My first engagement of the week was an evening visit to the Barbourne Ex-Services Club where the organisers were bringing together ex-forces personnel from various groups from around the City. There were those who were members of the Royal British Legion, others who took part in a Breakfast Club and those from the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. It’s hoped that this getting together will happen on a more regular basis, encourage new members and be another level of support for past service personnel.
The Bank Holiday weekend brought with it engagements at events contained within the Worcester Festival. It started with great music put on by the English Symphony Orchestra (which is based in Worcester). The played some very well known music from the Harry Potter and Toy Story films as well as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf suite. Narrated by Ben Humphries, some serious applauding let everyone know how much it was enjoyed. The Swan Theatre hosted its Summer Fete on Sunday and as well as stalls with various ‘goodies,’ it launched its Pantomime Season too. Actors and actresses in full costume headed over to the Police Station to visit its Open Day. Needless to say – they were jailed!
And on Monday the Festival closed with a fantastic Firework Display. Lots of ‘oohs and ahhs’ showed just how much the spectacle was appreciated by everyone present who, it should be said donated very generously to those collecting for St. Richard’s Hospice . Lots of thanks to all those who arranged these terrific events.
Later in the week we visited The Hive where we were given a tour of the award winning archive and archaeology sections. The housing of these archived documents is an impressive affair, with considerable safety precautions for their preservation in place. This is yet another organisation that runs incredibly well with the help of local volunteers.