Playgrounds, certificates and fundraising

As regular readers of my blog will know, my chosen charity for the year is St Richard’s Hospice. It is a truly fantastic organisation offering free excellent specialist palliative care and compassion to patients living with cancer.

I recently took a tour of the hospice together with other civic dignitaries. Mark Jackson (CEO of the charity) escorted us around the building explaining the many facets of work undertaken by staff at St. Richard’s.  As well as the in-patient unit (with its dedicated and skilled nursing team who are exerts in the field of specialist palliative care, on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where if they choose patients may spend the last few days of their lives in comfort and dignity), they have family support teams, community volunteers, out-patient clinics and a Hospice at Home team which helps patients who wish to stay at home and Hospice nurse specialists.

I was also delighted to attend the hospice’s Snowdrop Ball. We had a great evening with lots of laughter, fund and good food.  By the time we left something in the region of £21,000 had been raised for the charity and every penny will make a huge difference.

Action at the gambling table

Action at the gambling table

The Wychavon Parish Games presentation evening, held at Bretforton Sports Club, was a remarkable event. Some 27 parishes take part in the games throughout the year, with about 1,100 players participating in various competitions including angling, bell boating, bowls, crib, cross country, darts, dominoes, rounders, skittles and others.

The Bretforton team that won the Champion parish cup.

The Bretforton team that won the Champion parish cup.

After the presentations, a gold clock was presented by Ken Rowe (Chairman) to Gary Robinson who was one of the original instigators of the Parish Games which started back in 1978 with Droitwich Town playing a main part.  In thanking the organisers of the Games Gary paid tribute to Sue Collins for all the work she continues to do to promote the competitions.  I was able to say a few words on behalf of Wychavon, thanking the organisers and encouraging everyone to continue with the competitions.

John and I spent another very enjoyable evening at Prince Henry’s High School for their Evening of Music on Tuesday 22 November.  Their Community Orchestra played pieces from Handel’s Water Music to a Wizard of Oz medley, there was also a Senior String Ensemble, a Flute Ensemble, an Oboe Quartet, brass and clarinet ensembles and solo singers Jonathan Deakin, Katy Haffner, Jessica Thompson and The Decorators close harmony group and finally the Big Band. We were all entertained by some very talented young people who so obviously enjoy music.  They are all a real credit to Prince Henry’s and their teachers.

Last Tuesday (29 November) I got to officially open the new play equipment at Cookhill Playing Fields.

Children enjoy the new play equipment in Cookhill

Children enjoy the new play equipment in Cookhill

Following consultations with the community the parish council sought funding from the Localism Panel (of which I am a member) under the New Homes Bonus scheme, to provide parishioners with the adult play equipment they had requested.  Together with this the parish council was also successful in having grant funding from Section 106 monies to update the childrens’ play equipment. A great way for me as a councillor to see how New Homes Bonus monies are being spent.

There were more celebrations at Evesham Sea Cadets unit, where I presented certificates to several cadets who had taken part in exercises over the last few months.  The work of Evesham Sea Cadet unit is well known around the area, including being present at Remembrance Services, selling poppies and generally helping the community.  Cadets are able to travel to other units to share experiences and even take part in the activities at Portsmouth and other bases.  A great way to build up a young persons confidence.

Some of the cadets with their certificates

Some of the cadets with their certificates.

Last Friday morning (2 December) I spent with Phil Merrick, Wychavon’s Head of Economy and Housing, and Sharon Bell, from Pershore College, who gave us a most interesting tour of the college, explaining how the college has moved on over many years, not just in horticulture but other areas of learning.

We spent some time in the new Atrium building with his lovely plants and ferns, saw the trees and shrubs for sale and visited the garden centre, aglow with cyclamen, poinsettias and all things Christmassey.  About 12 noon we joined an invited group of business people for the launch of the Business Lounge at the college.  This space is ideal for small businesses looking for extra space to meet clients, for meetings or professional working space,  The college offers reception services to meet and greet, modern furniture and surroundings, bean to cup coffee making, wi-fi and laptop sockets and stunning views from a great location.

A delightful visit.  I wish Pershore College every success with their new venture.

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