Recycling and remembrance

Waste and recycling were top of my agenda on Friday (18 November) when I visited the Envirosort plant at Norton. This is where all the recyclable material collected from your doorstep goes to be sorted and then sent for processing into new products.

A pile of recyclables ready for sorting with Fernando (the boss of the Envirosort plant), myself, Mark and Richard (Worcestershire County Council)

A pile of recyclables ready for sorting with Fernando (the boss of the Envirosort plant), myself, Mark and Richard (Worcestershire County Council)

Steel cans go to South Wales for re-processing, aluminium goes across the West Midlands, mixed glass travels to Cheshire and is reprocessed into new glass bottles and aggregates for road construction, plastic goes to eight re-processors across the country and paper/cardboard goes to several places including a local business in Evesham.

Your recyling baled and ready to go for reprocessing

Your recyling baled and ready to go for reprocessing

In the afternoon John and I visited the new energy from waste plant at Hartlebury. Although building work is still ongoing, the plant itself is now in use, although not 100% as yet.  I was absolutely amazed to learn how rubbish which until now has gone to the Hill & Moor refuse tip and is buried is now being burnt down to ash.

Safety first as we took a tour of the new energy from waste plant

Safety first as we took a tour of the new energy from waste plant

A fantastic facility which surely must be the way forward for all the refuse we produce as a nation, with all the new houses coming on stream.

We also attended Pershore Tennis Centre for a night of family tennis fun in aid of Children in Need.  Lots of activities going on, mostly tennis related raising funds for this very worthwhile charity, so I decided to join in  the fund raising offering children (and one or two adults) the opportunity to wear the Wychavon chain of office for a photo opportunity – all for a £1 donation to Children in Need (under my supervision – can’t let the chain out of my sight).

Helping to raise funds for CIN at Pershore Tennis Centre

Helping to raise funds for CIN at Pershore Tennis Centre

Not quite sure what was raised but somewhere in the region of £15-£20.  Total for the night was £1,000.

The last few weeks have also been a time to reflect and remember those who gave their lives in two world wars and other conflicts since.

On Sunday, 20 November we attended St Peter’s Church in Evesham for their annual Royal British Legion Remembrance service.  This is always one of my favourite services as many of the standards which last week were at their own services in the villages, come together to make quite a spectacle for this service, conducted by the RBL Padre and attended also by the Mayor and Mayoress of Evesham, Town Councillors, members of the RBL, youth organisations and veterans.

We will remember them

We will remember them

On Armistice Day itself we were present at Pershore High School’s Armistice Service at 9.30am in Pershore Abbey. Students from Pershore High, St Nicholas C of E Middle, Abbey Park Middle, Abbey Park First and Nursery, Cherry Orchard First and Holy Redeemer Primary Schools took part in the short commemoration, remembering all those who lost their lives in the First World War, including the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme.  The Exhortation, Last Post, Reveille and Kohima Epitaph all had their place in the ceremony with the Rev Claire Lording presiding.

Laying a wreath in memory of the fallen

Laying a wreath in memory of the fallen

Later that morning we went back to Evesham War Memorial for a commemoration at 11am where I laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

Crowds gathered in Evesham to pay their respects

Crowds gathered in Evesham to pay their respects

We’d also been at Pershore High School on Thursday, 10 November for the Roll of Honour Act of Remembrance, which celebrated ex-pupils of Pershore High School who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

On Sunday 13 November, I attended the wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial, together with Lady Morrison (deputy Lieutenant), Nigel Huddleston MP and the Mayor of Evesham (Cllr. Fred Kaler) and laid a wreath on behalf of Wychavon, following which we processed back to All Saints Church for a service of Remembrance.

We will remember them

We will remember them

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