West Malvern

LOCAL residents may not be aware that the future of the 675 Ledbury-Wellington Heath-Colwall-West Malvern-Great Malvern bus service is again under threat.

It is listed as “at risk” under the proposed £3 million costsaving programme in Worcestershire County Council-subsidised services.

Although the 675 contract, which crosses the county boundary, is let by Herefordshire CC, a proportion of the subsidy is paid by Worcestershire and if that is withdrawn it seems likely that the bus would cease to serve West Malvern.

That would be a serious blow to those who rely on it – most services have up to a dozen people on leaving the town and many travel to the stops at the Lamb, old people’s homes, village hall, Regents College etc.

WCC is conducting a consultation on the proposals, which will close on January 17. If you have a view you can make it known by visiting worcestershire.

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On Friday, December 6, at 7.30pm, the Saltmine Theatre company will present the family classic Cinderella at the Elim Arts Centre on Westminster Bank (next the shop). Adult tickets cost £7.50, concessions £5, family tickets £20. They can be booked at at Regents village shop or by e-mailing helen.

richardson@elimhq.net .

The following evening, Saturday, December 7, also at 7.30pm, there will be musical entertainment at St James’s Church of a more serious sort – Rejoice in the Lamb.

This concert by the classy Severn Voices will include music by Bach, Britten and Elaine Hugh-Jones. It will be the only presentation in Malvern – the following evening the same programme is being put on in Pershore.

Tickets cost £10 adults (£8 concessions) on the door, or can be pre-booked at £8 – contact severnvoices.com.

COLIN JACKSON 01684 577604

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