Firs Close Barbeque


Avoiding the rain and queuing for a couple of burgers swilled down with a nice cup of tea, we did not the weather spoil our fun. The catering was fantastic and everyone had a great time.

Well done.


Harbourne Cottages Barbeque


It was a pleasure to be invited to the barbeque at Harborne Cottages, but a shame the weather was pretty awful.Everyone agreed it had been a very succesful occasion and our thanks to everyone for all the hard work involved.

Fun Day West Brom Baptist Church


I was asked to open the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and the Family Fun Day and together with the residents enjoyed a great time. The weather was very kind and it was a wonderful success. Sincere thanks to Sarah and her team for all the hard work leading up to this very special day.


Balaji Temple Jubilee Celebrations


It was an honour to be part of the first Hindu Temple to take part in Diamond Jubilee Event.

The Temple is one of the 4,000 approved Beacon Bonfire Sites and the only Hindu Temple in the UK to have this Status.

It was a good chance to have a good look around the site and to see the various forms of worship and the diverse range of multi Faith activities and it is a growing centre of excellence and devotion to the Hindu faith within Sandwell.


Opening Pavilion Centre Dartmouth Park


This building had to be seen to be believed. It was a privilege to be asked to open The Pavilion Centre and together with Nigel Slater the chair of The Friends of Dartmouth Park and his colleagues we had a truly emotional time, knowing how hard they had worked to achieve their dream.


St Giles Church, Rowley Regis


We were joined by dignitaries and The Sea Cadets provided the Guard of Honour when we attended a very special Jubilee Celebration church service.


Holy Trinity Church Smethwick


Holy Trinity Church Smethwick, a set on Flickr.

I rushed to get to the church on time. There was a song about that!

As the service had already begun, we sneaked in at the back so we didn’t disrupt anything.

It was a joyous occasion and we were in time to see the Jubilee bibles distributed to the congregation. Being as it was special occasion, we toasted the Queen with champagne (I don’t think this was a regular occurrence!)

It was a fantastic morning. The Reverend David Gould, who is now my Chaplain for the Mayoral Year, gave a service which we would have not have missed.