Unveiling a pet memorial and flying the Commonwealth Flag

The last month has, as usual, introduced me to many new and fascinating experiences.

One of the more unusual duties I have been asked to carry out was in Droitwich when I unveiled a marble plinth relocated from the Chateau Impney estate to a site in front of Lido Park.

I unveiled the Corbett pet memorial - one of my more unusual duties

I unveiled the Corbett pet memorial – one of my more unusual duties

The memorial stone was created by John Corbett – the Salt King of Droitwich – in 1877 in memory of family pets including horses which were apparently buried close by.  Happy to say that these pets remain where they were originally laid to rest and were not relocated with the stone which will provide a focal point for Droitwich residents to gain an insight into part of their heritage.

My next engagement involved much younger residents from Pershore High School and their visitors from Bad Neustadt in Bavaria who were on a week’s visit to not only practise their English, but to see the sights including London, and sample the delights of English confectionery . Cornish clotted cream proved difficult to explain at the reception although jam and scones went down a treat especially with Clive Corbett the headmaster (wonder if he’s a relation to the aforementioned John Corbett?).

The first day of Spring saw the opening of Evesham and District Mental Health Support Services (EDMHSS) in their new old building that used to house the De Montfort doctor’s surgery in Church Street.

Opening of the new Mencap building

Opening of the new EDMHSS

A very happy place with many smiling faces plying visitors with delicious cakes prior to the cutting of the ribbon for the official opening. Doing a fantastic job, run with the aid of caring volunteers but a shame that the need is on the rise due in part to the stresses of modern life in which we indulge, much of it created by our constant use of the internet and social media.

March 3 saw me invited to the long awaited opening of Pershore Horticultural College’s new buildings.

New glasshouse

I visited the new tropical house with ferns growing apace together with a room dedicated to drone technology – fascinating if slightly scary stuff illustrating the uses to which drones can now be put particularly in relation to agriculture. Was also shown a racing drone which may be taking part in the international drone race to be held in Dubai and could put racing pigeons out of business.

This month I also attended the W Factor at Number 8 in Pershore which provided a really wow night with an amazing array of talent showcasing dancing, poetry and singing from around the district of Wychavon.  Some of the winners from previous years entertained us during the second half before this year’s category winners were announced, including a riveting reading of a couple of her poems by Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate 2016 Ellie Courtman.

Erin Young, 15, who goes to Pershore High School, won the singing 14 to 18 category at Wychavon District Council's talent contest, W Factor (Photo credit, The Shutter Crew)

Erin Young, 15, who goes to Pershore High School, won the singing 14 to 18 category at Wychavon District Council’s talent contest, W Factor (Photo credit, The Shutter Crew)

A full house of family and friends cheering and applauding the contestants in this, the 9th year of the W Factor. Long may it continue.

I also visited St Barnabus First School in Drakes Broughton to watch both girls and boys playing tag rugby indoors on this occasion, as the previous night had caused major flooding of pitches. The children were so fast I am amazed that their coach could keep up – I couldn’t!

Speedy members of the St Barnabus tag rugby group

Speedy members of the St Barnabus tag rugby group


Sunday 13 March proved to be a particularly holy day with two civic services to attend, the first being the Pershore Mayor’s in Pershore Abbey, closely followed by the Worcestershire County Council chairman’s one in Worcester Cathedral.  Have to confess to spending a lot of the time gazing in awe at the wonderful architecture of both buildings. I have been up Pershore Abbey’s tower but not Worcester Cathedral’s – it is on my bucket list.

The beautiful Worcester Cathedral

The beautiful Worcester Cathedral

More recently I had the pleasure of raising the flag (with some difficulty before realising I was standing on it) to celebrate Commonwealth Day which is what many towns and cities are now doing, and reaffirming our collective commitment to living, working and playing together and upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter.

Raising the Commonwealth Flag

Raising the Commonwealth Flag



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