Celebrating talent and success

We’ve been celebrating achievement in one way or another in recent weeks.

I was delighted to attend Evesham Arts Centre for the EODS production of Chess (music by Benny Anderson & Bjorn Ulvaeus and lyrics by Tim Rice).  This story, based on an idea by Tim Rice, is about an international chess competition between the USA and the USSR – a battle between east and west.  Once again the local talent was showcased under the direction of Greg Pearson and the musical director Oliver Lister.  Another very enjoyable evening with EODS, well done to all on an excellent show.

I was also present at the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Awards 2016 at Sixways Stadium, Worcester.  This was the 15th annual H&W Sports Awards and this year Elliot Webb (BBC Hereford & Worcester Radio) was MC with special guest Sharron Davies MBE.

John and I at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards

John and I at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards

This proved to be a very inspiring evening and truly celebrated the great wealth of local sporting talent and achievement across Herefordshire & Worcestershire.  Among the Awards were the Junior Female and Male Sportsperson of the year (Rebecca Redfern – whom we met at Evesham Rowing Club for the Black Pear Tree awards) and Joel Khan.

Community Project of the Year (Core Skate, Hereford); Senior male sportsperson – Matt Hudson-Smith; Senior Female Sportsperson – Evie Richards – cyclist; Disabled Sportsperson of the year – Claire Cashmore (Paralympics GB) and the ultimate award – Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Bullivant Media) going to Sascha Kindred OBE (Paralympics GB for swimming).

Sascha enjoyed a standing ovation from all in the room.

Sharron Davies gave an interesting talk on how she got involved in swimming for her country, vividly describing all the tremendous hard work athletes undertake to reach their goal.  She interviewed  all the sports personalities, who again described their journeys to their ultimate achievements.

There was more to cheer on Thursday, 2 November at Worcester Cathedral for the graduation ceremony of Worcester University’s Institute of Health and Society (quite appropriate I felt wearing my hat as a Health Overview & Scrutiny member representing Wychavon on this Worcestershire County Council committee).

Celebrating achievement at the Worcester University graduation ceremony

Celebrating achievement at the Worcester University graduation ceremony

The welcome address was given by Rev. Canon Dr Alvyn Pettersen on behalf of the Dean of the cathedral and Mr Kevin Pickness, Academic Registrar , who welcomed the congregation on behalf of the university.

The whole ceremony went like clockwork, from the time we left The Arena in coaches, throughout the ceremony and afterwards being transported back to The Arena for a buffet lunch with an opportunity to speak with staff and graduates.  A truly memorable day, especially for the graduates and their families.

Finally, I joined the other ‘chains’ and the High Sheriff of Worcestershire, again in Worcester Cathedral for the Worcestershire County Council Civic Service.  Before the service the Worcester Cathedral Guild of bell ringers rang the bells, whilst inside organ scholar Richard Cook played Fantasia in G by Sir Hubert Parry.



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