Lady Davenham debuts in Malvern care home’s stunning display

At Malvern-based Davenham, Perrins House and Bradbury Court, our residential, nursing and dementia care homes which are collectively known as Friends of the Elderly Malvern, the care teams’ green fingers have been getting creative for The Malvern Waters and Well Dressing Festival.

From 4th to 12th May, Friends of the Elderly Malvern participated in The 2024 Malvern Waters and Well Dressing Festival; opening its historic, iron gates and welcoming visitors to see the care homes’ beautiful grounds and stunningly decorated famous Well. The Well – which is located at the front of Davenham Residential Care Home – was immediately visible as visitors passed through the early 20th Century Art Nouveau style gates and walked past The Gate House – complete with its roof top carved dragon – towards the main building.

Visitors were also able to see the English Heritage Blue Plaque on Davenham’s gate dedicated to Charles Dyson Perrins, which celebrates the link between this historical, notable figure of the past and the building where he lived.

This is the fourth time Friends of the Elderly Malvern has entered the Festival and, in the past, the decorated Well has won one Silver and two Bronze Awards. “This year, I’m so proud to say that we were awarded another Silver,” said Jo Bennett, the General Manager of the three care homes. “The team worked so hard on the decorations. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Trees’, so we ran with this idea and made a beautiful lady figure out of a range trees, branches and leaves which represent the Perrins Family Tree. Topping of our design is our centrepiece lady who has affectionately been named ‘Lady Davenham’,” continued Jo.

“The concept for creating Lady Davenham came from Julie Hill, one of our Domestic Services Team, during a team brainstorming session we had for the well dressing. Our Activity Coordinators – Tina Ellenton, Selena Whittaker and Laura Smith – then brought her to life,” said Jo. “In actual fact, preparing our Well for the Festival has been a real Friends of the Elderly Malvern family affair, with our residents, their relatives, pupils from Somers Park School and our care team getting involved.”

The historic Davenham Well – which is also known as St. John’s Well – has also been decorated with handmade bunting made from leaves, which pupils from Somers Park School have coloured to make even more attractive. “Our Well is quite remarkable,” continued Jo. “It is an ornamental bronze well head, with a spout and basin, it is something to be seen and the decorations really set it off.”

“In addition to taking part in the Well Dressing Festival, we thought it would be a lovely idea to run a Well Leaf Colouring Competition for our residents to judge. The residents are really looking forward to it and will present the winning pupils with prizes,” added Tina Ellenton, the Activities Coordinator at Davenham.

Friends of the Elderly Malvern also has two hidden secrets – a sunken water garden and grotto which are also located on the grounds. “Evidently, both the sunken water garden and grotto date back to the first decade of the 20th Century when Charles Dyson Perrins lived here and he engaged Gardener, James Pulham, to landscape the grounds,” Jo concluded.

Through three care homes and a day care centre at Malvern, we deliver dedicated services to our residents and clients. Find out more by calling 01905 388 720 or emailing