Mayor’s Week: 18 – 24 May 2014

Mayor’s Week: 18 – 24 May 2014

The Inge family are very much in our thoughts and prayers this week after the sad news that Denise, wife of Bishop John, died a few days ago. It feels much too soon to lose this vibrant lady.

It was a special pleasure to welcome a group from Asha Women’s Centre to the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall, this week. This knowledgeable group was especially interested in the roll of honour, which lists all of the city’s mayors since 1836. The date is important because the great Reform Act of 1832 meant that local government became democratic for the first time and local councillors had to be elected, rather than appointed.

Just before Easter, Lisa Ventura and her husband Russell launched Worcester’s newest charity, Frankie’s Legacy. As readers may know, Frankie did not survive birth. He had a cleft palate and an abnormality on chromasome 15 that causes a range of disabilities. Frankie’s Legacy hopes to provide some comforte for parents who find themselves in a similar situation to the Venturas. Details of Frankie’s Legacycan be found at

Worcester’s choral heritage is safe in the hands of the next generation of young singers – the Young Voices choir practically levitated with enthusiasm as they sang. This impressive young choir is still recruiting singers. You can find them in St George’s Church, Barbourne, on Saturday mornings.

Rotary President’s Night at the Guildhall was a splendid affair, as they celebrated 90 years of Rotary in Worcester. I wish I had made notes! We heard so much about the early years of Rotary in the city and about the strong link between the early Rotarians and the mayoralty. Rotary’s service to our local community and far beyond has been outstanding.

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