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Welcome

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All About Malvern Published & edited by:

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Aug/Sept 2012

Summer time! Earlier this week I had the pleasure of popping into one of Malvern’s newest shops, The Malvern Book Co-op, which opened earlier this year on Saint Ann’s Road. The shop itself it beautiful, it’s the perfect place to browse books or choose a gift. The ‘Co-op’ in the title refers to the way it’s been set up by a dedicated group of people, but more importantly, they’ve managed to give us an independent bookshop and contribute to a thriving corner of the town centre.

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Among our many ‘What’s On’ features in this magazine is a fashion show taking place at the Morgan Visitors Centre which should be lots of fun. Take a look on Page 55, and we hope to see you there.

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Summer Play Festival 6 Malvern Book Co-op 16 Make Your Will 18 Buckingham House 23 Survive the Weather 28 Garden Share Scheme 40

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Community Focus

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WM Arts Festival 54 Classes & Courses 57 What’s On 58/60 Index

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play time at the coach house This must be something of a first for the Coach House Theatre. Throughout August they’ll be hosting ten different plays in a month-long Summer Play Festival. ‘Many of the ten plays are new writing, eight of which are written by local people’ says Nick Wilkes, who’s company MalvernBard is coproducing the festival with the theatre. Two of them are written by Nick, who staged his first play ’Resting’ at the Coach House five years ago. He’s recently completed his eighth play ‘Three Feet’ which enjoyed a sell-out run. ‘In five years, to have come from a small four-night production which used cardboard boxes for scenery, to a month-long festival of plays is amazing! I’m so proud to be a part of this new-writing tradition that has its roots in the original Malvern Festivals of the 1930s’. The Malvern Festival began with a ‘drama festival’ in 1929 and was the creation of Sir Barry Jackson, who created the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and was a successful theatre producer in the early part of the last century. It came at a time of development for the Malvern Festival Theatre, and Sir Barry used the festival to showcase new works written by the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Shaw’s plays The Apple Cart, In Good King Charles’ Olden Days and ‘Too True to be Good’ were all seen for the very first time at Malvern. The Coach House Festival begins on 1st of August with a production staged by the Ad Hoc Theatre Company, a group of experienced actors from the south-west of England. ‘Resident Alien’ brings us the views of Quentin Crisp, perhaps England’s most famous ex-pat, giving us his personal recipe for self-fullillment as he dissects life. Dreamshed Theatre Company from Cheltenham are putting on several productions for the festival, including ‘Dream On’, the story of one young woman’s dreams of appearing on a reality tv show. Another theatre company, Spaniel

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in the Works are putting on ‘The Grim tales of the Brothers Grimm’, a show suitable for children over 7 years old. “Of course it would be great fun for the Coach House Festival to stage Blithe Spirit, or Hamlet, or Earnest, but the challenge and excitement for me has always been in the writing of a new piece, and seeing it play in front of an audience for the very first time’ says Nick. The Coach House Theatre sits next to the main theatre in Malvern. As the name suggests it was originally a Victorian stables and coach house. Since opening in 2006 its become a popular venue with touring professional companies and is home to the Malvern Theatre Players. The Festival runs from August 1st to September 1st, all performances at 8pm and tickets cost £10 each. For more details look at www.allaboutmalvernhills.com

Two of the productions: IVORY TOWERS by Bill Cronshaw Tue 14 - Sat 18 August. Neil takes a bold step when he enrols as a mature student at the University of Tirton. Little does he realise what’s in store as he discovers a world far removed from the images in the prospectus. A funny and moving tale of the effects of great literature, cheap lager, love and homeopathic medicine…oh, and learning! CASTING by Nick Wilkes Tue 28 August - Sat1 Sept. Hamlet and Ophelia have run off together. Producer Raymond and gritty, once popular director Julian have until six o’clock to get it re-cast before their funding gets pulled. A theatrical comedy that pokes gently at theatre management, arts funding & the ludicracy of casting.


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All About...

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Thousands of new visitors have found their way to our website since its launch earlier this year. Have you been one of them? Here’s an update giving many good reasons to visit us online.

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Cinema, Concerts & Performances So What’s New?

As we head into high summer all sorts of activities are planned, and we’ve added their details on the website. There’s a huge range and it’s not just for families and children, but for anybody with some free time on their hands. Why not explore our local area this summer? We are receiving so many different and interesting events, activities and places to visit, that we are adding items to the What’s On listings and Local Life section on a daily basis. Its worth checking them on a regular basis!

And What is to Come?

So many plans are developing behind the scenes, from information on local schools, venues for hire, local councils and parishes, to our community officers. Watch this space!

Did you Know? The website has some hidden features that you might not have discovered as yet:

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• Whatever local service you need to find, our business directory section is growing every month. There’s a search function as well as banners to click on, which will take you straight to the business’ website. • If you are involved in a local group that is not yet included, feel free to contact us, as your group and its events and activities can be listed at no cost. • We are on twitter, and you can follow us via www.twitter.com/allaboutmalvern

Keep us informed Any feedback on the site is welcome, particularly ideas for improving it. This is a website for you, so we want it to work for you! And if you have an event, group or business you like to be included email me on sascha@allabout-local.com. It will be nice to hear from you.

