Malvern Hills


Who would think that on the final Thursday of September we should have such excellent weather for our three hour cruise on the River Severn? Our chairman, David Ebsworth, made an inspired choice of dates as the previous Thursday had been much duller.


Our afternoon cruise on the Conway Castle started at Upton on Severn and headed north towards Worcester before returning to Upton.


More than 60 members and friends enjoyed a smooth journey on a spacious boat with good facilities. Speeding is not part of river cruising and there was ample time to enjoy the view. There was clear evidence of higher river levels and local people know that the River Severn regularly spills over on to surrounding land. Not on this occasion though as the river was benign. 


It is hard to realise how important this river was historically. It would have been really busy with goods being brought down from Ironbridge and other manufacturing bases. Not much evidence of this today as just a few private vessels and boats were taking gravel downstream.


There was chance to catch up with old and new friends and enjoy the cream tea that was included with the ticket. 


A message from our Chairman - David Ebsworth

You will all be deeply shocked and saddened to learn that Peter died suddenly at home late on Thursday evening

September 20th.

I have spoken at length with Marina who told me that Peter was fully alert and his normal bright self all day. He did not suffer in any way.

Peter will be greatly missed by very, very many people, not least those of you who knew him so well in the WMNT Centre. He was a friend to many, example to all, giving of his time and skills so generously.

It is too early to furnish further details, but for now I am sure that we would all wish to hold Marina and family in our thoughts and prayers.

TALK BY TOM COOMBE at Powick at 7.30pm on 9th October

Tom has now moved from Croome Court and he is based at NT Killerton. He wants to move on from talking about his time at Croome (as advertised in our June Newsletter) and has prepared a new talk about the relationship of power between different members of aristocratic families. He is particularly interested in which members of the family were commissioning different works of art and alterations to mansions and their gardens/grounds. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. DO REMEMBER, REFRESHMENTS ARE SERVED 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE TALK. 

On a very blustery but fine and warm day Members of the Worcester-Malvern Centre of the National Trust visited Blenheim Palace, the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, a Unesco World Heritage site and home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.  With over 300 years of history there is much to explore, both in the house, with its rich tapestries, furniture and fine art, and the gardens.   We were able to discover the life of Churchill in the forms of furniture, pictures.videos, and narrative.  The formal gardens include water terraces, a secret garden, rose garden, the Duke’s Italian garden together with an extensive parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.