Little Malvern Priory
(Church of England)




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Birds, Plants and Churchyard



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Malvern Hills

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Geology of the Malvern Hills


Choral Evensong

June 18th 6.00 pm


Open Day Teas and Cakes

Thanks to everyone who was involved.

There was a lot of thought and hard work went into it.

We had a total of just under 250 visitors.  Many of them said as they left that they felt “uplifted” by their visit.

We raised £1,464 for the church and £1,218 for the NGS and its charities.  This year their Gardens & Health Beneficiary is The National Autistic Society.

Well Done everyone!


                 A wonderful band of helpers made the running of the plant stall a big success.
                 Thank you all. Also a big thank you for all the donated plants so kindly given.

Church Wardens

At our Annual vestry Meeting on 28th April we expressed our gratitude to the retiring Church Wardens; Prue Edwards, Roger Smith and Christine Thomas.  They have given freely of their time and talents to our church and having served their time they were due to stand down.  On behalf of you all I expressed our gratitude to them for all their hard work.

With 4 Church Wardens we benefited from their different capabilities and experience and we also benefited from the additional time that was the result of having 4 people available.

We now have 2 Church Wardens.  We are very grateful to Hugh McMichael for agreeing to continue and also to Francis Jones for volunteering to pick up the baton.

Many churches have to manage with either 1 or non Church Warden so we are very fortunate.  With less man-hours available more will need to be done by the rest of us or we just accept it not being done at all.

For example, I remind Sidesmen of the various tasks that they are asked to fulfill when they are on duty.  If any have mislaid their piece of paper I will happily provide another copy.

There will be other jobs such as:

wearing the Yellow Waistcoat and helping members of the congregation across the road;

ensuring that we have adequate supplies of such critical items as toilet rolls, candles etc.,;

Readers will need to make sure that they find a substitute for their reading when they find they are unable to be present.

We will all need to be on the lookout for what might be missing or needs to be done.

Anyone who has attended what became known as a “team-building exercise” will recall how the aim was for each person to watch for what needed to be done and respond without waiting.




Volunteers to help at Lyttelton Well

Regular Volunteer for Thursday lunchtimes 12 – 2.30pm and one for Friday afternoons 2.30 – 5.00pm.  Volunteers are needed at all other times. Contact Catherine at the Well on 01684 573702

Thank you

  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).


We are looking for volunteers for the Readers’ Rota, Coffee Rota, Sidesman and the Flower Rota.




This month, please pray for those who manage The Well from day to day. 

 Matthew, business manager; John, bookshop manager; and Catherine, café manager.  Pray too for their assistants, Gemma and Becky.  Thank God for their wisdom, energy and vision.



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!



Indian Proverb

This year has been busy for the flower arrangers. No sooner had we taken a breath from Christmas/ Easter/ Open Day festivals than it seemed that we had a flurry of weddings. The latter seem to come with more requests than ever but we are always prepared to meet a challenge! The results often mean that we have some remarkable displays in church which last for ages.

It is time to prepare the rota for next year and I must thank all those who stay year after year. However we can always do with extra hands! If you would like to volunteer please contact me, in church ,

or by email – – or by ‘phone – 01684 575753.

My thanks and appreciation to the congregation for donating so generously for festivals and to the flower ladies who work so hard to create some really astounding arrangements. Your time and effort is so valuable and so rewarding. It is also a time of great fellowship, especially at

festivals, with chatter and laughter and a sense of belonging to a community which extends beyond the art of flower arranging.             Thank you,        Barbara Steele


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.)


PCC Photographs

If you want to know about people on the PCC there is a list of them with their photographs in the Porch.



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  


Parish Share – a fresh challenge

Parish Share - that is, the amount we pay towards the running of the Diocese and its work - accounts for over 70% of our annual outgoings. In 2017, our Share stands at £47,877 Parish Share is used to pay for clergy stipends, clergy pensions, housing and training for other parishes in the diocese. Although we benefit only indirectly from most of these expenditures, our Share helps to underpin the fundamental structure of the Church of England in our diocese and we should be part of a much weaker organization if we failed to contribute to it.

Our Share has risen steadily over the years, we managed to pay it in full for many years. This may well not be possible in future. Based on last summer’s assessment of average income in each parish within the Malvern Deanery, there has been a major reallocation of Share.  As a result, the proportion of the Share allocated to us has been sharply increased. We are not the only church to have seen its Share go up, and some smaller and much poorer parishes have had a reduction. On balance this seems fair, though it does mean we are faced with a considerable additional obligation.

