Friends are the water that keeps the wheel turning. We are a voluntary group who relentlessly promote research, conservation and celebration of the Springs, Spouts, Fountains and Holy Wells of the Malvern Hills and of Great Malvern as a
Blind George Pullen would have applauded in astonishment and admiration if he'd been at
In recognition of the international significance of the healing springs of both spas, Bruce and Cora presented the visitors with a signed copy of their recently published book, Celebrated Springs of the Malvern Hills, and a copy of their 1994 book Aquae Malvernensis, which was the first comprehensive book to have been published about the history and geography of the springs and wells of the Malvern Hills. It was a memorable moment for the two spa towns and that evening their two mayors signed a declaration of twinning.
In the picture Bruce and Cora are presenting copies of our books to Vladimir Kajlik (far left) and Zdenik Kral, the Czech visitors in front of the exhibition about Marianske Lazni.
St Werstan Award - Bottling Works Spring - HOT NEWS
It looks as if the Bottling Works Spring is to receive the St Werstan Award. Thank you to all who sent back the questionnaire. We will total up the scores later in November when we are sure all those sent back have been received. More details will be in the next Newsletter.
QR Codes now live
Preparing for the Malvern Gold Rush
In the US there was a dramatic discovery of gold at Fort Sutter California in 1848. By May of that year the entire US continent rang with excitement and fortune hunters by the thousand made their way to California. The military governor, Richard B Mason commented, "The most moderate estimate I could obtain was that upward of 4,000 men were working in the gold district and that $30,000 to $50,000 worth of gold was daily obtained." The population of California, which was 20,000 in 1848, rose to 250,000 by 1852, and in the same period it was estimated that the amount of gold mined was to the value of $200 million.
In the picture: Bruce rides shotgun on the Virginia City stage as it passes a Comstock mine in training for the Malvern Hills Gold Rush.
The Colwall Bottling Factory Archive
In the picture Philip Bouchier from Hereford Record Office takes possession of the Colwall archive material.
Two years ago the Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells were asked by Coca-Cola to collect the archive and artefacts from the bottling works and provide appropriate new homes for them. The artefacts went immediately to Malvern Museum, and were put on display there last year. It was originally decided that the archive would go to Worcestershire County Record Office, which already has a sizeable Schweppes archive. Since the record office was being transferred to the magnificent new Hive in the Butts, the transfer of the archive from its safe storage was delayed until the Hive opened in April. However, there is an agreement between the county record offices of Hereford and Worcester that material generated in one county is not deposited in the other. So it was that the Colwall factory archive has therefore now been deposited at Hereford Record Office.
Malvern's latest Courtyard Fountain comes to life
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT
The 11 August this year saw an event that was to change the perception of Malvern's springs and wells. Cora and Bruce launched their new book "Celebrated Springs of the Malvern Hills" covering 130 Malvern water sites of special interest. The event was most successful and this is without doubt in large part due to the support and assistance that many Friends have given this project.
Published by Phillimore this book is a must for anyone interested in or involved with the Malvern Hills and Malvern Waters. It retails for £25.00 and is now available from a wide range of local outlets including The Malvern Spa, the Cooperative Bookshop in St Ann's Road, Malvern Museum and even Harpers Bazaar in Malvern Link, the proud owners of one of the more unusual sites. Alternatively send your name and address together with a cheque for £25.00 payable to Cora Weaver, 4 Hall Green, Malvern, Worcs WR14 3QX for a copy by post or go into Bookshop on our web site www.malvernwaters.com.
In the picture: The Cooper family admire their picture on page 154 of Celebrated Springs when they met Edward Elgar on Belle Vue Terrace, during an exploration of the springs and wells.
Diary Dates - on Thursday 29th November there will be a free social evening at the Malvern Bookshop Co-op in St Ann's Road in Malvern town centre. It starts at 7 pm and Cora and Bruce will be talking about new discoveries this year with Malvern's springs and wells and the water cure. There will be a short walk about 8.30 pm. All are welcome.
Also this year is the 125th Anniversary of Jenny Lind's death in 1887. This famous Swedish singer performed her swan song at the West Malvern Spa. On Friday 2 November the Civic Society will be holding a graveside tribute to her at 11.00 am. - meet at the Wilton Road entrance to the cemetery at 10.45. There will various contributions, including one by Cora, and music. Do come along to the Great Malvern Cemetery where Jenny Lind's grave can be found. A sign post points the way to the grave.
The Fergussons back after a century away.
On a weekend in October we were delighted to meet Dr Douglas Fergusson and his wife Marguerite. The family were active during the days of the water cure and both Douglas's grandfather and great grandfather were legendary Malvern water cure doctors. Now living in Buckinghamshire, they had decided to catch up on the family history and what better place to do this than Malvern Museum and a chat with Cora and Bruce. In the picture Dr Fergusson and Bruce stand outside The Establishment where the Fergusson family once practiced.