On Wednesday the mayoress and I went to Claines Lane to meet the Under 15 Youth section Cup winning team from last season on the pitch at half time. It was my first visit to City’s new home. Thank you to the directors of the club, including Colin Layland, who showed us their new facilities before the game, which was well attended with a big win to boost.
Friday night was one of the highlights of the mayoral year; my Inaugural Banquet was moved from late Spring to September to reflect the welcome easing of Covid restrictions. The Guildhall Assembly room looked splendid with floral table decorations provided by the Worcester Floral Arrangement Society. The flowers were on a purple theme to reflect my two nominated charities, Aspie and the Stroke Association, with table names dedicated to famous people who either had Asperger’s or were stroke survivors.
I would like to thank my two main speakers, Mr Neil Bucktin and the Lord Faulkner of Worcester, who spoke about the many positive aspects of our city.
On Sunday the mayoress and I were at the Commandery for the ‘Pearl Blades & Painted Silks’ book launch. Leena Batchelor described how she had been inspired by her childhood to publish the book. Several speakers read poems – including Faith Taylor from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate for 2021.
A meeting of the Council took place on Tuesday, which as mayor I chair. The Deputy Mayor and I announced the details of the 400th Charter celebrations that will take place during the weekend of 2nd October. On display for the first time were the two Wentworth Pewter bowls, replacing the ones lost in the English Civil war, and the Edward Hurdman blue plaque which will be installed next to All Saints Church. After the meeting a special photograph was taken of all the Councillors, civic officers, and senior management of the City Council.
On Wednesday I popped into New Road where the Grassroots Cricket Awards were being presented. I met Ian Martin, Head of Disability Cricket at the England & Wales Cricket Board, who told us of exciting new plans for the sport at the University.
Finally on Thursday I helped the Soroptimists, a volunteer movement which aims to to transform the lives of women and girls, to plant two trees at Fort Royal Park to celebrate 100 years of the organisation.