Archive for December, 2009

Christmas Day 2009

December 25, 2009

My Family.
James, me, Wendy and Brian at our Gala Evening on November 28th

When I became Chairman, in May this year, I knew I was entering into a position, that would take me to places I had never been to and meet people I had never met. I have not been disappointed. Wendy and I have travelled the length and breadth of the district and further afield and have had enormous pleasure in meeting, well you, all of you. We have attended all sorts of functions, award and reward ceremonies and we have been immensely proud of the residents and population of Wychavon. There have been some high’s and low’s and we have been acutely aware of the difficult times many are facing this year. At Wychavon we are working hard to keep our lovely district a great place to live and work.  My camera has been with me most of the year and hopefully you have enjoyed looking at this blog.

At this time of year we think of happy times and reflect on the year about to end. Whether you have had a year you are pleased to see pass or a year to make you smile, Wendy and I thank you for all the pleasure you have given us. We wish you a joyful Christmas. We hope Father Christmas brings you everything you hope for and you have a peaceful and happy 2010.


Citizenship Ceremony – Worcestershire County Council

December 23, 2009

December 23rd 10.30am
Worcestershire County Hall

Once again I had the pleasure of witnessing a number of people into the UK as citizens.

It was a cold and very icy morning.

After the ceremony in the main chamber

Some of the new citizens like to record the occasion in a photograph. Here with our new citizen are the Chairman of Bromsgrove and the Mayor of Redditch

The gentleman on the left is the new citizen and lives in Badsey near Evesham and works at a local food company.


Worcester News Traditional Christmas Carol Service

December 22, 2009

December 21st 7.00pm
Worcester Cathedral

As the title suggests, a very different service to the others we have been to.

The choir sang many hymns, carols and songs

interspersed with readings. This one from The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Andy Roberts

and this one by Worcester News editor, Mr Kevin Ward.
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
– Oren Arnold
A fitting reading for our last service of the season. A very enjoyable evening, topped off with mulled wine and mince pies in the Mayors Parlor. Thanks all.

The Town Mayor of Kidderminster Christmas Carol Service

December 22, 2009

December 20th 6.30pm
St John The Baptist Church, Bewdley Road, Kidderminster

This is the second time Wendy and I have had the pleasure of visiting this church. We came last year when Cllr Marcus Hart was mayor to his carol service. This year the service was seven lessons and carols. A service I always enjoy. The Rev Derek Arnold, in his opening welcome, said the service would just ‘flow’, and flow it did.

We arrived in freezing temperatures and icy roads and walkways.

A picture inside the church before the service had stared. A lovely service followed by warm mince pies and mulled wine. Many thanks.

Upton Upon Severn Christmas Event

December 19, 2009

December 19th 5.00pm
Memorial Hall, Old Street, Upton

Having met at the hall for mulled wine and mince pies, we joined a candle lit parade from the church to the main square

It was a bitterly a cold evening and Jack Frost had been around for some hours

The vicar encouraged carol singing

helped by pupils from Upton Primary School

and then the snow came

Chairman and Consort of  Bromsgrove and Mayor of Redditch on the right, joined in the carol singing

Even Father Christmas arrived. After the service, the mayor showed us round the Memorial Hall, including the original cells in the basement, before we headed off home.

Time for a secret. The snow came from snow machines!
Santa, can I have one for Christmas please?

Great night, many thanks. Thank also for my Scottish Christmas present, very warming!

Young at Heart Lunch Club

December 18, 2009

December 18th 12 Noon
Ferry View Residential Home

View of the main entrance

“Please miss, I want some more” More Mr Kaler? certainly 🙂

Every 4 weeks, a group of dedicated volunteers from the Evesham Older Peoples Forum provide a lunch fit for a queen. Many thanks for the invitation, Wendy and I had a wonderful time and enjoyed a beautiful meal. We even won a box of chocolates in the raffle 🙂


Funeral of Cllr Ron Cartwright

December 17, 2009

December 17th 2.00pm
St Peters Church, Bengeworth, Evesham

A packed church witnessed the service and celebration of a much loved family man, from Evesham, who had done so much for his community and family, all his adult life. He will be very sadly missed.
After the service, family and close friends travelled to Cheltenham for the cremation service, before returning to Evesham Working Mens Club, where refreshments had been provided. Pictures of Ron over the years, were projected onto a large screen, reminding us all of a very meaningful and happy life.

Pershore High School Carol Service

December 17, 2009

December 17th 11.30am
Pershore Abbey

Starting earlier than the time we had been given, meant we missed the start of the service, however we soon settled into our seats. Unfortunately mine was behind the pulpit, so picture taking opportunities were zero.

The service theme was courage and all the readings, hymns, mini plays, carols and songs reflected this. Headteacher Clive Corbett gave an excellent sermon, asking all of us to remember what Christmas is all about and wished us a merry time.
As always, the students whether they were reading, singing, speaking or playing in the orchestra, gave first class and highly professional performances.

Bromsgrove Community Carol Service

December 16, 2009

December 16th 6.30pm
Spadesbourne suite, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove

Chairman, Cllr Chris Scurrell, introduces the evening and welcomes everyone to the service.

The Very Reverend Derek Taylor, reflects on the real meaning of Christmas

Highlight of the evening, the very well behaved and patient pupils from the Lickey End First school, collectively known as the Hummingbirds

They were brilliant

following contributions from the chairman’s chosen 3 supported charities and many carols, the chairman’s consort, Mrs Meriel Scurrell, read ‘Carol-Barking’ from A Cider with Rosie.
A smashing evening, well done.

Chairman of Worcestershire County Council Christmas Carol Concert

December 16, 2009

December 16th 12 Noon
County Hall, Worcester

Our host, councillor John Cairns introduces and welcomes guests, fellow councillors and staff

Great Malvern Primary School Choir sang beautifully as did the other contributor, The Bishop Perowne C.E. College Choir. Readings were given from Cllr Ceorge Lord Leader of the council and Trish Haines, Chief Executive