Last Friday coffee mornings were held across the land, with proceeds going to Macmillan’s Cancer Support charity. I indulged myself at Anja Potze’s shop in Friar Street and at a second event arranged by Rotary Club at the Guildhall. Too much cake, but all in a good cause!
Then at lunchtime Alison and I headed to Fort Royal Community Primary School, which was celebrating its tenth Birthday. This is a fantastic school catering for children with special needs. Teachers, volunteers and support from Tesco’s (as well as many other groups) made this a great day, with numerous stalls providing entertainment for the children.
That afternoon I opened the new premises of Worcester Wheels, which does so much to combat loneliness among those less able to get around via ordinary transport. Again, it is volunteers who provide this great service, which enables people to get out of their homes.
That evening we were at the University supporting the Worcester Wolves Basketball team in their first game of the season. Sadly the London Lions proved the better team on the night, despite the Wolves putting up a very spirited challenge.
On Saturday night we visited the Cathedral to watch a performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto followed by the Armed Man, composed by Karl Jenkins. This was a magnificent performance by the excellent local Orchestra of the Swan. This music – a Mass for Peace – was very moving and was made even more effective by the singing of a choir comprised of Worcestershire children.
The following day was spent in various religious settings. At midday I attended the opening of the Al-Madina Jami Masjid Muslim centre, with other councillors and community leaders. The community there have waited many years for the completion of their own centre and are very pleased with the new building.
I then went to the Sansome Road Baptist Church where the Worcestershire Boys Brigade was celebrating 100 years since the formation of their unit. Their salute and march past was received by Mr Andrew Grant, a Deputy Lord Lieutenant.
That evening saw us again at the Cathedral, on this occasion celebrating the County’s Harvest Festival. Once again, a really nice service with a sermon reflecting on times past – and those still to come.