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The Malvern Civic Society's Events Diary

 

 

The Malvern Civic Society's Events Diary can also be downloaded as a .pdf file.

 

Friday 10 March - Talk: Stanbrook Abbey

Pamela Hurle will talk to us about Stanbrook Abbey which was founded in 1625 in Flanders as a contemplative house for Benedictine nuns. When the nuns were deprived of their Abbey during the French Revolution, they fled to England in 1838 and settled in Worcestershire.. 

 

Saturday 18 March - A Country Walk

Leader: Carleton Tarr. Please contact him if you intend to go and give your email address so that he can send you a menu if you would like lunch. Tel. 01684 577 536 (on the day mobile: 07866001722). Meeting point: Bear and Ragged Staff, Bransford, WR6 5JH. OS ref 523/803 Time: 9.45 for 10 a.m. start. Character of the walk: about 4 miles with stiles and a few fairly steep slopes up and down.. 

 

Wednesday 29 March - Coach excursion: Fire! Fire!

This ‘immersive’ exhibition at the Museum of London marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. There will be ample opportunity to see the rest of the museum which tells the story of London’s growth and its social and cultural life or to explore the 2 surrounding area. 

 

Tuesday 11 April - Local visit: Clencher’s Mill

 

Travelling by car to Eastnor Castle, we have the opportunity to visit this 18th century timber-framed watermill. The water supply has recently been reinstated and the machinery overhauled — we hope that conditions will allow us to see it in action!

 

Friday 14 April - Talk: Chedworth Roman Villa

Dr Nick Humphris will tell us about the Roman villa located in Chedworth in the Cotswolds. It was built in phases from the second to the fourth century and acquired in 1924 by the National Trust who have conducted a long-term conservation programme. 

 

Saturday 15 April - A Country Walk

Starting at 10am, usually with a suitable place suggested for lunch afterwards. Details will be announced in Bandstand and on the Society’s website closer to each walk. 

 

Thursday 4 May - Local visit: 

St Martin’s in the Cornmarket, Worcester, and Greyfriars

Old St Martin’s is a Georgian church in the heart of Worcester, built in the 1770s and internally similar to a smaller version of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields in London. Greyfriars, close by, is a late mediaeval merchant’s house and garden. Travel by car or rail.

 

Friday 12 May - Talk: Haile Selassie in Malvern

 

Keith Bowers will tell us the story of the exile of Haile Selassie who came to Britain in the 1930s after fleeing his country to escape the armies of Benito Mussolini and took refuge in Bath and Malvern.

 

Saturday 20 May - A Country Walk

Starting at 10am, usually with a suitable place suggested for lunch afterwards. Details will be announced in Bandstand and on the Society’s website closer to each walk. 

 

Sunday 21 May - Coach excursion: 

Berkeley Castle and Dr Jenner’s House

This day out gives us the chance to visit both the third oldest continuously-occupied castle in England (after the royal fortresses in London and Windsor) and the home of a doctor who changed the world thanks to his discovery of vaccination. 

 

Friday 9 June - Talk: Philip Clissett, a Victorian chair-maker

 

Mike Abbott, himself a chair-maker, will talk about Philip Clissett, who influenced and inspired the English Arts and Crafts movement. The Clissett family’s chairmaking tradition dates back to well before the 1770s.

 

Saturday 10 June - Local visit: Malvern St James School

Standing opposite Great Malvern Station and a significant landmark in the town, the main building of MSJ was once the Imperial Hotel. After a presentation about the school’s history we shall have the opportunity to tour round the buildings with the Archivist. 

 

Saturday 17 June - Midsummer Malvern begins

 

Please see the separate brochure available nearer the time for details of the week’s community activities.

 

Saturday 1 July - A Country Walk

Starting at 10am, usually with a suitable place suggested for lunch afterwards. Details will be announced in Bandstand and on the Society’s website closer to each walk.  

 

Friday 14 July - Talk: Alex Coppock

 

Alex Coppock is an award-winning architect whose portfolio includes nationally important church re.orderings, for example All Saints in Hereford. He has also done barn conversions turning them into comfortable and beautiful buildings to live in. 

 

Saturday 15 July - Coach excursion: A Day in the Cotswolds

A day of contrasts: a chance to tour Hook Norton Brewery, its history stretching back to 1849, and then a visit to St Mary’s, Chipping Norton, one of the largest of the Cotswold churches financed by the proceeds of the medieval wool trade. 

 

Wednesday 30 August - Local visit: A Day in Edgbaston

We visit two gems of the University of Birmingham, the Barber Institute — one of the UK’s finest small European art collections — and the Arts and Crafts Winterbourne House with its seven-acre garden. Travel by car or train (University station is just a few minutes’ walk away). 

 

Friday 8 September - Talk: Croome Court

Dr Eric Jones will talk about Croome Court, owned by the National Trust and the former home of the 6th Earl of Coventry. Its parkland estate created by Capability Brown contains temples, follies and statues. 

 

13 September - 18 September -  4* Northern Spain & the Picos Mountains

© Kevin Brewer / Malvern Civic Society

Staying five nights on half board basis at the 4* Olimpo Hotel at Playa de Isla, located on a promontory in a huge estate and with direct access onto private beaches, the hotel is ideally situated to explore Cantabria and the Picos Mountains.

 

 More detail.

 

Saturday 16 September - A Country Walk

Starting at 10am, usually with a suitable place suggested for lunch afterwards. Details will be announced in Bandstand and on the Society’s website closer to each walk. 

 

Wednesday 20 September - Coach visit: 78 Derngate

 

This journey to Northampton will give us the chance to tour the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. There will be time to visit other places of interest in the town such as the Guildhall and Museum. 

 

Friday 13 October - Talk: Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

Andy Cameron will talk to us about the open- air museum of rescued buildings which have been relocated to its site in Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove. It has a collection of thirty historic buildings in gardens and a cider orchard. 

 

Thursday 19 October - Local visit: Avoncroftt

Following our talk about the Museum of Historic Buildings, this is an opportunity to see for ourselves what has been achieved. 

Travel by car.

 

Saturday 21 October - A Country Walk

Starting at 10am, usually with a suitable place suggested for lunch afterwards. Details will be announced in Bandstand and on the Society’s website closer to each walk. 

 

Friday 10 November - Annual General Meeting

The formal business will be followed by a talk from Anna and Bernard Taylor on their renovation of Elmslie House, winner of the 2016 Civic Society Award.

 

Saturday 18 November - Worcestershire Local History Forum Day School

 

The Society will be hosting this event in the Eden Centre. Full details will be available nearer the time. 

 

 

CIvic Week, ©Malvern Civic Society/Kevin Brewer

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Booking form

 

Places on coach and local visits must be booked in advance 

 

- Booking form 2017

 

Please book at least three weeks in advance for coach visits and two weeks in advance for local visits and note that the terms and conditions for events and trips apply to all those making a booking..  

 

 

Monthly Talks

 

Our Monthly Talks are held in the Eden Centre, Grovewood Road, WR14 1GD (off Townsend Way), close to the Malvern Hotel and Premier Inn, beginning at 7.30pm. Refreshments are available after the meeting and there is an inclusive charge of £2.

 

 

More information

 

For more information about any of our events please do not hesitate to contact Tony Whalley

 

 

Worcestershire Local History Forum

 

Details of events organised by The Worcestershire Local History Forum along with their  Newsletter can be found on their web site