Archive for the ‘Events in other areas of Wychavon’ Category

Visit to EnviRecover – Norton

May 11, 2010

May 11th 10.00am
EnviroSort – the Commingled Materials Reclamation Facility at Norton, Worcestershire

Invited by Cllr Rob Adams, whose ward this facility falls within, our visit here today is part of the ward visit program and my very last official function.  I have been to a very similar facility before but it is always interesting to see exactly what happens after all that rubbish sorting at home. The pictures below give a flavor.

 The main administration block. The business end of the operation is behind this building.

Our visit, coincided with a visit from Norton-Juxta-Kempsey Parish Council members.

The lorry in this picture is going to Holland. Recycled plastic from here is sent all over the world.

These are all different plastic types.

Thanks Rob, a fascinating in site into recycling.
For a little video of how it all works, Click Here and leave your sound on


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.

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.

Lambing Day Live

April 11, 2010

Sunday 11th April, 12.00 Noon
Overbury Farm

This visit came about as a result of my desire to visit all Wychavon wards during my year of office. Overbury Estate and farm are part of Cllr Adrian Darby’s ward, South Bredon Hill.

Meeting place and tour start destination, Overbury Village Hall

Inside the splendid village hall, tea, coffee and home made cakes were being served.

Also in the hall were various stalls, including one demonstrating the art of wool spinning.

This is Suzanne Marler, who lives locally and strives to be as self sufficient as possible.

Once refreshed we joined the next trailer for the short trip to the farm.

Overbury is a gorgeous, really English village. Well looked after and full of very fine period properties. There is even a little stream that runs through the middle.

At the farm, every care is taken against disease. There were antiseptic wipes for our hands as well.

Farm manager Jake Freestone, greeted us and gave a very informative talk about the farm, what we will see and gave us directions.
You can catch up with farm news at Jakes Blog

First on the tour route is the gory bit,

with lots of dead animals and birds displayed. Well, I found it a bit gory, this young lad seemed to be enjoying this section. Then young lads do, don’t they! Must admit it was very interesting.

Then into the large barn, and the reason we came…….the new born lambs…….Ahhhh

Having completed the tour, an ice cream was very welcome, as was the sit down in the glorious sunshine with the family in the village hall grounds.

A lovely day, thank you very much for the invitation.

Worcester Warriors V London Irish

April 10, 2010

Saturday 10th April, 12 Noon
Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester

Postponed from January 9th 2010, this match was always going to be a needle one. Now nearing the season end, a win was a must for both teams. Read the match report here
We were the guest’s of Evesham Journal editor John Murphy and his wife. John a very keen rugby fan and supporter of London Irish put on a splendid meal and hospitality and we had a very enjoyable afternoon.

Wendy outside the ground.

Some of the 9841 cheering fans, enjoying the game and sunshine.

Even though Warriors open the scoring at the far end,

LI soon pulled one back.

The battle continued

and even the cheer leaders, ( shame I forgot my binoculars 🙂 ) could not lift the warriors to success and the score finished at LI 23 WW 13
As a result LI went to 4th position in the table and WW…… this space Worcester Warriors Website
See video of the game here:-
London Irish Try

London Irish Conversion


Chernobyl 2000 (Чернобыль 2000)

April 3, 2010

April 3rd 10.30am
Truck Stop, Cheltenham Road, Nr Ashton Under Hill

Each year for the past decade and more Mike Worton MBE, has organised and taken part in a trip from Evesham to Belarus. A 3,500-mile journey , with more than 50 tons of aid.

When Wendy and I arrived we were introduced to those travelling and supporting

This chap has come all the way from Glasgow to take part.

Just before the off, Mike said a few words of thanks and showed everybody his convoy braces 🙂 
I said…..Good Morning everyone.
Thank you for the invitation to be here today.
It gives me great pleasure to officially wave you all off, and may I, on behalf of all the residents of WDC wish you well and hope that you have a wonderful  journey.
You are of course all aware of the humanitarian need in the area you are going to and I would like to congratulate everybody involved in your achievements so far and for the amount of help you have given to many families over a number of years.
It takes special people to give all you have given and continue to give. You do it without favour, you do it because the need is there and you do it because you get pleasure out of helping others. There are of course an army of people involved in the trip, that do the back office work, and the coordinating, and they are just as important as those travelling. All have a part to play, all have put in huge efforts and without people like you the world would be a far poorer place.
Can I also say a very big well done to all those brave students and teachers from Bredon Middle School. I think you are about to embark on a trip of a lifetime. I know one pupil, who made the trip last year, described the experience as life changing.
So keep safe, keep healthy, and bon voyage.
Thank you.
The vicar then asked God to look after everyone in the convoy.

Drivers, start your engines!

