Royal and Presidential Occasions

A Right Royal Occasion!

1. Duchess of GloucesterI was honoured to be presented to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester when she visited the Menphys Sketchley Hill Nursery School, in Burbage, on 13th November.

Her Royal Highness was visiting to help the nursery celebrate its 21st anniversary. After a tour of the school meeting the children, staff and guests, we all enjoyed a piece of celebration cake! A truly memorable day with a truly brilliant charity.

Visit http://www.menphys.org.uk/ to find out more about Menphys.

My dinner to honour HM Services

On 14th November I hosted one of the most colourful occasions in my annual diary: the Chairman’s Dinner for Her Majesty’s Services having special links with the county. Officers Forces Dinnerand Other Ranks from across the services attended so that I could thank them for the unique service they provide to this country. The service personnel were extremely smart with a lot of scarlet and gold mess kit on display!  The County Council is a signatory to the Armed Forces Community Covenant and this event is just one way that the County Council is able to demonstrate its support to the Armed Forces community.

SSAFA President’s Luncheon

I had the pleasure of supporting SSAFA (The Soldier, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) recently at the President’s Annual Luncheon. This is a well-supported and enjoyable occasion, which raises money to support the on-going welfare work undertaken by SSAFA.

SSAFA believes that the commitment of our Forces and their families deserves lifelong support. So they provide practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their families. Whenever that need is required SSAFA will do whatever they can to help.

Visit http://www.ssafa.org.uk/ for more information.

Supporting holidays by the sea

MablethorpeOn Tuesday last week I joined friends and supporters of Leicester’s Children’s Holiday Centre (Mablethorpe) at a ‘Fashion Lunch’ held in the Taste Restaurant at Leicester College. By purchasing a lunch and browsing the craft stalls we were all helping to raise funds to provide holidays for young people in Leicester and Leicestershire, at the charity’s holiday home at Mablethorpe. I visited the holiday home earlier this year and saw for myself what a wonderful facility it is, bringing joy and happy holiday memories to the many children who visit.

Visit www.childrensholidaycentre.co.uk for more information.

Buy a lunch, give a lunch

On 21st November I joined the Dean and Chapter of Leicester Cathedral at the annual Buy a Lunch Give a Lunch event. The event supported the cathedral’s outreach work and Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland, who work with homeless people to help rebuild their lives in a supportive environment. Their centre in Hinckley opened in 2012 and houses 12 people, all of whom work in The Emporium, Hinckley.

Visit www.emmauslandr.org for more information.

DMUConfucius Institute Showcase

On Friday I joined the Vice-Chancellor, Dominic Shellard, for a Showcase of De Montfort University’s Confucius Institute. DMU is proud to be a culturally rich place to study. To strengthen their global outlook and honour the diversity of our local community they launched a new Confucius Institute, a working collaboration between De Montfort University and the University of Science and Technology in Beijing.

The Confucius Institute celebrates Chinese culture and language both in the university and the city of Leicester, helping newly arrived Chinese students integrate into their UK life as well as providing a centre for creative, cultural exchange for all staff and students.

Visit http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/confucius-institute/confucius-institute.aspx to learn more.