Malvern Hills

Dear WMNT Centre Member

Welcome to Spring in England. Soaring temperatures over Easter, rain and hailstones this week! The old adage of "cast ne`er a clout `till May is out" still holds true!

As you read this we are well into our 2019 programme. Our last talk of the season, by Wendy Carter at Hanley Swan Village Hall was, as always, a great success. Wendy was back by popular acclaim sharing her tremendous local wildlife knowledge. What a treat!
Clive has just led a sell-out trip to the Lake District. This was, as usual, a trip packed with an interesting itinary. Stop Press reports indicate a great time by all and we are looking forward to more details and photos in due course.

May sees two coach trips - May 1st to Canons Ashby and May 14th to Tyntesfield. For those of you fortunate enough to have a place - ENJOY!
STOP PRESS - still a few places for Tyntesfield - ring 01684 893 907 if you would like to go.

There are also still a few places for Coughton Court trip - to book a place please ring 01684 893 907.

Your committee are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Treasurer. A very warm welcome to Karen Haycock who was voted in at our committee meeting on the 10th April. Karen is a local business person, and lives at Castlemorton. Technically John Hubberd was due to stand down at the last AGM but very kindly (and typically) stayed on to enable us to follow proper procedures bringing Karen forward. Words are inadequate John, but THANK YOU for all you have done for us.

Your Social Committee are delighted to confirm that the following events are now in place. (see pic at top of the page)
Cream Tea on the Terrace, accompanied by music from the Celebration String Duo at Aldwyns Restaurant, Audley Ellerslie, Malvern on Thursday 27th June. Tickets are limited so do HURRY and book ASAP
Summer Pig Roast at Croome Park on the evening of Weds 28th August. This is a major undertaking for WMNT Centre as we reach out to all ages for a fun event at a great location. Tell your own family, tell your neighbours, tell your friends... let`s make this a great collaborative success and a pointer into the future as a way of introducing new members of all ages.

We are always working into the future and Clive has now confirmed two holiday trips for next year.
The Chateaux and Gardens of the Loire Valley departs 17th May, 2020 for a 7 day trip with prices from £889 pp

The Historic Houses and Gardens of Sussex, Surrey and London departs 6th September 2010 for a 6 day trip with prices from £620 pp

Please book early, as places are sure to be snapped up quickly.

Whatever you're doing, have a wonderful May!

Warm regards, David

This Newsletter from our Chairman was sent by E mail to all Members for whom we have an E mail address. 


Dear WMNT Centre Member

What a welcome sunny start to Spring! At least our politicians have not managed to ruin the weather!

We have a busy month ahead which is a good moment to give you updates on what is both happening and places that are still available.

On Saturday 6th April we are holding our Social Lunch at what is for us a change of venue. We will be at the Worcester Golf and Country Club, Boughton Park, Worcester. This event if fully subscribed and we do also have a couple of names on the waiting list in case of last minute cancellations. 

We hold our main Committee Meeting on 10th April - please message any Committee Member or myself if you have any suggestions for the future.

Our first outing of 2019 is on April 18th. This is to Upton House. DUE TO CANCELLATIONS WE CURRENTLY HAVE 3 PLACES AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONTACT HAZEL CARTLEDGE. Full details of  the trip are in our last printed Newsletter or you can look up on our web,

Clive Hooper leads a trip to Cumbria, starting April 25th. This is fully subscribed. The itinerary looks wonderful and everyone should have a memorable trip. We look forward to more on this (plus photos) on their return.
Clive also reports that there are still some places available for The History of Art of Holland trip - Three twin rooms, and also the offer of a twin room for single occupancy (subject to surcharge). We also have a lady member who would be willing to share a twin-bedded room.

We have a Talk at 7.30pm in Hanley Swan, on Monday April 29th. Wendy Carter will be talking to us about Wildlife from Wyre to Vale, a Journey through Worcestershire`s Wildlife. Please remember that we serve tea/coffee and biscuits from 7.00pm. Wendy has spoken to us before and she returns by popular acclaim.

FORTHCOMING OUTINGS. There are still places available of our visits to Coughton Court and Tyntesfield. Both offer a great day out so please re-visit your diary and see if you can join us.

We are now able to confirm dates of three Social Events later this year. 
27th June. Cream Tea on the Aldwyn Terrace at Audley Ellerslie with music by a string Duo.
28th August. Pig Roast in the Orchard at Croome Court (5.30pm to 8.30pm)
26th October Concert by The Black Pear Wind Ensemble at Malvern College

We are currently finalising details of these events and more information and booking forms will be made available to you all as soon as possible.

Clive Hooper`s holiday trips are extremely popular, quite rightly so. For those of you who like to plan well ahead Clive is considering a Loire Valley trip (17th-23rd May 2020) and Sussex and Surrey trip, (6-11th September 2020)
These are yet to be ratified, but please pencil them in to your next year`s planning.  

Finally, I would like to thank three members who have offered to support us at some of the above Social Events. We need more people to man the entrance, generally help with serving of wine or other refreshments, and support the organisers with other little jobs at the time. Kindly let Pam Pardoe or myself know if you can help us with one or more of the above Social Dates.

Do enjoy Spring, and I look forward to seeing you at our Lunch, Outing and Talk later this month

With warm regards

Our indoor meetings resume on 11 January at Hanley Swan Village Hall. Refreshments will be available from 10.00 and the talk entitled ' Construction of the Severn Tunnel' will be given by Geoff Fearnehough will start at 10.30.

Saturday 2 February is the date of our AGM at Powick Village Hall. This will start at 14.30 and after a refreshment break Brian Skeys will present a talk about some really interesting gardens in Belgium.

Please come and supprt the AGM and better still consider whether you may be able to help in the running of our local centre. 

The January newsletter has been sent to all members in early January. A copy of this newsletter is downloadable as a PDF file from this link. Place your cursor over the words 'from this link' and click to open the Newsletter.

Within the document you can access booking forms and print them via your web browser by using the print page function.

Eagle eyed readers have spotted that 16 July is a Tuesday rather than Wednesday as shown in the text. The excursion to Coughton Court is planned for 16 July which is a Tuesday