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An unusual event was held at The Dell House B&B this week. Kevin & Elizabeth Rolph, who moved to Malvern in 2014 to take over the Dell House, had commissioned Hereford sculptor Steve Elsby to carve a dragon atop a tall tree stump in the garden. On Wednesday there was a ceremony devised by celebrant Maggie Forrest to give the dragon a name.

Naming inanimate objects, like ships, is a tradition that goes back centuries. Maggie’s usual role is to write and conduct funerals, weddings and baby naming ceremonies but she was delighted to take up this unusual commission. Around 20 people attended, including the carver, neighbours, and many involved in local tourism.

The ceremony also had a serious note; it included Elizabeth & Kevin making a public declaration of their commitment to continue reviving the Dell House and its gardens, and to share them with guests and visitors to Malvern. The Dell House recently won second place in the ‘Best B&B in Worcestershire’ and third place for ‘Best Self-Catering’, as judged by Visit Worcestershire.

The dragon was named “Tamakander, Watcher of the Lower Garden and Scourge of the Binding Weed”. (Kevin and Elizabeth had shifted several tons of bramble and bindweed from this area!)