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All About...

malvern book co-op Malvern‘s newest Bookshop, Malvern Book Co-op, opened four months ago, and here we ask the group of people running it how things are going.

Has opening and running a new book shop been hard work? It all started when we saw that Beacon Books was closing. As a group of friends we couldn’t bear the thought of a town like Malvern being without a bookshop, so we decided to set up our own! During months of meetings at which we drank lots of wine and ate lots of cake a plan gradually evolved. We found our lovely premises just before Christmas and then it was all systems go. The weeks leading up to the opening day were hard work but a huge amount of fun. Determined to keep costs down we seized upon the chance to rescue some shelves from the County’s archaeology department before their move to the Hive. We underestimated the many hours that it took to paint them and there were several late night painting sessions. We were fortunate to find a local craftsman who took our half-formed ideas and came up with a purpose-built counter and serving area. Then came the training on the till, coffee machine and computer system, quite a challenge for some of us! There were a few nerve-wracking moments when the stock didn’t arrive until the day before the opening but somehow it all came together in the nick of time.

What kinds of books do you sell? Our stock is entirely new books from the latest prize winners to traditional classics. We hold an

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extensive range of non-fiction titles and books by local authors. Our colourful collection of children’s picture books is very popular and we have a comprehensive range for older children and teenagers. We have a very good ordering service with most titles arriving in the shop within 24 hours of being requested.

In an era when more and more books are sold online, or in electronic form, what do you offer that online retailers don’t?

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We are very aware that this can be a difficult time for independent booksellers but we have been delighted that so many customers, young and old, still enjoy real books as well as electronic text. Also, many Malvern residents seem to be very keen to support independent retailers and keep the character of the town. Our customers are appreciative of the fact that we also have an excellent ordering service with most books arriving within 24 hours (no delivery charge), a better deal than some large online retailers! As well as selling books we are also keen to develop as a centre for literary related activities and we offer a programme of events and activities. So far these have included book signings, talks from local authors, guided walks and discussion and reading groups.


What does the ‘Co-op’ part of your name mean? We launched a share issue giving members of the public the opportunity to become shareholders and thus become members of the cooperative. The money raised in this way has funded the initial start-up costs of the business. Members are able to vote on decisions made about the running of the shop and are entitled to a share of any profits made. Having members means that we benefit from a wide range of enthusiasm and ideas which all contribute to making the bookshop the vibrant and dynamic place that it is. Obviously you do not need to be a member to use the shop which is in all other respects exactly the same as any other business.

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Tell us about the café We can seat approximately 12 people in the café area. We serve a range of cold drinks, ice creams and delicious home-made cakes. We offer a variety of hot drinks including coffee from our coffee machine. All our products are fairtrade where possible. Customers can browse the books, or on Sundays, buy a paper and read it whilst relaxing with a drink and cake.

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You can find Malvern Book Co-op in St Ann’s Road, Great Malvern. Or for more information visit their website: www.malvernbook.coop

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Have you written your Will?

Writing your Will is something many people put off as just another chore that can be delayed until another day. After your family and friends have been remembered, it gives you the opportunity to leave a gift to a charity like St Richard’s Hospice. This gift can have an impact on people’s lives for years to come.

Many solicitors across Worcestershire have generously offered to provide a Write a Will service in September at very good value and donate all their fees to St Richard’s Hospice. Close to home, Evans + Webb in Malvern (01684 562526) are participating in the scheme. Why you need a Will: • If you die without a Will, there are certain rules which dictate how the money, property or possessions should be allocated. This may not be the way that you would have wished • Unmarried partners and partners who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a Will, so the death of one partner may create serious financial problems • If you have children, you will need to make a Will so that arrangements for the children can be made if either one or both parents die • It may be possible to reduce the amount of tax payable on the inheritance if advice is taken in advance and a Will is made • If your circumstances have changed, it is important that you make a Will to ensure that your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes. For example, if you have separated and your ex-partner now lives with someone else, you may want to change your Will. • After your family and friends have been remembered, it gives you the opportunity

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But there are lots of very good reasons to make your Will, and the sooner it’s done the sooner you can feel happier that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes. to leave a gift to a charity like St Richard’s Hospice. This gift can have an impact on people’s lives for years to come. Your Write a Will fees will be donated to St Richard’s Hospice which provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,300 patients and family members in Worcestershire. Eugenio Grandi and his family from Malvern are among many who have received support. He said, “The help that St Richard’s provides extends to the whole family and they realise only too well that there are times when they need supporting in order to be there for their loved one. The last days of Marilyn’s life were peaceful and happy. We were all supported in a cocoon of compassion, love and medical mastery.”

Make a simple* Will during September for only £80 or £130 for a double. For any queries please contact Rachel Jones, St Richard’s Hospice on 01905 763963 ext 2031 or rjones@strichards.org.uk www.strichards.org.uk/writeawill *A simple Will assumes no detailed advice on inheritance tax is required and instructions are taken at the office. The solicitors’ decision is final in this respect.


