You may be pleased to note that true to my word, I joined over 700 runners for my first 5k Park Run last Saturday, which I completed in a respectable time of 28 minutes and 22 seconds. My sights are set on bigger and better goals, with one eye on the Worcester City Half Marathon in September – watch this space!
Last week I launched the Talk to Me Worcester campaign. The concept behind this campaign is really simple; I am trying to encourage local people to create some opportunities to bring people together to talk and have some fun, It could be a really small action like inviting a neighbour or two round for a coffee – or maybe organising a lunch or games afternoon for people in your neighbourhood. By taking a little more time for conversation with others, we can build stronger and more resilient communities in Worcester and enhance the well-being of individuals and families. I am pleased to say I have had a very positive response so far! Please do get in touch if you have any ideas.
It is always good to recognise residents who go above and beyond the call of duty, in the background and unnoticed. Hundreds of these heroes in our city go under the radar, often performing the thankless tasks that others shy away from or are unable to commit to. One such person I had the privilege to meet was Allan Poyner of the Royal British Legion, at a surprise party held in his honour on Saturday in Claines.
Allan has served the Legion selflessly for over a decade and has overseen numerous Poppy Appeals and events over the years. The crowning glory were the events held last year to mark the centenary of WW1 and in particular, Remembrance Day where thousands of people saw the Legion and the Worcestershire regiments parade along the High Street. Allan steps down from his position this year, but will still be involved in the background. Allan – the City and I salute you for your service and dedication to the cause.
Whatever you’re doing this weekend, spare a thought for all the volunteers and unsung heroes that keep the wheels turning in the city. Following in the footsteps of my predecessor, former Mayor Steve MacKay whose mayoral theme was dedicated to honouring volunteers, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank you all.