Archive for the ‘Events outside the district’ Category

Official Opening of Hereford May Fair

May 4, 2010

May 4th 2.30pm
Hereford Town Centre


The Hereford mayoralty goes back a long way. Wychavon District Council was formed in 1974. I hope we retain the mayor / Chairman tradition. Be nice to think this blog will be around in 600 years, I wonder?

Anyway, I digress, back to the Hereford fair.

After a very nice reception in the mayor’s parlor,

 we processed through the  Hereford Streets,

to the town centre meeting place. Here the mayor, Abie Danter, Chairman of the south Wales and Northern Ireland section of the showman’s guild, and other local dignitaries perform the ceremonial proclamation of the historic St Ethelbert’s fair.

We then toured the fair. Above is The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Hereford, Cllr Sylvia Daniels and family

Some of the ladies, could not resist the jewelery shop

There were lots of the chain gang from South Wales here today. This was Councillor Glyn Jarvis, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport and his magnificent chain and badge of office, which dates back to 1314

Wendy and I had a go on the big wheel and got a wave from Les

Some of the chain gang take a rest

while others ride with us. On the left, Senior Vice President of the showman’s guild David Wallis accompanied by The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Chris Witts

The deputy Mayor Cllr Phill Bettington and consort of Ledbury. Taking me taking you.

Got yer! Les, our chauffeur and a colleague grab a snack.

They tried to get me on here!

and here!

but as you have seen, this is more my style.

The ever popular dodgems. We did try and go on here, but were not quick enough. Never mind, next time 🙂

The afternoon finished with a splendid buffet in the assembly hall at the town hall. A great time was had by all. Many thanks to Hereford and The Showman’s guild.



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.

Malvern Hills Civic Service

April 18, 2010

Sunday April 18th 10.30am
Knighton-on-Teme Parish Rooms

We arrived in good time at the parish Rooms

to be led by Chairman Reg Farmer and processed the half mile or so with other members of the ‘chain gang’

to St Michael’s Church. We waited here a short time for those unable to process, to join the party before entering the church for the service.

Apparently, the church spires in this part of the world are square. I think  they are rather attractive.

As is the inside. The service, included well known hymns, a very appropriate sermon and readings, and was most enjoyable.

Following the service, Les our chauffeur, drove us the 6 miles or so to Cadmore Lodge, Berrington Green, Tenbury Wells for lunch.

The hotel patio overlooks a lovely lake

and with perfect spring weather this was an excellent venue.

And yes, after the formalities had finished, time to relax with chain gang chums in the sunshine, before the long journey home.
Lovely day, thank you very much


Chairman Of Gloucestershire County Council Charity Ball

April 17, 2010

Saturday April 17th 7.00pm
Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel, Puckrup, Tewkesbury

Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel

Some of the attending dignitaries from Worcestershire and Gloucestershire

Taken on the night. Sorry, I do not have the photographers details.

After a drinks reception with time to chat and a superb meal, Cllr Gordon Shurmer, Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council, thanks those attending and speaks about his nominated charity.

Chairman of Bromsgrove DC Charity Dinner

April 16, 2010

Friday April 16th 7.00pm
Hagley Hall, Hagley, Worcestershire

The Chairman of Bromsgrove DC has organised this dinner in support of his charities and raised some £2700 on the night through raffle and auction. Everyone who attended had a fabulous time. The star of the evening was the venue, which is quite spectacular.

The Hall

The view

Cllr Chris Scurrell and Mrs Meriel Scurrell, greet their guest’s

Guests are also greeted with music from Mrs Georgia Davies, Miss Isabella Cowan, Miss Anna Sellers and Miss Alex Jeffrey

The spectacular dinning room

and the equally spectacular crimson dinning room.

After dinner, the chairman speaks

followed by the guest speaker Mr Matthew Horton BA, Solicitor

there then followed the raffle, auction and a time to chat and enjoy the general ambience. A super evening, well done Chris and Meriel.

The School For Scandal – Charity Performance for the Chairman of Stratford DC

April 15, 2010

Thursday April 15th 7.30pm
Stratford Upon Avon Town Hall, Sheep Street, Stratford upon Avon

The School for Scandal is a comedy of manners written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Performed tonight by Concensus Opera,  an amature group of local actors and singers who like to perform works combining drama and high quality operatic music. Tonights performance was for the benefit of The Alzheimer’s Society, which is on of the Chairman of Stratford District Councils supported charities this year.
Rather stupidly I forgot my camera, so I have copied a few images from the internet to give a flavour. The opera was most entertaining and very enjoyable. We also won a prize in the raffle!