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• We are now registering new NHS patients with any one of our five experienced dentists. • As an NHS Dental Practice, we are able to offer the comprehensive range of high quality NHS treatments at nationally set charges, as well as any and ALL Private / Cosmetic treatments any patient may require or request at any time. • Our surgeries are state of the art, with digital radiography and computerised records. • Appointments are also available with our experienced Dental Hygienist. • NHS treatment for patients who receive certain benefits is FREE as is care for the under 18’s and pregnant women. • Why pay for private treatment when you have a CHOICE of NHS and / or Private treatment under the same roof?

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Buckingham House Dental Surgery welcomes a new dentist The partners are delighted to welcome new Associate Dentist Paul Kidman to their team of 5 Dentists, 2 Hygienists and 12 supporting staff. Paul qualified from Birmingham University in 1997 and has been in practice in the region ever since. He is experienced in providing good quality dental care and shares the views of the practice, with an emphasis on preventative dentistry. Paul is caring, enthusiastic and keen to continue developing the family orientated practice. He has an on-going investment in post-graduate education, so that he can provide patients with the most up to date dentistry. His particular interests include restoring dental implants, tooth whitening and orthodontics involving Invisalign or lingual fixed brackets.

an appointment to see Paul. Paul is joining Buckingham House at the same time as the partners have installed a brand new state of the art Decontamination Suite. They have invested in this project to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the latest decontamination regulations for cross infection control and so their patient’s safety comes first. Sterilisation of instruments will be carried out in the Decontamination Suite which is in a central area within the practice using state of the art sterilisation equipment operated by a specially trained member of staff.

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Well-Being

surviving

the British weather By Fiona Robyn from Malvern By the time you read this, the sun might be shining. But as I write this article, the view from my home–office window is ‘grey and drizzle’. The hills have disappeared. Yesterday, it drizzled. The day before that, it was stormy. The day before, it drizzled. It is the middle of the summer. We are meant to be enjoying BBQs and lazy Saturday afternoons in the garden. We are perfectly entitled to feel miserable, hard–done–by, resentful.

life, the one who gets all the bad luck. We don’t notice all the good things that happen to us, or and all the bad things that happen to other people.

Or are we?

Yes, the weather has been wet and unpredictable lately. Yes, I would have preferred to spend some time in our new garden, starting to tidy things up and plan new flower–beds.

Recently I heard a conversation on the radio between the DJ and a caller. The DJ was moaning about the weather, and the caller asked him how long he’d lived in the UK. “More than thirty years.” So, the caller wanted to know, why was he so surprised and outraged about the changeable weather? Why couldn’t he accept it is ’the way things are’, and get on with things more cheerfully? The DJ got defensive, and called her ‘non– English’ for not joining in. The trouble is that most of us secretly enjoy a good moan, especially when others collude with us. Playing the ‘Isn’t it terrible’ game is often a way to bond with others and to feel a part of a group. Not–moaning isn’t about pretending that everything is wonderful when it isn’t. If we find out we have to pay several hundred pounds on dental treatment, and then ruin a loaf of bread by leaving out the yeast, then it is entirely appropriate to feel annoyed, or disappointed, or upset. What we don’t need to do, though, is turn these two random events into a story. ‘Bad things always happen to me’, or ‘this is going to be a terrible day’ can easily become a self–fulfilling prophecy. We start looking for evidence to reinforce these beliefs. Before we know it, we’re the kind of person who has to battle through

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Instead, I have had the chance to stay inside and do some writing. I have watched the gentle rain giving everything a good long drink. I have wandered a couple of times down to the compost heap and enjoyed the dampness on my cheeks. When you find yourself tempted to indulge in some unproductive moaning, try this first and see what happens: 1. Remember what you have to be thankful for. At the risk of sounding like your mother, we usually have more to be grateful for than we realise. Start with the basics – air to breathe, the ground under our feet. Most of us have enough food, shelter, a decent level of health. Local resources – libraries, roads, parks. Belongings. People who love us. That patch of sky–blue


campanulas our neighbour has planted, which greets us every morning on our way to work… 2. Notice any ‘stories’ you have about yourself or the world. These stories can be incredibly powerful, but to start loosening their grip on you, just notice them. A few examples of these beliefs are ‘I never get what I deserve’, ‘nobody really wants to spend time with me’, ‘I’m never good at earning money’, ‘I always miss out on the best things’ etc. You could also start a list of counter– examples to your beliefs, e.g. ‘I was given a good bonus at work this year’. 3. Allow yourself to feel the feelings. As I said, it’s OK to feel annoyed or upset or disappointed when we are let down or when something bad happens. Allow the feeling to exist without pushing it away or grabbing at it when it starts to disappear. 4. Remember what you have to be thankful for. This needs to be said twice. Write a gratitude list at the end of the day, or spend five minutes doing a meditation practice called ‘Nei Quan’ where you think back over the past twenty four hours and list all the things you’ve received. The broccoli you ate for lunch includes the person who planted it for you, the sun that shone on it, the person who picked it, the truck that transported it, the shop assistant that scanned it… The disadvantage of kicking the moaning habit is that, when you refuse to join in, people might look at you as if you’re a bit weird. This is probably because they don’t want to give up moaning, and you present a threat. The advantage is that, with practice, you really will feel less upset by our terrible summer weather. You will enjoy the sun whilst it’s here, and get on with other things when it rains for a fortnight. The other solution, of course, is to move to San Francisco…

Fiona Robyn is a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice in North Malvern: www.create-space.org. She runs ‘Listening to the Other’ courses based on Buddhist psychology with her husband Kaspa, and mindful writing courses online.

