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Nominations for the Malvern Civic Society Award, 2019

21 January 2019

Malvern Civic Society is asking for nominations from Society members and from the general public for its 2019 Award. An annual award has been made since 1994 (25 years ago) for a new or renovated building which adds something special to Malvern's built environment. The aim is to publicise schemes which are not only excellent in design and craftsmanship but which will also relate well to their surroundings. All sorts of projects have been considered; winners in previous years were the fine Victorian mansion Elmslie House, Avenue Road (2016), Malvern Link railway station (2015) and Cartwright Court, Victoria Road (2014).

For a building to be eligible, the work on the property must have been completed before 31st December, 2018 and nominations must be made before 31st March 2019. Please contact John Dixon either in person, by email ( or by phone (01684 574144). The award is a small plaque to put on the building, but it is highly regarded by winning owners, builders, architects and developers.



The Grange, Grange Road,
Great Malvern

12 September 2018

Malvern Civic Society has been interested in securing the future of The Grange for the benefit of the community, and to that end we were successful in having the building listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) under the provisions of the Localism Act.  Since then, a steering group has been set up with the  involvement of the Civic Society and other interested community parties. Its aim has been to develop proposals for a partnership scheme jointly with Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC), and we have been engaged in discussions with senior members of the Council with that in mind, and with funding bodies about obtaining grants to support such a project. It is envisaged that once arrangements have been established, the enterprise would be entirely self-financing, providing sufficient income to maintain the building in good order and with no money required from the Council to support it. It is likely to take further time, however, before all the details can be agreed.

MHDC did inform us recently that there had been an approach by a third party for the short-term use of the premises, and that as a result, discussions had been taking place about the granting of a two-year lease.  I was reassured to learn, however, that it was not considered that this would jeopardise any future collaborative relationship with MHDC of the kind which we had been discussing: rather, it would give us the opportunity to develop a detailed scheme and endeavour to secure appropriate funds to enable us to proceed with the project we had in mind.

The steering group feels that in order to make progress with funding bodies, we should need to be able to put forward an undertaking that, in the event of a project proceeding, MHDC would make available The Grange on the basis that it would  gift the property to an appropriately established trust (preferably with MHDC representation), lease it to such a body for a minimum period of 25 years, or make a formal commitment that if appropriate funds were allocated, MHDC would not withdraw use of The Grange for the agreed purposes within a specified period (again, likely to be of the order of 25 years, or a lesser period if the project were to fail). The arrangements which MHDC has recently concluded with Malvern Town Football Club over leasing their ground to them for 25 years to facilitate their own approaches to funding bodies are exactly what we ourselves are seeking here.

The Grange -- a Grade II listed building and itself of historic importance -- in addition to providing some commercial office accommodation, would operate as a hub for tourism and the local community to promote the area's major resources and history. It would show-case, for example, the work of our scientists, the historic Water Cure, the Malvern Theatres , our Elgar connections, the Malvern Hills Trust and its work in caring for the hills and their heritage, and it would also incorporate into this the legacy issues which the Council needs to be able to demonstrate following on from the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Route to the Hills project. One possible way forward with the project we continue to think worthy of investigation is to incorporate The Grange scheme with the Council’s own proposals in the current 5-year plan to seek Green Flag status for Priory Park: there is, as we know, always a need to be able to demonstrate that there would be strong community benefits and facilities available in such proposals – and The Grange would be a splendid way of greatly contributing to this.

Clive Hooper, Chairman, Malvern Civic Society.



Tomatoland plaque

14 July 2018

On Saturday 14th July a commemorative plaque was unveiled to commemorate 'Tomatoland' that was sited alongside Pickersleigh Road from 1912 to 1961. This was one of the foremost horticultural businesses in the country and produced vast quantities of 'Malvoma' tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces in 13 acres of glasshouses.

The plaque was unveiled by Jeanne Stranack, the daughter the late Basil Stranack, owner and managing director of Malvern Tomatoes Ltd.

Jeanne was keen to emphasise that the plaque commemorates not only her father but also the loyal and skilful workers employed by him. The roads on the housing estate, built in the 1980s, that now occupy the site are named after tomato species, previously grown there, such as Harbinger, Challenger, Shirley and Ailsa Craig. Additional information can be found on the Malvern Civic Society website under publications, Bandstand May 2018 (pages 12 - 13).



