MALVERN CIVIC SOCIETY

Malvern Civic Society wall plaque to mark the 150th anniversary of the Water Cure

This Malvern Civic Society wall plaque, one of nine such plaques, marks the 150th anniversary of the 'Water Cure' It was erected in 1992. The inscription reads:-

THE CHALYBEATE WELL UNDER THIS COTTAGE WAS USED BY VISITORS FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES IN THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES
Malvern Civic Society wall plaque on Malvern House

Also in 1992 This second Malvern Civic Society wall plaque, was erected on Malvern House in Abbey Road. The inscription reads:-

MALVERN HOUSE WAS BUILT BY Dr.JAMES WILSON IN 1859 AND CONTINUED IN USE FOR WATER CURE PATIENTS AFTER HIS DEATH IN 1867


Is Malvern a good place to live?
If you think so join Malvern Civic Society and help keep it that way.

The Victorian shop-front in Church Street, Malvern
This is the last of the high Victorian shop fronts in Church Street which was saved from demolition by  The Malvern Civic Society

Does Malvern need improvements?
If you think so, join Malvern Civic Society to have a say in making changes.

The Malvern Civic Society was formed in 1959 by Miss Mable Varley. The aims of the Society, even after forty years, are as pertinent as ever:
* To Promote high standards of Planning and Architecture
* To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest
* To promote civic pride
* To act as a co-ordinating body and co-operate with local authorities, planning committees and voluntary organizations
* To educate public opinion and give advice and information
* To organize a programme of lectures, visits and exhibitions.

Over the years membership has grown slowly but steadily and the Society has become a responsible organization whose opinion is respected.


Priory Park Bandstand
This fine Victorian bandstand was restored and re-erected in it's original position in Priory Park in the 1980's through the efforts of
The Malvern Civic Society who now use it as their logo.

There is a programme of lectures and visits throughout the year which are becoming increasingly popular with members and visitors alike. Most of the lecturers are local and experts in their own field which leads to a greater appreciation of the activities around us. A newsletter is distributed to all members and maintains contact with those unable to partake directly in the activities of the Society.

One of the Society's achievements has been the restoration of the fine Victorian band stand and its return to its original site in Priory Park. It is now used for band concerts throughout the summer - the Society sponsors at least one of the concerts - and appears as the logo on the Society letterhead and also on the Society tie, price 7.50 to members.


Cedar tree saved from felling
This noble cedar tree was saved from felling by the intervention of the Malvern Civic Society

The retention of a fine and prominent Cedar of Lebanon threatened for felling to make way for a car park and the saving of the last high Victorian shop front from destruction are just two of the small successes in preservation.

However, much of the work goes un-noticed through consultation with other organizations.

The Society commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Water Cure in Malvern with a series of plaques attached to the ten buildings in the town chiefly associated with the cure.

In more recent years the Society has inaugurated an Award Scheme to stimulate better standards in both contemporary design, restoration and conservation by recognizing the best current examples.
Winners of the award include:-

The Design and Technology Centre at Malvern College by G F Hill Ltd;

Moorlands Court by I E Developments;

The conversion of the old North Malvern Junior School into 16 self-contained flats by the Friendship Group;

The Hillstone complex in Graham Road by I E Developments;

The renovation and extension of St Joseph s R C church in Newtown Road

Waitrose, Great Malvern.

Throughout the summer months the Society also leads Town Walks through Victorian Malvern and these have proved very popular, not only with visitors but also with residents who wish to learn more about their town. The walks take place on Saturday mornings starting from the Information Tourist Office in Church Street. Tickets cost 5.00 and can be purchased from the Tourist Office (Tel: 01684 89 22 89). Each walk lasts about 1½ hours.

The Society is a member of the Civic Trust, MASA (Midlands Amenities Societies Association) and the Cotswold Line Promotion Group. Each year we have a stand at the Three Counties Spring Gardening Show as a shop window for the Society's aims and achievements. We also maintain contact with the Malvern Museum Association and the Malvern Architectural Society as well as with other Civic Societies in the area.

Visit the Malvern Civic Society Official Web Site at www.malverncivicsociety.org.uk



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