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Community focus

Community Action Malvern & District By Alex Burton Community Action is celebrating its 40th birthday this July, commemorating forty years of hard work and supplying a service to people in need. The main aim of this birthday for us is to raise awareness of our role in Malvern and recruit new volunteers to donate spare time to help. We’ve also been chosen as the charity for the Mayor’s Jubilee.

We currently have about fifty volunteers but because of the fluctuating hours of service most volunteers can offer we are always looking for more help. Plus with the current economic environment helpers are needed more than ever. Our charity provides transport for disabled people and over sixties without means of transport on their own, giving them lifts to such things as hospital appointments, shopping trips and garden centres. Volunteers can use their own cars when driving, being paid forty-five pence per mile to cover cost, or they can use one of the wheelchair adapted cars. We also currently provide two minibuses which can be hired by organisations or charities to keep their costs down and two public buses; one in Half Key and one in Castlemorten Common. To be a driver for the charity is a lot more than just a taxi service though. Volunteers are also a companion to their passengers whilst accompanying them, helping them maintain their independence and being a friend. Drivers are not the only form of volunteers required however, and help comes in many forms. It might be providing cakes and helping to staff fundraising events, such as that which occurs each Friday and Monday morning at Prospect View Health Centre or helping out in the business side of the charity. Community Action also encourages active involvement within the community of Malvern. We produce a local recipes cookbook, encouraging local people with particularly tasty dishes to donate their secrets. We are holding a photograph competition for a calendar where the winner will get a half day with a professional photographer. We are hosting a Charity Fair on

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the 17th November at Malvern St. James to help showcase other smaller charities. All that is needed to come and help us is to walk up the stairs to our office or pick up the phone. Anyone that can spare even an hour per week will always be welcomed with open arms whether assisting in the office, going out and actively helping people or even selling raffle tickets to win a helicopter ride.

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garden share scheme By Alex Burton

A group of local people have found a way to lower their shopping bills by growing fruit and veg, even when they don’t have the space at home to do it. According to the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners there are approximately 80,000 people on allotment waiting lists currently in the UK. As food prices steadily climb and allotment waiting lists increase, the Malvern Garden Share scheme provides would-be gardeners a place to grow, by using the gardens of people who are either elderly or too busy to manage their gardens themselves.

The Garden Share scheme in Malvern is part of a trend, as more and more similar projects get underway across the UK. It comes under the umbrella of Transition Malvern, a local organisation dedicated to making Malvern more environmentally friendly. The group is currently planning a new project called ‘Abundance’ in which gardeners with too much fruit and vegetables donate it for use by others.

Sue Wolfendale is the Co-ordinator of ‘Let’s Grow Together’ which was set up around five years ago. ‘I joined the scheme as I knew the person who was co-ordinating it. When she decided to move away from the area I took things on’.

There is no money or formal contract in a garden share arrangement, although there may be an informal agreement about sharing produce. People may have concerns about becoming part of the scheme due to a lack of gardening knowledge or worries about the agreement but Sue says she is happy to sit and talk through any concerns. If you really struggle she might even be able to help with the initial stages of gardening.

We’re standing in the garden of the ‘Old Croque’ Bed and Breakfast in Malvern Wells, which was known for many years as a top-notch restaurant. The previous owners used part of the extensive garden to grow fruit and veg, and the new owner wanted to see it tended and cared for again. Today, the garden is filled with beans, courgettes, soft fruit and a large bed of potatoes, which are almost ready to be harvested. ‘They taste delicious if they’re eaten as soon as they’re lifted from the ground’ Sue says, digging the first potatoes from the ground. ‘The scheme currently has six ‘matchings’ in place where people are gardening. This week I’m hopeful I’ve managed to arrange a chicken share!’ says Sue. ‘Someone rang me recently, looking for a place to keep hens. After visiting a a show for smallholders in Builth Wells, she’d bought a chicken run but then decided it might not be suitable for her own garden. I’m optimistic we may have found somewhere for her hens to live’.

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If you’d like more information on the Garden Share scheme in Malvern, you can contact Sue on (01684) 562804 or by email, susanwolfendale@ btinternet.com


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Greg Davies Wood Design Bespoke Furniture Internal Joinery External Joinery Greg Davies Wood Design specialise in the design and manufacture of bespoke wooden products with over twenty years experience in design and wood crafts. Whether you are replacing like for like or looking for a complete redesign, we can provide a solution that will fit your needs and your budget.

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Lizzy’s Recipe

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For details of local cookery classes and parties see www.ourlizzy.com or contact Lizzy on 01684 892 688 A delicious way to use home-grown vegetables. A tasty gluten free snack that can be enjoyed by all!