Students and teachers said their farewells and got settled in the minibuses

and off they all went

The 30 or so people, including eight children from Bredon Hill Middle School, left in a convoy of six vehicles. The mercy mission hit problems with customs officials on the Belarus border, but two trucks heading for Uzda and Lida had reached the towns by Tuesday. The rest were expected to reach their destination in Orcha on Wednesday. Speaking from Minsk on Tuesday, about 160km, co-founder of the charity Chernobyl 2000 Mike Worton said: “We have been delayed for about 12 hours and are all really tired. We haven’t slept properly since Monday. “Every year when we get hold-ups with paper work we say ‘never again’ but then we get to our destination and see all the people who desperately need us and change our minds.”
Mr Worton, who is nearing his 70s, and his wife Mo have been making the trips for 12 years. It’s very much a family affair now, as his son has married a Belarussian. He said: “We wanted to help the people because this was an accident waiting to happen and was none of their making.”
Chernobyl 2000 is a registered charity founded by the couple from Church Lench after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The UN defined the nuclear fallout as the worst man-made disaster in the history of humanity after an explosion at a nuclear power plant sent tons of radioactive material into the air. It has been affecting the lives people in Belarus and beyond ever since. Thyroid cancer in children rose by more than 800 per cent after the disaster. There has been large increases in birth defects such as cancers, heart disease, respiratory and digestive problems and diabetes. The number of children living in orphanages has increased due to ill health and stress in the adult population.The children have very little and the hospitals lack basic medical supplies. The schools are also desperately short of equipment such as paper and pencils.

Mr Worton said all the aid collected went directly to the people who need it most. All the Vale volunteers who go on the convoy pay all their own expenses.

Evesham Journal photocall

THE LEGACY OF CHERNOBYL: BELARUS FACTFILE Only one per cent of land in Belarus is classed as uncontaminated. More than two million Belarussians, 50,000 of them children, still live in contaminated areas.

Chernobyl 2000 helps: Children in Trouble, based in Minsk; Minsk Oncology Hospital; Uzda Family Social Centre; Uzda Regional Hospital and Uzda Fire Service.

I was asked to send a friendship letter to the people of Uzda. Here is what I wrote:-
Dear Governor,
This letter, brings an expression of support and friendship for the people of Uzda from Wychavon District residents in the UK.
It is with pride that we are associated with Chernobyl 2000 and it’s volunteer staff, who do wonderful work in bringing aid, generously donated, and helping those less fortunate than themselves. We are also pleased that children and staff from one of our schools have formed a relationship with families in Dzejiski and we hope this liaison continues to produce ongoing friendship between our peoples.
With every good wish for the future.

In readiness for next year, planning is already underway and anyone who can help is urged to contact Mike or Maureen on 01386 870262 or visit their website on
This is a hugely worthwhile humanitarian trip and I am very pleased to be involved.


Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership Awards 2010

March 18, 2010

March 18th 6.30pm
Sixways Stadium, Worcester

It was a pleasure to attend these awards which are the final awards that continue on from the Wychavon Sports Recognition Awards 
We were nominated for 9 awards out of 14 and we ended up winning 6, a magnificent achievement.
Below are some pictures of the event.

Partnership Director and past WDC officer, Steve Brewster opened the proceedings.

Keynote speaker, Todd Cooper, encouraged all of us to get involved and be passionate about sport.

One of the many proud recipients.


EnviRecover Exhibition – Hartlebury

March 6, 2010

March 6th 11.00am
Eden House, Hartlebury Trading Estate, DY10 4JB

EnviRecover, part of Mercia waste management, put on this exhibition as part of their consultation into a forthcoming planning application for a proposed renewable energy facility. This was also a good reason for visiting Hartlebury ward and another tick in the ward visit box!

The exhibition was held here.

This is the proposed site, where the facility will go.
The is lots more here :-


Ombersley Memorial Hall Opening New Kitchen

January 26, 2010

January 26th 7.30pm
Ombersley Memorial Hall, Ombersley, WR9 0DT

Tonight, was one of those evenings which really shows what can be done, by local people with a passion. The Memorial Hall has recently undergone some work, supported by Wychavon District Council, among others and is a great success for the community. I had the pleasure of attending to formally open the kitchen, named after one of the most visible campaigners the hall has had over many years, Doreen Turner.
I said:-

Good Evening everyone,
First of all thank you for the invitation tonight and it is a particular pleasure for Wendy and me to be here. Originally tonight I was intending to chair a special council meeting to discuss the WETT proposal, which is not at all what it sounds like and I wont bore you with details of the 300 page report. I am however extremely pleased that I managed to postpone the meeting which meant that Wendy and I could both be here.

Village halls are very often vital to village life and this is certainly the case here. Dating back to an initial idea in 1919 and opened in 1923, the hall has certainly seen some changes over the last 87 years and I am sure it will see many more before the centenary celebrations in 13 years time. What is lovely for me on these occasions, is to see real people, doing real and meaningful things, for the benefit of the community. I am of course delighted that Wychavon District Council along with Ombersley Parish Council, Ombersley Conservation Trust, Richardson Brothers Foundation, and  many other organisations and individuals have all contributed to the magnificent sum of £75000 to pay for the extension and kitchen facilities. It is also clear that a number of very dedicated people, from the trustees and management committee are due a vote of thanks for all the work they put in to make sure the hall remains in good condition. If only we had such people in every village.