Malvern Community Partnership

7 July 2018

It's a long story..........................

Dr. Petr Somol of Malvern's partner town Marianske Lazne in the Czech Republic, and a regular visitor to Malvern over the last fifteen years, gave the annual Community Partnership lecture at the Lewis Theatre at Malvern College during Civic Week. "The History of Book, Script and Typeface Culture" outlined the history of written communication and numeracy.

Petr took his audience on a trip through history back to 900.000 B.C. and the first evidence of symbols drawn and scratched on rock, through Mesopotamian clay tokens depicting early forms of numbers to the present day immediacy of electronic mass communication such as Twitter and Facebook.

Petr covered many of the most important developments of the dissemination of the written word such as Gutenberg's invention of movable type which brought the cost of printed works down to a hitherto unknown low level, thereby encouraging literacy. By allowing easy text changes, books and documents could be updated to reflect changes in thinking, the law and medical knowledge. Petr reflected on the demise of Gutenberg who died in poverty whilst his apprentice Peter Schoffer flourished by adopting a more commercial approach to his master's work and speaking against Gutenberg in a court case. After which Schöffer set up in partnership with Gutenberg's former financier Fust to form the Fust and Schoffer publishing house.

At the end of a most interesting talk Petr was asked whether there were any notes to accompany his very detailed subject. To the surprise of all concerned he produced a 4 metre long scroll detailing the whole of his talk as a timeline. Printed in association with a company in Rakovnik, Czech Republic, using the latest computer printing technology and presented on linen, in an unmistakable reference to the past. The scroll has been presented to the people of Malvern for permanent display and access for study. Suggestions as to where and how it might be displayed are welcome.



Troyte Griffith plaque

28 June 2018

A new blue plaque was unveiled on 28th June to mark the house of local architect and artist Arthur Troyte Griffith. Troyte lived at Far View, Lower Wyche Road for over 30 years.

He was a great friend of Edward Elgar who was to dedicate one of his Enigma Variations, (no. VII), to Troyte.

The plaque was unveiled by Mrs Jane Ratcliffe who as a young girl had lived next door to Troyte.

Jane captivated everyone with her memories of the house and garden as it was in the 1930s.



Opening of Civic Week 2018

23 June 2018

The Opening Ceremony with the Mayor, Coun Cynthia Palmer, Chairman of the District Council, Coun Andrea Morgan, MP Harriett Baldwin and many spectators, took place on Belle Vue Island. Proceedings were started with an announcement by the Town Crier. The participants then followed the Town Crier and processed to Malvern Theatre where the prize giving for the Schools' Literary Competition took place.

President Dr John Harcup introduced Jenni Chuck who managed the Senior section of the Literary Competition and Katharine Barber, who was involved with the Junior section. Coun Andrea Morgan then presented the prizes to the winning students. The Overall Winner came from Malvern St James, the Secondary Winner from Hanley Castle and the Highly Commended were from The Chase. In the Junior section, the Winner was from The Downs and the Highly Commended from Malvern Parish. The Book Reviews entered showed a spread of reading and were most interestingly presented. The second event in Midsummer Malvern was the Bands in the Park in conjunction with the Town Council on Sunday 24th June in Priory Park. Coun Hannah Campbell welcomed the large crowd of picnickers and then Clive Hooper, Chairman of the Society, invited everyone to have a piece of the Society's 60th Anniversary birthday cake.

Follow this link to see some photos taken by our members showing some high-lights of Mid-Summer Malvern 2018



Malvern Civic Society Makes its Awards for 2018 (May 2018)

For the past 24 years Malvern Civic Society has been making an award for a new or renovated building which adds something special to the Malvern area. A small committee asks for nominations, visits each building and awards a plaque to the winner. We are looking for good design, a high level of workmanship and sympathetic awareness of the surroundings. This year there were six very good nominations; three of them were renovations of older buildings, two of them were completely new and one was a renovation to which a new project was attached..

Saham Toney (named after a Norfolk village), 11 Imperial Road, is a 1960s bungalow which has been transformed for Jenny Bull by her architect Adam Richards and builder Richard Robbins. An extension has been added to the rear of the building, the high point of which is a glass and timber-framed structure which allows light to flood into the house.