• 1 courgette grated • 1 carrot grated • 1 onion finely sliced • 1 clove garlic crushed • 1 tbsp crushed coriander seed • ½ tsp chilli flakes • 100g gram flour • salt and freshly ground pepper • approx 30ml water Makes 8 - increase amounts as needed. Ready in 20 minutes

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1. Combine the vegetables and spices in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, mix and season well. 2. Gradually add the water until a thick batterlike consistency is reached. 3. Heat some oil in a wok. When the oil is hot add two spoonfuls of the mixture. Turn over using a slotted spoon. 4. Drain on kitchen paper. Keep cooking until the mixture is used up.


Matt and the Team extend a warm welcome to The Royal Oak, Broadwas on Teme, the home of The Ultimate Carvery, 3 Meats, and 12 Fresh Vegetables.

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an unbeatable recipe Simply take a great atmosphere, sprinkle in two rosettes and a delightful setting. Chris Morgan, our head chef and talented team have developed a unique style of creative cuisine. Using local and organic produce, they invite you to a truly sumptuous dining experience. So, come and soak up the delights of our refurbished L’amuseBouche Restaurant and indulge yourself with a taste of French cuisine in a quaint English setting. Then relax in the lounge with drinks and petits fours while we take care of everything. Recent runners up in the Worcestershire Restaurant and Chef of the year awards.

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MARVIN GOODGER CARPENTRY Bedroom Designing and Fitting Kitchen Fitting Bespoke Furniture General Property Maintenance Free No-obligation Quote No Job too Small Friendly Reliable Service Advanced City & Guilds Qualified

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Free Entry Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August 2012 1pm to 6pm at Malvern Cube Albert Road North, Malvern

Live Bands

Win a BMX bike!

BBQ Music Workshops

Win a Giant Teddy!

Worcester School of Rock & Performance

Competitions Face Painting

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Drum Workshops


8 -16 Sept art & craft gallery coffee shop with delicious homemade food mi-frame picture framing Silverfish Designs - handmade contemporary jewellery

Jonathan Knowles is one of the top advertising photographers in the world. He is also a client of Whatley Recordon

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Notice board Three Counties Art History Group starts new Autumn course on

Oct Deadline:

Mon 17 Sept 2012

Small Message? It’s free for groups!

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Flemish Art in the 15th Century Colour, Oil and Humanity by Alice Foster M.A 10 meetings, Mondays 2-4pm 8 Oct - 10 Dec at Malvern Theatre, Hospitality Room

www.threecountiesarthistory.org.uk

MH Badminton Summer Club Enjoy competitive badminton at a friendly club? Come ‘Pay & Play’ with us at Dyson Perrins Sports Hall, Yates Hay Rd, Malvern WR14 1WD. Every Mon 8 - 10pm until end of August

Contact Pauline 01684 574774 or just turn up £4.50 (or £3.50 for students)

Malvern Terrace Artists Exhibition

Hanley Swan Villa

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Malvern Cube (no w the name of the and Community Youth Centre in Malvern) , has 3 volunteering roles where young peop the age of 16year le and older voluntee over of most welcome. No formal qualific rs will be ation required and traini ng and support wi s are ll be given. Receptionists: Based in the cafe area, to meet and greet visitors, answer the phon e and show people around. Clerical/Admini strative voluntee rs: Filing to basic finance. Cafe Staff: All as pects of kitchen and cafe services. Voluntee rs already holding hygiene would be food preferred, but no t essential. Time slots and da y of the week to suit the volunteer, subject to availability. For further inform ation and/or to arr ange a visit to The Cube abou t volunteering co ntact:

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All About...

West Malvern Arts Festival The West Malvern Arts Festival began with the help and enthusiasm of many people in the village. Now in its third year, the festival returns on Friday 17th August for three days until Sunday 19th August and here Dru Bentley tells us more.

How did it all begin?

Since moving to West Malvern in 1987 I have been involved in various aspects of village life including the Friends of St James Church in West Malvern, the Village Hall, West Malvern Cricket Club, various fundraising events, and more recently with The West Malvern Arts Festival, now in its third year. I am not an artist myself, but I do appreciate art. When Laurie Gregory, one of the village’s well known long term residents, some years ago set up The Malvern Hills Community Foundation as a charity to provide a range of benefits, over the longer term, for local people in the wider Malvern area, I was asked to be involved. Further involvement followed with the Arts Festival, which was set up as a fundraiser for the charity. Having had some previous fundraising experience, I was “volunteered” by other committee members to do some of the publicity for the Festival. It is great fun, and has certainly kept me busy since!

Can you describe the trail to someone who’s not been before? The Festival is very original, and makes use of a variety of locations, large and small, to be found in West Malvern along the main road between the Elim College and The Brewers Arms pub. Besides these two locations, venues include St James’ Church, St James’ Primary School, garden walls, gazebos, and private garages, all kindly made available by local residents. Many of the exhibits can be seen in the open, but all can be viewed under cover if necessary. The Festival is based on an event held in the village of St. Ceneri le Gerei in Normandy, France. Laurie came across the French festival, which is in its twenty seventh year, when he was in the area several years ago and thought it would provide a useful framework for a similar festival in West Malvern.

