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GREAT MALVERN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL DRAWS HUGE CROWDS
Thousands of people flocked to see Malvern's Christmas lights being switched on on Saturday 29th November.
BBC Hereford and Worcester presenters Elliott Webb and Andrew Easton compered a fantastic musical lineup from Belle Vue Island, with the Malvern Rock Choir, Random Numbers Saxophone Quartet, and former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Charlie Green performing throughout the day and into the evening. The Malvern College Chamber Choir, Malvern St James Junior Choir and the Dyson Perrins Concert Band also performed a fantastic selection of festive music.
Santa met scores of local children down at Great Malvern Library, where face-painting and craft workshops were taking place alongside music and singing from the Malvern Saxophone Choir, the Grove Primary School Choir, the Malvern Donkey Processional Choir and the ever-popular DrumLove. The McCarthy-Felton School of Irish Dancing also performed, wowing the crowds, and Malvern Community Hospital’s foyer hosted the Malvern Chase Brass Band and the Malvern Salvation Army Band; the Salvation Army Band also later played carols after the lights were switched on.
The climax of the Festival was the traditional lantern parade from Malvern Theatres, up Church Street to Belle Vue Island. Some 200 lanterns have been made by local schoolchildren for this year’s parade, and they made a fantastic sight led by DrumLove and Dance in Motion’s Cheer Elite squad, the Mayor, and pantomime stars Ian Good (Widow Twanky), Derek Moran (Wishee-Washee) and Chris Edgerley (Aladdin).
With a packed arts & crafts market in the Priory grounds, many different types of delicious food and drink in the market in Abbey Road, and Victorian fairground rides and attractions, charity stalls, stilt-walkers and plenty of live music and other entertainment, Malvern was a very busy place to be throughout the day – there was a smile on every face! Christmas is, of course, a time for giving, and over £500 was raisedfor the Mayor’s chosen charities, Age UK and Dementia UK throughout the Christmas Festival.
NATIONAL BLOOM SUCCESS FOR MALVERN
Malvern has added to its horticultural success with a Silver-Gilt award in the prestigious national RHS Britain in Bloom competition. Malvern Town Council's Operations Manager, Charles Porter, and Head Gardener, Laura Russell, along with Malvern in Bloom's John Jordan and David Franks, represented the town at the RHS Britain in Bloom awards in Bristol.
Mayor Julian Roskams said 'I am very proud of all the determination and effort shown by the Town Council's staff, the Malvern in Bloom group, and all the residents of Malvern throughout this year. 2014 was the first time we have been entered into the national competition, so there has been something of a learning curve but this is a great result. It's clear that all the effort expended made a fantastic impression. I can't remember seeing Malvern looking so good!'
Pictured (L-R): John Jordan, Charles Porter, Laura Russell, Graham Gibbins, Steven Loader and David Franks celebrating Malvern's achievement.
John Jordan, Chairman of the Malvern in Bloom group, also received a Community Champion award from the RHS in recognition of his dedication to Malvern's horticultural successes.
HEART OF ENGLAND IN BLOOM SUCCESS FOR MALVERN
The Heart of England in Bloom awards took place at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn on Thursday September 11th 2014, and Malvern in Bloom won its 8th Gold Award.
John Jordan, Chairman of the Malvern in Bloom group, and Mayor Julian Roskams were presented with the award by Les Goodman, President of Heart of England in Bloom.
The judges praised Malvern's entry, saying:
"Malvern Priory, where our tour began with an in depth presentation, was resplendent in the hot summer sunshine and the judges were very interested to learn about the story behind the new planting of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘grand-daughter’ Mulberry Tree. The technology behind the restoration of the new gas lamps was as unique as it was astounding and they now, quite justly, take pride of place – no wonder Buckingham Palace are interested! Good environmental practice was evident throughout the tour, particularly at the Cemetery and the Common. The improvements made at Victoria Park were noticeable and credit is to be given to Laura Russell and her team for the vibrant bedding schemes within the park – all done without a plan. Phew! The sustainable beds at the library are being brought back to their original splendor - all thanks to the volunteers who tend them. Rose Bank Gardens and the newly restored well were delightful, and it was pleasing to see good horticultural practices being put in place to overcome some quite tricky growing areas. This was a very enjoyable tour and it was good to see the level of community and volunteer participation. Well done!"
Fingers crossed, now, for the national final - the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards 2014 will take place on October 16th.
MALVERN WELCOMES THE TOUR OF BRITAIN!
A giant banner featuring the Elgar Birthplace Museum's newly-commissioned artwork welcomed the race from the Town Council's Offices:
Fleetline Markers sponsored a giant stencil of the 'King of the Mountains' jersey on Lower Howsell Playing Fields:
The race leaders made short work of the Church Street climb:
Swiftly followed by the peloton - the route for Stage 4 of the Tour climbed from Barnards Green to the Wyche Cutting!
13th of January, 2015 @ 18:00:00
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