at 10.30am on Monday and Saturday mornings. The fee is £5 per person, and tickets are available from the TIC.
A limited number of tickets are also available via TicketSource up to noon on the day before the walk. Tickets booked via TicketSource incur a small fee.  After this, tickets may still be available from the TIC. 

As group sizes are limited, booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Priory Tour @ Great Malvern Priory
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am

Guided tours of the Priory will be held regularly during the week – see schedule for details.

They are organised by the Friends of Malvern Priory.

The flooring in the nave was put in by the Victorians when they carried out their major renovation in the late nineteenth century; it was raised a few inches above the stone floor. This raised floor is difficult to negotiate for wheelchairs and make performances difficult.

One of the imminent projects in the Priory is to lower the floor to its original level and the proceeds from the tours will contribute to this and other work.

Tickets £5 Under 14s free

A Talk on Wild Swimming @ The Cube Green Room
Jun 27 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Speaker: Jackie Sole

“Swimming is a rite of passage, a crossing of boundaries: the line of the shore, the bank of the river, the edge of the pool, the surface itself, when you enter the water, something like metamorphosis happens. Leaving behind the land, you go through the looking-glass surface and enter a new world”. Roger Deakin, Waterlog (1999).

This is a short talk with a few slides to help you get started with some of the practical aspects of swimming outdoors. It will include where to go locally, who to go with, what to take with you, what to worry about and last but not least, the multitude of benefits for your health!

Dudley Brook Tree Walk in Priory Park @ The Bandstand
Jun 27 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This Tree Trail was set up in memory of Dudley Brook, a much loved member of the Malvern Community. Here there are twenty trees planted in Victorian times with world wide origins to see and enjoy.

Meet at the Bandstand Tickets £5

Jun
28
Tue
Malvern Hills Trust Walk @ Tank Quarry Car park
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

4 miles.  Hard – steep in places.

Uncovering hidden heritage. From abandoned Victorian gardens and donkey sheds to ancient archaeology, this walk takes in some of the hidden heritage of the northern Hills. Step back in time and discover more about the people who shaped the history of this area.

Priory Tour @ Great Malvern Priory
Jun 28 @ 10:30 am

Guided tours of the Priory will be held regularly during the week – see schedule for details.

They are organised by the Friends of Malvern Priory.

The flooring in the nave was put in by the Victorians when they carried out their major renovation in the late nineteenth century; it was raised a few inches above the stone floor. This raised floor is difficult to negotiate for wheelchairs and make performances difficult.

One of the imminent projects in the Priory is to lower the floor to its original level and the proceeds from the tours will contribute to this and other work.

Tickets £5 Under 14s free

Tales of the Mediæval Priory @ Great Malvern Priory
Jun 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

By the Malvern Storytellers.  Narrated by Robert Payne.
Entry free of charge – donations welcome to Malvern Priory in aid of restoration work.

Local Visit: The Cottage Herbery @ The Cottage Herbery
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We will enjoy an early evening visit to this fascinating garden at Field Farm, near Tenbury Wells, created in, and around, an old hop farmyard and planted in a contemporary style, with choice plants and grasses. The garden is situated above the Teme Valley and has extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

Refreshments will be provided, included in the price, and there will be an opportunity to buy some plants and cut flowers from the nursery.

Start: 6pm Finish about 8.30pm

Transport: own transport or car share. Ample parking at the farm.

NOTE:  Due to the uneven terrain, this visit is unsuitable for those with impaired mobility.

The Transition to Green Energy in Automotive @ The Forum
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The last two years have seen a dramatic change in the manufacture of cars and trucks as they change from oil based engines to electric propulsion.  The success of this strategy depends on the availability of suitable batteries and the charging infrastructure.

Charles Morgan will be discussing his involvement in both the development of electric engines and batteries.

Jun
29
Wed
Blue Plaque Walk @ Elgar Fountain
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

One of the continuing projects funded by the Civic Society is to put up Blue Plaques to the many well known people who either visited or lived in Malvern in the past. On this walk, Brian Iles, local historian, will walk around some of the plaques in the town centre.

Tickets £5