Malvern Civic Society

Midsummer Malvern 19th – 27th June 2021

As in past years, this week of events, organised by the Society, will take place during the last week of June, from Saturday, 19th to Sunday 27th, 2021.

Moody Exhibition

Victor Moody and his daughter, Catherine, were much involved in the Malvern School of Art in Albert Road North.   He became head of College in 1935 and remained in post until his retirement in 1962 when Catherine took over until 1980.   Victor had a distinctive and idiosyncratic style of painting, known as ‘underpainting’.  He exhibited at the Royal Academy.    Catherine was well known in Malvern as a writer, artist and designer.   The exhibition will be open until Sunday, 27th June, entry will be by timed ticket via Ticketsource.   On Saturday, 26th, there will be a discussion of the Moody lives, led by Dr John Harcup with guests.

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Bandstand on Saturday, 19th, at 10.00am.   There will be music and a chance to see the plans for Priory Park envisaged by Malvern District Council, the Friends of Priory Park and the Malvern Spa Association.

Dudley Brook Tree Trail

One of the highlights of Midsummer Malvern 2021 is the celebration of the life of Dudley Brook – a past President and Chairman of the Society.

The Trail will be inaugurated by the Chairman of the District Council, Coun Cynthia Palmer. During the week there will be a Dudley Trail Walk led by Dr Elizabeth Adlam.

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Can You Write a Limerick?

Edward Lear, a nineteenth century British poet, is perhaps the most well-known writer of limericks–though he did not originate this poetic form. As a nod to the genre “literary nonsense,” Lear published a collection of 117 limericks in 1846, entitled A Book of Nonsense.

The Civic Society is issuing a challenge to Malvern residents of all ages to write a limerick about their home town.

A limerick can be defined as a five-line poem that is often
humorous. Limericks use the rhyme scheme AABBA, meaning that
the first two lines rhyme with each other, and then the next (usually shorter) two lines rhyme with each other, and the last line rhymes with the first two lines. For example: A limerick has five lines, not nine. Start by rhyming two lines real fine.

Entries should be emailed to chairman@malverncivicsociety.org.uk

A Midsummer Limerick – supported by RPM Motor Services

There was a lady of great go
Who said to her car with much woe 
‘I’ve lived through the Blitz
I’ve loved you to Bitz
But when I say Zoom, you just GO’.

A Midsummer Limerick – supported by VIP Barbers

There was an old man with a beard 
Who said ‘it is just as I feared
Two Owls and a Hen
Four Larks and a Wren
Have all built their nests in my beard!’

There are a host of events: including guided walks, a tea and cake visit to view the renovated clock at Great Malvern Station and a Treasure Hunt by car. Please note that many of these events require advance booking (even if they are free). Full details are in the Brochure or in the events calendar shown below.

Midsummer Malvern Events

In addition to these special events listed, there are also the regular Town Walks on Monday 21st June, and Saturday 26th June. The list below shows a maximum of 10 items so use the ‘>’ and ‘<‘ buttons to move forward and backward or select a specific date by clicking on the month name to bring up the calendar.

Jun
23
Wed
Moody Exhibition @ Elmslie House
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Moody Exhibition @ Elmslie House | England | United Kingdom
Victor and Catherine Moody held a special place in the social fabric of Malvern and this is the first comprehensive exhibition of their work for twenty years. Victor, a Royal Academician, was well known for his work in establishing and developing the Malvern School of Art from the mid-1930s; Catherine continued his work as head of the school and became known as the ‘grande dame’ of the Malvern cultural scene. Booking essential via TicketSource. No charge – donations requests. Catalogue £5.
Jun
24
Thu
Dudley Brook Trail Walk @ Bandstand, Priory Park, Malvern
Jun 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Following in the footsteps of the late Dudley Brook.

