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The Blue Plaque Nativity

We had a great time in our Advent preparations with the Revd Doug Chaplin looking at the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus.  He even produced a “Blue Plaque” for us.  Those of you who did not come missed a treat.  Sadly the weather went against us for the session planned with David Bryer to look at the circumstances that now surround the birthplace of Jesus.  We decided to shelve the session but not to lose all the work David had done in preparation, so we plan to hold it later in the year.

Do bear in mind that people put a lot of effort into preparing such sessions so it is a shame if not many people attend them.




Please remember ~ The Food Bank


At this very busy time of stocking up on the festive foods, and shopping for gifts and decorations ,please remember those living in our town who are relying on the food bank for basic necessities. Seasonal fare and little gifts will be especially gratefully received.. Please bring what you are able to give to Little Malvern Priory. This gift of food etc. will be taken to the Foodbank and distributed as additional goodies  for those less fortunate than ourselves.

 Thank you for your previous generosity



Your copy is in the porch on top of the frontal box.



We need:     1) volunteers to guide people across the road;

2) help throughout 2018 with the hot drinks after the morning service on a 2nd Sunday.



The following is copied from the introduction to a recent report provided by Nicholson Pipe Organ Builders of Malvern: 

The organ in Little Malvern Priory is one of the musical gems of Worcestershire. It was built by the London firm of William Hill & Son in 1882 (job no. 1819). At a time when there were two good local firms (John Nicholson in Worcester and Eustace Ingram in Hereford), the choice of a major London firm demonstrates that the Little Malvern Priory congregation had both high aspirations and financial means at the time. This simple little instrument enjoys a perfect west gallery position, from where its beautiful sound has provided the musical backdrop to village life for the last 135 years. Although modest in size, there is nothing diminutive about the quality of construction: this would have been one of the finest organs of its size that money could have bought at the time 
The organ has now unfortunately reached the stage where thorough restoration will be necessary to safeguard the long-term reliable functioning of the instrument. 

In principle, the PCC has decided that the organ should be restored and not replaced by an electronic equivalent. We have not yet completed our assessment of the total cost of the work required. There is a lot to be considered. It is possible that it will be as much as £60,000. 
We are already receiving donations towards the cost and the Committee of the Friends of Little Malvern Priory have been unanimous in deciding to provide a donation of £25,000. 
Our first task is to apply for a faculty. This process is necessary in order to avoid churches carrying out work that is not consistent with the nature of an instrument and the church itself. 
We will naturally keep you informed on the progress. 




It will soon to be the time to be thinking about Christmas. Many of you have previously bought my Christmas cards and the proceeds have been put towards the Church funds This year the proceeds will be for the Organ Restoration Fund Cards will be £2.00 each and from that £1.50 will go to the fund. The display and order sheet will be available from October 22nd with delivery from November 19th . Thank you , Jaqui Anstiss 


This Autumn when sorting out the garden - if you have any plants you could grow on for our Open Day 2018 - they would be so welcome, we so depend on donated plants. 

Thank you,  




Alan Bennett.  Talking Heads 1987

No, we’re not really competitive, we’re rather a friendly bunch, although the odd case of ‘borrowing’ someone else’s flower has not gone unnoticed!  2017 has been a quiet year for us with no weddings to exercise our talents.  Easter, Harvest and now Christmas have been our major focal points. The Open Day theme taken from Ecclesiastes 3 – ‘To everything there is a season’ – produced a variety of imaginative ideas, sober thoughts but also much fun and laughter. We also managed a couple of visits to gardens. The first was an impromptu visit to Kiftsgate near Chipping Campden where we stood in admiration looking at some amazing peonies and marvelling at the fact that the weather did not produce its forecasted drenching. The second visit was to Sir Roy Strong’s Laskett Gardens where we were greeted by the man himself. Thanks are accorded to the PCC for their supporting of this visit as appreciation for the work of the flower arrangers. If you have not been to the gardens I would urge you to do so to marvel not only at the planting but at the sheer theatricality of it all. So yes, 2017 has been interesting and we look forward to 2018. Now that you have some idea of what we do, perhaps you would like to join us. We are always looking for newcomers to the rota. You do not have to be particularly artistic or talented. Knowing how to hold a pair of secateurs will do!

