Friends of the Elderly Malvern scoop fourth well-dressing accolade - The Malvern Observer

Friends of the Elderly Malvern scoop fourth well-dressing accolade

Malvern Editorial 7th May, 2024   0

A MALVERN care home group are proud to have created another award-winning well dressing feature for the town’s annual festival.

Friends of the Elderly’s care team have been making use of their green fingers for The Malvern Waters and Well Dressing Festival, which centres on the theme of ‘trees’.

Throughout the event, which began on May 4 and ends on May 12, visitors are invited to see the care homes’ ‘beautiful’ grounds and ‘stunningly’ decorated famous well.

The well is located at the front of Davenham Residential Care Home and is visible as visitors pass through the early 20th century Art Nouveau style gates and past the Gate House towards the main building.

Visitors will also be able to see the English Heritage Blue Plaque on Davenham’s gate dedicated to Charles Dyson Perrins which celebrates the link between this historical, notable figure of the past and the building where he lived.

This year is the fourth time Friends of the Elderly Malvern have entered the Festival and, in the past, the decorated well has won one silver and two bronze awards.

“This year, I’m so proud to say we were awarded another Silver,” said Jo Bennett, the general manager of the three care homes.

“The team worked so hard on the decorations. We ran with this year’s theme and made a beautiful lady figure out of a range trees, branches and leaves which represent the Perrins Family Tree.

“Topping of our design is our centrepiece lady who has affectionately been named ‘Lady Davenham’,” added Jo.

The historic Davenham Well – which is also known as St. John’s Well – has also been decorated handmade bunting made from leaves coloured by Somers Park School pupils.

Residents will judge a Well Leaf Colouring Competition, with winning pupils receiving prizes.

Friends of the Elderly Malvern also has two hidden secrets – a sunken water garden and grotto which are also located on the grounds.

“In actual fact, preparing our Well for the Festival has been a real Friends of the Elderly Malvern family affair, with our residents, their relatives, pupils from Somers Park School and our care team getting involved,” added Jo.


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