11:10am Tuesday 21st February 2012
By Tarik Al Rasheed
A SCIENCE and faith event celebrating Charles Darwin and his contribution to evolutionary theory will be taking place in Malvern next month.
Malvern Evolution Weekend will comprise of a series of events in venues around the town on Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4.
Malvern played an important part in Darwin’s life. He came to the town for treatment after developing a fever during his voyage on HMS Beagle, and it was also the place where he brought his 10-year-old daughter Annie in the hope that she would benefit from the famous Malvern Cold Water Cure. She is buried in Great Malvern Priory having died on April 23, 1851.
Malvern Evolution Weekend will begin on Saturday, March 3, with two free presentations by Professor Mark Pallen at the Malvern St James Drama Centre, in Avenue Road.
The first, at 2pm, is entitled A Rough Guide to Darwin and the second, at 3.30pm, Evolution: Evidence and Ideas.
At 7.30pm that evening, Rev David Coleman will lead a multimedia evening entitled A Time of Wonder at St Matthias, in Church Road.
Then, at 11am the following morning, he will lead a ‘Dinosaur Sunday’ service at Holly Mount URC, in Queen’s Drive.
The weekend will also incorporate a children’s activity morning exploring the world of fossils, rocks and minerals.
This takes place at Holly Mount URC between 10am-noon on Saturday, March 3 and is being supported by Museums Worcestershire and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust.
Organiser Andrew Webb explained that the weekend is one of many taking place worldwide as part of Evolution Weekend 2012.
“Although there have been a few events associated with Evolution Weekend, this is the first time we’ve done a full programme like this in Malvern,” he said. “It’s really to celebrate science and faith and the fact that there is no conflict between them.”
For more information call 01684 565708 or alternatively e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org rg.uk. For ticket information email tickets@malvernevolution weekend.org.uk.
Booking is essential for the presentations at Malvern St James.
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