Jul 31, 2012
Cllr Roger Berry

Mayor’s Week, 22 – 28 July 2012

I enjoyed an early visit with Mel Kirk from Maggs Day Centre on Sunday to serve breakfast for those who had slept out overnight on College Green as part of The Big Sleepout. As well as highlighting local needs, this provided funds for St Paul’s Hostel. Thank you to those few who slept out!

We attended The First Worcestershire Barrio Fiesta at Perdiswell. It is intended to enhance the Filipino International Community’s stance in Worcestershire, celebrate their unique heritage and encourage a greater awareness of Filipino roots now they are living in Britain. It was a great opportunity to enjoy the parade, meet local Filipinos and gain a greater understanding of this small community’s culture, as well as see their contribution to the local economy.

We had a visit from The North Worcester Venture scheme to see the Mayor’s parlour and Guildhall on Monday. The group included youngsters from our twin Le Vesinet in Paris.

Later we attended a meeting with The Rotary Club of Worcester to plan arrangements for the Charity Banquet to be held in The New Year. Fortunately we have had an offer from Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Youth Section to provide a cabaret.

The Mayoress and I attended the Laslett Almshouses Centenary Service on Tuesday where we met residents, trustees and visitors on a most beautiful day. William Laslett, whose portrait hangs proudly in the Guildhall, was an enigma. The almshouses remain a permanent legacy to this man, providing a peaceful haven in a busy city. It is difficult to appreciate that this was the original site of the old city gaol.

We attended the Worcester Community Trust Community Games on Friday. Droitwich Air Cadets marched past and there were stalls from most local voluntary organisations.

Worcester Community Games 2012

This is the first of many events hoping to engage the community as part of the Olympic Legacy, as well as raise awareness of the Olympic Opening Ceremony later that evening.

Thanks to Worcester Community Trust, funders Worcester Community Housing and Community Safety, and the Sports Development Teams.

We enjoyed a visit to open a fundraiser promoted by Tegan Lea-Kemp at Archdale’s Club on Saturday. This young lady is keen to raise funds for Cancer Research and Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital to repay the medical help which she has received.

What a fine comment on this young person who is pleased to repay the help she has personally received.

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