Archive for September, 2009

Worcestershire Council For Voluntary Youth Services (WCVYS)

September 30, 2009

September 29th 7.00pm
Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Centre, Droitwich Road, Worcester

In this job, there are a lot of AGM’s to go to. Most are interesting and the attendees all sit politely in rows and ask questions, having listened to a speaker, who has been most informative.

This one was different! It was a living AGM. There were lots of displays and stands we could interact with. Lots of people to talk to and lots of partner organisations. The business part of the meeting was quick and efficient, let by Chairman Michael Hunter. The pictures below show some of what was going on.


Main entrance


Get the ball from one end to the other, without touching the ball or lifting the track?


Young farmers stand.


Useful art?



Dancers from Redditch


Find the goody in the box. It’s in there somewhere.


Ah, there it is 🙂 Now I can reveal a little more of the message on the wall. There was lots more to do. An excellent evening. Thank you.

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Evesham Rowing Club – Mass Boat Naming

September 29, 2009

September 27th 11.30am

A very special day which Wendy and I were delighted to witness. The naming of several rowing boats of varying types and sizes. Many named after people who had given good service to the club and one in memory of a member from times gone by.

Evesham Rowing Club was founded in 1863, by twelve townsfolk eager ‘to pursue the manly and innocent recreation of rowing’. Much water has flowed past the landing stage since the inaugural meeting, and today Evesham is a very active rowing club and a truly multi-sport club.

There are 740 members divided amongst different sports, with many partaking in more than their own particular passion.


  • Six all weather tennis courts with floodlighting
  • Three squash courts
  • The largest weight-lifting section in the West Midlands
  • Function room

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Chairman John Lomas, welcome guests and club members to the ceremony, flanked by senior club committee members

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Boats ready for naming

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the ceremony was well attended

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President Mr Rudge gets the naming under way.

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as each boat is named it gets lifted gently into the water for the row past

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The Spirit of Freedom on Avon, creeps silently past

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a boat for the beginners, known as the diddy boat

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a final view from the boat clubhouse. Refreshments following the ceremony were excellent, thank you for the invitation.
Evesham rowing club is one of the top clubs in the country and regularly wins competitions and has members who row at the highest levels internationaly.
Find out more here:-

The Cutweb Rally

September 29, 2009

September 26/27th
Blue Lias, Stockton, Southam, Warwickshire.

Every year about this time, a group of like minded, boating enthusiasts, get together for a catch up and to eat drink and make merry. We are all members of ‘Cutweb’ a virtual boating club and we meet via the internet at a newsgroup set up for entertainment, interest, information and to help each other in anything boaty.
Our website is here:-
Normally, Wendy and I would take our own narrowboat and make a holiday out of the trip to and from Stockton. A round trip of a couple of hours by car is a couple of weeks by boat. We arrived at 1.30pm. This year we had to be back on Sunday morning for a function. Brenda and Graham Keens on Narrowboat Jannock kindly gave us a bed for the night.
There are a large number of pictures, which hopefully, do not need much introduction.

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 Chums enjoying the warm September sunshine

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a time for putting the world to rights

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afternoon tea was accompanied with cake.

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and then salsa music with a lot of banging, crashing and shaking

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our teacher

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some of us are trying to read!

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that’s me at the back in the middle with the shaker

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and then in the evening our entertainment was a racy tale from the waterways.

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followed by the famous raffle

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don’t ask!

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and more salsa
Click below for video

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still don’t ask 🙂

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the view from the bridge the following morning

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The End!

Thanks to everyone who took part and especially the organisers. Another very successful year.


Celebrating 25 Years of Care by St Richards Hospice

September 29, 2009

September 25th was a busy day – Function Five 7.30pm
Worcester Cathedral, hosted by Patricia Routledge CBE

After a bite to eat on route between Droitwich and Worcester, Les Eales, our chauffeur for the afternoon, dropped us bang on time, ready for the concert. A chauffer on days like this are vital. Not having to worry about timing or where to go or parking is a great comfort and means we can do 5 functions in a day.

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The cathedral was absolutely packed

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We had good sets in row B. This shot was taken near the end of most of those taking part.

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A rather shaky shot of Charlie Green, the 12 year old international star with a wonderful voice.
A great night, finishing a smashing, if rather tiring day. Thanks to all.

Westlands 40th Birthday Party – September 25th

September 29, 2009

September 25th was a busy day – Function Four 4.30pm
Westland’s First School, Droitwich.
This visit is a result of my request to visit every ward in WDC during my Chairman’s year. Invitation by Cllr Mrs Lynne Duffy


As soon as I Wendy and I arrived, down to a bit of drumming


a promising student 🙂


View across the playground at the back of the school


look a little to the right and we see W.A.N.D.S childrens centre


The big red bus was very popular


Inside the children’s work was proudly displayed.
A lovely school, with lovely pupils and staff. I shall look forward to the promised return invitation.

