New venture marks new start for Evesham venue

It may be a little late to be saying this but I will say it anyway – Happy New Year to you all and I hope 2017 is treating you all well so far.

For me it has already started on a positive note as I had the pleasure of opening The Valkyrie Café and bar in the Market Square, Evesham on Saturday, 14 January.

It has transformed the old PJ’s which had been closed for 12 years and was a cause for constant concern from residents living in Evesham. Many others have tried to reopen this facility but have always found the challenges too great to overcome.

The opening of the new bar in Evesham

The opening of the new bar in Evesham

But Landlord Steve Richford has finally done it thanks to his expertise of re-opening struggling bars elsewhere, his hard work, determination and a considerable personal financial investment.  The Valkyrie will operate as a café bar during the day (serving refreshments and light food, with a pavement café facing into the Square) and in the evening it will operate as a pub and music venue.

I wish Steve and his team every success.

The day before was Friday 13th and although they say it is unlucky, John and I found ourselves sharing some choral favourite show tunes and music from the ‘60s with the Mayor and Mayoress of Stourport at the New Civic Hall.  Stourport Choral provided the music and invited the audience to share the singing of favourites from Elvis, The Beatles and many of the shows from the 60s era.  At the interval we enjoyed hot pork baps complete with stuffing and apple sauce.  An enjoyable and nostalgic evening.

These both followed my first engagement of 2017 which was the Wychavon Visualize Awards – a spin-off from the WOW awards.

The Visualize awards were awarded for art exhibits based on the theme “Our Country”. There were two prizes – one for 11to 13-year-olds and the other for 14 to 18-year-olds.  Quite a few exhibits were submitted but students from Prince Henry’s High School, Blackminster Middle  School and Drakes Broughton Middle School were among the finalists.

Winners were Lily Spiers from Blackminster Middle School in the Junior section with her painting of a country village and Eleanor Ritchie from Prince Henry’s High School with her painting of a story in pictures and prose.

Lily Spiers with her winning entry

Lily Spiers with her winning entry

It was really lovely to see the talent which we have in our schools and thanks must go to Jenny Davis, from Wychavon, for all her work in putting this competition together.


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