Archive for April, 2010

Chairman of Wychavon Charity Golf Day

April 30, 2010

April 30th all day
Ombersley Golf Club, Bishopswood Road, Lineholt, Ombersley, Droitwich

The final charity event in this years calendar was the golf day. Arranged by Geoff Carpenter of WDC environmental section, Geoff has been organising this annual event for some years. The golf club here are so accommodating and helpful, and the course so beautiful and forgiving, it seems Ombersley has now become the permanent fixture location.

The impressive front drive and clubhouse

and from the course side

View of the 18th fairway.

This picture does no justice to the view.

The practice putting green

My playing partners. Naseem (driving) and Allah Dittah, with Brian Dyke.

The 136 yard par 3, 5th

A view across the course.

The runner up was Dave Corwell with 38 points

The winner of The WDC Chairman’s Trophy was Nick Day with 39 points
Full list of winners
9 Hole Texas Scramble:
1st : Laurence Allen, Gary Purchase, Kevin Mcready and Neil Glover (inc a Hole in One by Neil Glover on the Par 3 8th hole!) all from MITIE CLEANING.
2nd: Malcolm Hiscock, Jack Williams, David Buckley and Martyn Cross
18 hole Team Competition
1st: Cllr Andy Roberts, Peter Coulston, Mike Roberts and Mike Wilkes from Worcester City Council
2nd: Malcolm Hiscock, Jack Williams, David Buckley and Martyn Cross again!

 Individual Chairmans Trophy
1st: Nick Day (39 pts)
2nd: Dave Cornwell (38pts)
3rd Andy Ford (38pts)

Longest Drive: Neil Glover (Mitie Cleaning)
Nearest the pin: Melanie Evans (Rooftop Hsg)
Longest Walk: Charlie Heritage

It was a brilliant day and even the weather was kind to us. Well sort of. In the morning there was a 9 hole team Texas scramble, followed in the afternoon, by 18 hole team and individual stableford competitions. Throw in nearest the pin and longest drive competitions and a prize for the ‘longest walk’, there was plenty of sport to be had. Lunch and a 2 course carvery dinner were also provided, so every one was well fed into the bargain. I know everyone enjoyed the day and they stumped up an extra £216 for the raffle. Brilliant.
Thanks Ombersley Golf club for providing such excellent facilities, to Geoff for organising the whole tournament and all those who took part.


Official Opening of Evesham's Leisure Centre

April 28, 2010

April 28th 3.00pm
Abbey Road, Evesham

After years of planning, it’s officially open.


Click here for lot more pictures

Before the actual opening, a few other things had been arranged. Above you will see the youth bus parked outside. This bus travels around the district and provides a venue for our young people who have no other place to congregate with their peers. It contains, a TV, computers, computer games, somewhere to relax and chat. It should be called the Tardis! particularly well used in rural areas of the district.

Inside, several of our middle schools were playing Dodgeball for the Wychavon Cup.

Mixed teams of boys and girls, seemed to get great pleasure out of whacking each other with a football.

The winning team receive their trophy.

Then onto the reason we are all here. Stuart Megarry, Chairman of Wychavon Leisure Community Association Ltd, says a few words

followed by yours truly. Here is what I said:-
Mr Mayor, guests, good afternoon everyone and thank you all for coming.
It gives me particular pleasure to be here today to celebrate the official opening of this building. A building that has had some controversy in it’s short life so far. There has been much discussion on the design, the colour, even the car park lights. Good design is more than just ‘good looks’. It means that buildings and spaces function, in a way that adds to the quality of life for all those who use and experience them. That is certainly true of this building. We recognise the importance of well designed buildings to the social, economic and environmental well being of our communities, buildings which respect and reinforce our local distinctiveness – but we do not want to shy away from new and exciting architecture which inspires our architects and the local construction industry – it is the mundane and the mediocre which we are striving to move away from. Mundane and mediocre have no place in Wychavon.
In general, those early critics of the external appearance, and I should say they were just as many who praised the revolutionary look, are coming round to the almost iconic structure.
What has never been in doubt are the facilities the leisure centre offers for the 21st century resident. First class swimming, a magnificent gym, dancing, beauty, keep fit, climbing, the list goes on. This centre is also a pop in and catch up centre for anyone to enjoy a coffee and meet with friends. This is a community building, a sort of large village hall with a health provision.
This has been a huge investment for Wychavon of some 11 million pounds. It shows the commitment Wychavon District Council has to it’s residents, who expect, quite rightly in my view, a high class service from it’s district council.
The excellence of construction is obvious and the high quality achieved is a credit to those who have been involved in the project since, in 2005, the original leisure centre was considered to be too expensive to keep maintaining. – To thank everyone here, now, would be impossible, however I would like to pay tribute to all those dedicated individuals and organisations including our Consultants, Architects, Builders, many of whom I am pleased  to see here today, plus our own staff and Wychavon Leisure, who drove the project to finish on time and within budget. The building is a testament to everyone’s willingness to work together, to deliver a high quality building for the community.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, thank you again for attending today. I have every confidence this building will provide many people of all generations a happy and healthy experience for many years to come.

