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Dec 2012/Jan 2013 Issue 28

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Dec 12/Jan 13

Editor’s message

Seasons Greetings

Welcome to the Dec/Jan edition of

All About Malvern Published & edited by:

Sascha McDonald, All About Local Magazines Ltd Colwall, Worcestershire WR13 6QN

Editorial: Sascha - 07906 573352 Advertising: Tina Palmer - 07952 591031 Distribution:

All About Malvern is distributed to 14,000 homes and businesses.

It is the Christmas edition already, where has the year gone? Time flies when you are having fun, and I certainly had that putting this edition together. We live in such a vibrant community that there was more than plenty of content to choose from. I hope you enjoy reading this bumper edition. Buy local, eat local, spend local and enjoy local is our motto, and we hope the magazine will help you support local businesses who help make our area a nice place to live, work and play. On Page 36 we explain a bit more about our community website, your online guide to all the Malvern Hills area has to offer. It gets updated on a daily basis, so if you cannot find it here, you could find it there! I’d like to thank all our readers, supporters, customers, deliverers and team members for all their support throughout the year. Hope you will have a great Christmas and a fantastic 2013.

Magazine design:

Independent Design: Jane - 07989 393153

Front page photo: Madrasfield - photo kindly provided


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by Les Clarke, a reader of the magazine.

Deadlines for Feb/March 2013 issue:

Advertisement booking/cancellation: Monday 14 Jan What’s On/Notice Board: Tuesday 15 January Advertisement copy: Tuesday 15 January Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of the advert.

All artwork is accepted on the strict condition that permission has been given for use in the publication. Adverts are accepted under the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All About Magazines does not endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form - electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise without prior consent of the publisher. All About Local Magazines Ltd is registered in England and Wales Company No. 7200758


Malvern Cube 6 Christmas Extravaganza 12 Parrys 17 Jungle Adventure 20 Conserving Nature 30 Keeping Fit 56


Regulars Well Being 24 Website Update 36 Notice Board 48 Community Focus 52 Our Lizzy’s Recipe 42 Classes & Courses 57 What’s On 58 Theatre & Competition 60 Index 62

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Malvern Cube A year after a deal was struck to hand over Malvern’s former Youth Centre to the community, we hear how it is going and what they still want to achieve. Sculpture by Jacob Rock For everyone involved in running Malvern Cube, it’s been a busy year. It’s almost exactly twelve months since an agreement was reached to let a community-based group take on the former Youth Centre on Albert Road North. After further negotiation and discussion, in May of this year the lease of the building was taken on by the Malvern Youth and Community Trust, a group of people determined to see the building continue to be used by local people. Fast forward to the present and today it’s playing host to a growing number of activities and events. ‘A year ago the feeling was one of elation,’ says Lisa Loudon, one of the Trustees of the Cube, ‘now we’re busy improving our facilities and we have a large group of supporters.’ Groups like the University of the Third Age use it for some of their meetings, while recent improvements to disability access mean a wider range of people can visit. Drama groups have been attracted by the availability of different rooms and spaces they can hire, while musicians can use facilities including a mixing desk to record tracks. The Theatre space can be hired and is used for regular film afternoons, there’s an art room and a café. ‘Our hire costs are reasonable and we’re happy to talk to groups to see if we can agree a price that works for them’ says Lisa.


Although youth work is no longer the only purpose for the building, there are still activities focussed on younger people. Skateboarding sessions, drama, music events and career guidance services take place every week and Jon White, a qualified youth and community worker runs the centre. The Cube hosts performances of comedy, poetry and live music most weeks and sees part of its future as a performance venue, which of course was long part of its traditional role. Over the years its seen comedians including Jo Brand, Eddie Izzard and Jack Dee perform here, while musically everyone from Deep Purple to Jethro Tull and Nigel Kennedy have graced its stage. Although there are plenty of anecdotal stories about who performed and when, as far as anybody knows the history of the building has never been fully recorded and so a project is now underway to do just that. A community grant has been awarded by the County Council to help discover, interview and record people’s memories of the old Youth Centre. ‘It was certainly an important venue in the local arts scene’ says Lisa ‘and generations of local families have come here to enjoy themselves. We really want them all to get in touch with us to tell their stories.’

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Event at the Cube Repair Café - 1 December What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? With a toaster that no longer works or a woollen jumper with moth holes? Before you head for the bin, think again! A new idea to try and bring new life to old objects is starting at The Malvern Cube. It’s called the Malvern Hills Repair Café and the idea is simple; if you have something broken, bring it along and free expert advice will be on hand to see if it can be mended. The first session on December 1st should be the start of many, for future dates keep an eye on the website of Transition Malvern Hills, who have organised the event.

In the meantime, work to improve the building continues. The Café, one meeting space, an artists’ green room and the outdoor areas need improvement and the Trust is keen to gain support from local businesses. If anybody can help they’d be grateful for either donations or for offers of work.

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Christmas Extravaganza 8 December The Barnards Green Extravaganza taking place on the 8th of December is going to be bigger and better than ever this year. We have a professional Puppet Theatre putting on free shows for the Children at 11am, 12pm and 1.30pm. The shows are entitled ‘Fox’s Christmas’ and ‘Toby and the Sausages’ and will be great interactive fun. We are also offering a free paint-your-own pottery Christmas decoration for the first 30 children to visit Green Frog Pottery. Father Christmas will be resident in his own decorated grotto in TP Travel to hear any special present requests. We are also holding for the first time a ‘Pets in Pictures’ Competition where you can dress your

dog up in a Christmas outfit and they can have their picture taken by a photographer and then be entered into a competition. Some Christmas outfits and accessories are provided but feel free to invent your own too. All entrants will have their pictures displayed on digital photo frames in one of the shop windows the next week and receive a copy for themselves. Prizes for the most fun and festive photos have been donated by Masefield Vets. We have wonderful music provided by a Victorian barrel organ, choirs and bands. There will also be fancy dress characters, face painting, craft stalls and tombola. The Extravaganza is designed to say thank you to the local community for supporting the Barnards Green Traders throughout the year and helping to make it such a vibrant trading community. The traders are working hard this year to provide funds for two very local and worthwhile charities; Malvern Special Families and Community Action Malvern Hills. Everyone is invited to come and join in with all the fun on Saturday 8th of December. We are grateful for the sponsorship from Malvern Hills District Council, Malvern Town Council and ‘District Councillor Steve Brown for the Puppet Theatre Shows.