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The Malvern Hills by Antony Bridge

This is its third year, is it developing or growing? In the first year, our Festival had about fifty artists, last year about eighty had work on show or for sale, so it is both growing and developing.

What can people see this year?

This year’s Arts Festival is expected once again to have between seventy and eighty artists, mainly from Herefordshire and Worcestershire, some of whom will be appearing for the first time. There is likely to be a wide variety of art on display, so there will be something for everyone and some artists will be taking commissions. Sculpture in steel, clay and wood, mixed media, painters, potters, photographers, calligraphy, a working silversmith, a working weaver, ceramics, stained glass, garden ornaments, poetry and music plus a lot more are likely to be represented.

Admission is free to all. Hours are Friday 2-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm. Refreshments are available at various sites throughout the Festival, and, weather permitting, The Brewers Arms will host a barbecue on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, you can look at the festival website via www.allaboutmalvernhills.com


Fashion Show

Style in Motion

at the Morgan Visitor Centre by kind permission of The Morgan Motor Company

Drinks Reception 7pm Harvest Buffet Supper served

Ladies & Gents Fashion Show 9pm Friday 21 September Auction & Boutique Shopping Live Performance by Sam Eden (Live and Unsigned UK Finalist)

Style in Motion - Friday 21 September a Fashion Show in aid of HOPE Unlimited The Morgan Visitor Centre, Morgan Factory, Malvern Link WR14 3EQ Tickets £15 or 6 tickets for the price of 5 (only available before the event) Tickets are available from Isis Boutique (39 Church Street, Great Malvern) or Mode (18 Belle Vue Terrace, Great Malvern), the two fashion shops behind the show. HOPE Unlimited is a charity that supports vulnerable young people and socially excluded groups in Malvern. The vast majority of the work is carried out by trained volunteers, investing their time and expertise back into the community in which they live.

Tickets available from: Isis Boutique 39 Church Street, Great Malvern 18 Belle Vue Terrace, Great Malvern

High Quality Local Arts, Crafts, Food & Drink

HANDMADE HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES

Saturday 25 August Arts & Food Market 9.30am – 5.00pm Malvern Priory Grounds

Saturday 6 October Arts & Food Market 9.30am – 5.00pm Abbey Road - Malvern

ARTS & FOOD MARKETS For further details contact S Boffy on: 01886 880125

In association with:

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Holistic Health Care at the Wheel of Life centre gives you the opportunity to FEEL FANTASTIC physically, mentally & spiritually. THERAPIES available with qualified & experienced therapists (see advert opposite). Regular groups, workshops & classes in YOGA (Scaravelli inspired) Scott PILATES, Buddhist MEDITATION, WEIGHT (Management) & NUTRITION. Different types of MASSAGE :- Remedial, Therapeutic, Thai, Tui Na, Indian Head, Aromatherapy Oil, Natural Face lift & Baby Massage classes. OBSTETRIC CARE The centre has, for many years, assisted couples achieve their wish for a family by supporting them through Pre Pregnancy, Fertility & assisted fertility issues, Pregnancy & Post Natal with Acupuncture, Yoga Homeopathy, Shiatsu, Reflexology, etc.

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Creative Writing Workshop Saturday 22 September 01684 The Fold, Bransford 564318 10am - 4pm £40 pat.justwrite@gmail.com www.justwritewithpat.co.uk

1st & 2nd SEPTEMBER 2012

Saturday: 9.30am to 5.30pm Sunday: 9.30am to 4.00pm TRADE STANDS : CATERING : BAR : TOILETS CAMPING & CARAVAN SITE : FRI - MON (ADVANCE BOOKING)

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Admission: ADULTS £7 : SENIOR CITIZENS £6 : CHILDREN £4 : FAMILY £16 (parents & 2 children) Supporting local good causes - Show content subject to availability and weather photo: Neil Hutchinson

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Dance with Debs Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Dance Fit, Socials, Tuition Holy Trinity Hall, Malvern • New Ballroom Class, starts 3rd Sept, 7pm • Friday Tea Dances every 1st & 3rd Friday • Evening social dances three times a month For more information please contact me 07760 763967 info@dancewithdeb.co.uk www.dancewithdeb.co.uk


Classes & Courses Yoga Classes throughout the week in Malvern @ The Wheel of Life Centre, North Malvern Road Learn to move with the breath, a strengthening yet safe, effective yoga to reduce stress, improve the spine and deeply relax. Inspired by Vanda Scaravelli and Marilyn Freedman. Classes run Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri, morning and evening classes available. Call 01886 833826 or visit www.meridianyoga.net - A yoga available to all-men/women/health problems/ whatever size or shape!