Please contact me if you are interested – in person, by phone or by email. Finally, thank you to the congregation for giving so generously for festivals and for being appreciative of our efforts.

 Barbara Steele.   01684575753.







West Malvern

There are many volunteering opportunities in a wide range of roles

Admin Maintenance

       Housekeeping                   Painting and Decorating

              Gardening and Grounds Library

Do come and join us, we are very flexible.

Volunteer on a regular or occasional basis

For more details

Tel: 01684 588979 email:







   Thank you all for your loyal and continuing financial support for Little Malvern Priory.

These are not the easiest of times for domestic budgets and it is very heartening that members of the congregation have managed cheerfully to maintain their regular giving. Your generosity makes a vital contribution to the running of the church and the continuance of its historic mission, particularly as we are constantly facing increases in our costs. Don’t forget that if you are a UK taxpayer and make a Gift Aid Declaration the church can recover income tax on your donation.

If you would like to make a Declaration, have a word with Ken Anstiss (tele: 01684 592215).




This small friendly Club has been running for many years at Somers Park Avenue Methodist Church Hall and there are spaces to welcome more! If you, a friend, a family member or neighbour have suffered a stroke and have lost the courage to go out and meet people, then do give Moyra, or me, a call. The Club meets fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon from 2.30-4.30pm and we have a programme of lots of different things to do for the first hour, followed by tea, cakes, conversation and the opportunity to meet people who may have similar experiences to share.

For more information, please ring:

Moyra Shand or Anna Byers 01905 830741 - 01684 541089



Would you like to have a valuation of you precious items,

for sale or insurance purposes, without fear of fraud.?

 A trusted member of our congregation will do this

for you for a small charge.

 For more information please ring; 562922




A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. I've gone for 30 years now,' he wrote, 'and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them so, I think I'm wasting my time and the priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.'

This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor's column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

I've been married for 58 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 64,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be

spiritually dead today!

When you are DOWN to nothing....God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!


Skidding on our car park?

In an attempt to help with this problem we have had several tonnes of the gravel moved from the bottom part where it was deepest and spread over the top part and the whole area has been flattened.. The following advice may help be helpful

Weight on driving wheels helps prevent skidding. On a hill, more of the weight of the car is transferred to the downhill wheels so you are less likely to skid if your driving wheels are downhill.

Nearly all modern cars are driven by their front wheels so if you want to reduce the chance of skidding (and churning up the gravel ), consider parking facing DOWNHILL! (For the technically minded, this is a different issue from the advantage of front wheel drive on slippery or snowy roads: this is to improve steering control.)



Following a recent tumble in the churchyard it was realised  that it was not widely known that we do have a First Aid box. This is to be found in the boiler room on the left-hand side on the shelf. Please feel free to use this in any minor injury occurring at the church. If you would kindly let the churchwardens know what you have used it will help us to keep it well stocked and ready for use.



Thank you all very much for your continued support of the Food Bank.

Yes a much larger store room is now needed and the demand  is greater so we must continue in our generous giving, as you so readily do.

                                                                                                                    Best wishes

                                                                                                                                                               Ann Henderson  



                              CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALVERN

           Chairman – Mrs Chris Bray    -    Secretary Mrs Jenny Bull

              20 Crown Lea Avenue                    10 Christ Church Road

               Malvern                                           Malvern


                              01684 560920                                   01684 561307

                               email:             email:


 Farming Community Network


Farming itself is not in crisis, but many people in the farming community are experiencing serious problems related to their business or their personal lives. These problems include animal diseases, such as Bovine TB, veterinary regulations and agricultural bureaucracy, the effects of the weather, rising costs and debt, isolation and loneliness. Some are having to face up to making radical changes to their businesses or even leaving agriculture altogether. In many cases not only is a job at stake, but also a home, a way of life and a family tradition. There can be intense feelings of bewilderment, anger, frustration and despair, and often overwhelming fatigue.