THE middle-aged and wealthy bachelor, Sir Peter Teazle, has married the young and comely daughter of a country squire. The fashionable society of which Lady Teazle through through her marriage becomes a part, occupies itself mainly with malicious gossip whose arrows no one, however chaste, can completely escape. By far the most dangerous of these backbiting cliques is the one led by Lady Sneerwell.

This lady is attempting through lies and letters written by the forger, Snake, to break up the love affair between Charles Surface and Sir Peter’s ward, Maria, hoping to get Charles for herself. To this end she has joined forces with Charles’ brother, Joseph, a hypocritical youth who enjoys an excellent reputation in contrast to his brother’s wild and extravagant habits. Joseph has his eye on the fortune that will one day come to Maria and is backed in his suit by Sir Peter who has been utterly fooled by the young man’s righteous exterior. Maria sees through Joseph, however, and turns a cold ear in spite of her guardian’s expressed wishes.

Meanwhile Sir Oliver Surface arrives unexpectedly from Australia. He hears such conflicting reports of his nephews and prospective heirs that he decides to look them over before he makes his arrival known. He approaches Charles in the guise of a money lender and in the famous “auction” scene buys the family portraits. Throughout the transaction he is impressed with Charles’ high sense of honor and obligation to those less fortunate. When he approaches Joseph as a poor relation begging help, Joseph is revealed in his true colors.

Now gossip has linked Lady Teazle’s name with that of Charles Surface, but in reality she has been indulging for fashion’s sake in an affair with Joseph. The rumors about Lady Teazle and Charles come at last to Sir Peter’s ears and, much distressed, he goes to Joseph’s apartment to consult with him. Lady Teazle, who is enjoying a tryst with Joseph, sees Sir Peter’s arrival and hastily hides behind a screen. Sir Peter, in turn, hides in a closet, when Charles unexpectedly arrives. The latter inadvertently reveals Lady Teazle behind the screen and Sir Peter, coming out of his closet, revises his estimate of Joseph.

Lady Teazle throws herself on Sir Peter’s mercy with the frank confession that she was pretending to an affair because it was the fashion, but admits that her only real interest is in her own husband. Sir Oliver, meanwhile, has rounded up Snake, the forger. His confession brings about a reconciliation between Charles and Maria, and Sir Peter gladly withdraws his objections to this match

Redditch Mayor's Charity Concert

April 10, 2010

April 10th 7.30pm
Redditch Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre, Redditch which has had a modern facelift outside

and an inside view from the circle, showing the fabulous original and restored, 1920’s style.

The Astwood Bank Operatic Society, got things off to a flying start with Gilbert and Sullivan HMS Pinafore and De Fledermaus by Johann Strauss

Laurel and Hardy turned up to support the Mayor’s charity

as did the Bel Canto Singers.

After the interval, the fabulous Indigo Arts performed. They were joined at one point by a Mr Coconut Billy (aka Malcolm Hall, Mayor of Redditch, far right)

Indigo Arts, well some of them

and some more

and even some more.
This was brilliant concert, with wonderful contributions from, Redditch Amateur Theatrical Society, Arrow Valley Junior Brass Band, Fusion Reborn, Anthony Tremaine and a duet with Louise Maguire and Brett Elesmore singing an excerpt from La Boheme. All gave their time and talent free.
The show was designed to show the breadth of youth talent in Redditch and it certainly succeeded in that. Well done Malcolm.


Stratford Upon Avon Chairman's Charity Ball

April 9, 2010

Friday 9th April 7.00pm
Kestrel Suite, Heritage Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon

 If you have never been to the motor heritage centre, in Gaydon, I would  recommend it for a super day out. We arrived at the appointed hour and were shown into the museum were we could wander and admire the cars, while enjoying a pre dinner drink.

Cllr Chris Scurrell, Chairman of Bromsgrove DC, selects his perfect car

and Wendy selects something for our granddaughter, Thunderbirds FAB 1

After the reception we were directed upstairs to the main function room, were an excellent dinner was served. Speeches were followed

by dancing and fun to the sounds of  The Jack Hyde Band. A really good night. Well done to Chairman Gillian Roach.