Archive for November, 2009

Worcester Christmas Victorian Fayre

November 26, 2009

November 26th 5.00pm
Guildhall, Worcester

We were greeted by his Right Worshipful the Mayor of Worcester at the Guildhall and after some carol singing, processed with dignitaries and members of the clergy and other organisations to the fairground carousel for the opening ceremony.
Worcester Christmas Fayre is the leading themed street market in the West Midlands.  Hundreds of stalls fill the atmospheric streets of Worcester’s historic heart with the colours, sounds and smells of Christmas.  There is a wonderful range of merchandise on offer in the city on the market stalls and in the city’s exceptional range of shops, both unique independently owned boutiques and all the high street names you would expect to find in a thriving county town.
All the fun of the fair as you step aboard the Victorian carousel and are whirled around to the strains of barrel organ music.  You can take the weight off your feet in one of the city’s many cafes, pubs  or restaurants and enjoy traditional Christmas cheer with a cup of mulled wine or enjoy the flavours of some the local produce on offer on my of the menus and stalls.

Carols on the steps of Worcester Guildhall

The Mayor of Worcester is joined by the Chairman of Worcestershire County Council and The Bishop of Worcester

as well as representatives from Worcester twin towns in France and Germany and Michael Clarke, chairman of visit Worcester, who are the organisers of this years event.

We all love the gallopers L-R Michael Clarke, John Cairns and Paul Thomas

look very carefully at the central mirror 🙂

Yes, we all love the gallopers and Paul Thomas has another go!

Mayor’s and Chair’s from Evesham, Pershore, Upton Upon Severn and Worcester Rotary Club

After an excellent hot supper at the Guildhall, it was time to hit the stalls

and there were hundreds of them, spread all over the city centre, serving some of the 100,000 people attending over the 3 day fayre.

It’s not just stalls

street entertainers mingle with the crowds

others play Christmas music

hey Ollie, you’re up late!

Having bought, wine, cheese and pate, from the French twin town stand, among other things and said our goodbyes to Cllr Andy Roberts, The Right Worshipful Mayor of Worcester and his consort, we made our way home. An excellent evening.






Wychavon Parish Games Presentation Evening

November 24, 2009

November 24th 7.30pm
Drakes Broughton Village Hall, Walcot Lane, Drakes Broughton

Drakes Broughton Village Hall Appreciation Society!!
The Hall. Picture from website

All following pictures by Ken Rowe, Chairman of Wychavon Parish Games

Inside the hall, eager anticipation filled the room

The awards

Master of Ceremonies, Gary Robinson, Wychavon Parish Games President

Each year for the last 31, Sue Collins and a very dedicated committee, organise a range of activities aimed at bringing all the parishes of Wychavon together in sport and recreation. In 2008 and again this year I was asked to present the prizes, which I was delighted to do.

The results:-



 W M C R S Silver Salver – Champion Parish – Crowle  (entered 14 events)

 Mitchell & Butler Cup – Runners Up – Evesham Bengeworth (entered 12 events)


Group 4 Total Security Cup – Award of Merit – Wyre Piddle (entered 14 events )


Small Parishes Trophy – Wick (under 500 on electoral roll) (entered 11 events )

Richard Preece Memorial Trophy – Medium Parishes – Crowle (501-999 on electoral roll)  (entered 14 events )

WYCHAVON PARISH GAMES RESULTS 2009 ( Sorry about the formatting, best I could do )

