Malvern Hills

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 

There was a good attendance for the first meeting in our  Autumn Talks series on Tuesday 9 October 2018 in Powick Parish Hall.  Tom Coombe, a professional Conservation Officer with the National Trust in Devon, talked us through the problems of damage that affect all properties, and the steps undertaken by the National Trust to conserve our heritage buildings from the ravages of nature. The five main agents of destruction are Wear and Tear, Dust and Dirt, Humidity, Insects, and, perhaps surprisingly, Light. It's difficult to get the right balance with light – enough to see properly without speeding up the deterioration of valuable paintings and delicate textiles.   UV filters are installed on most window panes but the most innovative measure is the setting of a “light budget” to reduce the amount of hours in a year when natural light is let into the building.


A reminder that our next meeting will be on FRIDAY 9th November, 10.00 for 10.30 in Hanley Swan Memorial Hall.


John Mason will be talking on ‘The Last Voyage of U-boat 234’.