Lucy and Peter Farrer rescued South Lodge, 45 Abbey Road, a very elegant Victorian house, built in 1851. They carried out a complete restoration from chimneys to cellars, using a team of first-class builders and craftsmen and have ensured that this family home will continue to fulfil its function for a century or more.

Peter and Christine Kirton commissioned a new house, Littledale House, Walwyn Road, Upper Colwall, from architect Robert Bridge of the firm of Osborne in Hanley Swan. It has a strong individual character. It is certainly modern but quite deliberately has the feel of an older dwelling with many examples of fine craftsmanship. This stems from Christine's admiration for the Arts and Crafts architect Voysey; his spirit is powerfully present.

A new house suddenly appeared at 19 Victoria Road. It was the creation of Ross and Sarah Kane and their brother-in -law architect Ben Cunliffe. Having prepared the foundations, the pre-constructed walls and roof, supplied by the firm of Glosford of Hereford, were then delivered and erected within three weeks. The Kane family now have a spacious modern home which features a light-filled kitchen/living room at first floor level.

Charlotte and Edward Elgar combined something old with something new at 8 Somers Road. They uncovered the fine Victorian mansion (designed by William Henman in 1851) from the trees and vegetation which had overwhelmed it and carried out a complete renovation. On to this has been built an ultra-modern kitchen/dining area extension covered in compressed stone tiles. The contrast makes a dramatic impact. Their architect was David Greenhill of Vivid Architects of Worcester.

St Ann's Well was the final nomination. The owners, Malvern Hills Trust, decided this iconic Malvern building needed thorough restoration. Local architect Matthew Gullick and local builders SMB carried out the scheme. The outside is now in very good order and the inside has been substantially transformed to meet today's food hygiene regulations whilst retaining its 19th century character.

The Award sub-committee had a difficult task to decide the winner; in the end, they chose South Lodge, 45 Abbey Road. The workmanship here was of a high order with strong regard for period detail. The electronic and computerised subtleties of a 20th century house have been added to South Lodge without compromising its 19th century character. What swayed the committee in its final decision was that this very attractive house, together with its front garden scheme and garage, have lifted the character of the whole area. Abbey Road is one of Malvern's most important Victorian thoroughfares. What has been achieved at South Lodge will hopefully serve as an example to other householders of what can be done.

The winner's plaque will be presented by the Society's President Dr John Harcup, O.B.E.

John Dixon
Vice Chair of Malvern Civic Society.





Dudley Brook

26 March 2018

In It is with great sadness that I have to report that Dudley Brook, our much-loved Civic Society President Emeritus, died peacefully in his sleep today (Saturday) with his family at his bedside. He was admitted to hospital last week, but his condition deteriorated a few days ago when he slipped into unconsciousness. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Dudley and his family at this time. A thanksgiving service for the life of Dudley Brook will take place in Malvern Priory Church at 2.00pm on Thursday 19 April 2018.

A collection will be taken at the end of the service to contribute towards a memorial fund for Dudley.


Clive Hooper, Chairman. 




Certificates of Excellence 

for Two Contrasting Houses

14 June 2017

Certificates of Excellence will be awarded by Malvern Civic Society for two very different buildings this year. A new, fairly small house, 366 Pickersleigh Road, built by Steve and Lee Bone, was praised for its pleasing design, its high standard of workmanship and its thoughtful eco-friendly and low -maintenance features.

Another certificate will be awarded to 'Copper Beeches', a fine Edwardian house in Albert Road South. Richard Southall, the owner since 2004, has brought the house back to life whilst preserving its authentic period detail and atmosphere. In this Conservation Year, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act which created Conservation Areas, the Award Sub-Committee thought it was appropriate to give Richard a Special Award for Excellence in Conservation. 

There were four other nominations. One was the new shop, Rhubarb Home, opened by Nigel and Sara Morris on the corner of the Exchange, in Church Street. The Sub-Committee praised what had been done, particularly the preservation of 'Fishy' Davis's ceramic pictures inside, and considered that it had had an uplifting effect on that whole area of the town.

Three other projects saved important Malvern buildings from near dereliction. Local property developer Steve Hickman converted the old Town Club in Worcester Road into six modern apartments. They are different in size and character but all are energy-efficient and well sound-proofed and insulated. The elegant Grade ll listed façade of the building now looks very handsome. 

