Going back to school

The last few weeks since my last blog have been incredibly busy.

There were several highlights among the frequent visits I have been making including one to Bredon Hill Middle School’s open day at Ashton Under Hill.


I took the opportunity to take part in some experiments in the science labs involving mixing chemicals to make various fizzing things including fireworks – great fun.  Computers are today playing a huge part in pupils’ development from art and language to maths and of course IT, which includes creating apps and code breaking.All beyond me!

I finished off by sampling the goodies produced by students in the kitchen although this doesn’t help the waistline but was delicious.

Wallace House in Evesham was next on the list and whilst it was raining could see where money needs to be spent on the building to bring it up to standard and not least making it waterproof.

An amazing building in the centre of Evesham hosting many community groups and with a full size indoor sports room.  A fantastic facility ,the building, together with an endowment was donated by Samuel Wallace Smedley who started a canning factory in Evesham in 1929 and died in 1982.

I attended the second anniversary of Evesham Street Pastors in All Saints Church, with a very enthusiastic live band. Five new pastors were inducted that night and presented with the trademark baseball cap. Wonderful organization caring for those a little the worse for wear on a Friday or Saturday evening and who may require a shoulder to cry on.  A goodly supply of lollipops and flipflops seem to be able to solve many problems and diffuse potentially disruptive situations.

The pastors operate from 10pm until often 4am in the morning whatever is required when the rest of us are tucked up in bed.

A lovely autumn day provided the backdrop for a charity trip on the Severn Valley Railway from Kidderminster to Bridgenorth, amazing to see how much restoration work has taken place after the floods in 2007 which totally disrupted much of the line.

Severn Valley Railway


Again operated by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers – easy to see how you can get addicted to these huge monsters (engines not men!).  A lovely cream tea was served in the observation carriage before having Pan Pudding Hill pointed out where allegedly Henry 1 bombarded Bridgnorth Castle in 1101 using a trebuchet (large catapult). Later in 1646 during the Civil War the hill was used as a gun platform by Cromwells troops to attack the Royalist castle.

On the way passed the safari park and saw a group of elephants who waved at us with their trunks.


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