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Parrys of Malvern choosing that special present for Christmas David & Felicity Siviter

Do you need to find a special present for someone this Christmas? Parrys the Jewellers on Church Street in the centre of Malvern pride themselves on being able to help. ‘Diamonds continue to be incredibly popular’ says David Siviter who runs the family business. ‘Our Hot Diamonds range is the choice of many at the moment, the collection starts at forty pounds with an impressive choice of styles.’ At the other end of the scale David is on hand to explain the different qualities and properties of the fine gold & diamond jewellery that Parrys keep in stock. ‘This year we have a new range of silver marcasite jewellery’ adds David’s wife Felicity. ‘This type of jewellery was popular in the 1920s and 30s, and its enjoying a revival with the current interest in vintage fashion, but it also has a contemporary feel to it.’ The business keeps up to date with the latest trends in jewellery fashion by visiting trade shows

and takes care to keep its own stock up to date, but there’s also an eye for continuing favourites, particularly among their collection of watches. ‘Tissot is a good, Swiss quality brand’ says David, ‘you can spend many hundreds of pounds on a top model, but the range starts from 115 pounds.’ Parry’s takes care to stock watches made by watchmakers, rather than fashion brands. Another range David puts his faith in is Lorus, with watches starting at twenty five pounds. The jewellers offers the benefit of expertise and reliability and after 38 years of business have built a solid reputation. You can enjoy proper personal service, they offer to gift wrap presents, and they will make time to help you choose the perfect gift. And for collectors of Trollbeads, there’s good news. This Christmas brings a brand new collection of beads in seasonal shades. There’s a series of eye-catching designs including an assortment of decorative Christmas Ornamental baubles. There are fun silver winter animals including polar bears, penguins and seals.


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Jungle Adventure for Cradley Players For the first time in recent years, highly-regarded local drama group Cradley Village Players are staging a family show for Christmas. Their ambitious adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s ever-popular ‘The Jungle Book’ is written by Scots playwright Stuart Paterson. This new take on Kipling’s stories of life under the Indian trees is truer to the spirit and language of the original than some other versions as we follow man-child Mowgli’s search for his true home and the tiger Shere Khan’s obsession with hunting him down. As well as dramatic action, director Meg Monk and her cast promise music, movement and dance - not to mention a few spectacular fights together with fabulous sets, lighting and special effects. Though there are scenes some under 5s might find frightening, the play will thrill older children and adults. Cradley Village Player’s regular actors are joined by past and present pupils from Cradley Primary School as Bryn Batten plays Mowgli, the boy who can’t decide whether to leave the jungle where he’s been brought up by animals. His

teacher Baloo the bear is Jack Walton (last seen in Mystery and Merriment). Olivia Shalofsky (Mary in M&M) dances the part of Kaa while the snake’s long tail is made up of Hazel Dudley, Emma Dudley, Ele Batten, Katie Dudley and Molly Eldridge. Ele is also Chil, a kite and Hazel, Emma and Molly also play the monkeys Ban, Luna and Taak. The wolves Tima and Snag are Calum Shalofsky and Harry Dunnett who also perform together as Rama the bull. Among the adults, Simon Derricourt (last seen as Lucifer in M&M) is the much-feared tiger Shere Khan, Poppy Stanley is mother wolf Raksha and Jill Salmons is Akela, the father wolf. Russ Shalofsky plays the panther Bagheera and Joanne Eldridge the head of Kaa the snake. Other animal parts are taken by Cressida Dunnett, Sandra Dudley and Teresa Shalofsky while human hunters are played by Tom van Vuren, Ruth Thomas and Bill Chadney. Why not end the Christmas break with a touch of tropical heat amid the winter chill?

‘The Jungle Book’ is at Cradley Primary School from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th January 2013 starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £5 for under-15s and are now on sale via CVP’s website ( and at Cradley Post Office and Stores.


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from the seasons By Fiona Robyn from Malvern

Today was cold and bright. We walked through Westonbirt Arboretum and soaked up the last of the brilliant reds from the acers, mostly puddled around their trunks as we move inexorably into Winter. Trees show us clearly how the seasons change. The evergreens cling on to their leaves tenaciously, but most surrender to the change in the weather by blushing red or orange or golden and then letting go of their leaves. These gorgeous leaves slowly break down into a brown mush which helps feed the tree in readiness for the next spurt of growth in the Spring. And then Summer. And then Autumn, and the tree blushes again… There are examples of cycles throughout nature. Plants produce their flowers and fruit at particular times of the year. A crocus opens its petals afresh every morning. Fields produce bountiful crops, and then lay fallow as they slowly regain their nutrients. As human beings we also move through cycles – year–long cycles which follow the Seasons, and also smaller cycles of a working week or a single day. We can even notice cycles within a single minute! My energy levels change and cycle in two different ways. Firstly, my energy levels go up and down depending on a number of external factors such as the weather, my health, what demands are made of me by my work etc. Secondly they are affected by various choices I make - how much sleep I get, how well I eat, how hard I push myself to finish tasks that need finishing... I’d suggest that us humans aren’t as good as the trees at surrendering to the various cycles we move through. We make ourselves keep going when we really need to rest, or we get stuck inside when a bit of Summer fun would do us good. Everything needs pushing in the Springtime. Those sudden bright bursts of daffodils and tulips take a lot of stored–up energy. I can’t spend my whole year (or a whole week) in a state of high energy, which is the equivalent of Spring. I expend this kind of energy when I make plans to


grow our business, when I meet new people, or when I do lots of writing. In my experience, I work best when I try to respect my energy levels and respond to them, rather than ignoring them and ploughing on regardless. After a period of Spring–like activity, I feel the need for a different kind of rhythm. This might be an Autumnal slowing down, a Wintery kind of hibernation, or a Summery pause to enjoy the fruits of my labours. When are your high–energy times of the day, the week, or the year? Do you get a good balance of these different phases of the seasonal cycle? Do you arrange some quieter time after a period of busy–ness, or look for new challenges after a period of rest? As you read the following list, think about which parts of the seasonal cycle you are currently lacking, and how you might find some more space for Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter energy. 1. Spring. This energy is all about things that are ‘new’, which can be tiring! Joining a new evening class, looking for a new job, and giving your house a huge clear–out are typical ‘Spring’ tasks. Some people feel this kind of energy first thing in the morning, and some feel it late at night… 2. Summer. During the Summer, we enjoy the fruits of all the hard work of the Spring. We nourish ourselves and have fun. This energy might be going to an art gallery, or cooking and enjoying a three course meal. 3. Autumn. Everything starts slowing down in the Autumn. We begin to prepare for the Winter ahead, and to make the most of what we have. Autumn tasks might be pruning our garden, or knitting a woolly jumper… 4. Winter. We all need time to recuperate and rejuvenate, just like fallow fields. Winter energy is when we stay in and watch a film, or spend more time in our garden, or go on more walks. It is often accompanied by lots of rest and lots of contemplation. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, whatever part of the cycle you’re in!


