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Date : 16th January 2018

Archbishop to visit St Wulstan’s and consecrate the refurbished organ.

We are delighted to announce that Archbishop Bernard Longley will be visiting St Wulstan’s Church in Little Malvern this Sunday 21st January, the patronal feast day of St Wulstan.  Everyone is warmly invited at 10.30 am.

We are thrilled that the organ is back in place from Nicholson & Co. (the company that originally built the organ in around 1870.)  The mechanical action has been completely restored, all leatherwork replaced, the soundboards and chests cleaned and overhauled, pipes cleaned and restored to their original speech, and the console and surrounding casework restored, too.

The organ tuner is currently in attendance every day.  There are approximately 888 pipes and some are still to be installed, but we are hopeful that the work will be completed for the service on Sunday, when the Archbishop will bless the organ at the beginning of Mass.

The organ will be "voiced up" by Dr Donald Hunt, former organist of Worcester Cathedral, who will also play at the end of Mass.  For the Mass itself we will have our own (wonderful) choir and organist.  Afterwards, Father Edward Crouzet OSB warmly invites everyone to stay for coffee in the Parish Room.

Worcestershire couple Bill and Charlotte Carver recently instigated a project to design Christmas cards featuring one of the stained glass windows in the Lady Chapel at St Wulstan’s.  They would like to thank everyone who has supported their venture, as nearly all 10,000 cards have been sold.  Orders came from near and far:  not only from parishioners and friends, but also from members of The Elgar Society and music buffs across the world.

However, there is still a shortfall of money required for the church restoration.

The remaining Christmas Cards will be on sale this Sunday after Mass in the Parish Room and throughout the month of January at the reduced price of £2.95.

There are also a limited number of cards available in gold or white frames for £5 each:  like icons, they look good on a wall and would provide a great souvenir from this year’s Feast of St Wulstan.    To preview or to purchase online visit www.christmascardsinaidofstwulstanschurch.com

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For media comment or further information contact Charlotte Carver on 01684 592179 or James Sweetman on 01684 563836.

Notes:

St Wulstan became a Benedictine monk at Worcester Cathedral Priory and Bishop of Worcester in 1062.  Many of the church rebuilding works in the three counties area are attributed to him, together with the large-scale work at Worcester and Hereford cathedrals, as well as the founding of Great Malvern Priory.  He survived the Norman Conquest to become a trusted adviser of William the Conqueror and died in 1095 at the age of 87.

Saint Wulstan was canonised in 1203 and is the Patron Saint of Vegetarians.

St Wulstan’s Church in Little Malvern was built in 1862 but the parish, closely linked with Little Malvern Court, has a continuous Catholic history since the Reformation. Sir Edward Elgar, his wife and daughter are buried in the churchyard.

A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

10.15 am Sunday January 21, 2018 at St Wulstan’s Church, Little Malvern, WR14 4JL

Bespoke cartoon courtesy of Rupert Besley © 2011