Tai Chi with Heartland Tai Chi School

Free taster class for new people. Tai Chi improves posture, energy, mindfulness, balance, relaxation & well-being. New classes commencing Monday, 10th September & Tuesday, 11th September. Mondays 7pm to 8pm & 8.15pm to 9.15pm at the Grove Primary School, Pickersleigh Grove, Malvern WR14 2LU Tuesdays 12.30pm to 1.30pm & 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Holy Trinity Hall, Link Top, Malvern WR14 4LR

Call Alan Smith on 01905 764848 / 07722 765009 or visit www.heartlandtaichi.com

Tuesdays 11 Sept to 16 October CREATIVE WRITING COURSE WITH PAT TROMANS Come and find your writing voice. Tuesdays 10am til 12noon in Barnards Green. Beginners welcome. Contact Pat for more info: 01684 564318. Email pat.justwrite@gmail www.justwritewithpat.co.uk

Goddess Study Group in Malvern

Ten week course, starting 25th September By honouring the Divine Feminine, we empower ourselves spiritually, emotionally and physically. Time: 1.30 -4.00pm. Cost: £150. (materials included in price) Contact Pearl on 07807931249 or email: pearl_luna@rocketmail.com

Natural Voices

An ‘everyone welcome’ community singing group led by Ros Thomas. 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 7.30-9.30 pm, year round. All songs are taught by ear; no experience is necessary; no-one is asked to sing on their own – ever! Malvern Link United Reform Church Hall. £6 per session. Contact Ros: ros@naturalvoice.net or visit www.soundslikefun.org - 01684 576681

Children’s Fashion Show & 30% off Sale

Saturday 4 August 10am -1pm (fashion show 10.30am) The Lyttelton Rooms, Church Street, Malvern. Free entry. New summer clothes at 30% off, plus new non-sale clothes, toys & nursery furnishings for children aged 0-7 years from new kids’ webshop rain starts play; colourful, ethical kids’ stuff made in Britain & the rest of Europe. Coffee & cakes & raffle with prizes donated by Malvern businesses in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice. More info at www.allaboutmalvernhills.com & www.rainstartsplay.com or call 01684 574148

To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email tina@allabout-local.com

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August

Please Note:

What’s on

We deliver our magazines in two stages in Malvern, which means you might receive this magazine later in the month. If you’ve missed any events, there’s plenty more ideas for days and evenings out on our website, www.allaboutmalvernhills.com Flute & Recorder Concert 7pm, Malvern Priory, in aid of Macmillan From Bach to Offenbach and beyond - dance music performed by young Suzuki students from across the UK and Europe Free entrance, retiring collection

sat

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sun

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The Mayors Bonanza in Malvern Afternoon event in Priory Park Family entertainment, food & fete stalls, music and bands www.malverntowncouncil.org/events

& Tue 13 Sept Malvern Small Business Forum tue Aug 7-9pm Council House, Great Malvern Networking opportunity for local business owners and start-ups. New members welcome. Free entry - www.msbf.biz

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Bands in the Park 2.30-4.30pm, Priory Park, Malvern. Every Sunday afternoon until Sunday 9 September to Sun 19 Aug West Malvern Arts Festival See page 30 for more information Friday 2 - 7pm, Sat & Sun 11am - 6pm www.westmalvernarts.org

to Mon 27 Aug Art for Amnesty 10am - 5pm, Sundays 2-5pm 12th Exhibition an sale in support of Amnesty International at the Quaker House, Orchard Rd, Malvern WR14 3DA. Official opening by Felicity Norman - Green Party on Sat 18 August at 11am. General enquiries: 01684 573722

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Show - ‘Summer Loving’ 7.30pm, St Peter’s Church, Cowleigh Bank, Malvern Link www.malvernlinkwithcowleigh.com Excellent and professional showing Box office: Andrew Judd 01684 893858

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Malvern Arts, Crafts & Food Market Priory Grounds, Great Malvern, 9.30am - 5pm Handmade, High Quality Products at Affordable Prices www.boffyartsandevents.com

Film: ‘Jane Eyre’ - (a Flicks in the Sticks presentation) 7.30pm, St Peter’s Church, Cowleigh Bank, Malvern Link Excellent and professional showing Box Office: Andrew Judd 01684 893858

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September Lunch Club in the Link Room St Mattias’ Church, Church Rd, Malvern Link at 12 noon and then every second Thursday Excellent hot 2 course lunch for £5. All welcome To book: Margaret Topham 01684 561796

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until 14 Sept Malvern Art Club Exhibition Annual exhibition in th Priory Church, Great Malvern. Please come and enjoy our paintings in this beautiful setting. 1st Colwall Scout Group Annual Jumble Sale Colwall Village Hall, 2pm More information www.colwallscouts.org.uk Contact Lynn or Andrew Lee 01684 541733 “Remote Control - The Dangerous New Ways of Fighting Wars” - speaker Prof Paul Rogers Department of Peace Studies, Uni of Bradford The Main Hall, Chase High School at 7.30pm

Country Market Days Home-made, home-grown & hand-crafted Malvern Farmers Market - Saturday 18 Aug & 15 Sept 9am–2pm, Abbey Road, Malvern Ledbury Country Market Fridays, 8.30am –12noon, St Katherine’s Hall, High Street, Ledbury Malvern Country Market Fridays, 9am–12.15pm, Lyttleton Rooms, Church Street, Malvern West Malvern Community Market Fri 14 September, St James’s Primary School, West Malvern Rd Cradley Farmers Market 1st Saturday every month, The Old Rectory, Cradley, 10am - 12pm

