Well this was a quieter week with only five engagements, but all very different. It started with Alison and myself going to the Commandery where clients of New Opportunities Worcester were displaying their skills in photography. This was an excellent exhibition of pictures from different angles of items found around Worcester.
On Saturday it was a pleasure to entertain a number of members of the Worcester Operatic and Drama Youth section (WODY’S) to the Parlour. This is a group that utilise their Saturday mornings to practice drama and music skills prior to rehearsing for their next big production. In 2018 they will be performing Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Swan Theatre, which I’m sure will be yet another sell out.
The following day I joined MP Robin Walker and a number of other councillors to officially open a new Youth Hub and Community Centre in Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester. The site will feature a games room, garden art and craft area as well as a space for the over 50’s to socialise in. A lot of hard work has gone into this project which could benefit both adults and children alike. I’m sure it will really take off and I wish them well.
On Wednesday we visited Frances Court in Barbourne, where I talked to residents regarding the role of the mayor. It was an interesting morning as although many were concerned about issues such as footpaths, I think most if not all agreed that Worcester was a great place to live. There was a general agreement about the quality of our parks, independent shops and tourist attractions. I described the ceremonial duties of the mayor along with the history of the office.
And then came Thursday, with the first Carol Service of the season which took place in the Cathedral. Afterwards I processed with the Mace and Sword Bearers to the Cornmarket, where I opened the 25th Victorian Fayre. This really was an exceptional event attended by visitors far and wide, including representatives from our twinned towns of Kleve in Germany, Le Vesinet in France and Ukmerge in Lithuania. Over 200 stallholders were in the city centre to make this a special event and with the funfair as well, the children were having a great time. All in all I think the Fayre will have a great few days.