A walk round the Park to discuss the large range of exotic trees and shrubs planted in the 19C led by ecologist, Dr Elizabeth Adlam
Tickets £4.50 – Limited numbers. Book through TicketSource

Moody Exhibition @ Elmslie House
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Moody Exhibition @ Elmslie House | England | United Kingdom

Victor and Catherine Moody held a special place in the social fabric of Malvern and this is the first comprehensive exhibition of their work for twenty years. Victor, a Royal Academician, was well known for his work in establishing and developing the Malvern School of Art from the mid-1930s; Catherine continued his work as head of the school and became known as the ‘grande dame’ of the Malvern cultural scene.

Booking essential via TicketSource.

No charge – donations requests.

Catalogue £5.

Jun
25
Fri
Moody Exhibition @ Elmslie House
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Moody Exhibition @ Elmslie House | England | United Kingdom

Victor and Catherine Moody held a special place in the social fabric of Malvern and this is the first comprehensive exhibition of their work for twenty years. Victor, a Royal Academician, was well known for his work in establishing and developing the Malvern School of Art from the mid-1930s; Catherine continued his work as head of the school and became known as the ‘grande dame’ of the Malvern cultural scene.

Booking essential via TicketSource.

No charge – donations requests.

Catalogue £5.

Malvern Link Heritage Walk @ Victoria Park, Malvern
Jun 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Start/end outside Café in Victoria Park
A forty minute walk round the Conservation Area of Malvern Link.

Built at the same time as the great houses of Great Malvern for the artisans who serviced the schools, this little-known aspect of Malvern will be described by Carleton Tarr, local historian and resident.

Numbers limited to twenty. £4.50 per person.  Book via TicketSource.

Ranelagh Road Development Open Day @ Gospel Place
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm

This development at the end of Ranelagh Road has been nominated for a 2021 Malvern Civic Society Civic Award.  This is an opportunity to have a tour accompanied by the developer.  Telephone 07789 860673 to book your place or visit TicketSource.

Jun
26
Sat
Moody Exhibition @ Elmslie House
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Moody Exhibition @ Elmslie House | England | United Kingdom

Victor and Catherine Moody held a special place in the social fabric of Malvern and this is the first comprehensive exhibition of their work for twenty years. Victor, a Royal Academician, was well known for his work in establishing and developing the Malvern School of Art from the mid-1930s; Catherine continued his work as head of the school and became known as the ‘grande dame’ of the Malvern cultural scene.

Booking essential via TicketSource.

No charge – donations requests.

Catalogue £5.

Malvern Priory Guided Tour @ Malvern Priory
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

A one-hour tour of the Priory
Meet in the north porch from 10.15

No charge but donations welcomed.  Tickets available from TicketSource.

Followed by light refreshments.

Sponsored by the Friends of Malvern Priory.

St Anne’s Chapel Glass Renovation

The Priory has the finest collection of English 15th and early 16th century medieval glass outside York Minster. The stained glass windows in the South side of St. Anne’s Chapel in the Priory were created around 1480 and depict stories from the Old Testament.

They are a national treasure, but sadly are in desperate need of cleaning and restoration, due to constant exposure to the elements.

It has been decided to restore and protect one of these Medieval windows together with its surrounding stonework, at an estimated cost of £150,000. This will be part of a much larger Priory Development project to restore even more of the Priory’s heritage together with re-ordering the interior of church to make it much more accessible for everyone.

The Friends have committed to support this initial window restoration project.

Any donations from the Guided Tours will be in aid of the Windows’ Fund and visitors are encouraged to join the Friends to share in the continuing commitment.

Science in the Park @ Priory Park, Malvern
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Malvern Hills Brewery Benefit @ The Great Malvern Hotel
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm

Raise funds for

THE MALVERN HILLS TAPROOM PROJECT

Join us in supporting our exciting project that promises a return to old-fashioned taprooms offering quality beer in a friendly & traditional setting. A step back in time when beer was sold directly from people’s homes.

In order to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the taproom, a disabled toilet and disabled access have to be built adjacent to the brewery.