   Ang B/B Bow Crib XC LD MD     Dom 5 Side Pet Poo Ro Ski JTT STT Tot          Pl  
 Badsey/Ald  4 12  7½  0    0  1 13½  0    4½   10½ 13½ 10½  77 11
 Bredon  0  2 16 10½  5 10½  4½ 14 12  1 11½ 10½ 10½ 10½ 123k  4
 Bretforton  3  0  9  1 13  4½ 16 16  0  0 16    1  0  0  79½  8
 Broadway  0  8 13½ 10½  9  4½ 13½ 10½   13  1   15  0 10½ 109  5
Comberton G                          1       1 35
Comberton L    6      7          0      10½      23½ 25
 Cropthorne  9                        4½      13½ 31=
 Crowle 11 11  7½ 13½ 12  0  4½ 15 15 16  4½ 16  4½ 10½  4½ 145  1
 D Broughton  5  4 12 13½  8 10½ 15  4½  8   13½ 13½ 13½  0  4½ 125½  3
Droitwich C    9   15        4½  0        1   15  44½ 16
Droitwich S                              4½   4½ 34
 Eckington 10 16 13½  0    0  0  4½ 13    4½ 11½  1 13½  0 87½  7
Elmley Castle         11                 13½  4½  29  24
Eve Ben 15    0 16  6 13½ 10½ 10½  0 10 10½ 15  4½ 16 13½ 140  2
Eve GH 16    0  1      1 10    4½    0      37 18
Eve LH 13      4½                     16  33½ 23
Eve North  8       15 15       14 13½   13½    0  79  9
Eve South         16                      16 29
 Fladbury  0 15     14           10½          39½ 17
 Harvington       10½      4½        0   16    4½ 35½ 19
Hinton/AS        1   10½  0      1    1      18 27
Honeybourne     15       10½    9    0      0  0  34½ 21
 Inkberrow  0  5  0 10½    0 13½  1 16 11  1    4½    0  62½ 12
Littleton, N/M      0  4½    4½  0  0     15    4½ 10½ 13½  52½ 14=
Littleton, Sth                           15  4½  19½ 26
Lower Moor   10       13½ 10½        0          34 22
N/Lenchwick                    0            0 36
 Offenham  7           10½        0          17½ 28
 Pebworth        4½   10½  4½   11    0    4½      35 20
 Peopleton 14    6  4½  0 10½  1   12  0      4½      52½ 14=
 Pershore HC  0    0      0      0    1       7 33
 Pershore SA 12    0      0  0      0    0     13½ 31=
Sedgeberrow  0   10  4½  0 16   13½         10½      54½ 13
Upton Snods   14                        0   14 30
 Wick  6  7  5  4½  4    4½ 10½   15 10½    1   10½ 78½ 10
 Wyre Piddle  0 13 11  1 10  4½  4½ 10½  7  9  1 13½  4½ 10½  4½ 104½  6

Key to above table

Angling – Ang                                                                                     
Bell Boating – B/B                                                                              
Bowls – Bow                                                                                                           
Crib – Crib                                                                                                 
Cross Country – XC                                                                           
Darts (Ladies) – LD                                                                            
Darts (Men – MD                                                                               
Dominoes – Dom                                                                                      
Five-a-Side – 5 Side                                                                          
Petanque – Pet                                                                                  
Pool – Poo                                                                                          
Rounders – Ro                                                                                   
Skittles – Ski                                                                                               
Table Tennis (Junior) – JTT                                                               
Table Tennis (Senior) – STT

 Well done to all who took part. This is a brilliant organisation and long may you continue.

Visit to Westlands First School, Droitwich

November 24, 2009

November 24th 11am
Westlands First school, Droitwich

On September 25th this year I attended the 40th anniversary of Westlands and was impressed by the staff and pupils at this school. On that day, I was tight for time, as we had other functions to attend. I requested a return visit, to see more of the school ‘in use’ and see how a white board works.

Westlands First School main entrance

Lynne Duffy, councillor and school governor, Headteacher Julie Millard and Kallam. The white board is quite amazing and really helps the children learn in a fun way. You can do all sorts of things with it.

Thanks for letting me come back. I very much enjoyed the visit and congratulations on a wonderful atmosphere in a very special school.



Worcestershire Youth Music Festival

November 22, 2009

November 22nd 4.00pm
Main Hall,Evesham High School, Four Polls Road, Evesham

Now in it’s 7th year, the music festival, is an oppertunity for the musical youth of Worcestershire, to come together for a day of tuition and fun. The day starts at 9.30am and budding brass instrument players, get to learn and play, in a big band with professionals. 62 students took part as well as members of Worcestershire Youth Brass Band and numerous teachers and helpers. I am told about 180 people are involved in the day. One lucky member is asked to compose a special piece commissioned for the concert at 4.00pm. This year, Rebecca Nottingham did an amazing job and got a standing ovation for her work. She played as well!

President of The Wychavon Festival of Brass, Cllr Mrs Diana Raphael, welcomes everyone to the concert.

Players from 8 – 18 take part

Conductor Nicky Daw of Worcestershire Youth Brass Band, is full of infectious enthusiasm for the players and music. Let Me Entertain you and a selection from Grease, were just 2 of the numbers performed.

Peter Farrall, presents Rebecca Nottingham with a gift, for doing a superb job with her composition of March of the Celts.

A wonderful concert. I do however have one complaint, it was far too short! Well done all concerned.

