Meeting a Paralympic medal winner and raising the flag for our Armed Forces

I had the privilege recently to visit the ABI (Acquired Brain Injury Unit) at Evesham for their open day earlier this month.

Chatting to a trustee and staff member

Chatting to a trustee and staff member



During the visit I got to see art work produced by the students and visited the greenhouse where students were pricking out seedlings.

In the greenhouse. The gardens of the unit were very picturesque, not only flowers but with vegetables too and included a scarecrow to keep the pigeons away.

In the greenhouse. The gardens of the unit were very picturesque, not only flowers but with vegetables too and included a scarecrow to keep the pigeons away.

This is very therapeutic for brain injury victims. This unit undertakes sterling work with people, young and old, with brain injuries and the open day was an opportunity for the public to see what the unit does and how well the students are cared for and how much they appreciate their time there.

I was also honoured to raise the special Union flag outside the Civic Centre in honour of our servicemen and women for Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces

Because of the tragic death of Jo Cox MP flags on public buildings have been flying at half-mast in her memory, so the Armed Forces flag was not raised during the actual ceremony but it was raised on the flag pole at Wychavon Civic Centre after 6pm last Monday evening (20 June).  However, it was important to show our support and give thanks for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces Community – from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.  By showing this support we provide a much valued boost for our troops and their families who suffer the agony of watching their loved ones depart to war zones.

Despite the rain members of the Royal British Legion, members of the Council and officers, several members of the public and two cadets from Evesham Sea Cadets stood in silence as prayers, conducted by my Chaplain Revd. Mark Binney, were said.  The two minutes silence was observed and Binyon’s lines and the Kohima Epitaph were spoken by two members of the Royal British Legion.

I am extremely grateful to the bugler from Willersey who stood in at the very last minute to play the Last Post and Reveille, due to the illness of the original bugler.

I also recently attended Pershore High School’s presentation evening with guest of honour Katrina Hart, a former pupil of Pershore High and a bronze medallist in the London 2012 Paralympic Games T35/38 4 x 100m relay.

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Headteacher Clive Corbett, Katrina Hart (guest speaker), me and John

This was a great evening celebrating the success of local students, including a musical introduction by Matthew Bessant who played the piano, a Grease compilation, Erin Young entertaining us with a Public Speaking interlude, a video of students enjoying their trip to Iceland, “Mooning” sung by Rebecca Hitchings and Dylan Mulholland, another video of four young equestrian students, a display by the Zambia Team and The sixth form review by Head Boy and Girl, Xavier Mytton and Bethan Fletcher.

Last week I also attended the Healthwatch Worcestershire Conference at The Pear Tree Inn & Country Hotel at Smite, near Worcester.  Healthwatch Worcestershire is an independent organisation, not part of the NHS or Worcesterhire County Council and they ask the public what they think about health and social care services, information from which they tell the people who run or pay for the services what people think needs to be changed.  They ensure that local decision-makers and health & care services put the experiences of people at the heart of their work.


Me and John with Healthwatch Worcestershire chairman Peter Pinfield

Delegates present were able to ask questions which concerned them and to listen to Peter Pinfield (Chairman of Healthwatch) and the directors of Healthwatch field answers to the questions.


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