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The nerves that provide sensation and power to the arms originate from the lower half of the neck. The roots of these nerves leave the spinal cord through small gaps on the lateral side of the spine, which are called the exit foramina. The roots then join up to form the three main nerves for the arm (median, radial and ulnar). Commonly the nerve roots get pinched at the point that they leave the spinal column. This can be due to degenerative change such as arthritis and spondylosis. It can also be caused by disc injuries, spinal instability and whiplash


As ever accurate diagnosis is important. The trained practitioner will usually find many clues as to where the problem originates. For example, the particular finger or area of the arm affected usually reveals which level of the neck is involved. This can be backed up by checking reflexes and muscle power. More difficult cases may require X-ray or better still MRI scan.


A high percentage of cases will respond to simple non invasive hands-on techniques. Manipulation, soft tissue work and medical acupuncture are often all that is needed to relieve the problem. More difficult cases may require injection or even surgery, although the latter should always be a last resort due to the risks involved.

Other causes of arm pain

Some people develop an extra rib above all the others at the base of the neck (cervical rib). This will often lead to pain and altered sensation in the ring and little finger.Occasionally lung disease at the top (apex) of the lung will cause pressure on the nerves and give similar symptoms. This clinic is privately run at Prospect View by David Jones DO. All treatments are drug-free and use techniques recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Prospect View Medical Centre 300 Pickersleigh Rd Malvern WR14 2GP

Initial consultation (with treatment) costs ÂŁ45. Follow-up sessions ÂŁ40. For appointments and enquiries ring on 01684 573989 or 07732 157772. No ache too trivial. No pain too severe.

01684 573989 07732 157772 BUPA and AXA / PPP Registered

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1 Broads Bank, Malvern WR14 2HP



(The old Malvern Gazette Office)


A Gentle and Effective Whole Body Treatment by Joanna Cocking

01684 568110

1 Broads Bank, Malvern WR14 2HP (The Old Malvern Gazette Office)

Back, neck and shoulder pain Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints Migraine Muscular aches Sports injuries Arthritic pain Joanna Cocking

bespoke hair and beauty All aspects of hairdressing available bespoke hair and beauty

01684 568110


Number One Hair & Beauty 1 Broads Bank Great Malvern Free WR14 2HP Parking 01684 568 110 07533 163 301

35 Graham Road, Malvern, WR14 2HU Contact Us On

01684 573109

We are the largest Dental Practice in the area and have been in existence since 1919. We are situated in the centre of Great Malvern overlooked by the Malvern Hills. We have our own parking, disabled access and we provide quality private dental care for the whole family.


Dr P.J. Jones B.D.S. L.D.S. R.C.S. Dr R. Bennett B.D.S. Dr S.R. Guilding B.D.S. Dr C.M. Bocking B.D.S. M.F.G.D.P. (UK) Dr P. Kidman B.D.S.

Advertising Feature

Do you dream of a good night’s sleep? I always know when I’ve had a good night’s sleep, don’t you? I wake refreshed, revitalised and keen to get on with my day. I can concentrate better, I don’t keep losing things and I can think more clearly. I take difficult decisions in my stride and brush off emotional upsets with a wave of my hand. At the end of the day, although tired, I feel a real sense of achievement. In fact, I feel much more like ‘me’! Why is sleep important? Well, there are 5 different stages of sleep, the last of these stages is the REM phase (Rapid Eye Movement). We progress through these stages to REM and then we start all over again. When feeling well, people spend almost 50% of the sleeping time in Stage 2, 20% in REM and the remaining 30% in the other stages. Different stages have different functions with some repairing the wear and tear on the body and the REM stage repairing our minds, clearing out the emotional fall out from any frustrations or upsets we have experienced in the day. Habitual negative thinking activates the fight/flight centre in the primitive brain and over time can distort the REM stage of sleep. If the primitive brain is activated it wants to keep you ‘safe’ and so prevents you from sleeping deeply. As a result, emotional angst can build up and be carried over to the next day so you can wake up with a sense of dread. Anxiety, anger and depression are often part of a negative cycle caused by negative thinking and poor sleep. However, help is at hand! Solution Focused Coaching and Hypnotherapy can reduce negative thinking and put you back in control of your emotions. The use of trance in the coaching sessions speeds up positive changes by calming the primitive brain. Trance is an everyday experience when your attention is focused on something in particular. We often ‘day dream’ or ‘switch off’ in the day so this is a skill we all have and use frequently. Trance can only ever be self-induced so that you remain in complete control. Your primitive brain wouldn’t have it any other way! I offer a free initial consultation of 40 minutes to enable you to find out more about the approach and whether it is right for you. Subsequent sessions cost £50 for 50 minutes. In the first session you are provided with a free relaxation CD to listen to just before you go to sleep.