Another local property company, Crystalight Ltd., has rescued 'Ivydene' in Albert Road North, a fine old Victorian mansion, formerly occupied by the Girls' College. Great ingenuity was shown in planning 17 modern apartments, with very high-quality fittings and wonderful views. The building has regained its former grandeur.


'Ivycrest', at 33 Worcester Road, is a semi-detached Regency villa built in 1820, which makes it one of the earliest buildings in the fledgling spa town. When Lizzie Mepsted first saw it in 2014 it had stood empty for 15 years and had been severely vandalised. She set to with her builder, Sean Andrews of Pershore, and completely renovated it and has created an elegant, comfortable family home with an attractive terraced garden. 


The Award Sub-Committee praised all the nominees for what they had achieved. The town as a whole is the beneficiary. The Certificates will be presented to the winners at a Society meeting later in the year.




Final call for entries for building design award

7 March 2017

Malvern Civic Society is putting a final call out for entries to its Civic Award which recognises buildings - old or new - which add 'something special to the built environment of the area'. 


John Dixon, who organises the Award for the Society explains: 

"This is an opportunity to recognise the architects, builders, and craftsman whose work has gone into the design and build of a property, or to its conversion. 


"The winner will receive a small plaque which has become highly regarded by Malverns builders and developers. It may also present the opportunity for some publicity, if desired."


He adds: "The Civic Award has been running for over 20 years now. Last years nominations included one newly built development, two renovations of large Victorian houses, and three quite radical renovations which completely changed the character of the original buildings. The winner was Elmslie House (pictured above) on Avenue Road. In 2015, the Civic Award was made to Malvern Link train station."


For a building to be eligible, the work on the property must have been finished before 31 December 2016. 


Nomination is simple: contact Malvern Civic Societys John Dixon on or by phone on 01684 574144, before 31 March 2017.. 



MHDC's Rejection of Application Concerning the Depot in Priory Road

20 February 2017


A planning application on the Depot in Priory Road has been rejected by MHDC's Southern Area Development Committee. This application was to restore No.10 Priory Road and Garden House, and to demolish No.12 Priory Road (known as The Coach House). A 3-storey apartment block was also to have been built on the site, adjacent to the eastern boundary of Priory Park. 


Clive Hooper, Chairman of Malvern Civic Society, said: "I am delighted that the District Council has rejected the planning application concerning the Depot in Priory Road. The whole of the uppermost floor of the proposed apartment block would have been visible over the top of the wall. This would have significantly obstructed the splendid eastern view from the park, and also affected the privacy of park users. It is good to note that MHDC has listened to the objections which have been raised about this application." 


He continued: "The Civic Society has strongly supported the advice of Historic England, and particularly the Victorian Society, in opposing the proposed demolition of The Coach House. This would have resulted in the loss of a notable historic building and unjustified harm to the significance of the Malvern Conservation Area." 


As the NPPF [National Planning Policy Framework] makes clear, developments within conservation areas should respond to local character and history, and reflect the identity of local surroundings and materials; account should also be taken of the desirability of sustaining and enhancing the significance of heritage assets and putting them to viable uses consistent with their conservation. 


Mr Hooper concluded: "The rejection of the planning application is a victory for those who care about the town's wonderful heritage. It should also now give the applicant, with the Council's support, the opportunity to explore the option of re-designing proposals, including retaining and converting The Coach House, so as to preserve its intrinsic merits and the positive contribution it makes to the Malvern Conservation Area."




Future of Hayslan Fields 


14 February 2017


The application made by Malvern Civic Society for designating Hayslan Fields as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been rejected by Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC). 


Clive Hooper, Chairman of Malvern Civic Society, said: "There is no appeal against the decision which is understood to be made by a panel of MHDC officers under the control of the Community Services Department: there is no elected member involvement in the process, unlike the practice in other authorities. There is, however, provision for groups to make a complaint if they consider that the correct procedure has not been followed. 


"In the circumstances, the Civic Society will be lodging a complaint on the grounds that the conclusions reached are not consistent with the requirements of Section 88 of the Localism Act, nor MHDC's stated views regarding the Fields' value to the community as amenity land; so therefore the authority has misdirected itself, and its procedure has been flawed." 


The Localism Act 2011 provides for buildings or land to be protected where it can be demonstrated that they are used for furthering the social well-being or social interests of the local community, or have been used to do so in the recent past and could do so in the future. Once ACV status has been conferred, it means that if the 'asset' is ever offered for sale, then the local community is given the opportunity to make a bid to buy it. 


