Sunday morning at 11.00 am we made our way to St Andrews Church, Carters Green West Bromwich for the Annual Church Service for The Mid Staffs and Sandwell Battalion Boy’s Brigade.
It was truly wonderful experience to be part of their annual celebrations. Not only were the seniors catered for but also the young children. The Walls Of Jericho certainly came down when an illustrated story narrated from The Reverent Mike made us all chuckle.
I presented the awards to worthy winners but realise everyone was a winner.
Thursday evening arriving at Sandwell Academy, Halfords Lane West Bromwich for the awards to our scouts. It was great to see so many people attending in the big hall, it’s the tiered seats that do it.
The evening started with its AGM and special mention was made to Rosemary Bailey who was presented with a bouquet of flowers for her dedication and support given to Scouting.
It was a joy to see so many young people and older members being recognised for their input. It was also put on record the appreciation of the Local Authority for their financial support.
Tuesday afternoon l was asked to raise the flag for the crematorium. So often l take the Green Flag only for our Parks, but l was wrong, it is for all Green Spaces.
Since the rebuild of the Crematorium at Newton Road, Great Barr the staff have worked tirelessly to achieve a very well deserved recognition, that the Green Flag gives. So much has been achieved with the new facilities like the secluded area where after the service the party can assemble and refreshments can be provided from the cafe. The cafe, which is another facility that has been added, and a welcome place to visit when paying respects to loved ones.
Tuesday lunchtime we were invited to the Central Library Relaunch. With the Town Crier Adrian announcing to all and sundry the event taking place in the library today, and with it being open after extensive refurbishment by myself. My original concept of library’s would be books, books and more books but this is not so with The Central Library with everything from CD’s ,Internet access and not only that computers to do the job.
There were many speeches also covering many years. We also had the young people join us giving us a short play which was hilarious.
The highlight of the afternoon was the cutting of the cake which was in the form of an open book, and it tasted wonderful, after which we had the photographs.
Sunday morning at All Saints Church Newton Road West Bromwich, I was delighted to be asked to wear my Robes and have the Mace preceding me.
It was a great honour to be part of the Battle of Britain Thanksgiving and Dedication Service. We had representatives from The Air Force with their Standards.
It was good to see so many in the congregation and some familiar faces enjoying a cuppa afterwards.
Saturday evening we helped celebrate with St Phillip’s Church its Mission Weekend which aims to bring communities together, and sees the Church as an important part of the community, in which it is situated.
Mr Hamilton and Rev Pam Daniel made us feel very welcome, and provided us with an evening we cannot forget.
We were serenaded by a young man with his steel drums, a choir of gospel singers, the young dancer, and Shockwave an amazing group of talented young people. The highlight was the fashion parade with some fabulous outfits and everyone a winner. Well done.
Friday night we were invited to celebrate 20 years that Tanhouse came into being. As the Local Management of Schools deemed it to be a not viable school with such low numbers. Not only that, Gorse Farm School was also struggling.
It seemed to offer a solution that a Community Centre, which was desperately needed in the area, would be a solution.
A proposal was put before the Council that both Tanhouse and Gorse Farm would be closed and a new School was to be opened, hence Ferndale was created.
Tanhouse was opened as Newton’s new Community Centre, and 20 years later we are celebrating the success of Tanhouse.
After l delivered my speech l was overwhelmed with the tankard l was given, and completely at a loss for words when a plaque was unveiled naming the hall after me. I was so touched by this action.
Special thanks to everyone that made this evening one l will always remember. I would also like to thank Visa and Debbie for all their help given to me and to the Management Committee in delivering a first class service to the people of Hamstead.