If you think I can help, contact me, Susanne Simms on 07947 642 735 to arrange an appointment or visit my website at

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

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Photo by Ian Butler

Over many years, the tree line has been creeping gradually up the hills, with sycamore and other trees growing up through, and ultimately destroying, the grassland. The short grassy turf on the upper slopes of the hills - known as ‘acid grassland’ - is a nationally important wildlife habitat, so it is really important to try to restore these areas. As well as more common heathland plants such as bilberry and heather, we have some really rare grassland flowers such as the stunningly beautiful Spring cinquefoil – a buttercup-like flower, more usually found on high mountains. Without these grasslands, we would also lose the iconic Skylark, which nests in open short grassy areas, and some other more elusive and less well known species such Slow worms and the rare Grayling butterfly. The first step is to cut out the trees and shrubs growing up in the grassland. We will be clearing trees and scrub between now and February in various places from North Hill in the north to Ragged Stone Hill in the south. This is a difficult job, working on steep terrain in all weathers, so we are lucky to have a very capable workforce,

Looking at North Hill, from Table Hill 2004


more skylarks on the hills? This winter the Malvern Hills Conservators are extending their grassland restoration project to more areas of the Malverns. Their new Chair Helen Stace explains why the work should help increasingly rare plants and birdlife return to the Hills. and some excellent local contractors, to do a good and careful job for us. Then we bring in sheep and cows to keep the cleared areas open. The Galloways and Highland cattle are particularly well suited to the pasture and terrain of the Malverns according to Matthew Rouse who manages the animals at the northern end of the hills. ‘They will eat pretty much anything’ says Matthew, ‘from Rosebay Willowherb to Brambles. The Cheviot sheep are better suited to short grass so they work very well as a team.’ We keep the cattle and sheep on the northern section of the hills with electric fencing to target the most important area. It also stops them getting into gardens and down onto roads. We do our utmost to maintain access along the main paths, so we hope they are not too much of an inconvenience to walkers. So, thanks to our workforce and the grazing animals, we hope to continue improving the wildlife, habitats and landscape of the hills, for everyone to enjoy!

Looking at North Hill, from Table Hill 2011

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Items available: • • • • • • • • •

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01684 892856 07799 642481


For more information

Need help to meet your health and safety responsibilities? Contact Chris Hardy for a no obligation assessment!


Hedgecutting Fencing Paving and Patios Decking Sleeper Walls etc

All Aspects of Building Undertaken Int + Ext Decorating FREE Quotes

118 Wood Farm Road Malvern Wells WR14 4PR

07866 828439

Est 1976

Mob: 078300 49800 Tel: 01684 897773 34

For a professional service and a free, no obligation quotation contact Martin Richards

01684 576256 | 07967 123998

Crown Lifting/Reduction/Thinning Dangerous/Dead/Diseased Trees Felling/Removal Matt Scriven

01886 880959 / 07721384538

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PEST REMOVER Bob Anderson 07772 744841 24 hour service Free quotations 01531 640021 To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email


Your online guide to all Malvern Hills has to offer

Have you visited us online yet? Classes & Courses On our website you’ll find a brand new section, listing a varied range of classes and courses taking place locally. Some examples include cookery courses and there are sports activities such as Nordic walking, Tai Chi, fitness and dance. Or if you’d like to improve your computer skills you can find out where to do so. And if you’d like to create something, we’ve just added craft courses for children and adults. More will be coming in time so make sure you visit more often to see what’s new. It might even give you some ideas to make New Year resolutions a reality!



Christmas in the Malvern Hills Area

go online to find out what’s on in the area

There’s an amazing variety of local events planned in the lead up to Christmas. We have details of where you can buy Christmas cards that support Charities, there are shopping events, Christmas fairs, lights switch ons, church services, carol singing, you name it, we have it! There’s even a local card delivery service running in Colwall, run by volunteers in the village, with money raised being donated to a good local cause. If you can this Christmas, shop local and support our local businesses, you’ll find many ideas in this section of our website, updated as they come in.

Volunteer, Fundraise & Charity Events


local groups, local businesses & local events for local people The online what’s on listings & visitors have over 130 local events for you to choose from! calendar

of events


keeping you up to date every day!

You can also support the local area, and help individuals by volunteering for local groups or fundraising for charity. This section of our website lists volunteering opportunities and charity events and has many more ideas about how you can help others. One example is ATBRUSAR, the All Terrain Bike Responder Unit, Search and Rescue, whose members support the emergency services by responding by bike to emergencies on the Malvern Hills. But there are other ways to help if you fancy something less energetic, like shaking a bucket to raise funds for Charity!

Happy browsing! local groups, local businesses & local events for local people

Christopher F. Knock


B.Sc. (Civil Engineering)

Architectural & Planning Consultant


30 years experience


All aspects of Planning, Building Regulations and Listed Building Consent Applications

01531 635462

Home Buyer Reports Building Surveys Valuations for Tax Valuations for Probate Boundary Disputes Expert Independent Advice Reports in plain English! ADVERTISE IN A SPACE THIS SIZE TO 14,000 LOCAL HOUSEHOLDS & BUSINESSES FROM AS LITTLE AS ÂŁ23 per month plus VAT*

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Call David Prosser

01684 893778

*Based on a minimum booking of 6 consecutive issues.

Cost is ÂŁ27 per month plus VAT based on a minimum booking of 2 consecutive issues. Pre-payment per issue.

Harcourt Design Associates Ltd Architecture and Surveying

Listed Building and barn conversion specialists New-build, replacement dwellings and extensions Laser surveying, 3D modelling, project management and co-ordination Providing traditional style and quality with the speed and precision of modern technology

The Old Bell , Harcourt Road, Mathon, WR13 5PG Contact Tim or Simon on 01684 568929 To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email


Mobile Valeting

SRD Plumbing & Heating Services For all your plumbing needs... Stewart Reed-Darby

01684 300809 07729 081958

Need a Plumber? Call Paul the Plumber

01684 438075 24 hour local plumber Fully qualified & insured All work guaranteed No job too small leaks & bursts • hot water cylinders blocked drains • radiators • bathrooms

- Professionally caring for your car

Using only the highest quality products and professional car care techniques Glimmer and Shine Mobile Valeting will solve all of your car cleaning worries.