Croome Court Official Opening – September 25th

September 29, 2009

September 25th was a busy day – Function Three 3.00pm
Opening of Croome Court and a celebration of volunteers Work.
Only part of the Croome Court park is in Wychavon. It is in part of Eckington ward.



View of the house from near the main entrance.




St Mary Magdalene Church: This Grade I listed building was built in 1763 by Capability Brown for the Earl of Coventry. A medieval church was demolished to make way for this church, the interior of which was designed by Robert Adam.

Croome Court is a landscaped country park surrounding Croome Court, near Besford in Worcestershire. It was Capability Brown|Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s first complete landscape design begun in 1751 for George Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry.  The mansion house was also designed by Brown and is a rare example of his architectural work.
Given the overwhelming predominance of Brown’s aesthetic in the 18th and 19th centuries, Croome Park has often been described as the single most influential landscape in Europe. Robert Adam and James Wyatt designed temples and follies for the park and surrounding estate.
In 1996 670 acres of the park were acquired by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty|National Trust, which has undertaken an ambitious restoration.
Croome landscape park is made up of many different buildings, the Court being the central focus. Named “eyecatchers”, these buildings are set high on ridges seen from near the court such as Pirton Castle, The Panorama Tower and Dunstall Castle.
In November 2007, Croome Court was bought from the private owner by The Croome Heritage Trust which will manage the property along with the National Trust.

There is masses of information about the Park and court here:-


We were greeted on arrival by Hare Krishnas and music in celebration of their occupation several decades ago.


The back of the house where the ceremony took place


Turn round 180 degrees and this is the view across the park


Speeches on the steps from Jane Farrington (Chair, National Trust West Midlands Regional Committee) and Dr Eric H Jones ( Chair of the Friends of Croome Park)


And the music played on


Once the doors were open we were allowed to view the early work and look at the magnificent rooms.


Early ‘excercise equipment’


Information boards adorn the walls


and the rooms


and audio boxes giving all sorts of interesting facts and figures


 Family tree


Another of the magnificent rooms and ceilings.

With  much regret at this point we had to leave. Time was against us today and we had to move onto our forth function of the day. We will certainly return.

Wychavon Chairman's, Macmillan Coffee Morning – September 25th

September 28, 2009

September 25th was a busy day – Function Two
Wychavon Chairman’s Macmillan Coffee Morning 11.30am
Wychavon Offices main entrance

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A member of staff enters the Macmillan raffle

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Coffee, cake and a chat away from the desk for a change

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Expert service provided by Mandy Ladds and Karen Peters

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All in good cause.
Mandy and Karen, who organised the event, raised £165. Well done girls. This will be put toward the amazing £8 million pounds, expected to raised during the day nationwide.

Pershore Mayor's, Macmillan Coffee Morning – September 25th

September 28, 2009

September 25th was a busy day – Function One
Friday September 25th 10.00am
Pershore Mayor’s Macmillan Coffee Morning

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 Mayor of Upton upon Severn and Chairman of Bromsgrove, chat fundraising with Macmillan fundraising manager (centre)

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Supporting dignitaries from around the region

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View of Pershore town council chamber being put to good use as venue. Chris Parsons, mayor of Pershore raise over £400

Wychavon Festival of Brass

September 21, 2009

September 20th 6.00pm
Droitwich High School
Our second function today

Wychavon Festival of Brass

The Wychavon Festival of Brass is a contest for Brass Bands in the midlands. The contest, now in it’s 20th year, alternates annually between Droitwich, Evesham and Pershore. This year 50 bands took part and £7000 was handed out in prize money. I was invited to present the prizes in the championship section ( results below ) and this was held at Droitwich High School, which has a fabulous theatre. Other venues were Norbury Theatre and the Community Centre, both in Droitwich. Other presentations were made by the mayors from Evesham Pershore and Droitwich.
The organisation that goes into this festival is quite amazing. All the helpers give their time free and without these people this important festival would not take place. I am pleased to say also that all three town councils and WDC give grants to help with funding.

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More information can be found here:-

Bromsgrove Civic Service

September 21, 2009

September 20th 3pm
The Parish Church of All saints’ Bromsgrove


Invited guests and dignitaries from around the area assemble outside the Bromsgrove District Council offices, for the procession to church,


The lovely All Saints’ Church, which dates from 1871


The service was followed by tea and cream cakes in the Bromsgrove District Council chamber.