The bells ring out once again

I was delighted to attend the Evesham Ladies Circle Re-charter vintage ball on 16 July at Evesham Rowing Club.

The re-chartered Evesham Ladies Circle

The re-chartered Evesham Ladies Circle

Katie Gilbert was proposed as Chairman of the re-chartered circle and their chartering ceremony was presided over by the National President Ladies Cricle Alexandra Bennet.  Good food, lots of fun and a really enjoyable evening.  Good luck to Evesham Ladies Circle.

The day after I held my Civic  Service at St Peter’s Church in Bengeworth. It was a special occasion for a variety of reasons including the fact the bells of the church range out for the first occasion in a long time. Thanks to Chris Povey who led a band of bell ringers to do the honours for me.

Both myself and John are long standing bell ringers having been taught by my father and we ring at St Andrew’s Church in Hampton.

Almost 200 people attended the service  which was attended by a number of dignitaries from a variety of groups including the Dean of Worcester Cathedral The Very Rev Dr Peter Atkinson who delivered the sermon for me.

We then dashed over to Pershore Number 8 to attend a very emotive, but wonderful, Battle of the Somme 100th anniversary.

The silent film “The Battle of the Somme” made in 1916 has been restored and to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle and film, the imperial War Museum commissioned a musical score to accompany the screening.  The composer Laura Rossi and Toby Haggith (presenter) introduced the evening.  The Chandos Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Lloyd was chosen to give one of only 100 performances around the UK to mark the 70-minute film’s 100th anniversary.

A moving evening to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

A moving evening to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

On Tuesday, 19 July we attended The De Montfort School Awards evening.  After a welcome from the Headteacher Guy Nichols, students and parents were treated to an address by Elizabeth Grinnell, a former student at De Montfort School, explaining how her physical disabilities have never held her back from achieving her goals.  She has taken part in paralympic games, winning several gold and silver medals and is now immersed in ladies football.

Guest speaker Elizabeth Grinnell

Guest speaker Elizabeth Grinnell

Because of the honest way she spoke about her story, I am sure she appealed to the students, encouraging them never to give up on their goals and to keep challenging themselves to do better.  Quite an inspiration.

Me (back right) with Headteacher Guy Nichols (back second left) Elizabeth Grinnall and award winners

Me (back right) with Headteacher Guy Nichols (back second left) Elizabeth Grinnell and award winners

I was Chairman of this school (when it was called Evesham High School) for ten years, serving a total of nearly 24 years as a Governor and was a student when it was called Evesham County Secondary School, serving as Head Girl for 2 years, so I have quite a connection with it.

The day after I was at the Civic Centre to greet Peter Lee-Smith, a volunteer at the Evesham CAB office who was undertaking a 50-mile sponsored walk across Worcestershire in aid of South Worcestershire Citizens Advice. His walk linked offices run by CAB starting in Broadway, visiting Evesham and Pershore offices and on Thursday he was linking up with Malvern, Upton and on Friday completes his walk in Droitwich – all this soon after celebrating his 67th birthday.

Me greeting Peter Lee and his supporters

Me greeting Peter Lee-Smith and his supporters

Last year 6,000 residents benefitted from the advice of the service which costs £34 an hour to run.

Well done Peter.

Finally, I travelled to Redditch recently at the invitation of the borough’s mayor Cllr Joe Baker to share an evening of Indian cuisine at a fundraising event for his chosen charities which include Samaritans and local groups raising awareness of mental health issues and money to install defibrillators in schools and other public places.

More than £600 was raised on what was a very enjoyable evening.

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