16th Dec, 2017

New skylark sculpture unveiled at Malvern's Rose Bank Gardens

A NEW sculpture to grace Malvern’s Rose Bank Gardens alongside the famous buzzards has been unveiled.

The Lark Ascending statue was commissioned by the Autumn in Malvern Festival and created by world-renowned metal sculptor Walenty Pytel.

And the new skylark was officially revealed to the public by Dr Peter Mayner.

Coun Peter Smith, founder and artistic director of Autumn in Malvern Festival, said: “Peter Mayner has given loyal service to the local community, support to the arts in the area, and not least, to medical charities.

“He was chief medical officer for P&O, and though a civilian, remained on the liner, Canberra, during the Falklands War with the team of military surgeons and nurses.

“For his service to the nation and the community, it is therefore fitting that he be asked to unveil the Skylark sculpture.”

Malvern Town Council organised a Skylark poetry competition with nearby schools.

Fifty entries from Northleigh Primary and Great Malvern Primary School were submitted and the beautifully illustrated and creatively written poems made judging difficult.

But the winners were Anna Cai (aged eight), and Charlie Morris (aged eight), both of Great Malvern Primary School.

During the ceremony, both Anna and Charlie recited their poems to the assembled crowd of spectators.

Mayor of Malvern Coun Cynthia Palmer said: “I am absolutely delighted to accept this new sculpture on behalf of the people of Malvern, and hope that it brings enjoyment to those walking through the gardens.

“I’m also so pleased that Anna and Charlie could join us and share their poems, as they were a true pleasure to listen to.

“We have some very talented young students in our town.”

Anna’s winning Up Above poem

Up, up, above the clouds, Swooping through trees, Wind brushing my feathers.

Ducks chattering near the sparkling pond, Birds twittering, Aeroplane soaring across the clear blue sky.

There I go, Flying, singing, I am ready to go.

Trains running like a snake through Malvern, Carpets of leaves lying on paths, Malvern fills my heart.

Fluttering across the sapphire sky, Racing with aeroplanes, Trees wave at me.

Singing with the choir, About Malvern, My home.

Up, up, above the clouds, patches of green, brown and yellow, my heart fills with joy.

Charlie’s Skylarks Fly poem

High high above the sky I fly, soaring above patches of green and brown, flutter flatter fly skylark.

High high above the sky I fly, singing with the orchestra of nature swooping up, and down ’99 steps’.

High high above the sky I fly, watching sunlight prancing and dancing on the pond, I alight on the arms of a tree.

High high above the sky I fly, good people sleeping under grave stones, cheep chirp chatter birds say to each other.

High high above the sky I fly, smoke coming from the valley billows in my face, blue sky cotton candy sunlight shimmer, comes up at me blocking my way.

High high above the sky I fly, hills like giants snoozing, singing for my heart and soul.

High high above the sky I fly, gas lamps light the way for me, rainbow carpet of leaves.

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