Valets from £15 Malvern Hills & surrounding area Call 07531 158 635 or email

Plumbing & Leadwork I.A.Brown

Reliable, Friendly & Efficient

• • • • •

All aspects of general plumbing Bathroom design & installation Wall & floor tiling 24/7 emergency call-out Free quotations • No call-out charge


• Nat Gas/LPG • Boiler breakdown/service/maintenance • Boiler replacement/upgrade • Heating installation/upgrade • Central heating power flushing • Cooker installation • Landlord Safety Checks

Contact Duanne 07773 395 803 • Renewable installation • Un-vented hot water cylinder servicing/ installation • All general domestic plumbing • Bathroom design/installation Worcester Bosch Registered Installer


01684 567839 07847 718709

Fusion Plumbing & Heating Ltd



RD Premier Plumbing & Heating • Oil • Boiler breakdown/service/ maintenance • Boiler replacement/upgrade • Heating installation/upgrade • Central heating power flushing


K.A. Randall

Painter & Decorator Interior & Exterior work

Free quotations

07741 082892

01684 560877 |07789 591172

A big THANK YOU to ALL our customers for your continued support throughout 2012 Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year John, Cindy & India Parish A local family run business

All roof & chimney repairs undertaken, including tiling, slating and lead work Eco Friendly Installation Specialists for Flat Roofs

01684 561791|07920 001611

Ring 01684 560013 or 07765 973369



For all your odd Job Requirements! Around the home and garden Painting & Decorating Tiling & general house maintenance Fence & shed repairs All garden work under taken All work carried out to an honest high standard Job or hourly rates available Public liability insured

Locks & Glass

For a complete double-glazing

repair service

• Full or partial rewires • New build or extensions • Extra circuits or additions • New fuseboards • External power and lighting • Emergency call out And much more...

01684 567023 | 07879 194138

Hinges, handles, locks and security.

Key cutting

We can supply and fit or for DIY Visit our shop at 73, Spring Lane, Malvern Link WR14 1AJ Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat 8.30-12.30 Signposted opposite Worcester College Construction Department

01684 567070 24 Hour LocKsmitH 07767 883639

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Steve’s Oddjob Service S O S

SOS for

Homes & Gardens

Feeling fed up with those problem jobs, whether big or small, that never seem to get done or wanting to keep your property in tip top condition?

SOS is here to help! For example: Minor building works Household repairs & maintenance Gardening, lawns & hedges Interior & exterior decorating Patios & decking The list is endless and so if in doubt and for a friendly professional approach please call Steve:

01886 880256 07545 004457 SOS is here to help!

And when we say we’ll be there - we’ll be there. WITH OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

BOILER REPLACEMENTS, FULL CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEMS & PLUMBING Boiler upgrades/ replacement New central heating installations Gas fires servicing Gas boiler servicing

WHY CHOOSE US? • No call out fees • We offer fixed price quotations • FREE quotations & advice • No MONEY UPFRONT - Don’t pay until work is fully complete • No contractors - we only use our own qualified employees • Full guarantee on all work carried out • 35 years experience • References available

All plumbing work carried out Gas Appliance Showroom & Fireplace Centre Ltd 01684 891522 • 01684 566962 25 Worcester Road, Great Malvern, WR14 4QY


CRADLEY STOVES Installation & maintenance of woodburning and multifuel stoves For a free estimate call

07983 714 003

D R LLOYD General Building 01886 880653 / 07971 866505

Local, reliable and trustworthy Free no obligation quotations References available on request General building & brickwork Property maintenance Internal & external decorating Roof repairs and replacement Kitchen replacements Tiling & Plastering

01684 566017 01684 566017

WarmKnights WarmKnights Wood Stoves and Energy Solutions Wood Burning Stoves Fireplace and Flue Design Chimney Sweeping Thermal Imaging

01684 566017

01684 566017


01905 07411 757162623061

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and Red Pepper Strudel • 230g pack of ready rolled puff pastry (Jus Rol) • 200g chestnuts, cooked and chopped • 100g roasted red peppers, sliced • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 1 tbsp tomato puree • 75ml red wine (approx) • 1 tsp dried thyme • salt and pepper to taste • 1 tbsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 220°/Gas 7 2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan and add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes and add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. Season and allow to cool. 3. Roll out the pastry, place on a greased baking tray. Cut off three 1cm strips to use for decoration. 4. Spread the cooled mixture on half the pastry and fold the pastry over to cover. Seal edges and decorate with pastry strips or star shapes. 5. Bake for 30 minutes until golden.

Serves 4 Ready in 45 minutes

An Our Lizzy Gift Voucher makes a great Christmas present.


For details of local cookery classes and parties see or contact Lizzy on 01684 892 688

Perfect for your Christmas entertaining!

Cridlan & Walker Award Winning Butcher

Stockist of South African Products

229 Worcester Road Malvern Link WR14 1SU

All our meat is locally sourced

Hot Turkey, Beef & Pork Rolls £2.50 Baguettes £2.80 NOW James & Diane wish all their customers TAKING a very happy and restful festive season XMAS ORDERS Freshly cooked home made burgers straight from the griddle £3.00


01684 573008

Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing but nobody else does. - Stuart H. Britt


Ring 07952 591031 to make sure everybody does know! Malvern Tele-tune Over 25 Years Experience

Christmas/New Year Offer ion SAVE £5 on InstallatAd* on presentation of this

keep) (cut along the dotted line and with this Ad *Typical installation £40, less £5 (over 65s) less a further £5 Seniors Discount

Offer valid until 14th Feb 2013 Please ask for a quote. TESTIMONIALS:

“Better? It's Awsome! We can't thank you enough, that expensive equipment went to waste before, now we are truly getting our moneys worth !!! Thanks again and if we go HD in the future we'll call you to come set it up.” M Parkins - Malvern Link We certainly recommend Malvern Tele-Tune. "After Symon had set-up our TV System the quality was vastly improved. He also spent time to explain how to operate and get the best from our system. Also the cost for the time he spent was minimal" Very helpful and polite. A & I Bradsaw - Malvern Wells

Discount for Seniors (over 65s) Learn how to make full use of your TV system by appointment at a time to suit you

Simply Call - 01684 569373 Symon Winter is listed in the Age UK (Age Concern) Trade Register


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Services include: • Companionship • Personal care • Light housekeeping • Local transportation and errands • Meal preparation • Respite support • Convalescence support • Shopping • Specialist dementia and Alzheimer’s care

and much more... Being able to live at home can be one of the most important comforts in an older person’s life and because family and friends can’t always be there, Home Instead Senior Care are here to help. Home Instead Worcestershire is part of a national organisation rapidly building a reputation as one of the UK’s leading care companies allowing older people to continue living in their own homes. Our Caregivers take pride in helping our clients to lead a more comfortable and confident life and offer a variety of services tailored to their individual needs. For us, nothing is more important than providing a convenient and reliable care solution that works for everyone in your family.