Mr Hooper explains: "In the case of Hayslan Fields, this would have meant that more protection could have been given to the land, in addition to that which has been secured through the recent public inquiry and through MHDC's own designation of the area as having QL2 status (signifying its value to the health and well-being of the community as amenity land) and subsequently in the South Worcestershire Development Plan when the fields were designated Green Space. 


"I'm sure the local community will be as disappointed as I am with the rejection of the application. The reason given was that 'the nomination does not meet the definition of an asset of community value as set out in section 88 of the Act', and that 'the nominated area of land is private property with no evident permissions for access other than the Public Rights of Ways, as marked'. 


"It seems that the MHDC officers are implying that there is no actual current use of the land, and therefore no furtherance of the social well-being or social interests of the local community. Yet these Rights of Way pass through the fields, giving access to them, and the community clearly is enjoying and benefiting from them." 


"The rejection also goes against the comments made by the Appeal Inspector in her report after the public inquiry which rejected the application to develop the land for housing. She had noted that 'I find that the area of Hayslan Fields proposed for development is significant in helping to meet the existing community's needs for access to and across open space for recreational purposes and for health and well-being'."




Old Community Hospital

3 October 2016

In May this year, Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) had refused a planning application submitted in 2015 to demolish the former Malvern Community Hospital in Lansdowne Crescent and replace it with a 50 bed care home. That decision fully supported the strong stand Malvern Civic Society has maintained for the retention of this heritage asset.Clive Hooper, Chairman of Malvern Civic Society, commented "The Society has argued that if the proposals were implemented they would have an adverse impact upon the town's historic environment and would result in substantial harm to 

the Great Malvern Conservation Area. This applies equally to the new planning application recently submitted to MHDC. The building is in good order and not in a ruinous state and should be kept. The Society's Planning Sub-Committee discussed the new plans at its meeting on 28 September and will be writing formally to MHDC." Mr Hooper went on to say "Malvern Civic Society has always recognised the local importance of the old hospital building, and this is reflected by the building's submission by the Society to MHDC, together with other properties, for consideration for its Local Listing. We also recognise the value which MHDC has attached to preserving the building: it produced a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in 2006 outlining the desirability of keeping it." 


"The new planning application submitted by the developers, Montpellier Estates, notes that they had prepared a paper 'to prove that the existing hospital could not be viably converted to residential housing due to the physical and financial constraints imposed by the existing building'. Evidence submitted on this as part of the consultation process was flawed and completely failed to make the case. We understand that there are other developers keen to purchase the property in order to convert it into residential accommodation, but that they are currently locked out from making an offer to purchase it by the NHS trust through the agreement it has with Montpellier." 


"Mention is made in the current application of the MHDC's planning policy SWDP 6 on the Historic Environment: this requires that development proposals should conserve and enhance the significance of heritage assets including their setting, which includes conservation areas and undesignated heritage assets. However, no mention is made of the SPD in this context, or the extensive report from Historic England, both of which underline the desirability of retaining the building." 


Malvern Civic Society had previously campaigned for the old community hospital to be given a Grade II statutory listing. The former hospital was built between 1909-11 by William Henman FRIBA and was given to the people of Malvern by local benefactor C. W. Dyson Perrins; it has heritage connections with development of hospital architecture and interesting innovative technological features (such as the early use of reinforced concrete) and quality design and internal fittings. Historic England's criteria for assessing whether a building should be added to the national heritage list for England is that the building in question should be under serious threat or have national significance if built after 1840. As the former hospital was at risk of demolition, it fitted the criteria for assessment as under threat. The Secretary of State had concluded that the building was not nationally significant enough to have statutory listing, but that it was protected under local policy and was in the Conservation Area. However, the report accompanying the minister's decision, in noting the strong local architectural interest of the building, did mention 'its strong local presence, expressed in the scale and massing of its design, its quality features, and its local historic significance, which was recognised by its inclusion in the conservation area'. 


Clive Hooper, Chairman. 




