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Many hundreds of vehicles pass by this Memorial every day – within just a few metres of it, but how many have taken a few moments to park and wander back to examine this tribute to all those who lost their lives in two world wars?

By 1921 Malvern Wells had its own Memorial, after a good deal of confusion and controversy, including a row with the vicar. The chosen architect was probably the best in the country – C F A Voysey.

When the Memorial was first erected, it stood up high above the surrounding hedge, with the Wells House and the lower slopes of the hills as a back drop. The words spoken by Lt Col Chichester at its dedication were as follows, “The inhabitants of Malvern Wells wished the Memorial to commemorate not only those who had made the supreme sacrifice, but the maimed and those who bear the marks of war and therefore this Memorial bears NO names”. The words ‘In thankfulness to God for victory and in honour of devotion, self sacrifice and glorious achievement’ were engraved on it.

As the trees and bushes grew up around the monument, the second world war claimed more lives and the Memorial was engraved with the further words, ‘Also in memory of those who gave their lives in the Second World War 1939-1945’.


The bird on the top is, in heraldic terms, ‘a pelican in her pity, vulning’, which translated means that she is wounding herself in order to feed her chicks.

Now the Memorial is cared for by the Parish Council, and each year at noon on Remembrance Sunday (the nearest Sunday to the eleventh day of the eleventh month), the people of Malvern Wells remember those of their parish who died and were injured in both world wars and other conflicts since. It is up to us to remember this and to strive for peace throughout the world.

war memorial

war memorial








Wells News

The Wells news is the Parish magazine that the council distribute twice a year. We have a Summer and Winter publication. The new website is in no way going to replace the delivery of the magazine but rather compliment it. If you are an business in the Parish why not advertise on both the website and in the Wells news? Find out More?

Read the latest edition here Wells News - latest edition

Please contact the Clerk for further information - David Taverner - Telephone 01905 724486

The Village Green supports an outstanding area of flower-rich grassland. Such grasslands were once common across lowland England, but an estimated 97% have been lost over the last 60 years. Worcestershire is till one of the very best counties for hay grass as much of the land was traditionally held in small holdings, thus when farmers improved (treated) the land only small pockets of natural grasslands were lost.

The soils on The Green are neutral, but since they arise from washings off the volcanic rocks on the Malvern Hills they are at the more acid end of the range.

Typical plants of old grassland present include:

black knapweed (slightly hairy edge ti the leaf)
bird’s foot trefoil (sometimes called hen & chicken or bacon & eggs and a good food source for the ‘common blue butterfly)
yellow or hay rattle
bulbous meadow buttercup
ox-eye daisy
dyer’s greenweed (member of the pea family and related to gorse)
roughor hairy hawkbit autumn hawkbit
red clover (attracts more bees than white clover)
zig-zag clover
ladies’ bedstraw (in past times, this grass was used to stuff ladies bed-pillows)
sweet vernal grass (the stem tastes slightly of coconut and it is this plant which gives the hay a sweet smell and taste
Timothy grass
crested dogs tail

The more acid conditions are reflected in the abundance of tormentil ( a member of the rose family), with both heath grass and heath speedwell also present.

Common Spotted orchid

Common Spotted orchid








The Green is also quite damp, with a high density of sedges (spring, common and possibly oval).

Other species of damper ground include sneezewort, marsh bedstraw and occasional marsh thistles.


There is a good and increasing population of green-winged orchids, and common spotted


orchids have also been found (Perversely in 2008 twere are a good number of the former and maybe only 5 of the later!)

The early flowers/grass (late May/early June) usually have yellow hues whereas the later flowers are mainly of pink hues.

There are very few common daisies, this ground is simply too good for them!

The best management for this sort of grassland is to cut for hay in mid July. Usually this would be followed by sheep or cattle grazing, but that is not practical on
The Green!

The Parish Council wishes to thank Peter Holmes for all of the advice, support and guided talks that he has given in relation to this area.

Replacing The Missing Gas Lamps Project


By Simon Freeman, Gas Lamps Working Group 

July 2017

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. What is the background to the project?

 A. Parishioners may recall that, following a positive response to a public consultation with parishioners in 2010, the Parish Council took ownership of and commissioned the restoration of the 48 gas lamps within the Parish during 2011 to 2013. Of these, 27 are sited along Wells Road and it became apparent soon after the refurbished gas lamp lighting was fully commissioned that there were significant differences in the spacing between those gas lamps.  A measured survey suggests that around 11 lamps are missing along Wells Road between the boundary with Great Malvern and the junction with Holywell Road.  The assumption is that over the years these have been damaged beyond repair and removed.

Q.What is the purpose of the project?

A. To replace these 11 missing gas lamps and reinstate the heritage of the area.

Q. What would be the benefits of the project?

A. Further enhancement of the footpath lighting along the Wells Road with the use of gas powered lights whilst minimising light pollution and a further partial restoration of the original Victorian “street scene”. All this will add to the character and unique ambience of the Wells.

Q. What sort of gas lamps would be installed?

A. Original salvaged lamp posts would be used where available or faithful replicas. Original lanterns are unlikely to be available but, as has been demonstrated by the restoration of the existing gas lamps, modern replicas are virtually indistinguishable.

Q. What is the likely cost of the project?

A. The indicative capital cost of the scheme is estimated to be in the range of £70,000 to £90,000.

QHow will the cost be funded?

A. We will apply for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition, we will have to provide a contribution to the project in volunteer time and cash and will seek to apply for other grants from external bodies to cover the cash element.

Q. Who will maintain the new gas lamps?

A. The current intention is that they will be added to the existing contract to maintain the existing gas lamps.

Q. When will the project happen?

A. We first have to sort out a number of technical difficulties around gas metering and then make an application for funding. Without sufficient funding, the whole project is unlikely to go ahead. Our working estimate is to make the application for funding during the second half of 2017, and if successful, implement the project in 2018.

Q. What will be the effect on the precept if the project goes ahead?

A. Any financial contribution by the Parish to the capital cost will be met from reserves but this is not expected to be significant. No increase in the precept will therefore be required to cover any of the capital cost.  There will be a proportionate increase in the existing running and maintenance costs of the gas lamps which will be met out of current income.

Q. How was the decision reached to promote the project?

A. The Gas Lamps Working Group of the Parish Council meets periodically to review all aspects of the operation of the existing gas lamps. The benefits of replacing the missing gas lamps on Wells Road emerged from those reviews and were subsequently approved by the full Parish Council.

Q. Have the parishioners been consulted?

A. A public consultation took place during August/September 2016 and a total of 72 responses were received of which 66 (over 90%) were in favour of the project.

Q. How will the project be managed?

A. Malvern Wells PC will be the 'contract holder' on the project and will have financial, legal and overall control throughout the project. Malvern Hills AONB are currently providing invaluable assistance in putting together a bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Scheme. If the bid is successful, it is intended that they will be asked to manage the implementation of the project.

Q. How can I help with the project?

The Gas Lamp working group would welcome volunteer help from anyone who has skills in working with the gas suppliers, community projects, Heritage Lottery projects, and marketing and public relations. If you would like to make a financial donation to the project, please contact the Clerk. We are currently considering ways to acknowledge the donors on the gas lamps.

Q. How will I be kept informed of the progress?

 A. Progress reports will be published in Wells News and updates posted on the Parish website.


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