The week began with an enjoyable walk in the Worcester Woods as part of Strength Walk 2012, an event designed to raise awareness for Victim Support in the county. It was great to launch it and speak to staff and some of the many volunteers.
We enjoyed a half-day trip to Bourton- On-The-Water with residents of Berkley’s and Nash’s Alms-houses. We were fortunate with the weather and enjoyed the lovely Cotswold scenery.
On Thursday Jill and I took the Oath of Allegiance from junior recruits to the Army. It was pleasing to meet so many of them and their families on this very special day. My brother joined as a young soldier and enjoyed seeing the world, before he returned to Civy Street as a bursar in a Girls School in London.
Later we joined guests for Worcester Bosch Group’s Golden Anniversary event at Sixways. What a story, growing from humble beginnings in the City centre to a multi-national Company with employment for nearly a thousand people. It is important to recognise the need for long term investment in the development of a company, combined with an active training programme. Many thanks to Richard Soper and colleagues for the warm welcome.
We joined a packed Cathedral on Friday to attend the memorial service for Michael Brinton, the late County Lord Lieutenant. It was evident what high esteem he was held in by the excellent address and packed attendance.
The service was followed by a meeting of the Committee to commemorate World War I in the Mayor’s Parlour.
In the evening we enjoyed a dinner courtesy of St Paul’s Kitchen Project at St Swithun’s Institute. The event was to showcase the successful kitchen project where residents have been trained in hospitality. We later presented certificates to those who had worked so hard. The meal was certainly a testament to its success and suppliers, volunteers and staff thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
With the completion of the summer of Olympics thoughts must turn to its legacy, and how we recognise the raised profile of people with a disability and their culture of achievement. As a society we must ensure opportunities are available to all!