To promote Oct/Nov events: email sascha@allabout-local.com or call 07906 573352

For the latest events: www.allaboutmalvernhills.com

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THE PROBUS CLUB OF MALVERN

Probus is an informal, non-political, and non-profit making organization aimed at providing a forum for retired professional and business men to meet socially for talks and discussion with invited speakers on subjects of current and historical interest. The Probus Club of Malvern meets at The Abbey Hotel on alternate Mondays at 10.00 am, and new members are actively welcomed. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact ramonwyre@btinternet.com or dpenter@btinternet.com or refer to www.allaboutmalvernhills.com/localgroups for further information. ADVERTISE IN A SPACE THIS SIZE TO 14,000 LOCAL HOUSEHOLDS & BUSINESSES FROM AS LITTLE AS £23 per month plus VAT*

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Cost is £27 per month plus VAT based on a minimum booking of 2 consecutive issues. Pre-payment per issue.

Summer Holiday Activity

Roald Dahl’s – The Twits

Sun 12th Aug: 3pm Family open-air theatre with Illyria, pre-booking essential. Adult £12.50, Child £8.50, Family (2+2) £33.50 Book online

We also supply freshly prepared Buffets for all occasions. Call for more information.

All the Fun of the Circus • Sun 5th – Thurs 9th Aug SHA Flying Potter • Sun 12th – Thurs 16th Aug SHA Sunday Jazz • Sun 19th Aug PlayWild with WildPlay • Mon 20th – Thurs 23rd Aug SHA Animal Adventures • Sun 26th – Mon 27th Aug SHA General Opening • Tues 28th – Thurs 30th Aug Summer Sunday Fun • Sun 2nd Sept SHA Armour Drama • Sun 9th Sept Summer Sunday Fun • Sun 16th Sept SHA Explore the Arboretum • Sun 23rd Sept Guided Tours of the Castle • Sun 30th Sept

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Aug/Sept Great Malvern Priory August Sat 4 - 11am Hiroshima Vigil in Priory Churchyard followed by a short service at 12noon in the Priory Wed 8 - 8pm Romance in the winds Concert, admission £10 (£8 concessions) Fri 10 - 3.30pm Malvern Winds Concert collection in aid of St. Richards Hospice. Sat 11 Summer Welcome Day: 11am-4pm, free refreshments, live music, children’s activities. 1 - 4pm Tower Open, 2pm guided tour Sat 25 - Summer Welcome Day: Craft Fair in the grounds 11am - 4pm, free refreshments, live music, children’s activities. 1 - 4pm Ringing Chamber Open, 2pm guided tour. Mon 27 – 12noon Organ Recital by Shean Bowers

September Sat 8 - 1 - 4pm Tower Open, 2pm guided tour Thu 13 1pm Lunch Box talk by Jeremy Hardie on Troyte Griffiths Sat 22 - 7.30pm Walcher Lecture given by Dr Denis Alexander, Director of the Faraday Institute. Thu 27 - 1pm Lunch Box Recital by Quattro Venti Find more details on www.allaboutmalvernhills.com

What’s on Competition

Win Tickets for Felicity Kendal in Relatively Speaking All About Magazines has two pairs of tickets to offer for the opening play in the Malvern Theatres autumn season, which stars Felicity Kendal in Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy Relatively Speaking. Please email the answer to the following question to competition@allabout-local.com:

Who will appear alongside Felicity Kendal in Relatively Speaking? Don’t forget to include your name and address. Closing date: 17 August 2012. A winner will be drawn from the entries and notified by 24 August.

Theatre News

Malvern Theatres Announces Autumn Season The autumn programme includes a scintillating variety of drama, comedy, music and dance. The season opens with Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Coy and Kara Tointon starring in Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy Relatively Speaking. Alan Ayckbourn features again later in the season with his altogether darker Haunting Julia and the autumn also includes returns to the venue for star names Tom Conti, Gary Wilmot, Timothy West, Gwen Taylor, Penelope Keith and Michelle Dotrice. She appears in the post-West End hit The Ladykillers in November and there’s more from the West End the week before as Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap marks its 60th anniversary season by touring for the first time. The season also includes concerts from flautist James Galway, Guitarists John Williams & John Etheridge and saxophonist Julian Smith as well as orchestral performances by the English

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Chamber Orchestra and Armonico Consort, who bring their historically aware version of Handel’s Messiah to Malvern. The National Dance Theatre of Jamaica’s performance in September is a must for all dance-lovers and fans of good musicals won’t want to miss the stage version of Jim Cartwright’s Little Voice, which stars Beverley Callard, Ray Quinn and Joe McGann. Then there’s standup comedy from Radio 4 News Quiz favourites Sandi Toksvig and Bridget Christie and talks from Jonathan Dimbleby and Sir Roger Moore. Last but not least don’t forget to book your tickets early for this year’s Christmas pantomime Cinderella, starring Ruth Madoc and Jamie Rickers: there’s 10% off all tickets bought before September 1st! For a full colour brochure detailing all of the Autumn shows, please call the theatre box office on 01684 892277 or view the online version at malvern-theatres.co.uk.


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All About Malvern Aug/Sept 2012  

Local community magazine distributed to 14,000 homes and businesses in Malvern.

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