On Sunday the mayoress and I attended the lunchtime matinee performance of Kay’s Theatre Group’s pantomime, Little Red Riding Hood. This is the Theatre Group’s 67th production since their first in 1954, which was also Little Red Riding Hood! The Swan Theatre was full, and the audience of children and adults were treated to an excellent show that included young performers from the Harlequin Stage School.

The pantomime was directed by Paula Dymock and written by Paul Tate, with the music directed by BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Andrew Easton. Two weeks ago he also interviewed me on his Saturday morning programme whilst I was out in Parma.

The Kays Theatre Group have many talented amateur performers and their productions have received numerous local area National Operatic and Dramatic Association awards over the years. Proceeds from the production also support their chosen charity, St. Richard’s Hospice. Their next production will be Alice in Wonderland in 2023.

On Friday the mayoress and I were invited to The Old Palace to Bishop John Inge’s At Home evening, which he hosted alongside his wife Helen Jane Colston. John Inge has been Bishop of Worcester since March 2008. He also holds the ancient title of the Lord High Almoner and is responsible to the Keeper of the Privy Purse for the arrangements for the annual Maundy service. The only time the Maundy Service has been held in Worcester was back in 1980.

Finally, I want to mention my Charity Banquet that will raise funds for Aspie and the Stroke Association on April 29. The event at the Guildhall is something to look forward to so please contact the civic office  if you wish to join us on what should be a memorable evening. I would also love to hear form anyone who can provide raffle prizes for the evening, to help these worthwhile causes.

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