Civic Week 2016

Saturday 25 June - Saturday 2 July 2016

Dudley Brook unveiling plaque commemorating site of medieval parish church of St Thomas and Spytalway (now Church Street)

After walking down from Belle Vue Island to Malvern Theatres behind Mike Fray, our Town Crier, our President, Dudley Brook, welcomed everyone to the Opening Ceremony, including Harriett Baldwin, our MP. Councillor Hannah Campbell, the Deputy Mayor, opened the proceedings and then Councillor John Raine, Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, presented the prizes for the Malvern Civic Societys Schools Literary Competition. 


The overall winner was Seb Roberts from The Elms, the Secondary Schools winner was Thomas Winters from the Chase and the Primary Schools winner was Elizabeth Jacob from Malvern Parish congratulations to them all. This was followed by the unveiling of the Mulberry tree in Priory Park by Di Foster from Malvern, Australia.

Priory exhibitions: people watching 3d slideshow of 2016 MSA well dressings, (note the 3D glasses).

The Bands in the Park on Sunday was slightly damp but the stalwarts remained to listen to the excellent Cinderford Brass band, to eat cake from the WI stand and to take part in the raffles and tombola of the Guides and Rotary. The Malvern Beavers produced 12 entries for the Garden Competition. We awarded 2 prizes, one for the best decorated yoghurt pot and the second for the best flowers. The title had been a bunch of flowers for the Queens 90th birthday. This was all due to the splendid efforts of their pack leader Heather Oldroyd whose Beavers gave a dull day a splash of colour.

The owners of Elmslie, Anna and Bernard Taylor

The Week gave us the chance to visit The Dell House in Malvern Wells, the house and garden including a Victorian summerhouse and some wonderful tree sculptures.  Elmslie, Avenue Road, which was presented with the Civic Society's 2016 Award a few days earlier, was the other house which drew people to appreciate its marvellous restoration and to see the slides of Bygone Malvern. 


There were some splendid talks, two of which were held in the Malvern College Lewis Science Theatre: Paula Byrne on her best seller 'Kick' about Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy; Ben Cowell, Director General of the Historic Houses Association about 'Saving Country Houses';


Rosamund Wallinger showing wonderful photos of her Gertrude Jekyll designed garden, which she has restored and has become an expert on Gertrude Jekylls life and art;

Robert Payne portrayed Francis Kilvert

In Malvern Priory, Robert Payne portrayed Francis Kilvert, the curate diarist, with candle, pen and diary, reading excerpts, with Andrew Huntley playing the narrator of his life.


Churches were open, there were displays and tea and cakes, gardens were open for NGS, The Malvern Heritage Trail Quiz was launched and can be bought at the Museum or TIC. Concerts were held at Malvern Priory and Christ Church.


Water Cure Re-enactment, the "descending douche", with Dr John Harcup as Dr Wilson, Ken Crump as Bath Attendant and David Armitage as Patient.

The Malvern Bookshop Co-operative hosted an evening with Colin Clifford in Remembering the Somme and Malvern Spa Association re-enacted the Cold Water Cure, Dr John Harcup aka Dr Wilson and David Armitage as the victim in the bath and wet sheets. 


It was a busy, full week of interesting events.

Special thanks are due to our sponsors the Town Council, the District Council and the Great Malvern Hotel without whose help the Week would not have been possible.  The purpose of Civic Week is to showcase the activities of community groups in the town who use the programme publicity to raise funds.


Of special mention are the Bygones Evening which raised £700 for the Malvern Museum and the Kilvert Talk which raised £200 for the work of the Friends of Great Malvern Priory. Last and not least, the Committee would like to thank all those people who bought tickets for the events and/or came to support us, not always in the most clement conditions.



Malvern Civic Award 2016 decision

For over twenty years Malvern Civic Society has been making an annual Civic Award. We are always on the look-out for new or renovated buildings, completed during the previous year, which add something special to the built environment of the area. The award is only a small plaque but it is highly regarded by the winning owners, builders and developers. Last year's winner was the new Malvern Link railway station and we were hoping for nominations of similar high quality this year. We were not disappointed. 


There were six nominations - one newly built development, two renovations of large Victorian houses, and three more radical renovations which completely changed the character of their original buildings.

The new development is Nightingale Court in Jenny Lind Grove, Malvern Link. Roy Pendleton of Court Properties and his designer Steven Salisbury achieved the difficult feat of fitting two 3-bedroomed duplex units and two 2-bedroomed apartments into the ground plan of a small chapel which existed there before, without sacrificing space or convenience. The new building fits in well with the quiet, residential character of the area.

