Praise for those helping flood victims and a Happy New Year

At the last meeting of the Council for 2015 on 16 December, I presented Ade Mayhew chairman of the South Worcestershire Lifeguard Club with a certificate of appreciation for their voluntary efforts in assisting with the floods in Cumbria.

Since then they have again been deployed in York and Selby spending Boxing Day travelling north to offer help and being the only volunteer group left on Tuesday 29 December and becoming part of the task force awaiting Storm Frank which is with us now.

What better representation of Wychavon could we ask?

Flooding

As you can imagine December was a very busy period for me. Among the many engagements I attended was the Pathfinders annual Christmas party held at the Civic Centre where I met many old friends and some very young people in the guise of pupils from Cherry Orchard School who entertained everyone with carols and conversation. Mince pies were lovely but I have to admit I couldn’t manage sherry at 10.30 in the morning!

Pupils from Cherry Orchard School at the Pathfinders event

Pupils from Cherry Orchard School at the Pathfinders event

I was also delighted to be presented by Graham Smith,  Chairman of Pershore Jazz,  with a cheque worth £160 for my charities Dementia UK and Worcestershire Wild Life obtained by raffling two Christmas hampers donated by the committee during the Christmas Jazz Club evening held at Pershore Football Club on 9 December. Many thanks for their generosity.

I was delighted to receive this cheque from Pershore Jazz Club

I was delighted to receive this cheque from Pershore Jazz Club

I also attended Worcester City Mayor’s carol concert in the awesome surroundings of the Guildhall where many favourite carols were by The Elgar Chorale interspersed with humorous poetry readings by Gabrielle Bullock and Tim Watson in aid of various charities. An entertaining evening in a good cause.

December 13 saw me take part in the Santa Fun Run to raise funds for next year’s Pershore Carnival. Although the day was wet and squishy underfoot a good team turned out featuring some wonderful costumes. I felt somewhat inadequate when I was passed whilst doing my first circuit of the course in Abbey Park by others obviously a lot fitter competing their second lap – my excuse was that the chain was very heavy!

Me on the Santa Fun Run

Me on the Santa Fun Run

My own Civic Service in Pershore Abbey was held in the afternoon with visitors from near and far including MPs Nigel Huddleston and Harriett Baldwin, the High Sherrif and a galaxy of chains. Carols were sung by the Abbey Choir and Pershore Town Choir and thirsts were quenched later with mulled wine and various Christmas goodies supplied by our own Deli@Pershore.  I did find time to change from my Santa outfit into something more fitting.

On 14 December I visited Pershore High School which was hosting its annual Christmas Coffee morning for those of a certain age with entertainment and care provided by students.  One gentleman told me that his father was involved in building the school in the 1930s and where he himself was educated leaving at the newly raised age of 15 yrs in 1945. A very warm and friendly event where apparently,  for many it is the only opportunity to catch up with old friends.

 

I also recently had the privilege of visiting Pershore Horticultural College to meet the new Vice Principal Helen Kinghorn who showed both the Council Leader Cllr Linda Robinson and myself around the new buildings just nearing completion. I admired growing wall consisting of a multitude of varieties of greenery that requires watering and apparently the same principle can be used for an outdoor wall instead of a fence.

Me and Council Leader Linda Robinson inside the new glass house at Pershore Horticultural College

Me and Council Leader Linda Robinson inside the new glass house at Pershore Horticultural College

The aim of the college is to provide an increasing number of courses enabling a career in horticulture and agriculture rather than a fill in job, helping the wheel turn full circle by establishing  skills in producing fruit and veg upon which the foundations of both the Vale of Evesham and much of Wychavon industry was originally created.

The growing wall I much admired

The growing wall I much admired

The last official event of my year was attending the candlelit service at Throckmorton Chapelry which is a lovely little church situated in the middle of a field in Throckmorton, lit solely by candles and looked after by the Friends of Throckmorton Church. A lovely evening.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a healthy and happy 2016.

 

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