From just an hour or a week, a couple of two hours a day, to full time care, our service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Call us on 01905 01684780022 438501 or email: Specialists in providing older people with non-medical care in their own homes.

Suite 5b, Malvern Gate, Bromwich Road, Worcester WR2 4BN


The beauty is in the detail... Contact us today, call free on 0800 678 3412 Fascias • Soffits • Guttering • Windows • Doors Flat & Polycarb Roofs • Porches • Conservatories KENDEEN PLASTICS LTD. 64 Longridge Rd, Malvern WR14 3JB

01684 563256 • Maintenance free • Fensa Registered 32080 • Locally owned & run using our own skilled fitters • No up-front deposits on fascias soffits or guttering

For a free, no obligation quotation ring free on 0800 678 3412

• Insurance backed guarantee • British Standard materials • Full Public Liability Insurance • Environment Agency Certificate

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Manufacturers of Internal & External Blinds Vertical • Roller Pleated • Venetian Roman • Woodslat Awnings • Canopies Replacement Fabrics Conservatory Blinds

STEAMED UP DOUBLE GLAZING? Don’t replace the Frames... just the Panes!

Broken or Damaged Windows? Faulty Hinges, Handles or Locks? Want the latest energy saving glass? 5 year guarantee on new double glazing.

01684 574047 Showroom:

...we make saving money perfectly clear... Call Freephone

0800 61 21118


The Old Fire Station Howsell Road Malvern WR14 1TF Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm Saturday 9am - 1pm

We now offer a dry carpet cleaning service

Before you choose your carpet, choose your experts...

tel: 01684

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573734 893003





47 Worcester Road, Malvern WR14 4AD

47 Worcester Road, Malvern WR14 4AD

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Notice board The Worcestershire Competitive Arts Festival for students of Music & Drama throughout Worcestershire

2013 Festival Dates: 9 & 16 March The festival is open to anyone The Syllabus for entrants is available from:

Marian Walters

Helpers needed 7&8 December 0845 121245 or visit bigbucketcollection

Feb Deadline:

Tue 15 Jan 2013

Small Message? It’s free for groups! 07906 573352

The Chase Assoc iation Christmas Fair

The Chase School Geraldine Road Friday 7 Decembe r 6pm - 8pm Musical entertain m Christmas gifts, ga ent, tombola, mes, lots of stalls, Santa’s Grotto, Re freshments Join us for lots of festive fun!

Pancake Race Teams of 4 required for the race on Tuesday 19 Feb in Priory Park, Malvern Sponsorship raised for Charity (conditions apply)

For form or info ring 01684 563429

New Volunteering


in Malvern Cube

Please visit the M.C.A.

CHRISTMAS CHARITY CARD SHOP Christmas Cards from over 20 Charities National and Local On sale at


Hatherton Lodge, Avenue Road, MALVERN Open now until Sat 15 Dec Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm Saturday 10am to 1pm


Organising Charities: Mission to Seafarers & Save the Children


Do you have any experience of wo rking in a café or tea rooms ? If so, and you ha hours a week to spare, Malvern Cu ve a few be welcome you as a volunteer – espe would cially if you like the idea of, in time, supervising younger volunteers, worki ng along side yo u. Or are you a youn g person over the ag years who has co mpleted a catering e of 16 like preparing ho course or t dri and would like to nks and snacks for people gain some more experience? You too would be welcome becaus e Malvern Cube is now rec ruiting new volun teers who could help for a few day time or the ev hours, either during the enings (on an ad hoc basis). Hours will be to su it required are Mond the volunteer – days ays, Tuesdays an d Fridays. Those with food hygiene qualificati ons would be ideal. Be good at communicatin g with people. Must be prepared to comp lete a half day induction tra ining course. For details conta ct: 07872 419646 malvernhillsvolun teering@yahoo.c

Malvern Hills Vo at Worcestershire lunteering Project Hub, Malvern Lib Drop-in: rary Thu 1.30-4.30pm Fri 9am-12.30pm Kay Bromley, Vo lunteer Co-ordin ator

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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

01684 560917


07968 968371





0797 6647548

Lee Hankins Carpenter and General Builder Property Maintenance All Aspects of building work undertaken Over 20 years experience

Call me for a free quotation Mobile 07967 372085 Home 01684 540164


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.

Tel: 01886 880028 Mob: 07966 755669 Email: Web: Lyndhurst, Bosbury Road, Cradley, Nr Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 5JA




CARPENTRY & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE A local quality service, 30 years experience By Stuart Ruddock

Carpentry Services • • • • • •

13 Sparrowhawk Close Enigma Business Park Malvern WR14 1GL

For a free brochure or for further information please call us on 01684 891644

Windows & doors Kitchens Timber framed buildings Fencing Decking Stud partitioning

Maintenance Services • • • • •

Decorating Floor & wall tiling Roof & chimney repairs Plastering Structural repairs

01684 572440 or 07971 515164

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Malvern Theatre


The Malvern Theatre Players was formed in 1977 as the resident amateur company of Malvern Theatres. Its members are currently preparing for their latest production, ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Malvern has long been regarded as a centre of theatrical excellence and the Malvern Theatre Players aim has always been to complement this with a varied repertory of local productions. Currently, there are two main stage productions each year. Recent productions on the main stage of the Theatre have included The Forsyte Saga, The Ghost Train and We Happy Few. The Company also presents large cast and musical shows, examples of which are Alice in Wonderland and The Secret Garden. The Company operates in the Forum, Festival and Coach House Theatres. One of the Players’ great successes has been, along with work from other local groups, the establishment of The Coach House Theatre. The Victorian building, standing next to the main Theatre, was originally a stables and coach house. In about 1984 it was condemned as unsafe and plans for its demolition were considered. Local people successfully campaigned to save the building and the Players then funded the reinforcement of the structure so it could continue to be used for the storage of scenery and props. Further improvements continued on the building, in the late 1990s the Malvern Theatre Association funded the refurbishment of an associated building as a meeting and gallery space. In 2002 the Players obtained planning consent to further develop the buildings into a studio theatre. Much of the work was carried out by members of the players until its final opening in May 2006 with a production of Billy Liar. Principal contributors to the cost of the final conversion and continuing improvements have included the National Lottery, the Elmley Foundation and Arts Council England. It’s not just about performance. Today the Players offer training courses in all aspects of stage craft and are regular contributors to education


projects, including summer courses, production discussions and theatre tours. They also provide a complete range of theatrical services and hold a large stock of properties, effects and equipment for hire at budget prices. For information on this or any other aspects of the Malvern Theatre Players, you can contact the Company Manager on (01684) 569011 or visit their website at Malvern Theatre Players, Theatre House, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcs WR14 3HA. For their 36th Season the Players are performing The Wind in the Willows at the Forum Theatre in Malvern between 9th & 13th January. It’s an enchanting tale of river-folk which is faithfully retold in a new adaptation by Emelia Marriette of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved story. The combination of nostalgia for times gone by and simple humour combined with audience participation will be a certain hit. Mr Toad is in his element in this production, defending his rights as a car stealing, horn-tooting, tyre-burning speed freak. His friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger and Otter rescue him from the worst of his excesses and together the famous team save the riverbank from the hooligan, bullying weasels in a final battle.

