Mayor’s Diary: 20 – 26 January 2018

Mayor’s Diary: 20 – 26 January 2018

While over the past year I have spent a considerable amount of time at our wonderful Cathedral, last Saturday I was invited to a smaller but just as inviting place of worship at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Severn Street. The occasion was for an investiture and to give their young Adventurers and Pathfinders (the equivalent of Scouts) awards for their achievements. The congregation thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and the children were delighted to receive their certificates and badges.

On Monday I was privileged to host the annual lunch for the trustees, volunteers and staff of the Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum. Normally held at the museum itself, while refurbishments were taking place it was considered that the Guildhall would be the perfect alternative. If you didn’t already know, while it is being renovated, the museum shop is also situated in the Guildhall, so if you are in the High Street take a moment and pop in.

That afternoon the Mayoress and I entertained a young couple in the parlour whose baby was born some 20 seconds into Christmas Day. Alison and myself met them in the hospital that day and were very pleased to see that their baby, Klara was doing so well. Dad had done some research and believed Klara was probably the first born in the country on that day, but he’s yet to confirm it.

Tuesday evening was different again, as we were invited to the Swan Theatre by Kays Theatre Group to see their production of Aladdin. Widow Twanky with ‘her’ brilliant Midlands accent who thought everything was ‘Bostin’ was brilliant to watch. It was a great performance by all the cast and the theatre group, now into their 64th panto season, are already looking forward to staging Jack and the Beanstalk next year.

The next day it was cutting a ribbon once again. This time it was to open the new Oasis Hub in the grounds of the Academy School in Warndon. Once an old bungalow for a caretaker, it has been transformed by the work of Fortis Living and many Worcester companies. Once again people have given up so much of their time to bring a project together that will benefit children, teachers and the community as a whole.

And finally Thursday evening was spent at the Guildhall at the Take Pride in Worcester event, celebrating the work of volunteers throughout the City. In the past year they have given some 5,000 hours of their time on parks and green spaces alone. That’s 1,000 more than the previous year, showing that even more people are getting involved. That’s not counting all the associations, charities, schools etc – when they’re included, the figure is increased incredibly. If you would like to consider being involved please use the Worcester City Council’s website.

Thanks for helping the city and being community conscious.

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