Golf Club Spout
The February meeting was opened by the Chairman John Handley, who welcomed the well-attended audience including members, visitors and Malvern Well Wardens.
The meeting then turned to its main event, a talk given by Cora Weaver and Bruce Osborne entitled 'Discovering Malvern's Springs and Wells'. This joint talk by the co-authors and experts in Malvern's water heritage took us on an informative and lively journey, accompanied by an interesting selection of slides with both recent and historic photographs.
Habits changed through the years, with people encouraged at one time to take exercise at the same time as taking the waters, a custom which later developed to people taking healing treatments mainly in residences such as those established by Doctors Wilson and Gully in the 1840s.
Bruce then took us through the history of bottling water, focusing on some of the well-known local individuals or firms who have made a living from this over the last 150 years. There were about a dozen or so well known ones from the Malvern area like Burrows, Schweppes and Cuff's; and we now have one main one, Coca Cola Enterprises. The recent controversy about Coca Cola wanting to top up their water supply was noted, along with an invitation to Civic Society members to sign up for a trip on 16 February to visit Coca Cola and discuss these issues.
We learned that it was in 1851 at the Great Exhibition that water was put on public display for the first time. The importance of and the ability to make the mineralisation of waters artificial was understood after 1800, and this had led to the soft drinks industry emerging. Bruce explained what it is about Malvern water that makes people want to drink our pure, good quality water. Three main considerations are at the heart of water analysis as analysed by experts: bacteriological, chemical and now, in the 21st century, the energy fields, with good water having harmonised energy fields. Malvern water is so special because it comes off the hills clean, starting as good quality water; it is low in mineral content, with no man-made contaminants and is a natural, spring water, so has no problems of disturbed energy fields.
Cora went into the locations and varied tastes of the water from the Malvern Hills as well as where and how to collect it for drinking purposes.
The talk concluded with Bruce highlighting the popularity of waters, shown by the reintroduction of well-decorating over the last 10 years, coach tours that had taken place to visit the local springs, wells, spouts and fountains and a springs & wells newsletter that is available. Bruce invited people to tell him anything they know about the 105th local site, a spring by the Golf Club called the Aqueduct. He also showed us a photograph of the latest water feature, a stone bottle fountain where the water bubbles out of the top, situated at the Coca Cola factory at Colwall.
And finally, on an international note, Bruce told us about an area of hills that can be considered a sister community of Malvern in
The next meeting will take place on 18 March where the subject of the talk to be given by Peter Meehan is the development and use of cast iron in architecture.
Picture - Cora and Bruce
Denise Preston Malvern Civic Society
Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells
Following the severance of the MSA incorporation by the Civic Society, there have been several disparate groups, all with an interest in Malvern's Springs and Wells. This includes the Well Wardens who perform a vital task by keeping a watch on the various sites. In order to provide a common identity we propose to adopt the general designation of Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells as an umbrella name. The Well Wardens will continue to function as previously within this general designation. If you receive a copy of this News Letter direct from us then you are already on our list as a Friend and we will be keeping you informed and involved with future developments. If you have lost interest or no longer wish to be included please let us know. If you know someone who would like to be a Friend, similarly let us know, there is no charge for this informal participation. Thank you for all your support, especially those who made it to the Civic Society lecture recently where there was a full house.
The evening meeting started with a presentation on the history of bottled Malvern Water with evidence indicating that as early as the 16th century, recorded bottling had taken place. Schweppes had started at Holy Well in 1851 and this had evolved over time to the present business. There once had been many bottlers of Malvern Water but now there was only one.
In a statement from Coca Cola Enterprises it was indicated that revised plans were under consideration for resubmitting a planning application to top up their fluctuating spring water supplies and thanks were expressed for the continued involvement, which was much appreciated. Let us hope that someone somewhere in the Corporate Affairs dept. of Coca Cola Enterprises does not consider the whole problem too much trouble and puts a red line through Malvern Water, thus ending a long tradition of bottling in the
pictures: John Tyson outlines the history of bottling Malvern Water; Malvern Civic Society members tour the plant in appropriate dress.
'Vitalised Water - so good for health
Is what gave Malvern its secret wealth'
1st May 2005 - Annual Coach Tour of the Springs and Wells. Wardens, Civic Society members and Friends of Springs and Wells can pre-book a place on this popular trip around the hills. Conducted by Cora and Bruce this is an opportunity for a lively afternoon of fun looking at the famous springs and wells many of which, it is anticipated will be decorated for the annual Well Decorating. Modern day Malvern Well Decorating started on 1993 recapturing a tradition that goes back to the 1860s. The coach leaves Belle Vue Terrace at 2.30pm and tickets will be 4 pounds per person on the day. To book in advance, at a special price of 3 pounds 50 pence per person, please send a cheque payable to Cora Weaver to her at the address at the end of this newsletter. Places are limited so book early.
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