A new railway service for Broadway and Cleaning for the Queen

My recent round of engagements resulted in me once again being injured in the line of duty.

I somehow managed to rip my jacket and skin whilst extracting a mountain of rubbish from some of Wychavon’s land adjoining the entrance to the Avon Meadow car park including a bag of childrens clothes – don’t ask –  but it was very wet and heavy.

Cleaning for the Queen

Cleaning for the Queen

This was part of a Clean for the Queen event which encouraged people across the country to hold litter picks in honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday. There were several events held across the district and we estimate more than 200 bags of litter collected. Well done to all involved.

I was also delighted to present the recent Wychavon Community Recognition awards at Peopleton Village hall to yet another group of fantastic volunteers nominated by their community for all the work they do ranging from fundraising, supporting sports, art, music and life in general.

It was a fantastic evening with good company, entertainment and interesting lighting giving everyone and everything a light blue glow.

I also spent another evening  with many of the “chain gang” raising funds by having a delicious curry as a guest of the Tim Dance the Mayor of Upton Severn,  in aid of St. Richards Hospice.

Curry night with the chain gang in aid of St Richard's Hospice

It was definitely an occasion for warm clothes as I braved the weather to attend Pershore Rugby Club where six schools provided 14 teams totalling 140 children comprising both girls and boys for the annual schools tournament . A field of very excited children getting covered in mud and assisted by some of the Worcester Warrior team. I have to admit it’s the first time I’ve seen a coach with blue knees (with cold I hasten to add!).

Staying with the sporting theme and I was delighted to sound the hooter to start the Sport Relief Run in Pershore’s Abbey Park. I awarded medals to those who completed anything from one to six laps including a couple who had originally just come out to take their dog for a walk – the dog also got a medal.

The Sport Relief Run was a great success

The Sport Relief Run was a great success

Great to see parents running and encouraging their children to take part with the youngest just toddling and who of course, had a medal. Great morning organized by Wychavon’s Community Development team with the assistance of the Pershore Plodders.

I also recently attended Prince Henry’s High School’s production of Les Miserables in Evesham Arts Centre, an amazing production where it was easy to forget that it was schoolchildren performing and not professionals.

And finally, I spent another lovely morning on a steam train operated by 850 volunteers of GWR – no not the renamed First Great Western but Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – where I was told of some of the future plans to extend the line to Broadway where a car park is in the process of being created to serve the station. It is hoped it will open in 2018  with the dream of eventually reaching  Stratford but possibly not in my lifetime.

Me on the GWR with the Cheltenham town crier

Me being greeted by the Cheltenham town crier

The opening up of the Broadway section should result in a tourist boom for not only Broadway but also the other Wychavon towns. I was greeted by the Cheltenham Town Crier obviously a railway enthusiast and rapidly becoming an old friend.



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