Just over a week ago Alison and I visited the King George V Playing Field at Brickfield to open a fireworks display, organised and sponsored by local businesses. There was a fantastic turnout for this free event and everyone enjoyed the entertainment on the stage, as well as the fireworks themselves.
The following evening I attended a local event to support the West Mercia Women’s Aid movement. As well as great entertainment there was a photo booth for fun ‘selfies’ and a raffle, all to raise funds for this group whose volunteers and workers help run refuges and provide support to victims of domestic abuse.
On Saturday we visited the medieval Grade II Listed St Helen’s Church in Fish Street, where a Drumhead Service was held to commemorate those who lost their lives in the WW1 Battle of Passchendaele. When in the field, soldiers would pile their drums neatly to make an altar and drape them with their standards (flags). In modern times the Royal British Legion honours those military personnel who died in wars by carrying on the tradition of the Drum Head Service of Remembrance.
On Tuesday it was a pleasure to be invited to visit some members of the Year 6 class of Cranham Primary School. A number of the class had taken part in an environmental study and had identified issues dealt with by the Council. They were concerned about pet owners not picking up their dogs’ mess as well as people writing graffiti and littering the area. This prompted a really good discussion on how such things might be resolved and showed that although young, the children were thinking seriously about modern day problems.
And at the end of the week, it was a trip to the hospital where HRH The Countess of Wessex was opening the Breast Cancer Haven. With consultants and nurses present this unit provides a holistic approach by screening, testing and patients all under one roof. All this was made possible through the vision of Consultant Surgeon Steven Thrush, the dedication of fund raisers and the generosity of Worcestershire people – an amazing gift to the City.