Business Link 'Profit From Retail' Workshop

November 21, 2009

November 18th 6.00pm
Evesham Town Hall

I was asked to open this meeting and welcome everybody to what was in effect a final event as a result of the Skillsmart survey earlier in the year and is reported elsewhere in this blog. I said :-

Good evening everyone,
My name is Andrew Dyke, I am Chairman of Wychavon District Council, and I am very pleased to welcome you all here tonight to what is a very blustery and rather miserable night. Hopefully the various people here can put a few smiles on your faces.
I am very pleased to see that the general economy seems to be looking up and Evesham in particular, is seeing some of the famous green shoots of economic recovery. On the retail front and that effects most people in this room, new stores are opening tomorrow and I am very confident that more will follow. Success breeds success.
Behind the scenes there have been a number of organisations that have been doing fantastic work to help facilitate, new stores and indeed new businesses. Wychavon District Council have been heavily involved in setting up new groups like the Evesham Promotion Group, which in turn has brought together representatives from Evesham Town Council, the Market Town partnership and VECTA. This has brought about ideas and out of that came backing for things like the business brochure and the very recently launched, ecommerce initiative, for helping retailers through the minefield of selling online. This service and website hosting, is free, for the first 100 retailers and is funded by The Market Town Partnership and VECTA.
Of course most of you here tonight will know of the Skillsmart survey and Business link’s drive for greater excellence in our retail offering. It was a brilliant exercise, again free to all who participated, and I know has been very beneficial.
We all need help from time to time. I know from my own time in retail, the changes and the challenges never stop. We need more sales, from increased footfall and new additions and adaption’s to our business promotions.
Tonight is about advancing our businesses through net working and helping each other achieve greater opportunity.
Please use the expertise that is in the room tonight and may I wish you all a very happy and profitable Christmas and continued prosperity in 2010. Thank you.


A very interesting presentation from Paul Ford helped make this a very enjoyable and informative evening.


Princess Royal Visits Wychavon

November 21, 2009

Tuesday November 17th 10.00am
Sixways stadium, Worcester Rugby Club, Worcester

The day started for us at 10.00am, with Les our chauffeur, arriving to collect us in good time for the journey to Sixways.  On arrival coffee was served and the official party waited for 11.20am. Exactly on time, a helicopter carrying HRH and party came into view and landed on a nearby practice pitch. At 11.25am, having been collected by car from the helicopter, Princess Anne arrived at the stadium. Mr Michael Brinton, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, introduced her first to, Cllr John Cairns, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council and his consort Mary, then me, followed by Wendy. Others being formally introduced were WDC managing director Jack Hegarty and his wife Kathryn, The Bishop of Worcester, The Rt Revd Dr. John Inge, Paul West, West Mercia chief constable and Chairman of Worcester Warriors Mr Cecil Duckworth. The Princess then went inside the splendid new building and stand and met with players and senior staff. Moving upstairs to the main events room, the princess was introduced to many local and national charity organisations, before the main opening ceremony.

The new stand

HRH arrives on time, exactly at 11.25am

A memorable moment.

Princess Anne shares a joke with the chief constable

Introductions continue inside the building

The atmosphere is relaxed, as Princess Anne chats to charity fundraisers

Outside on the pitch, the youth teams play an exhibition match

Mr Cecil Duckworth, chairman Worcester Warriors welcomes The Princess Royal and thanks her for giving her time to come and open the stand

and HRH says a few words before performing the official curtain pull.

Finally, a rugby ball signed by all the team, is presented by team Captain Pat Sanderson to Princess Anne. The ball will be auctioned for charity at some date in the future

A very memorable and exciting day.



Citizenship Ceremony

November 20, 2009

Monday November 16th
County Council Offices, Worcester

Wendy outside County Hall

The council chamber where the ceremony takes place. During the proceedings pictures are not allowed. This was the biggest in terms of numbers of people becoming British Citizens that I have ever been too. Civic heads from around the county are invited to witness the occasion and meet new citizens. There were about 50 people from countries all over the world. 

Order of ceremony

  • When you arrive for the ceremony you will be asked to show your letter of invitation at the registration.  You will be seated and given your pledge card with the words to the Oath of Allegiance or Affirmation of Allegiance. You will have already chosen which allegiance you will swear at the ceremony. You will be welcomed by the Chairman or Vice Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, and you will be asked to give your oath or affirmation.

Oath of allegiance

I (name) swear by Almighty God that on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors, according to law.

Affirmation of allegiance

I (name) do solemnly and sincerely affirm that on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors, according
to law.

  • After the oath or affirmation, you will make the citizenship pledge:

Citizenship pledge

I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen.

  • The Chairman, or the Chairman’s representative, will then present you with your citizenship certificate and a gift.
  • At the end of the ceremony the new citizens listen to the National Anthem. 
  • Photographs are taken with the Chairman and other civic dignitaries present, to round off a special, meaningful and enjoyable occasion.


Evesham Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday

November 20, 2009

Sunday 15th November 11am
Church of St Peter’s, Bengeworth, Evesham

Standards, ready for parade

Muster at Bengeworth club at 10.30am, ready for parade to church

Having paraded to St Peter’s, the service takes on a familiar pattern. Cllr Alan Booth, Mayor of Evesham reads the lesson. A roll of honour, is read out by Cllr John Smith. Those present have heads bowed. Hymns are sung and the sermon given. We leave the church and walk the short distance to the salute taking and then on to Bengeworth social club in Coronation Street, for refreshments.

