Inspiring stories and awesome art

On Friday 1 July, John and I attended Prince Henry’s High School Speech Day.  This is always a very special event in the school’s calendar.  We met the Headteacher (Dr Tony Evans), the Chairman of Governors (Mr Steve Butcher) and the guest speaker Sue Sollis, whose daughter had been a pupil at Prince Henry’s before she very sadly lost her young life to leukaemia and enjoyed lunch before taking our places on the stage for the prize-giving.

 

John, me, Headteacher Dr Tony Evans, Sue Sollis (founder and trustee of the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust), Sue’s friend, Steve Butcher (Chairman of Governors), Mrs Butcher and Mrs Evans (Head’s wife)

John, me, Headteacher Dr Tony Evans, Sue Sollis (founder and trustee of the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust), Sue’s friend, Steve Butcher (Chairman of Governors), Mrs Butcher and Mrs Evans (Head’s wife)

The Headteacher’s report covered the outstanding exam results, school trips, sporting activities and the many non-curricula activities which students get involved with, displayed extremely well on the screens throughout the Head’s report. Prince Henry’s Clarinet Ensemble played Divertimento (Mozart) and Moon River (Mancini) and Mrs Sollis gave a very moving talk on the life of her daughter Tracy and how she now managed a Trust set up to help others with leukaemia.

Me with Ewan Billinge who received the Wychavon District Council shield for proficiency in Modern European Languages, together with his mother

Me with Ewan Billinge who received the Wychavon District Council shield for proficiency in Modern European Languages, together with his mother

After the prizes were distributed, the Head Girl gave a vote of thanks to Mrs Sollis and the audience were invited to tea in the Princess Royal Hall.

Saturday 2 July was an evening at St  Peter’s Church, Bengeworth to enjoy “More than Words” – a concert by members of EODS (Evesham Operatic & Dramatic Society) as part of the first Evesham Festival of Words.  This was a wonderful evening of songs, dance and readings which have been influenced by famous novelists and writers, and included extracts from favourite books.

All of those taking part were amateur but the range and quality of voices would not be out of place on the London stage.  Well done EODS – a splendid evening.

The following day we attended Kidderminster Civic Service at St Mary & All Saints Church in Kidderminster, which is a Grade 1 listed parish church.

This is a very beautiful window in Kidderminster Town Hall, where refreshments were served after the service.  This is a very historic building dating back to 1855 and is the home of a William Hill organ in the Music room.  The area around the Town Hall is currently being refurbished.

This is a very beautiful window in Kidderminster Town Hall, where refreshments were served after the service. This is a very historic building dating back to 1855 and is the home of a William Hill organ in the Music room. The area around the Town Hall is currently being refurbished.

The Mayor is Cllr Mary Rayner, whom I know from HOSC (Health Overview & Scrutiny) meetings at County Hall.  Several other chains were present – Droitwich, Redditch, Worcester City, Wyre Forest and the Chairman of Worcestershire County Council to name a few.

More recently, we attended the art exhibition at Prince Henry’s High School, Evesham on Wednesday 6 July.

Me viewing the exhibition

Me viewing the exhibition

The standard of exhibits was extremely high not only in the paintings but also in the design of clothing.  There is so much talent in our young people.  I was never any good at art, always getting my pictures out of proportion – but my sewing skills were pretty good.

This stunning picture of a sandwich made me quite hungry

This stunning picture of a sandwich made me quite hungry

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