The annual decorating of water features in the Malvern Hills has become a major event and the largest of its kind in
The earliest written evidence of well decorating dates from 1870, when Ryland's Fountain at
It was the 1992 publication of Springs Spouts Fountains and Holy Wells of the
As more sites were identified, well decorating flourished and in the past few years has been managed by Lionel Shorstone with commendable results. The continuing success of the event was aided by the inauguration of the legendary annual coach tours, conducted by Cora and Bruce during the well decorating celebrations. Subsequently, much of the activity relating to springs and wells came under the banner of the Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells, a new initiative by Cora and Bruce which consolidated the activities of various disparate groups specialising in Malvern waters and related matters.
In 2006 Coca-Cola, bottlers of Schweppes Malvern Waters, sponsored the St Werstan Awards in conjunction with the Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells. Named after the local patron saint of Malvern springs and wells, the awards were created to promote the conservation and preservation of Malvern's water heritage. This award is made approximately once every year and in 2012 was extended to include the Founders Prize for outstanding well decorating.
Celebrated Springs of
THE MALVERN HILLS
A definitive work that is the culmination of 20 years researching the springs and wells of the Malvern Hills, published by Phillimore. This is the ideal explorers guide enabling the reader to discover the location and often the astounding and long forgotten history of over 130 celebrated springs and wells sites around the Malvern Hills. The book is hard back with dust cover, large quarto size with lavish illustrations and extended text. Celebrated Springs contains about 200 illustrations and well researched text over a similar number of pages, together with seven area maps to guide the explorer to the locations around the Malvern Hills. It also includes details on the long history of bottling water in the Malvern Hills.
Written by Bruce Osborne and Cora Weaver, this book is available on-line for £15.00 (delivered UK) - click Malvern Bookshop on the green panel top left. Alternatively send a cheque payable to Cora Weaver with your name and address to 4 Hall Green, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 3QX.