Partnerships in remembrance. The mayor presents a certificate to the local army cadet C/O, in recognition of future cooperation.
As usual a very moving service.

Droitwich Canal Walk (2)

November 20, 2009

Weekend of November 14th/15th
Saturday 14th

Chums, Mary and Brian Perkins, who we have known for some 35 years, came for the weekend. They have an interest in canals, so Wendy and I  thought it would be nice to walk a bit more of the Droitwich canal, this time the River Severn end. The weather was wet, very wet. Never mind we turned out anyway, it would brighten up, wouldn’t it?

This is the A449 at Hawford Mill. The canal runs under here.

Looking towards Droitwich under the A449

and looking the other way towards the River Severn. Planning meeting in progress. To walk or not to walk?

Lizzie decided, it really was too wet, for more than just a token few steps

Running out of water. Through the tunnel going north

and looking back the other way.

New canal on the left and River Salwarpe to the right.
Our short walk came to an end, saved for another day. We returned to Evesham in the rain.
Brilliant weekend though, thanks for visiting.


Chairman's Charity Christmas Fayre

November 20, 2009

Friday November 13th 10.00am 3.00pm
Committee Rooms, Civic Centre, Pershore

Organised by WDC Cllr Mrs Anna Mackison, the fayre has now become a firm fixture on the chairman’s fundraising list. It was a great day, very well supported, considering the weather was somewhat inclement and we raised a total of £237. Many thanks to Anna, my supported charities, Evesham shopmobility, Droitwich Canals Trust and Pershore Riverside Youth Centre are very appreciative.

Driving force Anna Mackison with husband George.
Anna produces amazing and unique jewellery.
Anna’s Jewellery Designs
Netherton Fields
Kersoe Lane
Elmley Castle
Worcs WR10 3JE
01386 710351

Holding the fort, acting manager of Audrey’s Hats, is WDC Cllr Roma Kirke. With all hats at just a fiver on the day, this was very popular stall

‘Allo Vera’, well hallo Meena actually. Meena is the one on the right and all the products are produced from Aloe Vera, there was even a very tasty drink! I bought some after shave balm.
Dr S. Muthumeenakshi (Meena)
12 Waterloo Close
CV35 9JG
01789 470894

Adrian Nichols came with a fantastic range of Jamie Oliver cookware. He also had a squirrel nutcracker, which my granddaughter Holly just had to have!
Adrian Nichols
01386 710987

Diana Wiseman-Clarke produced a range of books to shame many a bookseller. There was a lovely book called ‘Dear Father Christmas’ all about a little girl called Holly. Well, we had to buy that, didn’t we.
Ludlow Books
Barracks Farm
Lower Hayton
Shropshire SY8 2AH
01584 861620


Hannah’s Gifts of Worcester, had a wonderful range of gifts for all occasions. Smellies, flowered mirrors and plant pot holders. Gorgeous bags, beautiful scarves from india, pashminas and shimmering shawls. Something for everyone. Manning the stand today was Nick Gregory, Hannah’s husband.
Hanna’s Gifts
Mealcheapen Street
01905 380154

This is Cath Allen, who was selling greeting cards, and all types of wrapping paper and stationery from Phoenix Trading, the worlds number one direct selling greeting card company.
Cath Allen
23 Perscoran Way
Worcs WR10 1QR
01386 550438

Skelding CNC is a company that produces fine wooden crafted items that come flat packed for home assembly and decoration. Individually designed by Vernon Skelding, that’s his wife in the picture, there is something for all occasions. One sale was 4 christmas trees to the same person. Happy days.
Skelding CNC
31 North Street Industrial Estate
Droitwich Spa
Worcs WR9 8JB
01905 798059

Our final stall was Chocolate Deli Handmade Chocolates. Individual chocolate to die for, rather sums up this stall. They also had some super gift ideas, all centred around chocolate. Lovely 🙂
Chocolate Deli
Jinney Ring Craft Centre
Hanbury Road
Hanbury B60 4BU
01527 821693

And Finally

Wendy manning the raffle which raised £102 🙂 Prizes were a hamper, donated by Wendy and a soft cuddly deer, now named Spotty, donated by Tewkesbury Mop.

Thanks to everyone who came, stallholders, WDC staff and general public. I must also mention my secretary Karen Peters and our media team, who did all the posters, advertising, invitations, everything to help make this the success it was. Anna, you will have to do another one next year, you’re on a roll.