The Avon lights up for Evesham River Festival

Evesham River Festival is another highlight in the town’s social calendar.

This year it had a sci-fi theme and there were lots of interesting boats on show . I’m always impressed by the great lengths boaters go to to dress their boats, particularly for the illuminated parade at night.

Doug Payne and his team should be congratulated for organising yet another successful festival.

A new concept this year, a “market boat”.  Jays4Jewellery attend many festivals selling hand-made jewellery.

A new concept this year, a “market boat”. Jays4Jewellery attend many festivals selling hand-made jewellery.

Former Chairman of Wychavon District Council Andrew Dyke busy cleaning the brass on his long boat Lord Toulouse.  Andrew and Wendy took part in the Queen’s Jubilee procession on the River Thames, promoting Worcestershire.  John and I enjoyed spending time with them during the evening, culminating in a fantastic firework display

Former Chairman of Wychavon District Council Andrew Dyke busy cleaning the brass on his long boat Lord Toulouse. Andrew and Wendy took part in the Queen’s Jubilee procession on the River Thames, promoting Worcestershire. John and I enjoyed spending time with them during the evening, culminating in a fantastic firework display

The Evesham Sea Cadets tombola

The Evesham Sea Cadets tombola

A unique concept - a coffee bike

A unique concept – a coffee bike

The Muffy B taking part in the illuminated parade

The Muffy B taking part in the illuminated parade

Fireworks lit up the sky

Fireworks lit up the sky

I also attended the Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust AGM at the Civic Centre in Pershore on Wednesday (13 July) .

Me greeting Chris Burdon, Chairman of the Health & Care Trust with Pershore Community Hospital in the background.

Me greeting Chris Burdon, Chairman of the Health & Care Trust with Pershore Community Hospital in the background.

Some of the highlights from the year include:

  • The Trust has around 26,000 patient contacts each week and an approval rating of more than 90% through the Friends and Family Test

 

 

  • It has around 1million contacts each year, and in 2015/16 there were 4,997 compliments and just 368 complaints
  • The Trust met all its financial targets and continues to be one of the best financially performing Trusts, delivering a surplus of £3.6m in 2015/16 which supports the capital programme to improve patient environments
  • 88% of staff had dementia training
  • 100% of attendees to the Trust’s Minor Injury Units were seen within four hours

There was also a presentation on the recent developments within its mental health services for adults.

The Worcestershire Healthy Minds service (www.hacw.nhs.uk/healthyminds) has recently been launched providing help and support to those people experiencing more mild level mental health difficulties, such as worry, stress or anxiety.

In addition, a new Wellbeing Hub (www.hacw.nhs.uk/wellbeinghub or call 01905 766124) has also just been launched which is a signposting service to the range of community-based support available for people who are again looking for support to improve their mental wellbeing, but perhaps don’t require support from NHS services.

People can self-refer onto some of the services provided without needing a referral from a GP, and the aim is to provide help and support early to prevent issues from escalating to the point of crisis. Its also about removing the stigmas which still exist around mental health, and to make accessing support much easier.

 

 

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