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Malvern Editorial 14th Nov, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MALVERN Hills Green Party is holding a quiz night on Friday at 7.30pm.

It will be held at Great Malvern Hotel and there will be teams of four testing their wits on specialist topics and general knowledge for prizes. Entry costs £5 or £15 for a ticket for four.

A FREE session will be held in the town to test the safety of electric blankets after one in three failed checks last year.

Users have been urged to attend Great Malvern Railway Station on Friday, November 22, between 10am and 2pm.

Faulty blankets will be replaced for free while stocks last and visitors will be able to get advice on all aspects of fire safety especially the importance of having a correctly fitted and working smoke alarm.

Anyone unable to attend has been urged to check their blankets for signs of wear and tear and warned to stop using them immediately if the lead is worn, there are missing connections, exposed elements, scorch marks, water damage or creasing and folding.

Blankets should be tested every year and replaced every ten.

Users have also been advised not to use hot water bottles or take drinks to bed with them in case of spillages or leaks.

Residents have been urged to book an appointment beforehand by calling the station on 01684 560666. There will also be a drop-in service which may have longer waiting times.

THE COUNTY council’s website homepage has been overhauled in a bid to make the site easier to navigate.

The new-look page includes more visible links to popular searches, with clutter and duplication removed and direct links to social media added.

Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk to see the changes.

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help out at a Barnards Green charity shop.

The team at the St Richard’s store on Court Road is calling on those with time to spare to help out to raise funds for care of those with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Anyone interested should go to the shop and ask to speak to the manager.

GETTING active, losing weight and improving health and wellbeing are the aims of an NHS Health MOT event.

Medical professionals will be on hand at Malvern Vale Community Centre from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 21, to check residents’ BMI, lung function and blood glucose levels.

Wellness Counts will also be presenting their online wellbeing plan and their StepStone Challenge for people wishing to lose a stone and get fitter in three months.

To book an appointment or for more information, contact Pauline Janin on pjanin@wellness-counts.co.uk or 07958 614209 or Tina Carkeek on tcarkeek@wellness-counts.co.uk or call 01684 591048 or 07917 897215.

A MALVERN school is turning Japanese thanks to the introduction of a new language.

From January, pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 at Great Malvern Primary School will be learning Japanese as well as finding out more about the culture and customs.

A launch day on December 3 will include drumming, calligraphy, origami and clothing workshops while Class Catering will put on a themed lunch for the whole school and mayor Julian Roskams, representatives from Malvern Hills District Council and other schools will attend.

Headteacher Paul Jackson-Read said: “This is a really fun and exciting curricular development for us. I have run Japanese clubs for a couple of years now and the children enjoy having a ‘secret’ language to use.

“Children are fascinated with Japanese life and culture which sparks their desire for more learning. They see lots of examples of Anime (Japanese cartoons) on television and readily engage with all aspects of Japanese life although often a few are not too keen on Japanese food!”

A VIDEO telling the story of a Malvern veteran is now available online.

The 11-minute We Did Our Bit film, featuring submarine Jack Madders and ten other county residents, can be viewed on YouTube as part of a Remembrance project from Worcestershire County Council.

Funded by a £9,500 grant from the Armed Forces Community Covenant, groups across the county were encouraged to screen the film on or around Remembrance Day (Monday).

Councillor Rob Adams, chairman of Worcestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant Working Group, said: “We hope that through this film, we will have helped to provide a lasting reminder to everyone – especially the young – what sacrifices, bravery and courage our local ex-servicemen displayed during that time.

“It is easy to forget that they helped to defend the country and re-establish modern European democracy, leading to the modern market economy and the kind of freedoms and high standards of living we take for granted today.”

YOUNGSTERS can test out their first aid skills as part of a national competition aimed at celebrating life-saving skills.

Schools in Worcestershire are being urged to take part in the St John Ambulance National School’s First Aid Competition, which challenges knowledge, communication skills and teamwork.

To enter, the teams must have completed the relevant courses on the charity’s online teaching resource and submit their applications by January 15.

Visit www.teachthedifference.org.uk or call 0121 237 3879 for more information.

YOUNGSTERS from Malvern are being encouraged to join a new choir in the run up to Christmas.

The Worcester Young Voices choir was launched last month and is open for youngsters aged between seven and 18 regardless of ability.

The choir meet every Saturday morning at St Georges Church in Barborne, Worcester. The girls group meet between 10am to 11am and the boys group meet between 11.15am and 12.15pm.

For more information e-mail lornapena@gmail.com or 07411 608346.

MALVERN Concert Club’s series of concerts will see Ex Cathedra taking to the stage.

One of Britain’s foremost vocal ensembles, they have performed at festivals abroad and at the Proms.

They will be presenting four of Bach’s great motets and two of his cello suites, played by Andrew Skidmore.

The concert begins at 7.30pm at Malvern Theatres on Thursday, November 21.

Visit www.malvern-theatres.co.uk or call 01684 892277 for tickets.

WORK from more than 100 artists will be on offer from Malvern Terrace Artists’ winter show.

Profits from the event, which runs from Friday to Sunday (November 15 to 17) at Priory Lodge Hall, will go to good causes including Malvern Community Hospital and Midlands Air Ambulance.

A spokeswoman said: “Simon Callow opened the show last year and made it special. Showing in Priory Lodge Hall was also a great success, since its refurbishment it makes an excellent gallery space. There is plenty of room as well for the delicious refreshments on offer.

“The winter show is always a good place to find unusual and beautiful gifts for Christmas.”

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