It was an honour for Alison and I to support one of our charities, Headway, by attending a pop-up restaurant they had organised. Their chef, Hazel, produced some amazing Mexican food. Her daytime job is preparing meals for their clients and if this was anything to go by they are treated to some great food. The whole event raised about £600 and was a real success. I recommend a visit if you see similar events advertised there in the future.
The next day we were entertained by both young and older contestants from across Worcester as they took part in the Competitive Arts Festival at the Royal Grammar School. We were able to listen to recitals by the Worcester City Brass, a cello group and individual piano pieces as well as young vocalists. It’s a pleasure to see such talent on display.
That same evening I visited the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Worcester where the congregation were celebrating 50 years since their church was built. We were told of how many of them there this evening took part in that construction, making it the place that it is today. There were photographs and stories of those ‘younger’ members volunteering to bring about a fast end to the building work. It was an interesting evening made all the better by the welcoming approach of all those present.
This week I’ve been at the Guildhall a couple of times to give tours and talks to groups of students. The first was from Stuttgart, Germany and the second from Florence, Italy. Both are staying in Worcester for the week and by their comments are really taken with our city. It would be nice to think they promote it when they get home and encourage more visitors to come here.
Finally, on Thursday evening we visited the Diglis House Hotel where we had been invited to the launch of The Ring, an arts trail around the River Severn and Worcester and Birmingham Canal. This was also attended by Heather Wastie, a former Worcestershire Poet Laureate, who has written a book of poems capturing the history of the canal. The Ring is actually a 21-mile loop of waterways within Mid-Worcestershire. Hopefully it will become another tourist attraction for our great city.