Two new words to add to the phrasebook this week: 美 (měilì) and wunderschön, Chinese and German respectively, both meaning ‘beautiful’ – and both referring to our fabulous City. But first to business – or more aptly, busy-ness.
Much of the role of Mayor is concerned with raising funds for good causes, and the first to respond to my appeal to Worcester’s four major banks was HSBC’s Andy Leonard, a man with bright ideas.
Then on to the source of the first of my new words: a tour of the Guildhall for sixteen teachers from Zhengzhou in China, here on a fact-finding mission with the University.
Sad news tempered by some happier news surrounds one of my pet organisations this week: the Rotary Club, a real fundraising giant. My own club, Worcester South, has had to fold after 51 years due to the age of many of its members. On the brighter side, Richard Rogers, whose inauguration as President of Worcester Rotary I attended on Monday, has welcomed many back as new members.
Then the first of several amazing events involving children: co-judging the Rotary Club ‘Junior Youth Speaks’ competition at St Barnabas School. Illuminating! Later the same day, off to St James Church in Welland for the Malvern Singers’ hugely uplifting summer concert ‘Life is a Song’. I also handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the Help for Heroes charity.
On Friday an unusual occurrence – no engagements! Except that I managed to squeeze in a wedding in Birmingham, a conference for Midlands councillors and a visit to Stanley Road School for its Starfest Big Art exhibition.
Nor will I ever cease to be amazed by the gifted children of Worcester’s New College, whose Celebration Day concert left me utterly lost for words.
Other highlight events this week were: Hidden Histories at the Hive; Chapter 8 Choir’s exquisite concert in the cathedral Chapter House in aid of Maggs Day Centre; a meeting with Alan Amos and Keith Slater about a Lottery grant for Regenerating Communities; a tour of the Guildhall for sixteen students from Principia School of Language in Stuttgart, guests of Blessed Edward Oldcorne RC College. Wünderbar!