Chairman's Charity Magical Gala Evening

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
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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.



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