President: Clive Richards OBE
Vice-President: Mari Blackwell MBE
Chairman: Jean Kemp
Secretary: Avril Stevens
Membership forms are available from:
Mrs B O’Brien
16 Greenhill Drive,
WORCS, WR14 2BW
Tel: 01684 561644
To join the MTA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent MTA events
Mrs Mari Blackwell MBE has now retired as chairman of the MTA and as front of house co-ordinator. Her constant presence will be very much missed as she has been an integral part of Malvern Theatres since 1964.
Jean Kemp was elected at the 2015 Annual General Meeting to serve as chairman in her place. Her first duty as chairman was to pay tribute to Mari and to present her with a cheque made up of donations collected from MTA & MTP members and the President of the MTA, Mr Clive Richards.
The front of house volunteers will be provided as usual under the stewardship of Joy Morrow and Liz Green, with the supervision of the theatre management. Our sincere thanks go to them for taking on the mammoth task of doing the rota.
Three fund raising events have been held recently. One was another afternoon tea-party held very kindly by Angela Priddey . A coffee morning was then held on the Blackwell Terrace in the Theatre in September. The last fund-raising event of 2015 was a mulled wine and mince-pie evening held in the Circle Bar in December. We had entertainment generously provided by the Elderly Brothers, a talented trio of musicians well-known to the local community.
All these events were very well supported and thanks go to everyone who helped us to raise the money that enabled us to make a donation of £4,500 to the Theatre to pay for the electrical distribution board for the dimming of the lighting in the Festival Theatre.
A special coffee morning was held on 30 January to mark the retirement from active duties of Nene and Eric Smith and Joan Fowler with a combined 150 years of loyal service to Malvern Theatres in many capacities. They have all been wonderfully reliable and supportive over these many years and will be very much missed. Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to them .
At a recent committee meeting in this, the Malvern Theatre Association’s Golden Jubilee Year, it was agreed unanimously that a sum of £10,000 should be donated towards the new seating for the Festival Theatre.
On Monday 3rd November 2014, our Chairman Mrs. Mari Blackwell MBE presented the Chief Executive Mr. Nic Lloyd with a cheque for £9,000.
The outstanding £1,000 is to follow after further fundraising by the MTA during the next 12 months.
As a further celebration of the Malvern Theatre Association’s Golden Jubilee a Garden Party was held at Lower Hope, the home of the Association’s President Clive Richards and his wife Sylvia.
As part of this celebration tea and cakes were enjoyed by all, and generously provided by our President.
In spite of a heavy downpour of rain just before 2.pm (the scheduled start time) the weather was not too unkind and everyone enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon, taking in the pleasures of an interesting, and beautifully cared-for, mature garden.
As a result of this successful event a sum of £460 was added to the MTA funds to support the theatre.
(Above) Malvern Theatres Association Chairman, Mari Blackwell MBE with the Association’s President Clive Richard OBE.
(Above) Enjoying tea and cakes in beautiful surroundings.
(Above) Tea being served in the oast house.
As part of the 50th celebrations of the MTA, Angela Priddey hosted an Afternoon Tea Party at her home on the 17th July 2014.
The event was well attended and blessed with beautiful weather enabling those present to appreciate the lovely garden.
This successful event raised over £400 towards theatre funds.
The splendid celebration cake was made by Angela’s cousin, Ann and was enjoyed by all.
Malvern Theatres Association
The Malvern Theatre Association (MTA) was founded in 1964 for the support of the Malvern Festival Theatre, which at that time was having problems and was under threat of closure. Since then, the association has played an important role in the support and maintenance of the theatres.
Member events and activities, both social and fund-raising, have altered over the years to meet the changing needs of the Theatre. Computers and staff now do tasks that were once the province of volunteer members: no longer does a merry band gather to chat and stuff hundreds of brochures into envelopes!
One of the key contributions the Association makes is the provision of volunteer staff for front-of-house duties, saving many thousands of pounds every year. Fundraising has enabled the MTA and the former MTA Club to donate many thousands of pounds for equipment throughout the building. The Club also gifted the large wall clock that can be seen above the bar and foyer area; this was commissioned from silversmith and clockmaker Marianne Forrest.
Since the building reopened after a massive refurbishment, the MTA has given in excess of £50,000 towards lighting and communications equipment, a hearing system, furniture, and new heating. In 1997 the Club gave over £30,000 to the Redevelopment Appeal.
MTA fundraising allowed handrails to be fitted up the stairs in the Theatre Circle; a rear exit door to be converted for use in winter, to save heat-loss from the foyer and lots of other projects and equipment – unseen and unsung, but vitally important for the Theatres.
Money is raised through membership subscriptions, a 100 Club, coffee mornings and social events throughout the year. There are currently around 300 members and new additions are always welcome.
Members do not have to pay the 12% booking fee. They receive a newsletter three times a year with information about social and fundraising events, including several outings each year to other venues. Membership of the Association is a pre-requisite for members of the Malvern Theatre Players, the resident amateur company, which mounts regular productions.
Most Saturday mornings throughout the year, you will find MTA members and friends in the Circle Bar, socialising, arranging their Front-of-House duties and always fund-raising, £1 at a time but every £1 helps. There are occasional special events – perhaps in someone’s home or on the Blackwell Terrace. For ‘Special’ think home-made cakes and some fun fund-raising with prizes. The ‘Specials’ will be advertised on the MTA noticeboard in the foyer. Regular events are 10.30 until noon on Saturdays. You are always welcome to join us for a coffee and a chat.