Stuart and I then preformed the plaque unveiling

and did a bit of posing with the plaque.

Wonder of Wychavon Photographic Competition Final Judging.

April 26, 2010

April 26th 11am
The Vale Magazine Offices, Vale Park, Evesham

The competition was judged month on month by Vale magazine’s very own Lynne Powell, Ian Tustin and Zoe Print. I joined for the final judging of all the photo’s, to choose the overall winner.

L-R, Ian, Zoe me and Lynne.
Who will be the overall winner’s? See the June edition of The Vale Magazine and check back here. There will also be an exhibition of winning and runner up photographs, at the Civic Centre in Pershore, starting June 7th 2010 for 2 weeks.

Chairman of Worcestershire Councty Council Civic Service

April 25, 2010

April 25th 3.30pm
St George’s Catholic Church, Sansome Walk, Worcester

We are having a holy, civic day today. Following on from our service in Hereford this morning, here we are now in Worcester. I rather like Proverbs 15:22 above.

Some of the civic heads that attended the service. unfortunately, at this point my camera battery ran out, so no more pictures from this afternoon’s service. Pity really, as the church is wonderful inside and has a fabulous hall attached, used for many community occasions. Excellent service, led by Father Brian McGinley. Readings by the Lord Lieutenant Mr Michael Brinton and Cllr John Cairns, Chairman of WCC, set the theme, picked up by the Archbishop of Birmingham, The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, in his sermon. Tea and cakes afterwards were just right.



Mayor of Hereford Civic Service

April 25, 2010

April 25th 10.30am
St Peter’s Church, Hereford

Initial arrival was at the rather splendid Hereford Town Hall

and we were greeted by the equally splendid Hereford Liveried Men.

The civic party then processed to

St Peter’s Church for the service. 

A short delay, as we waited to be seated in the church. Cllr Mrs Sylvia Daniels theme for her mayoral year was children. The service included children reading and two members of the mayor’s supported charities( Noah’s Ark Trust and
Little Princess Trust ) gave emotional talks about their own experiences.

after the service, coffee and biscuits were served in the nearby Shirehall.

Then, a short walk back to the Assembly Hall, Town hall, for lunch.

Cllr Mrs Sylvia Daniels, talks about her year and thanks everyone for coming. I have to say the pleasure was our’s. One of the nicest civic services we have been to.

Mayor of Tenbury Wells Charity Ball

April 24, 2010

April 24th 7.00pm
Cadmore Lodge Hotel and Country Club 
Berrington Green, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

This is the second time in a week we have had the pleasure of attending a function at this venue. It really is superb.

The dinner, in aid of Combat Stress, a charity close to the heart of the Mayor Cllr Richard Jones, was a huge success.

‘Our table’. A good table makes all the difference to the enjoyment of the function. Very nice to meet you all, thank you.

 Entertainment was provided by The Ludlow Male Voice Choir and the most interesting after dinner speaker was the CE of Combat Stress, Wing Commander David Hill. A raffle and auction on the night, raised several hundred pounds.

St Georges Day Celebration

April 23, 2010

April 23rd 7.30pm
Evesham Town Hall, Market Square. Evesham

Each year in Evesham a dinner is held to celebrate England’s Patron saint. This year Diana Raphael suggested Wendy and I used the occasion as a fundraiser. We were very pleased to accept.

Evesham’s recently refurbished Town Hall is an idea setting for this type of event.

The evening in full swing. Food, provided by Robbie Raphael and included asparagus, of course. Entertainment was provided by the wonderful John Raphael, Martin Hammon and

the fabulous Avonbank Brass Band. Pomp and Circumstance, Land of Hope and Glory, lots of hand clapping and foot stamping and flag waving.
A really super, patriotic night. We  had a raffle and an auction of asparagus, kindly donated by Revills Farm Shop, Defford.The evening raised just over £700 for my supported charities. Thanks to all who attended and especially Diana for organising the whole thing.

British Asparagus Festival Run

April 23, 2010

April 23rd 8.00am
The Bell Tower, Abbey Park, Evesham

This is the third year the asparagus run has taken place. The first year a round was carried to the houses of Parliament, last year, the Mayor of Evesham took one to Stratford and this year, the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Mr Michael Brinton took one, in a Morgan car, all the way to Brighton. Why Brighton? I hear you cry. Well, WDC won a regional heat in the enjoy England, ‘Where else but  England awards’ for the most eccentric and unique experience in the UK. The final was being held in Brighton on the day of our run. All tied in nicely really. The winner is….Click Here  Much more happens on the day, as the following pictures reflect.

