Bouncy castles and a thank you to our volunteers

It’s been a busy and varied few weeks

Firstly, it was heartening to see so many children from Evesham schools attending the RAFA commemoration in Evesham cemetery on 15 September, where so many young pilots including many from Canada are buried their lives cut short defending our shores.

Next on the list was the wow factor performance of Oliver by EODS in Evesham Arts Centre featuring the youngest performer playing Oliver who was aged eight. A programme rightfully concluded with a standing ovation, and I am always amazed at the quality of the amateur dramatic productions in the district which in many cases are equal (if not better)  to professional ones.

I occasionally get complaints that “there’s nothing for teenagers” and I dispute that. If you don’t want to play cricket, rugby, tennis, football or swim, join the scouts, guides or amateur dramatics then try the Sea Cadets who have a presence in most of our towns including Pershore, which is where I went to see the official inspection at Persore Riverside Centre of the T.S.Scimitar unit (named after the s.s. Scimitar which was adopted by Pershore during WW2). I had my arm bandaged, learnt how to tie a reef knot and admired the drill to music.

A small girl whose sister was being awarded her epaulettes was desperate to join but was having to wait a whole year before she was old enough – how time drags! If you want to go to sea, learn to sail or get involved in adventures join the cadets.

I also spent a happy hour or so on the sponsored walk from Hampton Ferry in aid of the Vale Cardiac Rehab charity – you never know when you might need their help.

With Cllr Gerry O'Donnell on the Vale Cardiac Rehab walk

With Cllr Gerry O’Donnell on the Vale Cardiac Rehab walk

The course was alongside the river and through several old orchards so I arrived at the ferry crossing a little heavier replete with blackberries, plums and damsons – lunch taken care of!

Later that day I attended a Celebration of NHS staff service in Worcester Cathedral where many stories both from patients and staff alike were told. The theme running through was that care for patients is paramount, enabled by staff working as a team sometimes not in the easiest of conditions.  A thank you was the least we could do.

A slightly different event was the welcoming to Droitwich of a company specialising in hiring and supplying bouncy castles of all descriptions, this of course, involved me  trying a few and being shown up by a small boy doing somersaults around me.

My bouncy castle days may be over!

My bouncy castle days may be over!

On 29 September I  saw the “chain gang”, as we are known, as we were invited to take tea at St. Richard’s Hospice in Worcester and to have a tour of the building.

A beautifully designed building curved around a small lagoon with friendly fish and ducks who apparently have to be shooed out of the hospice occasionally.  Unlike many people, I hadn’t realised that the hospice is not only for patients suffering from cancer but is intended for all who have terminal illnesses and provides support not only for patients but for family and friends.

They also offer a bereavement counselling  service to help families cope with grief and the practicalities of life after losing someone.

Another celebration of volunteer involvement making such a difference to so many.

October started with the opening of the new Arts Block at Pershore High School and an inspection of the state of the art facilities now provided. Remember my art classes at school involved a sheet of paper, some poster paints and a stick of charcoal – glad to see things moving upwards and onwards and producing some amazing potential graphic designers of the future.  The cakes from the catering department were good too!

The next day was very different and involved a visit to the Morgan factory in Malvern where we saw not only Morgan cars old, new and futuristic but apprentices and local craftsmen building a car which commenced manufacture in 1909 with the three wheeler which is still one of its best selling models in north America. The 4/4 commenced in 1936 and has changed very little still being one of its most popular models except when it comes to racing.

Me during my visit to Morgan

Me during my visit to Morgan

I had a look around the workshops to see the ash frame being built with the metal frame being individually fitted and beaten to shape.  Remember having a Morgan many moons ago and when a bus ran into the back of the car having to find a carpenter to repair the damage.

The company however, doesn’t rest on its laurels but has developed an electric car and is looking at developing a hydrogen fuelled one although it might be a while before either of these is seen on the roads.

Bye for now

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