Other News of Interest
As well as arranging, leading and taking part in walks, the Society members have other associated interests, and also often become involved in aspects of the community where it directly or indirectly aids or benefits the activities of the Society.
Here are just a few examples:
Malvern Hills District Footpath Society Carols Walk
An Annual Event
The 2013 carol service for local walking groups was held on Saturday 14th December. Just under a 100 walkers from Ledbury, Bromsgrove, Worcester and our own Society walked the footpaths in the Severn Stoke area before assembling with friends at St Denys Church, Severn Stoke for a most enjoyable service of carols, readings and thoughts about Christmas organised by Lyn Everitt and led by Reverend Mark Badger with our own Sally Linsey playing the organ. The day finished with homemade hot soup provided by Rosie Styles, and mince pies, sausage rolls and hot drinks by members of the Society.
Carol Service and Walks 12th December 2015
A huge “Thank You” to everyone who supported the Carol Service (our ninth) on the 12th December 2015 at St. Denys, Severn Stoke. We are particularly grateful to those who led walks, who read for us, for all the mince pies and sausage rolls and to those who helped on the day. As last year there were about 100 people in the church and a good number of these had participated in the walks. Rosie’s soup was delicious and Sally’s organ playing as excellent as ever. The collection raised just over £200.00 for St. Denys for which the PCC is extremely grateful. So far this year the church is flood-free – long may it continue. So, see you all next year?
Book of photos donated by author
Malvern Hills District Footpath Society member Mike Smart published a book of evocative photographs of the Malvern Hills in June 2009. Mike kindly donated a signed copy of the book to the Society which was won in a free membership draw by Adrian Fray. Adrian is seen in the attached photo with the book against a backdrop of the Malvern Hills.
Air Ambulance visit
For several years now, it has been a tradition amongst the Society members to donate their small change to Midlands Air Ambulance. This collection is now made on most of the weekly walks. We were therefore delighted to be invited to our local Air Ambulance base at Strensham in September 2017 to have a look around and meet the crew.
9 of us went along to learn how the service operates and how our donations go towards providing equipment and medical supplies on board. We were able to take a good look at the Ambulance and were surprised at how small it was inside. Our ‘crew’ were both professional and charming and spent time and trouble to answer our many questions!
Interesting to note that each call out costs approximately £3000.00 and they had already been called out 3 times that particular morning!
We never know when we are likely to need this invaluable service, which receives no Government or National Lottery funding. Midlands Air Ambulance is the busiest Air Ambulance organization in the UK and averages 2000 call outs each year.
Please everyone, keep donating. Every little helps!