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Midsummer Malvern 17 June - 25 June 2017 - Report

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MIDSUMMER MALVERN – CIVIC WEEK 17-24 JUNE 2017

 

The idea of Civic Week is to involve community organisations and to give to the various speakers the surplus raised from their event for their chosen charity.

Midsummer Malvern raised some Ł1000 which has been distributed between the speakers and various societies that organised their own event during the Week, having used the booking system set up for Midsummer Malvern.

 

Prizegiving for the Malvern Civic Society’s Schools’ Literary Competition for all local schools takes place just after the Opening Ceremony. The overall winner came from The Elms School and they hold the cup for another year. Other winners came from the Elms, the Downs, Dyson Perrins, Northleigh schools. The theme this year was to design a book cover, precis a story and give a critique. This proved popular with both entrants and judges.

 

The events covered heritage and planning and there was a free talk by Jack Hegarty, CEO of both Malvern District and Wychavon councils; Malvern Civic Society, cakes from WI Wells & the Wyche, ElectrAA with an electric car display all had stands at the Bands in the Park ; a wonderful Celebration of Community choirs took place in St Matthias; the Dell was open on two occasions for NGS.

There were talks on:

 

J.R.R. Tolkien and a workshop at Malvern St James to which the local secondary schools were invited. There was also a display of Tolkien characters’ costumes in Malvern Library;

 

Dr John Harcup told us about the Doctors who made Malvern Great;

Jane Austen – Paula Byrne explained why she is still a popular novelist after 200 years;

 

Wellness Tourism by Petr Somol from Mariánské Lázně, one of our twinned towns.

Route to Hills, the Dame Laura Knight Society, Colton Halls’ Malvern Memories, the Quaker Church, a clean up and walk around the Cemetery, the printmakers of St Peter’s. the Appleyard Dancers, Frome Vineyard, Inner Picasso, all took part in the Week. The Friends of Malvern Priory performed from The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis and the film Shadowlands was shown in the cinema;

 

In addition, Malvern Civic Society unveiled a blue plaque in Alexandra Road celebrating George Sayer, English teacher at Malvern College and his friendship with Tolkien and C. S. Lewis and an information board at the Cemetery. There was so much going on that I have not mentioned everything but thanks to all who assisted in making Midsummer Malvern successful.

 

It was a great week and commiserations to anyone who was unable to join in.

 

SEVERN END – MIDSUMMER PARTY

 

What a wonderful setting, the most perfect evening on 21st June, Midsummer Day, good food, great company, gentle jazz. Our thanks go to Sir Nicholas Lechmere and his family for allowing us to hold our party in the garden of their house, Severn End in Hanley Castle. This was a very popular venue, unfortunately numbers were restricted to one hundred and many were disappointed. We could not have wished for a more delightful evening. We had lovely canapes organised by a few members of MCS and a glass of bubbling wine to start the evening. Great Malvern Hotel provided the buffet and three waitresses to make us feel special, strawberries and cream for dessert – many thanks.

 

We had a wonderful evening and hope that such an event can be repeated in the future.

 

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Downloads

 

Full Colour Guide 

to Midsummer Malvern 2017

 

Members' Booking Form 

for Midsummer Malvern events 2017

 

Printmakers Entry Form

for the Printmakers Display at St. Peter's on 17 June