A beautiful morning in Evesham

The town crier, John Raphael, brought everyone to order.

Picture Stuart Purfield

Trevor Harrison ( Eddy Grundy in the Archers radio soap ) starts off the speeches.

Picture Stuart Purfield

It was my pleasure to formally open the festival and I said:-

Welcome everyone – especially the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Mr Michael Brinton and his wife Angela Also to the Mayor of Evesham – Cllr Alan Booth and the Mayor and Mayoress of Pershore – Cllr Chris Parsons and his wife Jan
St Georges Day is officially the start of the growing season for English Asparagus  and it also marks the start of the two month long British Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham. A title we are very proud of.
We are here today to celebrate these events by hosting this, the third Great English Asparagus Run which this year is destined for Brighton where the Lord Lieutenant has kindly agreed to present the 100 round of fine Vale Asparagus to Lady Penelope Cobham – Chair of Visit England, prior to tonight’s England for Excellence Award Ceremony where Redstar Growers and the Western Asparagus Growers Ltd have donated asparagus for the evenings menu. Many thanks to them for that. I know the Mayor is going to thank a number of people connected with todays event, But may I on behalf of Wychavon and Evesham in particular, thank Angela Tidmarsh , Wychavon District Councils Tourism Officer for all the work she and her team have done, and continue to do, to put Asparagus and Evesham very firmly on the map.
The reputation of the Great English Asparagus run is spreading and as it grows in popularity it has become a major event in the Countys’ calendar.  It attracts major media interest, which underpins the areas’ vibrant tourism economy. This year we have had a record number of enquiries from families wishing to visit the beautiful Vale of Evesham. Of course the benefit to the local economy is vital and long may events such as this continue in Wychavon.
One of our main objectives for this years Festival is to launch a campaign to make asparagus the official food for St Georges Day – to be as much a part of the celebrations as Guinness is, on St Patricks Day.  So, please get behind this campaign, and maybe one day we will all be wearing Asparabutton holes, on St Georges Day, and events such my own Celebration Dinner at the Town Hall tonight, where we will all be eating local asparagus, will become the norm for the whole Country!
Thank you and now may I introduce the Mayor of Evesham – Cllr Alan Booth


‘GUS’ was there

Mr Michael Brinton, Wendy and myself

Jugglers and fire eaters performed

players played

Morris’s, morrised!

 Then it was Morgan engine start and off

to Brighton.

Picture Angela Tidmarsh

The handover to Vicountess Cobham
A wonderful event, well organised, with lots of publicity for Evesham. Well done Angela.

The General Election Hustings

April 22, 2010

April 22nd 6.30pm
All Saints Church, Evesham

The general election is on May 6th 2010 and while the chairman of WDC is a non political role, it is right and proper for me as an individual to attend political functions if I so desire. It is not every year we get a general election and who is elected can have influence at national level for the benefit of Wychavon. The prospective candidates from Conservative, Green, Labour, and Liberal Democrat parties were represented. Also standing in the Mid Worcestershire Constituency is John White, UK Independence party, who did not attend this meeting. Parts of the Redditch and West Worcestershire constituencies also cover Wychavon District.

L-R Margaret Rowley(Lib Dem), Robin Lunn (Labour), Peter Luff (Conservative) and Gordon Mathews (Green)

This Hustings meeting was arranged by Churches Together and the Reverend Andrew Spurr took on the chairman role.

Questions were asked and answered on a range of subjects

both local and national.
An interesting night. Was there a clear winner?, did the exercise change anyones mind?, did the candidates persuade anyone to vote in a particular way,or indeed at all? Time will tell.
Pictures courtesy of Evesham Observer 

Harvington Village Hall Tour and AGM

April 21, 2010

April 21st 7.30pm
Harvington Village Hall, Village Street, Harvington

Cllr Clive Holt, County and District councillor for Harvington, suggested I came to the hall for their AGM as part of the ward visit request I made when I became chairman. I was pleased to accept, not only because it helped towards the ward target but because I was already aware of the amazing job being do by Chairman John Redman and his team, through the Wychavon Bursary Awards.

I arrive at the appointed hour and was met by John Redman, who gave me an extensive and informative tour of the hall. Work is continuing and you can see from the picture above, an extension is work in progress to the left front of the hall.

The inside of the hall is quite magnificent. Just about everything you can see in this picture is new or refurbished. Lower ceiling helps heat loss, air conditioning, yes air conditioning in a village hall, how cool (So to speak) is that. There are new rooms and a conservatory off the main building, so plenty of space no matter the requirement of the casual or long term hirer.

The kitchen with all mod cons.

Thank you for the invitation. A very enjoyable and informative visit.