In previous years, I have posted some photographs of the dressings on the wells, spas, springs, spouts, fountains, taps and troughs in Malvern, Worcestershire. Once again this year, on Sunday 5th May, I visited all but one of the decorated wells (apologies to whoever dressed the Dripping Well this year). This year a total of 39 of the wells were decorated and there are photographs of 38 of them here. The theme this year was “once upon a time …”
This spring is always well decorated, and this year won a Silver Award for Aquartet. There was an amazing amount of detail in this decoration some of which is shown in the following photographs.
This is a small, tap on the side of the road, that is difficult to decorate and difficult to photograph as the pavement is narrow and the road busy, but this simple decoration works well and won a Bronze for Margaret Fox.
This well is up on the hill behind the Holy Well. This year it was very well decorated, but was not competing for an award.
This was beautifully decorated this year and won a Gold Award for Three Generations. Here is a photograph from the outside:
Over recent years this has often been beautifully decorated and this was no exception and it won a Gold Award for The Devil’s Advocates. Here be dragons.
There were also dragon’s eggs:
This was more simply decorated this year, than it has been in the past, but won a Silver Award for Friends of Malvern Wells Primary School.
Lower Wyche Trough
This was another relatively simply but beautifully dressed spring that won a Bronze for Caroline Harris and Jean Williams.
Lower Wyche Spout
This was not competing for an award this year, and although very simply decorated was very effective.
This is another small trough but which was beautifully decorated to represent the story of Excalibur and the Lady of the Lake. It won a Gold Award for Mark and Helena Illingworth.
St. Ann’s Well
St. Ann’s Well was not competing but had been dressed effectively.
This is Malvhina at the centre of Great Malvern, and it won a Bronze Award for Jan Bowden and John Bibby.
This is the Enigma Fountain with the statue of Sir Edward Elgar. This had been decorated to make the point about possibly the death of reading and including, amongst the “cobwebs”, books to read and exchange. It won a Bronze Award for the Meadow Road Crew.
Old Bottling Works Spring
This well was dressed by The Courtyard Shopping Experience and was full of detail and it won a Gold Award
This is pretty much impossible to decorate, and wasn’t competing. It is right on the edge of a main road with no pavement.
This was dressed by the 7th Malvern Girls Brigade and won a Silver. This fountain has often been very well dressed and this was no exception.
Here is another photograph of the detail of the bridge with the troll beneath.
This had been beautifully decorated with lots of detail and some more decoration outside. It won a Silver Award and was decorated by Ian Woodcock and Susan Hale.
North Malvern Tap
This won a bronze for the 1st Malvern Link Rainbows & Brownies.
I found this impossible to photograph well, so my apologies to Harriet Harnden who decorated it with fantastic detail and won a Silver Award.
Westminster Bank Spring
A beautifully decorated spring by Malvern St. James School that won a Gold Award.
St. James’ Churchyard
Love decoration that was not competing for an award.
West Malvern Tap
An outstanding decoration by West Malvern Garden and Nature Club that won a Gold Award. There was a lot of detail in this, as shown below.
Another design based on a dragon, this won a Silver Award for Phil Ironside.
This was more simply decorated this year — but given the size, it is still a lot of work to decorate and there was a lot of detail. It won a Bronze Award for Dan and Karen Smith.
The Royal Well was not entered for an award, but as always was well covered in flowers.
The Wyche Spring became Bag End and won a Gold Award for Sheila Maund.
Another simple and effective decoration.
This is another of the many springs that is in a dangerous position on the side of the road and was not competing for an award. It is hard for anyone to decorate or photograph.
This decoration is on the site of the Wilson Monument. The spring emerges just below at another dangerous corner of a road. It won a Bronze Award for Sheila Young.
Hay Baptist Well
This well, at the back of the Baptist Church, was a Bronze Award for the decorators from the Malvern Baptist Church.
Another decoration with a lot of detail that won a Bronze Award for Girlguiding Malvern.
The size of Rose Gully allows extensive decoration and it won a Gold Award for Holly Mount United Reformed Church. Again there was a lot of detail, some of which is shown in the following photographs.
Unfortunately, the courtyard was closed when we visited this one, so the photograph had to be taken through the gate. It won a Gold Award for Creative Clay.
We haven’t visited this well in previous years. It is situated in the grounds of and just outside the door of Davenham House. It was decorated by Northleigh School (we had fun trying to find the answers to the questions from the Narnia Chronicles), and won a Silver Award. The well has a lion statue so there is only need for a witch and a wardrobe.
Temperance Drinking Fountain
This was beautifully decorated — complete with a story book — and won a Gold Award for St. Joseph’s Swans and
Lord Sandys’ Spout
The decorations had been contributed to by virtually the entire school to gain a Bronze Award for St. Matthias School.
Barnards Green Trough
Over the past few years there have been a number of stunning decorations of this large trough. This year the Wolf was in the bed and Little Red Riding Hood is on her way. Team Trough won a Gold Award.
Railway Station Trough
Some simple decoration that won a Bronze Award for Malvern Parish Primary School.
Earl Beauchamp’s Spout
This was fantastically decorated for a Very Hungry Caterpillar to win a Silver Award for Barbara Meadows.