Sadly, during this Coronavirus pandemic, many of our events have had to be postponed. Please, however, see below for information on meetings we hope will still take place and details of those meetings which we are hoping to rearrange.
Autumn 2020 Thursdays 4:15 p.m.
Visit The Picton Garden
We are delighted that The Picton Garden have reserved a time slot for our Members every Thursday at 4:15 p.m. until the Garden closes for the Winter on October 20th. Entrance cost is £3.50 per person. You may attend individually or as a group of no more than six people. Face coverings must be worn in any indoor area, unless the individual is exempt. Any queries, please phone the Garden on 01684 540416.
September 10th 2020 10:30 a.m.
Ian Wilson: “Ironbridge to India – Quantity Surveying isn’t SO dull”
We are delighted to welcome Ian, husband of our member, Rosemary, to talk to us. With over 25 years’ experience as a Chartered Surveyor in Private Practice, Ian has been involved in a wide variety of projects from works on World Heritage sites to shopfitting on the far side of the globe. The talk will provide a fascinating insight into the work of the Quantity Surveyor and the characters and situations encountered over the years.
October 8th 2020 10:30 a.m.
Jonathan and Carol Pearce: "We bought an orchard"
Our speakers for October will need no introduction. We have our own, now retired, GP Jonathan and has wife Carol to tell us about what keeps them busy in retirement. A chance encounter with an estate agent led Carol to fulfill an ambition to own a little land of her own. The snag was the land on offer was an old orchard! So, Carol and Jonathan embarked on a learning curve which has happily filled their retirement hours. They tell the story of how they learned to look after their orchard and to harvest and make useful produce from it.
November 12th 2020 10:30 a.m.
Angela Panrucker: The Order of The Garter
Angela returns to the club to give us a talk entirely different from her Pub Signs talks which was so much enjoyed. This time she will entertain us with a history of The Order of The Garter, an intriguing subject!
December 10th 2020
Details to follow.
January 14th 2021 10:30 a.m.
Cora Weaver: Florence Nightingale & the Malvern Water Cure
In 1983, Australian historian Frank Smith described Florence Nightingale as “a conscious malingerer, a power -hungry woman who manipulated those around her by pretending to be in pain and close to death”.
To what extent was he accurate? This talk examines Miss Nightingales’ life before and after the Crimean War. It answers the questions whether she really was ill and, if so, what illness she had that could account for so many symptoms yet ninety years of life. It also explains why The Lady with the Lamp chose Malvern as her hospital. This is a real eye -opener.
Our speaker will also bring some unusual artefacts.
February 11th 2021 10:30 a.m.
Paul Picton: Old Court Nurseries & The Picton Garden
Paul will talk about the history of the Old Court Nursery and The Picton Garden – 115 years of plant growing in Colwall from Earnest Ballard’s New Asters to The Picton Garden.
March 11th 2021 10:30 a.m.
Jayne Harris: Elizabeth 1 - "Heart of a King"
Elizabeth I is one of England's greatest monarchs – perhaps the greatest. Her forces defeated the Spanish Armada and saved England from invasion, she reinstated Protestantism and forged an England that was a strong and independent nation. But her life was troubled and she almost didn't make it onto the throne at all. In this talk Historian Jayne Harris takes audiences on a journey through Elizabeth's life, dispelling some myths along the way.
April 8th 2021 10:30 a.m.
Beck Baker: Caring for the Malvern Hills and Commons
Discover more about the complexity of caring for the Malvern Hills and Commons with Beck Baker from the Malvern Hills Trust. From ancient archaeology, to rare veteran trees; and from donkey rides to hang gliders; find out how the Trust balances the needs of wildlife and people in the landscape.
May 13th 2021 10:30 a.m.
David Clark: We can't let you broadcast that!
A light hearted and nostalgic look at the history of the BBC, the songs and music that they have banned and the inexplicable and bizarre reasons for banning them. Our speaker will play 5 tracks to illustrate his talk – nothing offensive- just amusing and enjoyable.
June 10th 2021 10:30 a.m.
Jill Salmons: The Costumes and Cultures of Peru
The desert regions of Peru were once places of sophisticated cultures with complex architecture and superb ceramics, jewellery and textiles. Burials often involved the wrapping of the corpse in multiple layers of cloth, which, due to the dry climate, have survived up to the present day. Scholars have been astounded by the variety of techniques employed thousands of years ago, many of which are still maintained by the indigenous Quechua speaking peoples of Peru .This talk will discuss the large variety of costumes and hats produced by different communities, explaining the weaving techniques, colour significance, motifs and uses of many of the textiles for rites of passage and cultural displays.
July 8th 2021 10:30 a.m.
Annual General Meeting
Details to follow.