I was very moved and humbled during my visit to Acorns Children’s Hospice as I met families, patients, staff, and volunteers. The sadness was balanced by the absolutely superb state-of-the-art facilities and the extraordinary devotion and commitment of the staff and volunteers. Dealing with end-of-life care must demand exceptional personal qualities and the Hospice deals with care in such a sensitive way, making all the necessary comfortable provision for families to cope with severe bereavement. Thank you David Strudley, Chief Executive, for leading such a wonderful team of people where you routinely try to help others overcome what must be unbearable grief.
The Kay’s Theatre Group production of Babes In The Wood at The Swan was non-stop energy from start to finish! In the good old tradition of British pantomime, there was audience participation, which meant I got sprayed with water during one episode. I didn’t know water guns could reach that far – all good fun though. Superb performances from everybody – well done to Chris Cassidy, KTG President, and special congratulations to students from Harlequin Stage School, Worcester, who have recently been chosen to represent England at the Dance World Cup in Bucharest.
It was a real pleasure to meet residents at the Warndon Connect event at the Warndon Youth & Community Centre. It was very much along the lines of my own mayoral charity project – Come On In – to tackle the problem of loneliness and social isolation by bringing people together for a chat over a nice cuppa and cake, and providing an opportunity for them to use and pass on their own particular skills – in this case knitting – whilst enjoying the company of others outside their own homes.
It is always good to be part of the ecclesiastical life of our City. I met some interesting and imaginative people at the Dean’s New Year reception for local businesses; and I continue to be in awe at what was clearly once the former majesty of the Old Palace at the Bishop of Worcester’s reception.