Mar 4, 2013
Cllr Roger Berry

Mayor’s Week: 25 February – 3 March 2013

This has been a week of American visitors to the Guildhall!  First on Monday, we welcomed Rotarians from Carolina on an exchange visit to the UK.  They had visited Worcester Cricket Club for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Guildhall, where we were also treated to an English Cream Tea, courtesy of the Worcester Rotarians.

Then on Thursday, we entertained university lecturers from Duluth, Minnesota.  They particularly enjoyed the artworks, and the sense of history of the building.  It certainly is important to recognise the potential the Guildhall has as a tourist attraction.

Worcester's historic Guildhall:  a major tourist attraction

Worcester’s historic Guildhall: a major tourist attraction

Also on Thursday, we welcomed Year 6 students from St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary school in Warndon. It was one of the most enjoyable visits we have had, as the children were so interested in history and their questions really kept us on our toes!  We hope to be making a return visit when we shall attend their forthcoming fundraising event – involving a circus in the school grounds.

We also had a final meeting to plan this week’s charity banquet; we are so grateful for the many donations which will provide a real boost for this annual fundraiser.

The launch of Fairtrade fortnight was preceded by judging artwork on the topic from many Worcester schools. It really was a hard job, as so many new ideas had come from the budding artists.

On Friday we attended the Fair Trade Coffee Morning and were able to present prizes to the winners of the art competition, who also joined us in the Parlour for a short visit.  Thanks to Worcester Trade Justice Network for organising the occasion, and to The Co-operative and Tesco’s for providing Fair Trade products.

Saturday was an opportunity to attend the annual Young Enterprise Spring Fair in Cathedral Plaza and present awards to the winners. It was a good opportunity to talk with youngsters and see all the products they were selling from Young Enterprise Companies promoted by schools across South Worcestershire. This is certainly a great opportunity to develop those enterprise skills that are so needed if the economy is ever to recover.  We congratulated all the youngsters who have worked so hard in building up their companies and promoting them.

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