Archive for July, 2009

Fladbury Walkabout

July 17, 2009

July 12th 3pm
The Fladbury walkabout is a community event, that shows just how good village life is when everybody works together for a common aim. In this case,raising  some £18,000! for the beautiful church building and other local causes. The festival started in the 1970’s as a flower show and has grown to include the whole village. 26 gardens are on show, there are art exhibitions, craft stalls, food and drink stalls, entertainment, boat trips, ferry trips, the atmosphere is wonderful.
More details can be found here

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Some of the classic cars on show

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Our host, Andy Parslow, Chairman of the FladburyWalkabout, standing with his own classic.

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Many of the gardens run down to the river. We have seen the view from the water many times, so it is interesting to see it looking the other way. The boat is giving river trips.

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One of the gardens

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The village hall, serving refreshmentsand an with art exhibition.

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Church of St John the Baptist

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One of the 25 stunning flower arrangements

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Church Street, looking north

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Stalls and entertainment on the green

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Wychavon District Council ward member Tom McDonald and granddaughters

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one of the local hostelries, the other being the Chequers being well used on this very hot day.

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Fladbury lock

The day ended up with a songs of praise service and readings at the church. When we came out just after 6pm, you would never know there had been a festival at all. Amazing clearup by all concerned. A Lovely afternoon. Many thanks for the invite.



Evesham River Festival

July 16, 2009

July 12th 11.30am
Waterside Gardens, Evesham

Each year on the same weekend, Evesham hosts the most spectacular waterways festival and accepted as one of the best in the country. Wendy and I have been attending for over 20 years with our boats, first with One Moore and in the last 7 years ‘Lord Toulouse’, which this year won best boat in show. Normally we would be there for the whole weekend and invite friends and colleagues for food and wine to watch the illuminated boat parade and fireworks on the Saturday evening. This festival attracts thousands of people to Evesham and is an important part of our festival season as well as being enormous fun. This year Wendy and I had to be in Worcester on the evening of 11th but were very please to be able to present an award to Lew Hammond, Evesham’s Town Centre Manager, for all his work over the last 13 years of promoting Evesham and the area. The festival organisers invited Lew to arrive in style:-

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Having been rowed across the river by Evesham Sea Cadets, Lew is welcomed by committee Chairman Hazel Hanlon

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Lew inspects the Evesham Sea Cadets

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Lew seems pleased with his Galileo thermometer

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Hazel says the final thank you’s and informs everybody that after 24 years of organising the festival, next year will be her last. So we need a new chairman…………..fancy being involved? Contact me and I will pass on your details.


Inaugural Banquet

July 16, 2009

July 11th 7pm
The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Worcester each year hosts an inaugural banquet to celebrate his appointment. This year’s was held in the splendor of the Guildhall, High Street, Worcester


The pre dinner drinks reception


View across the Guildhall reception room on the ground floor


Our table included Worcester councillor’s, the Rotary Club president, council staff  and the Mayor and Mayoress of Evesham


Cllr Andy Roberts, welcoming guests.


Guest speaker Sarah Falkland from BBC’s regional news


The upstairs guildhall banquet room. Very historical and quite exquisite
A fantastic night, very well supported and a great excuse to dress up in our evening black tie finery

Inkberrow Brass Band Celebration – 30 years of the Arrow Valley Brass Band

July 16, 2009

July 11th 4pm
Inkberrow Village Green and St Peters Church

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The concerts started at 12.30pm and featured the following bands performing at either St Peters or in the marquee on the green
Blockley Brass Band, Shipston Town Band, Alcester Victoria Silver Band, Bretforton Silver Band, Arrow Valley Brass and Avonbank Brass Band.

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St Peters Church

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The Arrow Valley Brass performing in the church.
The final performance of the day featured The Staffordshire Band at 8pm. Unfortunately I could not be there as I had to be in Worcester at 7pm. From what I saw of the day the celebration was a great success and hopefully will become an annual event.


Queen's Royal Hussars Homecoming Parade

July 16, 2009

July 10th 12 noon
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Andy Roberts invited us to witness the parade marching past the Guildhall in Worcester and then to meet the troops and their families at a reception afterwards.

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Invited guests from Worcestershire and surrounding counties were out in force to support the homecoming.

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As were members of the public, friends and family

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The marchpast begins

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The sulute is taken by The Lord Lieutenant for Worcestershire Michael Binton Esq and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Andy Roberts

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With the Mayor of Pershore Cllr Chris Parsons and Worcester City Cllr Lucy Hodgson

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A very proud Chairman of  Bromsgrove District Council, Cllr Chris Scurrell and consort Mariel with a Bromsgrove born member of the Queen’s Royal Hussars

Penny Lane – World Record Attemp

July 16, 2009

10th July 10am
Another supporting event for Sanmmy Spencer ( this is the 3rd) in her fundraising activities. The idea is to lay down as many penny coins as possible in a line. Droitwich Spa High School athletic track, was the venue.

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Wendy, Sammy, me, and Sammy’s 3 friends who have helped a great deal with all the fundraising.

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Sammy and Dog ( it’s a long story)

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School friends and classmates help to lay down the coins, thousands and thousands of them, coins that is not friends.

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Although you can see from this picture there were a huge number of people involved. Well done Sammy

Voices and Visions – Music Showcase

July 16, 2009

July 8th 7.30om
Voices and Visions – Music Showcase is a show that features the very best in music and song from around the county of Worcesrshire. Hosted by Worcestershire County Council.

The 2009 festival also includes the following events at Malvern Theatres:
Music Showcase – Wed 8 July
Performing Arts Showcase – Thurs 9 July
Dance Showcase – Friday 10 July


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Main entrance


Some of the other invited ‘Chain Gang’ from around the county







AS you can see from the above pictures, artists came from many school’s represented all ages. The acts included band’s, choir’s, soloist’s and even films. A brilliant evening finishing with fitting top of the bill Prince Henry’s Jazz Band form  Evesham but then I am a touch bias!

Dine With Music

July 16, 2009

July 7th 7pm
Fund raising event organised by Sammy Spencer on behalf of
Acorns Childrens Hospice

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Sammy outside St Andrews Hotel, Droitwich

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Sammy with Richard Morris, Town and District councillor for Droitwich South East

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Saxx and the City Chic, entertained us with their distictive music style. An excellent evening, well done all.

Mayor of Pershore Charity Coffee Morning and Lunch

July 7, 2009

July 7th 1.30pm
Pershore Town Hall, Council Chamber

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This is the side view of the building.

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Host and hostess Chris and Jan Parsons, Mayor and Mayoress of Pershore, doing the serving.  A very nice lunch, for those who wanted it, or just coffee and a cake. Other attractions included raffle, bring and buy, quiz and guess the name of the duck. About £300 is expected to be raised for the Mayors charities.

Lenches Music Festival

July 6, 2009

Sunday 5th July
Church Lench Sports & Recreation Ground


The marquee for stage, audience and the all important refreshments


Performers were young and not so young, folk and jazz. Brass bands, choral singers. All sorts of different of different music which made this first time festival a sure fire winner for future years.


The very appreciative audience.