The Wind in the Willows runs from 9th January to 13th January. Tickets cost £14 with concessions available for the over 60’s and half price for the Under 16s. These can be purchased from the box office of Malvern Theatres.

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Domiciliary Care Agency Beavers (Worcester) Limited is a leading organisation in the field of caring for peoples' needs in the community and has a strong commitment to provide equal opportunities for everybody with regard to service provision and employment , regardless of Race, Religion, Gender, Marital Status, Sexual Preference, Age or Disability. To relieve the stress experienced by people with physical or sensory impairment within the family or home. Beavers offers a service through the provision of community based Care Support Workers. Beavers complies with the National Care Standards and follows the Code of Practice and Regulations that have been laid down, and as a member of the United Kingdom Home Carers Association, also follows their guidelines in order that: The highest standards of care are provided The rights and welfare of clients are paramount The rights and welfare of care workers are protected

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All to keep fit! About... Forget New Year Resolutions in January and make December the month to take up a new pastime! Below are three ideas, all of which happen locally. Club Dance UK offers classes in Malvern, with everything from belly dancing to burlesque Dawn-Marie Wedlock tells us: ‘Despite our best efforts, the excesses of the festive season creep into our lives no matter how we try to stay under control. This is often followed by guilt and the need to throw ourselves into the New Year by doing something about it. As a result many gym memberships are wasted, we attend classes and feel uncomfortable and self-conscious, or we berate ourselves by not doing anything. The best advice to take on board is to accept that we are human, that everything should be in moderation, and the fun and enjoyment we have over Christmas should reflect how we enter the New Year. Be kind to yourself, aim gently to feel more positive and find a form of exercise you enjoy. What a lot of people are not aware of is that the after effects of excess can be fairly short lived, and can be reversed within a couple of days; simply cut out the excess, increase water intake, and get out for a brisk walk. The effects of the festive season are not something to get depressed about, but are simply a natural ‘hiccup’ in our everyday routine, so enjoy, just not for too long!’ For information on her classes please call 07795 462510 or look at

Kdence Nordic Walking groups exercise across the Hills and venture as far as Eastnor and Ledbury Its run by Kate Dawe: ‘Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking; it makes something we can all do twice as effective. It is a specific exercise technique and is not to be confused with trekking, rambling or hillwalking. Nordic Walking poles add two major benefits to going for a walk, they use the upper body muscles and they propel you along, making it feel easier to work quite hard. In order to gain maximum benefit from Nordic Walking it is


essential to learn the correct technique from a qualified instructor. We offer free taster sessions as well as courses in Nordic walking technique. We organise walks aimed at ski fitness, weight loss, wellbeing, but also a ‘sociable adventure’ walk and a one hour fitness session. Workshops and lessons take place in Ledbury, Eastnor, Colwall, the Malvern Hills, Bromyard, Leominster, Ross and Hereford.’ For more information contact 07977 59321 or visit

Heartland Tai Chi runs sessions in Malvern and across south Worcestershire. Alan Smith says: ‘You’ll often see a clip of people practising the slow graceful movements of Tai Chi and Chi Kung in most documentaries on China. These visually relaxing movements strengthen the body without causing any strain and are renowned for improving posture, balance, energy and well-being. Tai Chi is a meditation in movement and is an antidote to our 21st Century search for constant distraction. Heartland Tai Chi School offers classes throughout Worcestershire and offers a syllabus which suits the complete beginner, it is also an in-depth training to enrich body, heart & mind.’ For more information on Heartland Tai Chi and our local classes, please phone 01905 764848 or visit

For many more ideas about local courses and classes please visit our newly developed section our website: www. classes_courses or look on page 57 (to the right).

Classes & Courses YOGA with JO HARPER (BWY Dip): Holy Trinity, Link Top Malvern (Mondays 4.15pm); Inner Place, Ledbury (Mon and Weds 9.30am); The Fold, Bransford (Mondays 7.45pm). Also specialist course for sufferers of lower back pain Mondays 2.45pm at Link Top. 07976 882252

Yoga with Annie Beatty - Tuesdays

Country Market Days

Belly Dancing.

Home-made, home-grown & hand-crafted Malvern Farmers Market - Saturday 15 Dec & 19 Jan 9am–2pm, Abbey Road, Malvern

The Inner Place Ledbury: 10 - 11.30am (experienced) £8 Colwall Village Hall: 2 - 3.15pm (beginners) £7 3.50 - 4.35pm (children) £4 07743 928 784

Monday 11am, Wednesday 6.45pm, Friday 10.30am. Holy Trinity Hall, Link Top, Malvern. £5


Ledbury Country Market Fridays, 8.30am –12noon, St Katherine’s Hall, High Street, Ledbury

Wednesday 5.45pm Holy Trinity Hall. Thursday 11am Rushwick Village Hall. £5.50

Malvern Country Market Fridays, 9am–12.15pm, Lyttleton Rooms, Church Street, Malvern


West Malvern Community Market No Market this month - St James’s Primary School, West Malvern Rd Cradley Farmers Market 1st Saturday every month, The Old Rectory, Cradley, 10am - 12pm

Monday & Thursday 6pm, Newtown Club. Thursday 10am Rushwick village Hall, Friday 11.30am Holy Trinity Hall, Link top £5 All levels catered for. Telephone (07795)462510 for details or just turn up. e:

