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With plenty of preparations made for 2020’s town walks programme, it felt that this year was going to be like no other…  As town guides, they have contributed photos and new ideas towards the attractive new flier and as many as four new guides had come forward in response to their request for new people to join them.  With six existing town guides and four trainees looking forward to leading their usual twice weekly walks from April to September, what could possibly go wrong?

Covid-19 arrived and their hopes for a rewarding season of interesting town walks with plenty of visitors were halted in their tracks.  Plans to lead walks on Saturdays and Mondays this year were abruptly paused and restarted only in July once the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) re-opened.  They have a temporary programme currently, hoping that an initially rather quiet situation changes as we get into August and September.  So far, they have had visitors from other parts of the UK on their walks.

For now, walks are on Saturdays only, starting as always from the TIC at 10.30 hrs. They are asking everyone, including town guides, to be mindful of social distancing and to wear face coverings (unless you are exempt) to protect us all in case the required distancing should be overlooked at any moment on some of the narrow pavements.  Groups are limited to six visitors and preferably tickets should be booked in advance (£5 per adult, free of charge for those under 14 years old).  They understand that such adjustments in paring down the programme are not ideal but recognise that we must put everyone’s health first in this very unusual pandemic. If there is a noticeable demand for walks as visitors return to the area, they may reintroduce Monday walks at 10.30 am.

They look forward to seeing you all again on their walks, where they tell you about this fascinating town, particularly in Victorian times.   They enjoy showing visitors and residents alike the beautiful historic buildings and attractive parks of Great Malvern, explaining the importance of the nineteenth century Water Cure to Malvern. After being a quiet village for centuries, Malvern became a town in 1851 and was a thriving centre for thousands of visitors.  Famous residents were Sir Edward Elgar and Jenny Lind, the soprano known as the Swedish Nightingale, whilst famous visitors included Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, and Florence Nightingale. You might think that Victorian Malvern was a genteel sort of place, untouched by sex and scandal?  Find out differently on a town tour!

For more information, please see their web page at:

https://www.malverncivicsociety.org.uk/malvern-town-walks/

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