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7:20pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Villages
SUMMER 2013’s weather having been as good as 2012’s was awful, West Malvern’s gardens and allotments should have had a bumper season.
So we should be able to look forward to a vintage display at the Garden and Nature Club’s Annual Show in the village hall next Saturday, September 14.
This is just a reminder to would-be exhibitors (who need not be club members) to be planning their entries.
With sections for flowers, fruit, vegetables, cookery, crafts and photography there is plenty to go for.
Schedules are available at various points round the village, including the Brewers Arms and the Elim Shop.
Exhibits can be set up between 11am to 1.30pm, after which it will be closed from 1.30pm-2.30pm for judging. It will re-open to the public at 2.30pm, with presentation of prizes at 3.15pm.
The memorial service for Bill Roberts last Thursday was a reminder that the last few months have seen the deaths of too many of West Malvern’s most prominent citizens and characters.
The untimely passing of jovial Andy Dakin – pillar of the cricket club, leading light of the West Malvern Players and quizmaster extraordinary – last Christmas time was shock to us all.
Since then we have also lost Ron Fisher, who devoted so much time to the village hall, and created the 100 Club which has painlessly raised so much money over the years for its maintenance.
It is appropriate that he will be remembered in the village by the naming of the downstairs room as the Fisher Hall. Another recent loss was Pete Flanagan.
Joyce Roberts, Bill’s wife, who died only a matter of weeks before him, was of course one of the most prominent people in the community. Long-time parish councillor and member of the Parochial Church Council, and keen member of the Malvern Festival Choir, she spent a lot of time visiting elderly folk both at home and in hospital and was known to just about everyone.
The whole community is the poorer for the parting of these people. Let us hope that others of the next generation will emerge succeed them to maintain the vigorous activity of our village.
It was a great relief that two more names, those of David Matthews – churchwarden, lay preacher and editor of the Hills Echo – and his wife Sue – together the engine-room of the Players for many years – were not added to this melancholy list when they were involved in a serious motor accident at Christmas.
COLIN JACKSON 01684 577604
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