Last week was full of contrasts. Firstly on Monday, I had meetings with the mayoral charities and with the Managing Director and Leader of the Council to discuss business matters. The charities are pleased with our attempts to highlight homelessness issues and the response to our fundraising; we’ve still got two more events scheduled for April and May!
Tuesday saw the Royal visit by HRH Duke of Gloucester, who opened the Pierson Study Centre at the University. I well remember Mr Pierson, and this was a fine way to commemorate his name through such ideal study and information services for students.
On Thursday I joined Debbie Morris and the Principal of Worcester College of Technology to present the Ability Awards to students who had suffered brain injury. It was a heart warming occasion, and a real tribute to the efforts of students who had progressed in so many ways to receive this recognition.
During the afternoon we attended the funeral of Bob Bullock at St Marys Parish Church in Kempsey. He was a former Justice of the Peace, Mayor, City and County Councillor, who had spent so much of his life in public service. He also contributed to the rescue of several prominent buildings in the City centre.
During the early evening we attended the West Midlands Ambulance Service Long Service and Excellence Awards at the Chateau Impney, Droitwich. It is pleasing to note how many public servants do their job to such an excellent standard; they well deserve this recognition.
On Friday we attended the funeral of David Inight MBE at St Stephens Church; another former Mayor and long serving City and County Councillor. David and I shared a mutual interest in the development of council housing in the City, and latterly we had regained contact with his work at the Worcester Rotary Club. He will be sorely missed, and our sympathies go to Hilary, his partner.
On Saturday evening we attended the Charity Ball of the Mayor of Gloucester, Cllr David Brown, at Kingsholme Rugby Ground Gloucester.