So, Mr President, may I on behalf of Wychavon District Council, Congratulate all who have contributed to the kitchen. I hope many a fine meal is produced here and the Ombersley Memorial Hall, continues to provide pleasure to all who pass through it’s doors, for many years to come. It now gives me great pleasure to officially declare to kitchen open.

Just after the cord pulling

Just some of the many, many people who use and maintain this wonderful  hall. Just visible on the left-hand side, can be seen the fabulous selection of canapes, all provided by the members, all from local producers and all very tasty.

In the kitchen
L-R  Arthur Turner, President of Ombersley Village Hall committee – Lord Sandys – Cllr Andrew Dyke, Chairman of Wychavon District Council – Geoff Holder,   Secretary of Ombersley Village Hall Committee – Robert Ransome,  Chairman of Ombersley Village Hall Committee – Mrs Wendy Dyke, Consort to The Chairman of Wychavon District Council – Bill Arnold, Vice Chairman of Ombersley Village Hall Committee and Lady Sandys
Wendy and I really enjoy these community occasions. Thank you so much for the invitation and your generous hospitality.
All photographs by kind permission of Angela Lloyd-James


Chairman's Charity Magical Gala Evening

December 1, 2009

November 28th 6.30pm for 7.30pm
Pear Tree Hotel, Smite, Worcestershire

Pictures from The Pear Tree Hotel Website

All pictures below are by Kelvin Seaton, Crucial Image

Guests were greeted in the garden room, where a warming mulled wine was waiting. Photographer Kelvin Seaton from Crucial Image was also on hand to take individual photographs.The above picture shows Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council Gordon Shurman with his wife and consort.

Cllr and Mrs Allah Ditta

‘Chain Gang’ attendees

Chairman’s chaplain, Rev Caroline Homan, being amazed by magician Graham Kendall

A chat between courses

Then came my speech:-
Fellow Mayor’s and Chair’s and members of the chain gang, honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
What do you think of it so far? ( Response – Rubbish!)
I do not intend to keep you long tonight, in fact a past Mayor of Evesham, once gave me good advice, about making speeches after dinner. Stand up, Speak up, shut up and make sure your flies are done up.
Organising this gala evening, would have been impossible without all the help and advice from literally dozens of people, and some are still working tonight. To name everyone would be impossible, but there are a few people and I would like to mention.
Karen and Mandy from Wychavon District Council have been amazingly supportive. Meetings in my office have been a bit like the Unipart advert. The answer is yes, …now what’s the question. Karen is so exhausted, with my demands, she has decided to go travelling…..!for 4 months and leaves for Thailand next Tuesday. Karen, have an exciting and relaxing time, and don’t worry, I‘ll have a list ready for you when you get back.
Karen’s last job is to sell ALL the raffle tickets we have left, so please help her out if you can.
I would like to thank the graphics and printing departments at Wychavon, who have done an amazing job. Every one of the items you have received, even the card tricks, have been produced in house.
Photographer, Kelvin Seaton from Crucial Image, Our magician, Graham Kendall, Facta 3, who will be entertaining you very soon, Legend Event Solutions who are running the casino, have all been really helpful and generous, so thank you to them and also to John and Frances Smith who will soon be moving among you with Wanchovy’s. Just £20 gets you 500 Wanchovy’s for the casino and the top 3 successful players will all win prizes, one of which is a hot air balloon flight. If you want more Wanchovy’s later, you can buy them from Mandy will be upstairs by the casino.
Every one of  prizes for the raffle, auction and casino have been donated, there are details of who gave what, on your tables so please take a minute or two to check that out.
I would like to thank all of you, for supporting this function. Without your generosity, none of this would be happening.
Every penny raised tonight will go straight to Droitwich Canals Trust, Evesham Shopmobility and Pershore Riverside Youth Centre.
Last but not least, I have to thank one other particular person. The other half of my team. Wendy, has been encouraging, has come up with ideas, put up with my anxiety, and helped in so many ways to make tonight special. Thank you very much.
For the moment, finally tonight from me, A toast. Please charge your glasses and be upstanding, the toast is ……..Wychavon.
Thank You.


And a bit more of Graham’s magic

Dancing to the wonderful FACTA3




and blackjack

A good time was being had by all

Wendy and my final duty of the evening was to announce the winners in the raffle and auction 3 amazing items. A bowl of fruit presented by Vale Fresh went for £21, a bottle of finest ‘House of Lords’ whisky presented by T4 Cameras of Newbury, went for £50 and the star auction, a weeks holiday on a narrowboat, presented by Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays went for an amazing £760
Click here to see all the pictures taken. Run slideshow for best results.

Below is a record of the invitation information that went out:-

Also included in the ‘invitation pack’ were 2 books of raffle tickets. The fabulous prizes we were given can be seen above. Some £1800 was raised in ticket sales. Many thanks to all who donated gift and purchased tickets.

Details of the auction items

Of course there was also the casino. Prizes donated by Kevin Jones, Evesham ( Hot Air Balloon Flight ) Legend Events ( Champagne ) and Wendy Dyke ( 2 bottles of wine ) and whats a Wanchovy?

One of these was sent out with the invitation. The ones on the night to play with, were blue and without the word sample.