Civic Society Springs into Action - Reminder
Are you up to date on the latest and greatest with Malvern's famous water sources? Malvern Hills Springs and Wells are the subject of the February lecture organised by the Civic Society and those with an interest in this fascinating subject are invited. The lecture is being given by local historians and authors Cora Weaver and Bruce Osborne. It will include recently discovered historic facts about the celebrated springs which well exceed 100
This highly topical subject is just part of the Civic Society's programme for 2005 enabling participation in current issues and events. The Springs and Wells lecture is at Christchurch Hall, Avenue Road (near Great Malvern Station) on the 11 Feb. at 7.30 pm. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture - the most recent addition to the water features but do you know where it is? Find out more on the 11th Feb.
Malvern is a 19th century spa town founded on its natural spring waters. The famous water has been bottled by numerous companies over the centuries but now only one survives.There has recently been a lot of debate in the local and national media about the Coca Cola Enterprises application to enhance their Malvern Water bottling ability. They need to continually update and improve their bottling operation in order to remain viable in the fiercely competitive pre-packaged water market. At present Coca Cola extract water from the Primeswell and have approval for 40 million litres per annum. This is not a large quantity for a world class bottling operation and represents a tiny proportion of the natural water available from the celebrated Springs and Wells of the
Malvern Hills. The bottling plant at Colwall provides employment for a team of local people and the Malvern Water label adds prestige to this small
Well Wardens Status
A number of people have asked us about the present status of Malvern Hills Well Wardens and the confusion with the Malvern Spa Association. When the Civic Society terminated the incorporation of the Malvern Spa Association earlier in 2004, we endeavoured to enter into discussion with all interested parties about the best future for the Well Wardens. As there were potentially several organisations and individuals involved with a possible interest, a discussion document was issued to provide structure to the debate.
While this process was proceeding we were alarmed to see that the Malvern Spa Association had decided to initiate a look-alike Well Wardens scheme. The result is that we see little point in further discussions with the Spa Association. The original 2001 Malvern Hills Well Wardens scheme is now independent of the Association, who have advised that they see no problems with two schemes.
The operating of two Well Wardens schemes is in our view nonsense. We shall continue to manage the Well Wardens in the manner that we see most conducive to the furtherance of the Malvern Hills Springs and Wells. We continue to work with all other individuals, groups and organisations that have the interest of Malvern's Springs and Wells at heart and thank you for your continuing support.
Anyone wishing to register as a Well Warden or just receive our occasional Springs and Wells News should drop a note or email to the address at the end of this newsletter. There is no membership fee and Malvern Hills Well Wardens are informal, without onerous rules and obligations. Most new Well Wardens are now Wide-ranging Well Wardens with no specific site to observe. But do let us know if you are only interested in a particular site.
Mineral Water Pump electrified - Some time ago our 'engineering division' was presented with a magnificent vintage open crank pump from a local mineral water bottling works. Manufactured by Thos Ryder of
Finally - Do let us have your Springs and Wells news for inclusion in our occasional newsletter, we want to hear from you. In the meantime keep up to date by looking in to our web site at