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This year’s Christmas card, which is being sold to fund restorative work at St Wulstan’s in Little Malvern, has collected admiration worldwide.

The stunning stained-glass windows in the church were designed by Birmingham-based Hardman Studios in the 1880s.  The window featuring The Annunciation (when the angel Gabriel came to Mary) has been expertly photographed by local resident Bill Carver. 

Bill says: “The scene depicted in this stained-glass window is a striking example of the skill and artistry of its Victorian creators.  With vibrant colours, it has both seasonal relevance and allegorical significance that will appeal to Christians of all denominations.”

Tom, a long-standing Elgar Society member, from Illinois, in the US, was delighted. “The cards are as exquisite as I had anticipated. I look forward with delight to sending them to my friends and acquaintances.” 

These comments were reiterated by Anne Albright in Worcestershire, who said that she thought that the context was lovely.  She explained “For without The Annunciation and Mary, Christmas would never have happened.  She was the wisdom between the Old and the New Testament, John the Baptist and her Son.”

St Wulstan’s Church (part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham) in the heart of England, where Sir Edward Elgar and members of his family are buried, serves the local community with dedication and commitment. 

This idyllically situated church, with its fine baptistery and stained-glass windows, is in a wonderful pastoral setting and deserves to be maintained for future generations.  The windows are now in need of specialist cleaning and the sale of these Christmas cards will help raise vital funds.

The cards are available in packs of 10 for £4 per pack and can be purchased online, via a  dedicated website: / or after Sunday morning Mass at St Wulstan’s Church or from the Midland Charities Association shops in both Malvern and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as at The Firs, a museum at Elgar’s birthplace in Upper Broadheath, Worcestershire.  The Firs is now under the stewardship of the National Trust and the cottage is seen as the heart of the museum, which is dedicated to the life of arguably England’s greatest composer.

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