The upshot is that in 2012 we were asked to provide an extra 5% annually over the next few years, until our Share reaches the revised allocation level of over £39,000 by 2017. The bill has now reached £47,877.   It is a huge extra amount and we need to find ways of dealing with it.  It would, in theory, be open to us to ignore the increased allocation and continue to pay at the existing rate, thereby clocking up a notional debt. But the Diocese is dependent for its many activities on the financial support of its constituent parishes. The PCC therefore believes that we should do our best to pay as much of the higher Share as we possibly can.

There are few options open to us in this situation, other than to ask members of the congregation to help by increasing their regular giving, although the PCC will be examining all possibilities. Members of the congregation already give generously and these are not the best of economic times. But given especially the increased challenge we face, please do anything you can to help.

In particular, it is very important that any regular giver who pays tax and who is not yet registered for Gift Aid, should sign up to that scheme. It costs nothing, is entirely confidential, and increases the value of every pound given to £1.25. The easiest way to do this is to participate in either the weekly envelope or the standing order plans. Our Treasurer, Peter Williams, will be happy to advise on how this can be done.



The Cure of Souls at Little Malvern Priory from 1989.

At Easter 1989 the Revd Edward Cox retired from Little Malvern Priory.  The Church then became part of a United Benefice with All Saints (The Wyche) and St Peter’s (the Wells) led by the Vicar the Revd Michael Dunn.  Little Malvern Priory wished to continue wih its own minister and after advertising the Post I was appointed honorary Curate to All Saints, St Peter’s and Little Malvern Priory in 1990.  This was an honorary appointment as I was a Non-Stipendiary (I earned my living working in industry and carried out my ordained ministry on a voluntary basis).  I was given special responsibility for Little Malvern Priory and so we agreed on the title of Chaplain.


When the Malvern Deanery was undergoing a re-organisation, Team Ministries and Group Ministries were under consideration.  It was agreed that Little Malvern Priory should be made a Benefice in its own right so that it could retain its Lay Patron.  This was the situation before Edward Cox retired.


After the Revd Michael Dunn retired he was replaced by the Revd Graham McNamee.  I continued in an honorary position but with special responsibility for Little Malvern Priory as Chaplain.  At Graham McNamee’s Induction the Archdeacon (the Ven. Frank Bentley) said to me “listen to the words of the licence, we are going to make legal what is illegal”.

When the Revd Graham McNamee retired All Saints was joined with St Andrew’s church and there was then a question of how to deal with Little Malvern Priory.  It was decided by the Diocese to suspend the Lay Patron’s (Alex Berington) Right of Presentation and make the appointment one of Priest in Charge.   So on 14th May 2000 I was Licensed as Priest in Charge (Non-Stipendiary) of Little Malvern Priory.  That Licence expired in 2012.  So the question was again raised about what to do about Little Malvern Priory?  The conclusion was to restore the Lay Patron’s Right of Presentation of an Incumbent.


During the last few months of 2012 representations were made by the Bishop, the Archdeacon and two members of the PCC to the Archbishop Rowan Williams requesting him to invite me to become the Incumbent of Little Malvern Priory. I received that Invitation in December and duly accepted.  As a result of this the Right of Presentation by the Lay Patron is being restored.


Although we had a Service of Licensing on 14th May 2000 we now need to have a Service of Induction, Institution and Installation in order to officially recognise this change in my legal status and the Restoration of the Right of Presentation by the Lay Patron.  So after all that we will be back almost to where we were in 1989.  I say ‘almost’ because the position from 16th June will be that of Non-Stipendiary Incumbent.


Now I have written this to help you understand what is happening on the evening of 16th June.  I have written it more or less from memory and so there are gaps such as dates.  Perhaps those of you who wish to add more detail would kindly let our Archivist have the information and he can compile a fuller account for the records.    

For your information the following definitions apply:

Presentation The act, by a registered patron, of presenting a priest to fill a benefice.

Priest in Charge A priest given charge of a parish by licence of the bishop. (S)he has not been presented and therefore does not own the benefice property.

Incumbent The freehold owner of a benefice - can be either a rector or a vicar - with responsibility for the cure of souls.

Self Supporting Minister (Non Stipendiary Minister) A deacon or priest who does not receive a stipend or clergy pension or a house but supports himself or herself from his or her own resources. An SSM may hold an office, such as incumbent or team vicar, which would usually be a stipendiary one.                                                    Eric



Church Crossing Patrol and The Car Park

Crossing Patrol

Despite the 40mph limit, many vehicles speed round the downhill bend on the A4104 which separates Little Malvern Priory from its car park. This situation could put

members of the congregation, particularly the more elderly  or infirm, at risk when crossing the road. The Deputy Church Wardens have therefore initiated a   “Church Crossing Patrol”. Now, Clive Prue And Roger will don their (highly prized) yellow high visibility waistcoats every Sunday to assist those crossing the road at the busiest times of arrival and departure of the congregation. If you do not need assistance please do not be offended by an offer, but if you do need it they are there to help.



                              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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