Come and be creative! Friendly and informal craft workshops in Malvern

Christmas Craft Contact Heather on: 07790 403933

Dance with Debs Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Dance Fit, Socials, Tuition Holy Trinity Hall, Malvern • Ballroom Class, Mondays10am and 7pm • Friday Tea Dances every 1st & 3rd Friday • Dance Fitness Class, Mondays at 6pm • Evening social dances three times a month For more information please contact me 07760 763967 To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email



What’s on

Malvern Christmas Light Switch on A day full of family activities, food and craft stalls as well as music entertainment. Coach House Theatre Café open 10am - 5.30pm For further details go to

Lucia Carols Procession and Free Concert 12.05 Procession start, top of Church Street 2.45pm - 5pm concert in Lytteltons Room, Church Street, Malvern In aid of the Safe Haven for Donkeys For more details







Welland Pre-school Xmas Fayre 11am - 3pm, Welland Village Hall, main hall Free admission, wide range of trade & craft Santa’s Grotto, refreshments and raffles Christmas Concert by children of Malvern Parish School 12.30pm for 1pm, Great Malvern Priory Bring your own lunch to eat. Coffee/tea available.

Christmas Fair at The Chase School 6pm - 8pm, Geraldine Road, Malvern Musical entertainment, tombola, Christmas gifts, games, lots of stalls, Santa’s Grotto, refreshments... Join us for lots of festive fun!



Barnards Green Christmas Extravaganza All Day event in Malvern Free Children’s Puppet Shows, Father Christmas in his Grotto, Victorian Barrel Organ Live music, Pets in Pictures Competition, seasonal treats





Christmas Fair at Malven Community Hospital 10am - 12noon, hosted by Friends of Malvern Community Hospital

& Sun 9 ‘Music at Christmas’ presented by the Malvern Christian Witness Choir Lansdowne Crescent Methodist Church, Malvern Proceeds in aid of The Malvern Food Bank Suggested donation £5. Light refreshments, 01886 832640



‘A Christmas Singfest by Malvern Male Voice Choir - 90th Anniversary Season 2.30pm, St Matthias’ Church, Malvern An afternoon with Choirs, soloists and audience participation. With seasonal refreshments.





Carol Singing in Barnards Green by Churches Together in Malvern 11.30am - 12.15pm All invited to join in



Severn Voices sing Christmas Motets & Carols Church of the Ascension, Malvern, 7.30pm Enjoy a heart-warming evening of social music and refreshments! Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Concessions. From Charles Allsopp or 01684 579186. Further details:



Malvern Birth 2012 12.12pm meeting on top of the Malvern Hills to celebrate the birth of conscious evolution, where for the first time in human history humans can now choose how we and our planet evolves. Together we CAN make a difference. See or contact Emma Gathergood 01684 577867





Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Communion, Christ Church Please join us for the first Communion of Christmas at 8pm. Avenue Road, Malvern

Christmas Eve Service, Christingle Crib at The Ascension 4pm, St Matthias’ Church, Church Road, Malvern Midnight Mass St Matthias’ 11.30pm, St Matthias’ Church, Church Road, Malvern



Christmas Day Christmas Morning Sung Eucharist, St Matthias’ 10am, St Matthias’ Church, Church Road, Malvern

Christmas Morning Sung Eucharist at The Ascension 10am, The Church of the Ascension, Somers Park Avenue

Please Note: There’s plenty more Christmas related events and services on our website, - or our on our special Christmas section under ‘Local Life’ (click on tab at the top).

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1 December

10.30am – 6.30pm

Special Christmas Arts and Crafts Market High quality handmade gifts made by local artists and designers

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

Christmas Food & Drink Market Local artisan producers with fabulous festive fare

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In association with: Christmas Eve 4.30pm - 11.45pm Free entry

Christmas Day 11.30am - 2.30pm Christmas Party Bookings Now Being Taken

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New Year’s Eve Chinese Buffet 5pm until late Free entry

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Chinese New Year Celebration Sunday 10th February From 2.30pm Live Lion Dance Show Cowleigh Road

All Welcome - Free Entry Traditional Buffet £8 pp 12.30 - 3.30 To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email


Dec/Jan Great Malvern Priory December

Sat 1st All day Craft Fair in the grounds, Live Music, Refreshments in the Priory. Sun 2nd 6.30pm Advent Carol Service Tue 4th 6pm St Richards Hospice Lights of Love Service Thu 6th 1pm Lunch Box with Malvern Parish School Fri 7th 7.30pm An English Christmas with The Elgar Chorale of Worcester Sat 8th 12noon Organ Recital with Richard Walker followed by Live Music and refreshments Sat 15th Winter Welcome Day from 11am to 4pm Live Music and refreshments Sat 22nd 6pm Traders Carol Service for all businesses in Malvern Sun 23rd 6.30pm Christmas Carol Service Mon 24th 4pm Christingle Service, 11.30pm Midnight Communion Tue 25th 10.30am Morning Worship for Christmas Thu 27th 3pm Carols for All with Malvern Festival Chorus


Sat 5th 8pm Time TBC Epiphany Concert - Journey of the Magi Thu 10th 12.30pm Lunch Box The Life Journey of a young Rabbi with Rabbi Yossi Jacob Thu 24th 12.30pm Lunch Box 100 years of Morgan Cars with Martyn Webb

Christ Church, Avenue Road, Malvern December

Sat 1st 10.30am: Christmas Wreath Workshop with former Britain in Bloom Judge Bob Harris. With coffee and home-made cakes - £5 Sun 16th 3pm: Carols with the Chase Band, come along and sing. With seasonal refreshments Sun 23rd 4pm: Christingle Service. Start Christmas the traditional way with this magical service in our candle lit Church, in support of the Children’s Society Mon 24th 8pm: Holy Communion Service Tue 25th 9.30am: Christmas Holy Communion Service


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Joseph at Malvern Theatres Malvern Theatres will soon welcome back Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, early next year. Having attracted sensational reviews, Joseph continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this


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Closing date: Monday 31 December 2012 The winners will be drawn from the entries and notified by mid January 2013. Good luck! magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me. ‘A SUPERB PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT’ DAILY MIRROR Joseph bursts on to the stage at Malvern Theatres from Tues 26th Feb to Sat 2nd March 2013 - so book your tickets now and be part of the magic! Call the box office on 01684 892 277 or visit

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