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Friday, 1st Feb 2019



The forgotten county


By Tim Porter

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Wednesday 24th April 2019

Malvern Theatre

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Christmas Tree Festival

  The trees have been inspected, mulled over and finally judged, the scores are in and the winners are .......?


  So another Christmas Tree Festival is over.  I hope many of you were able to see the fantastic variety of 43 themed entries over the 4 days and vote for your favourites.


  Again this year the trees were split into 3 categories:  Children, Businesses and Organisations.

The ingenuity and creative ideas has continued to amaze and we were up against stiff competition in our class.


  Volunteers from the Society embraced our theme from the Quilt project this year and created a tree with pretty hand-embroidered white stars covering the main tree with blue, white and red stripes of ribbon arranged over the base.  Thus a nod to “Stars and Stripes” and our friendship link to Appomattox.


  Many thanks to them for all their time and effort; we have had many great comments from the visitors.


  I am particularly pleased that at minimal extra cost we have retained the tree for the remainder of the festive period and we have put it on display in the Library to view during normal opening hours – a community ‘gift’ from the Civic Society.  Please visit when you can and also view the Friendship Quilt in the Foyer.




  Did the Civic Society's stunning entry win? Not quite. As Nigel Surman explains, the competition was fierce and glittering.

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Congratulations go to the Winners:


Businesses - Lucy's Tea Room

Organisations - Rotary Wives

Children - Stow Infants

Best Overall - Lambournes Butchers


  We’ll be back!!