I enjoyed a fleeting visit to Warndon Community Centre on Sunday where Worcester Community Trust (WCT) were hosting a five-a-side football competition. Despite the inclement weather Jill and I were able to wish contestants well.
The Celebration of The Diamond Jubilee at the Cathedral was a memorable occasion later that day. We were entertained to tea and cakes, then followed an uplifting service where Her Majesty’s devotion was praised by the Bishop. The music was as usual of a high standard.
Monday brought a celebration of the Jubilee at Ronkswood. What fine weather and thanks are due to the local publican and Emma Harding of WCT who, with a team of volunteers, had organised everything so well. It was great to see so many old friends.
I had an early start on Tuesday at St Peter’s, where Abigail McFarlane (15) had organised a Diamond Jubilee Fundraising Event for Acorns and NSPCC. Well done Abbi – I am impressed with the commitment of young people who do so much these days.
Over to The Tolly Centre at midday for another Jubilee celebration. There was a good turnout from local people, reflecting the strong sense of community in Tolladine. Thanks to Sandra Kennedy of WCT and her team of volunteers for making such a success on an inclement day.
I chaired a planning meeting on Wednesday for the Armed Forces homecoming and freedom parade that will take place in Worcester on June 27. I must pay tribute to the military precision with the planning of the event. It will be a terrific turnout of Armed Forces so I hope it is well supported by the local community.
Later that day I met with Pat Brandum, Chief Executive of West Mercia Housing Group, and the evening brought the first of two evening training sessions for councillors on Planning Committee work.
On Thursday we entertained a group from Zweibrucken in south west Germany to a tour of the Guildhall. They were accompanied by representatives from Worcester Radio Amateurs Association. It was clear they enjoyed the visit, despite so much of the building being unavailable because of redecoration.
That afternoon we enjoyed a trip to visit Worcester Crossroads to meet staff and an old colleague, Roger Garland. Crossroads provides an excellent service to local people – something the Mayoress has first hand experience of from her own experiences caring for her aged parents in Abertillery.
Friday and Saturday were free of civic events so I had an opportunity to catch up with casework and gardening, as well as take a walk on the Northwick Trail alongside the River.
Saturday also brought a visit to Pershore and a visit to the Abbey for Worcestershire Philharmonic Orchestra’s 40th birthday and Jubilee celebrations. Really enjoyable!