No 8 The Lees (off Thirlstane Road) is one of the Victorian houses which has been renovated. Tom Wood inherited this fine house, built in 1889, which, apart from a rear extension added in the 1920s, has survived almost unchanged. It has been a labour of love for Tom to manage a total renovation both inside and out using local expertise. Architect Marcus Cleaver, builders Jeremy Dean and Horizon 

Construction, stonemason James Robinson, carpenters Mark Davies and Steve Taine and metalworker D.A. Walton have all been involved. An elegant and spacious family home and garden have been brought back to life with much thoughtful and painstaking work.

The other Victorian house is Elmslie House in Avenue Road. This has had a significant history. It was designed and built in 1862 by the distinguished Malvern architect E.W. Elmslie, with ornamentation both inside and out by the Worcester sculptor William Forsyth. It went through several changes of ownership and name until it was bought in 2013 by Anna and Bernard Taylor. They have carried out a thorough and careful renovation of both the house 

and the garden, using local architect Steve Davies and a team of local craftsmen including Pegasus Joinery, Steve Allard the stonemason, the Swinbourne brothers, Morgan the blacksmith and the glazier Malcolm Wicherley. The house has now regained its original Victorian splendour but is also a delightful family home.

No 17 Imperial Road was a nondescript 1960s bungalow. Behind the façade the living area has now been more than doubled by owner Owen Law, assisted by local builders Simon Rowe and Jeremy Dean, creating a spacious, modern home.

The Razak Science Centre, named after a former pupil who is now prime minister of Malaysia, is a truly impressive addition to Malvern College. Two existing science buildings, one built in the 1930s and the other in the 1960s, have been completely renovated and modernised and connected together by a new component which contains a state-of-the-art lecture theatre. The architects were Squire and Brown and 

the work was carried out by Keir Construction. The overall impression is of space and light.

The apartment building called 'The Corner' has made a dramatic appearance at the junction of Christchurch and Court Roads. There was a dull three-storey structure here before. Now developer Ben Guthrie and Matt Banks of Glazzard Architects have transformed it by clever outside styling and radical internal planning. Bricklayers Brooke and Poynton, Walter Electrical and W.P. Plastering have created a striking, modernist building which improves the character of the whole area. 

It was difficult to compare these six very different structures but, in the end, the committee's unanimous decision was that the 2016 award should go to Elmslie House. This iconic Victorian mansion has been saved for posterity; the craftsmanship and attention to detail have been superb and, as the owners are keen to arrange a series of public events in the house, the whole community can enjoy what has been achieved. The winner's plaque will be presented to Anna and Bernard as part of Malvern's Civic Week events. (John Dixon, Chair of Civic Award Sub-Committee)




National Trust day passes membership benefit


Malvern Civic Society is a member of Civic Voice. Civic Voice has obtained a National Trust and English Heritage day passes membership benefit for Civic Societies in membership of Civic Voice. 


The National Trust passes are hard copy only, one per member (two for joint members) and can be obtained by individual members of Civic Societies forwarding a stamped address envelope to: Civic Voice, 60 Duke Street, Liverpool L1 5AA. 



Malvern's Council House, once the home of one of the Doctors who promoted Malvern's Water Cure in the 19th Century, ©Malvern Civic Society/Kevin Brewer


Reports from recent meetings and events


AGM Meeting 2018


Sept Meeting 2018


July Meeting 2018


Abberley Hall visit 2018


June Meeting 2018


Pitchford Hall visit
May 2018


May Meeting 2018


March Meeting 2018


February Meeting 2018


January Meeting 2018


Archived Reports


October Meeting 2017


September Meeting 2017


July Meeting 2017


June Meeting 2017


January Meeting 2017


November Meeting 2016


October Meeting 2016


September Meeting 2016


July Meeting 2016


June Meeting 2016


May Meeting 2016


April Meeting 2016


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January Meeting 2016


November Meeting 2015


October Meeting 2015


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July Meeting 2015


June Meeting 2015


May Meeting 2015


April Meeting 2015


March Meeting 2015


February Meeting 2015


January Meeting 2015


November Meeting 2014


October Meeting 2014


September Meeting 2014


News Sheets


The Malvern Civic Society produces a Quarterly Members' Newsletter called "Bandstand" that is sent out by e-mail or available as a paper copy according to preference.