 Farm Crisis Network (FCN) is a UK network of volunteer groups drawn from the farming community and rural churches, ready to ‘walk with’ farming people and their families as they strive to resolve such problems. For some all that is needed is an opportunity to talk with somebody sympathetic and not directly involved. Others may need someone to support them for many weeks or months. FCN volunteers are prepared to relate to all aspects of the situation and have links with sources of professional help where needed. FCN has its own Business Support Group and it works closely with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Arthur Rank Centre Addington Fund and where necessary with the Samaritans.

FCN provides a national Helpline which is manned from 7am to 11pm every day of the year, with an answerphone between these hours. It has over 300 active volunteers spread across England and Wales in County based Groups, which provide a visiting service to deliver practical and pastoral support to farming people and families. Following the production of a report 2 years ago into the human costs of the impact of Bovine TB, FCN has been contracted by DEFRA to provide a sympathetic interface between farmers suffering from the effects of Bovine TB and the perceived bureaucracy of Animal Health officials. Whilst DEFRA now provides some funding to cover the additional work involved, FCN still relies primarily on donations from churches and members of the public to fund the work of its volunteers and limited administrative overheads. In these difficult economic times, it is struggling to raise sufficient funds and County Groups are now having to address the challenge of raising funds, as well as carrying out their primary support role.


Church Flowers


Flowers are a gift to the glory of God and whilst they are not necessary in a church they do remind us of God’s creation. The purpose of flowers in church is to add beauty. They are not there to dominate or distract from the purpose of worship. It is for this reason that normally there is only one arrangement placed by the side of the altar. During festivals such as Christmas and Easter we are more abundant with our displays in the main body of the church.

I am sure that the beautiful flower arrangements which enhance Little Malvern Priory are much appreciated by us all and we are constantly grateful to our talented flower arrangers. However, for the coming year a few of the team of arrangers are having to relinquish or reduce their commitment for various reasons and we should be very grateful if there are any members of the congregation who would like to come along and join the team.

We are always grateful for the generous donations made by the congregation for festivals. For the majority of the year however, the flowers and greenery are provided by the flower arrangers themselves. This generosity as well as their time and effort is truly appreciated.

 Should you wish to join ‘the team’ please let me know, in person, by phone – 01684575753, or email: 

Barbara Steele



I have been given a recently rediscovered photo album of “Friends of Little Malvern Priory” social events up to Harvest Festival 1996.

This is a delightful album, and, wonderfully, has titles underneath with everyone’s names. A Godsend for a forgetful person like myself!

I think it would be lovely to resurrect this idea and to include all events associated with Little Malvern Priory, not just the Friends events.

Is there a photographer out there who would be prepared to coordinate the continuation? (Or even someone who would cajole others into taking the odd photo and then collating them)

Please do consider whether you could volunteer for this. Such records are a legacy for others and a great joy to look through, bringing back special memories and friends. No doubt more important as we all grow older.

If you would like to know more, or have a look at the photos we have, do contact either me (Anne Burge 01684 569225) or…. Valerie/Eric Knowles.

And if you have any photos of events since 1996 and could spare a copy for an album, that would be great. Happy snapping!

Anne Burge

Hope Carrier's Trust



We will be floodlighting the church for an hour or two every Sunday evening during the winter months.  If you have a special occasion that you think would be suitably commemorated by floodlighting the church at any time, please ask one of the churchwardens.  There is no set fee for this but something to cover the cost of the electricity would be welcome.



It is marvellous that at our little church we get an average of 50 people a Sunday. However it does mean quite a number of drivers need to leave vehicles in the car park. Could you therefore try to park as close as is reasonably possible to the next car so that we make the best use of the space available.

The Churchwardens.


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