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Posted at 8:22am Tuesday 13th May 2008
Well this is the last diary from me as I hand over the weighty (2.2lbs) mayoral chain of office to my successor at tonight’s annual council meeting.
Posted at 8:41am Tuesday 6th May 2008
With last Thursday’s elections behind us, I am conscious that my own one-year term as mayor is running out.
Posted at 7:59am Tuesday 29th April 2008
This week has revolved around St George, whose day it was on April 23. Appropriately, that evening I attended a special service at St George’s Church, Barbourne, at which Bishop John Inge gave the sermon. He reminded us that in fact St George was born in Turkey in about 300AD, served in the Roman Army and died in Palestine. It’s unlikely he ever visited England!
Posted at 7:55am Tuesday 22nd April 2008
Now in mid-April, we are into the season of Guildhall tours. Last Tuesday we had a group of 36 students from near Munich, Germany.
Posted at 8:11am Tuesday 15th April 2008
ALZHEIMER’S is a disease that is getting more attention these days and I’m glad the Worcester branch of the Alzheimer’s Society is doing well. On Tuesday I met some of their volunteers, including Dr David Battin and Ken Crump, and officially opened their new office in the Angel Centre.
Posted at 8:17am Tuesday 8th April 2008
OXFORD Colleges can be great places to visit in springtime and on Tuesday Carol and I, together with about 150 people from Worcestershire, went to Oxford for a unique event. We assembled at Trinity College, in the heart of the city, for an occasion inspired and co-ordinated by my former boss and mentor, solicitor David Hallmark, who is a visiting fellow there.
Posted at 8:03am Tuesday 1st April 2008
It's always a pleasure to show groups round the parlour and the Guildhall and on Tuesday I spent the afternoon telling 32 young people and their teachers from Shizuoka in Japan about being mayor.
Posted at 7:59am Tuesday 25th March 2008
Last Tuesday was an important day in the lives of seven local young men who had succeeded in getting through the Army recruitment process to take the oath of allegiance to the Queen.
Posted at 8:38am Tuesday 18th March 2008
I’ve almost become a regular at the Swan Theatre these days and last Monday evening I was there again for a promises auction.
Posted at 7:58am Tuesday 11th March 2008
I started the week by welcoming our new bishop Dr John Inge to the parlour. Just 48 hours earlier he had been resplendent in his formal robes and mitre at the formal enthronement ceremony in the cathedral but for this visit, as part of his induction to city life, it was more his regular daywear.
Posted at 8:01am Tuesday 4th March 2008
Healthy eating was the theme of Monday afternoon when I presented Heartbeat awards to Blessed Edward and Fort Royal Community Schools and the Rajkot Indian Restaurant, all of whom demonstrate healthy food choices on their menu and high standards of kitchen hygiene.
Posted at 8:15am Wednesday 20th February 2008
Twenty-five years is a long time these days to remain with one employer, but last week three of the city council’s staff, Ivor Bishop, Neil Bushell and Wendy Cash, achieved that accolade. On Tuesday, I was delighted to present them with their long-service certificates and thanked them for their loyalty
Posted at 8:50am Tuesday 12th February 2008
This last week has been a fascinating and memorable one. Shrove Tuesday came early this year, but continuing the recent tradition Worcester South Rotary Club organised a successful pancake race at lunchtime outside the Guildhall.
Posted at 8:00am Tuesday 5th February 2008
On Monday I was delighted to host a meeting of the newly constituted Battle of Worcester Partnership with 15 people in attendance chaired by well-known local history enthusiast Dilip Sarkar.
Posted at 8:03am Tuesday 29th January 2008
OH no he didn’t. Oh yes, he did. Yes, you’ve guessed, last week I attended another pantomime. This time it was a performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears put on by the Kays Theatre Group at the Swan.
Posted at 8:10am Tuesday 22nd January 2008
Posted at 8:10am Tuesday 15th January 2008
Last week started with a definite American theme. First, on Monday, I had a visit from Jaime Flores, from Worcester, Massachusetts.
Posted at 9:08am Tuesday 8th January 2008
Having had quite a whirlwind of functions up to and including Christmas Day, I’ve been glad of a lull in proceedings to recharge the batteries before getting back into my stride for January and beyond.
Posted at 8:54am Tuesday 1st January 2008
Well, with Christmas behind us, it’s time for me to say happy new year and wish everyone a healthy and successful 2008.
Posted at 9:17am Tuesday 18th December 2007